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Program Description

We design our courses around your busy lives with evening and weekend classes that can inspire you, teach you new techniques to develop your talents, and perhaps most importantly, welcome you to our community of artists and designers at PNCA.

Families grow with us, bringing their children year after year for joyful, nurturing art experiences. Adult artists forge new friendships rooted in creativity and curiosity and join us term after term. And emerging designers grow their professional networks including classmates, instructors, and visiting professionals.

Our Community Education instructors are passionate about sharing the magic of art and design with you and your family members. And we think you’ll be inspired by the best art facilities the region has to offer located conveniently in the center of Portland.


Inspiring Classes for Creative Kids

Welcoming and supportive, our youth classes give young artists the chance to explore and develop skills in studios equipped for college students. We offer Saturday morning classes for ages 4-18 throughout the year and Summer Youth Camps including smARTworks for ages 4-11 and design.labs for ages 12-14. All art materials are supplied.

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Art and Design Classes for Adults

Taught by professional artists and designers, our adult classes in art and design promise new skills, new career possibilities, and a welcoming and inclusive community. These classes are designed to be taken at pace that suits your life — from weeknight workshops to weeklong, all-day intensives — and are offered year-round.

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Pre-College Summer Intensives

Pre-College programs are currently not being offered at this moment.

Our Summer Intensives invite high school students to learn from professional artists to push their artwork to a new level while experiencing art school first hand and optimizing a portfolio for college applications.

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Community Education Team
Kate Copeland, Dean and VP of Academic Affairs
Melanie Stevens, Youth Program Manager
Phoenix McNamara, Adult Program Manager

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