summer adult classes

book arts & printmaking

Creative Papermaking Workshop (new!)

instructor: Mary Brenholts
PBA 100 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
2 Saturdays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
(1/2 hour for lunch)
June 23 and June 30
$130 members, $155 non-members (all materials included in the fee)

Use brilliantly dyed pulp to create decorative papers with surface embellishment and textural qualities. Start with an overview of the papermaking process, and then get your hands pulpy as you make your own decorative papers. Experiment by marbling paint patterns into your paper, and make a beautiful accordion Artist’s Book. Bring a bag lunch on the first day..

Celtic Knotwork

instructor: Marlene Boyle
PBA 101 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
3 Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
June 26 – July 10
$55 members, $80 non-members

Learn the basic technique used to construct and draw Celtic knotwork, a major decorative device used in Irish and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts (i.e., Book of Kells and Lindesfarne Gospels). Start with simple design and progress to more complex shapes and patterns. Designs applicable to all types of decorative work. A supply list will be sent upon registration.

Printmaking and Etching Techniques

instructor: Thomas J. Norulak
PBA 102 - Level: All
Printmaking Studio
7 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
June 25 – August 13, no class August 6
$180 members, $205 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.

Boxed Up! – Beginning Boxmaking (new!)

instructor: Kip O’Krongly
PBA 103 - Level: All
Sculpture Annex
6 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 27 – August 8, no class July 4
$185 members, $210 non-members (most materials included in the fee)

Think inside the box! Boxes serve so many purposes, from presenting a gift, to holding special letters or containing our most treasured keepsakes. Delve into the art of box making using traditional bookbinding materials. Start with a flip-top gift box and progress to a clamshell style box. A list of household items will be sent upon registration.

Creative Bookbinding: Five Techniques in Five Weeks (new!)

instructor: Christopher Kardambikis
PBA 104 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
5 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
July 17 – August 14
$145 members, $170 non-members (paper and glue included in the fee)

Learn five different bookbinding techniques: stab, accordion folds, long stitch, coptic and perfect binding. Class will combine technique and discussion, including what constitutes a “book,” the book as artwork, 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 mailed upon registration.

Printmaking Open Studio

instructor Thomas Norulak
PBA 106 - Level: Int./Adv.
Printmaking Studio
7 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
June 27 – August 22, no class July 4 + August 8
$130 members, $155 non-members (fee includes use of tools, inks, and solvents)

Prerequisite: printmaking class or monitor’s approval. Inks, acid, and solvents, intaglio and relief presses, are included in the fee. Plates and paper available for purchase. No instruction given.

Pronto Plate Printing (new!)

instructor: Matt Forrest
PBA 106 - Level: All
Printmaking Studio
6 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
June 30 – August 4
$185 members, $210 non-members (fee includes plates, tools, inks and solvents)

Pronto plate printing, which incorporates the processes of photo litho and intaglio, is the most efficient and environmentally friendly way to go direct to the plate. Cover one, two and three color printing processes. Learn to use this safe, simple and cost effective process for non-toxic fine art printmaking. Paper can be purchased in class.

ceramics & sculpture

raku workshop (new!)

instructor: Kip O'Krongly
CES 105 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
Friday, July 20, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Join the party! A base fee of $60 ($85 non-members) includes a full kiln shelf, typically 4 or 5 bisque-fired 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. Must be 16 or older to attend.

beginning wheelthrowing

instructor: Kristin DeGiovanni
CES 100 – Level: All
Ceramics Studio
8 Saturdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
June 30 – August 18
$215 members, $240 non-members (fee includes 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

Level: All
Ceramics Studio
$215 members, $240 non-members (fee includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes, bisque and gas firing)

Session 1: instructor - Jamie Boyd
CES 101
8 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm June 25 – August 13

Session 2: instructor - Valda Cox
CES 201
4 Tuesdays and 4 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 26 – July 26, no class July 17 and July 19

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.

Wheelthrowing with Joe

instructor: Joseph Sendek
CES 102 - Level: All
Ceramics Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 27 – August 22, no class July 4
$215 members, $240 non-members (fee includes 25 pounds 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.

Hands On! (clay art for everyone)

instructor: Jane Freund
CES 104 – Level: All
Sculpture Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 27 – August 22, no class July 4
$240 members, $255 non-members (fee includes 37 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.

Throwing Sets (new!)

instructor: Kip O’Krongly
CES 103 - Level: Int/Adv.
Ceramics Studio
3 Tuesdays and 3 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
July 17 – August 9, no class July 24 + July 26
$175 members, $200 non-members (fee includes 25 lb. of clay, glazes, bisque and gas firing)

Are you ready to take your throwing skills to the next level? Is creating a set something you’ve always wanted to tackle? If so, this is the class for you! Through demonstrations and individualized projects, develop the skills needed to throw matching pieces. From dinnerware to tea sets, draw on Kip’s experience as a production potter to learn the tricks behind the art of throwing multiples.

Experimental Sculpture: A Transition (new!)

instructor: Jim Rettinger
CES 110 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 25 – August 13
$235 members, $260 non-members (plaster and wire included in the fee)

Make the transition from two to three dimensions! Create a clay tile in relief and experiment with clay figures that show action and gesture with attitude. This exploratory class will culminate in a final project using wire and plaster, in which you’ll use the wire to “draw in space.” Experimentation, by definition, is about trial and error. It’s not about making distinctions for success or failure; it’s about the endless possibilities! A supply list sent upon registration.

Bronze and Aluminum Casting

instructor: Carley Hill
CES 109 - Level: All
Off-site Location
6 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 20 – August 1 (no class July 4)
$250 members, $275 non-members (all materials included)

Discover 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 St, Pittsburgh PA 15223 (Etna).

Southwest Pottery (new!)

instructor: Joseph Sendek
CES 106 - Level: All
Ceramics Studio
Wednesday through Friday, 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Saturday, 9 am – 5:00 pm
August 22, 23, 24 and September 8
$170 members, $195 non-members

Capture the essence of the indigenous Southwest ceramic style using traditional methods of forming and polishing inherent to the region. Handbuild with red and white tclay, and then burnish your work to achieve shiny, smooth surfaces. Class will culminate in an outdoor pit firing, where strands of horsehair are laid across hot bisqued pieces, leaving burned carbon designs (sleek black lines). Bring a bag lunch on the day of the firing.

creative writing

Hardboiled: A Mystery Writing Workshop (new!)

instructor: Thomas Lipinski
CRW 100 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
1 Saturday, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (1/2 hour for lunch)
June 30
$55 members, $80 non-members

PCA welcomes back renowned novelist Thomas Lipinski for a workshop concentrating on the popular genre, the mystery. Mr. Lipinski has used Pittsburgh as the backdrop for his award winning novels featuring private detective Carroll Dorsey. Focus on the mechanics of the mystery/suspense genre, including setting, narration, parallel action, pacing, revelation and establishing characters. Bring a bag lunch.

Stretch: A Workout for Writers

instructor: Lisa Chewning
CRW 101 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
6 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 25 – July 30
$130 members, $155 non-members

Just as physical exercise promotes the health and function of the body, so does mental exercise and self-reflection improve our ability to use language and write creatively. Look at ways to improve your writing by taking some risks, looking into yourself, and daring yourself to go deeper. In-class writing and dialogue, suggested home writing exercises, and outside stories will help poets, fiction writers and non-fiction writers to stretch their minds, and become better writers.

Poetry: Capturing the Image

instructor: Ellen Smith
CRW 102 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
6 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 28 - August 9, no class July 26
$130 members, $155 non-members

Poetry is the vehicle through which we attempt to say the unsayable. The key to that is the image. Work at transforming private images into poetic ones. Whether you have never written poetry or are an experienced writer, this class encourages creativity in a supportive environment.

drawing & painting

Beginning Drawing

instructor: Robert Huckestein
DPA 100 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
7 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 26 – August 7
$170 members, $195 non-members (fee includes one session with a model)

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: Jamie Boyd
DPA 114 - Level: All
2D Studio
8 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
June 28 – August 16
$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.

Caricatures

instructor: Brandon Jennings
DPA 107 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
1 Saturday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (1/2 hr for lunch)
June 23
$55 members, $80 non-members

Ever wish you could draw amusing and hilarious depictions of your friends, neighbors and family? Well, look no further. Learn how to identify the essential characteristics of appearance and personality, and then exaggerate them on paper for a grand comic effect. Bring a sketchpad, black design markers, pencils and erasers to the first class.

Drawing Naturally (new!)

instructor: Georgia Feild
DPA 101 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
6 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 27 – August 8, no class July 4
$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.

Colored Pencil: The Summer Spectrum (new!)

instructor: Georgia Feild
DPA 102 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
5 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 28 – July 26
$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.

Painting Seminar

instructor: Mary Collins
DPA 112 - Level: Int/Adv.
2D Studio 7 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
July 11 – August 22
$180 members, $205 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 the 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.

Watercolor Explorations

instructor: Kathleen Zimbicki
DPA 110 - Level: Int./Adv.
2D Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
June 25 – August 13
$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. Students may work outdoors for a few sessions, weather permitting. Supply list sent upon registration.

Collage

instructor: Sharon Wilson-Wilcox
DPA 105 - Level: All
Printmaking Studio
5 Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
July 17 – August 14
$135 members, $160 non-members (fee includes collagraph ink and some materials)

Explore the methods and fun of combining images, papers, fabrics and found objects with the result of creating an entirely unique work of art. Collage is a 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.

Figure Drawing and Painting

instructor: Kirby Kreiger
DPA 103 - Level: All
2D Studio
6 Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
June 26 – July 31
$200 members, $225 non-members (fee includes all sessions with a model)

Draw directly from the model with an 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 materials to draw to the first class.

Acrylic Expressions

instructor: Robert M. Robinson
DPA 113 – Level: All
Marshall Annex
7 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 28 – August 9
$160 members, $185 non-members

Discover acrylic painting! Familiarize yourself with the materials and the physical properties of the paint. Encounter the expressive possibilities of the medium. Delve into further experimentation with other media such as charcoal or ink. Class includes demonstrations, working outdoors, as well as individualized instruction. A supply list sent upon registration.

Still Life and Portraiture

instructor: Robert Huckestein
DPA 106 – Level: All
2D Studio 6 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
June 30 – August 4
$200 members, $225 non-members

Work with a clothed model in an environment of furniture and objects. Choose to sketch or paint the whole composition or just an object or portrait. Select what is appropriate to your skill level in your choice of drawing and painting media. Fee includes all sessions with a model.

Abstraction: Watercolor and Collage (new!)

instructor: Judith Gentile
DPA 115 – Level: All
Marshall Annex
6 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
June 30 – August 4
$140 members, $165 non-members

Let your imagination soar! Experiment with abstraction while learning watercolor basics. Different materials such as salt, plastic wrap, resist, glue and acrylic medium will be used for a myriad of visual effects. Recycle old watercolor paintings and other images into daring collages. Students may choose abstraction, collage or both. Supply list sent upon registration.

Mirror, Mirror (new!)

instructor: Paula Garrick Klein
DPA 109 – Level: Int/Adv.
2D Studio
1 Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (1/2 hour for lunch)
June 8
$50 members, $75 non-members

Prerequisite: previous drawing or painting experience. Portraits are an endless source of interest. We all share the basic human impulse to look at a face and to try to see into the character behind it. As artists, the challenge of creating our own likeness is irresistible. Take the challenge! Explore the self-portrait both as a historical genre and a hands-on vehicle for visual self-expression. No supply list sent. Bring a bag lunch, one or two mirrors and the drawing or painting materials of your choice.

Summer Landscape Painting (new!)

instructor: Paul Shaw
DPA 117 - Level: All
Sculpture Annex
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
June 25 – June 28
$100 members, $125 non-members

Working directly from the landscape in Mellon Park, explore the use of color, composition and form. Special attention given to color and learning to see color correctly, as well as rendering the landscape in its variations of light and shadow. Although the class focuses on oil painting, student may work in other media. Supply list sent upon registration.

Art 101

instructor: Lindsay Woge
DPA 108 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
4 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
July 24 – August 14
$135 members, $160 non-members

Think you can’t be an artist? Well, think again! If you’re interested in making art but aren’t sure how to begin, start with this course. In this exciting, fun-filled exploration of the arts, reawaken the artist within. Experiment with clay, paint, found objects, fiber and more. All the materials included in the fee. Join the art party!

Pastel Painting

instructor: Paula Garrick Klein
DPA 104 - Level: All
Marshall Studio
4 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
July 2 – July 23
$100 members, $125 non-members

Experience the fun and excitement of painting with the pure and vibrant colors of soft pastels. Discover the immediacy and spontaneity of this versatile medium. Beginners are introduced to the pastel medium, techniques and basic color theory, intermediate and advanced students may work on their own to improve composition and color relationships. Supply list sent upon registration.

fiber & decorative Arts

Painting on Silk (new!)

instructor: Carole Norulak
FDC 103 - Level: All
Printmaking Studio
6 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 28 – August 2
$135 members, $160 non-members

Create at least two beautiful one-of-a-kind silk bandanas while learning the basics of painting on silk with acid dyes. Learn to use resist, salt, alcohol and ombre techniques while creating colorful works of wearable art. No drawing or painting experience is needed. A $35 materials fee to cover two silk bandanas and the use of all supplies is payable to the instructor at the first session.

Fabric Collage

Instructor: Sandy Kephart
FDC 104 - Level: All
4 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
August 1 - August 22
$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.

Balms, Butters and Lotions

instructor: Adriane Pacella
FDC 107 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
1 Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
August 6
$35 members, $60 non-members

Learn how to make homemade lotion, nail butter, lip butter and body bars. Get creative in their shapes and containers. Receive hand-outs of the recipes demonstrated to you in class and continue making them at home! Your skin will appreciate the use of all natural ingredients. Purchase materials directly from the Instructor ($5).

Shibori Workshop

instructor: Amber Coppings
FDC 106, Marshall Annex
1 Saturday and 1 Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (1/2 hour for lunch)
June 23 and June 24
$100 members, $125 non-members (all dyes included)

Shibori is the Japanese term for a variety of techniques that create patterns on cloth using folding, binding, stitching, clamping and pole wrapping to resist dye on cloth. Use fiber reactive dyes in multiple applications to create a beautiful and dynamic piece. 3-dimensional surfaces will be explored. Silk and cotton purchased from the Instructor (approx. $30). Supply list sent upon registration. Bring a bag lunch.

Intermediate/Advanced Weaving

instructor: Deb Meteney
FDC 102 Fiber Studio, Marshall Building
8 Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
July 10 – August 28
$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. A limited amount of donated yarn is available. Students provide other yarns.

Mosaics for the Home (new!)

instructor: Melissa Treece
FDC 105 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
8 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
June 28 - August 16
$215 members, $240 non-members (grout, mastic, and other mosaics materials included in the fee)

Learn to design mosaic surfaces, and get introduced to materials and techniques for cutting, adhering and finishing mosaic tiles. Also cover the history of tile mosaic as a form of surface design. Each student will complete several projects, in 2 and 3 dimensions, such as picture frames, flower pots and/or vases. Advanced students may work on projects in progress. A list of household items will be sent upon registration.

Weaving

instructor: Nancy Bishop
FDC 101 - Level: All
Fiber Studio, Marshall Building
8 Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
June 30 – August 18
$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. A limited amount of donated yarn is available. Students provide other yarns.

Felting from Knits (new!)

instructor: Adina DeRoy-Stouffer
FDC 100 - Level: All
Printmaking Studio
3 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 26 – July 10
$70 members, $95 non-members

Have fun creating hats, bags and more from knitted fabric. Learn how to make your own knitted pieces or transform thrift store sweaters into new creations with a minimum of skill required. Students will explore fibers, the felting process, and needle felting as well as recycling sweaters into almost anything your heart desires. Knitting or crocheting experience is helpful but not required. A supply list will be sent at the time of registration.

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 104 – Level: All
Lecture Studio
4 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
July 17 – August 7
$100 members, $125 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. All levels welcome!

Intermediate/Advanced Jewelrymaking

instructor: T. J. Fejka
JMG 107 - Lecture Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 27 – August 22, no class July 4
$190 members, $215 non-members

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 can be purchased in class (approximately $25).

Introduction to Wire Jewelry (new!)

instructor: Adina DeRoy-Stouffer
JMG 105 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
4 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
July 26 – August 16
$100 members, $125 non-members

Explore the world of jewelry making with this flexible, and limitless medium. Students will learn the basic techniques of wire-working and metal forming using sterling silver and copper wire. Learn to shape, wrap, form, and hammer wire into a variety of pieces of jewelry. Projects include: wire rings, hammered links, earrings and an elegant wire wrapped cabochon pendant. Students of all levels of experience are welcome. Materials may be purchased from the instructor (approximately $35).

Jewelrymaking Basics

Level: All Jewelry Studio
$150 members, $175 non-members

Session 1: Chelsea Atwood
JMG 100
6 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 26 – July 31

Session 2: Pat Falbo
JMG 200
6 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
June 30 – August 4

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).

PMC Clasps and Connectors (new!)

instructor: Donna Penoyer
JMG 106 – Level: All
Jewelry Studio
3 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
July 30 – August 13
$110 members, $135 non-members (firing costs included in the fee)

Create one-of-a-kind silver clasps and connecting elements your handcrafted work deserves. Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is an amazing form of fine silver that is malleable and worked like clay though fires to pure silver in a kiln or torch. Make at least two fine silver pieces, such as a hook-and-loop clasp, a toggle clasp, or a decorative connector suitable for a necklace or bracelet. Incorporate silver wire into your PMC creations. All tools and materials will be provided. A $60 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

Hollow Precious Metal Clay Beads (new!)

instructor: Donna Penoyer
JMG 102 – Level: All
Lecture Studio
3 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
July 11 – July 25
$110 members, $135 non-members (firing costs included in the fee)

Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is an amazing form of fine silver that is malleable and worked like clay but fires to pure silver in a kiln or torch. Molded and textured easily, it can also be constructed like sheet metal into box shapes and other hollow forms. Make large, double-sided beads in a domed lentil shape, as well as box beads with 4 or more sides. Make at least two projects. Beginners will produce beautiful, no-fail beads; intermediate students can try more advanced construction techniques. All tools and materials will be provided. A $60 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

Forged Silver and Copper Bracelets (new!)

Instuctor: Chelsea Atwood
JMG 103 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
4 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
July 26 – August 16
$100 members, $125 non-members

Create unique bracelets using a variety of hammers and different forging techniques that will change the metal in organic ways. Class will introduce techniques such as sawing, hammering, annealing and polishing to give greater creative control and knowledge to support your bracelet designs. Materials may be purchased from the instructor (approximately $35).

Sculptural Broaches (new!)

Instructor: Anna Loney
JMG 109 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
2 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
July 2 and July 9
$55 members, $80 non-members

Use flat panels of copper and brass to make original jewelry. Apply low relief techniques to make impressions with found objects in your unique broaches. Fabricate the broach backs and clasps yourself! Cover basic bench skills, including hydraulic press use, burnishing, polishing, patinas and other finishing techniques. Materials can be purchased directly from the Instructor (approximately $10).

photographic arts

basic 35 mm photography

instructor: Richard Hurst
PHO 100 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
June 25 – August 13
$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
June 27 – August 22, no class July 4
$210 members, $235 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.

Digital Photography Camp (new!)

instructor: Randy Collins
PHO 102 - Level: All
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Tuesday through Friday June 5 - 8
Tuesday through Thursday (9:30 am – 12:30 pm) and Friday (9:30 am – 4:00 pm)
$200 members, $210 non-members

Hit the streets for this digital photography intensive camp for adults. The first class will meet at the Center and provide an overview of digital camera and Photoshop basics. Spend days two and three in the field, focusing on street (documenting people and places) and nature (documenting the natural world) photography. Finish class in the Media Arts Lab, printing pictures you captured in the field. Basic knowledge of digital cameras is helpful, but not necessary. Digital cameras can be borrowed for the class. Bring a bag lunch on the final day.

Intro to Digital Photography

instructor: Randy Collins
PHO 103 - Level: All
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
8 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
June 28 – August 16
$320 members, $345 non-members

Get to know your digital still camera more intimately. How is your digital camera different from a traditional still camera? This course will introduce the tools needed to get students thinking about what is ultimately possible with the new medium. In addition to cameras, work with Mac computers, Photoshop and a digital printer. Receive at least two final prints and a CD burned with your portfolio of work. Although a sampling of digital photo paper will be provided, students are encouraged to purchase higher quality digital printing paper to make additional archival prints.

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summer art camps

Now that school's out, what better way is there to spend your summer than making art? The School at the PCA offers classes in everything from ceramics to media arts to children and teens. Call us at 412-361-0455 x324 to register today!

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Totem and Taboo

Judi Charlson constructs a "wall of life" using the lost wax process. The negative images represent objects and figures lost, found, forgotten or remembered from life, showing the commonality and individuality of humanity. Thru August 19 at the Marshall Gallery.

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IN-TENT

IN-TENT is a series of live music events featuring local and international improvisers and experimenters. We welcome you to explore new realms of sound performance.

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