Pre-College Studios

h4. What We Offer

The Pre-College Studios 2016 Course Schedule offers a wide variety of options!  Whether you are a budding artist trying a new medium out for the first time, or a serious student with and eye towards College admission, our selection of Studios and courses offers participants a wide array of choices, skill sets, and instructors.  Interested in a particular area of study?  Scroll down and review our Studios and what courses are offered.  Registration opens January 4, 2016.

h3. Drawing Studio


The Drawing Studio allows students to immerse themselves in both the technical and conceptual aspects of drawing. Students will be challenged with demanding technical exercises based in observation as well as asked to explore more imaginative, conceptual imagery on paper. Students that participate in the drawing studio will learn to meld ideas and observation. Focused work with the human figure, perspective, still life and imagined content allows for the exploration and the organization of compositions through line, shape, texture, space, light and color.


The Drawing Studio and associated courses are an effective fit for those students wishing to expand the range of their drawing portfolio, or for those students wishing develop a more diverse set of drawing skills.

Available Courses:

“Figure & Form w/ Ruth Lantz”:
“Portraits: Real & Imagined w/ John Vance”:
“Costumed Figure w/ Sara Siestreem”:
“Drawing from Life w/ To be Announced”:

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h3. Design Studio


Fashion has an incredible impact on the everyday. It serves as a means of protection and expression. Students participating in the Pre-College Fashion Studio will explore the process of conceptualizing and designing fashionable and functional objects. Drawing and ideation exercises will focus on developing the foundational skills necessary to illustrate a fashion piece or fashion products, including the role of line, shape, color, pattern, and form.


Our drawing heavy fashion courses will challenge students to communicate their unique vision through a wearable and function focused visual language all their own.

Available Courses:

“Fashion Illustration w/ Phoenix McNamara”:
“Product Design - Wearables w/ Lauren Sinner”:

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h3. Comics & Illustration Studio


Narrative and image are powerful tools to convey captivating stories. Whether through the traditional panels and pages of Stan Lee, the experimental and educational zine-like work of Lynda Barry, or the sparse and often challenging work of Marjane Satrapi, comics have an ability to move people in a way that few other mediums do. In our Comics focused courses students will experiment with both traditional and experimental comic formats and mediums.


With a focus on hand-made pages, students will have the opportunity learn the rules of traditional structure and design. Additionally they will learn how to push the norms of comic practice through the crafting of zines.

Available Courses:

“Comics & Characters w/ Ryan Alexander-Tanner”:
“Zine Design & Production w/ Kinoko Evans”:
“Comic Adaptations w/ Ryan Alexander-Tanner”:
“Visual Storytelling w/ Kinoko Evans”:

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h3. Painting Studio


Build your skill and understanding of painting as dynamic means of communication and representation in this rigorous studio. Challenge yourself in our traditionally focused course offerings, which are based in observation, or experiment with mark making and materials in our more conceptually focused studio offerings. This studio provides an exceptional opportunity for those individuals interested and invested in taking their draftsmanship and material control to the next level.


Students will increase their understanding of wet media and mixed media integration, surface application and diversity, and color. Students will also learn representational techniques that assist in the rendering of light, texture and proportion.

Available Courses:

“Beginning Painting Techniques w/ Kendra Larson”:
“Painting the Figure w/ Kendra Larson”:
“Experiments in Painting w/ To be Announced”:
“Mixed Media: Portraits w/ Sara Siestreem”:

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h3. Printmaking Studio


Printmaking has a rich history. From its use in the proliferation of text and image to its impact on modern fashion, printmaking offers a wide range of aesthetic approaches and contexts in which to function. Screenprinting, an immediate process, carries a rich serial range and unique possibilities for translating drawn, painted, photographic and digital images into complex explorations of color and composition. The Printmaking Studio at PNCA features a professional grade facility.


This program immerses students in traditional and contemporary ideas and processes associated with printmaking. Craftsmanship and professional practice in a collaborative environment are also emphasized. Students will use diverse image sources and color applications, while printing on a variety of surfaces.

Available Courses:

“Prints on Fabric w/ Palmarin Merges”:
“Screenprinting w/ Palmarin Merges”:

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h3. The Schedule at a Glance

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Questions about the Pre-College 2016 Schedule? Contact Sara Kaltwasser at