Child, Teen and Family Art Classes

Child Teen Family
Child Teen Family
Child Teen Family
Child Teen Family
Child Teen Family


PCA studio art and youth media programs encourage children and teens to explore the artistic process and artmaking as a way to enhance personal, social and intellectual development. We focus on student-centered experiences and collaboration while utilizing our galleries as a source of inspiration and inquiry. Our school provides a safe, fun and family-oriented environment where students enhance their artistic knowledge. Classes, camps and workshops for families, teens and children are offered year round in four semesters-- fall, winter, spring and summer.

Child and Teen Art Classes

Studio Art classes for children and teens ages 5-17 are offered in various art forms, including: sculpture, drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking and a variety of media arts classes. Classes run on Saturday and on weekdays after school.

After School Classes


Ages 8-10
Jan 30-Mar 6, Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm
Focus on the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and printmaking, combining these techniques to create unique multi-media artwork. Work in the 2D with a range of materials, including charcoal, watercolor, and block ink.   Sign Up

Foundations Of Ceramics
Ages 11-14
Jan 31-Mar 7, Tuesdays 4:30-6:00pm
Not many art forms are as connected to the earth and man’s early history as ceramics. Become a part of a 30,000 year old craft by exploring hand building techniques, surface design, and sculptural form. Finish the experience with a Raku event, during which your ceramics pieces will be fired using an open flame. Please note, due to the drying and firing time needed to complete a ceramics piece, artworks may need to be picked up at a later date.  Sign Up

Weekend Classes


Making Monsters
Ages 5-7
Jan 26 - Mar 16, Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Invent your own creature and bring it to life through comics, paintings, and sculptures of monster proportions. Be inspired by classic books like Where The Wild Things Are, the big screen, professional artwork, and your own imagination.   Sign Up

Drawing Explorations
Ages 5-7
Feb 9 – Mar 16, Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
Explore line, pattern, color, and texture through creative play and fun projects. Draw from observation and create abstract designs from your imagination. Work with a variety of drawing materials including oil pastel, chalk, and charcoal.  Sign Up

Modern Masters
Ages 8-10
Jan 26 – Mar 16, Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
Be inspired by Modern Art’s great masters like Picasso, Warhol, and DuBuffet. Emulate their techniques and styles to create portraits, prints, dynamic geometric designs, stunning abstracts, and sculptures.  Sign Up

Ages 8-10
Feb 9 – Mar 16, Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Explore the subjects that have been fascinating artists for centuries: landscape, portraiture and still life. Discover the unique perspectives of the Impressionists, Surrealists and contemporary artists on these subjects and use acrylic and watercolor paint to create your own take on the classics.  Sign Up

Ages 9-12
Jan 26 – Mar 16, Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Learn the basics of working with clay, including handbuilding, wheelthrowing, glazing, and firing. Create vessels like bowls and cups, realistic sculptures, and brand new abstract creations. Please note, due to the drying and firing time needed to complete a ceramic piece, artworks might need to be picked upat a later date.  Sign Up

Ages 11-14
Jan 26 – Mar 16, Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Recreate what you see around you by using observational drawing and create your own world with abstract design. Gain experience with gesture and contour while drawing from a clothed model and make marks with materials like charcoal, oil pastel, and graphite.  Sign Up

Ages 11-14
Feb 9 – Mar 16, Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
Calling all inventors! Work in a team to conceptualize, design, create, and promote a unique product. Use drawing and painting to illustrate your ideas, stretch the limits of repurposed materials in the creation of to scale prototypes, and brainstorm a marketing campaign using printmaking to produce advertisements.  Sign Up

High School


Graphic Novel
Grades 9-12
Mar 2-Mar 16, Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Uncover your own distinct style and voice while you create illustrated reflections of your personal experiences. Concentrating on black and white drawing, use pen and ink as well as graphite to explore how to construct a successful narrative through composition, line, and figurative expression.  Sign Up

Monster Design
Grades 9-12
Jan 28-Mar 4, Mondays 5:00-7:00pm
Want to create movie monsters? Intrigued by the macabre and unusual? Learn about contemporary artists who are inspired by the same things and work on creepy designs of your own. Take the first steps in bringing a conceptual creature and its habitat to life and transition from 2D to 3D through drawing, painting and sculpting.  Sign Up

Grades 9-12
Jan 26-Feb 9, Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
Focus on form and function in the creation of teapots and cups. Use handbuilding and wheelthrowing to construct pots and cups of all shapes and sizes, create unique surfaces and experiment with our hi-fire glazes.  Sign Up

Grades 9-12
Feb 16 & 23, Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
In the first session, create a ceramic object of your choice like a bust, plaque or bowl using coil, slab, or wheelthrowing techniques. Next session, join us for a firing event at the outdoor Gordon Pavilion to finish your ceramic pieces in a Raku firing which uses an open flame.  Sign Up

Enamel Earings
Grades 9-12
Sunday Feb 24, 2:00-5:00pm
Create unique earrings using the enameling process, which is the art of fusing glass to metal. The resulting objects combine the best properties of both elements, combining the strength and durability of metal with the shine and color of glass.  Sign Up

Youth Media Classes


Adventures in Green Screen
Ages 8-10
Jan 19-Feb 16, Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Explore the fantastic work of green screen effects, a technique used in everything from the latest Hollywood blockbuster to the local weather forecast on TV. With a green screen, it’s simple to superimpose anything or anyone into any shot. You can even transport yourself to the moon. In this class you will collaborate on a storyboard, create sets and props, then shoot a green screen adventure.  Sign Up

Digital Animation with Wacom Tablets
Ages 11-14
Feb 4-Mar 4, Mondays 4:00-6:00pm
This class is an introduction to digital animation using a graphics tablet. Explore various animation methods including character animation and rotoscoping, the technique in which animators trace over live-action footage.  Sign Up

Manga to Anime
High School
Jan 19-Feb 16, Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Once an artistic tradition based in Japan, Manga (or Japanese comics) has become a popular art form worldwide. Learn about line, color, contour, and figure drawing, and create your own Manga-inspired Anime using a graphics tablet and animation software.  Sign Up

Editing with Final Cut
High School
Feb 16-Mar 16, Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm
For those with little or no editing experience. In this class students will learn the aesthetics of editing styles, as well as hands-on skills, such as using a nonlinear editing program and creating a DVD. Final Cut editing software will be covered in detail. Examples of various editing techniques ranging from Hollywood classics to experimental, independent, documentary films and videos will be screened and discussed.  Sign Up

Holiday Break and Summer Art Camps

Art Camps are offered during school holidays and breaks for ages 5-14 as well as over the summer months with half and full-day options for ages 4-17.

Holiday Break Art Camps


Martin Luther King Day
Monday Jan 21, All Camps 9:00am-3:30pm

Creating On Canvas
Ages 5-7  Sign Up

Art Stories
Ages 8-10  Sign Up

Clay Animation
Ages 8-10  Sign Up

Presidents Day
Monday Feb 18, All Camps 9:00am-3:30pm

Ages 5-7  Sign Up

Printmaking Explorations
Ages 8-10  Sign Up

Ages 8-10  Sign Up

Spring Break Art Camps
March 18-22, All Camps 9:00am-3:30pm

Mini Performances
Ages 5-7  Sign Up

Ages 8-10  Sign Up

Mixed Media Animation
Ages 8-10  Sign Up

Spring Break Art Camps Week II
March 25-28, All Camps 9:00am-3:30pm

Journey to Outer Space
Ages 5-7  Sign Up

Ages 8-10  Sign Up

Mixed Media Animation
Ages 8-10  Sign Up

Ages 11-14  Sign Up

Summer Art Camps & High School Immersions

2013 Summer Art Camps will run June 10 - August 30 for students between the ages of 4 and 17. There are full-day and half-day options each week as well as child care before and after the camp day. Camp themes includes digital media, studio arts, performing arts, architecture and fashion design. Sign Up

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Art Camps FAQ

  1. How can I provide my child’s medical information?

    Emergency Information and Authorization Form
    The information that you provide on this form will be used to ensure your child’s safe participation in programs at PCA. A completed form must be submitted before your child will be allowed to begin class or camp. This form can be found in our catalog, at the PCA school, or you can download the PDF. A form should be submitted for every child one time during the semester.

    PCA Staff is not allowed to dispense non-emergency medication to students. If a student is unable to administer his/her own non-emergency medication, a designated adult must come to PCA to dispense it. Emergency medication must be labeled with the student’s full name and given to the Instructor at sign-in. Emergency medication will be stored in the child’s classroom and taken on any field trips.

    Special Needs
    PCA is committed to providing an enjoyable art-making experience for all students and strives to create an inclusive and welcoming artistic community. Please share information about your child’s allergies or other special needs on the Emergency Information and Authorization Form. Parents or guardians are encouraged to contact the Children’s Program Manager & Camp Supervisor to discuss any needs a student may have which would impact his/her participation or if a TSS will be accompanying the child to class or camp. The aid’s name and agency must also be included in the Emergency Information and Authorization Form. 

  2. What is the daily schedule?

    Students may be signed in with their camp or class 15 minutes before it begins. Parents will sign students in with the Instructor or Assistant on the front lawn or in their child’s classroom. On the first day of camp, parents will check in at the front desk and be directed to the appropriate sign-in location. Parents who wish for their 11 to 17 year old child to sign themselves in and out from camp must initial the authorization form. Students attending a high school camp may sign themselves in and out of camp without an adult. No students under the age of 11 may sign themselves in or out of camp without a parent or authorized adult.

    Lunch and Scheduled Breaks
    Students attending a full-day camp will have a 30 minute lunch/recess period from 12:00 PM-12:30 PM and two 10 minute breaks in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Please provide your child with a non-perishable lunch and drink labeled with his/her first and last name. We suggest that campers also bring a snack for mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.

    Half-day camps end at 12:00 PM and full-day camps end at 3:30 PM. Campers will be waiting for pick up at the same location as their sign-in. If the student is not attending a high school camp, is under the age of 11 or does not have a signed authorization form, a parent or authorized adult must sign their child out with their child’s Instructor or Assistant. Children may not, under any circumstances, be left unattended at PCA School. Parents will be charged for a session of post-camp if their child is signed-out over 20 minutes late.

  3. Do you offer extended care?

    Extended care options are available before and after camp hours during the summer. To ensure that adequate staffing is available, arrangements for pre-camp and post-camp should be made at the time of registration. Fees are non-refundable and spaces are limited. Placement cannot be guaranteed for last-minute registrations. Pre-Camp is offered between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM at a rate of $7.00 per day and Post-Camp is offered at a rate of $12.00 per day. Extended care is not always offered for camps during the school year. Call PCA School at 412-361-0455 for more information.

  4. Can my child participate in a camp outside of his or her age range?

    PCA is dedicated to the best practices in arts education, including developing and implementing age-appropriate visual and media arts curriculum for our students. Each program is designed to meet the unique social and developmental needs of children in each age bracket. Students will not be allowed to attend a camp outside of their age. If you would like your child to be placed in the same camp section as another child, this preference must be indicated at the time of registration and the placement of the children must coincide with our age and group size requirements.

  5. How do I register?

    There are several ways to register for a class or camp, listed below. Please note that your registration will not be complete until we have received full payment
    ·      Online at
    ·      Over the phone by calling 412-361-0455
    ·      By fax: 412-362-4589
    ·      In person or by mail, using the form in the back of every catalog
    We are located at 1047 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232

  6. Is financial aid available?

    A limited number of financial awards are available for students demonstrating financial need. An application is included in the back of every catalog. Families who have never applied for an award must fill out an application and submit proof of income. Families who have submitted the latest year’s proof of income need only submit the application. Proof of income must be updated every year and we must be notified if your income has changed.

  7. What is process over product?

    All projects are process-based, which affords children the opportunity to engage in critical thought, collaborative learning, and creative experimentation under the guidance of an experienced professional artist and educator. PCA places emphasis on the skills acquired during the process of creation, rather than the importance of the final product. To that end, students will often work collaboratively, and may create temporary installations that will not go home with them at the end of camp. While most students will end their class or camp with a final artwork to take home, this cannot be guaranteed.

  8. Who teaches at PCA?

    PCA Instructors are talented artists, devoted educators and responsible caregivers. Our instructors are passionate about designing a class curriculum that reflects their skills and expertise, while upholding the commitment to best practices in arts learning. Our instructors are highly educated working artists with multiple years experience in arts education. Every instructor, staff member and assistant are required to hold Act 33/34 Clearances.

  9. What you should bring/keep at home

    All supplies are provided for class and camps. Students in studio arts camps often use messy materials; you may send your child with a labeled apron or smock to wear while engaged in art making. For a full-day camp, send your child with a non-perishable lunch and two snacks, labeled with first and last name. For a half-day camp, send your child with one snack. You may send sunscreen and/or a hat with your child as many camps spend time outdoors. Please leave toys, MP3s and other valuables at home. Cell phones may be used in emergencies but must be kept on silent during camps. Please send an extra change of clothes for students 4-7 years old.

  10. Are there any other details I need to know?

    Student Artwork
    Personal belongings and artwork left behind at the conclusion of camp or class are collected and kept in the lost and found located in the Registration Office. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts reserves the right to discard artwork and other personal belongings two weeks after the conclusion of class or camp. Students may be asked to provide artwork to be displayed at a student exhibition. Parents will be notified when the work can be picked up. Due to kiln firing schedules, some artwork from clay and ceramics camps may not be ready for pick up until approximately two weeks after the camp ends.

    Photo Consent
    Your child’s image may be photographed or reproduced on PF/PCA promotional materials. You can indicate whether you do or do not authorize the use of your child’s image on the Emergency Information and Authorization Form.

Family Workshops

Parents and children, ages 4 and up, work together on fun projects in PCA’s family workshops. Choose from a 2-hour or multi-session workshop in media such as jewelry or mosaics.

Family Workshops

Winter 2013

Ages 4 and up w/ an adult
Saturday Jan 26, 10:00am-12:00pm
Learn how to design, glue, and grout a plaque mosaic using glass, clay tiles, and found objects.  Sign Up

Tilemaking & Mosaics
Ages 4 and up w/ an adult
Feb 2-Feb 16, Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Sculpt and glaze your own earthen clay tiles to include in a mosaic composition. Bring in objects like tabletops, pots, or frames to mosaic, or choose from a collection of items provided by PCA.  Sign Up

Pinch, Slab & Coil
Ages 4 and up w/ an adult
Mar 2-Mar 16, Saturdays 10:00am-3:00pm
Work side-by-side to create collaborative or independent ceramic projects. Use handbuilding techniques such as pinch, coil, and slab to create objects like pots, tiles, and small sculptures. Please note, due to the drying and firing time needed to complete a ceramic piece, artworks might need to be picked up at a later date.  Sign Up

Ceramic Bowls
Ages 4 and up w/ an adult
Sunday Feb 24, 1:00-3:00pm
Create slab bowls using forms, and experiment with glazes and interesting surface textures. Before you leave, watch a demonstration of the potter’s wheel and try it out for yourself. Please note, due to the drying and firing time needed to complete a ceramic piece, artworks might need to be picked up at a later date.  Sign Up

Enamel Pendants
Ages 4 and up w/ an adult
Sunday Mar 10, 2:00-5:00pm
Create unique jewelry pendants using the enameling process, which is the art of fusing glass to metal. The resulting objects combine the best properties of both elements, combining the strength and durability of metal with the shine and color of glass.  Sign Up