Katrina Knutson | Visual Arts


Katrina Knutson | Visual Arts


Katrina Knutson was born in South Minneapolis and raised on working class ethics, progressive politics, street art and hip-hop. Since then, she has lived everywhere from Mexico City to Toronto, studying art and looking for inspiration under bridges, on the streets, and in galleries across North America. But no matter how far she travels, Minneapolis will always be home.

The connection between justice, creating, building, teaching, learning and sharing is central to the way Katrina lives her life and what she hopes to accomplish in her work.

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Katrina spent 6 years at Minneapolis’ Interact Visual and Performing Arts Center, working with adult artists with disabilities as a painting and drawing instructor, and curating the Inside Out Gallery. She is a member of Younity, a New York-based urban women's art collective. Katrina is a founding member of both Tantrum Art Collective (a group of local, urban, social justice and community focused artists) and Riot Design (a collective of painters, designers, photographers and emcees, with artists in Toronto, San Francisco, London, Mexico City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis).

Currently, Katrina designs and teaches workshops and classes to youth across the Twin Cities at galleries, art centers, libraries and schools. She is an active community muralist and works on her own studio art, especially during the long cold winters.

Learn more about Katrina in her July 2018 Artist Spotlight Interview.

Sample Programs: Customizable To Site’s Needs


Print Making

Learn about color, layers and negative and positive space with mono and block printing. Make works of art and multiples for cards or even t-shirts, with this hands-on graphic art.

Available as a workshop or a residency.



Study of self: looking at ourselves in the mirror and through photos, we will paint, draw, and collage images of ourselves. The final product will be a piece or pieces that incorporate deeper pieces of you we are, using imagery to represent what we love, what we can do and/or where we are from.


Stencils, Street Art & Graffiti

More ways to study self and reach out to the world. The final product will be a piece or pieces that incorporate deeper pieces of you we are, using imagery to represent what we love, what we can do and/or where we are from.


Upcycled Jewelry Making

Create interesting wearable art from used bike tubes and things you find at a hardware store. Alter tubes into dynamic shapes and add chain and metal pieces. Make necklaces, earrings and bracelets with an industrial and urban feel and look. 

Participants can make at least 1 necklace and 2 pairs of earrings or a bracelet.



Hands-on Modern Art History

Learn about the work and techniques of some the most influential artists from now and the last century.

In each session, we will look at the work of each artist and start an art piece inspired by their technique and subject matter. Other artists I enjoy teaching about in this class are street artists Banksy and Swoon; Frida Kahlo, Charley Harper, Jackson Pollock and Lee Kranser—and I'm open to requests.