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.

Hot Air Balloons!

This week the Art Explorers class started on their hot air balloon project! This is going to be a sculpture project with several phases, the first of which is using papier-mâché over regular balloons to make a hard surface for the students to paint on. Now… I know what you’re thinking… isn’t the 4 to 6 class a little young to be doing a papier mâché project. No way! This is a great age to integrate soft, flexible sculpture material into a child’s art curriculum. Was it messy… yes. But, the mess will be worth it once our students are finished!


One thing that our instructor did to make sure everything went smoothly in class was to ensure there was an adult at each table. In the picture above you can see our Teaching Intern, Elizabeth, helping prep materials and assisting a student with their project. We also had our new Program Assistant, John, on hand to help! If you would like to see more images of our stellar Art Explorers making some amazing hot air balloons this week, you can do so by visiting our flickr site.

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