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.


On Drawing the Universe

Sketchbook

Sketchbook

Sketchbook

On Saturday, as classes were starting I made my way to the Art Explorers room to check in. This is a sort of ritual for me since documenting classes, student performances, and artwork has become a part of my job in recent years. As usual, I took a seat in room 210, listening quietly as students talked with one another the way young children often do; one little girl commenting on how Wayne is nice, and waits for all the students to arrive before starting a project in his class. Another student mentioned that she was drawing her father. To my left, a student worked furiously in his sketchbook. He was making stars with marks in all directions, flipping pages and drawing circle after circle. Intrigued, I asked him, “What are you drawing?”

His answer, “Everything in the Universe.”

Above are images from his sketchbook that day… so this is what the universe looks like. Cool.

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A visit to the Stagecraft Building.

Art Explorers

Art Explorers

Art Explorers

Students in Wayne Bund’s Art Explorers class visited our 3D Building and Ceramic Studio this week. They ventured out of their regular classroom in our Goodman Building to glaze some recently fired sculptural work. After arriving to the space, Wayne gave a brief explanation of how a kiln works, and at what temperature their artwork was fired. The kids were quite impressed with how hot a kiln gets when it is firing at Cone 6. Students were then allowed to get close to, but not touch, a kiln in mid-fire to feel the heat emanating from it. Afterwords, students glazed their work and did a super awesome job cleaning the space once their class was complete!

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Evening Classes at PNCA

Fall Classes 2011

Fall Classes 2011

Fall Classes 2011

Our Continuing Education Program has been up to a lot in recent weeks. Classes are moving right along and some great art is in the works. Check out more images from the classrooms of our current offerings at our Flickr Site. If you would like to learn more about upcoming classes, check out our Registration Site for more details. Big thanks to our good friend Wayne Bund for taking such lovely photos of Beginning Drawing: Perception Skills with Kurt Hollomon, Beginning Painting with Jerry Sumpter, and Web Design Tools with Sarah Schlosser Moon

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Pre-College Painting Studio

Pre-College 2011

Pre-College 2011

Pre-College 2011

The Pre-College Studios is still a few months away; July 16 to August 3. But we wanted to give you a preview of the type of work that comes out of our Program! Above is some stellar artwork from our Painting Studio with CE and BFA Instructor Benny Fountain.

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Waterlilies Reinterpreted

Art Explorers

Art Explorers

Art Explorers

Instructor Wayne Bund worked with our Art Explorers students on Saturday, teaching our youngest cohort about watercolor techniques and more specifically, Monet’s Waterlilies series. Students took the project in a variety of different directions. Some interpretations stayed true to the look of the original paintings… some took a looser aesthetic. Whatever the case, all of the paintings looked great!

—> Click the jump to look at more from our Art Explorers class!

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A BFA Thesis and Youth Classes

Former Intern and Youth Program Staff member Bob Fish visited our classes on Saturday October 22nd. As part of his BFA thesis Bob constructed a larger-than-life crayon, which is completely functional. He let students in our Art Explorers, Drawing Studio, and Visual elements classes try out the crayon at the beginning of their sessions. It was super fun!

Visual Elements

Art Explorers

Our Art Explorers class worked together to draw lines on a super large sheet of paper. It was pretty great to witness 8 young students draw with one large drawing tool. If you would like to see more images from Bob’s visit to our classrooms check out our flickr site.

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Visual Elements

Our Visual Elements class with artist and educator Kendra Larson has been going well. Students have worked on several drawings including an observed still-life. For the first two weeks of class students worked with charcoal, learning how to articulate value and space within a two-dimensional composition. During their third class session students worked with a variety of different materials and integrated color into their drawings.

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Drawing from Life

Drawing Studio

This last Saturday students in Alice Hill’s Drawing Studio learned about volume and shading. Alice set up a still life with strong directional light so that her students could understand how light falls on an object, and how to render that object using lights, darks, and middle greys.

Drawing Studio

The children in her class did a wonderful job transferring what they saw in reality to the pages of their sketchbooks. Afterwords, Alice had students apply the skills that they had just learned to a more complex still-life with a variety of objects, both simple and intricate, including animal and human skulls, cups, books, and two small crows. We think the kids did a great job this week! What do you think?

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Tribute to Muybridge : Animals in Motion


You gotta love some hand-made animation by children under the age of 12 years old.

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Robots!

Drawing Studio
Take a look at this amazing robot that a student made in our Drawing Studio class with Alice Hill! Several robots made an appearance during this class including R2-D2, a Mommy Robot, and a Robot that meets all of it’s owners needs including dispensing pizza. If you would like to check out some of these crazy creations, click the jump.—> Drawing Studio!

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