Paradise Center for the Arts Classes

2020 Class Schedule

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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

Tuesday Open Pottery Studio

Tuesday Open Pottery Studio starting September 8th 10am-12pm. Those new to the Paradise pottery studio can participate by signing up for 6 weeks of instruction to learn basic pottery skills and learn the duties and responsibilities within our pottery studio. Upon completion of the class, with a current Paradise membership, you will be able to use the studio during open Paradise hours when room is not being used for a class and attend Tuesdays without fees. All clay fired at Paradise must be bought at Paradise.

Throwing on the Wheel

Throwing on the Wheel
September 12,  19,  26 , October 3,  10,  24, November 7,  14,  21, Last bisque firing: December 5, Last glaze firing: December 12 (Saturdays) 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Member $144, Non-Member $180. All skill levels are welcome. Topics will be determined by student’s requests. Probable topics, in order include: Wedging and centering clay, Opening clay, Throwing cups/mugs, Raising a cylinder, Trimming bottom, Attaching handles, Applying underglazes, Bisque firing, Applying glaze, Glaze firing, Throwing bowls. You may also work on your own projects. Clay must be purchased from Paradise, $47.50 for a 25 lb bag of fresh clay, or $2 a pound. 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 open hours. Instructor: Barney Smith

Relaxation Yoga

Surround yourself with beautiful artwork while doing gentle yoga in the Paradise lobby.  Suitable for all skill levels, beginners encouraged.  Sunday nights at 7 pm.

November 8
November 15
November 22
November 29

What to bring:

  • Either 2 yoga mats OR a yoga mat and beach towel (for physical distancing setup)
  • Any props you would like to use (blocks, blanket, etc).
  • Water bottle

Member $8, Non-Member $10 per class.  Class limit 7.  Must pre-register for each class by contacting the box office directly.


Throwing on the Wheel

Throwing on the Wheel Oct. 27, Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8 6:30PM to 8:30PM. Member $96/Non-Member $120. Must be ready to get dirty! Dianne will guide you through the various steps needed to perfect your skills by giving demonstrations of the process. Repetition and patience are necessary. Throwing is a calming yet frustrating experience that we go through together. Your first experiences may yield smaller pieces but we are working to develop a firm foundation in the skills so that your skills will grow through practice. All levels are welcome in this class. Students are encouraged to work in the studio outside of the regular class hours to further their skills - on the wheel, repeated practice definitely advances your technique. Pieces will be glazed. Clay must be purchased at PCA by the student. Cost is $2 per pound or 25# for $47.50. Tools will be supplied but PCA will have tools for sale for those who wish to have their own set of tools. Instructor: Dianne Lockerby

Painting Portraits with Kate: Online Class

Painting Portraits with KateOnline Class for grades 1-6. Saturdays November 7th- December 5th (no class Thanksgiving weekend Nov 28th) from 2-3pm. Member $32/Non-Member $40. What can we learn from a portrait? Learn to properly proportion a face, color theory and what colors you will use in your painting. Use a cubist perspective to consider facial parts from different angles as you study Picasso's work. 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. Supply fee: " Art Kit" will need to be purchased from the Paradise for this class. The Art Kit will have enough supplies for two of Kate’s painting classes. $20 per kit includes paint, brushes, paper, and canvases. Instructor: Kate Langlais

Introduction to Learning How to SEW Including Mending

Introduction to Learning How to SEW Including Mending

Saturday December 12th choose one of two sessions 12:00pm-2:00pm or 2:30pm-4:30pm. Tuition $15 Member/ $20 Non-Member.

Whether you are thinking about sewing your own clothes, or fixing a pair of jeans, or mending a sweater, or just want to make a mask or two or sew home décor. Register for the Introduction to Sewing class and learn some very basics about sewing.

You will learn how and be able to mend or make a simple repair on a piece of clothing you bring and/or make a mask. You will also learn about making your own clothes and sign up for future classes.

There is no gender or age requirement for this class. Students should be big enough to reach a foot pedal to run a sewing machine.

Sewing machines will be provided or you can bring your own machine, necessary notions and equipment for the class will also be provided. Kits for mask making will also be available.

Class size is limited to four students to maintain 6 feet separation and masks will be worn.

$10 supply fee for sewing and mending kit to take home that will include small scissors, needles and thread, pins and tape measure.

Instructor: Judy Saye-Willis

Winter landscape painting Online Class

Winter landscape painting Online Class for grades 1-6. Saturday December 12th 2-4pm. Member $16/Non-Member $20. Happy holidays! Create a snowy winter landscape complete with the holiday decorations of your choice. Supply fee: " Art Kit" will need to be purchased from the Paradise for this class. The Art Kit will have enough supplies for two of Kate’s painting classes. $20 per kit includes paint, brushes, paper, and canvases. Instructor: Kate Langlais


Theater Classes

Acting Fun for Little Ones Dr. Suess

Acting Fun for Little Ones Dr. Suess
For Ages 4-7, tuition $75. Class Saturdays April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, & May 15 10:00am—11:30am, students should bring a nut-free snack and water bottle to class. Students will need to bring a nut-free bag lunch to class May 15. Performance for family and friends on May 15 at 12:00pm. This class is designed to introduce kids ages 4-7 to the world of theater. We’ll play a variety of acting games to explore imagination and character. Most importantly we’ll have lots of fun! Class can be repeated. Scholarships are available. All COVID 19 safety precautions will be in place. Class size is limited to 8 students. Performance attendees will be limited to 8 people per student.
Instructor: Laura Velishek

Beauty and the Beast Jr. Theatre Camp

Beauty and the Beast Jr.
For ages 8-18, Tuition $85. Class/rehearsals Monday—Friday 8:00am-12:00pm, July 26-30, August 2-6, August 9-13. Performances August 13 at 7:00pm, August 14 2pm *ASL, & 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, July 13 4pm-7pm at the Paradise Center for the Arts everyone has a role to play. Audition Songs for Beauty & the Beast, Jr.

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

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.

For more information or to register for this class, please email

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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