Visual Arts


Visual Art classes emphasize creative problem-solving and experimentation with a variety of media. In addition to art-making, classes include many art activities and group discussions involving critiques and well as viewing works of art.

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NSAA is proud to be part of different Visual Arts opportunities – Instruction takes place at NSAA and exhibition the Arts Mill:

The Arts Mill Gallery & Boutique. The Arts Mill is situated in the historic Grafton Mill and houses more than fourteen artists’ studios.  These working studios (located on the 2nd floor) are nestled around a central boutique which features a variety of unique items from local and regional artists.

We are open for events and private parties on our beautifully renovated 3rd floor. For more information on leasing studio space, displaying your merchandise in our boutique or renting our room for your next party, please contact Paula DeStefanis at

We work in collaboration with the North Shore Academy of the Arts, a non-profit organization (located in Grafton, WI) offering programming in the visual, literary and performing arts.

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NSAA presents a series of exhibits each year in our gallery, which are free to the public.  The purpose of gallery programing at the Arts Mill is to encourage the creation of the visual arts by offering artists an opportunity to exhibit their work; to encourage the appreciation of the visual arts through fine art exhibitions and to promote sales of artwork for the artists. The gallery specializes in the exhibit and sale of emerging and established artists, encouraging growth for all involved.


Private Lessons

NSAA offers Private Lessons and Semi-Private Visual Arts Classes to those who are interested. You can gather a group of friends together and an instructor will come up with a lesson plan based on your interests. If you prefer one-on-one instructions, an instructor will gladly go over some options for you.

These classes are taught based on instructor availability, so please contact NSAA directly so that we can put you in contact with an instructor. Our phone number is 262.377.3514 or you can contact us by email at