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.


Steel String Lap Ukulele

Steel String Uke

CE Instructor Frank Irby just finished this beautiful steel string lap ukulele. It sounds as nice as it looks and is amazing to play. Frank still has a couple of spots in this term’s Ukulele class.

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Painter’s Craft

Jerry Sumpter Teaching

Jerry Sumpter is teaching Painter’s Craft this term. The Strategies class is designed to assist students of painting to build beyond foundation knowledge—toward a more complete skill set. This class, we will focus on two very powerful , yet diverse painting strategies. The first four weeks of study are dedicated to employing techniques developed by the French Royal Academy. During the remaining four weeks attention shifts to the ideas and methods taken up by the Spanish and American “lyrical” Realists. As a whole, the class will focus on color, image construction and composition as it directly applies to the painter’s craft.

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Picture(s) of the Week - 3/8/2014

So, we had a busy day on Saturday. In addition to hosting our Saturday Reception for the Youth Program’s Making History exhibition, classrooms were quite active. Check out some sweet pictures of students working with clay, and some glue goodness.

Hands_CE_Youth

Glue_CE_Youth

Clay_Hand_CE_Youth

Yep. Saturday was a little messy, too. But that comes with the territory. If you would like to see more images from this week’s classes, visit our Photo Archive on Flickr.

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Picture of the Week - 2/22/2014

We had a great second week of classes. Our MiniMasters class with MaryEllen Hartman finished up their self portraits!

MiniMasters

If you would like to see more images from our Saturday classes, or check out what a finished self portrait looks like when completed by someone between the ages of 4 and 6, visit our Flickr Site.

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Scholastic Art Awards - 2014

Another great Portland Metro Scholastic Art Awards exhibition at PNCA! This year’s exhibition is exceptional. Gold Key winning artwork is on view in the Commons of PNCA’s Main Campus building through February 28.

If you plan to check out the work while it is up you should set aside a good chunk of time. There is a great deal of artwork on display and the quality is such that you will want to take your time to really look at everything.

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Ukulele Week 8 and beyond

Ukuelel

The eighth class and extra session concentrated on adding, leveling and shaping the frets. Hammering them into place was the quick part of the job, the leveling (through sanding flat) and shaping took the bulk of the time. We also cut the bridge out rosewood and epoxied it to the body. The shaping of the head was finished, the nut shaped and the saddle was added to the bridge. The lacquering process which took a couple of days and a lot of spraying, waiting and sanding was completed at home.

To complete the process the holes for the strings were drilled through the bridge and body. Using beads tied onto the strings, they were strung through the body and wound on the tuners. After a bit of adjusting the nut and saddle it was good to go.

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Chair Prototypes

Chair

Images from Continuing Education’s recently completed Chair Prototype class.

Chair

Chair

Chair

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Ukulele Week 7

uke class 7

Week 7 was a busy a busy week in the woodshop. On Thursday we started working on shaping the heel of the neck, adding the bolt to connect to the body and adding the head laminate.

The first step in shaping the heel by roughly cutting it out on the bandsaw. Followed by using the oscillating sander to shape the curve. The front of the headstock was made square on the belt sander.
neck uke

Next we used the jig to measure and drill the hole for the bolt in the body and the nut in the neck.

uke neck jig

Saturday! Max lead the open work time in the woodshop on Saturday where work began on cutting the banding. This involved using a router mounted to a guide arm. This was a nerve wracking experience with the possibility wrecking all of the work on the body.

Channel cutting

After this was finished the binding was glued into the notch that was just cut.

Uke Binding
Next week, getting toward the end.

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Ukulele Class Six

uke body

I this week’s class we worked on preparing the neck block and a bit of catching up with constructing the body.

The first step of the neck was gluing the neck piece together at the scarf joint (which were pre-cut, thanks to Frank). We put glue on and and allowed it to dry on the exposed joint to provide a tackier surface when they are glued and clamped.

uke neck

To clamp them a jig was set up on the table and the neck laid on its side. The jig prevented the two pieces from sliding apart.
ukejig

After drying the heel was added to the neck. This was much simpler glue and clamp job.

uke heal

Next week we finish the neck shape and fingerboard.

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Picture(s) of the Week - 11/9/2013

We had another great week with the PNCA Youth Program. So many wonderful things are in the works! This week we decided to share more than one image with you so that you could get a sense of all the great happenings taking place.

Animal Art
We went to the Zoo!

Art + Storytelling: Fables
We used substantial amounts of glitter.

Screenprinting Workshop
We printed things with Pre-College.

Little Painter's Workshop
We danced a little bit.

Art + Storytelling: Fables
…. and, we made some awesome stuff.

Yes, indeed… this last Saturday was quite spectacular. If you would like to see more from the Youth Program, check out our Flickr site! PS, we are starting to post student work from this term. We hope you enjoy taking a look at all the things we have made!

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