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

“This Good Earth” - Monthly Natural Dying Series

“This Good Earth”
First Saturday of the month from 1-5pm beginning December 2018 through September 2019, in The Paradise Center for the Arts textile lab. $40/month or $350 for all ten. Supply fee $5- $20/ month depending on the dyes required for that months project. Supply fee is paid directly to the instructor.

As people become more concerned about the sources of the food they eat, they are also becoming concerned about the sources and materials of the clothes they wear and the fabrics in their homes. During “This Good Earth” workshop series you will learn about natural dying with materials from plants, trees and the earth. Examples would be indigo, avocado, black walnut, goldenrod, onion skins, wood shavings, weld, madder, logwood and many more.

This series will provide the information you need to create a colorful pallet for your clothes and home furnishings. Natural dying is also a great way to re-purpose fabrics with environmentally safe and sustainable materials.

March... "Wood Shavings" from local turners. We will be extracting 3 or 4 dyes from wood shavings given to us by local wood turners. Using these dyes is great for dying fat quarters for quilts and recycling a favorite worn piece of clothing. You can also dye yardage. The samples, the quilt squares are all wood shaving dyes and the jacket is dyed with mesquite. We will also review preparing fabric for dying in this session.

April... Shibori, Japanese resist variations in preparation for indigo dyeing and future applications and dying with logwood. The primary focus in this workshop will be learning several different shibori techniques. Shibori is Japanese resist techniques including clamping, stitching, wrapping and tying. Shibori resist can be used as design elements in future workshops including indigo. We will also be dying with logwood in April. Logwood dye comes from a tree and can be light to very dark purple. One class sample is a Shibori arashi, meaning storm, scarf dyed in logwood and the other is a Shibori mokume stitch resist done on predyed silk.

May...The organic indigo vat using US grown and processed indigo. We will make the organic 1-2-3 indigo vat developed by Michel Garcia. We will be using indigo that was grow and processed in the U.S.  by Stony Creek in Tennessee. They have helped tobacco farmers switch to growing indigo, then Stony Creek processes it and sells it to mills and dyers. Class participants will be able to dye several of their shibori pieces and small garments.

June... Botanical/Eco printing on paper, fabric and clothing
July... Dyeing from the garden
August... More dying from the garden and working with thickened mordants
September... Printing with thickened natural dyes and inks

Instructor… Judy Saye-Willis
Studied natural dyes with Michel Garcia at his lab in France, Botanical printing with Jane Dunnewold in San Antonio and Shibori stitch resist with Joan Morris in Vermont.
Natural Dye Solo Exhibitions
“Natures Gentle Colors” 2014 traveling in Southern Minnesota
“From Garden to Gallery” 2017 Paradise Center for the Arts
Taught natural dye classes at
Textile Center, Minneapolis
Northfield Arts Guild
North 50, Northfield
Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault

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.

Painting with Kate: Painting Portraits

Painting Portraits with Kate August 12th-15th 9am to noon. Member $84.00/ Non-Member $108. Supply fee $10. For kids who have completed grades K-5. What can we learn from a portrait? Learn to properly proportion a face, color theory and what colors you will use in your painting. Look at renaissance portraits, give yourself a renaissance sounding name and paint each other in this style. Create a Picasso portrait. Use a cubist perspective to consider facial parts from different angles. Study symbolism in portraits through Frida Kahlo. Think about places, experiences, feelings and things that you would like to express in your painting, then create a self portrait with symbolism from your own life.

Painting with Kate: Painting Landscapes

Painting Landscapes with Kate August 19th-22nd 9am-noon. Member $84.00/ Non-Member $108. Supply fee $10. For kids who have completed grades K-5. Start with color and color blending and paint a simple sunset. Create a monochromatic landscape, then play with shapes and shading a la Bob Ross. Examine the differences between a bold Van Gogh landscape and the surrealism of Dali. Study skyscapes and clouds, you can incorporate in your landscape masterpiece.

Theater Classes

Marquee Children’s Theatre 2019

Marquee Children’s Theatre Season
Paradise will offer 3 different children's theatre camps. Camps, and performances will provide high quality arts experiences for students/actors through the process of learning acting skills, actor and audience etiquette, and most importantly having FUN!

Acting Fun for Little Ones ages 4-7 (must be potty trained) Tuition $75, scholarships are available. Acting Fun for Little Ones is an introduction to acting, theater and using your imagination.  Over the course of the class, kids will participate in a variety of acting games, art activities, rehearsal, and a performance for the public. Family and Friends are encouraged to join us for the performance!

Acting Fun for Little Ones - Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9 AM - 10:30 AM classes with a final performance on March 2 at 11 AM.


Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids  Tuition $85, scholarships are available. In a loving home in the city of London, Dalmatian parents, Pongo and Perdita happily raise their Dalmatian puppies, until the monstrous Cruella De Vil plots to steal them for her new fur coat! Join all the dogs of London, as they daringly rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen. With a delightfully funscore, lovable characters, and one of the most deliciously evil villains in the Disney canon, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences.

Disney's 101 Dalmatians camp is for ages 7 & up. Rehearsal/class dates June 24-June 28, July 1-3, July 8-12 (M-F, except the week of 4th of July) from 9 AM - 12 PM, 3 shows Friday July 12 at 7 PM, and July 13 at 4PM & 7 PM. One show will be ASL interpreted.

Tickets: Adult $8, student $4, family pass(2A,2S) $20

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr! Tuition $85, scholarships are available. Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria living the "good life" at the Central Park Zoo.  But Marty wants to be "Free" and heads out to find greener pastures in the "wide open spaces of Connecticut."  But they are caught before they can catch a train and instead end up on the island of Madagascar after those crazy penguins; Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, take over driving the boat heading to Kenya.  From there our foursome meets the lemurs of Madagascar and their self proclaimed ruler, King Julien the 13th.  Julien wants to keep the "New York Giants" around to scare away their dreaded enemy, the Foosa, only to find out that Alex the lion might be worse than the Foosa.  In the end Alex snaps out of it and the gang gets together to defeat the Foosa.

Based on the DreamWorks animated movie.  17 speaking and singing roles with additional opportunities for actors to showcase their talents.  Energetic and fun songs to dance to as well, your kids will love being a part of this show!

Madagascar for ages 5 & up will have auditions prior to 3 weeks of rehearsals, July 29-Aug. 2, Aug. 5-9, Aug. 12-16 (M-F) from 9 AM – 12PM, 3 shows – Friday Aug.  16 at 7PM, and Aug. 17 1PM and 7PM. This camp can accommodate up to 30-40 students. One show will be ASL interpreted.

Tickets: Adult $8, student $4, family pass(2A,2S) $20

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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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