Pre-College Studios

Pre-College Studios Schedule


The Pre-College Studios 2015 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 5, 2015.

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.

Studio Courses:
Week 1: Figure + Form w/Samantha Wall
Week 2: Portraits: Observed & Imagined w/Samantha Wall
Week 3: Perspective: Cityscapes w/Drew Bardana
Week 4: Drawing from Life w/Drew Bardana

Instructor: Drew Bardana
Drew Bardana is an illustrator from Portland, Oregon. He earned his BFA of Illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. He makes graphically bold and conceptually punctual illustration with the use of both traditional and digital media. His work has been published in magazines nationwide.

Instructor: Samantha Wall
Samantha Wall is a graduate of PNCA, with an MFA in Visual Studies. This will be Samantha’s 3rd year instructing with PNCA’s Pre-College Studios. Samantha is represented by Laura Russo Gallery.

Fashion 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.

Week 1: Fashion Illustration w/To Be Announced
Week 2: Product Design w/To Be Announced

Graphic Novel & Illustration Studio


What is Graphic Novel:
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 Graphic Novel 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.
What is Illustration:
The highly diverse medium of illustration lends an artist the opportunity not only to tell a story or sell a product, but also for the practitioner to utilize a variety of tools and aesthetics to do so. Like PNCA’s undergraduate illustration program, students learn that their drawing skills are one tool among many that are needed to create visual messages that are both powerful and effective. The Illustration focus of this paired studio, provides an introduction to the verbal/visual relationship of the illustrator’s creative process. Self-expression and experimentation are placed within the context of illuminating information through pictures and symbols.

Studio Courses:
Week 1: Comics + Characters w/Ryan Alexander-Tanner
Week 2: Mixed Media Illustration w/Drew Bardana
Week 3: Zines w/Kinoko Evans
Week 4: Narrative Illustration w/Ryan Alexander-Tanner

Instructor: Ryan Alexander-Tanner
Ryan Alexander-Tanner is a graduate of PNCA’s BFA Program. He has instructed in PNCA’s Youth and Pre-College Program for the last 5 years. An avid artist and educator, he helped produce the illustrated version of William Ayer’s, To Teach.

Instructor: Kinoko Evans
Kinoko Evans is a graduate of PNCA’s BFA Program. Kinoko has worked and taught with PNCA’s Youth Program for the last 3 years. She is also an instructor with PNCA’s Continuing Education Program.

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.

Studio Courses:
Week 1: Observational Painting w/Kendra Larson
Week 2: Landscape Painting w/Kendra Larson
Week 3: Mixed Media Painting w/Sara Siestreem
Week 4: Large Format Painting w/Sara Siestreem

Instructor: Kendra Larson
Kendra Larson is a graduate of PNCA’s BFA Program. She holds an MFA from Wisconson-Madison. Kendra is currently a Faculty member with PNCA’s Bachelors of Fine Arts Program and has instructed in PNCA’s Pre-College Program for 5 years.

Instructor: Sara Siestreem
Sara Siestreem graduated Phi Kappa Phi with a BS from PSU and holds an MFA, with distinction, from Pratt Art Institute. This will be Sara’s 3rd year instructing with PNCA’s Pre-College Program. Sara is a faculty member of Portland State University’s Fine Arts Dept. She is represented by Augen Gallery.

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.

Studio Courses:
Week 3: Printing on Fabric w/Palmarin Merges
Week 4: Screenprinting w/Heather McLaughlin

Instructor: Heather McLaughlin

Heather McLaughlin is a graduate of PNCA’s BFA Program. She currently serves as the Printmaking Technician, and is a regular instructor in the Continuing Education Program. Heather has worked and taught with the PNCA Youth Program and Pre-College Program at PNCA for over a decade.

Instructor: Palmarin Merges

Palmarin Merges holds and MFA from SFAI. She has taught with PNCA’s Continuing Education Program for over 5 years. Palmarin is currently a Faculty member with PNCA’s Bachelors of Fine Arts Program in the Printmaking Dept.


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