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2016 Class  SCHEDULE

June Classes

pouring ironCommunity Iron Pour & Scratch Tile Workshop June 11 & 18
Scratch tile workshops will be held June 11th at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (same class will be offered twice) at the Paradise Center for the Arts. The iron pour will be June 18th at 4:00pm at Lockerby sheet metal. At the scratch tile workshop Iron head Sculptural services will guide you through how to scratch, mark and draw on your own preformed sand block mold. You will be carving into the sand block to create a relief sculpture. The sand block molds will be transported to Lockerby sheet metal June 18th where Iron head sculptural services will be break up iron with sledgehammers, melt the iron in their portable furnace, and pour the molten metal in your sand block mold. No experience necessary. All ages are welcomed. Tuition $45.00, includes the scratch tile workshop, iron pour and materials. Scholarships are available for children. Children 14 & under will need adult supervision June 18th. If you can’t make it to the scratch tile workshop you can pick up a scratch tile and 8×8 tile open face instructions at the Paradise . Scratch tile will need to be returned before the iron pour June 18th.

Paint a Portrait of your Pet with artist Julie Fakler (ages 7 & up, ages 6 & under will need an adult helper) June 15th 10:00am-12:00pm. Member $14.00/Non-Member $18.00. Artist 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. Supply fee $6.00.

Chalk on the Walk Contest!
During Heritage Days, the sidewalks at Central Park come alive with splashes of color! Children and adults will do a themed chalk art competition on their own sidewalk square. Prizes from Paradise Center for the Arts and Parks  Rec will be awarded to winners in each category.
A $2.00 Heritage Days button is required to participate. All supplies are furnished, and free shirts are given to the first 50 to pre-register with a valid email. Meets at the center of Central Park at 12:45pm. Date: Fri. June 17, 2016. 1-4pm. Space is limited.
Registration: Pre-registration required with a valid email. Call 334-2064, or online at

willow edge batiks_Silk (2)Serti Batik on Framed Silk June 25 & 26 1:00pm-4:00pm. Member $90.00/ Non-Member $120.00. This class will require prior batik class experience. Students will get to choose their color pallet and Suzanne Klumb will custom mix the dyes to work with your composition. The class will work exclusively with Tjanting Tools and Wax Resist. Batiks are Serti Batik Technique working on a Large Frame format. Each student will get 2 frames to work on. Students can choose from Portrait 24″ X 22.5″ frames (see pic in description area) or rectangular 10″ X 48″ frames. Supply fee $20.00. Only 4 students allowed so sign up early. Instructor: Suzanne Klumb.


All About Weaving! Ages 8 and up. June 28, 29, 30 1:00-2:00pm $21Member/$27Non-Member. Learn about different weaving techniques in this fiber arts class. Students will make up to three weavings in total using various fibers and materials. Come and get your weave on! No previous skills required. Supply fee $5.00. Instructor Christina Angell

July Classes

Animal Life Drawing Class
Thursday July 14th 4:30pm-5:30pm. Member $5.00/ Non-Member $10.00. All ages are welcomed.
We’ll get together and draw from life. Our model will be SAFE Sanctuary mascot Great Dane Zeuss. Students will be observing a live model and sketching with gestural strokes. Students will be creating several fast paced drawings. Bring a donation for SAFE Sanctuary and get a Buy One Adult Ticket get One Student Ticket for free voucher for the Mutville Comix performance July 23rd at 7:30pm.
Instructor: Julie Fakler

Raku Workshop – Clay creation classes – June 11 or June 28 or July 9 and Firing  July 16 
A class to create pots & sculpture for the Raku firing will be offered June 11th 10am-Noon or June 28th 6pm-8pm or & July 9th 1-3pm  at the Paradise Center for the Arts instructed by Dianne Lockerby  (same creation class will be offered three times – choose the day that works for you). The Raku firing with Raku artist Mark Lusardi will take place on July 16th 9:30am to 4pm at Lockerby Sheet Metal.

Raku is  a fun clay experience!!  A great introduction to ceramics and something that can be enjoyed by all.  Due to the presence of fire  and interaction with the fire during the firing process, there will be strict adherence to safety measures covered during the Creation classes, and safety measures will be adhered to on firing day.  If an adult wants to take the Saturday $45 workshop  they could share their experience (and their 5# of clay with  their child) and both could create pieces and attend the firing.   If you are not acquainted with the raku process, you can google it or find books at the library to see the process.

On firing day, July 16, glazed clay pots & sculpture from the classes will be loaded in the raku kiln, and kiln temps are rapidly increased to 1600-1800 Degrees F. Once the glazes melt & smooth out, the pieces are individually removed from the kiln. Pieces are placed in a can filled with combustible materials and the hot pot causes the combustibles to flame. A tight-fitting lid placed on the can smothers those flames and the resulting smoke can cause colors to appear on the pots. This fast fire process allows students to leave with their finished glazed pieces the same day. All ages are welcomed to watch the process, but children 14 and under will require adult supervision.  Tuition of $45.00 , includes a Raku 2 hour creation workshop  to create 2 pieces with the 5# of clay included in class fee and the Raku firing workshop on July 16.  Scholarships are available for children. 

For those experienced with clay, we are offering an additional day of firing fun on Sunday, July 17.  Additional glazing techniques will be taught by Mark Lusardi from Continental Clay and  participants can bring an additional 8-10 bisqued pots to fire.  For this day, participants must furnish their own bisqued pieces.  Clay may be purchased at the Paradise Center for the Arts – firing fee will be included in the purchase cost of PCA clay.  There are size restrictions on pieces. 

A 2 hour creation class, Saturday firing day on July 16 from 9:30-4, and 5# of clay is $45.  This intro to Raku will allow you to fire 2 pieces.  Scholarships are available for children.

For a grander Raku experience, sign up for 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, supply your own bisqued  clay and fire up to 12 pieces.  Cost is $45 for Sunday only or $75 for both Saturday and Sunday firings.  Sunday class size is limited.

Beginning Hand Building (Ages 4-7 with adult helper) Monday-Thursday July 11-14 9:30AM-10:45AM.Member $48.00/Non-Member $58.00. Super heroes, fairy villages, games, masks, or even your very own ice cream dish – don’t forget the dog or cat! Dianne will guide the kids thru creating projects of their choice – come with ideas! Color will be added on Thursday using underglazes and then Dianne will clear glaze all projects so they will be safe and shiny. Supply fee included in tuition. Instructor: Dianne Lockerby. *A generous benefactor has donated money for clay class Scholarships, please call for scholarship details.*

Hand Building Class (Ages 8+) Monday – Thursday July 11-14, 11AM- 12:30PM and glazing day on Wednesday, July 20 from 10 AM to 11 AM. Member $55.00/Non-Member $67.00. 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. You get to return on July 20 (from 10-11) to glaze your pieces so you will experience the entire clay process! Supply fee included in tuition. Instructor: Dianne Lockerby. *A generous benefactor has donated money for clay class Scholarships, please call for scholarship details.*

Throwing on the Wheel (Ages 10+) Monday-Thursday July 11-14 (choose your class time)and glazing day on Wednesday, July 20, from 11-Noon. Choose your class time July 11-14,: 1:00PM -2:30PM OR 2:45PM-4:15PM. Member $55.00/Non-Member $67.00. Whether this is a first attempt on the wheel or you are a returning student, there is a lot to learn and skills to refine. Throwing gives a purpose to getting dirty! Dianne will demonstrate the various steps to throw and offer help to succeed. Students will create pieces which they will return to glaze on the last day of class, Wednesday July 20, from 11-Noon. Supply fee included in tuition. Instructor: Dianne Lockerby. *A generous benefactor has donated money for clay class Scholarships, please call for scholarship details.*

August Classes

peggyChilds Play Theatre Camp (kids entering Grades 1-4)
“Peggy The Pint-Sized Pirate” by D.M. Larson from
Registration is due by July 15. Auditions for roles will be July 21 from 2:00pm-4:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm. # All registrants will receive a role. This is to determine main speaking parts. Member $140, Non-Member $180.
Class Sessions – August 8-12, 15-19 from 8:00am-10:00am.
Shows – August 19 at 1:00pm and 7:00pm
Peggy wants to be a pirate, but everyone thinks she’s too small, but what they don’t know is Peggy won’t give up, on anything, most importantly on becoming a pirate. When the Sea Monster captures all of the pirates of Captain Sludge and Captain Soggy, Peggy sets out to save them. With the reluctant help of Scummy, she sets sail to find the Sea Monster’s lair. Along the way she runs into a variety of ocean creatures who try to prevent her from getting there. Can she save the pirates?
Kids will love being a part of this fun little story that proves character is not determined by your size. While rehearsing, kids will develop acting skills, learn actor and audience etiquette and most importantly, HAVE FUN! There are 13 main speaking parts, expandable to many more. *Minimum number of registrants is 9. If we don’t meet that minimum, kids may be combined with the older age group. Instructor: Andy Velishek

TWINDERELLChilds Play Theatre Camp (kids entering grades 5-10)
“Twinderella” by Charlie Lovett from Pioneer Drama
Registration is due by July 15. Auditions for roles will be July 21 from 2:00pm-4:00pm and from 6:00-8:00pm. # All Registrants will receive a role, this is to determine main speaking parts.
Member $140, Non-Member $180
Class Sessions – August 8-12, 15-19 from 10:00am -12:00pm.
Shows – Friday August 19 at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM
We’ve all heard the story of Cinderella a thousand times, but we’ve never heard about Bob, her long lost twin brother! Living in the same kingdom with different wicked step-families, Cinderella’s cruel stepmother and evil stepsisters make her rotate tires and polish bowling trophies while Bob’s evil stepfather and cruel stepbrothers force him to make dried herb wreaths and organize their sock drawers. When Lou the UPS Guy arrives with invitations from the Kingdom of Wychwood-under-Ooze, Cinderella and Bob are both thrilled but forbidden to attend the festivities. With the help of the Fairy Godmother, the Godfather (he ain’t no fairy!), two enchanted gerbils and a lot of luck, they find a way! On the night that Cinderella crashes Princess Petunia’s birthday ball, Bob has similar designs on Prince Percy’s kingdom-wide baseball game. When the two strangers disappear at midnight after Cinderella hits a game winning homerun, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat!
Kids will love being a part of this hilarious twist on the classic fairy tale of “Cinderella.” While rehearsing, kids will develop acting skills, learn actor and audience etiquette and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Over 30 speaking parts available. *Minimum number of registrants is 17. If we don’t meet that minimum, kids from the younger group may be combined. Instructor: Andy Velishek

Plein Air at Central Park
Thursday Aug. 18th 1 – 4pm, and 5 – 8pm
Impressionist painters were one of the first groups to capitalize on plein air painting. Being outdoors and in front of the subject during the course of the painting gave opportunities to directly observe light, color, and shadow. Please join us in the afternoon while we layout a scene in terms of form and perspective. After a break, we’ll continue painting and be joined by seasoned plein air artists as a concert in the band shell rounds out the evening. All ages are welcomed. Tuition $45.00, includes Plein Air workshop, and materials: pastels, paper. Scholarships are available for children.

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 some Tuesday AM 10:00am to noon (and bring a friend) to see what ceramics is all about. Your first time there, 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.  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!)

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.