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.

Book Arts


Our fall program offers several special opportunities for studying different aspects of book arts. Brett Warnock is eager to share his passion for comics and his deep knowledge of the publishing industry with you in Careers in Comics. Just back from an exciting time presenting Top Shelf Production’s latest publications at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland, Brett will guide you in a close-up investigation of key roles and opportunities in the industry.

Author and illustrator Victoria Jamieson returns to our program with a studio course on children’s book illustration and Trevor Dodge will lead a partially online course in which you will study the flourishing of personal memoirs in comics and graphic novel form and in which you will design your own (auto)biographical mini-comic.

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Creativity Labs for Adults

This is the last week to guarantee your spot in our Creativity Labs classes for adult. This series of courses is designed for students interested in creative experimentation while learning about art, design, and craft in ways that are meaningful, fun, and educational. Examining craftsmanship and design-oriented thinking, each course introduces students to new ways of art making with unique curriculum and engaging instruction. Continuing Education is incredibly excited to offer these courses that allow students to expand their knowledge in these unique subjects. Classes include:

  • Mechanical Advantage in Kinetic Sculpture introduces simple machines and their application in making things move without having to resort to powerful and expensive shop tools and materials.
  • Welding teaches you to gas weld, arc weld and cut steel with fire with an emphasis on sculptural forms.
  • Theremins + Monophonic Synthesizers learn the basic of electronics before exploring technology ranging from vacuum tubes to transistors.
  • Physical Computing for Artists Arduino at an art school? Indeed! Learn to sense and control the physical world with the open source micro-controller. n

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Priority Review of Certificate and Endorsement Applications

Patrick Hanna Business Card

Advance your career and expand your creative practice with a PNCA Certificate or Endorsement. Submit your application at the end of this week, in time for priority review of applications starting Monday, September 10.

Image courtesy Patrick Hanna, Design Certificate ‘10.

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