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MN Original | Painter Patrick K. Pryor

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Explore how home improvement projects were the impetus for Patrick Pryor’s experimental painting techniques in his latest body of work.

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MN Original | Illustrator Chuck U

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Watch now: Chuck Ungemach, better knows as Chuck U, morphed his childhood dream of illustrating comic books into a successful career as an artist. Known for his incredibly detailed drawings and paintings of otherworldly creatures, Chuck U has found success creating both custom art pieces and work for commercial clients.

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MN Original | Artist Peter Haakon Thompson

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One of the goals of Thompson’s work is to inspire engagement and conversation where it otherwise wouldn’t happen. Using his Flag Project as a model, create your own conversation starting flag design.

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MN Original | Sign Painter Phil Vandervaart

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From The Hard Times Cafe to The Fitzgerald Theater, the Twin Cities’ landscape is marked by the hand of an iconic sign painter. Learn the technique, skill and craft behind the hand-painted signs of Phil Vandervaart. 

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MN Original | Illustrator Tom Richmond

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Tom Richmond believes that as an artist you gravitate toward what’s natural to you. In this exercise identify things that come naturally to you and re-imagine how those skills could be utilized in a professional environment. 

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MN Original | Artist Greta Claire

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Greta Claire follows her instincts and lets what “feels right” inform her process. Use her work to explore elements of abstract art and various methods to create it.

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MN Original | Shoemaker Amara Hark-Weber

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Amara Hark-Weber creates handmade custom shoes in traditional and conceptual designs. Explore the craft of custom footwear and design your own unconventional or sculptural shoes. For more MN Original resources, click here.

MN Original | Painter Aziz Osman

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Trained as an architect and painter for over two decades in Italy, Aziz Osman returned to his native Somalia only months before the outbreak of civil war. Barely escaping the conflict, he and his family made a new home in Minnesota. Learn about the effects of the Somali Civil War on Aziz Osman’s life and process and create a work of art with limited resources. For more MN Original resources, click here.

MN Original | Graffiti Artist Peyton Scott Russell

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A graffiti artist since high school, Peyton Scott Russell now uses his art to educate young people.  Explore the art and artistic value of his work and learn the fundamentals of graffiti from a 20 year veteran of the art form. 

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MN Original | Textile Artist Mary Giles

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Rooted in the traditions of basket making, Mary Giles’ work has evolved into sculptural pieces inspired by nature. Learn about the creation and use of symbols in her work and create your own. 

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MN Original | Artist & Designer Maggie Thompson

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Artist and designer Maggie Thompson uses textiles to create cozy knitwear and fine art projects exploring themes related to her Native American ancestry. Learn about her process and how she uses her work to explore and challenge difficult issues around race, identity and grief.

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