This studio pass will allow you access to VAC facilities for a duration of one month from purchase date. Studio pass hours vary depending on time of year. Call 320-257-5928 for questions about open studio hours. After purchase, stop by the Paramount offices to verify your purchase and you will receive your physical studio pass.
This studio pass will allow you access to VAC facilities during the Spring 2013 season. Studio pass hours during these months are Monday through Friday 10 AM – 9 PM and Saturday 10am – 4pm. After purchase, stop by the Paramount offices to verify your purchase and you will receive your physical studio pass.
Here you can electronically submit artworks for Impact: Art as a catalyst for Social Change. The general public and artists are invited to join Michael at the Paramount April 26th at 7:00 pm prior to the workshop to meet Michael Strand for an introduction to his work and a discussion of upcoming public projects. The juried exhibition will invite artists to interpret the theme in any way they choose in any medium. We ask artists for a short statement that will be included on the ID tag for each piece of artwork. Please visit Michael’s website and watch the February 2012 TEDx Talk to learn more about it. www.michaeljstrand.com
(1) Fill out the form below.
(2) After completing payment, you will be sent a confirmation email with further instructions on how to send us electronic versions of your artwork(s).
Schedule of Events:
May 23rd, 2013:
electronic and physical entries due by 4:00 pm
June 10, 2013:
Notification of selected work
June 17th, 2013:
delivery of actual piece due by 4:00 pm
(If you submitted electronically and entry is accepted)
Entry fee (please select in the dropdown menu how many pieces you are submitting):
$20 for first entry
$10 per additional entry (up to three total)
Awards will be given at the August 23rd
Art Crawl at the Paramount.
If you have questions please contact the Paramount Visual Arts Center Offices at (320)257-5928
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June 17, 18, 19
Paramount Theatre Visual Arts Center and Elk River High School
Attend at NO COST!!!
Select the workshops that interest you, Choose from two sites-Elk River or St. Cloud
This year’s Arts Camp is a collaborative project with the Paramount Education Outreach Dept, Central Minnesota Arts Board & Elk River Arts Magnet Program. Come to learn, to be refreshed, to make art, to network, to plan for the year ahead. When you are not in sessions – Shop, have coffee or lunch with friends, enjoy a Studio Pass at the Paramount.
Nachito Herrera, acclaimed Cuban jazz artist and his wife, Aurora are special guests for this year’s Arts Camp. We encourage everyone to hear their performance-lecture about Cuban culture and music. This workshop will also help us, as teachers and artists, to think about how we can respectfully use the arts to approach cultures with which we may not be familiar.
Lee Ann Goerss, CMAB Rostered Teaching-Artist, will present a session for elementary teachers to connect art to language arts and math standards, talk to students about recycling and to identify elements of visual art. Participants will create 3-dimensional mixed media art and will explore the parts and uses of a robot through stories and interactive poetry.
Douglas Wood, award-winning author of 31 books and CMAB Rostered Teaching-Artist, will present a session for writers, artists, and teachers that will focus on the use of simile and metaphor and their value in self-awareness and expression. Douglas draws on his experience as a wilderness guide as well as an author in the process of guiding an exploration of a “writer’s path”. He may also include elements from his workshop, “Miss Little’s Gift” describing his early struggles with reading due to ADHD and dyslexia. Session particularly suited for educators of 4th thru 6th graders. Participants will write, and they WILL have fun!
Britt Aamodt, storyteller and playwright and CMAB Rostered Teaching-Artist, will present a session for artists and teachers to explore the art of storytelling and how we can use stories, as a professional, to talk about who we are and what we do and, as a teacher, to explain course material in a fresh way and help students find their own voices through story.
Jill Dubbeldee Kuhn, CMAB rostered Teaching-Artist and CSB/SJU Gallery Manager will present to artists and teachers altered book examples of rescued and recycled books creatively transformed into sculptural forms, journals, or a book with a new story all its own. Dubbeldee Kuhn will also offer suggestions for starting open dialogues with students of all ages about the book’s past and present place in history. These dialogues could also lead to calligraphy residencies and presentations about children’s book illustrations by this artist.
David DeBlieck, artist/educator and director of Dancing with Many Voices, will lead a session on “reading” dance from a cross-cultural perspective. Language Arts teachers and others will participate in gentle movement exercises, and examine how fundamental principles of movement reveal identity and meaning in dance.
Rana Nestrud (Elk River) or Jane Oxton (St. Cloud) will present information about the Picturing Writing – Literacy Through the Arts training available through the University of New Hampshire. This powerful teaching tool uses watercolor, words, poetry and book-making and has an amazing track record with elementary students and in schools with large numbers of ELL students. Come explore whether this training might be right for you or your district. We could help bring it to you next summer.
Damien Husen, art educator and ceramic artist, will present a session on the ancient and dynamic process of Raku firing. Participants will design, glaze, fire and take home a Raku vessel (provided by the instructor). Throughout the process, participant will learn about the various clay bodies, glazes, kilns and equipment necessary to achieve success in Raku. No prior experience necessary.
Anne Meyer, Teaching Artist, will present a session for artists and teachers to practice a decorative technique for clay that offers participants or students a forgiving approach to combine imagery with clay. This technique relates nicely to both scratch-art paper, and wood-cut or lino-cut prints. Participants will carve a prepared clay cup, take away simple recipes and do not need any prior experience.
Melissa Gohman, Visual Arts Director at the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center will present a session on creating underglazed ceramic tiles inspired by the geometric designs found on traditional Cuban encaustic tiles. No experience required.
Peter Newland, a teacher/potter at Elk River High School, will present a session on clay and cultural. We will explore/share strategies to gain us a deeper understanding of culture through clay and to appreciate the people who made them. Participants will have an opportunity to try “Agateware” on the wheel. Basic clay experience is recommended. (Elk River site only)
Public Art – How and Why??
Heather Allen, Program Officer at the Central MN Arts Board, will present a session for artists and teachers that will include a tour of some old and new works of public art in Elk River. She will discuss the process of planning and community engagement involved in bringing works of public art into reality. Come prepared to expand your definition of what constitutes public art and dream about what you would like to see happen in your community.
Paramount’s Visual Arts Director Melissa Gohman along with local artists Dan Mondloch and Willicey Tynes – tour the River’s Edge mural, Natural Life on the Mississippi, the Mahowald Plaza mosaic Tied to the River, and the Can Am Granite piece at the nearby downtown fire station. Visit with artists about the process and the impact of public art. What might such a project mean for your school or facility?
Making It Happen
Heather Allen, Program Officer at the Central MN Arts Board, will present a session for artists and teachers that will cover the parts and process of writing a grant application to help fund a project in your school/community or bring a professional artist in to provide a unique arts learning experience. Participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for arts learning projects that could fit their school, and learn the basics of writing a grant proposal. Additional help will be available after the session, for those interested in a further exploration of the granting process.
Jane Oxton, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center will present a session for artists and teachers to explore strategies that help students of all ages prepare and process in order to make meaning of performance field trips.
Willicey Tynes, CMAB Rostered Artist and Rana Nestrud, Director of the Elk River Arts Magnet Program - ideas for developing residencies that work and leave a lasting impact.
Becca Barniskis, a poet who teaches and who has lots of experience helping teachers and students of all ages respond to art in museums and in classrooms, will lead participants in responding to a visual art exhibit using a specific process to organize their responses and to generate language. Participants will have a chance to consider how the strategies in this session might apply to their own work as artists and educators in whatever medium they work.
For the Fun of it!
Gwen Hanvy Registered Yoga Alliance, licensed Language Arts teacher and CMAB Rostered Artist will lead you in a session of what yoga is and is not; no prior experience needed. Her soothing voice will guide participants of all ages and body types through proper breathing technique and a series of gentle poses highlighting the calming effect basic yoga movements and breathing can bring to you and your classroom.
Wine Reception – Arts Camp will end with refreshments, wine and soda, for a chance to visit, celebrate and network.
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Day Camp is a great opportunity for kids to work with various art mediums looking for a more focused and advanced experience in art. The range of mediums will include clay, painting and drawing, mixed media, screen printing and much more!
In this workshop Gail will demonstrate the techniques she use to construct the various hand built pottery forms make: teapots, tea caddies, platters, plates, and more. Gail constructs everything from soft slabs and coils using paper templates, bisque molds, and a few simple tools. She will also demonstrate surface techniques with the use of slip, sgrafitto, and ‘tattooing’. Participants will receive a handout of all formulas along with an image/lecture showing how glazes, underglazes, and china paints have been used on particular pieces. Finally, on the final afternoon, a brief ‘hands-on’ project will be presented for participants to work directly with templates, clay and slip to construct a plate or dish.