Education

Education

For more information or to register, call us at 507-332-7372 ext. 1 or 4, or e-mail info@paradisecenterforthearts.org

2017 Class  SCHEDULE

Wear a piece of history! European Chainmail Jewelry class February 15 & 22 6-7:30pm. Member $21/Non-Member $27, Supply fee $65 for Sterling silver $25 for Bronze. Ages 12 & up. Once worn for defense and protection now it is worn to stand out in a crowd! Chainmail jewelry is created with intricately woven, fluid patterns that behave like luxurious textiles. Using the classic European 4-1 style chainmail pattern we will create a starter project of either a pair of earrings or a keyring and a bracelet suitable for either ladies or gents in your choice of sterling silver or bronze. This is the same chainmail pattern that was used to create the armor worn by Knights to compete in tournaments and defend their families. Take this class, and wear your own piece of history home! This is a two part class- in the first class we will learn the basic weave and create our starter project. In the second class we will complete our bracelets and learn about different finishing techniques. Please bring a pair of flat nose pliers and a pair of chain nose pliers or two pairs of chain nose pliers. Pliers will be available for a $5 rental fee if you do not have your own. No prerequisites this is a beginners class. Skills- must be able to grasp a pair of pliers in each hand. Instructor: Jillian Steger
Wear a piece of history! Byzantine Chainmail Jewelry class. February 28 & March 7 6pm-7:30pm. Member $21/Non-Member $27. Supply fee $65 for Sterling silver $25 for Bronze. Ages 12 and up. Once worn for defense and protection now it is worn to stand out in a crowd! Chainmail jewelry is created with intricately woven, fluid patterns that behave like luxurious textiles. Using the Byzantine style chainmail pattern we will create a starter project of either a pair of earrings or a keyring and a bracelet suitable for either ladies or gents in your choice of sterling silver or bronze. This is a beautifully intricate chain design sure to impress your friends. Take this class, and wear your own piece of history home! This is a two part class- in the first class we will learn the basic weave and create our starter project. In the second class we will complete our bracelets and learn about different finishing techniques. Please bring flat nose pliers and chain nose pliers or two pairs of chain nose pliers. Pliers will be available for a $5 rental fee if you do not have your own. Prerequisites: European chainmail class suggested but not required. Skills- must be able to grasp a pair of pliers in each hand.

Gentle dye colors from plants Locally sourced dye material can provide an abundance of natural color and texture. In the mid 1800’s plant based color for dying textiles and fashion disappeared due discovery of low cost chemical dyes. Today natural dyes are being revived due to environmental concerns. There are local materials that are easy to get color from and you can learn how the magic happens… Classes will be held for 4 Saturdays in March from 1-4 pm. Member $21/Non-member $27 per class. -March 4th… Dying with avocado pits and skins, dyes pink to tan. Save your cleaned and dried pits. -March 11th… Dying with onion skins, dyes yellow. Save you onion skins.
-March 18th .. Dying with pomegranate, dyes yellow to green. Save your dried skins -March 25th ..Dying with rhubarb root, dyes a golden yellow… usually. I will share some of mine. Each student will dye a scarf and samples. I will provide the sample material and 1 scarf. Supply fee is $20 per student per class.Instructor: Judy Saye-Willis

Fill your jewelry box! Jewelry making 101 March 14 1:00-3:30pm. Member $17.50/Non-Member $22.50. Ages 8 & up. Have you always wanted to create your own unique jewelry but didn’t know where to start? This introductory class teaches the very basics of jewelry creation. Using an assortment of glass beads and plated findings, you will learn the skills needed to create your own custom designed- necklace, bracelet, pendent, and earrings. In this class you will learn: How to use common jewelry-making tools. All about basic findings. How to string beads and add closures. How to connect pieces with jump rings and create dangles. How to add a sliding knot to leather cord to create an adjustable necklace. Supply fee $25. Instructed by: Jillian Steger
Doorknob Basket March 15 1-4pm. Member $21/Non-Member $27. Supply fee $4, all tools will be supplied. Make a cute basket that hangs on a doorknob to surprise someone on Easter or May Day. Instructor: Bonnie Becker

Fused Glass Self Portrait or Scene Saturday April 1st, 10 am-noon. Member $14/Non-Member $18. Supply fee: $20. Open to ages 8 and up (ages 8-9 should have an adult to stay to help). Join us to learn about glass fusing & have fun creating a scene/design or a self-portrait in glass. We’ll use different types of fusible glass including sheet glass, confetti, stringers, and frit balls. We’ll also learn how to do some basic cutting of glass and how firing to different temperatures will produce different effects. The pieces will need to be fired after the class, and will be ready for pickup in 1 week. Instructor: Dale Brown

Porcelain air dry roses on a wooden trinket box April 6th &13th5:30pm-7:30pm, Member $28/Non-Member $36. Supply fee $15. In class you will learn to mold air dry clay into roses the first week and that will give time for roses to dry. Also the first session we will paint the wooden boxes. The next week we will paint the roses and attach them to the boxes. Instructor: Linda VanLear

Fused Glass Pendants Class Saturday April 15th, 10 am-noon. Member $14/Non-Member $18. Supply fee $17. Open to ages 8 and up (ages 8-9 should have an adult to stay to help). Join us to learn about glass fusing, and have fun creating 5 unique pieces of art that can be made into pendants or magnets.  The items will be ready for pick up in 1 week, keep them for yourself give as a gift (Mother’s day is coming up soon)! We’ll use fusible glass, confetti, hand pulled stringers, and dichroic glass. The class is open to ages 12 and up, no previous experience is necessary. Instructor: Dale Brown

Community Iron Pour and Scratch Tile Workshop June 17th & 24th. Scratch tile workshops will be held June 17th at 10:00AM and 2:00PM (same class will be offered twice) at the Paradise Center for the Arts. The iron pour will be June 24th at 4:00pm at Lockerby sheet metal. 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 24th.

Raku Pottery June 10 10am or June 29 6pm and Firing July 29
Raku workshop for making pots & sculpture will be offered June10th 10am-Noon or June 29th 6pm-8pm (same class will be offered twice) at the Paradise Center for the Arts instructed by Dianne Lockerby. The Raku firing will take place at Lockerby Sheet Metal with Raku artist Mark Lusardi July 29th 9:30am to 4pm at Lockerby Sheet Metal. All ages are welcomed. Tuition $45.00, includes the Raku workshop, Raku firing and materials. Scholarships are available for children. Children 14 & under will need adult supervision July 29th.

2 Day Raku pottery – For experienced potters. Attend Raku pottery firing July 29th and July 30th 9:30am to 4:00pm. Tuition $85.00 for 2 days. Fire 8 to 12 pieces, must be larger than palm size. Raku clay available at the Paradise $45 for 25 pounds.

Open Labs

Saturday Open Pottery Studio 1:00pm to 3:00pm with Barney Smith. Try it for the first time for free. $10 member/$15 non-members.

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…

Open Batik Lab:  First Wednesday of the month 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Member $10.00, Non-member $15.00 per session. Learn to batik.  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.