Classes

Ceramics 101: Bowls and Cups on the Wheel

Tuesday, September 28-November 3 6-8:30pm

Tuition: $175.00 (includes your first bag of clay)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

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

Ceramics 201: Clay Cohort

Monday, October 5th -November 30th, 6-8:30pm

Tuition: $175.00 (includes your first bag of clay)
Experience: Prior experience preferred

The Clay Cohort will explore a variety of forms on the pottery wheel and select hand-building techniques. During the “off weeks” students will work independently in the Visual Arts Center 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

Ceramics 101: Intro to Clay

Monday, November 9th – December 7th, 1pm -4pm with Ken Ferber

Tuition: $175.00 (includes your first bag of clay)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience required

A good refresher course for those wanting to get back into ceramics or for absolute beginners. Adjust to be A good refresher course for those wanting to get back into ceramics after a long break, beginners wishing to improve skills or for absolute beginners.

Ceramics 101: Making Life Masks

Section 1: Monday, September 28th – October 19th, 6pm-8pm

Section 2: Monday, September 28th – October 19th, 10am-12pm

Tuition: $100.00 (includes all materials)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Back by popular demand! Ken will walk you through the simple steps of making a mold of your face or hands and then creating copies in clay or plastic.

Fiber & Wood Arts 101: A Gathering of Spoons

Tuesday & Thursday, October 6, 8, 13, & 15, 12-1 PM

Tuition: $45.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Using hand and power tools, and a little elbow grease, we’ll learn how to take green wood straight from the log and create traditional and abstract spoons. Gary will share multiple techniques and a variety of tools to experiment with in this class intended to be an hour of learning and inspiration, from which you can continue creating fun and useful spoons at home.

Fiber & Wood Arts 101: An Introduction to the Lathe

Tuesday, December 1-15, 6-8:30pm

Tuition: $65.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Discover the exciting world of woodturning in this class designed for the absolute beginner! Jerry will direct you how to safely use the lathe, from machine set-up through tool usage. You will have an opportunity to experiment with a variety of different cuts and finish with the creation of a small bud vase!

Fiber & Wood Arts 101: California Rag Weaving

Thursday, October 1st – 22nd, 10am-12:30pm

Tuition: $100.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Explore the fun & unique fiber arts technique of rag weave, where you will create and complete a bag or pillow top with a “squashed” design using large print or striped fabric.

Fiber & Wood Arts 101: Introduction to Turning Part One

Wednesday, October 7-21, 10-12:30pm

Tuition: $80.00 (includes all materials)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

This course is an introduction to spindle turning using a lathe and chisels. Safe use of the lathe and chisels will be stressed. The lathe and chisels will be introduced by turning a spindle project – a twig vessel (vase that does not hold water). Finishing of the project will be done using a simple to do friction type polish from Australia.

Fiber & Wood Arts 102: Introduction to Turning Part Two

Wednesday, October 28-Nov 11, 10-12:30pm

Tuition: $80.00 (includes all materials)
Experience: Woodturning 101: Part One is required

This course is an introduction to bowl turning using a lathe. The first session will begin with a quick review of the lathe, turning chisels and safety. Then a bowl project will be started. The bowl will be finished using a food safe distilled walnut oil and walnut oil/carnauba paste wax.

Fiber & Wood Arts 101: Making Pens on the Lathe!

Tuesday, November 3-17, 10-12:30pm

Tuition: $80.00 (includes materials to create 1 pen)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

In this course we will introduce you to basic pen making using a lathe. We will begin with a quick lesson in how to safely turn square blanks round. The remaining time will be spent making a beautiful pen including finishing and assembling the pen.

Fiber & Wood Arts 101: Scarf Weaving with Sock Yarn

Tuesday, October 27-November 17, 6-8:30pm

Tuition: $100.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Jeri will take you step-by-step, in this exciting new class, to learn fundamental elements of the weaving process using “pattern repeat” sock yarn to make fun and colorful 6 in. X 5 ft. scarf.

Fiber & Wood Arts 301: Woodturning Cohort

Monday, October 12 – November 16, 6-8 pm

Tuition: $75.00
Experience: Prior experience required

Collaborate with fellow experienced woodturning artists, looking to take their skill to a new level. The group will meet at multiple locations including the Paramount Visual Arts Center, fellow cohorts’ and other woodturner’s shops in the Central MN and Twin Cities area. The curriculum and objectives will be determined by a conscience of the cohort. As a cohort, members will share back to the group the variations, tricks and tips that they’ve discovered while learning new skills.

Fiber & Wood Arts 101:Knitting for Beginners

Tuesday, December 1-15, 6-8:30pm

Tuition: $55.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

A Paramount first! Learn the fundamental basics of knitting to get you started; from stitches, casting on, casting off and much more! Create a fun and simple to follow project, perfect for the beginning knitter!

Glass and Jewelry 101: Adventures in Fused Glass

Section 1: Monday, September 28-October 5, 10am-Noon with Ruth Ross Hansen

Section 2: Monday, October 12-19, 6-8pm with Amanda Hegreberg

Tuition: $65.00 (includes materials to make 4 pendants and 1 sushi plate)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Create beautiful jewelry to wear and a decorative piece for display, using your own design and simple to follow fused glass technique.

Glass and Jewelry 101: Adventures in Glass Holiday and Ornament Edition

Monday, November 30th – December 7th, 10am-Noon

Tuition: $65.00 (includes materials to make 6 ornaments and 1 sushi plate)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Design your own beautiful heirloom ornaments and a decorative plate, perfect for holiday treats, in this beginner level fusing class! Ruth will guide you with tips and techniques as you design and create your own seasonal decorations in this fun and friendly class!

Glass and Jewelry 101: An Introduction to Glass-on-Glass Mosaics

Tuesday, September 29th – Oct 27th, 6-8:30pm

Tuition: $100.00 (students provide glass based on design needs)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Make a beautiful decorative windowpane or sun catcher using this easy to follow method of attaching glass to glass to create landscapes, florals or abstracts! Use one of our designs or create your own 8.5”x11” piece!

Glass and Jewelry 101: Glass Basics

Wednesday, October 7th – 21st, 6-8:30pm

Tuition: $85.00(includes materials for basic project)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Explore the fascinating world of copper foil stained glass, in this class for the complete beginner! Create your own design or use one of ours to make a decorative window pane or wall hanging for your home!

Glass and Jewelry 101: Japanese Braiding

Monday, October 12th -26th, 10am-Noon

Tuition: $100.00 (includes a loom and materials to complete 2-3 class projects)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Discover the centuries old technique of Kumihimo, the historic Japanese art of braiding. Using a handheld loom, we will learn to make braids that can be used to hang jewelry, coil around gourds or baskets, used as belts, glasses holders, pet leashes, lanyards, handles for purses or bags, bracelets and much more! Combine the braiding you create in this class with the fused glass pendants class to create a beautiful

Glass and Jewelry 101: Precious Metal Clay Jewelry

Saturday, December 5th, 9am-4pm

Tuition: $100.00 (all materials provided)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Learn the basics of working with Precious Metal Clay  (PMC) and how easy it is to design and create beautiful fine silver jewelry. This clay is comprised of fine silver particles suspended in an organic binder. It can be rolled, folded, shaped, stamped and carved. After drying and kiln firing during class the pieces are polished and a patina can be applied. Each piece is 99.9% pure silver. No sawing, drilling, or hammering. All tools are provided; bring a bag lunch and your creativity!

Painting and Drawing 101: An Introduction to Watercolor Painting

Tuesday, October 6th – 20th, 10-12:30pm

Tuition: $75.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

This entry-level watercolor class is great for the beginning artist and those looking to “brush up” on basic watercolor. Elly will guide you through the foundational techniques for creating with watercolors including color, washes, brushwork, and much more!

Painting and Drawing 101: Basics of Beautiful Batik

Tuesday, September 29th – October 13th, 1-4pm

Tuition: $95.00 (includes all materials)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Create beautiful wall hangings using batik, a process of applying wax-resist in designs or patterns to cloth and dyeing it. Paula will share both contemporary and traditional techniques and discuss the cultures from which this wonderful art form arose! Customize your piece with the addition of sewing, quilting and hanging mounts.

Painting and Drawing 201: Beyond the Basics

Tuesday, October 27th -November 17th, 10-12:30pm

Tuition: $85.00
Experience: Prior experience preferred

Continue developing your personal watercolor style as you work with Elly to discover paint characteristics, creating value sketches, design, lighting, depth and much more, all while using your own subject matter.

Painting and Drawing 201: Beyond the Basics of Acrylics Workshop

Saturday, December 5th, 9:30-3:30

Tuition: $75.00
Experience: Prior experience preferred

Dan will help you take your acrylic painting to the next level in this continuation of his introductory course. Building off the brush techniques covered in his first class, Dan will show you how to use composition to lead your eye through a piece and create a beautiful acrylic landscape.

Painting and Drawing 101: Copperplate Calligraphy for Beginners

Saturday, November 7th, 9 – 3p.m. & November 14, 9 – 12pm

Tuition: $65.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Explore the basic fundamentals of Copperplate script, or the art of writing with a pointed pen and ink, including proper form, spacing and slantwork. Anita will walk you through with easy to follow demonstrations and discussions on the best nibs, inks and papers to use. Bring a favorite quote or text to work from.

Painting and Drawing 201: Don Andrews’ Landscape Workshop

April 5th- 8th, 9-4pm

Tuition: $375
Experience: Prior experience preferred

Through the language of watercolor, we artists can explore the world around us in fresh, exciting and personal ways. The lessons in Don’s landscape workshop are geared to a better understanding of that personal exploration. Each day, Don will stress a major visual concern; light, color, granulation, organizing nature and utilizing negative space are just a few subjects to be addressed. Don’s class isn’t geared to any specific level of achievement; rather artists at all levels will benefit from a more intimate understanding of the painting possibilities available in the exciting world of landscape painting. This workshop will be packed with demonstrations, discussions, individual help, personal and group critiques.

Painting and Drawing 201: Frank Zeller Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, October 10-11, 9-4pm

Tuition: $100.00
Experience: Prior experience preferred

Join artist Frank Zeller in this workshop organized around the style of Alvaro Castagnet, Edward Norton Ward, Shirley Trevena, John Hoard, and Frank Webb. Each day will include demonstrations, step-by-step handouts individual help, and critiques of student work.

Painting and Drawing 101: Fun with Forensic Drawing Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 9-4pm

Tuition: $100.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Join Suzann Beck in this fun and lighthearted workshop on drawing composite sketches based on verbal descriptions. Suzann will provide drawing aid in the form of facial feature templates for you to adapt, as she leads you through the sketches based on portrait photos the class brings in! We will complete several sketches and work together to understand and experience this exciting art form, as well as talk about real world application. This class is truly a unique way to experiment with portrait sketching.

Painting and Drawing 101: Watercolor Greeting Cards

Wednesday,December 2nd -9th, 6-8:30pm

Tuition: $45.00 (Includes cards and envelopes)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Join us for this fun Paramount first! Design and create your own original cards painting with watercolors, as Elly guides you through the process step-by-step. We will complete up to 10 notecards or cards, great for the holidays or everyday use! This class is perfect for the beginner!

Painting and Drawing 101: Watercolor Wonders Workshop

Saturday, October 17th, 9:30-3:30

Tuition: $70.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Join Dan as he walks you through the step-by-step process of creating beautiful and fresh watercolor paintings! Learn how to add depth, texture and water control in the first half of the class and then paint your own beautiful landscape using Dan’s easy to follow instructions in the second half.

Painting and Drawing 101:Painting with Acrylics Workshop

Saturday, November 21th, 9:30-3:30

Tuition: $70.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Truly for beginners! Learn the essential basics of acrylic painting technique including wet into wet, dry brush, layering, and glazing. Create a black and white painting in the morning and a beautifully colored landscape in the afternoon.

Writing and Art Appreciation 101: Bus Trip to the MIA

Thursday, November 5th, 8am – 5pm

Tuition: $50.00 (includes bus only)
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Spend the day at the wonderful Minneapolis Institute of Art and explore the permanent collections the entire visit or join us part of the day on a tour of the featured exhibit Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to Van Gogh, featuring works by Delacroix, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, and others!

Writing and Art Appreciation 101: Visual Journaling

Monday September 28-October 12, 7-9 pm

Tuition: $50.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Whether you’re a traditional journaler wanting to branch out or yearning to try sketching as a fresh way to embrace life, this class will creatively bring together words and pictures. Bring a blank sketchbook, journal or paper, a favorite pen and optional colored pencils, markers or paints for hands-on classes to illuminate where you’ve been, celebrate where you are and to carve a path for where you’re going. Some art supplies will be available. No experience needed.

Writing and Art Appreciation 101: Women Artist 1800’s to Present Day

Wednesday, October 28- Novmeber 4, 10-Noon

Tuition: $30.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

An exploration of works by women artists working from the late 1800s to the present,including Georgia O’Keeffe, Kathe Kollwitz, Frida Kahlo, Faith Ringgold, Maya Lin, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker , Zaha Hadid and many other female painters, sculptors, photographers, and architects. All are welcome.

Writing and Art Appreciation 101: Writing a Memoir

Wednesday, November 9-23, 7-9 pm

Tuition: $50.00
Experience: Beginner, no prior experience

Join this new series of hands-on memoir workshops with in-class exercises and at-home assignments to help you identify and organize key life events, outline chapters, capture characters, create a tangible sense of time and place, and weave together a priceless, lively legacy of stories.