Continuing Education Blog
Thursday, October 3 was the first class of Ukulele building. After quick introductions and getting to meet the Instructor, Frank Irby, and Teaching Assistant Max Sipe, we got down to the business of ukes. Frank and Max showed us their own handcrafted ukes and Max’s handmade inlays.
There are four sizes of ukuleles that are common: soprano (standard), concert, tenor, and baritone. In this class we will be building a tenor uke. Frank brought ukuleles of of all the sizes to see, hear and feel the differences. We talked about what made good instrument wood, including where it comes from, what makes the rings tighter and how the wood selected and harvested. Our ukuleles are being constructed out of Koa wood for the soundboard and body, mahogany for the necks and rosewood for the fret boards. We talked about how bracing effects sound, how we can create the best sounding uke and what you can do to add some personal style to your creation.
After learning about the power and hand tools we are going to use for the class (and the safety demo) we chose our bundles of body wood. They was an incredible variety in the looks of the bundles of koa, from reddish, marbled looking pieces to rich yellow.
We went over bookmatching and laid out our pieces for our soundboards and backs, finding the best looking combination and headed back to the shop to plane down our pieces to 3mm. Next class we start cutting out the body and moving forward.
Our Fall term started on Saturday. It was quite the day, full of painting, drawing, and cats! Here is one of our favorite images from classes this weekend. Our Animal Art class started a project combining drawing and collage!
As always, you can find more images at our flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pnca_youth/
I wrapped up teaching an introductory class on blogging at PNCA last night and it was so, so much fun. I get to teach this class once a year, and I always look forward to it more than anything else I teach. One of the coolest things we do in the last class is students publish their first blog post(s).
This one is from Peggy, who forages for wild mushrooms in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
The Youth Program is looking forward to the start of classes! Our Fall term begins on October 5th. On the docket for the next couple of months… Little Painter’s Workshop with Shelley Short, Animal Art with Amy Steel, and Art and Storytelling with Mary Dixon. There is still time to register for these classes! Just visit our Online Registration Site!
PNCA BFA and CE instructor Kate Copeland is spending the fall in Vadodara, India, teaching workshops within the Graphic Arts Department through the Fulbright Program. Follow Kate’s adventures on her tumblr.
As we have every term, schedules change after the catalog goes to print. Here the changes for this term we made to accomodate the instructor’s schedules.
Chair Prototype moves from Thursday nights to Monday nights beginning at 6:30 on September 30.
Ukulele Building makes the corresponding move from Monday to Thursday. Frank will be assisted by a professional Luthier for this class, effectively giving the class two instructors who are experts at Uke construction.
Textile Drawing, Design and Printing is now being held on Wednesday nights.
Also I wanted to highlight the second section of Beginning Drawing Perception Skills on Saturday mornings with the fantastic Jerry Sumpter.
The plaster and clay rooms at PNCA are ready for students! Thanks Liz for getting us ready for the new school year.
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)
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