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 40 – Homeschool Art Studio for Grades 1-4
Wednesdays, 8 meetings, Non-credit

Jan. 29 – March 18
9:30 – 11 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 included in the cost of 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 11-01 – Young Artist Academy I for Grades 1-3
Saturdays, 8 meetings, Non-credit
Feb. 1 – March 21
10 AM – 12 PM
$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
Saturdays, 8 meetings, Non-credit
Feb. 1 – March 21
10 AM – 12 PM
$200

Instructor: Nichole Madonna

Students entering 4th and 5th grade are invited to experience a class focusing on a variety of art making techniques. 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
Saturdays, 8 meetings, Non-credit
Feb. 1 – March 21
10 AM – 12 PM
$200

Instructor: Susan Catherine Ulrich

Your child entering 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade has a passion for creativity; let’s nurture their curiosity and abilities in a supportive eight-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 55 – Let’s Clay! Handbuilding for Grades 3-5
Saturdays, 8 meetings, Non-credit
Feb. 1 – March 21
10 AM – 12 PM
$215

Instructor: Zack Cade Wilkinson

This course will focus your child’s creative energy and nourish their imaginations through the power of clay! Students will learn a wide range of sculpture techniques and ways to carry their creativity home with them and throughout their lives. At the end of the 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 45 – Mixed-Media for Grades 6-9
Saturdays, 4 meetings, Non-credit
Feb. 1 – 22
12:30 – 2:30 PM
$75

Instructor: Susan Wheelersburg

A mixed-media approach to artmaking opens the door to endless possibilities. This class will incorporate a wide variety of media for students to explore and combine in their work such as painting, drawing, stenciling, collage, and paper casting to name a few. Additionally, found objects brought in by students will provide an element of personal meaning when included as part of their creations. All materials and supplies are included in the cost of class.

SUPPLY LIST:

All supplies are included in the cost of the course.


YS 38 – Gallery + Explore our Galaxy Though Art for Grades 6-9
Saturdays, 4 meetings, Non credit
Feb. 29 – March 21
12:30 – 2:30 PM
$75

Instructor: Susan Wheelersburg

This class provides students an opportunity to observe and respond to works of art by the artist, Ana Vizcarra Rankin. Students will gain an understanding of and connection to an artist’s body of work. Students will experience sketching in a gallery setting and will earn to develop those sketches into paintings that reflect their personal interpretation of Vizcarra Rankin’s work. At the end of the class, 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.


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 80 – Comics! History of Comics in the U.S.
Saturdays, 10 meetings, 1 credit
Feb. 1 – April 4
10 AM – 1 PM
$355

Instructor: Jeff Tischer

Explore the rich history of one of America’s true art forms. From the first comic strip reprints of the ‘30s to today’s epic events, this course will delve into the inner workings and evolution of comics in the United States. It will also examine how social context informed comics since their inception and how comics in turn have come to dominate pop culture time and again. Students will not only examine their history, but also create works inspired by many of the artists we will explore.

SUPPLY LIST:

All of these supplies can be easily found at Curio. Gallery & Creative Supply located across the street from PCA&D.

  • 11″ x 17″ Sequential Art 200 Blue Line Bristol pad
  • 11″ x 14″ Tracing Paper pad
  • 2H, HB, 2B Pencils
  • 2B Graphite Stick
  • Non-Photo Blue pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Plastic Eraser
  • Micron Pen .1, .3, .5 Pack
  • Classic Sharpie Marker
  • Black India Ink
  • Small Round Watercolor Brush
  • Palette
  • Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art” book by Scott McCloud


HS 92 – Introduction to Virtual Reality
Saturdays, 10 meetings, 1 credit
Feb. 1 – April 4
10 AM – 1 PM
$355

Instructor: Ellie Cochran

This course will introduce students to the basics of building interactive worlds in virtual reality. Students will apply the skills developed through the course to create their own virtual reality experiences which can be shared on VR devices, on the web, or on any smartphone headset! HTML experience is useful, but not required. We will use A-Frame, an open-source, web-based VR library which can run on desktop computers and mobile phones. Development will take place on Glitch, an online code editor with instant deployment and hosting of web projects, and the ability to remix (copy) existing projects to work on them ourselves. Lastly, we will use Google Cardboard headsets as VR viewers, and students will navigate to a special web address on their phones to run their projects.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Flash drive or cloud storage login details to take home project
  • Smartphone with up-to-date OS and Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox installed
  • Sketchbook & pencil for jotting down ideas and breaking down geometry


HS 4 – Figure Drawing: Learning the Landmarks of the Body
Saturdays, 5 meetings, .5 credit
March 7 – April 4
10 AM – 1 PM
$178

Instructor: Leah Limpert Walt

This class is designed to help you better understand the anatomical landmarks of the figure and how they compose the form. Systems for seeing, processing, and applying concepts will be introduced, and discussions will revolve around structure and gesture of form, anatomy, and techniques for translating the three dimensional figure into a believable two-dimensional representation. A limited variety of drawing materials will be explored.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Drawing Board – no smaller than 15 x 16”
  • Pad of Strathmore 300 or 400 series drawing paper – no smaller than 11×14”
  • Vine Charcoal – soft, medium
  • Graphite pencils – 4h, 2h, 2b, 4b
  • Paper Stump/Blending Stump/Tortillion
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Plastic Eraser/Mechanical Eraser
  • Masking Tape
  • Pencil Sharpener


WS 7 – Portfolio Preparation Workshop
Saturday, 1 meetings, Non-credit
March 28
2 – 4:30 PM
$45

Instructor: Justin Phillips

This workshop will guide you through assembling a portfolio for admission to art college. A variety of portfolio styles will be discussed and samples will be available for you to see. We will also take a look at some of your current work, and the work of other students in attendance, to discuss direction, descriptions, and how to better explain the creation of your work. This is an excellent workshop if you are considering a college education in the visual arts.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Notebook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • 3-5 pieces of your current, finished artwork


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 165 – UX/UI Design
Mondays, 10 meetings, 1 credit
Jan. 27 – March 30
6 – 9 PM
$475
Instructor: Matt Hollenbach

This course will introduce the concepts around the idea that UX and UI refer to the visual components, interactions, and experience when using a website. UX refers to the overall experience of the website and how it makes the user feel. UI design includes the components that bring a website to life, such as colors, typography, buttons, sliders and actions. This course will also explore how the methods and attributes that guide UX/UI design decisions for mobile devices. Put simply, it’s about user experience and designing with the user’s needs as top priority.
Having successfully completed the class, students will demonstrate an understanding of:
  • the principles of user-centered design and to apply them to your designs to improve usability
  • the importance of involving users in the design process
  • basic usability and accessibility guidelines that you can apply to your designs
  • using visual hierarchy to prioritize information and optimize interactions
  • how to give form to design ideas through prototyping
  • how to make decisions that build on existing design systems
  • how to give and receive feedback in a constructive way during critiques

Prerequisites: Students must be comfortable hand-coding HTML and CSS.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Notebook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • One USB portable drive or cloud service to save work/files
  • 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.


DES 205 – Design Thinking Methodology
Thursdays, 10 meetings, 1 credit
Jan. 30 – April 2
6 – 9 PM
$475
Instructor: Salina Almanzar

Design Thinking is a method of creative problem solving that encourages thoughtful questioning and analysis to find innovative solutions. It has a strong focus on developing a deep understanding of those who interact with a product or service and is useful in tackling abstract or ill-defined dilemmas. It is not just a way of thinking, but a collection of hands-on methods used to problem-solve. Design Thinking is not just for designers, but also for leaders, entrepreneurs, and staff who seek to integrate this method into their everyday work flow, organization, service, or product – whether it currently exists or is yet to exist.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Hardcover 5X7 Notebook
  • Post Its of a variety of colors
  • Painters Tape
  • Pens and Markers of various colors
  • Play Doh


DES 177 – Introduction to Motion Graphics
Wednesdays, 10 meetings, 1 credit

Jan. 29 – April 1
6 – 9 PM
$475
Instructor: Chris Ruch

This course will serve as an introduction to motion graphics skills as they are commonly utilized in advertising/marketing and primarily utilizing Adobe After Effects. Every project will start with a relevant tool/technique overview. Subsequent projects will build on the previous foundation and add new incremental skills with the aid of research and “media asset gathering” (such as photos/videos).

SUPPLY LIST:

  • One USB external hard drive (250 GB or larger suggested)
  • Notebook (or a notes app on your mobile device)
  • Camera with video capability or smartphone/tablet
  • 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.


DES 112 – Introduction to 3D Modeling
Wednesdays, 10 meetings, 1 credit

Jan. 29 – April 1
6 – 9 PM
$475
Instructor: Steven Jennings 

Want to make fantastic characters and creations for games, animations, or advertisements? Take your first steps into the 3D world with modeling in Autodesk Maya. Learn the modeling toolset, 3D modeling technique, and pipeline through practice and discussion. Complete a variety of short projects designed to teach the principles of modeling and move forward building complex creations. The skills will be the foundation for future work in Maya or other programs and quickly gaining the skills to join the art industry.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • One USB external hard drive (250 GB or larger suggested)
  • Notebook (or a notes app on your mobile device)
  • Camera with video capability or smartphone/tablet
  • 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.


SM 102 – Advanced Social Media Marketing
Thursdays, 10 meetings, 1 credit

Jan. 30 – April 2
6 – 9 PM
$475
Instructor: Mia Aquino

In this course, students will go in-depth on social media marketing strategy, including creation, planning, execution, and measurement. Students will understand how to build a strong social media presence for a brand, using both organic and paid tactics. This course will cover best practices for networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as how you can reach your target audience in the social media space. PREREQUISITE: Completion of SM 101 Introduction to Social Media Marketing or equivalent experience.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Notebook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Smartphone, tablet or laptop
  • Registered accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. This can include personal or business accounts, but the student must possess the ability to log-in and post.


DES 152 – Adobe Photoshop
Tuesdays, 10 meetings, 1 credit
Jan. 28 – March 31
6 – 9 PM
$475
Instructor: Gabrielle Hammaker

Adobe Photoshop has long been the standard image-editing, photo-retouching, and web graphics software program. This course presents a complete survey of the Photoshop interface – its features, capabilities, and uses. Learn to create and manipulate bitmapped, grayscale, and color images through a series of hands-on exercises. You will also learn how to create sophisticated images for both print and the web.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Notebook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • One USB portable drive or cloud service to save work/files
  • 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.

WS 126 – Generative Writing & Prompts: Creative Care
Saturdays, 3 meetings, Non-credit
Feb.1-15
10 AM – 12 PM
$45
Instructor: Caitlin Downs

Spark the creative writing process by exploring different points of inspiration, such as the use of prompts, to generate fresh, new writing. This class is perfect for the individual seeking outside inspiration and motivation to produce words on the page. We will practice such forms as ekphrasis, exquisite corpses, and use the Ponsot/Deen method of collaborating out loud. You’ll finish this course with multiple drafts of your own original work.

CREATIVE CARE: WORKING OUT YOUR MIND You take classes at the gym to work on strengthening your body, so why not spend some time strengthening your mind and flexing your creative muscles? Our classes in Creative Care aren’t just for artists. They’re for anyone looking to expand and challenge their creativity.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Notebook or Laptop
  • Pen/Pencil


CE 303 – Hand Lettering as Art: Modular Studio
Saturdays, 3 meetings, Non-credit
Feb.1-15
1 – 4 PM
$100
Instructor: Jeremy Friend

This class will cover the basics of letter anatomy, brush styles and drawn styles, layout, and phrase composition. Students will learn to create effective lettering pieces utilizing techniques shown during in-class tutorials. Students will have the ability to practice these skills using supplied practice and repetitions sheets. Each student will create a lettering design involving a phrase of their choice. This studio is part of a modular class format in which students can take their final design and enroll in Introduction to Screen Printing: Modular Studio, where their work will be screen printed in a small edition or students may choose to take this course on its own.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Tracing roll
  • Tombow brush pen
  • Pigma Micron Pen .05
  • 11″ x 17″ paper – can be copier weight


CE 204 – Introduction to Acrylic Painting
Tuesdays, 6 meetings, Non-credit
Feb.2 – March 10
6 – 9 PM
$195
Instructor: Justin Phillips

Acrylic paint is an ideal medium for beginners because the paint is water soluble, cleans up easily, and dries quickly. This makes acrylics versatile and easy to use. Learn how to use acrylics while painting from observation: both still life and photo reference.  Explore various materials, blending, washes, glazes, other techniques, and color theory in a six-week painting course ideal for beginners or as a refresher course.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Bring the following colors or paint:
    • 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)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Surfaces to paint on.
  • 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.
  • Palate paper 9”x12” or regular painter’s palate
  • Old fabric rags from home
  • Canister for water


CE 192 – Spoon Carving
Wednesdays, 2 meetings, Non-credit
Feb. 5 – 12
6 – 9 PM
$65
Instructor: Jonathan Bancroft Colon

We will start with a piece of maple wood and reduce it into a spoon.  Students will learn how to read and work with woodgrain. They will also learn how to use the appropriate tools and techniques to create concave, convex and flat forms that make up a spoon.  Instructions will focus on how to properly engage the body in the work of transforming a piece of wood with hand tools.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Gouge
  • Pencil and Notebook


CE 285 – Beginning Digital Photography
Wednesdays, 6 meetings, Non-credit
Feb. 5 – March 11
6 – 9 PM
$200
Instructor: Dan Lobdell

This course will introduce students to the use of digital SLR and mirrorless system cameras. It will emphasis techniques that utilize manual controls for available light photography. A few automated settings will be explored. The course will also introduce basic post-production techniques using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe
Camera Raw applications.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • A digital SLR camera or mirrorless system camera with RAW file format capability
  • A standard zoom lens. Examples: 17mm-55mm; 16mm-80mm; 24mm-70mm; or any other lens that approximates these focal length ranges.
  • An SD card
  • A tripod is recommended, but not required.


CE 147 – Drawing: Portrait
Saturdays, 3 meetings, Non-credit
Feb. 8 – 29
10 AM – 1 PM
$100
Instructor: Leah Limpert Walt

How do we accomplish a true likeness in portraiture? This course investigates the “head study” vs. the “portrait” and how studying the head anatomically and structurally can inform your search for gestural accuracy. Experimenting with application of material, toned paper, and a limited assortment of drawing media will be utilized to help fully explore concepts.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Drawing Board
  • Masking Tape
  • Vine Charcoal – Soft, medium
  • Graphite Pencils  – 4H, 2H, 2B, 4B
  • Sharpener
  • Blending Stump/Paper Stump/Tortillion
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Plastic Eraser/mechanical eraser
  • Pad of Drawing Paper – Strathmore 300 or 400 series no smaller than 11″ x 14”


CE 248 – Clay Day! Weird Sculpting for Adults: Creative Care
Tuesdays, 6 meetings, Non-credit
Feb.11- March 17
6 – 9 PM
$120
Instructor: Zack Cade Wilkinson

This course focuses on building and experimenting with creativity, imagination, and playfulness in clay. Throughout our six sessions, we will search for fun and original methods of expressing our playful and imaginative sides through several projects focusing on the surreal and fantastical. No prior art or clay experience is needed!

CREATIVE CARE: WORKING OUT YOUR MIND You take classes at the gym to work on strengthening your body, so why not spend some time strengthening your mind and flexing your creative muscles? Our classes in Creative Care aren’t just for artists. They’re for anyone looking to expand and challenge their creativity.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • An open mind
  • Needle tool/toothpicks
  • Sponge
  • Wooden spoon
  • Metal spoon
  • Metal fork
  • Any basic clay tool kit for handbuilding, not wheel throwing.


CE 193– Wood Carving: Sacred Geometry
Tuesdays, 3 meetings, Non-credit
Feb.11 – 25
9 AM – 12 PM
$112
Instructor: Jonathan Bancroft Colon

Building on the experience of “Intro to Sacred Geometry”, where students learned to create a 2D flower of life, we will explore this ancient symbol in 3D wood carving. We will create a relief sculpture that will teach us carving techniques.  We will learn how to read and work with the grain of the wood. We will refine our compass skills and learn how to use a hand gouge.  The skills presented in this class are the foundation of a life long meditative practice that is easily practiced at home.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Compass
  • Pen/ink
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Gouge


CE 191 – Strengthening Your Creativity: Creative Care
Thursdays, 6 meetings, Non-credit
Feb. 13-March 19
6 – 8 PM
$100
Instructor: Beth Hacker

This course serves to support those seeking creativity in their daily life. Whether you’re a professional artist or just being a creative at heart, this class will help you build your confidence, break into new perspectives, and inform you about your own creative process. We will explore what it means to be and think creatively, what creativity is, how to better access it, and how it can benefit your work and life.

CREATIVE CARE: WORKING OUT YOUR MIND You take classes at the gym to work on strengthening your body, so why not spend some time strengthening your mind and flexing your creative muscles? Our classes in Creative Care aren’t just for artists. They’re for anyone looking to expand and challenge their creativity.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • An open mind
  • Sketchbook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • NOTE: Individual projects may require additional materials based on the participant’s ideas. This will be discussed further in class.


CE 209 – Introduction to Screen Printing: Modular Studio
Saturdays, 3 meetings, Non-credit
Feb.22 – March 7
1 – 4 PM
$120
Instructor: Jeremy Friend

In this class, each student will bring their own designs, use pre-designed letter art, or bring designs from our Hand Lettering as Art: Modular Studio class to use to learn the basics of screen printing. Students will learn how to set up, expose screens, mix inks and execute consistent pulls for each print. Students will produce a minimum of 2 prints of their designs. This studio is a part of a modular class format in which students can enroll in Hand Lettering as Art: Modular Studio to create a lettering design to use as subject matter for this course or may take this course on its own. Students who choose to take this course without the Hand Lettering as Art portion, may bring their own designs to be printed.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Apron
  • Optional – Gloves
  • Paper – minimum size 11″ x 14″ and maximum size 18″ x 24″ – suggested brand: French Paper


CE 224 – Introduction to the Artists’ Book
Thursdays, 6 meetings, Non-credit
Feb. 27 – April 2
6 – 9 PM
$110
Instructor: Bill Cifuni

This course provides an introduction to the basic skills and challenges of designing and binding books by hand. We will cover a variety of binding techniques, but you will also be encouraged to incorporate any other materials and experience that you have into your book projects. We will explore making artists’ books in a way that utilizes techniques which you already find to be inspiring. This means your books could include original artwork, stories, poems, photos, stamps, found objects, etc. Ideally this class will provide the opportunity for collaboration, inspiration, and learning together.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Sketchbook or journal
  • 12” – 18” metal ruler
  • X-acto knife with blades or a snap-blade knife
  • Glue stick
  • Drawing instruments: pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils, tec.
  • Book awl
  • Large sewing needle
  • Yarn or string
  • Paper – any and all!
  • Stapler
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Bone folder
  • Masking tape
  • Scotch tape
  • Old magazines
  • Other mixed-media supplies: buttons, twine, photos, art papers, items from nature, etc.


CE 159 – Sculpture: Observational Figure
Mondays, 3 meetings, Non-credit
March 2 – 16
6 – 9 PM
$100
Instructor: Evan Kitson

In this three-session course, we will construct a 1/4th scale oil-clay figurative sculpture from observation of the nude figure model. We begin by constructing the wire armature while talking about human figure proportions and gesture, then begin adding the oil-clay with an exploratory, additive method of building up the simplified masses. We’ll finish our study by referencing anatomy while refining the planar construction of our sculptures. This is a great way to get into observational sculpture, sharpen your understanding of the human figure, and improve both your 2D and 3D artwork. Note: Nude figure models will be present in this course.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Oil Based Clay: Please make sure the clay you purchase is oil-based, non-drying clay. I encourage you to purchase ~15lbs to start with. You can find the clay at most craft stores, such as Michaels and AC Moore. I would also recommend picking up the medium firmness if possible, because the soft clay can be difficult to work with as it loses support rather quickly (it tends to slump over.)
  • Sketchbook: Something for drawings and notes. Please also have writing and drawing materials as needed.
  • Metal Wire for armature building: Galvanized Wire can be found at Home Depot/Lowes/Walmart
  • You can often find it near the picture hanging materials. You’ll need two gauges of wire: one thicker wire, 9-10 gauge, that you’ll most likely need tools to bend, and one lighter weight gauge of 14-16 that you can bend with your hands rather easily. One package of each will be fine- the heavier gauge doesn’t come with the same length as the smaller gauge, and that’s okay. AC Moore/Michaels have armature wire for sale as well, it’s not as thick, but should be okay for the first day.
  • Needle Nose/Long Nose Pliers: to bend the armature wire with. A good pair will have a section towards the bottom, near the handle, to cut with. If not, a pair a Diagonal Pliers should also be purchased. Diagonal Pliers will give you more leverage when cutting.
  • 12”x12” scrap wood base that’s about 3/4”-1” thick. Most hardware stores sell scrap pieces of wood, you may be able to find one there that fits what you need.
  • Modeling tools: a basic set should be just fine for this course. We’ll be talking about tools on the first day. Example 1 and Example 2
  • Knife: I usually have two knives with me when I work, one blunter and stronger (like a butter knife) and one a bit sharper (utility knife). To cut and shape the clay off of the block.


CE 286 – Photography: Botanical and Specimen
Wednesdays, 3 meetings, Non-credit
March 18 – April 4
6 – 9 PM
$100
Instructor: Dan Lobdell

This course will teach students how to photograph botanical specimens for artistic and applied use. Topics covered will include equipment, special camera techniques, and compositional approaches. There will be a mix of class instruction and potentially field work.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • A digital SLR camera or mirrorless system camera with RAW file format capability
  • A standard zoom lens. Examples: 17mm-55mm; 16mm-80mm; 24mm-70mm; or any other lens that approximates these focal length ranges.
  • An SD card
  • A tripod or monopod is highly recommended.


ADULT ENRICHMENT: WORKSHOPS

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

WS 129 – Art Support: Taxes for Creatives
Thursday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
January 9
6 – 8 PM
$5
Instructor: Chris Stetler – Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP

This workshop, sponsored by certified public accounting firm Trout, Ebersole, and Groff LLP, will dive into topics surrounding taxes, legal structure of entities, and other resources for creatives; specifically those of us that are self-employed. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of income and expenses for self-employed individuals, the legal structure of entities and benefits of each, recordkeeping and accounting software options, tax prep options available (where to go to get the most value for your situation),  the impact of Tax Reform for self-employed individuals, and additional time for Q&A.

ART SUPPORT classes are for designed for artists to support their practice to keep it fresh and informed. Whether you’re missing art school days or just looking for a connection with other creatives, art support is here with a variety of short-format but high-impact classes and workshops.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Notebook and pen/pencil or other note taking device


WS 127-01 – Art Support: Group Critique
Wednesday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
January 15
6 – 9 PM
$15
Instructor: Beth Hacker

Are you looking for regular feedback on your creative process and/or production? Maybe missing the constant flow of input from art school? Join us for a group critique! We’ll be discussing your work and the work of others to gain a stronger understanding of audience perception and a clearer path forward in your creative production. The advancement of your work and creativity is our goal!

ART SUPPORT classes are for designed for artists to support their practice to keep it fresh and informed. Whether you’re missing art school days or just looking for a connection with other creatives, art support is here with a variety of short-format but high-impact classes and workshops.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Sketchbook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Artwork to be critiqued – Students are required to bring a minimum of 1 piece for critique. Time per-person will be determined by the amount of people in the session. Participants with a large body of work may want to attend more than one critique but it is not necessary. NOTE: If you are bringing digital work, please present it on your own laptop/tablet or have the work on a USB drive or cloud-based service for viewing on the classroom screen.


WS 133-01 – Creating Mindfully: How Sensory Subtleties Affect Making Art
Saturday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
January 25
9:30 AM – 12 PM
$20
Instructor: Brent Shaub

This workshop will show you how your posture and position affect precision and pleasure.  Experiment with the ergonomics of different types of furniture for both artist and subject. Refine little movements while opening connections to larger ones so you’re fresh and vital after a day of creating. Open to all media (painting, drawing, writing, digital art, sculpting); bring your preferred tools/materials and wear loose clothing that allows for breathing freely.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Loose clothing
  • Optional – most used tool that you use to create art (pencil, paintbrush, laptop, knitting needles, etc.)


CE 132 – 01 – Introduction to Sacred Geometry
Saturday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
February 1
9 AM – 12 PM
$35
Instructor: Jonathan Bancroft Colon

In this class students will learn to use a compass and straightedge to unlock the mystery, power and excitement of sacred geometry. We will explore the interdisciplinary connections that are found in the meditative creation of circle of life mandalas.  Also known as the flower of life this symbol can be found in nature, architecture and city planning.  We will discover how creating this symbols can help us understand the world around us.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Compass
  • Pen/ink
  • Paper


CE 132 – 02 – Introduction to Sacred Geometry
Tuesday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
February 4
9 AM – 12 PM
$35
Instructor: Jonathan Bancroft Colon

In this class students will learn to use a compass and straightedge to unlock the mystery, power and excitement of sacred geometry. We will explore the interdisciplinary connections that are found in the meditative creation of circle of life mandalas.  Also known as the flower of life this symbol can be found in nature, architecture and city planning.  We will discover how creating this symbols can help us understand the world around us.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Compass
  • Pen/ink
  • Paper


WS 125 – Encaustic Collage
Monday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
February 10
6 – 9 PM
$55
Instructor: Lisa Gauker

Discover the techniques and traditions of an ancient art brought to life in contemporary ways. Encaustic involves the sweet scents of beeswax and resin, combined with pigments, collage elements, and more to create a uniquely archival piece that echoes encaustic work created more than 2,000 years ago. Bring personal items to be included in your work as we ‘build’ a collaged piece. Personal collage items include paper elements, natural objects, and any object that is porous enough to accept molten wax (think absorbent). Experiment with the instant gratification of working with wax as we pour, scrape, brush, and manipulate our way to a luscious finished work. Learn the history of why this ‘hot’ process nearly disappeared, and the artists responsible for it’s rebirth as a medium. Course price includes fees for additional supplies that will be provided.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Nitrile gloves
  • Old rags
  • Collage items: these could include magazine or newspaper clippings, fine art papers, natural objects like dried flowers, grasses, twigs (natural objects must be dried, no fresh vegetation), fabric, other porous items. Metal, plastic, or stone elements will not work.
  • Texture items: these are ‘imprintable’ things that may not be submerged as a final product, but instead pressed for their texture onto surfaces, then removed. These can be natural objects, and metal, stone, or plastic. Keep in mind, these items may not be able to be reused, as wax may stick.
  • Pen/Pencil and Notebook for notes.Optional:
  • Alcohol-based inks/brushes
  • Oil Paints/brushes
  • X-acto knives or other cutting/scraping tools (dental tools, scribes, printmaking gouges – these items may end up with residual wax on them, so make sure they can be dedicated for encaustic usage)


WS 131 – Anatomical Drawing: Bone Specimens
Monday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
February 17
6 – 9 PM
$50
Instructor: Evan Kitson

Learn more about anatomical form and function while drawing and inspecting human bone specimens from Evan Kitson’s personal collection. Beginning with a focused anatomical lecture on the types of bones and joints, we’ll discuss the many tasks bone has to accomplish in the human figure. Participants will then choose specimens to work with, and will create observational drawings with guided and individualized instruction. This is a great opportunity to study the human figure anatomy, improve your drawing, and find yourself in front of unique subject matter!

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Generals brand Charcoal Pencils:  A few of their soft and medium.
  • Generals brand White Charcoal Pencil
  • A selection of graphite pencils: A range of 4B, 2B, HB, 2H, and 5H.
  • Erasers: Kneaded eraser and General Pencil’s Factis BM-2 Mechanical Eraser
  • Sandpaper: 220 Grit is great.
  • Bristle Brush: A brush to push around the media, should be medium in size, and one you don’t mind getting dirty roughing up. This is optional.
  • Blending Stumps: medium sized blending stumps, also called tortillons.
  • Razor Blades: Single Edged Razor Blades. Single edge is important for safety.
  • Drawing Board/Support for your surface: Drawing boards, the kind with the two clips at the top are fine. So is a 1/2” thick sheet of foam core that’s cut to size.
  • Paper: Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Paper is preferred. This can be found in pads at any art supply store. It’s a great paper that can take a beating. You will need 18″ x 24.” You may want to also purchase a single sheet of nicer paper for this workshop, and just do one drawing. It’s up to you. Recommend paper ~140lb Hotpress Watercolor paper.
  • Sketchbooks: bring a sketchbook to do some smaller drawings in, as well as take notes.


WS 133-02 – Creating Mindfully: How Sensory Subtleties Affect Making Art
Saturday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
February 22
9:30 AM – 12 PM
$20
Instructor: Brent Shaub

This workshop will show you how your posture and position affect precision and pleasure.  Experiment with the ergonomics of different types of furniture for both artist and subject. Refine little movements while opening connections to larger ones so you’re fresh and vital after a day of creating. Open to all media (painting, drawing, writing, digital art, sculpting); bring your preferred tools/materials and wear loose clothing that allows for breathing freely.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Loose clothing
  • Optional – most used tool that you use to create art (pencil, paintbrush, laptop, knitting needles, etc.)


WS 130 – Art Support: Building Canvas Stretchers Workshop
Tuesday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
February 25
6 – 9 PM
$35
Instructor: Leah Limpert Walt

Learn your way around building your own stretcher for canvas in this 3 hr workshop. We’ll be taking one approach to building a stable and reliable stretcher, but others will be covered as we measure, cut and build our own from scratch. Safety and correct handling of wood shop equipment will be a necessary component of the workshop, building confidence and experience for personal application moving forward. No need for canvas or gesso, as this will be focused solely on the building of a stretcher.

ART SUPPORT classes are for designed for artists to support their practice to keep it fresh and informed. Whether you’re missing art school days or just looking for a connection with other creatives, art support is here with a variety of short-format but high-impact classes and workshops.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • 2  8 foot  2×2”s or 2.5”x1 ¾” pieces of wood
  • 2  8 foot pieces of quarter round (plastic or wood)  ¾” to 1” in height/width
  • 4 L Brackets
  • 2 T Brackets
  • Assortment of wood screws and brads
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper – variety of grit


WS 127-02 – Art Support: Group Critique
Wednesday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
March 11
6 – 9 PM
$15
Instructor: Beth Hacker

Are you looking for regular feedback on your creative process and/or production? Maybe missing the constant flow of input from art school? Join us for a group critique! We’ll be discussing your work and the work of others to gain a stronger understanding of audience perception and a clearer path forward in your creative production. The advancement of your work and creativity is our goal!

ART SUPPORT classes are for designed for artists to support their practice to keep it fresh and informed. Whether you’re missing art school days or just looking for a connection with other creatives, art support is here with a variety of short-format but high-impact classes and workshops.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Sketchbook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Artwork to be critiqued – Students are required to bring a minimum of 1 piece for critique. Time per-person will be determined by the amount of people in the session. Participants with a large body of work may want to attend more than one critique but it is not necessary. NOTE: If you are bringing digital work, please present it on your own laptop/tablet or have the work on a USB drive or cloud-based service for viewing on the classroom screen.


WS 122 – 01 – Gallery + Writing About: Ana Vizcarra Rankin: Butterfly Effect
Monday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
March 16
6:30 – 8 PM
$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 “Ana Vizcarra Rankin: Butterfly Effect” and develop new work.

Ana Vizcarra Rankin is an Uruguayan-American artist based in Philadelphia. She makes drawings, paintings, and sculptures about travel and cartography and, most recently, star maps. Using images captured with powerful telescopes and other mediating technologies such as global positioning systems, she creates art that explores the phenomenological sense of being in and of the universe. 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)


WS 128 – Art Support: How to Photograph Your Artwork
Wednesday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
April 8
6 – 9 PM
$35
Instructor: Dan Lobdell

In this workshop participants will learn how to make high-quality photographs of art work for documentary and promotional uses. Topics covered will include equipment choice, camera settings and lighting techniques. There will be an emphasis on achieving high-quality results with less expensive, non-professional equipment and facilities. However, these techniques will be applicable to all types of equipment.

ART SUPPORT classes are for designed for artists to support their practice to keep it fresh and informed. Whether you’re missing art school days or just looking for a connection with other creatives, art support is here with a variety of short-format but high-impact classes and workshops.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Coming Soon


WS 127-03 – Art Support: Group Critique
Wednesday, 1 meeting, Non-credit
May 13
6 – 9 PM
$15
Instructor: Beth Hacker

Are you looking for regular feedback on your creative process and/or production? Maybe missing the constant flow of input from art school? Join us for a group critique! We’ll be discussing your work and the work of others to gain a stronger understanding of audience perception and a clearer path forward in your creative production. The advancement of your work and creativity is our goal!

ART SUPPORT classes are for designed for artists to support their practice to keep it fresh and informed. Whether you’re missing art school days or just looking for a connection with other creatives, art support is here with a variety of short-format but high-impact classes and workshops.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Sketchbook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Artwork to be critiqued – Students are required to bring a minimum of 1 piece for critique. Time per-person will be determined by the amount of people in the session. Participants with a large body of work may want to attend more than one critique but it is not necessary. NOTE: If you are bringing digital work, please present it on your own laptop/tablet or have the work on a USB drive or cloud-based service for viewing on the classroom screen.


EVENTS

Special events at PCA&D.

Art Recess: For Adults

Kids get recess. So should you.

Fuel your imagination and creativity and tend to your emotional well-being. Join PCA&D over lunch for art making and play that’s just for grown-ups.

  • Bring your lunch!
  • Make some art!
  • Make a friend!
  • Make a craft!
  • Bring a craft you’re already working on!

You’re our downtown neighbors and friends and we want you to take care of yourself! Recess has a suggested donation of $2 or a donation of an art supply! (ask us for a list if would like suggestions of supplies)

Playground is open for recess from 12:00 – 1:30 pm on:

  • October 24, 2019
  • November 13, 2019
  • November 20, 2019
  • December 5, 2019
  • December 18, 2019
  • January 15, 2020
  • January 23, 2020
  • February 6, 2020
  • February 19, 2020
  • February 27, 2019

Entrance is at the corner of W. Chestnut and N. Water Streets.….it’s Creative Care, y’all. Let’s play.

CREATIVE CARE: WORKING OUT YOUR MIND You take classes at the gym to work on strengthening your body, so why not spend some time strengthening your mind and flexing your creative muscles? Our classes in Creative Care aren’t just for artists. They’re for anyone looking to expand and challenge their creativity.