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ABOUT VISUAL ARTS


Visual Arts Studios

The Paramount Visual Arts Studios offer a creative environment for the community to interface with the visual arts. As a community resource, we nurture a love of the arts, welcoming the beginning student through experienced artist in our newly renovated studio for hands-on arts education. We have a great selection of art classes and newly updated studios available to community members at all experience levels. Link to current arts classes for youth and adults.

 

SUMMER ART STUDIO HOURS (June 1-August 30)

June Daytime Hours: Monday through Friday 10am-4pm

June, July, and August Evening Hours: Mon & Thurs 4pm – 8:00pm

*Studios will be closed: 
Wednesday June 19 (Juneteenth) 
Thursday June 27 (Lemonade Arts Festival at SCSU) 
Thursday July 4 (Fourth of July) 

 

Age Requirements:
All visitors must be 18 years or older, unless accompanied by an adult at all times during the visit (unless the program specifically outlines a younger age, such as Summer Art Camps). If you have a student who is under the age of 18 interested in participating in a class, please contact the Visual Arts Department Office to explore options! (320) 257-3128 or email dsegerstrom@paramountarts.org

Cancellation Policy:
If a patron has registered for a program but is unable to attend, cancellations are eligible for a partial refund, less an administration fee of 15% of class tuition, if the cancellation happens 15 or more calendar days prior to the class start date.

Unfortunately, refunds are unavailable if the cancellation happens within 14 days, or fewer, of the class’s start date. Except in the case of a family or medical emergency.

We are unable to pro-rate fees for missed or late registration for programs or classes.

At the discretion of the instructor, students might be able to join a class after the start date. Please contact the Visual Arts Department Office at (320) 257-3128 or email dsegerstrom@paramountarts.org to explore your options!

Low Enrollment:
In the event of low enrollment, the Paramount Center for the Arts may need to cancel a class. Students will be given the option to receive a full refund or transfer their tuition fees toward another class or stage event. Students will be notified of a cancellation via the email used to register for the class and a phone call using the provided contact information. Persons registering more than one person would need to share the update with their party.

Accessibility Statement:
The Paramount Center for the Arts welcomes all guests, artists and patrons alike, and affirms our commitment to offering programming and services that are accessible to all. 

The Paramount welcomes comments and suggestions about how we might continue to improve our programs and services for visitors with disabilities and is committed to improve experiences for every patron.

Please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Aimee Miron, to offer feedback or make requests: amiron@paramountarts.org  or call  320-257-3127.

Assistance Fund:
If you are interested in one of our educational arts programs but have financial constraints, you may apply for a 50-75% reduction in the original price of the event. The cost of class materials, which is often included in the registration fee, are ineligible for financial assistance and will remain the responsibility of the individual. For additional information and/or to apply for assistance CLICK HERE

 

Studio Practices- What to Expect While You Are Creating with Us!

The Paramount Center for the Arts welcomes all people to the Studios with the expectation of inclusion and respect towards all, including yourself, fellow students, instructors, staff and volunteers.

Instructor Prep Time: Please allow your instructor time to prepare your classroom; if you arrive more than 15 minutes earlier than the class start time, please explore one of our onsite exhibition spaces or wait in the Lobby in the Visual Arts Department.

Cleaning: Please help keep the Studios a welcoming space by cleaning up your area before departing the building.

Food and Beverage: The Visual Arts Department offers a Lobby Area for students and instructors to enjoy food and beverages. There is an onsite microwave and refrigerator, along with vending machines. For your safety, we ask that you please do not eat in any of the Studios.

Ceramics Studios: To ensure the appropriate firing temperatures and to protect the kilns, all clay must be purchased through the Paramount Center for the Arts, no outside clay bodies or glazes should be introduced to the Studios. If you have any questions about clay and glazes, please connect with our Ceramics Technician.

Supplies and Materials: For the safety and wellbeing of all visitors to the Paramount, we ask that materials that are used in the studios are the recommended brands and grade, as described in the materials list, or are approved by Paramount Staff.

Open Studio Access: Ceramic Artists are welcome and encouraged to utilize the Studio outside of class. September to May Studio availability is Monday through Wednesday 10am-9pm and Thursday through Saturday 10am-4pm, when classes are not in session. Please check the calendars posted outside the Pottery and Handbuilding Studios to see when studios are open and available for use!  

Weather Closures:  In the event of severe weather, the Visual Arts Department will update the phone messages on the Information Desk (320) 257-3125, announce closures on the Paramount website homepage, and will communicate via email to any students whose class meeting time is impacted by the closure.

 

Did you know…

ARTS UNDERGROUND 
Dates and Times: Will resume in September 2024! 

All ages and experience levels are welcome; adults and supervised youth!
*Please see information below for minimum age requirements in mediums-

Please note this drop in program is offered on a first come first served basis. Once capacity is reached we will post a sign at the door and welcome people to return another Arts Underground Night to create!

The Paramount Arts Underground offers people of all ages the opportunity to explore the Paramount Arts Studios to develop artistic skills in a variety of mediums. Working with a studio mentor, you can try your hand at throwing a bowl on the wheel, piecing a mosaic together, turning a wooden bowl on the lathe, forming a sculpture out of clay or creating a painting or drawing. The Paramount has all of the supplies and equipment you need to try something new. Arts Underground welcomes supervised youth and adults to create family friendly art!

Pottery, Ceramic Sculpture, Mosaic (youth 7 and under must have an adult present in Studio), Painting, Drawing, Fused Glass (youth 7 and under must have an adult present in Studio), and Wood Turning (ages 13+ only), with periodic specialty mediums such as Print Making and Fiber Arts. Materials included! **Please, no outside materials, clay and glass require certain firing temperatures and other mediums require additional ventilation.

Please us the North Doors, located in the back of the building, for access. Door switches and elevators are available at this entrance. Once inside, please use the stairs or elevator to proceed to the lower-level -Visual Arts Department to check in or call (320) 257-3125 for assistance.

Please note that though Arts Underground is a drop-in experience, requiring no pre registration, there are capacities in each studio, offered on a first-come first-served basis.   

 

 

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Art Club 

Date/Time: Art Club is on break for the Summer, we hope to see you in September! 
Location: Paramount
Tuition: Free 
*Though this is a free program, registration is required. Please call our Box Office at (320) 259-5463 or visit 913 West St. Germain Street, St Cloud, MN 56301 Monday through Saturday 10am-2pm
Ages 18+,  **Please note this is not a supervised activity, Artist’s Care/Support Team are welcome and should remain onsite to assist artist attendees as needed. Attendee artists will need to arrange transportation to and from the Paramount. The Paramount Center for the Arts and The ARC Minnesota are not responsible for accidents.

This activity is presented in partnership with The Arc Minnesota 

Art Club is a free creative and social activity, helping artists with disabilities and all abilities find success in artistic exploration. Artists will self-select, bring supplies, and work through their own projects, at their own pace, while benefiting from the collective creativity of others in the space. Meet other people who are interested and excited about art!

Feel free to paint, draw, sculpt, fiber arts such as sewing, knitting, crocheting, coloring, jewelry making and more! Please make sure your materials do not require additional ventilation. Artwork created onsite should be family friendly.

Our building is accessible, with door switches and elevators. Parking is available on the North side of the building in the city ramp. CLICK HERE for directions and parking information. 

Please contact us at amiron@paramountarts.org or call 320.257.3127 for additional information or to discuss any special accommodations. 

 

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