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

Weekly Art Lessons

Weekly Art Lessons A new artist is in town! Kate Langlais has been teaching for over 10 years and is now offering drawing and painting lessons at the PCA for ages 5-18. Lessons are $40 for an hour of individualized instruction per week. Art show opportunities will be offered several times throughout the year. Hour-long time slots are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30-5:30.

Throwing on the Wheel

Throwing on the Wheel Sept. 7, 14, 28, Oct. 5, 19, 26, Nov. 9, 16, 23, Dec. 7, 14 (Saturday afternoons) 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Member $154.00, Non-Member $198.00. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 16 & up. Topics will be determined by student’s requests. Potential topics may include throwing cylinders, bowls, plates and lids. Hand building and extrusions or slab work may also be covered. You may also work on your own projects. Clay must be purchased from the Paradise $47.50 for a 25 lb bag of fresh clay, $15 for a 10 lb bag of recycled clay. Cost of clay covers glazing and firing. You may share a bag of clay. A variety of tools are available to use in the studio. A new tool kit may be purchased from the Paradise for $10. You will get dusty and dirty during the class. Instructor suggests you bring either a full-size apron or an old beach-sized towel. You may use the studio outside of class during Paradise Center for the Arts open hours. Instructor: Barney Smith

This class is eligible for Minnesota Afterschool Advance. Click the image below to learn more!

Open Pottery Studio

Open Pottery Studio will begin September 17 on Tuesday mornings 10 am to Noon. This is a time for PCA members who are skilled in ceramics to use the Studio to work and socialize with only a fee for their clay ($47.50 for 25 pounds) . Those new to clay (member or non-member) can attend by taking the beginning 6 week Handbuilding class taught by Dianne Lockerby during this time. Dianne will guide you through the steps to create clay pieces for yourself or as gifts. There will be a class fee and clay cost but you are entitled to 6 weeks of instruction. Due to the variety of experience of those working in the studio, the social interaction yields great learning opportunities and friendships also.
There is handicapped access to the studio, you must contact the Paradise prior to open pottery studio 507-332-7372 ext. 4. For those interested in a daytime wheel class, times can be arranged with Dianne when we have enough interest. Those skilled on the wheel can work independently during AM Studio.

Preschool Paint Party

Preschool Paint Party Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, 2-3pm. Member $7/Non-Member $9. Supply fee $3. Ages 2-5. Bring your caregiver with and be prepared to get messy! We'll dive right into some color mixing and finger paint on large paper. Create a self-portrait and add whatever details you'd like! Instructor: Kate Langlais. Cost is per day.

Handbuilding for Adults

Handbuilding for Adults Wednesday evenings, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Member $84/Non-Member $108, clay $47.50 for 25 pounds. Dianne believes this is the best way to be introduced to clay. She will show you how to make just about anything and guide you through the use of glazing. If you can roll a pie crust then you can manage in this class. With each class you will learn how to handle and form pieces from your clay. Decoration can be added with clay or glazes. We work free form as well as using molds to support our clay. Students work on individual pieces (you will not hear Dianne say “tonight we are all make a…”). Decorative or functional, all pieces can be glazed for use with food. Dianne feels that once you can feel how the clay molds, stretches, and dries, then you can better understand the steps of the throwing process (another class). Dianne and Barney both offer throwing classes for your next experience. A class fee and clay cost will be required. PCA supplies/shares some tools but we also have inexpensive tools available to purchase. Instructor: Dianne Lockerby

Painting Portraits with Kate

Painting Portraits with Kate Tuesdays November 5-26, 3:30-5:30pm. Member $56/Non-Member $72. Supply fee $10. Grades K-5. Are you up for a challenge? Learn how to properly proportion a face, and how to mix the colors you need to create your very own portraits. We'll look at different famous artists' styles and create our own versions. You'll create a final self-portrait on canvas- a work of art to be proud of! Instructor: Kate Langlais


This class is eligible for Minnesota Afterschool Advance. Click the image below to learn more!

Intro to Bead Embroidery

Intro to Bead Embroidery Nov. 17th Held at the Glass Garden Bead Shop, 2 sessions, same class offered twice, Afternoon 1 – 4pm. Member $60, Non-Member $70. 9th grade students to Adult. Supply Fee: $30. Students will need to bring scissors and if needed an Ott Light, embroidery small hoop if desired, assorted embroidery thread is also an option but not necessary.4 styles of stitches will be learned using beads and thread to embellish an art cloth square. Each Student will choose a square of batik art cloth designed by Suz. Students will be given a bead budget already pre-paid in the class supplies so they can pick their own personal colors which will accent their art cloth square they choose at the time of the class. A large selection of art cloth squares will be made available. Skills Needed for this class: Ability to thread a needle and knot off thread. Instructor: Suz Klumb

This class is eligible for Minnesota Afterschool Advance. Click the image below to learn more!

O'Keefe Painting

O'Keefe Painting November 15, 3:30-5:30pm. Member $14/Non-Member $18. Supply fee $5. Grades K-5. Happy Birthday Georgia! Celebrate this famous painter by exploring the nature that inspired her art. We'll create our very own masterpieces in the style of O'Keefe! Instructor: Kate Langlais

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Crafts November 25, 3:30-5:30pm/. Member $14/Non-Member $18. Supply fee $5. Grades K-5. There is so much to be thankful for! Create Thanksgiving and harvest themed crafts with new friends. Instructor: Kate Langlais

Still-Life Drawing

Still-Life Drawing December 3, 3:30-5:30. Member $14/Non-Member $18. Supply fee $2. Grades K-5. Bring in a few of your favorite things and we'll set up a large still-life to draw from. Learn how to see the lines, shapes, and shadows that define the objects and make your drawing look realistic! Instructor: Kate Langlais

Self-Portrait Drawing

Self-Portrait Drawing December 10, 3:30-5:30. Member $14/Non-Member $18. Supply fee $2. Grades K-5. Ready for a challenge? We'll talk about the way shadows and light define the way a face looks and create our very own self-portraits! Instructor: Kate Langlais

Winter/Holiday Crafts

Winter/Holiday Crafts December 11, 3:30-5:30. Member $14/Non-Member $18. Supply fee $5. Grades K-5. Happy Holidays! Let's craft up a storm this winter with snowflakes, pine trees, Santa's, and more! Instructor: Kate Langlais

Clay party with artist Layl McDill

Clay party with artist Layl McDill Saturday December 28 10am to noon. Member $25/Non-Member $30. Ages 8 to 98 will learn magical techniques with colorful oven baked clay. Roll, flatten, wrap and then slice to reveal amazing designs like stars, flowers and swirls. Then take your slices and cover anything you choose from the collection of objects including frames, jars, boxes, utensils and pins. Or make a creature like a frog or owl! You'll be amazed what you can do! Instructor: Layl McDill

Theater Classes

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


Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm-5pm
Thursday: 12pm-8pm
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