Art in Earth:

creating sculpture inspired by the earth

Vesper Atelier is a workshop where aspiring artists refine their vision and gain an understanding of how sculpture relates to the earth. Explore sculpture and public art at whatever intensity or commitment level you wish:

Community Classes  (1-3 sessions) Learn basic sculpture skills and how to transform a concept into art in a supportive and fun environment

Group Workshops  are customized one-day classes for you and a group of up to 6 friends, facilitated by a professional sculptor.

Atelier Program provides outcome-based education for the aspiring public artist. As a graduate of this diploma program in ecological sculpture, you will possess a valuable perspective on creating public art as well as the ability to win public and private commissions.


Registration for all programs now open.

Be a Fellow of Vesper Atelier!

The Fellowship Program is ideal for those who seek more than a workshop or wish to pursue an individual project.  A Vesper Fellow has educational and networking opportunities, open studio time and more:

  • access to selected Atelier Diploma program lectures (Monday days or evenings)
  • one free one-session Community Class per semester (2 per calendar year if an active Fellow for the year)
  • open studio time (Fridays and other times as arranged)
  • modest reserved work/storage space
  • participation in First Thursdays, Art-A-Whirl and Open Casket
  •  part of a creative community

Pay as you go (monthly) or register for a longer term and receive a discount. The cost is $200/month; $1,050 for 6 months ($25 discount/month); $1,800 for a year ($50 discount per month).  Argon and equipment are provided; Fellow provides all other materials.  Contact with questions. To register, send complete contact information (full name, phone, email and full address) , a paragraph on previous experience with metal, wood and/or stone sculpture and if you wish to register for a month, 6 months or a year to  

Register for Community Classes now:

Our regular community classes begin in October and run through December.  Four new classes have been added to the schedule:  Rosa Mystica (four-hour class taught by Greg Kraft) in which you create a rose from steel; Rose Bouquet (full day class by Greg Kraft) in which you can create a bouquet of three roses; Advanced Sculpture with Judd Nelson (8 sessions with discussion, demonstration and open studio time for advanced students using MIG welding); and Landscape Drawing with Pastel (taught by Stephanie Molstre-Kotz). 

Vesper Atelier does not turn anyone away from participating in community classes due to economic hardship.  If you are experiencing such a challenge, please contact the administrative office to arrange for a confidential  "pay what you can" registration. 

Note your calendar for these special events:

MEADOW DAY presented by Field outdoor Spaces and featuring garden sculpture by Vesper Atelier

Saturday Sep. 24, 11am - 4pm

at Mother Earth Gardens, 2318 NE Lowry Avenue, Minneapolis MN  55418

Learn about Field's one-of-a-kind pre-planned plant communities for your front or back yard. Enjoy free local beer and snacks and hourly presentations from Field lead designer Jason Rather.  Representatives from Vesper Atelier will be on hand. Learn more at:




October 7: 5-10pm; October 8: 12-8pm; October 9: 12-5pm

Join us for this building-wide open house. Tour our space, view the gallery, meet artists and enjoy snacks. Hope to see you here!