Continuing Education Blog

PNCA offers evening and weekend classes for adults and young people. For adults we offer courses in art, craft, and design, as well as professional development classes. For children we have Saturday classes during the school year and week-long camps during the summer. In addition to our regular teen classes, we also offer immersive summer Pre-College Studios. Our blog below gives you an idea of some of the goings on, and you can see our full course catalogue online here.


Drawing from Life

Drawing Studio

This last Saturday students in Alice Hill’s Drawing Studio learned about volume and shading. Alice set up a still life with strong directional light so that her students could understand how light falls on an object, and how to render that object using lights, darks, and middle greys.

Drawing Studio

The children in her class did a wonderful job transferring what they saw in reality to the pages of their sketchbooks. Afterwords, Alice had students apply the skills that they had just learned to a more complex still-life with a variety of objects, both simple and intricate, including animal and human skulls, cups, books, and two small crows. We think the kids did a great job this week! What do you think?

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