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.


Youth Program Fall Festival

MiniMasters

To honor our students and celebrate their achievement this term the PNCA Youth Program will be hosting a Fall Festival! What is a Fall Festival? A party; complete with art, food, and good vibes. Here are some details for you:

DATE: Saturday, November 17th, 2012
TIME: 11:30am – 1:30pm
LOCATION: PNCA Commons,
1241 NW Johnson St.

Join us as we conclude our Fall Term with a bang! Just in time for the start of the winter holiday season, our Fall Festival provides a variety of free art-based activities for children and families. Enjoy refreshments and a free catered lunch generously provided by Noodles & Company. There will be a variety of free activities, including:

Making larger than life drawings!
Hand crafting your own holiday cards and stickers!
Drawing pictures with your family!
Screen Printing a t-shirt!
Face Painting!

This is sure to be great fun for the whole family! If you would like to RSVP via Facebook you can do so by visiting our events page. Please share this super opportunity with your friends and family! We hope to see you and your children there!

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The Art of Godzilla

This week our Comics + Zines class made some head way on their Godzilla drawings! So far, the artwork is turning our quite awesome. Here are a few of the finished pieces.

The Animal Project

Comics + Zines

The Animal Project

Pretty nice, right! It is cool to see what aspects students choose to focus on, ie Godzilla’s atomic breath, Godzilla vs. ‘Insert Monster Here’, Godzilla smashing stuff. To help the ideation process along students watched clips of Godzilla on YouTube, including a good portion of the Godzilla vs. Mothra film. It was great seeing young students excited by the theme, and intrigued by old school monster movie effects. If you would like to see more images of the great and powerful Godzilla, check out our Flickr Site.

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In the Middle

We’ve hit the mid-point of our Fall Term. There are so many awesome things going on in our classes we couldn’t possibly share them all in one blog post. However, there are a few images we can share that will give you a sense of how many awesome things our students are working on right now.

Mixed Media Studio

Comics + Zines

Drawing Techniques

Work we hope to show you in the coming weeks? … Prints by the MiniMasters, Godzilla panels from our Comics + Zines class, some of the super detailed paintings from our Observational Painting class. Click the jump to visit our flickr site. —>

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Sketchbooks!

Sketchbook

Sketchbook

Sketchbook

We had a chance to peek in to some of our Mixed Media student’s sketchbooks this week! Very cool! Some sketchbook work is ideation for a project and then other drawings are based in student interest, i.e. what they typically draw in their free time. Totally diggin the lean-back swag of the giraffe and the stoic profile of the mouse on the bottom image. You can see more sketchbook captures from our awesome students by visiting our Sketchbook Club set on Flickr.

PS… Pretty sure there is some zombie action in that first image.

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Winter Classes

Winter classes are open for registration! We are getting an early start this winter with weekend workshops in December including Trend Forecasting, Illustration Marketplace and Content Strategy for the Web. With classes to expand your creative and professional skills, we have a wide range of classes in many disciplines, from Welding to Web Design and Beginning Painting to Printmaking. Continuing Education hopes you can join us and start the New Year creating.

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Thanks!

Untitled

While going through our Flickr Site this morning to determine what today’s blog post would be about, I was struck by how many stellar young artists our Program has had the privilege to work with over the last few years. I know that I speak for our instructors when I relay how super lucky we feel… getting the chance to work with your children… to teach them about art. We are continually moved by their genuine curiosity, engaging intellect, and their clear vision of the world around them. They are very cool people. Very cool, indeed. Thanks for the opportunity!

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From Life

Our older classes, including Observational Painting with Benny Fountain and Drawing Techniques with Kendra Larson, have been creating work based on observation… drawing and painting from life. Any person who has attempted such a feat knows that this is no easy task… especially when you are just learning how to do it. Our students are both meeting and exceeding the challenges set before them.

Observational Painting

Drawing Techniques

Drawing Techniques

Wow! If I’d had some of these skills when I was their age… I would be a little father along in my drawing practice, I think. Our students are amazing. Just check out a few of the awesome observed personal still-life drawings that our Drawing Techniques class completed over the weekend. So good.

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A surpise visit from an old friend.

Our second week of classes saw the start of some very interesting projects. Comics, for instance, began work on their onomatopoeia project. The MiniMasters began painting their underwater landscape, and our Drawing Techniques class worked on a personal still life using value. Our Mixed Media Studio class spent a second week in the Ceramic Studio, glazing their clay fish. After working in the studio for about an hour, PNCA Alum and regular Youth Program staff member, Bob Fish stopped in to work on one of his own projects. Our students, intrigued by what he was up to, gathered around a throwing wheel to watch him work. Bob graciously allowed the whole class to watch as he threw a vase in a matter of minutes.
Mixed Media Studio
Mixed Media Studio
Mixed Media Studio
After impressing our crew of 7 and 8 year olds with his mad-ceramic-skillz, Bob allowed students to add texture to the vase by running a finger along the surface as it spun slowly on the wheel. It was a great surprise to the end of our Mixed Media Studio’s class day. If you would like to see more images from Saturday’s classes or catch a sneak peek of our students fish being glazed, visit our Flickr Site!

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User Experience Design

findsubstance

I am excited that our newly expanded program in web and digital communications opens with a workshop in UX Design by David Lowe-Rogstad, co-founder and chief evangelist at findsubstance.com, next weekend, October 13+14, 10-4:30pm. With his extensive industry experience and leadership capacity, David made critical contributions to our ambitious agenda for bringing you up-to-date professional development in one of the most dynamic arenas of professional design and marketing. I know that David would be pleased to see you at his upcoming workshop. Learn more about the UX Design workshop and our Endorsement in Web + Digital Communications.

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Batman & the King

So our Comics + Zines class with Gary Sweet created a rather interesting series of zine pages during their first class session. The cohort of 9 to 11 year olds came up with some pretty awesome sketches when prompted to draw the caped crusader, Batman, from memory. After drawing a few different version of the Batman, students were then given pages of an old Elvis biography and asked to incorporate one or two lines of text. The results were quite EPIC.

Comics + Zines

If you would like to see the entire suite of Elvis + Batman Zine pages you can do so by visiting our C+Z set on Flickr.

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