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Spring Adult classes

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book arts & printmaking

Sculptural Papermaking (new!)

Instructor: Denise Anderson
PBA 105 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
5 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
April 17 – May 15
$135 members, $160 non-members (paper and
mold making materials included in the fee)

Think outside the 2-dimensional world while you play with pulp this spring! Learn the basics of papermaking using sheet formation Also, think sculpturally as you design your own positive form molds, and then use paper pulp to build 3-dimensional projects A supply list sent upon registration.

Bookbinding Crash Course *Cancelled

Instructor: Christopher Kardambikis
PBA 104 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
3 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
April 1 - 15
$90 members, $115 non-members (paper and glue included in the fee)

Learn different bookbinding techniques including stab, accordion folds and long stitch binding Class will combine technique and discussion, and ways to encourage community through simple methods of mass production Students will also be encouraged to work at home on projects for class discussion A supply list will be sent upon registration.

Calligraphy

Instructor: Myrna Rosen
PBA 102 - Level: All
2D Studio
8 Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
March 25 – May 13
$175 members, $200 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 Norulak
PBA 100 - Level: All
Printmaking Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
April 7 – May 21
$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 Norulak
PBA 101 - Level: Int./Adv.
Printmaking Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 26 – May 14
$150 members, $175 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.

Printmaking Overview *Cancelled

Instructor: Matt Forrest
PBA 103 - Level: All
at AIR and the PCA Printmaking Studio
2 Fridays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
April 4 and April 11
$150 members, $175 non-members (fee includes materials)

Get introduced to various methods of printing The first session, which takes place at Artist Image Resource, will introduce you to lithography and photo litho processes At the second session, at PCA, learn to print with polymer plates Each session will include demonstrations and hands-on printmaking activities An information sheet will be sent to you upon registration Session one meets directly at AIR (Artist Image Resource, 518 Foreland St, Pittsburgh PA 15212) Session two meets at the Printmaking Studio at PCA.

ceramics & sculpture

Ceramics Boot Camp (NEW!)

Ceramics Studio
$115 members, $140 non-members (fee includes
lab time, 25 pounds of reclaimed clay, glazes,
bisque and gas firing)

Session 1: CES 105 - Level: All *Cancelled
Kip O’Krongly
4 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
March 31 – April 21

Session 2: CES 205 – Level: All
Katie Kotchey
4 Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
March 30 – April 27, no class
April 20)

Learn the basics of wheelthrowing and handbuilding in this quick, fun new class If you’ve never played with clay before and want a quick introduction, this is the place to start Also cover glazing and firing properties Make pots for your home, or for friends and loved ones!

Beginning Wheelthrowing

Instructor: Cynthia Young
CES 102 – Level: All
Ceramics Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
March 26 – May 14
$235 members, $260 non-members (fee includes lab time, 25 pounds 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
$235 members, $260 non-members (fee includes
lab time, 25 pounds of clay, glazes, bisque and
gas firing)

Session 1: CES 100 - Level: All
Kip O’Krongly
8 Mondays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
March 31 – May 19

Session 2: CES 200 - Level: All
Valda Cox
8 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 27 – May 15

Session 3: CES 300 - Level: All
Cynthia Young
8 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
March 29 – May 17

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.

Stoneware and Porcelain

Instructor: Valda Cox
CES 103 - Level: Int./Adv.
Ceramics Studio
8 Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
March 26 – May 14
$235 members, $260 non-members (fee includes lab time, 25 pounds 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.

Advanced Wheelthrowing Techniques (New!)

Instructors: Joseph Sendek and Valda Cox
CES 101 - Level: Int./Adv.
Ceramics Studio
8 Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
March 26 – May 14
$235 members, $260 non-members (fee includes labtime, 25 pounds of clay, glazes, bisque and gas firing)

Prerequisite: prior wheelthrowing experience Refine your throwing skills and experiment with more complex forms including centering larger amounts of clay, throwing pitchers and more Students supply clay tools This class will be co-taught by Joseph Sendek and Valda Cox.

Sets and Sectionals (new!)

Instructor: Joe Sendek
CES 113 – Level: Int./Adv.
Ceramics Studio
3 Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
March 30 – April 13
$90 members, $115 non-members (fee includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes, bisque and gas firing)

Prerequisite: previous wheelthrowing experience The first sessions will cover throwing sets and matching pieces Then cover sectionals in the second session, learning how to take forms off the wheel and combine them to make bigger pieces Class will combine demonstrations with plenty of hands-on experience Glaze and decorate pieces at the final session.

The Primitive Pot (new!)

Instructor: Jane Freund
CES 110 - Level: All
Ceramics Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
March 26 – May 14
$230 members, $255 non-members (fee includes lab time, 25 pounds of clay, glazes, bisque and pit firing)

Explore traditional handbuilding techniques such as pinching and coiling, with an emphasis on texture and surface decoration (including hand made stamps, sprig molds and beads) The finished pieces will be coated with colored slips and fired outdoors in the sawdust pit Interested students may also participate in an additional raku firing.

Teapot Workshop (new!)

Instructor: Rich Regelski
CES 111 - Level: Int./Adv.
Ceramics Studio
3 Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
May 4 – May 18
$110 members, $135 non-members (fee includes lab time, 25 pounds of clay, glazes, bisque and gas firing)

Prerequisite: previous wheelthrowing experience Focus on the various parts of the teapot (body, spout, handle and lid) and how to put them all together! Explore both wheelthrown and handbuilt forms Also cover surface decoration and glazing techniques.

Ceramic Birdhouses (new!)

Instructor: Robin Harsh
CES 112 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
2 Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
April 13 – April 27, no class April 20
$200 members, $225 non-members (fee includes all materials)

Keep the local birds happy with beautiful new homes! Design and build your own ceramic birdhouse with stoneware clay and colorful glazes Learn basic handbuilding techniques at the first session as you build your birdhouse Then decorate and glaze your new birdhouse at the final session.

Raku Party Workshop!

Instructor: Kip O’ Krongly
Level: All, Mr. and Mrs. Ira H. Gordon Pavilion
CES 109, Friday, April 25, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Join the party! A base fee of $65 ($90 non-members includes a full kiln shelf, typically 4 or 5 bisquefired pieces (an additional $15 per shelf if you need to fire more) Minimum of 4 participants 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.

The Body Human: Sculpting the Figure *Full

Instructor: Matt Marino
CES 108 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 31 – May 19
$275 members, $300 non-members (fee includes 7 sessions with a model, 25 pounds of clay and firing)

Class is designed for both beginning and returning students who wish to discover and improve their modeling skills 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 clay figure No prior knowledge of modeling is necessary!

Mosaics and Creative Tilemaking

Instructor: Cynthia Young
CES 106 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
6 Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
March 26 – April 30
$200 members, $225 non-members (fee includes mosaics materials, 25 pounds of clay, glazes, bisque and gas firing)

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 Combine handmade tiles with mosaics materials on 2 or 3-dimensional surfaces to create something unique for your home, or as a gift!

Bronze and Aluminum Casting

Instructor: Carley Hill & Ed Parirsh
CES 107 – Level: All
Off-site at the Artist’s Studio
6 Wednesday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
April 9 – May 14
$250 members, $275 non-members

scover hot metal casting! Create molds of your own design and cast in bronze or aluminum Carve your sculptures in relief in bonded sand molds, then cast with aluminum or bronze Also cover advanced techniques for finishes and patinas Produce multiple one-of-a-kind metal sculptures Class will meet directly at the Artist’s studio at 84 Hafner Street, Pittsburgh PA 15223 (Etna).

 

creative writing

Poetry

Instructor: Michael Wurster
CRW 100 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
8 Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
March 27 – May 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.

Writing from Your Senses

Instructor: Lisa Chewning
CRW 101 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
March 31 – May 19
$170 members, $195 non-members

Whether you are a seasoned writer or have always dreamed of writing, this class will inspire you to write what you see, hear, taste, touch and smell Through in-class exercises and outside assignments and readings, employ a heightened awareness to discover your own, true writing voice.

drawing & painting

Beginning Drawing

Session 1: DPA 100 – Level: All
Robert Huckestein
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
March 25 – May 13
Marshall Annex
$200 members, $225 non-members

Session 2: DPA 200 - Level: All
Jamie Boyd
8 Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
March 28 – May 16
2D Studio
$200 members, $225 non-members

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: Susan Powers
DPA 111 - Level: All
2D Studio
8 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 27 – May 15
$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
8 Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
March 28 – May 16
$200 members, $225 non-members (fee includes 2 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
March 29 – May 3
$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.

Visual Literacy for Parents, Care-givers and Teachers: Art, Wellness and Learning Abilities for All

Facilitator: Daryle Crew Roboch, Ed.D.
Simmons Hall, Marshall Building
Saturday, April 12, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Continental Breakfast provided at 9:00 am
Lunch provided at 11:30 am
DPA 500
$55 members, $80 non-members (additional $15 for Act 48 credit - four credit hours)

Children naturally think with pictures, and the neurological-networks in their brains are developing rapidly and constantly. Therefore, it is our duty to create a total aural and visual environment to nurture this development. According to Dr. Susan Rich Sheridan, in “The Drawing Hypothesis” (1997), “drawing is a substantive mental activity” and “human mark-making is our defining language instinct.” Learn how scribbles evolve into controlled scribbles and meaningful symbols. Images store and deliver information. The image will be used as a tool for language development as well as an authentic assessment tool for portfolios and performance tasks. Examine the roll that pictures, drawing, relaxation, visual-memory, graphic organizers and graphic representations play in the on-going process of thinking and learning. The seminar will be videotaped. Participants must sign a video permission form before the seminar begins. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided for participants. Space is limited.

Watercolor Explorations

Instructor: Kathleen Zimbicki
DPA 114 - Level: Int./Adv.
2D Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 31 – May 19
$180 members, $205 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.

Open Life Studio - Drop-in Sessions (new!)

Instructor: Monitor
Marshall Annex
1 Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, DPA 300, March 29
1 Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, DPA 400, April 19
1 Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, DPA 500, May 17
Now just $15 members or non-members (fee includes
one Saturday morning session with a model)

PCA now offers Open Life drawing/painting sessions There is no formal instruction A Monitor will be on hand to time the poses Work in the materials of your choice, at your own speed Come for one session, two, or all three!

Watercolor Mornings

Instructor: Donna Hasss
DPA 115 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
8 Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
March 25 – May 13
$180 members, $205 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
Printmaking Studio
8 Tuesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
March 25 – May 13
$180 members, $205 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.

Sacred Geometry (new!)

Instructor: Alberto Almarza
DPA 118 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
5 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm April 10 – May 8
$120 members, $145 non-members

Discover both the theory and practice of this ancient field of study that draws a connection between science and art, matter and mind, the mundane and the divine Explore the harmonious reoccurring properties and relations found in nature that have inspired and driven artists for centuries, such as the Golden Ratio Why are these forms sacred? How are they actually constructed using just a compass and a straightedge? Do their forms capture a certain universal beauty that the artist can explore and utilize? Create and discuss a wide variety of forms from simple lines to complex fractals and uncover a vocabulary of creative resources to enrich your artistic skill and perception A supply list sent upon registration.

Drawing Naturally

Instructor: Georgia Field
DPA 102 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
6 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
April 2 – May 7
$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 one-half hour for lunch)
March 26 – May 14
$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.

Collage and Assemblage

Instructor: Sharon Wilson-Wilcox and Dafna
Rehavia Hanauer
DPA 108 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
March 25 – May 13
$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 unique works of art During the first four sessions, work with Sharon to create an original 2-dimensional collage and explore collagraph printing In the final four sessions, work with Dafna to explore the art of assemblage (combining 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 artwork A supply list mailed upon registration

Pen and Ink Basics *Cancelled

Instructor: Sandra Ward
DPA 104 - Level: All
2D Studio
6 Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
April 3 – May 8
$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 alternative to watercolor A supply list sent upon registration.

Oil and Acrylic Painting

Instructor: Patrick Daugherty
DPA 116 - Level: All
2D Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 26 – May 14
$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: Teri Geever
DPA 119 - Level: All
2D Studio
6 Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
April 3 – May 8
$140 members, $165 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
March 31 – May 19
$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.

fiber & decorative Arts

Rock & Roll T-Shirts (new!)

Instructor: Paul “Lucky LeRoy” Gehres
FDC 103 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
4 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
April 7 – April 28
$115 members, $140 non-members
(fee includes silkscreen materials)

Focus on the T-shirt, a wearable piece of art, within the context of contemporary art and fashion history Survey contemporary artists working with the wearable medium, and play with silkscreen, stencils, stamping and quilting to create your own rebellious shirts Look at vintage punk shirts and rock & roll quilts, and incorporate innovative uses of fabric into your work Recycle the excessive detritus of the modern world and create an original wearable artwork A supply list sent upon registration.

Batik *Cancelled

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

Create bold, colorful patterns using the batik technique Selected areas are covered with molten wax, which then resist dyeing Once the fabric is dyed and dried, the wax is removed, revealing the chosen colors and design of the cloth Design and complete your own original batik projects Supply needs discussed at the first class

Weaving I

Instructor: Nancy Bishop
FDC 101 - Level: All
Fiber Studio, Marshall Building
8 Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
March 29 – May 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.

Weaving II

Instructor: Deb Meteney
FDC 102 – Level: Int./Adv.
Fiber Studio, Marshall Building
8 Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
March 25 – May 13
$185 members, $210 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.

Fabric Collage

Instructor: Sandy Kephart
FDC 108 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
4 Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
March 26 – April 16
$95 members, $120 non-members

Fiber is a fascinating medium with all its textures, pattern and color The possibilities are endless We’ll explore the artful coordination of fabrics, fibers, threads and findings to create collage imagery This exciting and free form process will take your creativity to new heights You’ll also learn how to frame works in fiber A supply list sent upon registration Purchase those supplies on your own or from the Instructor for $25

Yarn Dyeing (NEW!)

Instructor: Adina DeRoy Stouffer
FDC 109 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
3 Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
April 13 – April 20
$75 members, $100 non-members

Whether you knit, weave or embroider, this class will teach you the basics of yarn dyeing for any application Learn the different properties of dyeing wool, silk and cotton using both professional dyes and food products, including Kool-Aid and food coloring A supply list will be sent upon registration.

jewelry, metals & glass

Glass Bead Camp

Instructor: Darlene Durrwachter Rushing
JMG 108 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
1 Monday, 1 Wednesday, 1 Friday
March 10, 12 and 14
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
Lecture Studio
6 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
April 1 – May 6
$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 Making Basics

Instructor: Pat Falbo
JMG 105 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
8 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
March 29 – May 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.

Jewelry Design Master Class

Instructor: James Frape
JMG 104 - Level: Int./Adv.
Jewelry Studio
8 Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
March 25 – May 13
$180 members, $205 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
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 25 – May 13
$180 members, $205 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

Instructor: Adina DeRoy-Stouffer
JMG 111 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
6 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 27 – May 1
$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).

Introduction to PMC Jewelry (new!)

Instructor: Donna Penoyer
JMG 112 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
2 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
May 8 and May 15
$55 members, $80 non-members

Have you always wanted to try Precious Metal Clay (PMC), but weren’t sure how you would fire your pieces? This fun beginner’s class may be the answer Learn how to texture, form, fire, and finish PMC, an amazing form of fine silver that is malleable and worked like clay but fires to pure silver with a torch or kiln Make at least two pieces, including 1) a pendant with a dichroic glass cabochon or a cubic zirconia, and 2) one or more small charms you will torch-fire yourself, using an inexpensive crème brulee torch All tools and materials provided $55 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class.

Lost Wax Casting *Full

Instructor: Arlene Crissman
JMG 102 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 31 – May 19
$220 members, $245 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.

Intermediate/Advanced Jewelrymaking

Instructor: T.J. Fejka
JMG 201 – Level: Int./Adv.
Jewelry Studio
7 Sundays, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
March 30 – May 18, no class April 20
$160 members, $185 non-member

Prerequisite: basic jewelrymaking class Learn about forming, joining and finishing metal, while addressing design considerations as they relate to individual projects Class includes weekly demonstrations of advanced techniques Continuing students refine their skills while working on individual projects. Materials discussed in class.

 

Darkroom Photography

Basic 35 mm Photography

Instructor: Richard Hurst
PHO 100 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 31 – May 19
$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
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 26 – May 14
$215 members, $240 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.

Darkroom and Digital Media Collision (new!)

Instructor: Randy Collins
PHO 104 - Level: All
Photography Studio and Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
6 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
March 27 – May 1
$240 members, $265 non-members
(fee includes all chemicals)

Worlds collide as traditional photography and digital media intersect! Learn the basics of exposure, film processing and enlargement Use the materials (print, negatives) created in the darkroom as the foundation for projects created in the digital lab Work in Adobe Photoshop and iPhoto Experience the best of both worlds! Use your own cameras, or borrow equipment outside of class for an access fee of $25

Zone System Workshop

Instructor: Richard Hurst
PHO 103 - Level: Int./Adv.
Photography Studio
2 Saturdays, 2 Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
May 3, May 4, May 10 and May 11
$110 members, $135 non-members
(fee includes all chemicals)

Prerequisite: previous darkroom experience Hone your printing skills in the darkroom by learning the intricacies of the Zone System, a technique for determining optimal film exposure that was formulated by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer in 1941 Examine the principles of the system, including visualization, exposure metering and exposure zones Class will combine lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience in the darkroom.

Filmmakers at the Center

Intro to Digital Photography

Instructor: Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Session 1 EMA 102 A
7 Mondays, 1:00-4:00 pm
April 7-May 19
$270 members, $295 non-members

This class will familiarize students with the unique functions of their digital still cameras and provide an introduction to Adobe Photoshop software Digital and traditional photography will be compared and the class assignments will allow students to develop and improve their aesthetic and technical skills through practice and in-class discussions Students should bring their own cameras to class or may choose to borrow a camera from the media lab during class time Upon completion of the course, students will receive a minimum of two final digital prints and a CD of their portfolio of work from the class Students may choose to borrow equipment outside of class for an access fee of $25.

Secrets of Screen Acting

Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 109 (ages 14-17)
7 Mondays, 4:30-6:30 pm
April 7-May 19
$180 members, $205 non-members

Learn the tricks of the trade for acting in movies and television We’ve been watching film and television actors all our lives—- but what makes for a successful screen performance? How does it differ from acting on the stage? In this class, the instructor will utilize video to demonstrate and instruct acting-for-the-camera techniques to young actors Additionally, students will examine great film performances to discover the secrets of their success Students will perform on camera and critique their performance in class, enabling them to learn the basics of professional film and television craft One class will focus on audition technique, to prepare young actors to try out for the many film and television productions that shoot in Pittsburgh every year Each student will receive a DVD of their work that can be used as an introduction to casting directors.

Circuit Building

Instructor: Michael Johnsen
Marshall Annex
EMA 116
4 Mondays, 6:00-8:00 pm
April 14-May 5
$130 members, $155 non-members
(cost includes electronic parts needed to complete the project)

Due to popular demand, this short course is an expanded version of our circuit-building workshop 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 Please note Circuit Building is in the Marshall Annex.

Photoshop

Instructor: Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Session 1 EMA 115 A
4 Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 pm
March 25 – April 18
$160 members, $185 non-members

Adobe Photoshop software is a creative tool which offers limitless possibilities for image manipulation In this course, students will obtain a clear understanding of the Photoshop workspace through familiarization of the most commonly used features including the toolbox, palettes, sizing options, layers and preparing images for print and web publication This class is not just for photographers, but anyone interested in applying the power of Photoshop to make better twodimensional images.

Animation Studio

Instructor: Olivia Ciummo
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 106 (ages 14-17)
4 Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 pm
April 22-May 13
$155 members, $180 non-members

This hands-on class will expose students to the foundations of a variety of popular stop-motion styles including 2D, object, and pixilation (animating people) Computer and drawing talent is not necessary to make projects in this class Digital video cameras and Apple software will be used to create finished projects and examples from essential films will be screened as a lead-in to each topic Completed movies will be ready to burn to DVD or post on the internet.

Intro to Digital Photography

Instructor : Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Session 2: EMA 102 B
8 Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm
March 26 – May 14
$310 members, $335 non-members

This class will familiarize students with the unique functions of their digital still cameras and provide an introduction to Adobe Photoshop software Digital and traditional photography will be compared and the class assignments will allow students to develop and improve their aesthetic and technical skills through practice and in-class discussions Students should bring their own cameras to class or may choose to borrow a camera from the media lab during class time Upon completion of the course, students will receive a minimum of two final digital prints and a CD of their portfolio of work from the class Students may choose to borrow equipment outside of class for an access fee of $25.

3D Computer Animation

Instructor : Andrew Pavlick
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 117 (ages 14-17)
4 Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 pm
March 27 – April 17
$155 members, $180 non-members

This course will introduce students to Blender, a popular and powerful open source software application used for 3D animation in movies and videogames 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.

Intro to Digital Video

Instructor : Gordon Nelson
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Session 1: EMA 101A
4 Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00 pm
March 26 – April 16
$155 members, $180 non-members

Instructor : Gordon Nelson *Full
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Session 2: EMA 101 B
4 Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm
April 24 – May 15
$105 members, $130 non-members

This hands-on, practical course will give students all of the necessary information to get started creating professional looking short videos using commonly available digital video equipment All of the basics from camera operation to computer editing with Apple’s Final Cut Express will be covered with clear, nontechnical examples leading towards a final DVD project Equipment will be provided for use during class time and students may choose to borrow equipment outside of class for an access fee of $25, or use their own equipment.

Photoshop

Instructor: Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Session 2: EMA 115
4 Fridays 1:00-4:00 pm
March 28 – April 18
$160 members, $185 non-members

Adobe Photoshop software is a creative tool which offers limitless possibilities for image manipulation In this course, students will obtain a clear understanding of the Photoshop workspace through familiarization of the most commonly used features including the toolbox, palettes, sizing options, layers and preparing images for print and web publication This class is not just for photographers, but anyone interested in applying the power of Photoshop to make better twodimensional images

Animation Studio

Instructor: Olivia Ciummo
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 103 (ages 8 – 12)
4 Saturdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
April 12-May 3
$105 members. $130 non-members

The activities in this course will nurture the creative spirit by allowing students to experiment with the art form of animation Learn varied approaches to making animated movies, partly by screening the work of animators, but mostly with hands-on projects using traditional animation techniques aided by Apple computers Experiment with motion painting and pixilation Final projects will be burned onto a DVD.

Super Super-8

Instructor: Gordon Nelson
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 302
2 Saturdays, 11:00 am-2:00 pm
May 10 & 17
$80 members, $105 non-members

Celluloid film is remarkably different than digital video Here’s a chance to take a D I Y (do it yourself) approach to this century-old medium Students will be able to shoot, hand-process and edit a 3-minute roll of black and white super-8 film Film will be available for purchase at $11 per roll Bring your own Super-8 camera or borrow one of ours (refundable $50 deposit required)

Circuit Building Workshop

Instructor: Michael Johnsen
Marshall Annex
EMA 303
2 Saturdays, 10am-1pm
April 12 & 19
$105 members, $130 non-members (cost includes electronic parts needed to complete the project)

A two-part simplified course in making audio circuits from scratch for people who always wanted to make synthesizers and effects pedals, but didn’t know where to start Clear, honest, and not super technical, this workshop covers all the basics of soldering, construction, and schematics as well as the idiosyncratic world of “circuit bending” Participants will leave with a device/ processor/instrument of their own design and a good foundation for further electronic tinkering Please note circuit building is in the Marshall Annex.

3D Animation Workshop

Instructor: Andrew Pavlick
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 304
2 Saturdays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
March 29 & April 5
$80 members, $105 non-members

Get introduced to 3D animation using the popular and powerful Blender software, a program that is used to create dazzling effects for movies and videogames Several hands-on exercises will allow participants to become familiarized with the Blender interface while learning how to accomplish basic object modeling and animated movement.

 

NCECA WORKSHOPS

Zoomorphic Volumes

Instructor: Bernadette Curran
CES 501
Ceramics Studio, Scaife Building
1 Monday, 1 Tuesday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
March 17 – 18
$260 members, $285 non-members

Curran will share her playful approach to clay by transforming simple pottery shapes in zoomorphic forms and their humble abodes. From quick gesture drawings on paper to more imposing alterations of pots thrown fresh off the wheel, the spontaneity will allow for both functional and sculptural solutions. Emphasis will be on techniques such as cutting and folding, bottomless cylinders, and pushing clay from the inside out. Historical and contemporary examples of animal pots will be referenced in slide lectures and group discussions. Curran will also discuss how her love for drawing into the clay is enhanced by slip, terra-sig, and the glazed surface.

Curran, a studio artist and educator in Ardmore, PA, received her BFA from Pennsylvania State University and completed an MFA in Ceramics at The Ohio State University. She has received artist-in-residence fellowships from Baltimore Clayworks, Chester Springs Studio, and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Her work has been exhibited in many juried and invitational shows throughout the country. Curran is currently teaching drawing and ceramic classes in the Philadelphia area and enjoys traveling to present workshops.

Painting With Smoke – Three Visions

Instructors: Kate and Will Jacobson, David Roberts, Eduardo Lazo
CES 502
Mr. & Mrs. Ira H. Gordon Pavilion, Scaife Building
1 Wednesday, 12:00 - 5:00pm
March 19
$175 members, $200 non-members

The workshop explores several different approaches to carbon-stenciled raku. Kate and Will Jacobson, studio potters from Hawaii, create a harmonious substance of form, line and color. Their technique, Naked Raku, exposes the unadorned, earthly beauty of clay and they will share stories and processes derived from their thirty-year collaboration.

In addition, the distinguished English ceramicist, David Roberts will be on hand to teach his approach to smoke-marking and deep carbonization. His work is strongly evocative of the contours and stratification of stone and landscapes. Roberts is well known and highly respected throughout Europe and this demonstration will kick-off his first American tour.

Also participating will be the mastermind of the “Painting With Smoke” NCECA panel, Eduardo Lazo. This San Francisco artist strives to elevate the ordinary, to exploit perfect imperfection, and joyfully acknowledge the creative process. His West Coast workshops are in high demand by both amateur and professional potters.

Hand-Made Brushes and Painting on Clay

Instructor: Glenn Grishkoff
CES 505
Ceramics Studio, Scaife Building
1 Saturday, 1 Sunday, 9:30am - 4:30pm (half hour for lunch)
March 22 – 23
$260 members, $285 non-members

Grishkoff will lead this workshop on the craft of hand-made brushes. He will discuss brush-making techniques from Japan, the West and techniques developed during the exploration of the hand made brush both as a work of art and a functional tool. Deer, horse, moose and cat hair will be used to create individual brushes in bamboo. On day two, the brushes will be used to paint on a variety of clay surfaces. Wheel throwing and hand building demonstrations will also demonstrate the functional uses of these unique tools.

Grishkoff has taught workshops for thirteen years at museums, schools and art centers. He’s gained a tremendous amount of pleasure both meeting new creative spirits and sharing his love for teaching and sharing his artistic knowledge with others. Recent awards include sharing first place for the 2005 American Bamboo Society Annual Craft Award, and jurors award for best in show in sculpture for Art Equinox 2003: A Regional Survey of Contemporary Art (Great Fall, MT). Glenn has developed a national and international reputation as a brush maker and ceramic artist. His brush-like forms are functional works of art using deer hair, horse hair and other natural materials. For more information, please visit: http://grishkoffstudios.com/artistinfo/main.html

our programs

Small Works, Short Films, BIG Ideas!

March 20 – April 19, 2009, presented by Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, juried by Brian Lang and Gordon Nelson.
Opening reception FRI MAR 20, 5:30–8:00pm

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Filmmakers at the Center

Classes next start February '09
Bringing the disciplines of film, photography, video, animation and more to the PCA

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summer07 adult classes

PF/PCA Membership

Access memberships enable you to use artmaking tools at Filmmakers and PCA. Associate memberships support our non-profit programs.

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