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.


Reflections on the Columbia Plateau

Koch Emigrant Water

For eight consecutive years, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) and the Pacific Northwest College of Art have teamed up for a four-day monotype retreat. Originally the idea of Patrick Forster, Director of Continuing Education at PNCA, this workshop developed into an annual tradition for artists from across the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast. Each year in late April, Frank Janzen, the master printer at CSIA, teaches different techniques and styles with amazing results.

Though it is not just the artwork produced at the workshop that matters, but each retreats atmosphere of camaraderie, shared sense of purpose and discovery in the transcendent environs of CSIA. Pam Hobert, artist and program alumna, says: “There is something very special about CSIA and working with Frank. There is a subtle magic connected to this place, the land, and the opportunity to work with Frank. We as a group, have made good, sometimes even great work. We’ve made good friendships. We are aware of how rare that is.”

In celebration of the artistic achievements, past and current, of program participants, CSIA and PNCA have organized an exhibit cycle featuring the work of more than thirty program alumni and reflecting the power of place, community and collaboration. The first exhibit will be held at PNCA, October 2-31, 2014, and a second exhibit will be hosted by the Pendleton Center for the Arts, February 5-27, 2015.

You are cordially invited to the artists’ reception at PNCA, Thursday, October 2, 2014, 5:30-7pm. The exhibit and reception are open and free to the public, though we appreciate your advance rsvp.

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts provides opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. With an emphasis on contemporary, fine-art printmaking, CSIA also functions as a venue to practice traditional Native American art practices — weaving, bead working and regalia making — of the Plateau region. With a spacious gallery and world-class printmaking studio, CSIA brings in emerging and established artists to produce monotypes, monoprints and editions — including lithographs, etchings, linocuts, woodcuts and more. CSIA’s ever-growing portfolio of prints encompasses the work of many outstanding artists of diverse backgrounds and media. Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is located within the historic St. Andrews mission schoolhouse, a few miles east of Pendleton, Oregon, at the base of the Blue Mountain foothills on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Learn more about Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts.

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