Classes

Minnesota Center for Book Arts Classes

Working in partnership with local arts organizations throughout the state, Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is proud to share the creativity and versatility of book arts with communities across Minnesota. Join us for these engaging hands-on workshops designed for adults at all skill levels, and take your finished projects home with you to inspire future projects!

St. Cloud On the Road Class Schedule

COST: $20 per class (all materials are provided.)
Advance registration is required.

Register online at mnbookarts.org/ontheroad or by calling MCBA at 612 215 2520.
All classes will be held at the Paramount Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud.

Saturday, September 20th,
A.M. Classes (9:00am to noon)
-Sketchbook (Sue)
-Decorative Techniques on Paper (Jana)

Saturday, September 20th,
P.M. Classes (1:00pm to 5:00pm)
-Intro to Pamphlet and Concertina (Sue)
-Paste Paper (Jana)

Sunday, September 21st,
Classes (1:00pm to 5:00pm)
-Cartonnage (Sue)
-Case Bound Books (Jana)

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Ceramics 201: Thrown and Altered Pieces

Price: $165.00

Date: November 4, 2014

Tuesdays, November 4 – December 9, 6-8:30pm with Katie Webster

Beginning with wheel-thrown vessels, learn how to facet, stretch, dart and cut the forms to change their shapes and infuse them with gesture. You will learn how to throw and alter forms ranging from plates to butter dishes. Challenge your ideas of utility and sculpture as you discover new methods each session.

Tuition: $165 (includes first bag of clay, other materials supplied by students)
Experience Level: Intermediate, some throwing experience required

Available Spaces: 4

Ceramics 101: Intro to the Pottery Wheel (Fall, Evening)

Price: $165.00

Date: November 5, 2014

Wednesdays, November 5 – December 10 (No Class Nov 26) 5:30-8:30 with Denny Hummel

Experience the exciting world of pottery in this introductory course, perfect for those who have never worked in clay and people looking for a refresher! Create your own simple forms, including cups and bowls, as you learn how to wedge, center, throw, glaze and much more!

Tuition: $165 (includes first bag of clay, other materials supplied bystudents)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

 

Available Spaces: 11

Acrylics 101: Painting with Acrylics Workshop (Fall)

Price: $65.00

Date: November 8, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 10am-4pm with Dan Mondloch

Truly for beginners! Dan will cover basic acrylic painting techniques like wet into wet, dry brush, layering, and glazing. We will also discuss how to use the composition to lead your eye through a piece. In the morning we will create a black and white painting, and in the afternoon we will complete a beautifully colored landscape!

Tuition: $65 (plus the cost of materials)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Available Spaces: 2

Watercolor 150: (Just) Beyond The Basics of Watercolor

Price: $85.00

Date: November 18, 2014

Tuesdays, November 18,25, December 2 and 9 – 10:00-12:30 with Elly Van Diest

Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate, some prior experience preferred

Continue exploring new watercolor techniques in this basics Part Two class!  Dedicated to creating beautiful landscapes, this class will focus on controlling your paints to create lighting, shadow and depth and elements of color and design!

Tuition does not include the price of materials.

 

 

 

Available Spaces: 7

Paramount Paint and Wine Party (Fall)

Price: $50.00

Date: November 21, 2014

Friday,  November 21, 6-9pm with Bonnie Schwichtenberg

Come experience art with wine, cheese and crackers in our studios! Have fun, meet new people and learn something new. Be ready to spark your creativity, make new friends and have a good time.
(We will host AND bring the wine!)

Tuition: $50 (includes all materials)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

 

Available Spaces: 12

Watercolor 102: Watercolor Wonders Workshop (Fall)

Price: $65.00

Date: November 22, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 10am-4pm with Dan Mondloch

Find your inner watercolor talents in this one day workshop with easy to follow instruction on the basic techniques of creating beautiful and fresh watercolor paintings! Learn how to add depth, texture and water control in the first portion of the class, and then a paint your own beautiful winter landscape using Dan’s simple step-by-step instructions in the second half!

Tuition: $65 (plus the cost of materials)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

 

Available Spaces: 11

Ceramics 102: Making Life Masks

Price: $75.00

Date: December 1, 2014

Mondays, December 1,8 and 15  – 10:00-12:30 with Ken Ferber

Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

You in 3-D! Join us for this Paramount first; learning how to create a mold of your face or hands using plaster (and a little bit of patience!) and then pulling clay replicas!

Tuition includes all materials!

 

 

Available Spaces: 9

Oils 150: Portraits from a Photograph

Price: $100.00

Date: December 6, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 9am-4pm with Suzann Beck

Create a family heirloom by learning to paint portraits from your own photographs. Suzann will walk you through the process of painting a portrait start to finish from a photo you bring to the workshop. The workshop includes a demo and hands-on work. Advanced students will have the opportunity to sharpen their accuracy and finishing techniques.
This workshop will teach you: how to choose a photo to paint from, ways to transfer a basic drawing to canvas, how to mix colors for flesh tones and steps to paint a portrait in one or more sessions.

Tuition: $100 (plus the cost of materials)
Experience Level: Intermediate, some prior drawing and painting experience suggested

 

Available Spaces: 15

Ceramics 101: Intro to the Pottery Wheel (Winter)

Price: $165.00

Date: January 19, 2015

Mondays, Jan 19,26, February 2,9,16 and 23 – 10:00-12:30 with Ken Ferber

Experience the exciting world of pottery in this introductory course, perfect for those who have never worked in clay or people looking for a refresher!

Tuition includes first bag of clay. Other materials supplied by student.

 

 

Available Spaces: 12

Ceramics 250: Clay Cohort (Spring)

Price: $150.00

Date: January 19, 2015

Mondays, January 19, February 2 & February 16, 6-8:30pm with Craig Edwards

The Clay Cohort will explore a variety of forms on the pottery wheel and select hand-building techniques. Students will work independently in the Paramount studios to create work and participate in the load/fire/unload process. Space in the kiln will be determined by the number of students registered and volume of work produced by the class.

Tuition: $150 (includes first bag of clay, other materials & gas firing fee paid by students)
Experience Level: Intermediate, some throwing experience required

Available Spaces: 10

Woodturning 101: Lessons on the Lathe (Spring)

Price: $75.00

Date: January 20, 2015

Tuesdays, January 20,27 and February 3 – 10:00-12:30 with Jerry Wervey

Discover the unique art of woodturning in this class for the beginner! Learn how to safely use the lathe including everything from machine set-up to tool usage. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of cuts and will finish the class with the creation of a small project you can be proud of!

Tuition includes all materials for a basic project

 

 

Available Spaces: 3

Ceramics 104: Intro to Clay – Pottery and Hand-Building! (Spring)

Price: $165.00

Date: January 20, 2015

Tuesdays, Jan 20-Feb 24, 6-8:30pm with Andrew Webster

Finding it difficult to decide between a pottery on the wheel and a sculptural hand-building class? Do both! This class will cover the basics you need to know; from centering and throwing on the wheel to working with a slab roller, using molds, and creating simple sculpture.

Tuition: $165 (includes first bag of clay, other materials supplied by students)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Available Spaces: 15

Stained Glass 101: The Basics of Beautiful Stained Glass (Spring)

Price: $80.00

Date: February 3, 2015

Tuesdays, February 3,10 and 17 – 10:00-12:00 with Beatriz Lauer

Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Explore the fascinating world of copper foil stained glass, in this always-popular class for the complete beginner! Create your own unique designs (or use one of ours!) to make a decorative windowpane or wall hanging for your home or office.

Tuition includes all materials for a basic project

 

Available Spaces: 11

Fiber Arts 104: Transparency Weave

Price: $85.00

Date: February 3, 2015

Tuesdays, Feb 3-Mar 3, 6-8pm with Jeri Olson-McCoy

Create a sheer weaving that allows light to filter through your design. Come with 5/2 or 3/2 pearl cotton (or equivalent) and a geometric design in mind.

Tuition: $85 (plus some materials)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Available Spaces: 6

Acrylics 101: Painting with Acrylics Workshop (Spring)

Price: $65.00

Date: February 7, 2015

Saturday February 7, 10am-4pm with Dan Mondloch

Truly for beginners! Dan will cover basic acrylic painting techniques like wet into wet, dry brush, layering, and glazing. We will also discuss how to use the composition to lead your eye through a piece. In the morning we will create a black and white painting, and in the afternoon we will complete a beautifully colored landscape!

Tuition: $65 (plus the cost of materials)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

 

Available Spaces: 15

Watercolor 102: Watercolor Wonders Workshop (Spring)

Price: $65.00

Date: February 21, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 10am-4pm with Dan Mondloch

Find your inner watercolor talents in this one day workshop with easy to follow instruction on the basic techniques of creating beautiful and fresh watercolor paintings! Learn how to add depth, texture and water control in the first portion of the class, and then a paint your own beautiful winter landscape using Dan’s simple step-by-step instructions in the second half!

Tuition: $65 (plus the cost of materials)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

 

Available Spaces: 15

Woodturning 102: Introduction to Turning Pens

Price: $75.00

Date: February 25, 2015

Wednesdays, February 25, March 4 and 11 – 10:00-12:30 with Nadine Nelson

Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Create your own beautiful and unique pen, as Nadine walks you through the essential basics of safely working on a lathe!  Learn about mounting the wood to the lathe, using a chisel, turning pen forms, polishing and adding metal components.

Tuition includes all materials for one basic pen.

 

 

 

Available Spaces: 5

Oils 151: Monochromatic Portrait Painting

Price: $125.00

Date: February 28, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 9am-4pm with Suzann Beck

Learn how to paint a monochrome oil portrait using a palette limited to two colors! This workshop will help build your portraiture skills by teaching you how to “draw” with the brush, see and paint values correctly, and add finishing touches that bring life to your painting. In the morning session Suzann will explain and demonstrate the monochromatic technique, while the afternoon session features hands-on practice painting from a live model and one-on-one guidance to a classical-style portrait following principles of the old European masters.

Tuition: $125 (plus the cost of materials)
Experience Level: Intermediate, some prior drawing and painting experience suggested

 

Available Spaces: 15

Fused Glass 101: Fun with Fused Glass Jewelry and More! (Spring)

Price: $50.00

Date: March 2, 2015

Mondays, March 2 & 9, 6-8pm with Amanda Hegreberg

In this easy to learn and easy to create class you can make jewelry of your own design and have the option to experiment with bottle corks, purse holders, bracelets and more using simple fused glass techniques. Choose your own colors, create your own patterns and designs, and fuse together — simple as that!

Tuition: $50 (includes materials for six basic projects, additional materials available)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

 

Available Spaces: 12

Drawing 102: The Fundamentals of Basic Drawing

Price: $65.00

Date: March 3, 2015

Tuesdays, March 3,10 and 17 – 10:00-12:00  with Elly Van Diest

Explore foundational drawing skills for the complete beginner including lines, basic forms, simple perspective, contour, light and shadow, and complete the class with experiences you need to create a good drawing!

Tuition does not cover the cost of materials.

 

 

Available Spaces: 12

Drawing 102: The Fundamentals of Basic Drawing (Evening)

Price: $65.00

Date: March 3, 2015

Tuesdays, Mar 3-17, 6-8pm with Elly Van Diest

Explore foundational drawing skills including lines, basic forms, simple perspective, contour, light and shadow, and complete the class with experiences you need to create a good drawing!

Tuition: $65 (plus the cost of materials)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Available Spaces: 15

Fiber Arts 102: Weaving on a Frame Loom

Price: $55.00

Date: March 5, 2015

Thursdays, March 5,12 and 19  – 10:00-12:00 with Jeri Olson-McCoy

Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Learn a variety of traditional and tapestry techniques to create beautiful fiber art pieces for your home. Choose your own colors and textures of natural fiber yarns to make your piece truly unique. You are welcome to bring your own loom or use one of ours!

Tuition does not include the price of materials

 

Available Spaces: 5

Ceramics 103: Handbuilding Through History

Price: $165.00

Date: March 10, 2015

Tuesdays, March 10,17,24,31, April 7 and 14 – 10:00-12:30 with Andrew Webster

Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Explore handbuilding from a new angle! This unique class covers all the essential basics from slab rollers and extruders to molds and tools – but through the lens of art history! Each week Andrew will explore new periods in time across the globe and offer tips and techniques on incorporating what you learn into your projects!

Tuition includes first bag of clay, other materials supplied by students.

Available Spaces: 12

Ceramics 202: Unique and Beautiful Surface Technique!

Price: $125.00

Date: March 11, 2015

Wednesdays, March 11 – April 15, 6:30-8:30pm with Katie Webster

Develop your personal pottery style through this surface decoration class! Clay will be your canvas as you explore sgraffito, underglaze painting, slip inlay, and decals! Try these techniques individually or experiment with combing them to create variations of historic slip decorated and contemporary ceramic wares alike! You will have time to make new forms in class and bring in finished pieces to revisit and embellish!

Tuition: $125 (includes first bag of clay, other materials supplied by students)
Experience Level: Intermediate, some throwing experience required

 

Available Spaces: 11

Fiber Arts 201: Craftsman Style Weaving

Price: $100.00

Date: March 17, 2015

Tuesdays, March 17 – April 21, 6-8pm with Jeri Olson-McCoy

New at the Paramount! Experiment with exciting geometric patterns of a Craftsman Style Weave! You will have the opportunity to choose from an array colors of pearl cotton that you bring yourself (or can purchase the day of class) to create a tablemat, pillow top, or hanging.

Tuition: $100 (plus the cost of some materials)
Experience Level: Some prior weaving experience preferred

 

Available Spaces: 7

Basketry 102: Double Bottom Gathering Basket

Price: $85.00

Date: March 21, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 10am-4pm with Janet Olney

Explore the art of basket weaving in this easy to learn, easy to follow class for beginners! This basket has a double bottom with a “punt” in it that helps distribute heavy things like apples to the outside edges of the basket so the bottom doesn’t sag. The basket is woven of reed with split maple splints and curls woven into it. It is approximately 8 – 9” wide and 10” high plus a handle.

Tuition: $85 (all materials included!)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Available Spaces: 10

Watercolor 101: The Basics of Watercolor (Spring)

Price: $65.00

Date: March 24, 2015

Tuesdays, March 24,31 and April 7  – 10:00-12:30 with Elly Van Diest

Dive into the wonderful world of watercolor in this course designed for the complete beginner! Through experience, learn the essential processes for creating beautiful watercolors including color, design, washes, brushwork, paint characteristics and more!

Tuition does not include the cost of materials.

Available Spaces: 12

Watercolor 101: The Basics of Watercolor (Spring, Evening)

Price: $65.00

Date: March 24, 2015

Tuesdays Mar 24-Apr 7, 6-8:30pm with Elly Van Diest

Dive into the wonderful world of watercolor, in this course designed for the complete beginner! Through experience, learn the essential processes for creating beautiful watercolors including color, design, washes, brushwork, paint characteristics and much more!

Tuition: $65.00 (plus the cost of materials)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Available Spaces: 15

Ceramics 101: Intro to the Pottery Wheel (Spring, Evening)

Price: $165.00

Date: April 7, 2015

Tuesdays, April 7-May 12, 6-8:30pm with Kathy Wellik

Experience the exciting world of pottery in this introductory course, perfect for those who have never worked in clay and people looking for a refresher! Create your own simple forms, including cups and bowls, as you learn how to wedge, center, throw, glaze and much more!

Tuition: $165 (includes first bag of clay, other materials supplied by students)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

 

Available Spaces: 15

Mosaic Forms 101: Concrete Mosaic Sculpture (Spring)

Price: $100.00

Date: April 8, 2015

Wednesdays, April 8 – 29, 6-8:30pm with Laura Ruprecht

Create a beautiful mosaic sculpture for your garden or home using techniques that made the mosaic sculpture “Tied to the River” across the street from the Paramount. Participants will be making a multi-layered metal form in which you will learn how to cut and shape metal lath and also learn how to mix and apply cement. Once the base of the sculpture is cured, students will also learn how to cut and break glass to be used for mosaic.

Tuition: $100 (plus the cost of some materials)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Available Spaces: 10

Coffee and Conversation

Price: $5.00

Date: April 15, 2015

Wednesday April 15 – 10:00-12:00 with Lynn Metcalf

Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Join us for this VAC first! Coffee and Conversation is a relaxed, book club style gathering of anyone interested in exploring ideas and interpretations of art based literature! Art historian, Lynn Metcalf, will lead conversations on The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History By Robert Edsel.

Tuition does not include the price of the book.

 

Available Spaces: 12

Watercolor 201: Gilting Watercolors

Price: $80.00

Date: April 22, 2015

Wednesdays, April 22,29, May 6 and 13 – 10:00-12:30 with Bonnie Schwictenberg

Experience Level: Intermediate, some  prior watercolor experience required

Learn a unique way to liven up your watercolors using guilding! Bonnie will take you step-by-step through a watercolor painting, to which you will apply foil for shimmer and shine! This truly is a must try experience for watercolor artists!

Tuition doesn’t include the price of materials.

Available Spaces: 11

Art Appreciation 101 (Spring)

Price: $30.00

Date: April 22, 2015

Wednesdays, April 22 and 29 – 10:00-12:00 with Lynn Metcalf

Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Expand your understanding and sensitivity to the visual arts in this class all about comprehension, rather than creation! The arts will become a source of lifelong enjoyment and discovery as you develop your creative viewing skills and personal aesthetic standards.

No materials required!

 

Available Spaces: 12

Oils 201: Alla Prima Workshop

Price: $125.00

Date: April 25, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 9am-4pm with Suzann Beck

Learn Suzann’s tricks and tips on creating beautiful full-color oil portraits in a single session! Class will begin with a demonstration lecture, where Suzann will walk you through her entire process from drawing, under-painting and painting. The afternoon will give you the opportunity to work with a model and complete a painting with Suzann’s guidance and hands-on assistance. You will leave the workshop with a completed portrait!

Tuition: $125 (plus the cost of materials)
Experience Level: Intermediate, some prior drawing and painting experience preferred

 

Available Spaces: 15

Fused Glass 150: Beyond the Basics of Fused Glass (Spring)

Price: $85.00

Date: April 27, 2015

Mondays, April 27 – May 11, 6-8pm with Amanda Hegreberg & Ruth Ross Hansen

This fused glass class is perfect for the returning fused glass artist! Create larger decorative items and discover new opportunity for creativity with the slumping technique to create bowls and plates!

Tuition: $85 ( Includes basic materials, additional materials available)
Experience Level: Some fused glass experience preferred.

Available Spaces: 15

Paramount Paint and Wine Party (Spring)

Price: $50.00

Date: May 1, 2015

Friday, May 1, 6-9pm with Bonnie Schwichtenberg

Come experience art with wine, cheese and crackers in our studios! Have fun, meet new people and learn something new. Be ready to spark your creativity, make new friends and have a good time.
(We will host AND bring the wine!)

Tuition: $50 (includes all materials)
Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience required

Available Spaces: 12

Bus Trip: Minneapolis Institute of Art (Spring)

Price: $45.00

Date: May 5, 2015

Tuesday, May 5th, 8am – 5pm, self-guided

$45 (includes bus only): The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Masterpieces from Europe’s Greatest Dynasty This sweeping exhibition showcases the amazing history of the Austrian Habsburg Emperors, who commissioned and collected households full of masterpieces by which to display their power.

Available Spaces: 44