Classes

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: 14

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: 9

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: 6

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: 10

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: 3

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: 8

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: 8

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: 3

Watercolor 101: The Basics of Watercolor (Spring)

Price: $65.00

Date: March 24, 2015

Tuesdays Mar 24, (no class March 31)  Apr 7 & Apr 14 , 6-8:30pm  – 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.

Please note the date changes from the catalog: Tuesdays Mar 24, (no class March 31)  Apr 7 & Apr 14 , 6-8:30pm

 

Available Spaces: 12

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

Price: $65.00

Date: March 24, 2015

Tuesdays Mar 24, (no class March 31)  Apr 7 & Apr 14 , 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!

*Please note the date changes from the catalog: Tuesdays Mar 24, (no class March 31)  Apr 7 & Apr 14 , 6-8:30pm

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

Available Spaces: 13

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: 13

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: 8

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: 10

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

This class will focus on major European artists of the late Renaissance through the Baroque period for students interested in learning about the lives and works of painters of the Golden Age like Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Rubens.

In addition, this course will provide background information for those planning to participate in the Paramount bus trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on May 5th,as it covers many artists from the 15-17th centuries whose works will be featured in the museum’s special exhibition of works from the Hapsburg art collection in Vienna.

No materials required!

 

Available Spaces: 11

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: 14

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: 42

Ceramics with Julia Galloway and Kathy King

Price: $100.00

Date: May 11, 2015

Julia Galloway will demonstrate a variety of throwing and hand building techniques to make pitchers, teapots, cups, cream & sugar sets, and more. She will demonstrate developing forms through combining wheel thrown and hand built parts. In addition, Julia will discuss surface decoration, and the relationship between surface and form. She will demonstrate different slip applications and talk about her investigation of cone six glazes.

 

Kathy King will present a wide range of surface techniques including sgraffito, mishima and print transfer techniques using slips and underglazes that will ultimately be fired with translucent, Cone 6 glazes. King’s work is rich in narrative and she will also share her personal anecdotes and share how they manifest in her work. This will be a thought-provoking workshop that enables you to take the surface of your work to a new level of sophistication.

May 11th 6pm slide lecture and social

May 12, 13, 14, 15 Workshop 9am – 3pm

Tuition: $325 or $100 for residents of Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Wright Counties through scholarship awarded by the Central MN Arts Board

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

Available Spaces: 10

Watercolor Workshop: Lian Quan Zhen

Price: $375.00

Date: June 15, 2015

Lian teaches basic techniques such as compositions and coloring, and his unit methods including “Color Pouring and Blending” and “Paint Around”. There are 4-6 short demos each day with student practices between. In critic Lian helps students by touching up their paintings. At end of workshop students may be able to finish two paintings, or learn enough techniques to complete them later.

Available Spaces: 25

VA1: Arrrt! (Ages 4-6 July 6-10, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: July 6, 2015

Create fun projects all about Pirates & Mermaids

Available Spaces: 14

CC1: Clay Camp (Ages 7-9 July 6-10, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: July 6, 2015

Create bowls, cups, sculpture, & more using hand-building techniques & the pottery wheel! Special Topic: Surface Techniques

Available Spaces: 13

VA2: Cartoons and Comic Strips (Ages 10-14 July 6-10, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: July 6, 2015

Discover the exciting world of cartooning!

Available Spaces: 13

VA3: Pet & People Portraits (Ages 7-9 July 6-10, 1-4pm)

Price: $95.00

Date: July 6, 2015

Paint, draw, and sculpt your favorite animal friends and people too!

Available Spaces: 12

CC2: Clay Camp (Ages 10-14 July 6-10, 1-4pm)

Price: $95.00

Date: July 6, 2015

Create bowls, cups, sculpture, & more using hand-building techniques & the pottery wheel! Special Topic: Surface Techniques

Available Spaces: 14

VA4: Rockin Robots & Awesome Aliens (Ages 4-6 July 13-17, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Shoot for the stars as we explore out-of-this-world art!

Available Spaces: 11

VA5: Fairy Homes & Garden Gnomes (Ages 7-9 July 13-17, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Create tree ornaments, ceramic toad houses, stepping stones & fun art for outside!

Available Spaces: 8

CC3: Clay Camp (Ages 10-14 July 13-17, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Create bowls, cups, sculpture, & more using hand-building techniques & the pottery wheel! Special Topic: Pre-Columbian Art

Available Spaces: 13

CC4: Clay Camp (Ages 7-9 July 13-17, 1-4pm)

Price: $95.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Create bowls, cups, sculpture, & more using hand-building techniques & the pottery wheel! Special Topic: Pre-Columbian Art

Available Spaces: 14

VA6: Selfies & Portraits (Ages 10-14 July 13-17, 1-4pm)

Price: $95.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Focus on the human face, including your own, in this class where we will paint, draw and sculpt!

Available Spaces: 14

VA7: ARTventure (Ages 4-6 July 20-24, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Into the wild! Join the safari as we create art about jungle critters!

Available Spaces: 14

CC5: Clay Camp (Ages 7-9 July 20-24, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Create bowls, cups, sculpture, & more using hand-building techniques & the pottery wheel! Special Topic: Art from Ancient Egypt

Available Spaces: 14

VA8: ARTcheology (Ages 10-14 July 20-24, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: July 20, 2015

From Ancient Egypt to cave drawings; explore and create exciting art from history’s start!

Available Spaces: 15

VA9: Landscapes from Around the World! (Ages 7-9 July 20-24, 1-4pm)

Price: $95.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Create unique and beautiful art from different lands and cultures!

Available Spaces: 13

CC6: Clay Camp (Ages 10-14 July 20-24, 1-4pm)

Price: $95.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Create bowls, cups, sculpture, & more using hand-building techniques & the pottery wheel! Special Topic: Art from Ancient Egypt

Available Spaces: 15

VA10: Jurassic Art (Ages 4-6 July 27-31, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: July 27, 2015

Make art projects about your favorite dinosaur and ice age friends!

Available Spaces: 15

VA11: Glass Class (Ages 7-9 July 27-31, 10am-Noon)

Price: $75.00

Date: July 27, 2015

Design fused glass jewelry, beautiful glass-on-glass mosaics, and stained glass window art!

Available Spaces: 7

CC7: Clay Camp (Ages 10-14 July 27-31, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: July 27, 2015

Create bowls, cups, sculpture, & more using hand-building techniques & the pottery wheel! Special Topic: Totems!

Available Spaces: 15

CC8: Clay Camp (Ages 7-9 July 27-31, 1-4pm)

Price: $95.00

Date: July 27, 2015

Create bowls, cups, sculpture, & more using hand-building techniques & the pottery wheel! Special Topic: Totems!

Available Spaces: 14

VA12: Lost Arts (Ages 10-14 July 27-31, 1-4pm)

Price: $100.00

Date: July 27, 2015

The lost arts return! Explore the projects lost to time including paper making, printmaking, pin hole cameras & more!

Available Spaces: 14

VA:13 Monstrously Messy! (Ages 4-6 July 27-31, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: August 3, 2015

Paints, glitter, clay and more; projects with mess galore!

Available Spaces: 12

CC9: Clay Camp (Ages 7-9 August 3-7, 10am-Noon)

Price: $70.00

Date: August 3, 2015

Create bowls, cups, sculpture, & more using hand-building techniques & the pottery wheel! Special Topic: Mask Making

Available Spaces: 13

VA14: Glass Class (Ages 10-14 August 3-7, 10am-Noon)

Price: $75.00

Date: August 3, 2015

Design fused glass jewelry, beautiful glass-on-glass mosaics, and stained glass window art!

Available Spaces: 14

VA15: Lost Arts (Ages 7-9 August 3-7, 1-4pm)

Price: $100.00

Date: August 3, 2015

The lost arts return! Explore the projects lost to time including paper making, printmaking, pin hole cameras & more!

Available Spaces: 14

CC10: Clay Camp (Ages 10-14 August 3-7, 1-4pm)

Price: $95.00

Date: August 3, 2015

Create bowls, cups, sculpture, & more using hand-building techniques & the pottery wheel! Special Topic: Mask Making

Available Spaces: 11