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.


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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Art Explorers

Art Explorers
The first 2-weeks of Youth classes have been very exciting! Students seem to be jumping right into their projects with a level of energy that is contagious. This last week our Art Explorers class visited the Ceramic Studio in PNCA’s StageCraft Building. Students learned how to pinch and roll clay, and the scratch/attach method. Wayne Bund, our Art Explorers instructor, has given us a sneak peak at his syllabus and it looks like there are more great projects to come. Stay tuned to what the Youth Program is up to at our Flickr Site

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Hallway Art Show

Our first art show of the new academic year in the “Hallway” features work by Continuing Education Staffer and Instructor Sara Kaltwasser. The show features her recent soccer paintings and works on Oklahoma, including her series of mixed media paintings on the Race Riots in Tulsa during the early half of the last century. Stop in and see her fantastic art.

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Pattern Design + Printmaking Endorsement

PNCA Continuing Education is thrilled to announce our first endorsement program in Pattern Design and Printmaking. With a focus on handprinting techniques and composition and a special emphasis on fabric design, the endorsement was created in collaboration with fabric designer and printmaker Lizzy House, Dean Melissa McClure, PNCA Continuing Education faculty and staff.

“We are really excited about the potential of smaller scale fabric printing and its importance in the textiles both for art and commerce,” says CE’s Joshua Moon. “It isn’t only services like spoonflower that make this an exciting time, but the success of handprinted small scale fabric businesses and niche sub-industries around the globe inspired us to create this course of study.”

The program consists of a combination of workshops and classes that are scheduled to enable both residents of the Portland area and out-of-towners to participate.
Because of its flexible nature, the endorsement requirements can be fulfilled in as few as nine months or at a slower pace of up to two years.
Successful completion of the Pattern Design & Printmaking program will include a professional portfolio of work, reviewed by instructors and the awarding of a formal endorsement from PNCA.

This new program is ideal for aspiring surface designers, graphic designers who want to delve into pattern design and printing, and hobbyists who want to explore the art-forms more intensively.

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