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2016 Class  SCHEDULE

Throwing on the Wheel
Saturdays Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 26, Dec. 3, 10 1:00-3:00pm. Member $$126.00/Non-Member $162.00, supply fee $39.00 for 25 pounds of clay. All skill levels are welcome. Topics will be determined by the student’s requests. Potential topics include throwing cylinders, bowls, plates, and lids. Hand building and extrusions may also be covered. You may also work on your own projects. Instructor: Barney Smith

Clay Boot Camp for Adults: Sept. 22, 27, Oct. 6, 11, 20, 25, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Member $84.00/Non-Member $108.00. Supply fee $39.00 (25lb. clay, glazing, & firing). Join pottery artist Troy Christianson for Clay Boot Camp this winter. Refine your wheel throwing skills while learning new techniques. Instructor: Troy Christianson

Hand Building Class (Ages 8+) October 19, 20, and 21, 9:30am – 11:00am FULL or 11:15am – 12:45pm(same class will be offered twice) Member $44.50/Non-Member $53.50. Put your thinking cap on and bring your ideas to class so we can create in clay. Whether this is your first class or you are a returning student, we’ll have plenty to do. After you create your figure, treasure box, castle or a gift for Mom or Grandma, whatever you can imagine, we will add color in several ways. Supply fee included in tuition. Instructor: Dianne Lockerby.





Improvisations October 27, November 3, November 10, November 17 6:30-8:30pm. $40.00 Member/$55.00 Non-member. Want to improve your IMPROV?  The best way to get better is to put yourself in situations that require you to think quickly and immediately.  During this class you’ll participate in a variety of acting games to hone a necessary skill for all actors.  Through the activities, you’ll gain confidence in your ability to keep the show going no matter what situation occurs. Ages 8 and up, previous acting experience not necessary. Class can be repeated. Instructor Andy Velishek with Child’s Play Theatre

Raku firing Saturday November 5th 9:30am – 4:00pm
A Raku MAKE IT class for beginners will be offered October 5th 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Paradise Center for the Arts instructed by Dianne Lockerby. The Raku firing and glazing will take place at Lockerby Sheet Metal with Raku artist Mark Lusardi Saturday November 5th 9:30am to 4pm at Lockerby Sheet Metal. All skill level of potters are welcomed, beginners to professionals. Potters will be provided with a wide variety of glazes & tools to finish their raku pieces. Raku firing/glazing fee $85.00 for up to 8 bisqued pieces. You can purchase raku clay at the Paradise $20.00 for 12 pounds, $39.00 for 25 pounds. Pieces must be palm size or larger. Attending the MAKE IT class is optional. Special student rate $45.00 for 18 & under (limited to 6 spots, first come first served basis), students receive 5 pounds of clay, access to the MAKE IT class and Raku firing.

Paint a Portrait of your Pet with artist Julie Fakler (ages 7 & up, ages 6 & under will need an adult helper) November 15th 4:00pm-6:00pm. Member $20.00/Non-Member $24.00. Julie Fakler will teach you step by step on how to paint a portrait of your pet. In class you’ll learn about under painting, form, shape and color. Bring a photo of your pet to class. If you don’t have a pet, don’t worry. Photos of pets will be available. Wear clothes that can get paint on them.





Acting Fun For Little Ones Saturday January 14th 10:00am – 11:00am. $10.00 Member/$15.00 Non-member. This class is designed to introduce kids ages 3-7 to the world of theater. We’ll play a variety of acting games to explore imagination and character. Most importantly we’ll have lots of fun! Class can be repeated. Instructor Andy Velishek with Child’s Play Theatre

Open Labs

Tuesday AM Pottery Studio is a perfect time to rethink the pottery skills that you have and share time with others who enjoy clay. Come in to refresh and expand skills (new and old). Never worked in clay before?…then stop in Tuesday at 10:00am to noon (and bring a friend) to see what ceramics is all about. Your first time in Studio, Dianne will give you clay and guide you through making an item of your choice. If you think this might be something you enjoy, then it will be necessary to purchase your clay and pay a fee (for instruction) to make other pieces $10 member/$15 non-members. PCA has all the underglazes, glazes and kilns to get your project ready to use and display. We meet each week, but you can come to Studio time whenever your Tuesday mornings are free. PCA can supply everything you need to complete your projects for yourself and gifts. Stop in and check us out! (Remember – wear your old clothes!) During September our Studio Time theme will be ‘Garden items’ – plant labels, garden mushrooms, pots…

Watch this website for evening studio times beginning in September – to participate in evening studio you must be experienced in ceramics or currently enrolled in a PCA pottery class.

Open Batik Lab:  First & second Wednesdays of the month 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Member $10.00, Non-member $15.00 per session. Learn to batik. The textile lab will be open weekly with an experienced textile artist in attendance. You can learn to create your own original art cloth that can be used as wall pieces, home decor or wearables. Bring one yard of 100% cotton fabric that has been washed in hot water & detergent. All dyes, wax & tools are provided. Pre-registration is mandatory, please call or email.
Legacy Logo ColorFinalThis activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Please register at least 3 days prior to the start date of the class. Teachers need time to get supplies ready and together. Thank you!

state-arts-boardThese activities are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.