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Intro to Ceramics (Tuesday Evenings)


8 Tuesdays: January 12 - March 1, 2016

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Karen McKee


Price: $270 members, $295 non-members

Utilize our professional ceramics studio and equipment to create functional and sculptural ceramic artworks focusing on wheelthrowing and handbuilding techniques. Experiment with surface design and textures and use cone 6 glazes to create enduring stoneware pieces. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. Students should purchase a clay tool kit, which is available on-site.

Motion Picture Fundamentals (Section A)


14 Mondays: January 11- April 25

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mike Watt


$350 by January 4, 2016/ $390 after January 4, 2016 (plus course fees); Certificate Students pay $390 (no course fees)

Motion Picture Fundamentals is a hands-on introduction to key photographic concepts and the core concepts of self-expression with moving images. Students shoot digital video, photographs and motion picture film to learn the basic principles and techniques of light, composition, camerawork, editing and storytelling. All equipment is provided, including HD camcorders, 16mm film cameras and digital editing stations. Those unfamiliar with Mac OS should consider taking Introduction to Digital Editing prior to or concurrent with this course. Students pay for film and lab costs. Grading is based on student projects and written exams. In addition to tuition, a $70 course fee is charged.

Organizing your Photos with Lightroom


1 Saturday, December 5

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Instructor TBA


$85 members, $100 non-members

Every photographer today is making more than a just few images and sometimes the challenge is to find the pictures we create. Adobe Lightroom is an essential software application for the digital photographer. More than just viewing and editing tool, Lightroom is also a digital asset management system. This introductory workshop will look at archive strategy, a back up system and a plan for maintaining a collection.  You will learn keywording, ratings and labels, and how to use metadata to create a digital archive that adds value to your photographs. 

Workshop at Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Intro to Digital Photography


6 Saturdays: Sept 26 - Oct 31

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kelly Bogel


$270 members, $295 non-members

If you have either a digital SLR (single lens reflex) or mirrorless camera and love to get creative, this introductory digital photography class is for you. You’ll learn how to master your camera’s advanced features while gaining an understanding of how to compose a shot and utilize light
to produce quality photographs. Organizing your files and basic Photoshop tools will also be covered. Please bring your camera to class.
 
  • Class will be held at the PF/PCA North Oakland campus, 477 Melwood Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Intro to Watercolor


8 Thursdays: September 24 - November 12

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Bill McAllister


Price: $235 members, $260 non-members

Paint from still life sets and live models as well as from prompts and experimental exercises. Work independently throughout class and participate in group critiques, group discussions and gallery visits. We’ll venture outdoors and recreate Mellon Park scenes by observing our surroundings and look to artists Andrew Wyeth, David Levine, Winslow Homer, and others, who create plein air watercolors in all season. Tuition includes one session with a model. Supply list provided.

Intro to Digital Photography


6 Tuesdays: September 22 - October 27

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Kelly Bogel


Member Price $270, Non-Member Price $295

If you have either a digital SLR (single lens reflex) or mirrorless camera and love to get creative, this introductory digital photography class is for you. You'll learn how to master your camera's advanced features while gaining an understanding of how to compose a shot and utilize light to produce quality photographs. Organizing your files and basic Photoshop tools will also be covered. Please bring your camera to class.

Holiday Documentary Workshop


1 Saturday: November 14

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Staff


Member Price $70, Non-Member Price $80

Are you the documentarian in your family? Would you like to improve your filmmaking skills and make your home movies more engaging? Just in time for the holidays, you can learn essential techniques to make you proud to share your family films! Interviewing techniques, shooting B-roll, working with available light, importing photos, and editing basics are just some of what will be covered in this fun one-day workshop. Bring your own recording device (cellphone or camera) or use one of ours. Enrollment is limited to 12.

Animation Crash Course with Blender


2 Wednesdays: November 11 - November 18

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Danielle Kogan


Member Price $70, Non-Member Price $95

Delve into the basics of animation with Blender! In two fast-paced class sessions, students will learn about 3D animation using pre-built character models, rigs, and sets. Students will work in Blender, a free, open-source software program developed to allow artists to complete computer graphic projects in a 3D space.

Beginning Photoshop for Photographers


4 Saturdays: October 10 - November 21

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kara Sambrick


Member Price $270, Non-Member Price $295

Adobe Photoshop software is a creative tool which offers limitless possibilities for image manipulation. This introductory class is specifically designed for photographers interested in using Photoshop to create better images. You'll learn the Photoshop workspace through familiarization of the most commonly used features including the toolbox, palettes, sizing options, layers and preparing images for print.

Intro to Painting


8 Mondays: September 28 - November 16

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Bernie Wilke


Price: $225 members, $250 non-members

Become acquainted with the basics of painting in oil and acrylic. Learn about the variety of painting materials and surfaces and become familiar with fundamentals of color theory and color mixing. Work from still life set-ups, interior spaces and forms in nature while honing your observation skills and translating three dimensions onto a two dimensional surface. Tuition includes one session with a model. Supply list provided.

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