Winter adult classes

book arts & printmaking

Printmaking and Etching Techniques

Instructor : Thomas Norulak
PBA 100 - Level: All
Printmaking Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 14 - March 10,
no class January 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
January 16 - March 5
$145 members, $170 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.

Calligraphy

Instructor : Myrna Rosen
PBA 102 - Level: All
2D Studio
8 Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
January 15 - March 4
$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 Overview (New!)

Instructor : Matt Forrest
Session 1: PBA 103 – Level: All
1 Friday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
February 1
$75 members, $100 non-members
(class meets at Artist Image Resource, 518 Foreland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212)

Session 2: PBA 203 - Level: All
1 Friday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
February 8
$75 members, $100 non-members
(class meets at PCA, Printmaking Studio)

Get introduced to various methods of printing. Come to one session, or both, as we’ll cover different processes at each. Session 1, which takes place at Artist Image Resource, will introduce you to lithography and photo litho processes. At Session 2, at PCA, learn to print with polymer plates. Each session will include demonstrations and hands-on printmaking activities.An information sheet will be mailed upon registration.

Silk Screening Made Simple

Instructor : Jennifer Bechak
PBA 106 - Level: All
Sculpture Annex
5 Saturdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
February 2 - March 1
$170 members, $195 non-members
(fee includes use of tools, inks, and solvents)

This class focuses on three easy techniques for screen printing. Learn how to create your own screens with simple, easy to find materials. Take what you learn in this class and print on paper or fabric at home! A list of household items will be mailed upon registration.

Japanese Fish Printing

Instructor : Jennifer Bechak
PBA 105 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
1 Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
January 19
$50 members, $75 non-members
(all materials included in fee)

The Japanese invented gyotaku (gyo=fish, taku=rubbing) in the 1800’s to record their catch (a fish print doesn’t lie). Since then, Gyotaku (pronounced ghio-ta-koo) has evolved into an art form that you now have the chance to try. Select from a variety of sizes, shapes, and textures of fish to create colorful prints that are both beautiful and authentic. Open to adults and children ages 9 and up. Children 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.

Creative Bookbinding : Five Fun Techniques (new!)

Instructor :Christopher Kardambikis
PBA 104 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
5 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
January 22 – February 19
$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.

ceramics & sculpture

Beginning Wheelthrowing

Instructor : Joseph Sendek
CES 102 – Level: All
Ceramics Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
January 16 – March 5
$235 members, $260 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
$235 members, $260 non-members
(fee includes lab time, 25 lb. of clay, glazes,
bisque and gas firing)

Session 1: CES 100 Kip O’Krongly
8 Mondays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
January 14 - March 10, no class January 21

Session 2: CES 200 Katie Kotchey
8 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
January 14 - March 10, no class January 21

Session 3: CES 300 Valda Cox
8 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 17 - March 6

Session 4: CES 400 Cynthia Young
8 Saturdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
January 19 - March 8

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, February 8, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Join the party! A base fee of $65 ($90 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.

Copper Sculpture Workshop

Instructor : Melissa Davenport
CES 110 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
1 Sunday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (1/2 hour lunch)
January 13
$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).

Stoneware and Porcelain

Instructor : Valda Cox
CES 103 - Level: All
Ceramics Studio
8 Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
January 17 – March 6
$235 members, $260 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. Mosaics and

CreativeTilemaking (new!)

Instructor : Cynthia Young
CES 106 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
6 Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
January 30 – March 5
$200 members, $225 non-members (fee

includes 25 pounds of clay , glazes, bisque and gas firing and mosaic 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.

Wheelthrowing with Joe

Joseph Sendek
CES 101 - Level: All
Ceramics Studio
8 Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
January 16– March 5
$235 members, $260 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: Portraits in Clay

Instructor : Matt Marino
CES 108 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 14 – March 10, no class January 21
$275 members, $300 non-members
(fee includes 7 sessions with a model, 25 lb. 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, create a portrait bust from moist clay. Instruction provided on the structure, proportion and facial characteristics of the model. Have fun, learn a lot and go home with a dried and fired portrait. Fee includes 25 pounds of clay, firing and model costs.

The History of Puppetmaking (new!)

Instructor : Tavia LaFollette
CES 104- Level: All
Sculpture Studio
4 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 16 - March 5
$205 members, $230 non-members

Come and learn about puppets from all over the world. How are they made, how are they operated, and what is the history behind them? Study everything from Water Puppetry in Vietnam to Punch and Judy hand puppets shows in the market places of England. Examin politics in puppetry, myth and symbolism. Learn about different styles of performance by watching films, handling puppets and masks from around the world and making our own! (this course is part of PCA year long Pittsburgh Rising celebration.)

Pre and Post Conference Workshops for NCECA
Zoomorphic Forms(new!)

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

Join Bernadette Curran and 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 the clay from the insideout. Historical and contemporary examples of animal pots will be referenced in daily slide lectures and group discussions. Bernadette will also discuss how her love for drawing into the clay is enhanced by slip, terra-sig, and the glazed surface.

Handmade Brushes and glaze Techniques (new!)

Instructor : Glen Grishkoff
CES 500
1 Saturday, 1 Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (1/2
hour for lunch)
March 22 and March 23
Ceramics Studio, Scaife Building
$260 members, $285 non-members

Create your own hand made brushes and put them to immediate use in this exciting new workshop that will combine lectures, demonstrations and hands-on creativity. Explore 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. Use deer, horse, moose and cat hair to create individual brushes in bamboo. On day two, put your brushes to work, painting on a variety of clay surfaces. Also explore using hand made brushes on clay surfaces to create one-of-a-kind clay pigmented monoprints. Wheelthrowing and hand building demonstrations will also demonstrate the functional uses of these unique tools.

creative writing

Poetry

Instructor : Michael Wurster
CRW 100 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
8 Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
January 17 – March 6
$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.

Flash Fiction and the Short Story

Instructor : Lisa Chewning
CRW 101 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
January 14 – March 10, no class January 21
$170 members, $195 non-members

Flash fiction can be categorized as fiction and poetry, the story and sketch, and prophecy and reminiscence. In this exciting form of writing, the short story is compressed and intensified, and at the same time, has an immediate, vivid wholeness. Play with flash fiction and short story writing, and look at published pieces for inspiration.

Travel Writing (new!)

Instructor : Robert Isenberg
CRW 102 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
January 15 – March 4
$170 members, $195 non-members

Since the first written words, travel literature has inspired readers with tales of adventure and discovery. You need not have traveled far -- the intricacies of the journey are more important than the destinations. Learn how to set scenes, recreate characters, and illustrate exotic places and customs. Whether you’ve trekked down the Amazon in a rickety raft, or just camped outside of Erie, PA, your experiences and perspective are distinct and make for unique stories.

drawing & painting

Beginning Drawing

$200 members, $225 non-members (fee
includes two sessions with a model)

Session 1: Robert Huckestein
DPA 100 – Level: All
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
January 15 – March 4
Marshall Annex

Session 2: Jamie Boyd
DPA 200 - Level: All
8 Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
January 18 – March 7
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.

Drawing Seminar

Instructor : Jamie Boyd
DPA 101 - Level : Int/Adv.
2D Studio
8 Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
January 18 – March 7
$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.

Beginning Oil Painting

Instructor : Susan Powers
DPA 111 - Level: All,
2D Studio
8 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 17 – March 6
$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.

Painting Seminar

Instructor : Paula Garrick Klein
DPA 112 - Level: Int/Adv.
2D Studio
8 Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
January 19 - March 8
$200 members, $225 non-members
(fee includes 2 sessions with a model)
Prerequisite: Basic Painting or Previous Painting Experience.

Develop your own personal style of expression in oils or acrylics while working from either a changing still life and model or on your own projects. Continue to hone your skills and explore color, composition and technique through individual instruction and group critiques. A supply list sent upon registration.

Children’s Book Illustration

Instructor : John Manders
DPA 118 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
January 15 - March 4
$180 members, $205 non-members

Great children’s book illustration let’s you read the story without looking at the text. Find a short children’s story, folk tale, or poem, and explore the possibilities of character development and narrative technique by reading between the lines. We’ll experience the entire creative process – thumbnails, research, sketch, character studies, color studies and finished illustration. Students will finish the course with a sample to submit to a children’s publisher.

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
January 14 – March 10 no class January 21
$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 Explorations

Instructor : Kathleen Zimbicki
DPA 114 - Level: Int./Adv.
2D Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 14 - March 10 no class January 21
$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.

Watercolor Mornings

Instructor : Donna Haas
DPA 115 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
8 Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
January 15 - March 4
$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
January 15 - March 4
$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.

Caricatures and Funny Illustrations (new!)

Instructor : Brandon Jennings
DPA 120 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
1 Saturday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
(1/2 hour for lunch)
January 19
$55 members, $80 non-members

Ever wish you could draw amusing and hilarious depictions of your friends, neighbors and family? Well, here’s your chance. 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.

Drawing Naturally

Instructor : Georgia Feild
DPA 102 - Level: All
Marshall Annex
6 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
January 30 - March 5
$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.

Portaiture: Structure and Likeness

Instructor : Robert Huckestein
DPA 110 Level: All
2D Studio
6 Mondays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
February 4 - March 10
$200 members, $225 non-members
(fee includes all sessions with a model)

Using a series of drawing excercises and both short and long poses, explore the art of portraiture. Cover elements of anatomy and composition while acquiring valuable drawing skills. Students may focus on the figure or the portrait, and may work in pencil, charcoal, conte crayon, or watercolor. Fee includes all sessions with a model. Supply list sent upon registration.

Colored Pencil

Instructor : Georgia Feild
DPA 118 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
5 Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
January 31 - Febuary 28
$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 with Patrick

Instructor : Patrick Daugherty
DPA 117 - Level: Int./Adv.
2D Studio
8 Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
(1/2 hour for lunch)
January 16 - March 5
$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 (new!)

Instructor : Sharon Wilson-Wilcox &
Dafna Rehavia Hanauer
DPA 108 - Level: All, Printmaking Studio
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 15 - March 4
$220 members, $245 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 will be mailed upon registration.

Pen and Ink Basics

Instructor : Sandra Ward
DPA 104 - Level: All
2D Studio
6 Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
January 17 - February 21
$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
January 16 - March 5
$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
8 Thursdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
January 17 - March 6
$180 members, $205 non-members

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

Instructor : Kirby Krieger
DPA 106 - Level: Int./Adv.
2D Studio
8 Mondays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
January 14 - March 10, no class January 21
$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

Weaving

Instructor : Nancy Bishop
FDC 101 - Level: All
Fiber Studio, Marshall Building
8 Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
January 19 - March 8
$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
January 15 - March 4
$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.

3-D Soft Sculpture (new!)

Instructor : Jan Descartes
FDC 105 – Level: All
Children’s Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 16 - March 5
$175 members, $200 non-members

Design and create your own 3-dimensional soft sculptures in fiber using knitting, crocheting, latch hook rugs, embroidery, sewing and weaving. Begin with an introduction to soft sculpture, and survey modern artists working in the media. Class will culminate with a large sculpture project that will blend new ways of working with the tools and thinking about the media conceptually.Some experience with fiber tools is helpful, but not necessary. More advanced students can hone their skills in a creative environment. A supply list sent upon registration.

Balms, Butters and Lotions

Instructor : Adriane Pacella
FDC 104 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
1 Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
February 21
$25 members, $50 non-members

Learn how to make homemade lotion, nail butter, lip butter and body bars. Get creative in their shapes and containers. Receive handouts 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).

Quilting

Instructor: Tina Brewer
FDC 103 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
5 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 24 - February 21
$115 members, $140 non-members

This course guides students through each step of producing a quilt, from yardage calculations and color selection to binding and displaying the finished product. Choose a traditional quilt pattern or design your own. Supplies discussed at the first class

Fabric Collage

Instructor: Sandy Kephart
FDC 108 - Level: All
Children’s Studio
4 Wednesdays, 10:00 - 1:00 pm
February 6 - February 27
$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 in fiber. 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.

jewelry, metals & glass

Lost Wax Casting

Instructor : Arlene Crissman
JMG 102 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 14 - March 10, no class January 21
$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.

Jewelry Design

Instructor : James Frape
JMG 103 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
8 Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 15 - March 4
$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.

Jewelry Design Master Class

Instructor : James Frape
JMG 104 - Level: Int./Adv.
Jewelry Studio
8 Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
January 15 - March 4
$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.

Beaded Jewelry

Instructor : Adina DeRoy-Stouffer
JMG 109 – Level: All
Children’s Studio
6 Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
January 30 - March 5
$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.

Jewelrymaking Basics

Instructor : Pat Falbo
JMG 105 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
8 Saturdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
January 19 - March 8
$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 stone setting, sawing, filing, forming, joining and finishing metal. Class includes weekly demonstrations.

Glass Bead Camp

Instructor : Darlene Durrwachter Rushing
JMG 108 - Level: All
Sculpture Studio
1 Wednesday, 1 Thursday, 1 Friday
January 9, 10 and 11
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.

Wire Jewelry

Instructor : Adina DeRoy-Stouffer
JMG 111 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
6 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 31 - March 6
$140 members, $165 non-members

Make various pieces of jewelry with this flexible, limitless medium. Learn many techniques of wire-working and metal forming using sterling silver and copper wire. Design, shape, wrap, and hammer wire into a variety of pieces of jewelry, including 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 in Base Metals (new!)

Instructor : T.J. Fejka
JMG 100 - Level: All
Jewelry Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
January 16 - March 5
$180 members, $205 non-members

As costs for precious metals continue to rise, get an introduction to the basic skills involved in jewelrymaking and metal working withouthaving the added expense of purchasing silver. Each week the instructor will demonstrate a technique used in making a specific jewelry or metalworking project. Apply the demonstrated technique in the fabrication of your individual project. Metals used may include copper, brass, pewter and bronze. Materials will be available for purchase from the instructor ($15 to $30, depending on the design).

Coin Jewelry (new!)

Instructor : Adina DeRoy Stouffer
JMG 107 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
1 Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
March 5
$35 members, $60 non-members

Take the foreign and domestic coins collected from your travels and turn them into unique jewelry. You will learn how to drill, piece and wire-wrap coins to make bracelets, earrings or pendants. Coins and sterling silver materials may be purchased from the Instructor (approximately $15).

Media & photographic arts

Basic 35mm Photography

Instructor : Richard Hurst
PHO 100 - Level: All
Lecture Studio
8 Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 14 - March 10, no class January 21
$185 members, $210 non-members

Learn camera operation and composition through lectures, weekly assignments and inclass 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.

Experimental Darkroom Techniques (new!)

Instructor : Randy Collins
PHO 102 - Level: All
8 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 17 - March 6
$225 members, $250 non-members
(fee includes all chemicals)

Learn about the history of experimental photography (Dadaism, Surrealism and beyond) and take a playful attitude into the darkroom! Experiment with paper processing, collage, photomontage, hand-toning, cross-processing and more. Also build your own pin-hole cameras and use them in the field. Students provide paper.

Darkroom Photography

Instructor : Richard Hurst
PHO 101 - Level: All
Photography Studio
8 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
January 16 - March 5
$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.

Intro to Digital Photography

Instructor : Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

Session 1 : EMA 102
8 Mondays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
January 14 - March 10
(no class on January 21 )
$320 members, $345 non-members

Session 2 : EMA 202
8 Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
January 16 - March 5
$320 members, $345 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.

Digital Photography Beyond the Basics (Just Added!)

Instructor : Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

Session 1 : EMA 113
8 Tuesdays 1:00-4:00 pm
January 15 – March 4
$320 members, $345 non-members

Take your knowledge of this exciting new medium to the next level. Students will be able to harness the power of the manual exposure functions of digital still cameras to create the best images possible. Through guided field exercises and critiques, this course will allow students to cultivate design skills and advanced camera techniques. Current methods of sharing and exhibiting images on the internet will be covered along with creating large-sized digital prints. Other topics will include High Dynamic Range Imaging and popular software applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Genuine Fractals. Some additional materials costs should be anticipated for printing.

Photoshop (Just Added!)

Instructor : Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab

Session 1 : EMA 115
4 Fridays 1:00-4:00 pm
January 18 - February15
$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 introductory class is not just for photographers, but anyone interested in applying the power of Photoshop to make better two-dimensional images.

Secrets of Screen Acting (Ages 14 - 17)

Instructor : Sam Turich
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 109
8 Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
January 7-March 3
(no class on January 21)
$320 members, $345 non-members

Learn the tricks of the trade for acting in movies and television. 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.

Experimental Video (Ages 14 - 17)

Instructor : Michael Johnsen
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 105
5 Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
January 8 - February 5
$135 members, $160 non-members

Motion pictures as a form of unlimited creative expression will be emphasized in this course designed for anyone seeking to explore new frontiers in the medium of video. Projects made in this class will combine unusual traditional techniques with
current digital video and sound processes to allow students to make their own distinctive video art. Video feedback, optical effects and video installation will be covered along with personal, nontechnical approaches to video production. Finished projects can be burned to a DVD or posted on the www. 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.

Experimental Digital Photography (Ages 14 - 17)

Instructor : Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 104
5 Tuesdays, 6:00 -8:00 pm
February 12 - March 11
$135 members, $160 non-members

Students will be able to sample a fascinating variety of non-traditional methods to create and present unique, personal photographs. Processes covered include experimental camera and lighting technique, inventive scanning of unusual materials, working with image degradation, ink manipulation, toning, collage and mixed media. Projects will employ the latest digital technology overlapping with traditional photochemical processes. 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 burned with their portfolio of work from the class.

Hand-Drawn Animation (Ages 14 - 17)

Instructor : Josh Tonies
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 108
4 Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:00 pm
January 16 - Febuary 6
$160 members, $185 non-members

Anyone who likes to draw will be able to bring their artwork to life in this fun class emphasizing artistic skill and traditional cartooning techniques. Classic examples from Disney to anime will be examined to reveal the magic of stop-motion. Students will begin by creating their own custom “flip-book” followed by a short animated video movie ready for DVD or posting to the internet.

Animation Studio (Ages 14 - 17)

Instructor : Drew Pavelchak
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 106
4 Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm
February 13 - March 5
$160 members, $185 non-members

This hands-on class will expose students to the foundations of a variety of popular stop-motion styles including 2-D, object, and pixilation (animating people). Computer and drawing talent is not necessary to make projects in this class. MiniDV video cameras and Apple software will be used to create finished projects and important examples 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 Video

Instructor : Gordon Nelson
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 101
5 Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
January 17- Febuary 14
$200 members, $225 non-members

This course focuses on making an original video movie using readily available equipment and software. Emphasis will be placed on communicating a story with motion pictures, developing a personal style and gaining proficiency with cameras and Apple’s Final Cut Express editing software. Approaches to fictional and non fictional filmmaking will be covered in addition to basic concepts like pre production, cinematography, sound and editing. Each student will be able to create a final DVD of his or her projects during the last class. 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.

Video Fundamentals (Ages 14 - 17)

Instructor : Gordon Nelson
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 107
5 Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
January 10 - February 7
$135 members, $160 non-members

This course is geared towards aspiring young filmmakers who want to get started making their own short movies as soon as possible. Students will plan and shoot their own projects working solo or in small groups. The topics of storyboarding, cinematography, sound, editing and making a DVD will be covered. Completed projects will be screened and discussed in class. Digital video cameras and Apple’s Final Cut software will be provided to use during class-time. Students may use their own equipment or choose to pay an additional access fee of $25 to borrow equipment for use outside of class.

Intro to Web Design

Instructor : Elizabeth Monoian
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 110
5 Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00 pm
February 14 - March 13
$135 members, $160 non-members

Take a creative approach to the tools and methods for building effective web sites. We will use Adobe Photoshop, Image Ready and Dreamweaver software for web graphics creation, optimization, and HTML output. Emphasis will be on creating sites that have an effective visual style and clear navigation. At the end of the course each student will have completed a simple website that is uploaded onto the internet.

Media Arts Weekend Workshops

Scanning Photographs

Instructor : Randy Collins
EMA 301
Saturday, January 19, 10am -1pm
$70 members, $95 non-members

This course is for those who want to scan their photographs (or other 2-D materials) and archive them as computer files. After the first meeting, students will be able to schedule 3 hours of lab time for scanning under supervision of an instructor. Students will be able to create a CD of their scanned images to take with them after the course is complete.

Super Super-8

Instructor : Gordon Nelson
EMA 302
2 Saturdays, 10am-1pm Jan 26 - Feb 2
$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 the way it used to be done before the digital age. 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
EMA 303
2 Saturdays, 10am-1pm February 9 & 16
$105 members, $135 non-members

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.

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