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.


Youth Program Fall Festival - This Saturday!

Woohoo! It’s almost here! Our Youth Program Fall Festival is this Saturday, the 17th, and we couldn’t be more excited! We hosted something similar to this last March in celebration of our Portland Perspectives Exhibition, and we hope to make these types of events a regular thing.

Youth Program Family Reception

DATE: Saturday, November 17th, 2012
TIME: 11:30am – 1:30pm
LOCATION: PNCA Commons,
1241 NW Johnson St.

Remember! This is a free event that you can share with your friends and family. Enjoy refreshments and a complimentary catered lunch generously provided by Noodles & Company. Plus you can participate in so many fun activities this Saturday, including:

Making larger than life drawings!
Hand crafting your own holiday cards and stickers!
Drawing pictures with your family!
Screen Printing a t-shirt!
Face Painting!

Again, we hope you choose to join us for this fun, family friendly event. It is going to be fantastic! See you there!

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Web Design Tools Class

This week wraps up our Fall quarter’s weekly classes. We have had a great term which included introducing new digital classes like Marketing: Digital Strategies and web design workshops with David Lowe-Rogstad. This is the third year of Web Design Tools which explores various content management systems, strategies for designing a website and examines the process for determining best-practice web solutions. I wanted to share some of the work from Web Design Tools, which is very impressive.

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Did you know…

Children draw a certain way at a certain age for a reason. It’s true. The stages of how a child’s drawing skills develop as they grow older is really interesting. Several great minds over the years have done research on this sort of thing; i.e. people like Viktor Lowenfeld and Betty Edwards. Our Program educators look to these models quite a bit in order to structure projects for our students. This is also one of the first things we teach Program Interns when they participate in our Youth Program Teaching Internship. Here are two of the earlier stages via Viktor Lowenfeld for you (using artwork from PNCA’s Youth Program, of course).

The Preschematic Stage (ages 3 – 4): Children consciously attempt to draw the human form. Children also start incorporating symbols and telling stories with their drawings.
MiniMasters

The Schematic Stage (Age 6): Children figure out a definite way of portraying an object/person/animal/etc. This ‘schema’ represents the child’s knowledge of the subject. During this stage children also start to understand there is definite order to spacial relationships.
The Animal Project

Pretty cool, right! (I’m kinda a geek about this stuff.) Anyway, we’ll be sharing interesting art education theory via this blog from time to time so that you can better understand the roots of our curriculum! See if you can spot the Preschematic and Schematic stages in some of our most recent Flickr uploads.

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Youth Program Fall Festival

MiniMasters

To honor our students and celebrate their achievement this term the PNCA Youth Program will be hosting a Fall Festival! What is a Fall Festival? A party; complete with art, food, and good vibes. Here are some details for you:

DATE: Saturday, November 17th, 2012
TIME: 11:30am – 1:30pm
LOCATION: PNCA Commons,
1241 NW Johnson St.

Join us as we conclude our Fall Term with a bang! Just in time for the start of the winter holiday season, our Fall Festival provides a variety of free art-based activities for children and families. Enjoy refreshments and a free catered lunch generously provided by Noodles & Company. There will be a variety of free activities, including:

Making larger than life drawings!
Hand crafting your own holiday cards and stickers!
Drawing pictures with your family!
Screen Printing a t-shirt!
Face Painting!

This is sure to be great fun for the whole family! If you would like to RSVP via Facebook you can do so by visiting our events page. Please share this super opportunity with your friends and family! We hope to see you and your children there!

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The Art of Godzilla

This week our Comics + Zines class made some head way on their Godzilla drawings! So far, the artwork is turning our quite awesome. Here are a few of the finished pieces.

The Animal Project

Comics + Zines

The Animal Project

Pretty nice, right! It is cool to see what aspects students choose to focus on, ie Godzilla’s atomic breath, Godzilla vs. ‘Insert Monster Here’, Godzilla smashing stuff. To help the ideation process along students watched clips of Godzilla on YouTube, including a good portion of the Godzilla vs. Mothra film. It was great seeing young students excited by the theme, and intrigued by old school monster movie effects. If you would like to see more images of the great and powerful Godzilla, check out our Flickr Site.

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In the Middle

We’ve hit the mid-point of our Fall Term. There are so many awesome things going on in our classes we couldn’t possibly share them all in one blog post. However, there are a few images we can share that will give you a sense of how many awesome things our students are working on right now.

Mixed Media Studio

Comics + Zines

Drawing Techniques

Work we hope to show you in the coming weeks? … Prints by the MiniMasters, Godzilla panels from our Comics + Zines class, some of the super detailed paintings from our Observational Painting class. Click the jump to visit our flickr site. —>

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Sketchbooks!

Sketchbook

Sketchbook

Sketchbook

We had a chance to peek in to some of our Mixed Media student’s sketchbooks this week! Very cool! Some sketchbook work is ideation for a project and then other drawings are based in student interest, i.e. what they typically draw in their free time. Totally diggin the lean-back swag of the giraffe and the stoic profile of the mouse on the bottom image. You can see more sketchbook captures from our awesome students by visiting our Sketchbook Club set on Flickr.

PS… Pretty sure there is some zombie action in that first image.

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Winter Classes

Winter classes are open for registration! We are getting an early start this winter with weekend workshops in December including Trend Forecasting, Illustration Marketplace and Content Strategy for the Web. With classes to expand your creative and professional skills, we have a wide range of classes in many disciplines, from Welding to Web Design and Beginning Painting to Printmaking. Continuing Education hopes you can join us and start the New Year creating.

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Thanks!

Untitled

While going through our Flickr Site this morning to determine what today’s blog post would be about, I was struck by how many stellar young artists our Program has had the privilege to work with over the last few years. I know that I speak for our instructors when I relay how super lucky we feel… getting the chance to work with your children… to teach them about art. We are continually moved by their genuine curiosity, engaging intellect, and their clear vision of the world around them. They are very cool people. Very cool, indeed. Thanks for the opportunity!

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From Life

Our older classes, including Observational Painting with Benny Fountain and Drawing Techniques with Kendra Larson, have been creating work based on observation… drawing and painting from life. Any person who has attempted such a feat knows that this is no easy task… especially when you are just learning how to do it. Our students are both meeting and exceeding the challenges set before them.

Observational Painting

Drawing Techniques

Drawing Techniques

Wow! If I’d had some of these skills when I was their age… I would be a little father along in my drawing practice, I think. Our students are amazing. Just check out a few of the awesome observed personal still-life drawings that our Drawing Techniques class completed over the weekend. So good.

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