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Our goal is to foster an artistic community where creativity and self-expression flourish. Our approach to arts education and art making provides a balance between process and product. This means that our instructors emphasize the creative journey and not just the final outcome. Student progress is measured in terms of personal artistic growth, the acquisition of new skills and the ability to think critically.

PCA’s instructors are professional, contemporary artists with strong backgrounds in arts education. Our classes and workshops are taught at the highest standards and engage artists at every stage - from the novice to the experienced artist; from childhood through adulthood.

Children, teens and adults enjoy introductory, intermediate and advanced classes in both 2D and 3D fine arts, media arts, photography and filmmaking. In addition to our classes, the PCA School offers group workshops, gallery tours, special events and lectures. We run four terms per year - fall, winter, spring and summer. Remember to check our website frequently for new programs.

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Act 48 Hours Now Available

Teachers, PCA is now offering Act 48 hours through most of our classes and workshops. If using online registration system, search for Act 48 Hours or call our school office.


June 25-26, 2011
Meets 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, Saturday/Sunday

Tuition: $145.00
Member Tuition: $120.00
Level: All

Practice Japanese shibori fabric dyeing using both contemporary and ancient methods in this 2-day workshop. Students will focus on Nui shibori (sewn shibori) and Itajime shibori (folded and compressed shibori) and learn some of the cultural history behind the art form. In this class you will dye cloth that can be used in decorative or functional projects, plus dye your own short "bubble" scarf. Students will have the option of bringing one item from home to dye in class. A materials fee of $35 is payable to the instructor at first class. Please bring a bagged lunch.
Amber Coppings, Instructor:

Aquatint and Photo Transfer
July 9, 2011
Meets 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Saturday

Tuition: $110.00
Member Tuition: $85.00
Level: Int./Adv.

This workshop will cover various aquatinting and photo transfer techniques. The first half of the day will be spent exploring aquatinting techniques such as liquid ground, white ground and crayon etching to create gradient tones and a more painterly look. After lunch, the group will experiment with an array of photo transfer techniques. Students should bring laser prints and/or photocopies that they wish to turn into etchings, as well as a zinc plate that is the same size as the photocopy (plates may be purchased at PCA in select sizes).Tom Norulak, Instructor:

Analogue Synthesizer Workshop
July 5-August 2, 2011
Meets 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Wednesday

Tuition: $225.00
Member Tuition: $200.00
Level: All

This class offers an introduction to the equipment and principles that lie at the mysterious roots of Electronic Music. Using the classic Arp Odyssey and a complement of auxiliary equipment, students will gain a hands-on understanding of the voltage-controlled synthesizer and basic studio technique including filters, oscillators, modulators, and "effects". Emphasis will be placed on basic principles, rather than on specific equipment, encouraging self-sufficiency and resourcefulness. Michael Johnson, Instructor.

July 12-August 2, 2011
Meets 6:30 PM-9:30 PM, Tuesdays

Tuition: $135.00
Member Tuition: $110.00
Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Intro to Drawing or equivalent experience. In this intermediate class, students will build upon their fundamental drawing skills and knowledge base to become more familiar with the medium of chalk pastels. Working from observation, students will gain experience handling pastels and discover techniques for blending, color mixing and mark making. Paula Garrick Klein, Instructor.


Figure Drawing for ages 11-13
July 9-August 13
10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Saturdays

Non-Member Tuition: $195.00
Member Tuition: $170.00

Join us for the opportunity to draw from a live clothed model. This class will guide students through the fundamentals of the figure, including proportion, anatomy and perspective. Beginning with gesture drawing and ending with a fully developed portrait, this class is a great introduction to the wonderful tradition of figure drawing.

Intro to 3D with Blender for ages 14-17
July 9-August 13, 2011
1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Saturdays

Non-Member Tuition: $255.00
Member Tuition: $230.00

This course will introduce students to Blender, a popular and powerful open source software application used for 3d animation in movies and video games. Students will learn creative approaches to making their own 3d objects while developing a working knowledge of the principles of animated movement. Class activities will include exercises, demonstrations and examples designed to give students a solid foundation in this captivating field. Please note: This class is the required prerequisite for "3D Game Creation with Blender"


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Summer Term Hours: Through August 26, 2011

Monday - Friday - 9 am - 4 pm, Sculpture B
Tuesday - 4 pm - 9 pm, Wheel Room
Thursday - 4 pm- 9 pm, Sculpture B (unless school is closed)
Saturday - 9 am - 1 pm (unless school is closed), Wheel Room or Sculpture B

Tuesday - 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday - 9 am - 1 pm (unless school is closed)

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