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.


Guitar Effect Pedals Week Two

This is the Second Entry from PNCA Librarian Dan McClure on his adventures in the Continuing Education Guitar Effects Pedal class.
Guitar Effect Parts
At the start of every class Mark gives away fun stuff he has lying around his shop. I took a Piezo microphone element, a vintage Bakelite earpiece and a mysterious op-amp circuit board. I’m sure I’ll make great use of these.
Guitar Pedal two
Mark goes over quite a bit of theory. This is a depiction of a resistor. He also discussed waveforms, capacitors and variable resisters during the second class.
Guitar Pedal Three
I’m getting ready for the third session tonight. Some of the supplies I’m bringing: some Carling switches, a soldering iron, a Hammond enclosure for one of my effects, some solder, a multimeter, some LED light bezels, an adjustable screwdriver and an old Schaller tremolo I might try to replicate and improve.

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Art.Play.Dance.

The Youth Program is doing something very exciting? What is it you ask? We are collaborating with BodyVox to host Art.Play.Dance. A class inspired by artist Nick Cave’s Sound Suit work. Wanna know what a sound suit is? Check out this video from Nick Cave’s Residency at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

Join the Youth Program as we offer Art.Play.Dance. This 4-week workshop allows students to bring sculpture to life! Structured for 7 to 11 year olds, this course partners PNCA with BodyVox for an exciting collaboration. Students will make work inspired by artist Nick Cave’s Sound Suits, wearable artworks that pair sculpture and dance. Students will make their suits using a variety of found materials, fabric, and more. Learn more about Art.Play.Dance. via our registration website: cereg.pnca.edu

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Guitar Effect Pedals Week One

This is the First Entry from Dan McClure on his adventures in the Guitar Effects Pedal class.
Guitar Effects Pedal ID
I’m taking the Guitar Effect Pedals class at PNCA taught by Mark Keppinger—this is going to be really fun. I took these photographs on the Wednesday, the first night of class. At the start of class Mark handed out this card, which makes it official and also doubles as a library card.
Mark Keppinger Teaching
This is Mark. He’s actually kind of a big star in the theremin community, where he’s known for his vacuum tube theremin designs. A whole section of the Theremin World site is devoted to his designs.
He’s featured on this youtube video discussing his theremin designs too:

There’s a theremin on his shirt too! Mark is a wonderful teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable, and he has a great sense of humor.
Guitar Effect Circuit Board
In this class we’ll be building effects pedals suitable for use with electrically amplified instruments such as keyboards, theremins—even guitars. This is a picture of some of Mark’s circuit boards. Mark has designed the circuits and also supplies almost all the parts. Class participants will supply the enclosures and a lot of sweat equity. Fun!

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