Paradise Center for the Arts Classes

2019 Class Schedule

For more information or to register for a class, please call Paradise Center for the Arts at 507-332-7372 ext. 1 or 4, or email


Visual Arts Classes

Drum Lessons

* Drum Lessons

With over 10 years of experience playing drums for multiple MN artists/bands, Jason Neymeyer is now offering one-on-one drum lessons at the PCA. Teaching ages 10 and up, any skill level from beginning to advanced, styles from Pop Rock to Heavy Metal and almost anywhere in between. Come find your rhythm and have a blast while doing it.

Spots available Thursdays 12pm - 6:30pm
30min lesson: $20
60min lesson: $40

For more info, contact Jason directly. 507-330-3672

* Music

Painting Science with Kate 

Wednesdays January 8th-29th, 3:30-5:30pm. $64 member / $80 non-member. Supply fee $10. Grades K-5. There are many science related topics we can explore through art! Paint the parts of a cell, create a 2-dimensional model of the solar system and more in this fun, educational class. Instructor: Kate Langlais

Evening Throwing on the Wheel

Wednesdays Jan. 8—Feb. 12, 6:30-9 pm. $120 member / $150 non-member. This is a wheel class for all levels. Dianne will guide everyone thru the processes for centering, raising and opening the clay. New students will concentrate on learning the processes while more experienced students will 'work out their bugs' while improving and broadening their skills with Dianne's help. Pieces created can be decorated in various ways and all pieces will be glazed with food-safe glazes. Come with your ideas, clothes that can get dirty and a willingness to persevere! Dianne feels that all benefit from a class composed of students of all levels of experience - shared knowledge improves your experience. Clay must be purchased from PCA and the $47.50 fee (25# of clay) covers clay, glazing and firing for as long as you have the clay. Instructor: Dianne Lockerby

Open Studio for Kids

8:30am-4:30pm on the following dates: Monday January 20th, Friday February 14th, Monday February 17th, March 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Cost per day: $42 member /$60 non-member. Supply fee: $15. Projects are designed for grades K-5.
No school days are for creating art! Join us for all or part of the day as we create our own masterpieces using painting, drawing, and crafting supplies found in the studio. If you need more inspiration than that, you can choose to participate in a variety of artist-led projects throughout the day. Bring your own nut-free lunch and plenty of snacks! Spring break special: sign up for all 5 days for the price of 4. Instructor: Kate Langlais

Jackson Pollock's Birthday

Jackson Pollock's Birthday Tuesday January 28th, 6:30-7:15pm. Cost is per family: $15 members / $20 non-members. All ages. Be prepared for a mess! You'll create a large Jackson Pollack style painting with your family in honor of the great abstract painter's birthday. Instructor: Kate Langlais

Chris Koza storytelling and songwriting workshop

* Chris Koza storytelling and songwriting workshop Thursday January 30th 6:00-7:30pm. Free workshop. To reserve your spot please call 507-332-7372 ext. 1.
Join acclaimed singer/songwriter Chris Koza for a storytelling and songwriting workshop. The workshop is open to writers and musicians of all ages and abilities, and workshop participants are encouraged to bring instruments, songs and/or writing samples.

Chris Koza is a composer and performer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both solo and with his band Rogue Valley, he has supported and shared the stage with artists such as Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, The Jayhawks, and Neko Case, among others. His music appears regularly on ABC’s General Hospital and 60 Minutes, and his song Be Wild will be featured as the soundtrack to an upcoming State of Minnesota tourism campaign. His song (Rogue Valley) The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

* Music

Throwing on the Wheel with Barney Smith

Throwing on the Wheel Saturdays Feb 1, 8, 15, 29, Mar 7, 14, 28, Apr 4, 11, 25, May 2, 9, 1-3pm. $192 member / $240 non-member. All skill levels are welcome for this wheel class. Topics will be determined by student’s requests. Potential topics may include throwing cylinders, bowls, plates and lids. Hand building, extrusions and slab work may also be covered. You may also work on your own projects. Clay must be purchased from the Art Center. Cost is $47.50 for a 25 lb bag of fresh clay or $15 for a 10 lb bag of recycled clay. The cost of clay covers all glazing and firing costs and studio time. You may share a bag of clay. Some used tools are available to use in the studio. A new tool kit may be purchased from the Art Center, cost is $10. You will get dusty and dirty during the class. I suggest you bring either a full size apron or an old beach-sized towel. You may use the studio outside of class during normal Art Center hours. Instructor: Barney Smith

Sgraffito Project Class

February 8 9am-4pm. Member $56/ Non-member $70. Learn the basics of sgraffito and make a project with a Valentine’s Day flair! Wear something you can get dirty. Pieces can be picked up a week from class date. Supply fee is $5 payable to instructor. Instructor Tami Resler

Homemade Valentines

Monday February 10th, 3:30-5:30pm. $16 member / $20 non-member. Supply fee $5. Grades K-5. Make your very own unique valentines to bring to school. Bring a list of your classmate's names. Instructor: Kate Langlais

Painting Landscapes with Kate

Tuesdays February 11th-March 3rd, 3:30-5:30pm. $64 member / $80 non-member. Supply fee $10. Grades K-5. How many different kinds of landscapes are there? Explore a variety of famous artists' landscapes and create your own versions. Learn how to mix all the different colors and values needed in a successful landscape and create your own masterpiece on canvas! Instructor: Kate Langlais

Paint a Portrait of your Pet with artist Julie Fakler

Ages 7 & up, ages 6 & under will need an adult helper) February 13th 5:30pm-7:30pm. Member $16 / $20 Non-Member . Artist Julie Fakler will teach you step by step on how to paint a portrait of your pet. In class you’ll learn about under painting, form, shape and color. Email your pets photo to and we can print it out for you. If you don’t have a pet, don’t worry. Photos of pets will be available. Wear clothes that can get paint on them. Supply fee $10.00 per student. Instructor: Julie Fakler

Think Gardens and Not Snow

Wednesdays February 26- April 1, 6:30 to 9pm, $120 member / $150 non-member. This hand-building class is a great way to start or broaden your clay experience. You will learn how to handle and work with your clay. If you can handle pie crust and/or make cut-out cookies then you can work with clay in this class. We will concentrate on gardening items but what you create is up to you. There are no list of topics that we will make - Dianne will demo steps to create projects specified by students. Various decor methods will be demoed. We can do plant labels, succulent pots, wind-chimes, fancy garden creatures and pots, fancy fairy houses and furniture pieces. Even bird baths can be made - all by handbuilding. Give clay a try.
Clay must be purchased from PCA and the $47.50 fee (25# of clay) covers clay, glazing and firing for as long as you have the clay. PCA purchase makes sure that the clay and our glazes work together. Instructor: Dianne Lockerby

S. C. Rolf Workshop

S. C. Rolf two day workshop Feb.  22 & Feb. 23, you can register for one day or two days.
This workshop is all about functional pots and the beauty they bring to the   table and one’s life. Pottery artist S.C. Rolf will discuss his life and work as a studio potter making one-of-a-kind functional pots.
Saturday Feb.22 9:30am - 4:30pm  Saturday there will be a presentation of Rolf’s work and a discussion about various attributes of great pots and how one finds one’s artistic voice in their own work.  During his time with us, as he works on the wheel, Steven will demo various forms, field questions presented by participants as well as demo his trimming techniques.  Steven is very willing to share his knowledge and methods.  A PowerPoint presentation of his life work will be included during the day.
Sunday Feb. 23 10am-4pm. Sunday Steven will demonstrate beginning and advanced wheel-throwing techniques used in making his own work.  Please bring questions and issues you encounter for discussion and interactive problem solving. Sunday will be limited to 8 students who will work at their wheels alongside Steven.  As you throw, discussions can be centered around our specific problems/weaknesses that perhaps Steven can help solve.  If you wish to have help with trimming problems, please bring a couple pieces that are at  the proper stiffness for trimming.  For Sunday please come prepared with your tools, clay, and a way to transport your pieces back home if you are not a PCA member.
1 day Saturday $80.00 Members/$95.00 Non-members
1 day Sunday $80.00 Members/$95.00 Non-Members
Both days $150 Members/$180 non-members
Lunch orders and payments will be taken each morning. You can bring your own lunch if you like.

Michelangelo's Birthday

Friday March 6th, 3:30-5:30pm. $16 member / $20 non-member. Supply fee $5. Grades K-5. Learn about the legendary Renaissance artist and try making your own "ceiling" paintings. Instructor: Kate Langlais

Piet Mondrian's Birthday

Saturday March 7th, 1-3pm. $16 member / $20 non-member. Supply fee $5. Grades K-5. Happy birthday Piet! Learn about his unique painting style and create your own Neo-Plasticism masterpiece. Instructor: Kate Langlais

St Urho's Day Crafts

Monday March 16th, 3:30-5:30pm. $16 member / $20 non-member. Supply fee $5. Grades K-5. Who was St. Urho? Learn about the legend and how he came to be. Wear purple! Instructor: Kate Langlais

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Tuesday March 17th, 3:30-5:30pm. $16 member / $20 non-member. Supply fee $5. Grades K-5. Wear something green and join us for crafts of shamrocks, leprechauns, and more! Instructor: Kate Langlais

Ceramic Surface Design

Ceramic Surface Design March 14 (texture) & March 28 (glazing) 9:00am -1:00pm each day, April 4 Raku Firing 10am to completion at the instructor’s house. Member $64/ Non-member $80. Altering handbuilt and thrown objects. Alter your pieces by adding to them, taking away, and changing the shape and using glaze techniques that accent your design. Make your pieces stand out! Wear clothing that can get dirty. Supply fee is $22 to instructor. Instructor Tami Resler

Van Gogh's Birthday

Monday March 30th, 3:30-5:30pm. $16 member / $20 non-member. Supply fee $5. Grades K-5. Happy birthday Vincent! We'll learn a little bit about his life and then create our own versions of "Starry Night." Instructor: Kate Langlais

Beginning Hand Quilting

Beginning Hand Quilting April 2nd 5:00pm—8:00pm. Tuition $10 Member / $15 Non-member. Learn how to hand quilt on a small project. Learn the basics of hand quilting with artist Julie Fakler. Supply fee $5.00. Bring a thimble if you would like to use one.

Raku Pottery Firing May 17th

Raku Pottery firing May 17th 8:30am. Member $55/ Non-Member $60, Raku clay $2 a pound, or 25# for $47.50. Students can make their pieces on their own  at the Paradise Center for the Arts pottery studio. Pieces will need to be dry, and put on the PCA shelves to be bisque fired by April 26. Pieces will need to be glazed prior to the Raku firing May 17th. Raku glazes will be available in the pottery studio starting April 26. The Raku firing will take place at Dianne Lockerby's  May 17th 8:30am until finished. The clay pots & sculpture will be loaded in the raku kiln, kiln temps are rapidly increased to 1800-1900 Degrees F. Once the glazes melt & smooth out, the pieces are individually removed from the kiln. Pieces are placed in a can filled with combustible materials and the hot pot causes the combustibles to flame. A tight-fitting lid placed on the can smothers those flames and the resulting smoke can cause colors to appear on the pots. Students will leave with their finished glazed pieces. All ages are welcomed. Tuition includes one open pottery studio date, the Raku glazing and firing. Scholarships are available for children. Children 14 & under will need adult supervision May 18th. Class size is limited to 12 students so get registered early.

Theater Classes

Acting Fun for Little Ones

Acting Fun for Little Ones For Ages 4-7, tuition $75. Class Saturdays January 11, 18, 25, February 1, February 8 10:00am—11:30am. Performance on February 8th at 11am. Instructor: Laura Velishek. Scholarships are available for this class. Please inquire about scholarships by calling 507-332-7372 ext. 1.

Acting Fun for Little Ones

Acting Fun for Little Ones For Ages 4-7 tuition $75. August 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 camp 9:30am—11am. Performance on August 14th at 6:15pm.    Instructor: Desirae Brooks. Scholarships are available for this class. Please inquire about scholarships by calling 507-332-7372 ext. 1.


Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Beauty and the Beast Jr. For ages 8-18, Tuition $85. Class Monday—Friday July 27- 31, Aug. 3-7, Aug. 10-14 9:00am—12:00pm. Performances August 14th at 7 pm, August 15th at 2pm & 7pm. Instructor: Rachel Haider.
Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

  • Auditions will be prior to camp starting, July 16 4-7pm at the Paradise Center for the Arts everyone has a role to play.

Scholarships are available for this class. Please inquire about scholarships by calling 507-332-7372 ext. 1.

Elf Jr.

Elf Jr. Ages 8-18 tuition $85. Class on Saturdays Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 8am-noon. Performances November 21st at 2pm & 7pm, November 22nd at 2pm. Instructor: Andrew Velishek
A title known the world over, Elf The Musical JR. is a must-produce holiday musical that can easily become an annual tradition for any theatre. Based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Elf JR. features songs by Tony Award-nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

  • Auditions will be prior to camp starting, August 11 12:30pm - 3:30pm at the Paradise Center for the Arts everyone has a role to play.

Scholarships are available for this class. Please inquire about scholarships by calling 507-332-7372 ext. 1.

Literary Arts Classes

Join us for literary art classes at Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault! More details coming soon.

Contact Info:

Paradise Center for the Arts 507-332-7372
321 Central Ave. N.
Faribault, MN 55021


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