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.
This last Saturday students in MaryEllen’s MiniMasters class worked on self portraits. They used chalk pastel to articulate shapes and add color. Using chalk pastel with students between the ages of 4 and 6 is always a fun and interesting experience. The pastel drawings always look amazing and the work created this Saturday was no exception. Pastel projects usually mean color everywhere; on the paper, on the tables, on little hands and little faces. We had quite a few students with hands completely covered in all colors of the rainbow.
The Portland Metro Scholastic Art Awards is on exhibit now at PNCA! This is an inspiring exhibition of Middle and High school artwork by students from in and around the Portland area. All different types of media are on display; from painting and printmaking, to ceramics and assemblage. The level of skill, originality, and personal voice demonstrated by students featured the exhibition is truly impressive.
Make sure to stop by PNCA and check out the Exhibition if you are in Portland. Click the jump to check out more images from this year’s Portland Metro Scholastic Art Awards The exhibition will be in PNCA’s commons from January 29th through February 24th, 2012.
Informal Reception PNCA:
All student participants welcome. Pacific Northwest College of Art Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 4:00 – 7:00 pm Individual Gold Key work on display.
FORMAL Ceremony – Newmark Theater Individual Gold Key, and Senior Portfolio Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention recipients will receive an invitation in the mail for the Newmark Theater Ceremony.
You know what makes a great Saturday morning? It’s different for everyone, for sure. For me, a great Saturday morning has a little bit of sunshine, a crisp January breeze, and the start of a new round of Youth classes. We welcomed over 45 young students this weekend and had lots of fun in the process. I can tell that this is going to be an awesome term filled with great artwork. We already have some drawings, paintings, and prints in the works. Here is a peek at how our first day went.
Stick with us. It’s gonna be a great two months. Keep updated on our flickr site.
We had a great first week of classes and have been working on the new catalog. To the right is a first look at the spring cover by Lizzy House. The spring classes are online now and the summer will be coming shortly. New classes include Mechanical Advantage in Kinetic Sculpture, Etching and Special Projects in Ceramics. The full schedule of summer classes will be available soon.
A very cool group of students from St. Agatha Catholic School visited PNCA to participate in a hands on activity inspired by work from the ART.WRITE.NOW Exhibition. Led by Instructor Heather McLaughlin, students were prompted to choose a work in the exhibit and complete a short worksheet. Students then learned about value and ink wash techniques. Their drawing ideas were pulled from descriptive terms they were asked to write down relating to their chosen work of art from the exhibition.
If you would like to check out more images from our activity with the student’s from St. Agatha you can do so by visiting our Outreach Collection on Flickr.
For the last five years the Youth Program has offered an internship to interested BFA students during PNCA’s Spring semester. Our internship program has seen a great deal of change over the years, shifting from a somewhat informal 2-credit internship to a rigorous, hands-on 3-credit internship with an academic component and practicum. Our Interns work in our classrooms on Saturdays and assist Instructors. In the afternoon they learn different teaching techniques, educational approaches, etc. Here are some of our past participants.
It’s really great to work with these BFA students, and to see their enthusiasm for art and education. We have four new interns joining us for our Winter and Spring terms. They will be working in our classrooms starting this Saturday. If you would like to see what our students and interns are up to, visit our In the Classroom collection on flickr.
Hey There! Did you know that Youth and Pre-College classes are just around the corner. Our Winter term begins on Saturday, January 28th! Woohoo! We can hardly wait for the kiddos and teens to be back on campus! Right now we are in the midst of preparing for youth classes… supply lists are coming in; classrooms are set! Soon, brand new sketchbooks, 140lbs watercolor paper, and other materials will be arriving. Mmmm… fresh, shiny new sketchbooks.
We have some really fun classes on the way including:
MiniMasters(4-6) with MaryEllan Hartman
Drawing + Painting(7-8) with Alice Hill
Art + Storytelling(9-11) with Gary Sweet
Hand Printed Fabric Design(12-14) with Magena Kelly
Beginning Painting(Pre-College) with Benny Fountain
We can already tell that some really amazing artwork is going to be made by the students this coming term!
The install is complete! The ART.WRITE.NOW Exhibition looks amazing! If you’re in town, come down to PNCA to check out this wonderful collection of work by talented teens from all across the nation!
ART.WRITE.NOW is currently being installed in our commons! Here is a sneak peek at some of the amazing artwork that will be featured. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ Traveling Exhibition showcases work by top teen talent from Portland and around the nation.
The ART.WRITE.NOW Tour, a traveling exhibition of select works from the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, is coming to PNCA. This touring exhibition presents some of the most stunning examples of teen-produced work in the nation. Among the more than 100 pieces of art and writing showcased in the ART.WRITE.NOW Tour are winning works from four Portland-area teens. The exhibit represents a small sample of the Alliance’s annual national exhibition, which in 2011 showcased more than 600 works from teens in grades 7 through 12. The ART.WRITE.NOW Tour is central to the Alliance’s mission to provide recognition for creative teens and to highlight the value of arts education.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Since 1923, more than nine million students have been recognized through exhibitions and publications and have shared in over $25 million in awards and scholarships that opened doors to prestigious institutions.
The program boasts a long list of distinguished alumni who also won when they were in high school, including Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Philip Pearlstein, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, John Lithgow, Ned Vizzini, Abdi Farah (winner of the Bravo reality show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist) and John Baldessari. As the program prepares for its 90th anniversary in 2013, the Alliance is calling all alumni to reconnect and join in the celebration.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The program is generously supported by Scholastic Inc., Maurice R. Robinson Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, AMD Foundation, Command Web Offset, The New York Times, Blick Art Materials, Ovation, and New York Life Foundation.
So as far as years go, this one was pretty great for the Youth Program. We got to make a lot of awesome artwork with our students. We met some amazing artists in both our Youth and Teen class offerings. We hosted schools from around the northwest like St. Josephs from Seattle, and joined educators from around the United States for the National Art Education Association Conference. We have welcomed new instructors, staff, and interns into our program, and had the pleasure of working with people who are truly committed to art education and a life of creative practice. If you would like to see some of our favorite moments from the last year, you can visit our Best of 2011 set on Flickr.
A big thank you to the PNCA Staff, Youth Faculty and Program Staff, as well as the parents and students, who support our programs and have helped make 2011 great. With your help 2012 will be even better!
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