Beginner

Digital Editing with Adobe Premiere


3 Wednesdays: March 1 - March 15

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Molly Duerig


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

Gain a working knowledge of Adobe Premiere, one of the most powerful and versatile video editing tools available today. Manage your media and learn basic editing functions and workflow. You'll also view scenes from contemporary movies to learn editing aesthetics, and practice techniques such as match-cutting, pacing, and creating structure for a scene.

Exploring Photoshop for Beginners


1 Wednesday: February 15

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Mandy Kendall


Price: $45 members, $70 non-members

If you know your computer has Photoshop but you're afraid to open it, this crash course is for you! Perfect for the budding photographer, this one-day workshop will provide insight on how to use Adobe Photoshop's basic tools and functions to touch up your photos. You'll learn about how to crop, tone, and sharpen your images, and even get an introduction to layering. Please feel free to bring any digital photos you have to class on a memory card or USB flash drive.

Digital Editing with Adobe Premiere


3 Wednesdays: January 25 - February 8

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Molly Duerig


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

Gain a working knowledge of Adobe Premiere, one of the most powerful and versatile video editing tools available today. Manage your media and learn basic editing functions and workflow. You'll also view scenes from contemporary movies to learn editing aesthetics, and practice techniques such as match-cutting, pacing, and creating structure for a scene.

Intro to Watercolor


8 Thursdays: January 26 - March 16

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: To Be Announced


Price: $240 members, $265 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. Although it will be too cold to paint outside, we will explore ways to paint the snow and wintry scenery by observing our surroundings, utilizing reference photos, and looking to artist Andrew Wyeth as well as others, who create plein air watercolors in the winter. Supply list provided.

Required supplies:

  • Paper:  Student watercolor pad, any size.
  • Paints:  Box of assorted watercolor tubes. Try to have at least 6 tubes of colors
  • Palette:  1 large watercolor palette, a butcher tray or an old cake pan of any shape.
  • Watercolor Brushes:  a student brush set  or      1” flat aquarelle brush;

                                                                                 #10 round brush;

                                                                                 #6 round brush; and

                                                                                 #2 Liner or script brush

 

  • Water jar (plastic coffee can or glass pickle jar will work)

 

  • A few old rags or paper towels

Supplies may be purchased at Artists Craftsman Supply, Michaels, Joann’s or Pat Catans.

Lost Wax Casting


8 Mondays: January 23 - March 13

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lauren Jo


Price: $270 members, $295 non-members

Explore this unique form of sculpting, in which designs are built in wax but finished in metal. Students will build a form in wax, which is used to create a mold. Molten metal is then cast at very high temperatures to create finished sculptural artworks and jewelry. Students should expect to cast one or two objects throughout the course of this class. Tuition includes waxes and casting materials only. Metals may be purchased separately from the instructor.

  • Students are asked to bring in a small object (the size of a quarter or smaller) to the first day of class. We will be making a mold of that item in class, and that object will be the basis for the first project.

Intro to Painting


8 Mondays: January 23 - March 13

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Bernie Wilke


Price: $240 members, $265 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.

Required supplies for this class:

  • Supply Kits are available at A & C Supply, 5603 Hobart St. Pittsburgh, PA 15217, at a discounted rate 0f $180. 412-421-3002
  • Acrylic paint (if you're budget-conscious feel free to get the cheapest brand)
    • Phthalo Blue, Cadmium yellow hue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red hue, Permanent Green, Medium Purple or Violet (try to avoid Ultramarine violet), Mars or Ivory black, Titanium White. (Feel free to bring other colors )
  • Oil paint
    • Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Green, Cadmium yellow hue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red hue, Titanium White, Medium violt (avoid Ultramarine Violet), Paynes' gray.
  • Galkyd OR Liquin (medium for thinning & blending oil paint)
  • Refined linseed oil
  • Turpenoid odorless paint thinner. Cheaper brands are ok as long as they are odorless.
  • 2 small jars with tight-fitting lids (like baby food jars)
  • Brushes:
    • Get a variety of brushes. A good acrylic/oil painting brush will be slightly firm, not too flimsy and dense with bristles. You do get what you pay for, so avoid the super cheap ones, but you don't have to spend much to get a few decent brushes. Try to get a 1 inch flat brush, a 1/2 inch flat, a 1/4 inch flat, a round fine point brush, a medium size round brush, and optionally a Filbert or two.
  • Other necessary supplies
    • Tablet of canvas paper. (get both the larger size and smaller size if you have the funds, if not just get the larger size)
    • Tablet of paper palettes OR paper/foam plates
    • Sketchbook & pencils
  • Optional
    • Acrylic gel medium (gloss or matte) -- this is recommended, but not necessary
    • 1 or 2 stretched/primed canvases (at least 16 x 20)
    • palette knife or painting knife
    • spray bottle for water
    • tablet of watercolor paper or Bristol Board for practice (cheaper than canvas papers)

Intro to Ceramics


8 Tuesdays: January 24 - March 14

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.

Need additional time in the studio working on projects begun in class? Check out the Student Studio Access

Cold Forging


8 Tuesdays: January 17 - March 14

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lindsay Huff


Price: $250 members, $275 non-members

Learn to manipulate metal by exerting force and changing shape with stakes and hammers. Work large by creating utensils, vessels, and sculptural objects or work small focusing on cuffs, collars, and decorative pieces. Learn joining techniques like riveting and soldering, and learn to apply patina and polish to your work, and twist non-ferous metals like copper and crass to create interesting designs. Metals may be purchased from instructor for a fee of $30 or less.

Animating in 3D @ PF


6 Tuesdays: January 17 - February 21

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Danielle Kogan


Price: $225 members;$250 non-members

Delve into the basics of 3D animation with Maya! In this introductory course, students will learn about 3D animation using pre-built character models, rigs, and sets. Students will work in Maya, a comprehensive 3D animation program used around the world for game design and film creation.

Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom @PF


1 Saturday: December 3

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Mandy Kendall


Price: $35.00 members; $60.00 non-members

Don’t be afraid of “the cloud”! If you have lots of memory cards full of digital images you’d love to share but don’t know where to begin, this one-day workshop is for you. Learn how to edit and store your images with confidence using Dropbox and Google Drive, then share your photos via social media platforms like Instagram, Tumblr or Flickr. To get started, bring your digital photo files to class on memory cards or flash drives. Please note, this course takes place at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

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