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2016/2017 Class  SCHEDULE





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. Pieces can also be made during PCA Studio night from 7-9 PM on Sept 29, Oct 4, 13, or 18. 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, 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.

Christmas Crèche class
Saturdays, Nov 12, 19 & 26, 10-11:30 AM. Member $43.50/Non-Member $52.50.
This is perfect class to make a very personal Crèche set for you and or your family. This class fee will allow an adult to work with their child(ren) for a single fee to create 1 crèche set – number of figures you create will depend on size as you will have a clay allotment for class. (Additional figures/sets can be created for an additional clay fee of $12). Dianne will lead you through the process during which you can create multiple pieces for your set. During classes 1 and 2, we will create our pieces and then we will return to add color during class 3. After coloring and a firing, Dianne will clear glaze all pieces before you pick them up at PCA in early December (in plenty of time before Christmas).

Holiday Garland Class
Saturdays, Dec 3 & 10 from 9:30- 10:30 AM. Member $22.00/ Non-Member $26.00
A great class for the youngsters!! We will use cookie cutters to cut assorted Christmas shapes which will become a string garland to decorate their tree (or room). On December 3 we will cut and decorate our shapes. Then, on December 10, after our pieces have been fired, we will add color and string them for your garland. Garlands will go home on December 10th with the students. Students 7 and under will need an adult helper (helper may help more than 1 student for an additional clay fee of $8 per child).

Decorated Holiday Plate
Saturdays, December 3 & 10 from 10:45 AM-12:15 PM. Member $29.00/ Non-Member $35.00.
Time to make a special plate for the Holidays – perhaps for Mom or Grandma… or Santa or Rudolph! On December 3 we will cut and shape our plate(s) and then during the next class we will add color. Depending on the size and shape of plates, and the number of plates you wish to make, you may want to purchase an extra clay allotment for $8. After a firing, Dianne will clear glaze your piece(s) and they will be ready for pickup by December 17! Students 7 and under will need an adult helper (helper may bring more than 1 child for an additional clay fee of $8 per child).

ornaments3-dec-15-pcaFused Glass Ornaments Saturday December 3rd, 1:00pm-3:00pm. 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 & have fun creating
three unique Holiday ornaments. 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

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

Saturdays Jan. 28, Feb. 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, (April 22 make-up date if needed) 1:00-3:00PM. $84.00 Member/ $108.00, plus supply fee $45 (includes 25# clay, glazing & firing). All skill levels are welcome. Topics will be determined by student’s requests. Potential topics may 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

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.