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.
These are two of Frank Irby’s Ukuleles. In the class Ukulele Building, students will build a Baritone Uke with all of the basic supplies included.
Check out the kits from the upcoming Tube Amp class with Mark Keppinger. In this class you will spend the first session learning basic electronics, followed by seven weeks of tube electronics and cabinet construction.
Just a few weeks back we concluded our smARTworks Summer Art Camp, the Pre-College Studios, and a variety of teen workshops. To say the campus was active for the last two months would be an understatement. Now that programs have concluded, we are looking back! How do you boil down such an amazing body of work by staff, faculty and students into just a few images. Well, we’ll do our best.
Those are just a few images that showcase what we did his summer. If you would like to work from our smARTworks Camps, the Pre-College Studios, and more, visit our Youth Program Photo Archive on Flickr. (Photo credit: Micah Fischer, Sara Kaltwasser)
smARTworks – Art + Storytelling is in full swing. We’ve been so busy making art with kids for the last couple of weeks, that we’ve not had time to post our weekly photos. Well, there is a little bit of time today! Check out some photo’s from smARTworks 2013!
Our students seem to be enjoying themselves. PS.These super cool photos were taken by program photographer Mike O’Malley. Not only is he a great photographer, he is also a smARTworks Staff and PNCA alum! If you would like to see more images from smARTworks visit our Flickr site!
This summer marks the second year the Young Artist Workshops series is being offered by PNCA Continuing Education. This year we are offering Painting + Portraits and Drawing Techniques with Kendra Larson! Here are some sweet class shots from last year’s portrait class.
We are super excited to work with Kendra Larson again this summer! And, we are sure that the drawings and paintings from her workshops this term will be awesome! Check out more images @ our Flickr page.
For the last 4 years we have been running a Creativity Labs: Comics course with artist Erika Moen. The last three iterations of our Comics course have been taught in collaboration with artist and educator Terri Nelson, but in 2013 Erika is taking the helm and leading the class solo! Each time we’ve run this dynamic and engaging narrative-based class, our students have crafted super amazing comics. We can’t wait to see what participants make again this year.
Comics starts on June 24th and runs through that week. It’s gonna be rad… we can’t wait! We <3 comics at PNCA!
smARTworks Instructor Heather McLaughin holds a BFA in printmaking from PNCA. Along with teaching in the smARTworks summer camp, she works with BFA students in Printmaking, teaches Adult Continuing Educations classes and also serves as the Executive Director of Flight 64, a local non-profit printmaking studio.
Can you talk about what you plan to do in your smARTworks classes and what your students accomplish.
In the four weeks that I am teaching smARTworks my students will execute around 15 different two dimensional projects that explore mediums including, not not limited to: acrylics, ink wash, pen & ink, water color, charcoal, screen printing, relief printing, collagraph, monoprinting, oil & chalk pastels, and collage. All students engage in three dimensional projects with another instructor. Imagery will be executed from the imagination and observation. There are a few field trips planned to go to places like the Portland Zoo, PAM, local parks and the Chinese Gardens for source material. Projects are designed to introduce new materials and challenge the students technical abilities while engaging them in new information about the world. My smARTworks classes incorporate independent research as a place to find inspiration for imagery. Every week has a topic and I bring in a multitude of books and resources around the current topic for the students to access. Each student chooses their own research materials and therefore guides their own learning. The most important thing I want my students to gain is a taste of how we use art as a learning tool and a story telling tool.
What tools will you be using in the class?
I am teaching the two dimensional section of camp. We will be using materials such as acrylics, ink wash, pen & ink, water color, charcoal, screen printing, relief printing, collagraph, monoprinting, oil & chalk pastels, and collage. Students will create landscapes, comics, ‘zines, prints, collaborative drawings and prints, figurative work, rubbings, patterns and abstract work. PNCA has great facilities including big desks, large classrooms, live models, large prop room to draw from, excellent quality of materials and printmaking equipment.
Why do you like working with this age group?
This summer I am working with students ranging from 7 to 11 years old. I work with many different age groups and like them all for different reasons. The commonality between the 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 ages is the desire to learn practical skills and hone them. The brush, the knife, the scissors, the paint, all of these materials, the students are ready to be in total control of. While longing for the ability to create realism, the imagination is not yet shy at this age. This makes class easily fun and light while also making great art. In contrast, the reality of the hardships of the world start to enter our lives at this age and they are ready to learn how, why and what next. Again this also makes great art and experiences for everyone involved.
What are some of your favorite projects from past offerings of the class?
Once we made giant robots and had a dance party to Devo. Another time we made a collaborative print based mural on the outside of PNCA with foam plates and wheat paste. I have taught students about the labor strikes of the industrial era to the myths of legendary creatures like the phoenix and mermaids. Some of the best work students create are on-site ink wash drawings.
With summer classes just around the corner, we are taking some time to look back at smARTworks 2012. smARTworks, an annual art day camp hosted by PNCA, is a time of great creativity, whimsey, and play on campus. There are many images on our Flickr Page chronicling smARTworks over the last few years. For several of those years we have had an amazing artist and photographer, Heather Zinger, document Youth Program and Pre-College activities. Here are a few of her awesome photographs from last year’s smARTworks program.
If you would like to learn more about our awesome smARTworks program you can do so by visiting our smART pages. Check out more summer images on Flickr. If you want to be a part of this summer’s program you can register by clicking the jump —>
One of my favorite things about working with the PNCA Youth Program is watching children make art! The looks of concentration and focus that children wear at times can be so serious. With our classes this Saturday being the last for the Youth Program this academic school year, the kids in our classes were extra focused to finish projects in time for our In-Classroom Exhibitions.
As you can see, our Picture(s) of the Week show our students hard at work on projects and artistic endeavors. We love working with kids that are seriously in to art. How children stay focused and still manage to make things that are playful and completely uninhibited is a mystery. So cool. If you would like to see more work from the last day of class visit our PNCA Youth Program Flickr!
This last week of classes was super fun and super productive. Since we have only one session left in Spring Term, our students worked diligently on Saturday, with Instructors and interns, to finish projects. In Draw, Paint, Sculpt. Heather McLaughin is teaching her 9-11 year old students to paint self-portraits. This one is pretty rad, right! I think this student captures her likeness very well… especially the cat hat she is wearing.
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