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.


Director’s Message

Welcome to the Continuing Education program at PNCA. In my blog entries I share what we do and why I am passionate about the opportunities we create for you.

I am proud of the excellent and creative educational experiences our program delivers consistently and enthusiastically. Here follows two of my highlights from our course evaluations of the recent winter quarter. With more than a third of our students in the adult program responding, 95% of our participants tell us that our instructors always create a respectful and supportive class atmosphere. This is definitely the learning environment that I want to experience for my own education and development.

Yes, we also heard, and take seriously, issues about temperature control of a few of our studios. Yet, at the end of the day our students told us the quality of teaching and learning was outstanding. An incredible 98% of our participants would recommend the course they just completed to friends.

This is a great challenge to repeat or exceed for our program, notwithstanding our extended record of participant satisfaction of above nine out of ten students.

~Patrick

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Creative Professionals

Recently, we caught up with three Certificate Program students making a career transition together. Experienced graphic designers, Chris, Carol and Marti came to PNCA’s continuing education to take part in the Digital Publishing Certificate program to compliment their extensive print design backgrounds.

Carol: After interviewing with counselors with other programs I realized at 59, I was not comfortable with the rigid format and all the requirements involved. my main goal was to augment my extensive Graphic Design experience with updating my creative Suite skills and honing my ability to produce websites.

Chris: PNCA offered something different. The only other 2 year program that met the criteria was web design or web technical creation-type programs. The idea of studying web creation for 2 years was more than I could fathom and I was afraid that my other Graphic Design skills would be compromised. While needing to add web understanding and creation to my skill set, I was drawn to the fact that I could also take creative classes as part of this certificate.

Marti: Being outsourced after almost 20 years of working for one company makes it really hard to trust yourself, and gave me doubts about my skills, especially having to start all over again. Interviewing and finding another job makes me really uncomfortable, but PNCA is willing to work with me, giving me more confidence in myself, as I realize that I am not too old to learn.

Carol: My goal is updating my creative Suite Skills and getting familiar with web development. I hope to take advanced classes in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and web development. In addition, because PNCA has been so adaptable to our circumstances, we have been able to substitute classes that were redundant to our decades of work history.

Chris: I also knew that the teachers at PNCA were of a caliber above the other programs. Whether that is true or only my perception, I am not sure. My experience here so far has validated that opinion to be true. The fact that the classes could be taken in the evening or on the weekend was also a crucial factor, in case I need to work during the day.

Carol: Also, when Marti, Chris and I walked into PNCA we were thrilled to see art all over the walls. It took us back to our own art school experiences. It was like coming home.

Marti: What really drew me to the certificate program at PNCA was the environment, the art on the walls, the friendly campus, and most of all the courses that would keep my skills updated.

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Painting Birds!

During the first two weeks of our Draw, Paint, Sculpt. class students worked on large tropical bird watercolor paintings. The final images are so vibrant and full of wonderful textures and paint treatments. Here is the evolution of one particular student’s painting over the course of our last class.
Draw, Paint, Sculpt.
Draw, Paint, Sculpt.
Draw, Paint, Sculpt.
If you would like to see more of the beautiful work created during this project visit our Draw, Paint, Sculpt. Collection on Flickr. In the collection you will find birds of paradise, parrots and much, much more.

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First Day of Spring Term

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Art Explorers
Draw, Paint, Sculpt.
We had a super first day of Spring Term on Saturday. Wow! So much great art is already in the works! We can’t wait to share it with you. If you would like to see more images from any of our classes running this term, including Art Explorers, Draw, Paint, Sculpt. and Design Studio, visit our Flickr Site!

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Last Class of 2012 Winter Term

We’ll, it’s that time again. We have to say goodbye to another session of Youth classes at PNCA. The last 8 weeks have been amazing! We’ve had the pleasure of working with some exceptional students, and been witness to some incredibly creative responses to the projects that our instructors present. Here are some moments we will remember.
Drawing + Painting
Portland Perspectives Exhibition
MiniMasters
Art + Storytelling
Fabric Design
If you would like to see some of the awesome artwork that our students have made this term you can visit our Online Exhibition Venue on Flickr. If you would like to see more images from our classrooms you can do so by visiting our In the Classroom Collection.

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Printmaking

Spring and Summer with PNCA Continuing Education features a number of Printmaking classes including Etching and the return Master Printmaker Jim Reid’s summer workshop. Printmaking classes are taught by artists working in the medium that they teach and are held in the Gordon Gilkey Print Center with a full range of printing presses and screenprinting equipment.

  • Collagraphy -the art of making printing matrixies from found materials;
  • Etching – this class explores a variety of basic intaglio techniques including drypoint, line etching, soft-ground, aquatint and simple approaches to color printing;
  • Printmaking: Inside + Outside the Frame – a unique opportunity to work with Jim Reid on idea generation and print proofing, not editioning, and to develop your creative process and work;
  • Screenprinting – an immediate process, carries a rich serial range and unique possibilities for translating drawn, painted, photographic and digital images into complex explorations of color and composition;
  • Screenprinting Pre-College – for ages 15-18, this class introduces this popular printmaking technique;
  • Textile Design + Printing – bring imaginative fabrics to life by using a variety of handprinting methods.

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PNCA @ NAEA

This March Continuing Education’s Director Patrick Forster, and I will be hopping a plane to NYC to attend the National Art Education Association’s annual convention. It’s quite the event with four days of presentations centered around all aspects of Art Education. This year the convention is focused on Emerging Perspectives: Connecting Teaching, Learning, and Research. Patrick and I attended last year’s convention in Seattle and had a great time! Here are a few images of our exploits.



With over a thousand sessions to choose from, I’m are already trying to sort out my schedule for the convention, which is hard given the number of the options available. The session at the top of my list: A Century of Art Education with presenter Patrick Forster! Patrick and I will be sharing our time at the convention via this blog and our flickr site. If you would like to see more images from last year’s convention click the jump —>

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In Progress

We’re gearing up for our annual Youth Program Exhibit which takes place during the month of March in PNCA’s Commons. Our students have been hard at work getting their projects completed for inclusion into the exhibition. This year’s exhibition theme is Portland Perspectives, artwork about living in Portland and what makes this city so special. Below is a sneak peak at some of the work in progress that will be included in this year’s exhibition.
MiniMasters
Drawing + Painting
MiniMasters
We will also be exhibiting artwork from PNCA’s Youth Archive which houses over 1,000 works by Youth Program students created over the last century. Very cool! We can’t wait to share this work with the community. The exhibition will be in the Commons from March 1 – 30. Make sure to stop by and take a look!

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Spring Scholarship Deadline

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Guess what! We’ve changed our spring scholarship application deadline! Our new deadline for both paper and online scholarship applications is Monday February 27th, 2012. You can apply at pnca.edu via our Online Application Form.

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Show us your hands!

MiniMasters
MiniMasters
MiniMasters
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.

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