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.

Weekends in June

Botanical Illustration

Drawing by Lynn Kitagawa

Next weekend PNCA Continuing Education has group of classes starting including:

Online Portfolio In this weekend workshop build the structure and start the content of your online portfolio or personal website. More than just a basic web design class, this class will cover how to write about your work and yourself, marketing yourself and how to maintain your site. Using the Squarespace platform, you will be leave with an effective web presence and an understanding of this powerful web publishing tool.  Register

Illustrator Basics Whether taking as a stand alone weekend or part of the discounted Weekend Pack, learn the basics of the powerful design and digital illustration tool Adobe Illustrator. Taught by local artist Damien Gilley, you will learn the basic functions of the program: drawing and shape tools, type, text and color management. Register

Botanical Illustration In this four Saturday class learn the techniques to create Botanical Illustrations in pen and ink. Using live specimens, students create accurate and aesthetically pleasing images. The emphasis of the class will be on observation and drawing skills, as well as development of personal style. Register

Collography Spend four Saturdays in PNCA’s printlab creating collography prints. Using non-traditional and found materials to create printing plates, explore pattern and texture on the printing press. Prints created using collography are unique and beautiful and call for experimentation while also learning reinforcing the basics of printing on a press. Register

PNCA Continuing Education classes are open to the public for registration. All prerequisites are self managed by the student and do not require further proof before starting a class.

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Palmarin MergesChanto Variations (part of a diptych) 

Multiple Collagraph plates, oil paint 

25” x 38”
Palmarin Merges Collography

This Summer, CE instructor Palmarin Merges is teaching Collagraphy on Saturday mornings in June. Collography is a printmaking process that combines the elements of collage with drawing. Plates are built up with objects as diverse as gesso, fabric and found objects and printed on a press.

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Guitar Effect Pedals Week Three

Inside of Guitar Pedal
This is the Third Entry from PNCA Librarian Dan McClure on his adventures in the Continuing Education Guitar Effects Pedal class.

This is the inside of a tremolo pedal I’m hoping to replicate and improve. I’ve had this since 1996 but rarely use it on stage because the knobs are mounted on the side and there’s no LED light indicating that it’s on. It would be really nice if it had a volume knob and speed-doubling footswitch with a light too.

Ohms Image

Ohm’s law is where it started on the first night, and we keep coming back to it. It’s the third class and I sort of get it. Mostly. So many amps, so many Ohms.


Mark brought in an oscilloscope tonight and showed waveforms. He said he has a collection of oscilloscopes, mostly from Techtronics (like this one), right here in the Portland area. Apparently all of the secrets of the universe can be unveiled using a multimeter and an oscilloscope. I’m going to miss class next week because I’ll be in Washington D.C. I’ll try to post some interesting pictures of my trip anyway. When I come back we’ll really be in the thick of things, constructing pedals and refining circuits.

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