Current Classes & Workshops

Welcome to our list of current classes and workshops at PCA&D. Check back often as new classes and workshops are added all of the time. Use the buttons to jump to specific groupings of classes. Click on the course titles for more information. Visit our main page to learn about all of our programs.

YOUNG ARTIST CLASSES: GRADES 1 – 9

Explore our Saturday classes for students in grades 1 – 9 and weekday classes for homeschool students. These courses encourage students to explore their imaginations and creativity in a variety of media such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, fibers, and more.

 

YS 11-01 – Young Artist Academy I for Grades 1-3
October 5 – November 23, Saturdays, 10AM-12PM
$200
Instructor: Lisa Wilson

Children entering 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade are invited to experience a class focusing on a variety of art making techniques and materials.  Instructors provide personalized instruction catered to your child’s skill level. Students will be guided through projects using a wide range of materials and techniques, such as drawing, painting, and at least one 3D project. During this 8 week session, students will have fun exploring their imaginations, while making connections to artists throughout history.  Assignments vary each week and session, so there is always something new to learn! At the end of each session, students will participate in a Youth Exhibition & Reception to celebrate their artistic journey. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of class.

SUPPLY LIST:

All supplies are included in the cost of the course.


YS 12-01 – Young Artist Academy II for Grades 4-5
October 5 – November 23, Saturdays, 10AM-12PM
$200
Instructor: Nichole Madonna

Students entering 4st and 5th grade are invited to experience a class focusing on a variety of art making techniques and materials focusing on art with Fall themes such as woodland animals, trees and plants, and Fall foods – made by collage, monoprinting, air-dry clay, and soft sculpture .  Instructors provide personalized instruction catered to your child’s skill level while challenging them to explore their individual creative talents. During this 8 week long session, students will have fun exploring their imaginations, while making connections to artists throughout history.  Assignments vary each week and session, so there is always something new to learn! At the end of each session, students will participate in a Youth Exhibition & Reception to celebrate their artistic journey. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of class.

SUPPLY LIST:

All supplies are included in the cost of the course.


YS 13-01 – Young Artist Academy III for Grades 6-9
October 5 – November 23, Saturdays, 10AM-12PM
$200
Instructor: Carol Aument

Your child entering 6th, 7th, 8th , or 9th grade has a passion for creativity; let’s nurture their curiosity and abilities in a supportive one week class that encourages artistic exploration. Using the principles of design and art history as a foundation, your pre-teen or teen will learn the significance of thinking like an artist with lessons that will inform and enhance their personal development. Students will learn a variety of art-making techniques, including drawing, painting, sculpting, and more. This program is open to all skill levels, and provides an atmosphere for self-discovery, camaraderie, and small group learning. At the end of each session, students will participate in a Youth Exhibition & Reception to celebrate their artistic journey. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of class.

SUPPLY LIST:

All supplies are included in the cost of the course.


YS 40 – Homeschool Art Studio for Grades 1-4
October 2 – November 20, Wednesdays, 10-11:30 AM
$100
Instructor: Nichole Madonna

Let your child explore their inner artist, build a solid art foundation, and leave the mess with us. Through this 8-week class, students will gain experience in art-making techniques while developing their creative thought process. Students will be guided through discovery learning anchored in art history, and methods of creating. Because the class size is limited, each child will be met at their skill level with individually tailored lessons.

Keep learning after class. Parents will receive some helpful prompts for art history lessons such as web links to videos, book references, short bios of famous artists, etc. All materials and supplies are provided for this class. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of class.

SUPPLY LIST:

All supplies are included in the cost of the course.


YS 57 – Homeschool Art Studio for Grades 5-8
October 2 – November 20, Wednesdays, 10-11:30 AM
$100
Instructor: Susan Catherine Ulrich

Let your child explore their inner artist, build a solid art foundation, and leave the mess with us. Through this 8-week class, students will gain experience in art-making techniques while developing their creative thought process. Students will be guided through discovery learning anchored in art history, and methods of creating. Because the class size is limited, each child will be met at their skill level with individually tailored lessons.

Keep learning after class. Parents will receive some helpful prompts for art history lessons such as web links to videos, book references, short bios of famous artists, etc. All materials and supplies are provided for this class. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of class.

SUPPLY LIST:

All supplies are included in the cost of the course.


CE 188 – Intergenerational Painting: Ages 8 and Up
October 16 – November 20, Wednesdays, 6-8PM
$135
Instructor: James Brook

Introductory painting techniques and media will be taught in this all-ages, beginner painting course.  You will work with subjects ranging from imaginative to realistic. Watercolor will emphasize bold color, strong design, and direct painting.  Acrylics will also be used and experimentation is encouraged. In this course you will learn originality of viewpoint and have the opportunity to develop a personal painting style. Some previous drawing skills are preferred but not required.

SUPPLY LIST:

 

    • 1 red
    • 1 yellow
    • 1 blue
    • 1 black
    • 1 white

 


PRE-COLLEGE ART & DESIGN COURSES: GRADES 9 – 12

Pre-College classes are designed to inspire and prepare high school students through exciting coursework where they can amplify their portfolios, earn college credit, and learn from our faculty of professional artists and designers.

HS 81 – Portfolio Preparation: Developing Your Concentration
September 21-November 23, Saturdays, 10AM-1PM
$355
Instructor: Matt Chapman

This course is designed to take you deeper into the artwork you love to make. You’re thinking about and building a portfolio that you feel shows who you are as a young artist. Is there a piece or two you really feel special about? Would you love to dive into that piece deeper? This class is meant for this very adventure.

We begin by selecting one or two pieces from your portfolio as jumping off point. From here you, along with the guidance of your instructor, will create a companion piece or small collection of companion pieces to support your major interest. This class will show what amazing things can happen when given the time and freedom to really explore the types of art or mediums you really enjoy.

SUPPLY LIST:

FIRST CLASS

  • Portfolio of completed artworks: 3-12 pieces
  • Sketchbook: In use or new (in use preferred but not essential)
  • 18 x 24 inch drawing pad: White paper (not newsprint)
  • Selection of graphite pencils 3h-6b
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Preferred medium of choice. Examples include: Color Pencil, Watercolor, Marker, Ink, Acrylic, Oil paint…

SECOND CLASS & BEYOND

  • Work surfaces/materials of your choosing Eamples include: canvas, fine paper, panel, clay


WS 7 – Portfolio Preparation: Documenting Your Artwork Workshop
November 16, Saturday, 2-4:30 PM
$45
Instructor: Kay Baier

You’ve spent a lot of time and energy creating artwork for your portfolio, now it’s time to learn how to properly document it! Digital submission of artwork is something that artists must regularly do for things like applications, scholarship programs, juried exhibitions, personal marketing, and more. Students in this workshop will learn how to document their work through accessible resources found in your pocket, as well as professional equipment in our photography studios. This workshop takes place on the same day as our November Open House. Make it a full day at PCAD! Learn more or register for open house today.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • 2 to 3 works of art to document
  • Notebook and  pen/pencil
  • Phone with camera capability or DSLR camera


HS 72 – Digital Painting
September 21-November 23, Saturdays, 10AM-1PM
$355
Instructor: Sheri Hansen

This introductory level course will ask the student to explore two questions: how to paint? and how to paint digitally in Photoshop? We will begin studying the simple effects of light on form to learn to think like an observational painter, while exploring the digital tools that Adobe Photoshop has to offer.

For any artist that is interested in digital painting we will focus on building understanding in rendering 3-dimensional form, light and its effect on local color, mark-making and using brushes in the digital space, Photoshop adjustment layers and their ability to create various lighting scenarios for your paintings, and getting comfortable in using Photoshop as an art-making tool.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Sketchbook or notebook and a pen
  • Login credentials for an active Adobe account (NO subscription necessary- this is NOT something that costs extra; it is simply an individual user account with adobe.com that is required to use the software as of 2019- we will talk about this on the first day)
  • Login credentials for a cloud-based storage account such as Google Drive, iCloud, or Dropbox


ADULT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

These evening and weekend classes are for all skill levels and are taught by professionals in their field. Individually they can be a great way to foster personal development and earn college credit or you can explore how these courses can count toward our professional certificate programs.

DES 200 – Business Practices for Creatives
September 16 – November 18, Mondays, 6-9PM
$485, 1 credit
Instructor: Kyle Leakway

This course is tailored to professionals in the creative industry including designers, illustrators, writers, artists, makers, craftspeople.

This objective of this course is to help creative professionals understand the necessary steps in starting and running their business. Class lectures and discussions will include: writing and executing a business and marketing plan, branding their business, self-promotion using social media and online portfolio sites, presentation theory, types of portfolios, taxes and legal issues related to self-employment, basic business procedures (finding work, negotiating project specifications, contracts, agreements and getting paid), setting up a home studio/equipment/hardware-software, and how to interview.

SUPPLY LIST:

TBA


DES 162 – WordPress
September 19 – November 21, Thursdays, 6-9 PM
$475, 1 credit
Instructor: Jonathan Ober

Learn to create your own website or blog using the WordPress platform. WordPress is one of the most popular and easy to use programs for blogging and website creation. You’ll learn the difference between WordPress.com and .org and how to decide which is best for you. This course will teach you how to setup your account, write posts, and navigate through the WordPress dashboard. It will cover custom themes, blog design, managing posts, adding new pages and links, installing plug­ins, search engine optimization tips, and adding analytics. See first­hand why WordPress is a valuable tool for individuals and business owners to use to create or maintain their own blog and website. You’ll be able to leave the course with a new website up and running. NOTE: Previous HTML experience recommended but not required. You do not need to have an existing website to take this course. A personal computer is not necessary.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • A WordPress Compatible Hosting Environment and Domain name to use in class. (Suggestion: GoDaddy, HostGator, Media Temple, WPEngine)
  • An idea of what you’d like to make as your first WordPress website.


SM 101 – Introduction to Social Media Marketing
September 18 – November 20, Wednesdays, 6-9 PM
$475, 1 credit
Instructor: Justin Quinn

Social media has been disrupting business communication channels and creating challenges for marketers since its inception in the mid-2000s. Its rapid evolution has changed how brands develop and execute their messaging, communications, and customer service strategies and has put more power into the hands of consumers.

In this course, students will learn what social media means in 2019, how it is used by modern marketers, and how to develop and execute a sound social media strategy. Through classroom lectures and discussions, case study analyses, and guest speakers, students will learn various practical and theoretical frameworks, including:

  • Content Development
  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Social Media Management
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Inbound Marketing
  • Social Media Advertising
  • Influencer Marketing

This class is an introduction to social media marketing and is meant for individuals that do not have deep knowledge about social media for marketing.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • notebook and pen/pencil
  • device that can access the internet (smartphone, tablet, laptop)


DES 154 – Adobe InDesign
September 17 – November 19, Tuesdays, 6-9PM
$475, 1 credit
Instructor: Matt Hannigan

Adobe InDesign is a page layout program used to create everything from restaurant menus to catalogs and magazines.  An integral part of any designer’s Adobe toolkit – along with Photoshop and Illustrator – this program allows you to produce pages quickly and output them reliably – combining images and text for compelling results.  In addition to learning to manage the Adobe InDesign program, you will also complete your own design projects, in preparation for a variety of real-world design challenges.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • USB Flash Drive (8 GB minimum)
  • Sketchbook or Graph paper sketchbook (highly recommended, not required)
  • Login credentials for an active Adobe account (NO subscription necessary- this is NOT something that costs extra; it is simply an individual user account with adobe.com that is required to use the software as of 2019. Any students who needs help can be aided on the first day of class.


ADULT ENRICHMENT: ART & DESIGN CLASSES

Engage your artistic side, explore new techniques, or try something different. Enjoy a wide selection of weekend and evening classes of varying lengths.

CE 260 – Printmaking: Social Justice Poster Design
October 14 – November 18, Mondays, 6-9PM
$195
Instructor: Jared Shuey

Learn how to create your own screen printed poster that expresses your thoughts on various social issues happening in America or across the globe. In this 6 week class, students will learn how activists expressed their messages through art to provide a context and foundation for creating their own work. Through strong typography, fine art or photography, students will evoke their message by designing a piece and learn how to transfer that work onto a silk screen for print. Students will learn different methods and techniques to amplify their prints with mixed media and leave class having produced at least 5 successful prints.

SUPPLY LIST:

Black ink will be provided. All other colors desired must be purchased by students. Quantities to purchase will be discussed in class while students plan out their prints. If you are confident in ordering inks and would like to purchase before the class begins, please order only permanent acrylic screen printing ink, not fabric ink.

Paper for Printing:

  • Strathmore 300 Series Printmaking Paper 18×24
  • Can be found at any Michaels or AcMoore
  • Available on Amazon or DickBlick.com
  • Notes:
    Other alternatives can include mixed media papers.
    300 series is good, for higher quality prints 400-500 series can be used, but not required. https://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-400-series-mixed-media-pads/

Drawing Paper:

  • Drawing Paper can be anything you feel most comfortable with. It could be a sketchbook or loose paper.
  • Nothing with lines or additional marks (unless incorporated into the design)

Pencils:

  • Any of your choice.
  • Must exceed an H or #3 pencil for exposure purposes.

Pens:

Water Color/Markers (Optional):

  • Water color and other mixed media are entirely optional.
  • You may use whatever works best for you and your personal style.
  • Notes: Water color or markers work best when adding color outside of printing.

Water Color:

MeiLiang Watercolor

Brush Markers:

Dual Marker Brush Pen & Fine Point Marker Pack


CE 188 – Intergenerational Painting: Ages 8 and Up
October 16 – November 20, Wednesdays, 6-8PM
$130
Instructor: James Brook

Introductory painting techniques and media will be taught in this all-ages, beginner painting course.  You will work with subjects ranging from imaginative to realistic. Watercolor will emphasize bold color, strong design, and direct painting.  Acrylics will also be used and experimentation is encouraged. In this course you will learn originality of viewpoint and have the opportunity to develop a personal painting style. Some previous drawing skills are preferred but not required.

SUPPLY LIST:

TBA


CE 250 – Experimental Drawing; Exploring Alternative Materials
October 16 – November 20, Wednesdays, 6-9PM
$195
Instructor: Stacy Treier

The purpose of this class is to push the boundaries of traditional drawing techniques. In this class we will not be focused on “good” drawings in a traditional sense. A good drawing can come out of a mistake. A good drawing can look like a doodle. In this class we will be developing our own visual vocabulary and narratives using texture, non traditional drawing mediums and surfaces.

SUPPLY LIST:


CE 240 – Painting: Surrealism & Symbolism
November 7-21, Thursdays, 6-9PM
$100
Instructor: Leah Limpert Walt

What are the fundamental concepts of Surrealism? How can utilizing their various techniques help us access our own subconscious and uninhibited imagination? What do different symbols represent to us as a species and us as individuals? This oil painting class will give an overview of the historical context for surrealism, and incorporate different practices to aid attendees in creating a visual surrealist work all their own from inception to completion. There will be some discussion, sketching and writing as part of the creative process employed in this course.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • sketchbook
  • variety of oil paint colors
  • oil medium (linseed, walnut, or poppy oil) in a small glass jar with lid
  • pencils, erasers, sharpeners
  • canvas no smaller than 16″x20” no larger than 24″x24”


CE 94 – Mixed Media: Abstraction
October 15 – November 19, Tuesdays, 6-9 PM
$195
Instructor: Justin Phillips

Abstract Art is expressive, inspiring and has endless potential for makers to explore and for viewers to interpret. In this six week class, students will learn about and discuss the history of Abstract Art and work to create our own abstract works inspired by historical movements and conceptual prompts.  Students will delve into creating visual works using acrylic paints and mixed media and explore, collage, combining wet and dry materials such as drawing on top of painted images, building up paint surfaces with physical texture. This is a great class for anyone wishing to expand their creative approach to art making and for those who want to learn about making abstract art through a series of structured, yet loose assignments facilitated in a supportive classroom environment which encourages experimentation and discovery.

SUPPLY LIST:

In this abstract art/mixed media class, we will be experimenting a lot with the combination of wet and dry media to create our imagery.

You may use the following dry materials.  If you do not have these you may purchase some of them or all of them. You can usually get smaller sets of these materials.  Once again it is not necessary to have of them but I would have at least one set of the following dry materials

You may work with:

  •  Oil pastels
  •  Color pencils
  •  Chalk Pastels

In addition, please start to collect photos for a collage assignment.  These can be photographs, magazine clippings, interesting textured papers. handmade papers and fun physical textures that you may find.  Be creative and have fun collecting potential materials I would also find a folder or a box to store these materials.

Paint, I recommend Liquitex Basics, however, if you already have another brand that is fine. Please avoid craft paints, as they are too fluid and do not blend well.

Bring the following colors:

  •  Titanium White
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Primary Yellow
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Dioxane purple

Brushes, a variety pack of synthetic or nylon including, rounded, flat and filbert. (If you have brushes no need to purchase new brushes, bring in what you have)

  • 8 OZ bottle of Gesso to prime our surfaces
  • glue stick
  • surfaces to paint upon

Watercolor paper or canvas paper, these come in packs, a minimum size of 11” x 14”. If interested, you are also welcome to substitute the paper with stretched canvas.  If you have other surfaces that you would like to paint on please let me know. This is an experimental class so I am open minded to what you have at home and how we can transform that into works of art.

  • Pallet paper 9”x12” or regular painter’s pallet
  • Old fabric rags from home
  • Canister for water


CE 309 – Painting: Alla Prima Portraiture
October 17 – 31, Thursdays , 6-9 PM
$100
Instructor: Leah Limpert Walt

Learn how to approach a portrait painting in one sitting. This oil painting class will build knowledge in the “blocking in” of a portrait and translating drawing skills into painting skills by breaking down shadow shapes, tonal comprehension and color, as well as gaining some anatomical knowledge of the skull. Will be working from a live portrait model for the three class sessions. Read more about Alla Prima painting technique.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • oil medium (walnut, linseed or poppy oil)
  • oil paint  (ivory black, titanium white, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, raw umber, burnt sienna)
  • canvases or oil paper/gessoed watercolor paper to work on, no larger than 16×20” no smaller  than 8×10”
  • variety of oil painting brushes suitable for small detailed work, mid range and broad stroke mark making.
  • glass, wood or paper palette
  • drawing board (if you’re working on paper)


CE 247 – Creative Literary Explorations for Artists & Writers
October 15 – November 19, Tuesdays, 6-8 PM
$135
Instructor: Erin Dorney

Explore the world of literary arts in this six-week course designed for writers at any level. Students will gain an introduction to the world of text and writing through generative creative writing activities, discussions on editing, exploring small press publishing, and learning about creative projects that push the edge of “writing” (literary experimentation, book objects, artwork incorporating text, etc). Students will leave class with new pieces of writing, feedback from their peers, a plan for sending their work out for publication, and a solid grounding for future text-based projects. This class may also be of interest to artists looking to explore and build a new creative skillset.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • notebook
  • writing utensil
  • laptop (optional)


ADULT ENRICHMENT: WORKSHOPS

Test the waters through various workshops and find what fills you with creative energy.

WS 119 – Painting: Watercolor and the Pennsylvania Society of Watercolor Exhibition Workshop
October 5, Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM
$160
Instructor: Justin Phillips

Watercolor is a medium that is expressive and exciting; it can be soft, airy, and dreamy as well as deep, dense, and wildly abstract.  In this one-day workshop we will combine a visit to the Lancaster Museum of Art (LMA) with studio time at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Students will begin the day at the LMA to explore the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition which will feature over one hundred watercolor paintings from artists around the globe. After experiencing the exhibition, students will then focus on creating their own personal works exploring some of the techniques that was viewed at the LMA.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • 11” x 14” pad of cold press watercolor paper or one large sheet of Cold press watercolor paper 22” x 28” to be cut into four sheets of 11” x 14”
  • Drawing board or sturdy support needs to be larger than 11” x 14”
  • 4H Pencil and eraser
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Sketchbook for drawing and compositional thumbnails
  • Set of watercolors You may use pans or tubes of colors
  • Set of watercolor brushes.  soft brushes, no bristle brushes
  • Plastic palette with wells for watercolor
  • students should bring a bagged lunch or prepare to get lunch downtown


Ws 118 – Printmaking: Monotype Workshop
October 5, Saturday, 9AM-12PM
$100
Instructor: Stacy Treier

Discover the beauty of monotypes in this one day printmaking workshop. Monotypes are images that are created with the intention of only being printed once, unlike traditional printmaking, where images are created to be duplicated multiple times. In this workshop, students will be exploring the monotype process from start to finish, creating a singular printed image on paper transferred from a painted matrix (in this case, a piece of acrylic) that can be manipulated in a variety of ways using various tools.

SUPPLY LIST:


WS 121 – Create & Take: Zines
November 4, Monday, 6-9PM
$60
Instructor: Erin Dorney

Zines are handmade, self-published works that often contain unique content and perspectives not often found in mainstream media or books. They are usually made in small numbers, and can be hand-written or drawn, typed on a typewriter or a computer, copied and pasted using found images, photocopied in color or black and white, bound with staples or thread using any variety of techniques. Students in this workshop will learn more about the history of zines, fold and bind a variety of styles, and conceptualize and create at least one zine of their own. Accessibility: This class is taught in a classroom with tables and does not require mobility. Please contact us with any accessibility questions or requests.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Bone folder
  • X-acto knives or scissors (your preferred cutting tool)
  • Any pencils, markers, stickers, collage materials, etc. that you might enjoy using (some will be provided as well)


WS 122 – Writing About: Art & You
October 11, Friday, 6:30-8PM
$15
Instructor: Erin Dorney

Designed for writers and artists in any genre, this generative workshop invites participants to interact with the PCA&D Main Gallery Exhibition “Art & You: Antonius-Tin Bui and Cupid Ojala” and develop new work.

Antonius-Tin Bui is a queer, gender-nonbinary Vietnamese-American artist and recent graduate of the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Their hand-cut paper portraits of Queer People of Color Antonius has had the honor of befriending are influenced by the artist’s environment and the tradition of cut paper that is visible among most Asian cultures.

Cupid Ojala earned his MFA at Parsons The New School for Design. His performances and portraits draw attention to some of the most personal aspects of LGBTQ culture, including hair, desire, and the concept of transformation.

Students will be guided through the gallery and prompted to respond in writing to specific works of art (ekphrasis).

Accessibility: This workshop requires movement throughout the gallery and a portion of the gallery is only accessible by stairs. Please contact us with any accessibility questions or requests.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • notebook
  • writing utensil
  • clipboard (if you do not have a hardcover notebook that is easy to write on without a table – we will have some clipboards available)


EVENTS

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