Summer Classes

Creative Writing

Poetry Essentials

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sarah Leavens
June 30 - Aug 18
Level: 
All
Price: 
$210 members / $235 non-members

This 8-week course will investigate three basic questions: “What is poetry?” “Why is it important?” and “How do we do it?” From here, students will embark on an inquiry of the essentials of reading and writing poetry - and what makes poetry essential to our lives. Students will learn fundamental poetry terms and principles including rhythm, meter, form, and line by studying historical as well as contemporary poems.

Telling Stories: Fiction Writing Workshop

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Adam Reger
July 9 - Aug 27
Level: 
All
Price: 
$185 member / $210 non - member

In this seven-week fiction workshop, students will be given time and space to focus on improving their writing, building confidence and developing the discipline needed to produce finished stories. Students will write works of fiction and present their short stories or excerpts from longer works for comment and discussion in class. In addition, students will read and discuss assigned texts by published authors, both established and emerging.

Drawing

Intro to Drawing

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sharon Wilson Wilcox
July 1 - August 19
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$220 member / $245 non-member

Drawing is a fundamental skill and the foundation for other visual pursuits. Everyone can learn to draw. In this class students will learn to develop their power of observation and mark making skills through a series of lessons that focus on gesture, line, shape, value and spatial relationships. Weekly lessons will emphasize how to translate focused observations into visual expression using a variety of drawing materials and approaches. Students work primarily from still life and one session will be with a model.

Intermediate Drawing

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Staci Offutt
July 1 - August 19
Level: 
Intermediate
Price: 
$240 member / $265 non-member

Using a variety of drawing materials, students will develop keener observation skills, strengthen their ability to express themselves and be encouraged to further develop a personal style and aesthetic. We will draw from observation, working with a model as well as still life setups and concentrate on gaining a greater understanding of composition, value, form, space, line and perspective. Students will work on a variety of larger drawing papers and in a sketchbook.

Responsive Drawing

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Bernie Wilke
June 21 - August 16
Level: 
All
Price: 
$210 members / $235 non-members

This class will emphasize the process of seeing & drawing in public settings as a means for increasing our sensitivity to the world. After some drawing instruction and skill development, we will travel to different locations, get comfortable, and observe. We'll use drawing and other creative means, such as photography and writing, to record what we observe, paying close attention to the life, people, and objects around us. It's less about the finished product and much more about the process of seeing and recording, being fully present in our environment.

Fiber Arts

Sewing Fundamentals

6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Lauren Sims
June 30 - Aug 18
Level: 
All
Price: 
$210 members / $235 non-members

In this introductory course students will learn basic sewing techniques and will be guided through fun and functional projects, including wearable items such as well as items for the home. Students will learn how to stitch a variety of different seams, as well as gain familiarity with pattern reading and sewing zippers into clothing. We will work primarily on electric swing machines and also cover basic hand sewing for finishing work. It’s sure to be sew much fun!

Weaving Studio

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Debra Meteney
July 8 - August 26
Level: 
All
Price: 
$210 members / $235 non-members

In this class, beginning and returning students will work side by side in an open environment. Beginners learn to warp, dress the loom, sample various patterns, read drafts and understand color interactions. Advanced students may work independently with instruction in the area of their choice. All materials are provided.

Jewelry & Metals

Etching Basics

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Lindsay Huff
June 23 - July 21, No Class June 30
Level: 
All
Price: 
$125 member / $150 non - member

Explore the possibilities of etching on metal to create texture and depth in your pieces. First, explore the effects of different types of resists with image transfer paper, paint markers, and lacquers. Then explore a multitude of ways to embellish your etchings with transparent enamels, patinas, wet-inlay enamel, epoxy resin inlay, and stone chip inlay. We will be etching to copper but will also learn how to transfer etches to other metals with the rolling mill. General metalsmithing processes will be covered and no jewelry experience is necessary. Class will not meet on June 30th.

Enameling

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Lindsay Huff
July 28 - August 11
Level: 
All
Price: 
$95 member / $100 non - member

Learn a variety of enameling techniques that can be used to create pendants, earrings, brooches, and other forms. This class will cover basic metalsmithing, basic dry-sifted enameling techniques, raku enameling (finishing enamels with a reduction firing to create metallic lusters), and wet-inlay enameling techniques including cloisonné, champlevé, and plique-à-jour. Enamels and copper pieces provided.

From Paper to Copper: Copper Plating

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Lindsay Huff
July 1 - 8
Level: 
All
Price: 
$75 member / $100 non - member

In this fun workshop, students will create designs out of cut paper (such as paper snowflakes). These designs will be coated with a special copper conductive paint, and then be plated in copper. Students will be amazed as their paper works of art are transformed into copper, which can be then be enameled or left as is. No art-making experience necessary! All materials provided.

Fine Silver PMC Rings

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Donna Penoyer
August 12 - 26
Level: 
All
Price: 
$95 member / $120 non - member

Learn what makes a strong fine silver ring, plus how to plan for metal clay shrinkage in order to get a ring just your size after firing. Other skills will include making a successful seam, creating both straight and tapered ring shanks, and properly setting a kiln-safe faceted stone before firing—in this case, a cubic zirconia or lab-created gemstone. Gems are optional; a limited assortment of sizes, shapes, and colors will be available.

Intro to Jewelrymaking

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Lindsay Huff
June 25 - August 13
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$ 235 members / $260 non - members

Learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing and enameling in this new project-based course. Students will acquire a wide range of skills by learning basic forming and construction techniques using stakes and hammers, sawing, riveting, bezel and tab setting, annealing and soldering. Students will also learn to add textures by embossing, and add color and finishes with the use of enamels, patinas and polishing techniques. This class will emphasize experimentation and play as we create bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings, and brooches.

Intro to Metal Jewelry

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Adina DeRoy-Stouffer
July 3 - August 21
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$215 member / $240 non - member

Students will learn basic metalsmithing skills while having fun creating unique pieces of jewelry. Each week students will complete a piece that focuses on a new technique. Lessons include sawing, filing, soldering, forging, texturing, forming and stone setting. Projects will include bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings and chain making with an emphasis on individual design. Materials will be discussed in the first class. They can be purchased that night or ordered. Metal costs are based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up.

Metalsmithing Studio

9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Pat Falbo
June 21 - August 16 (class skips July 5)
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Pat Falbo
June 21 - August 16 (class skips July 5)
Level: 
All
Price: 
$215 member / $240 non - member

Learn metalsmithing and stonesetting skills while creating individual projects. This class focuses on jewelry and small object design (such as spoons, decorative home wares, etc) and construction. Lessons include sawing, filing, forming, joining and finishing metal. In the first class we will discuss materials and how to order your metals. Students may choose to work in copper, bronze or silver. Metal costs based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up.

Mixed Media

Papermaking

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Tom Norulak
June 30 - July 21
Level: 
All
Price: 
$210 members / $235 non-members


Learn to create elegant papers from everyday papers and fibers. Students will become familiar with the entire papermaking process, and create a variety of papers, to be used for drawing, bookmaking, printmaking, and more.

If students are interested in using their papers in a mixed media work, they may enroll in Mixed Media Printmaking and receive a 10% discount.

Stained Glass Workshop

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
July 15 - July 29
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$100 member / $125 non - member

Learn the fundamentals of stained glass, including foiling, soldering, glass grinding and glass cutting. Learn to compose a simple, gorgeous piece to place in front of a window. The workshop is perfect for the stained glass novice or those who want a refresher on the basics. All materials provided.

Collage & Memory

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Jennifer Myers
July 2 - August 20
Level: 
All
Price: 
$210 members / $235 non-members

Using a variety of media, students will create 2D and 3D collages that are influenced and suggestive of our own personal memories and stories. Each week we will focus on a different technique for making this work. Techniques will include: collagraphy, using paper as sculpture, papier-mache work, cut-paper collage and abstraction, intuitive collage and mark-making, painting with collage, and building 2D and 3D collages out of found materials. We will look at artists who work with collage and memory as a way to inform and enrich our practice. No prior experience necessary.

Media Arts

Circuit Building 2

6 Tuesdays, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Michael Johnsen
June 24 - July 29
Level: 
Intermediate
Price: 
$260 member / $285 non - member

This more advanced circuit-building course is for students who want to delve deeper into making their own electronic music instruments. This class will clearly guide you through the steps of making or modifying guitar effect pedals, building electronic synthesizers and circuit-bending electronic toys. The basics of soldering, construction, and schematics will be covered. Participants will leave with a device/processor/instrument of their own design and a good foundation for further electronic tinkering.

Intro to Digital SLR Photography

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mandy Kendell
June 24 - August 12
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Kara Sambrick
June 25 - August 13
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$290 member / $315 non - member

This introductory photography class will meet the needs of students who have their own digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera. The rising popularity of digital SLR cameras has created a revolution in the photography world. Using Adobe Photoshop software and working with RAW images on Apple computers, students will be in command of the many features of these advanced cameras while creating photographs ready for framing.

Filmmaking with DSLR Cameras

8 Thursdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Coty Gianelli
June 26 - August 14
Level: 
Intermediate
Price: 
$290 Member / $315 Non-Members

This workshop is for experienced photographers who want to create digital films with a DSLR camera. Learn how to utilize various video modes and formats, capture to editing software and manage post-production workflow. Essential filmmaking concepts and skills including screen direction, shooting with a plan to edit, recording audio and creating a soundtrack will be covered. Participants should be proficient with the functions of their DSLR camera. Please bring your camera to class.

Painting

Intro to Painting

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Bernie Wilke
June 30 - Aug 18
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$210 members / $235 non - members

n this course students are introduced to the basics of painting in oil and acrylic. A hands-on approach to painting materials and the fundamentals of color theory and color mixing are emphasized. Working from still life set-ups, interior spaces and forms in nature, students learn to see and use color to express three dimensions on a two dimensional surface.
Online demo at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqds9CaqQTo

Intro to Figure Painting

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Susan Powers
July 9 - August 20
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$255 members / $280 non - members

Working from a live model, students will hone figure drawing skills through line, contour, block and gesture drawing. The class will focus on short and long poses and refine work with shading, foreshortening and color. Students will have opportunities to select the position of the figure model so they can focus on specific skill building, interests and needs.

Intro to Watercolors

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Anna Brewer
July 10 - August 21
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$175 member / $200 non - member

Learn the basics of working with watercolors while exploring a sampling of different techniques including washes, using salt and wax, painting wet and dry, saturation, layering, and more. Class includes one session with a model.

Contemporary Color Strategies for Watercolor

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Nancy Deckant
June 21 - 28
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$135 member / $160 non - member

This 2-day workshop will put new techniques in your artist toolbox. Lose dimensionality and gain creative freedom! Students will earn four ways to use color to create a flat dimensional perspective. Each day will focus on achieving different effects, and will include lessons on color combinations that create luminosity, how to achieve a filtered light effect using opaque paint, and pairing bright colors with neutrals. Each class will include an instructor demonstration, student feedback sessions and individual instruction.

Printmaking

Mixed Media Printmaking

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Tom Norulak
July 28 - August 8
Level: 
All
Price: 
$215 member / $240 non - member

Contemporary printmaking often includes collage, painting and drawing elements as part of the image-making process. In this class instruction will be provided in 3 printmaking techniques: Monotype, a combination of painting and printmaking; Collagraph, using collage elements to create a printing plate, and Chine Colle, a method of using the press to apply collage materials to a print. Students will also have an opportunity to use their painting and drawing materials to add to their printed images.

Multi Plate Color Etching

9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Swietlan Nicholas Kraczyna
August 26 - 28
Level: 
Intermediate / Advanced
Price: 
$440 member / $465 non - member

This 3-day workshop will provide the opportunity to learn and explore the exciting way of creating an image in full color in the etching technique, preparing up to 100 colors with the use of only 3 plates and 3 primary colors. You will learn to use the “additive” method that gives each color a sharp edge, distinguishing one color from the other. You will also learn the “subtractive” method where each color fuses, combines, and transforms into another through gradual transitions. Both methods require previous knowledge of and experience with aquatint etching.

Large Scale Relief Printing

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Conor McGrann
July 2 - August 20
Level: 
All
Price: 
$215 member / $240 non - member

Students will create two 18x24 inch multi layered prints using two different techniques. The first will be a reduction project where the same block will be used for all of the color layers. The second project will be a multi block print where each color layer will be carved on a separate block and printed over each other.

Intro to Printmaking

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Conor McGrann
July 3 - August 21
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$220 member / $245 non - member

Learn the fundamentals of a variety of printmaking techniques, including monotype, collograph and drypoint. Students will acquire a fundamental knowledge of each of these three processes and the skills needed to pursue printmaking independently or in future classes. Students will also learn about printmaking papers, inks, and print presentation as well as studio safety. All materials included; students may choose to bring specialty papers.

Intro to Screenprinting

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Conor McGrann
June 28 - August 23
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$225 member / $250 non - member

Learn the basics of Screen Printing to make your own art, posters,
t-shirts, and more. In this course you will be taught hand-drawn stencil printing, and learn to compose images, register and create multi-layered prints. In addition to printing on paper, students will be encouraged to print on alternative surfaces. Drawing experience is not required.

Intro to Etching

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sharon Wilson Wilcox
June 28 - August 23
Level: 
All
Price: 
$225 member / $250 non - member

Previous drawing experience recommended. Learn both traditional and contemporary etching techniques in this introductory class for all levels. Learn to apply intaglio techniques to images you can hand-color, collage and reproduce. Tuition includes inks, acids and one 8x10 inch zinc plate; additional plates and paper may be purchased in class.

Sculpture & Ceramics

Getting to the Surface

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Adero Willard
Aug 25 - 29
Level: 
Intermediate / Advanced
Price: 
$505 member / $530 non - member

Work with Massachusetts-based master artist Adero Willard to learn how to create new and exciting surfaces on clay by layering color and pattern, and playing with principles of transparency and opacity. The goal of these explorations is to generate new ways to work with form and surface that bring out the personality of your clay forms. A basic understanding of how to work with clay is required. This workshop is part of PCA’s new Master Artist Workshop Series.

Intro to Ceramics

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Jonathan Grengs
July 1 - August 19
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$260 member / $285 non - member

The basics of wheelthrowing and handbuilding techniques are introduced in this class. You’ll create functional and decorative ceramic pieces, while learning about pottery tools, equipment, surface finishes and glazes. Tuition include 25 lbs of clay, glazes, and bisque and gas firing. For students who do not have their own tools, clay tool kits are available for purchase from the office for $15.

Stained Glass Workshop

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
July 15 - July 29
Level: 
Beginner
Price: 
$100 member / $125 non - member

Learn the fundamentals of stained glass, including foiling, soldering, glass grinding and glass cutting. Learn to compose a simple, gorgeous piece to place in front of a window. The workshop is perfect for the stained glass novice or those who want a refresher on the basics. All materials provided.

Stone Carving

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Anthony Marbella
July 9 - August 13
Level: 
All
Price: 
$190 member / $215 non - member

This class is an introduction to the basics of stone carving in soapstone. Students will work on shaping and sanding small sculptures using an array of professional carving tools. Emphasis will be placed on technique and execution and students will be given an overview of the history of stone carving.

Thrown, Altered and Assembled

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Kyle Houser
July 2 - August 20
Level: 
Intermediate / Advanced
Price: 
$260 member / $285 non - member

Want to bump your throwing skills to the next level? Then this class is for you! In this class, emphasis will be placed on exposing the student to a variety of throwing and altering techniques for making unique pottery forms. Students will learn various techniques intended to impart character to their work such as faceting, fluting, darting, paddling and alternatives to trimming a foot. We will explore non-traditional shapes made on the potter’s wheel like: ovals, squares, and triangles.

Ceramics Studio

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Valda Cox
July 3 - August 21
Level: 
All
Price: 
$305 member / $330 non - member

Join this open studio style class for all learning levels. Students will develop skills in wheelthrowing and handbuilding using stoneware clay. Surface design and glazing will also be covered. Beginning and returning students work side-by-side in an open environment. Tuition includes 25 lbs. of clay, glazes, and bisque and gas firing. For students who do not have their own tools, clay tool kits are available for purchase from the office for $15.