Classes

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: 7

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: 4

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: 5

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: 12

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: 0

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: 10

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: 9

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: 14

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: 4

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: 10

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: 10

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: 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