Fall adult classes

book arts & printmaking

Calligraphy (new!)

instructor: Myrna Rosen
PBA 102 - Level: All
2D Studio
9 Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
September 18 – November 13
$195 members, $220 non-members

Explore the personal and storied art of calligraphy in this course, which is geared to the needs of each student. Beginners work with a basic calligraphic hand, while intermediate and advanced students pursue their choice of styles. Individual guidance provided for each student. Supply list sent upon registration.

Printmaking and Etching Techniques

Instructor: Thomas J. Norulak
PBA 100 - Level: All
Printmaking Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
September 17 – November 5
$200 members, $225 non-members
(fee includes use of tools, inks, and solvents)

Focus on both traditional and contemporary etching techniques in this multi-level class. Learn to apply relief, intaglio, and monoprinting techniques onto a variety of commercial papers. Make images you can hand color, collage and reproduce. Continuing students are welcome. Paper and plates can be purchased in class.

Printmaking Open Studio

Instructor: Thomas J. Norulak
PBA 101 - Level: Int./Adv.
Printmaking Studio
11 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Sept. 19 – Dec. 5, no class Nov. 21
$190 members, $215 non-members
(fee includes use of tools, inks, and solvents)

Prerequisite: printmaking class or monitor’s approval. Plates and paper can be purchased. No instruction given.

Introduction to Lithography (NEW!)

Intructor : Matt Forest
PBA 103 - Level: All
Class meets at Artist Image Resource
(518 Foreland St, Pittsburgh PA 15212)
8 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
September 29 – November 17
$320 members, $345 non-members (fee includes chemicals, stones, and four polymer plates)

Lithography is a printmaking method for printing on a smooth surface. Overview the lithography process from past to present and produce a single color litho print, and methods to achieving photographic to hand drawn litho. Also learn pronto plate printing, an efficient and environmentally friendly way to go direct to the plate. Cover one, two and three color printing processes using pronto plates, a safe, simple and cost effective process for non-toxic art printmaking. An information sheet will be mailed upon registration.

Holiday Cardmaking Workshop (NEW!)

instructor: Lindsay Woge
PBA 104 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
2 Mondays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
November 5 and November 12
$70 members, $95 non-members (basic materials included in the fee)

Tired of buying commercial, ready-made greeting cards? Then make your own holiday cards this season using stamping, collage, drawing, painting and mixed media. Also learn basic papermaking techniques as you craft your own, personalized cards! A supply list sent upon registration.

Paper Cuts (NEW!)

Instructor: Marina Mozhayeva
PBA 107 - Level: All
Sculpture Annex
8 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 17 – November 5
$185 members, $210 non-members (fee includes some base materials)

Make silhouetted images (paper cuts) with black, white and/or colored paper. Focus on positive-negative spaces and the signifigance of line in your original artwork. Learn about the history of this technique, what makes this technique special, and modern trends in the field. Make portraits, landscapes, nature studies, abstract pieces - whatever your heart desires! A supply list sent upon registration.

 

ceramics & sculpture

Beginning Wheelthrowing (NEW!)

Instructor: Joseph Sendek
CES 102 – Level: All
Ceramics Studio
10 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Sept. 19 – Nov. 28, no class Nov. 21
$275 members, $300 non-members
(fee includes lab time, 25 lb. of clay, glazes, bisque and gas firing)

Learn techniques in both wheelthrowing and handbuilding functional and decorative ceramic pieces. Includes introduction to tools, equipment, and surface finishes and glazes. Learn the basics of pottery! Students supply clay tools.

The Potter’s Wheel

Ceramics Studio, Level: All
$275 members, $300 non-members
(fee includes lab time, 25 lb. of clay, glazes, bisque and gas firing)

Instructor : Kip O’Krongly
Session 1: CES 100
10 Mondays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
September 17 – November 19

Instructor : Katie Kotchey
Session 2: CES 200
10 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 17 – November 19

Instructor : Valda Cox
Session 3: CES 300
10 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Sept. 20 – Nov. 29, no class Nov. 22

Instructor : Kristin DeGiovanni
Session 4: CES 400
10 Saturdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Sept. 29 – Dec. 8, no class Nov. 24

This class is designed for both beginners and students working at more advanced levels. Develop skills in wheelthrowing and handbuilding using stoneware clay. Focus on developing a personal style with decorating and glazing. Beginning and returning students work side-by-side in an open environment. Students supply clay tools.

Raku Party Workshop!

Instructor: Kip O’Krongly
CES 109 - Level: All, Sculpture Studio
Friday, November 2, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Join the party! A base fee of $60 ($85 nonmembers) includes a full kiln shelf, typically 4 or 5 bisque-fired pieces (an additional $15 per shelf if you need to fire more). We will discuss all aspects of the Raku process. Wear clothing that completely covers your body. Glazes and tongs provided. Students participate in all aspects of the firing. For people who want to experience the process but don’t know how to make their own vessels, you can have fun glazing and take two already made small pieces home with you for $30.

Wheelthrowing with Joe

Instructor: Joseph Sendek
CES 101 - Level: All, Ceramics Studio
10 Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sept. 19 – Nov. 28, no class Nov. 21
$275 members, $300 non-members
(fee includes lab time, 25 lb. of clay, glazes, bisque and gas firing)

Beginners learn techniques in both wheelthrowing and handbuilding functional and decorative ceramic pieces. For returning students, this class provides the perfect opportunity to refine and experiment with more complex methods including centering larger amounts of clay, throwing sets, stacked and sectional forms, pitchers and more. Students supply clay tools.

The Body Human : Sculpting the Figure

Instructor : Duncan MacDiarmid
CES 108 - Level: All, Sculpture Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
September 17 – November 5
$275 members, $300 non-members
(fee includes 7 sessions with a model, 25 lb. of clay and firing)

Throughout the ages, civilizations have been inspired to represent the human figure in a variety of materials. Working from a live model, sculpt the human figure from moist clay. Have fun, learn a lot and go home with a dried and fired figure. No prior knowledge of modeling is necessary.

Matrilineal Sculpture: Signs & Symbols of the Ancient Female (New!)

Instructor : Jamie Boyd
CES 107 – Level: All
Sculpture Studio
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 25 – November 13
$240 members, $265 non-members (fee includes 25 lb. of clay, glazes, bisque and firings)

According to archaeologist and author Dr. Marija Gimbutas, the art and form of pottery exists as one of the oldest pictorial scripts of civilization. Excavate the prehistoric, matrilineal (determining descent through the female line) influences of Western religion and mythology to create handbuilt clay sculptures. Explore the signs, symbols, and images of female divinities, your ancestors and ancient cultures. All skill levels welcome! Students supply clay tools.

Hands On! (clay art for everyone)

instructor: Jane Freund
CES 104 – Level: All
Sculpture Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 19 – November 7
$240 members, $265 non-members
(fee includes 25 lb. of clay, glazes, bisque and firings)

Even if you’ve never worked with clay before, it’s easy to create unique handmade pieces. Beginning students will learn simple techniques — such as pinching, coiling and slabs — to make boxes, jars, vases, mugs, planters, etc. Explore possibilities for embellishment by texturing, stamping and carving, and by adding handmade beads, handles and non-clay objects. Students supply clay tools. Class will culminate in a sawdust pit-firing.

Pieces of You: The Art of Assemblage (new!)

Instructor : Dafna Rehavia Hanauer
CES 105 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
8 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 20 – November 8
$210 members, $235 non-members (fee includes some construction materials)

Add dimension and bring your artistic visions to life using assemblage (the art of combing elements into 2- and 3- dimensional works). Let yourself enter a process involving imagination, play, and intuition with elements from your own life, such as meaningful ‘found’ and ‘ready made’ objects, and original pieces. Fasten these elements together using glue, nails, strings and other methods to achieve a new meaningful personal composition. A supply list will be mailed upon registration.

Stoneware and Porcelain

Instructor : Valda Cox
CES 103 - Level: All
Ceramics Studio
10 Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sept. 20 – Nov. 29, no class Nov. 22
$275 members, $300 non-members (fee includes lab time, 25 lb. of clay, glazes, bisque and gas firing)

For beginners, instruction emphasizes specific throwing, finishing, glazing and decorating techniques using stoneware. Experienced students refine their skills working with either stoneware or porcelain clay. Focus is on wheelthrowing. Students supply clay tools.

Copper Wall Hangings

Instructor : Melissa Davenport
CES 110 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
1 Sunday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (1/2 hour lunch)
September 16
$65 members, $90 non-members

Transform flat copper sheeting into a 3-dimensional wall sculpture using mallets and sand bags. Covern pattern making and design cutting as well as light soldering and proper use of hammers. Make a beautiful copper wall sculpture, as big as 1 X 2 feet! Students purchase materials directly from the Instructor ($30 to $60 depending on the size of your projects).

Super Sculpy Monsters (NEW!) - Just for Teens!

Instructor : Tom Estlack
CCH 302 - Level: (ages 13-17)
Sculpture Annex
6 Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
September 27 – November 1
$130 members, $155 non-members

Learn to model with Super Sculpey, a firm sculpting clay that’s great for carving fine detail. Design and sculpt your own monsters or action figures (maximum height 10”) using this fun new medium which is used by movie studios and professionals worldwide. Make your sculptures realistic or fantasically abstract, just make sure they’re super scary!

Mosaics and Creative Tilemaking (NEW!)

Instructor : Alix Paul
CES 106 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
6 Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
September 26 – October 31
$200 members, $225 non-members (fee includes all materials)

Build beautiful mosaics from scratch! Begin by designing and building your own custom ceramic tiles using stoneware clay and colorful glazes. Learn techniques for cutting, adhering and finishing tiles as you construct your mosaics. Make three independent mosaic panels, or make them interact with each other!

Get Wired! (new!)

Instructor : Jim Rettiner
CES 111- Level: All
Sculpture Annex
2 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
November 7 and 14
$70 members, $95 non-members (wire and plaster included in the class fee)

Experiment with wire sculpture in this exploratory class. Capture an organic form as you use wire to “draw in space”. Make it flat, or play with three dimensions. Experimentation, by definition, is about trial and error. It’s not about making distinctions for success or failure; it’s about the endless possiblities!

creative writing

Poetry

instructor: Michael Wurster
CRW 100 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
8 Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
September 27 – November 15
$145 members, $170 non-members

Explore the basic principles and techniques of poetry writing through readings, discussions, and exercises. Submit samples of your best work (no more than ten pages) with your registration. Beginners, please submit a brief statement of your expectations for this class.

Fiction Writing

instructor: Lisa Chewning
CRW 101 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 17 – November 5
$170 members, $195 non-members

Explore the fundamentals of fiction writing including the process of storytelling, story structure, character creation, dialogue and the basics of getting your work published. This course applies to all genres of fiction writing.

Grassroots Theatre: Script Building for Pittsburgh Rising (NEW!)

Instructor : Tavia LaFollette
CRW 103 - Level: All
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 19 – November 7
$170 members, $195 non-members

Grassroots Theatre is a journalistic approach to script writing. Through interviewing ourselves, historians and Pittsburgh community members, we’ll write a script to be performed at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in September 2008. Tell the story of the rising of Pittsburgh and it’s different communities through metaphor and symbolism, using myths and legends as our springboard for inspiration. Work on your own individual project, using our focus project as a model - or write, interview and investigate the script that will culminate in the full performance. The Performance “Pittsburgh Rising” will celebrate Pittsburgh 250th birthday and be open to the community.

 

Exploring Poetry - Just for Teens!

Instructor : Sophie Klahr
CCH 301 - Level: (ages 13-16)
Lecture Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
September 19 – November 7
$120 members, $145 non-members

It’s difficult to translate the raw world into poetry, to find the words that demand attention. Discover more about how to write through reading and workshops. In the profanity of Allan Ginsberg, the pain of Nick Flynn, and the playfulness of Pablo Neruda (not to mention other poets, including your peers), exists a similarity: the desire to write. Specifically constructed for beginning and continuing poets between ages 13 and 16, this class will offer a safe, uncensored environment in which to further explore and develop ones poetic voice. Please bring paper and a writing utensil.

Humor Writing: Finding Your Funny Bone (New!)

Instructor : Brenda Boboige
CRW 102 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
September 18 – November 6
$145 members, $170 non-members

It’s difficult to translate the raw world into poetry, to find the words that demand attention. Discover more about how to write through reading and workshops. In the profanity of Allan Ginsberg, the pain of Nick Flynn, and the playfulness of Pablo Neruda (not to mention other poets, including your peers), exists a similarity: the desire to write. Specifically constructed for beginning and continuing poets between ages 13 and 16, this class will offer a safe, uncensored environment in which to further explore and develop ones poetic voice. Please bring paper and a writing utensil.

drawing & painting

Beginning Drawing

Session 1 : Instructor : Robert Huckestein
DPA 100 – Level: All
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 18 – November 6
Marshall Annex

Session 2: : Instructor : Jamie Boyd
DPA 200 - Level: All
8 Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
September 28 – November 16
2D Studio

This course covers lessons on line, form, value, texture and exploration of the creative process. Develop keener observation and perception skills using a variety of drawing materials. Students are encouraged to explore the potential of different media, approaches to finding a personal style of mark-making and drawing the figure and portrait. Supply list sent upon registration.

Beginning Oil Painting

instructor: Kirby Krieger
DPA 111 - Level: All, 2D Studio
8 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
September 20 – November 8
$180 members, $205 non-members

Have you always wanted to learn the basics of oil painting but didn’t know where to start? This class will cover all the necessary elements with a hands-on approach to materials, color mixing and learning to see as a painter. A supply list will be sent upon registration.

Drawing Seminar

instructor: Jamie Boyd
DPA 101 - Level: Int/Adv.
2D Studio
10 Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sept. 28 – Dec. 7, no class Nov. 23
$250 members, $275 non-members (fee includes 3 sessions with a model)

Prerequisite: Previous drawing experience. Develop keener observation and perception skills while exploring natural, man-made forms, and the figure using a variety of drawing media. Focus on making finished pieces. Work from still-life and the model. This seminar class gives students an opportunity for greater productivity through individual instruction. A supply list will be sent upon registration.

Painting Seminar

Instructor : Paula Garrick Klein
DPA 112 - Level: Int/Adv., 2D Studio
6 Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
October 13 – November 17
$160 members, $185 non-members (fee includes 2 sessions with a model)

Prerequisite: Previous painting experience. Explore color, composition and painting techniques while working from a changing still life set-up and a model, or on your own projects. Individual instruction and group critiques will help you hone your skills as well as develop your own personal style of expression in oils or acrylics. A supply list sent upon registration.

Drawing the Figure in Light and Shadow

Instructor : Pat Barefoot
DPA 109 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
6 Mondays, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
September 17 – October 22
$200 members, $225 non-members (fee includes all sessions with a model)

Learn to render the human form in the chiaroscuro tradition of the old masters. Explore the visual elements of value, shape, volume and texture, with a focus on the quality of light. Draw subtractively - putting down tone and removing it to gain a better understanding of form and structure. Fee includes all sessions with a model. Supply list sent upon registration.

Watercolor Explorations

instructor: Kathleen Zimbicki
DPA 114 - Level: Int./Adv.
2D Studio
10 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
September 17 – November 19
$220 members, $245 non-members

Previous drawing experience recommended. New lessons are presented each week including washes, scrubbing, splashing, resist, spraying and multifaceted view. Color theory and composition will be explored. Advanced students are encouraged to experiment with painting strategies. Supply list sent upon registration.

The Passion Book: Creating a Hand-Crafted Life (new!)

Instructor : Jamie Boyd
DPA 105 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
8 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 17 – November 5
$180 members, $205 non-members

Use an eclectic mix of media and techniques to journal, paint, draw, and collage a “Passion Book” of ones self. Start with a spiral ring sketchbook and create a hand-crafted artist’s book of exploration. Recognize the signs of symbols that are important to you. Cut, paste, draw, paint and write your way through a series of weekly exercises, using Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, and other readings, as the foundation for creative reconnaissance. This class is for everyone, from beginners to accomplished artists. Come explore! A supply list sent upon registration.

Watercolor Mornings

Instructor : Donna Haas
DPA 115 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
10 Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
September 18 – November 20
$220 members, $245 non-members

Explore experimental watercolor techniques through washes, wet-on-wet, various resists, and the use of collage and other nontraditional media. Beginners and more experienced watercolorists are welcome. Emphasis is on individual instruction. Supply list sent upon registration.

Chinese Brush Painting

Instructor : Donna Haas
DPA 107 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
10 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 18 – November 20
$220 members, $245 non-members

Chinese brush painting is full of symbolism, philosophy, balance and continuity. Traditional and contemporary techniques illustrate subject matter from nature. Work with ink or watercolor, and learn brush handling and compositional development. Develop basic strokes, then focus on rendering nature’s beauty on rice paper. All supplies (approximately $26) may be purchased from the instructor.

Watercolor Afternoons (NEW!)

Instructor : Donna Haas
DPA 215 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
10 Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
September 18 – November 20
$150 members, $175 non-members

Explore experimental watercolor techniques through washes, wet-on-wet, various resists, and the use of collage and other nontraditional media. Beginners and more experienced watercolorists are welcome. Emphasis is on individual instruction. For students in Donna’s morning class, this is a great opportunity to keep painting! Supply list sent upon registration.

Colored Pencil

Instructor : Georgia Feild
DPA 118 - Level: All, Lecture Studio
5 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
October 18 – November 15
$120 members, $145 non-members

Discover the luminosity and versatility of colored pencil. Experiment with color theory and various support material to make your color pencil drawings shine. Using a variety of dry drawing media, students will experience a range of styles and possibilities through creative process. A supply list sent upon registration.

Drawing Naturally

Instructor : Georgia Feild
DPA 120 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
6 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
October 10 – November 14
$140 members, $165 non-members

Nature is your inspiration in this exciting new drawing class! Building on foundations of composition and art theory, learn the technical skills required to render objects from nature while exploring personal creativity. Explore line, direction, shape, light, shadow, texture and tonal value with drawing media. Also cover perspective, and positive and negative space drawing. Finish by selecting an outdoor subject matter and executing a formal drawing. A supply list sent upon registration.

Painting with Patrick

Instructor : Patrick Daugherty
DPA 117 - Level: Int./Adv.
2D Studio
8 Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm (including
1/2 hour for lunch)
Sept. 19 – Nov. 28
(no class Oct. 10, 17 & Nov. 21)
$250 members, $275 non-members (fee includes two sessions with a model)

Prerequisite: previous painting experience. Working in oils or acrylics, this seminar class gives students an opportunity for greater productivity through individual instruction. Develop your personal style and artistic vocabulary. All styles from abstract and nonobjective to super-realism are welcomed. Supply list sent upon registration.

Introduction to Figure Drawing

instructor: Kirby Krieger
DPA 102 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
6 Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
September 25 – October 30
$200 members, $225 non-members (fee includes all sessions with a model)

Draw directly from a model, with emphasis on the robust form of the human body. Each week builds on the last, stepping through: balance on the page, seeing tilts and angles, the descriptive outline, using light and shade, bony landmarks, and simple anatomy. Bring drawing materials to draw to the first class.

Collage

Instructor : Sharon Wilson - Wilcox
DPA 108 - Level: All, Printmaking Studio
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
September 18 – November 6
$200 members, $225 non-members (fee includes collagraph ink and some materials)

Explore the methods and fun of combining images, papers, fabrics and found objects to create an entirely unique work of art. Collage is the method of applying material and found objects to a two-dimensional artwork. Also explore collagraph printing. Advanced students may pursue special projects with assistance from the Instructor. A supply list will be sent upon registration.

Pen and Ink Basics (NEW!)

Instructor : Sandra Ward
DPA 104 - Level: All,
2D Studio
6 Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
September 27 – November 1
$140 members, $165 non-members

Rediscover drawing with pens, inks and colored washes. Learn how versatile, spontaneous, and yet precise the media is to work with. Master pen and ink techniques that will let you control the process of drawing. Experiment with washes of diluted ink and play with colored inks to obtain both vivid and subtle results, a fun and alternative option to watercolor. A supply list will be sent upon registration.

Oil and Acrylic Painting

Instructor : Patrick Daugherty
DPA 116 - Level: All,
2D Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Sept. 19 – Nov. 28 (no class Oct. 10, 17 & Nov. 21)
$190 members, $215 non-members (fee includes one sessions with a model)

Beginners receive a step-by-step introduction to the basics of painting, with an emphasis on understanding color. Intermediate and advanced students receive individual instruction in the area of their choice, from super-realism to abstraction. Supply list sent upon registration.

Creative Watercolor

Instructor : Terri Geever
DPA 119 - Level: All,
2D Studio
8 Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
September 20 – November 8
$180 members, $205 non-members

Take watercolor painting to the next level. Explore alternative watercolor painting techniques and color theory. Although drawing skills are addressed, the focus will be on painting. Class consists of discussions and critiques, as well as plenty of time to paint. Supply list sent upon registration.

Painting with Kirby (NEW!)

Instructor : Kirby Krieger
DPA 106 - Level: Int./Adv.,
2D Studio
8 Mondays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
September 24 – November 12
$180 members, $205 non-members

This seminar style class is designed for intermediate and advanced students who wish to become deeply involved in the process of making paintings. Focus on technical knowledge (color mixing and control of mediums), skill, and the “what” that makes a painting successful. Review color theory and practice with quick painting exercises. Also develop individual projects (either a series of studies or a single fully realized painting) with personal attention from the teacher. Bring paints, two small toned canvases, and a piece of fruit to the first class.

Wild About Animals : A Plein-Air Workshop at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (NEW!)

Instructor : Ron Donoughe
DPA 121 - Level: All
Off-site (at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium)
1 Thursday, 1 Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
(1/2 hour for lunch)
October 4 and October 5
$110 members, $135 non-members (Zoo admission fees included)

Capture the beauty of the animal kingdom as you paint outdoors at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The animals are your models for this unique two-day experience! Explore the use of color, composition and form as you paint otters, bears, elephants and more set to the vibrant colors of the autumn season. Special attention given to color and learning to see color correctly, as well as rendering the subject and landscape in its variations of light and shadow. A supply list sent upon registration. Bring a bag lunch, or buy lunch on-site.

Portrait Painting

Instructor : Robert Huckestein
DPA 110 – Level: All,
2D Studio
6 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
September 29 – November 3
$200 members, $225 non-members (fee includes all sessions with a model)

Working with oils or acrylics, develop and enhance portrait painting techniques. The Instructor will critique and offer guidance while covering color theory, perspective, palette preparation and drawing and painting principles. Some previous drawing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Fee includes all sessions with a model. Supply list sent upon registration.

Paint like the Masters (NEW!)

Instructor : Deborah Kepes
DPA 103 - Level: All
2D Studio
Monday through Thursday, 9:00 - 4:30 pm
(1/2 hour for lunch)
October 8 - October 11
$320 members, $345 non-members (fee includes all sessions with a model)

Study the techniques of the masters and make perspective and color theory more tangible in relating realist artists such as Da Vinci and Bougeareau to the live model. The model will continue with one pose all week emulating a masterpiece. Sfumato technique - fine glazing, is introduced. Also, an opportunity to view a demonstration using Sauce, a Russian clay drawing medium. A supply list will be mailed upon registration.

Watercolor Visions

Instructor : Judith Gentile
DPA 113 – Level: All,
Marshall Annex
8 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
September 29 – November 17
$180 members, $205 non-members

Dive into watercolor and experience the fun of painting! Beginners learn the basics of painting and design while intermediate and advanced students work on their own projects. Cover color theory, various techniques, and washes. Some experimental techniques will also be shown. Supply list sent upon registration.

fiber & decorative Arts

Weaving

instructor: Nancy Bishop
FDC 101 - Level: All
Fiber Studio, Marshall Building
8 Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
September 29 – November 17
$185 members, $210 non-members

Learn to warp, dress the loom, sample various patterns, read drafts and understand color interactions. Advanced students may work independently.

Fabric Collage (NEW!)

Instructor: Sandy Kephart
FDC 108 – Level: All
Children’s Studio
4 Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
October 3 - October 24
$95 members, $120 non-members

Fiber is a fascinating medium with all its textures, pattern and color. The possibilities are endless. Explore combining various fabrics, fibers, threads and findings to create your own unique fiberart. Collage is an exciting process that will take your creativity to new heights! And, it's easier than it looks. A supply list sent upon registration. Purchase those supplies on your own, or purchase them from the Instructor for $25.

Weaving II

Instructor : Nancy Bishop
FDC 102 – Level: Int./Adv.
Fiber Studio, Marshall Building
10 Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
September 18 – November 20
$225 members, $250 non-members

For those who have had three or more terms of weaving classes or have prior experience, this will be a continuation of Beginning Weaving. Advanced students may work on a project of their choice with individual instruction.

Master Weaving Seminar (NEW!)

Instructor : Andres Möller
FDC 106 – Level: Int./Adv.
Fiber Studio, Marshall Building
1 Thurs, 1 Fri, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (1/2 hour lunch)
September 27 and September 28
$90 members, $115 non-members

Prerequisite: three or more terms of weaving classes or prior experience. PCA welcome’s master weaver Andreas Möller for a special seminar geared for experienced weavers. Andreas, from Hamburg, Germany, has been recognized with many German national and regional awards for his innovate designs, techniques and outstanding quality. The seminar will include in-class demonstrations and time on the loom to start and finish a small project, with special focus on finishing techniques, milling the warp and using elastic fabrics. Bring a bag lunch.

Cranky Quilts and Altered Readymades (NEW!)

Instructor : Paul "Lucky LeRoy" Gehers
FDC 103 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
6 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 19 – October 24
$160 members, $185 non-members (quilting materials included in the fee)

Design and sew your own “cranky quilts,” contemporary quilts with attitude! Use fabric collage, hand sewing, stamping, printing and stenciling techniques to make your quilts and to alter readymade fiber products. Transform something usual into the unusual! Also discuss the history of quilting, from the Victorian era to contemporary artists like Leigh Bowery and Nick Cave.

Fiber to Felt: Wool Magic (NEW!)

instructor: Karen Page
FDC 107 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
1 Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30pm
(lecture at Simmons Hall, Marshall Building)
Thursday, October 4
4 Saturdays, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
(1/2 lunchbreak)
October 6 - October 27
$175 members, $200 non-members

Join master feltmaker Karen Page to learn and explore ancient techniques of handfelting wool fibers. Create a dense, sturdy, and strong interlocked felted rug or wall-hanging as you learn various techniques of pattern and design including inlay, resist, appliqué, and embroidery. Contemporize this ancient, lowtech process as you create bold, colorful creations! A supply list sent upon registration. Bring a bag lunch. Class kicks off on October 4 with an informative lecture and digital slide presentation about the history and process of feltmaking. Act 48 credit available for teachers. Space is limited, so sign up early.

Soapmaking Workshop

Instructor : Adriane Pacella
FDC 104 - Level: All
Artist’s Studio, Strip District
2 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 20 and September 27
$50 members, $75 non-members

Make homemade olive oil soap from scratch using oils and lye. Bring a one quart milk carton, a 4-8 cup bowl and a mixing spoon. Purchase materials directly from the Instructor (not to exceed $10). Colors and scents will be available. Workshop held at the Instructor’s studio in the Strip District, 2124 Penn Ave, side entrance on 22nd St (Hot Haute Hot storefront).

jewelry, metals & glass

Glass Bead Camp

Instructor: Darlene Durrwachter Rushing
JMG 108 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
1 Wednesday, 1 Thursday, 1 Friday
September 5, 6 and 7 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
$215 members, $240 non-members (fee includes all bead making materials)

Take advantage of the only workshop in the region on flame working with portable, inexpensive hot head torches. Use rods of glass from Italy to make beautiful beads. Follow an introductory lecture with hours on the torches. Returning students will be introduced to new techniques on day two and three. Bring a bag lunch. A list of household items sent upon registration.

Beaded Jewelry

Instructor: Adina DeRoy-Stouffer
JMG 109 – Level: All
Children’s Studio
6 Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
September 19 – October 24
$135 members, $160 non-members

Explore the world of beading in this fun class. Learn to make earrings, necklaces, anklets and bracelets from simple designs to more complicated constructions. Focus on basic stringing, multi-strands, beading on wire, knotting and beaded stitch patterns. Materials may be purchased from the Instructor (approx. $35), or bring your own supplies.

Jewelry Design Master Class

Instructor : James Frape
JMG 104 - Level: Int./Adv.
Jewelry Studio
10 Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
September 18 – November 20
$220 members, $245 non-members

Prerequisite: advanced jewelry experience. Emphasis placed on exceptional design of metal jewelry. Designs drawn, discussed and executed in metal(s) of your choice. Personal instruction given to each student. Use of stones and woods may be incorporated into pieces. Registration by instructor interview. Materials purchased in class.

Jewelry Design

Instructor : James Frape
JMG 103 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
10 Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
September 18 – November 20
$220 members, $245 non-members

This course covers basic principles of constructing metal jewelry including how to saw, file, shape and solder. Advanced students will have the opportunity to explore new, creative designs and techniques including the use of stones, wood and ivory. Materials may be purchased in class.

Wire Jewelry (NEW!)

Instructor: Adina DeRoy-Stouffer
JMG 111 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
6 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
October 4 – November 8
$140 members, $165 non-members

Learn to make various pieces of jewelry with this flexible, limitless medium in a fun classroom setting. Learn many techniques of wireworking and metal forming using sterling silver and copper wire. Design, shape, wrap, and hammer wire into a variety of pieces of jewelry. Projects include: wire rings, hammered links, earrings, wire cuffs and an elegant wire wrapped cabochon pendant. Students of all levels are welcome. Materials may be purchased from the instructor (approximately $35).

Jewelrymaking Basics

Instructor : Pat Falbo
JMG 105 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
8 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
September 29 – November 17
$180 members, $205 non-members

Learn the basics of jewelrymaking in metals while creating individual projects like rings and bracelets. Learn about jewelry design and construction, including lessons on sawing, filing, forming, joining and finishing metal. Some materials purchased in class. Class includes weekly demonstrations. Materials may be purchased from the instructor (approximately $35).

Beginning Jewelrymaking - Just for Teens!

Instructor : Pat Falbo
CCH 300 - Level: (ages 13 - 17)
Jewelry Studio
8 Saturdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
September 29 – November 17
$165 members, $190 non-members (fee includes all materials)

Learn the basics of bench jewelrymaking, including sawing, filing, forming, soldering, and proper use of tools. Work with copper, brass and sterling silver to fashion as least one ring, bracelet or pendant of your own design. Also cover stone and bezel setting.

PMC Box Bead: A Texture Adventure (NEW!)

Instructor: Donna Penoyer
JMG 106 - Level: All
Sculpture Annex
5 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 18 – October 23
No class October 16
$140 members, $165 non-members (fee includes firing costs)

If you’ve worked in Precious Metal Clay (PMC), or even polymer clay, you’ve probably used store-bought rubber stamps to texture your pieces. Ready for a way to make your own images? Etch copper, use UV- activated photopolymer plates, and learn other low-tech methods to create patterns on PMC, an amazing form of fine silver that’s malleable and worked like clay but fires to pure silver with a kiln or torch. Make a fine silver box bead with unique imagery on each side! All tools and materials provided. $55 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class.

Enameling Workshop (NEW!)

Instructor : Tina Lazzarine
JMG 110 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
1 Wednesday, 1 Thursday, 1 Friday
October 3, 4 and 5
10:00 am – 3:00 pm (1/2 hour for lunch)
$110 members, $135 non-members

Create a beautiful pendant and/or earrings using basic enameling techniques. Enameling uses heat to fuse glass to metal, resulting in colorful and creative designs. Cover stenciling, sifting, sgraffito, and basse taille, and use materials like glass beads/chips, sand, and foil to decorate your work. Experience with metals is not required. Bring a bag lunch. Most materials included in the fee. Other supplies can be purchased from the Instructor ($25).

Bead Weaving (NEW!)

Instuctor: Adina DeRoy-Stouffer
JMG 107 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
4 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
October 23 – November 13
$95 members, $120 non-members

Make several pieces of jewelry while learning the ancient art of Bead Weaving! Learn several stitch patterns for off-loom weaving, including peyote, ladder stitch, and right angle weave. Other applications such as embellishing techniques and fringing that can be applied to any beadwork will be explored. All levels welcome. Materials may be purchased from the instructor (approximately $25).

Lost Wax Casting

Instructor: Arlene Crissman
JMG 102 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
10 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
September 17 – November 19
$260 members, $285 non-members (fee includes waxes and casting materials)

Explore this unique form of jewelry making. Build designs in wax to form a mold, then cast metals and heat to very high temperatures. The final product is a finished piece of jewelry. Gold or silver metals are available for purchase from the instructor.

Discover Pewter: The Other White Metal (NEW!)

Instructor: T.J. Fejka
JMG 101 – Level: All
Jewelry Studio
5 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Oct 24 – Nov. 28, no class Nov. 21
$135 members, $160 non-members (fee
includes some pewter)

Working pewter is very different from working gold, silver or copper. It’s considerably quicker and easier, but has it’s own set of tricks to learn. Class includes demonstrations and covers design, layout, cutting, welding, soldering, shaping, forming and finishing. Fabricate your own pewter vessel as you learn the basics of pewtersmithing.

Carved Sterling Silver (New!)

Instructor: T.J. Fejka
JMG 100 – Level: All
Jewelry Studio
5 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
September 19 – October 17
$125 members, $150 non-members (fee includes silver solder)

When “carving” precious metals, you can achieve depth in your work somewhat akin to a cast piece. Start with a thick sheet of metal, from which your design is cut, and then “carve” using hand tools in a subtractive process. Learn this disappearing skill and make unique one-of-a-kind pieces that you will cherish and pass on. Purchase silver for the first project directly from the Instructor ($10 to $20).

photographic arts

Basic 35 mm Photography

Instructor: Richard Hurst
PHO 100 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
September 17 – November 5
$185 members, $210 non-members

Learn camera operation and composition through lectures, weekly assignments and in-class slide presentations of students’ work. Covers film types, exposure, movement, depth of field, lenses, flashes, filters and more, with approximately three hours in the darkroom. Bring a 35mm camera with manual options to the first class. Film and developing costs are the students’ responsibility.

Darkroom Photography

Instructor: Richard Hurst
PHO 101 - Level: All
Photography Studio
11 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Sept. 19 – Dec. 5, no class Nov. 21
$275 members, $300 non-members (fee includes all chemicals)

A darkroom-intensive course for students who know how to use their automatic or manual cameras. Learn technical skills for black-and-white processing. Fine-tune printing skills. Includes the use of fiber-base paper and an introduction to the zone system. Apply techniques toward a personal project. Bring a camera and one unexposed roll of 24-exposure film to the first class. Students provide paper.

Radio Production

Instructor : Matt Wellins Esq
EMA 104 – 14 – 17 year olds
Annie Seamams Media Arts Lab
10 Saturdays, 1 – 4pm
September 29 – December 8
$400 members, $425 non-members

While invisible signals have been criss-crossing the globe for 100 years, most of today’s radio transmission is regulated by government and run by corporations. In this class we will use electromagnetic radiation as an artistic tool. We will focus on methods and resources of radio production; look at examples of radio theater, personal narrative, and sound poetry. Students will create both documentary work and free-form creative projects. They will become familiar with recording technology, the creation of sound effects, and the overall process of preparing work for broadcast. The class will culminate in the transmission of student projects over the Pittsburgh airwaves.

Intro to Digital Photography

Instructor: Randy Collins
EMA 102 – Adults and Mature Teens
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
10 Mondays, 1 – 4pm
October 8 – December 10
$400 members, $425 non-members

Students are invited in this course to get to know their digital still cameras more intimately. How is your digital still camera different from a film still camera? Becoming familiar with the unique qualities of digital cameras also involves an introduction to Photoshop. This course will introduce the relevant aesthetic and technical processes to get students thinking about what is possible with the new medium. Students will work with digital still cameras, Macintosh computers, Adobe Photoshop and a digital printer. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a minimum of two final digital prints and a CD burned with their portfolio of work from the class.

Animation Studio

Instructor : Olivia Ciummo
EMA 106 - Adults and Mature Teens
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
10 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
October 9 – December 11
$400 members, $425 non-members

A hands-on introductory animation class. Students will work on various animation projects (2D, 3D and pixilation), working with Mini-DV camcorders and computer software programs on Mac computers. Work by animators from around the world (such as Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay) will be screened to inspire outrageously interesting animation projects. This class is perfect for teachers looking to expand their classroom curricula! Each student enrolled in the class will receive an animation compilation DVD approximately 2 weeks after the course has concluded.

Editing for Beginners

Instructor : Gordon Nelson
Adults & Mature Teens
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
$200 members, $225 non-members
Session 1:EMA 108
5 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
October 3 – 31
Session 2: EMA 208
5 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Nov. 7 – Dec. 12, No class Nov. 21

This course is for individuals with little or no experience editing. Classes will cover aesthetics as well as the basics of using a nonlinear editing program and creating a simple DVD. Apple’s Final Cut Express editing software will be covered in detail. Footage will be provided to complete editing exercises during class. Students are also encouraged to bring their own mini DV footage. Examples of various cutting techniques ranging from Hollywood Classics to experimental, independent and documentary films and videos will be screened and discussed.

Intro to the Photo Essay

Instructor: Randy Collins
EMA 107 – Adults and Mature Teens
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
10 Wednesdays, 1 -4pm
October 3 – December 12
No Class November 21
$400 members, $425 non-members

In this course, we will explore elements of both photojournalism and documentary photography to create our first photo essays. Students will be required to have means of transportation during class time, so that we may travel to and from our shooting locations. We will practice fair and accurate reporting and hone our technical and compositional skills by working in facilitated group field exercises. Additional class time will be spent discussing the issues photojournalists face, studying the work of other photographers, and responding critically to each other’s work. Students will be expected to work outside of class time in order to complete the final project, a photo essay.

Video Fundamentals

Instructor : Michael Johnsen
EMA 101 - Adults and Mature Teens
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
10 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30
October 4 – December 13
No class Noverber 22
$400 members, $425 non-members

An introductory class for those getting started in Mini-DV and the digital editing environment. This course takes students through all the key stages of video production including aesthetics relevant to motion picture production such as reading light, principles of composition, audio and editing. This class is a perfect foundation for other media production courses..

Artist Digital Portfolio

Instructor: Randy Collins
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
$200 members, $225 non-members
Session 1: EMA 109 - Adults
5 Fridays, 10am – 1pm
October 5 – November 2
Session 2: EMA 209
5 Fridays, 10am – 1pm
November 9 – December 14
No class November 23

Digital portfolios are rapidly becoming the standard for submissions, exhibitions and publication. This course is designed for Artists who would like to convert their existing portfolio material into the digital realm. Artists enrolled in this class should come prepared with slides, negatives and/or digital files of their work. Working with Photoshop, gain the technical knowledge to fine-tune your original material by adjusting contrast, color balance, image size, color saturation, etc. Learn the basics of file formats, archiving and storage. Output your images to the web or print media. Artist will have the opportunity to work with various scanners and printers including large format printing. Classes will be held at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Experimental Video

Instructor : Michael Johnsen
EMA 105 – Adults and Mature Teens
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
10 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30
October 8 – December 10
Max Enrollment 10
$400 members, $425 non-members

Experimental motion picture techniques have informed narrative cinema, music video, and even documentary practice. Students in this class will complete 3 small-group video exercises designed to stimulate a completely outside-the-box video making approach, incorporating elements such as video feedback, collage, pattern-making, optical tricks, and repurposed or “obsolete” equipment. This technically investigative course is perfect for students who want to experiment with largely under-utilized elements in video production..

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