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Manipulating Metals


5 Weekdays: Mar 4 - Mar 8

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $295 members, $320 non-members

Learn the fundamentals of working with metals in this jewelry-based camp. Acquire a wide range of skills by learning construction and texturing methods like etching, embossing and enameling. Work alongside your classmates in an open studio environment receiving individual instruction to help you achieve your metalsmithing ambitions!

Claymation


5 Weekdays: Mar 4 - Mar 8

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: TBA


Price: $365 members, $390 non-members

Learn how to create your own movie using claymation, the popular animation technique used in films such as Coraline and Wallace and Gromit! Campers will use tablets, clay and Adobe editing software to make their own short movies, complete with a soundtrack. In-class animation screenings will complement the hands-on experience.

Intro to Natural Dyes


4 Mondays: Apr 1 - Apr 22

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leah Patgorski


Price: $105 members, $130 non-members

In this class, students will learn about the intruiging history of natural dyes alongside extensive hands-on expermentation. Each week, students will learn about a dyeing technique, then test it using fabric or yarn. Throughout the class we will cover basic color theory, fiber structure, colorfastness, resist dye, rust dye, shibori, overdyeing, and sustainable practices in dyeing.

Fiction Writing Workshop


8 Mondays: Apr 1 - May 20

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Rachel Ann Brickner


Price: $300 members, $325 non-members

Writers’ workshops are an integral part of developing as a writer. Through reading their work aloud and analyzing the work of others, writers are able to hone their craft and improve projects they’ve already started. In this eight-week fiction workshop, students will engage in weekly critiques of their work and their classmates’ work. We will focus on what is working and not working in each story, and why. Through these discussions we will learn something more significant about craft. Class meetings will also include time for in-class writing exercises and discussions of other assigned readings, including craft essays and short stories. This class is open to writers of all backgrounds whose goal is to improve their fiction writing.

Painting the Figure


8 Mondays: Apr 1 - May 20

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Heather Heitzenrater


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

In this class, we will take an in-depth look at figure painting. Students will work with live models to paint the figure using oil or acrylic paints. A short lecture will be given at the beginning of each class. There will be a strong focus on skin tones and body proportions.

Etching


8 Mondays: Apr 1 - May 20

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Tom Norulak


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Learn traditional printmaking techniques from the time of Rembrandt, Goya, Whistler and Contemporary Masters. Students will explore line etching techniques to create elegant prints in black and white. The class is for all skill levels: beginners, intermediate, or as a refresher course for experienced printmakers.

Intro to Alternative Photographic Processes


8 Mondays: Apr 1 - May 20

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Jeffrey Krsul


Price: $300 members, $325 non-members

An introduction to Alternative Process printing, this course explores photographic processes that were first introduced in the 19th century and continue to be popular in the 21st century. The class will explore the work of contemporary alternative process artists as well as their historical counterparts. Processes examined are Cyanotype, Van Dyke, Salt Printing. Students make enlarged digital negatives (or bring film negatives), mix chemicals from original formulas and hand-coat light sensitive emulsions. Class demonstrations also cover combining different emulsions for multiple printing and toning. Time during class will be given to hone your printing skills. Some photography experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Lost Wax Casting


8 Mondays: Apr 1 - May 20

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Drew Lavercombe


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Explore this unique form of sculpting, in which designs are built in wax but finished in metal. You will build a form in wax, which is used to create a mold. Molten metal is then cast to create finished sculptural artworks and jewelry. You 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.

Weaving


8 Tuesdays: Apr 2 - May 21

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Instructor: Debra Meteney


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

 

Work in an open environment, side by side with both beginning and returning students. Learn to warp, dress the loom, sample various patterns, read drafts and understand color interactions. Advanced students may work independently with instruction in the area of their choice. Additional studio time available for purchase from 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM on Tuesdays and/or from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Thursdays for the duration of class. All materials included.

Student Weaving Access (Tues)


8 Tuesdays: Apr 2 - May 21

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: None


Price: $50 members, $65 non-members

Spend additional time in the studio working on projects started in class. This is an open studio environment, so no additional instruction will be provided. Only open to students currently registered in eight-session weaving class.

Enameling


4 Tuesdays: Apr 2 - Apr 23

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Lindsay Huff


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

Learn various enameling techniques that can be used to create pieces for pendants, earrings, brooches and other jewelry forms. We’ll cover metal preparation, basic enameling application such as sifting and wet inlay and the use of opaque and translucent enamels. Experimentation will be emphasized with techniques like raku enameling which can create unexpected metallic lusters. Enamels included, supply list provided.

Intro to Painting


8 Tuesdays: Apr 2 - May 21

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Joseph Noderer


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Have you always wanted to start painting, but didn't know where to start? Then this class is for you! In this intro course, students will focus on learning the basics of painting. Students will begin with grayscale, still-life paintings to help focus on value relationships. We will discuss different types of composition, and then move on to simple color theory exploration. Supply list provided.

En Plein Air


6 Tuesdays: Apr 2 - May 7

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Al Middlemiss


Price: $205 members, $230 non-members

Plein Air painting, or more simply, painting outdoors, is a great way to hone your painting skills and depict a rich and varied environment. This class will allow you to explore PF/PCA’s beautiful grounds, including nearby Mellon Park, where the gardens, hills, and urban accents are sure to inspire you. Students may work in oil, acrylic, or watercolor.

Paper Lithography


2 Tuesdays: Apr 2 - Apr 9

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Tressa Jones


Price: $65 members, $80 non-members

Did you know a black and white photo copy can be a printing plate? Learn the process of paper lithography to make monoprints or to augment etchings, woodcuts, and other prints. This method is great for adding elements to your prints or to build up a total image from multiple images.

Figure Drawing


8 Tuesdays: Apr 2 - May 21

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Heather Heitzenrater


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Use the human figure and a skeleton model to help you develop your observational skills. Lessons will focus on gesture, contour, line, foreshortening, and light and shadow. Each session will include short gesture poses and longer exercises. Use a variety of drawing materials and approaches to capturing the figure, leaving the class with a better understanding of movement, form, and structure. Tuition includes model fee, supply list provided.

Intro to Ceramics PM


8 Tuesdays: Apr 2 - May 21

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Audra Clayton


Price: $270 members, $295 non-members

Learn the basics of wheelthrowing and handbuilding to create functional and sculptural ceramic artworks in our professional ceramics studio. Experiment with surface design and textures and use glazes to create enduring stoneware pieces. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. Additional studio time available for purchase from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Mondays for the duration of the class. Students should purchase a clay tool kit, which is available on-site.

Television Story Workshop


8 Tuesdays: Apr 2 - May 21

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Emily Thomas


Price: $300 members, $325 non-members

Television Story Workshop will offer participants the opportunity to workshop their original TV pilot concept in a group setting. Each participant will be allocated one class period for the assessment of their individual idea, and can choose to present fully-fleshed episode concepts or individual story elements, such as theme, setting, character development, inciting incident, act structure, transitions, or dialogue.  Participants will be free to direct group conversation towards either general feedback or specific story consideration, and can use their allocated hours in a way that services their individual needs. Best practices for providing effective critique will be reviewed, and guidance will be offered throughout the workshopping process to steer discussion towards actionable feedback. Outside-of-class reading will be required on a weekly basis in preparation for group workshopping.

Intro to Drawing


8 Wednesdays: Apr 3 - May 22

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Joseph Noderer


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Learn to develop your power of observation and mark-making skills through a series of lessons that focus on gesture, line, shape, value and spatial relationships.  Using a variety of drawing materials and approaches, you’ll work primarily from still life, with one session focusing on the figure using a clothed model. Tuition includes one session with a model. Supply list provided.

Draw, Carve, Print, Repeat


8 Wednesdays: Apr 3 - May 22

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Paul Roden


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

In this class, students will learn practices and techniques from accomplished relief printmaker, Paul Roden. Topics will include drawing tools, styles, and methods; history of relief printmaking; carving techniques; registration processes and printing. The class will be geared toward completion of either a traditional print edition or a unique project development--or both! Class will begin with smaller-scale guided instruction, then build towards more sporadic, personal, in-depth learning through the rest of the course. An atmosphere of cooperation, encouragement, and camaraderie will be promoted in the studio.

Patrick Daugherty's Painting Studio


8 Wednesdays: Apr 3 - May 22

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Patrick Daugherty


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Join this open studio style class where all learning levels work side-by-side. Beginning students will complete instructor led exercises as an introduction to painting, with an emphasis on understanding materials and color. Intermediate and advanced students receive individual instruction in the area of their choice. All students should be prepared to work independently with support from peers and the instructor. Class includes one session with a model. Supply list provided

Patrick Daugherty's Advanced Painting Studio


8 Wednesdays: Apr 3 - May 22

10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Patrick Daugherty


Price: $365 members, $390 non-members

Working in oils or acrylics, this seminar class offers greater productivity through individual instruction. You’ll be encouraged to develop an artistic vocabulary and a personal style, anything from abstraction to non-objective super-realism. Tuition includes two sessions with a model. Supply list provided.

Intro to Black & White Photography


8 Wednesdays: Apr 3 - May 22

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Cara Gaetano


Price: $300 members, $325 non-members

This beginner course provides a thorough introduction to the 35mm camera and the basics of photo darkroom techniques. Learn how to use manual functions of your camera, compose a photograph, develop film, and make a print in the darkroom. Lecture, demonstrations, class assignments, critiques, and practical darkroom work will help you understand and appreciate analog photography as an artform. Bring a 35mm manual film camera to class, or use one of ours; film and photographic paper to buy will be discussed during the first class. No prior darkroom experience is necessary. Developing chemicals are provided.

Intro to Metals


8 Wednesdays: Apr 3 - May 22

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Lindsay Huff


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing in this project-based course. Work on basic forming and construction techniques as well as sawing, stone setting, annealing and soldering. Experiment with surface design techniques such as enameling and etching as you create bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings, and brooches. Copper Metals may be purchased from instructor for a fee of $30 or less. Supply list provided.

The Writer Room Experience


8 Wednesdays: Apr 3 - May 22

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Emily Thomas


Price: $300 members, $325 non-members

The Writer Room Experience will explore the process of pitching and developing a Television series concept through the utilization of conversation and storyboarding. Topics will include identification of theme, story, and plot, establishment of tone, development of character, application of standard act structures, story areas, and world building.  Participants will engage in several weeks of story-breaking and episode formulation, simulating the experience of an industry "Writer Room."  While Comedy development will be reviewed, Writer Room simulation will focus on the group development of one hour-long (Drama) episode concept.  Some out-of-class work will be required.

Stained Glass


8 Thursdays: Apr 4 - May 23

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Patti Middlemiss


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Relax and learn the ancient art of stained glass brought to the modern age! In this class, students will learn the process of making a beautiful stained glass panel using techniques including glass cutting, grinding, foiling, and soldering. As your piece comes together, discover the fascination of color captured in your own work and how it uses the light refracted through it. We’ll learn about famous glass artists such as Tiffany and La Farge. All levels are welcome. Supply list provided online.

The Personal Essay


8 Thursdays: Apr 4 - May 23

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Brian Broome


Price: $275 members, $300 members

Learn to write Creative Nonfiction from an honest place, drawing out the more interesting aspects of the narrator. Craft stories with texture and nuance that comes from a place of integral sharing that is often difficult to reach. The class focuses on the sketch or outline of a story that will then be colored in according to the narrator's personality, experiences, and truth. A different approach to the personal essay.

Animal Sculpture


6 Thursdays: Apr 4 - May 16

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Kara Zupancic


Price: $225 members, $250 non-members

In this class, students will expand upon or learn new skills to sculpt their favorite animal friends. Students will learn how hand building techniques such as coil building, pinch pots and slab building can create larger works of art. This course will have an emphasis on sketching, and collecting photo references to help the artist identify and create appropriate forms that depict their animals. Students will analyze animal textures in order to re-create fur or feathers on clay. Tuition includes the cost of one 25-lb bag of clay, glazes, and firings. Class will not meet April 18th.

Student Weaving Access (Thurs)


8 Thursdays: Apr 4 - May 23

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: None


Price: $50 members, $65 non-members

Spend additional time in the studio working on projects started in class. This is an open studio environment, so no additional instruction will be provided. Only open to students currently registered in eight-session weaving class.

Intro to Watercolors


8 Thursdays: Apr 4 - May 23

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Al Middlemiss


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Paint from still life sets 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 when the weather permits and create Mellon Park scenes by observing our surroundings. We shall look to artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Van Gogh and others that have created “plein air” watercolors in all seasons. During winter we shall paint indoors, creating several landscapes.

Intro to Ceramics AM


6 Fridays: Apr 5 - May 10

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Audra Clayton


Price: $225 members, $250 non-members

Learn the basics of wheelthrowing and handbuilding to create functional and sculptural ceramic artworks in our professional ceramics studio. Experiment with surface design and textures and use glazes to create enduring stoneware pieces. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. Additional studio time available for purchase from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Mondays for the duration of the class. Students should purchase a clay tool kit, which is available on-site.
 
 

Mixed Media: Drawing & Collage


8 Saturdays: Apr 6 - May 11

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Joseph Noderer


Price: $205 members, $230 non-members

In this class we'll focus on using dry media (graphite, charcoal, pastel, etc.) in concert with collage and frottage to create unique, expressive images. Abstract and realistic modes of expression, as well as color will be explored. Our inspiration will come primarily from, but will not be limited to, the Surrealists.

Next Level Ceramics


8 Saturdays: Apr 6 - May 25

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Bryce Hemington


Price: $270 members, $295 non-members

In this intermediate level course we will be expanding the depth of clay skills with both the potter's wheel and hand-building. Some of the topics that will be covered are darting, stacking, slip trailing, and post throwing assembly. Students can also bring your their topics and we'll work out the best way make it a reality. Tuition includes one 25-lb bag of clay, glazes, and firings.

Metalsmithing Studio PM


8 Saturdays: Apr 6 - May 25

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Pat Falbo


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Create individual projects while learning metalsmithing and stonesetting skills. You'll focus on designing and constructing jewelry and small obects such as spoons and decorative homewares. Lessons include sawing, filing, forming, joining and finishing metal. Students may choose to work in copper, bronze or silver. Metal costs based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up. Materials discussed in first class.

Metalsmithing Studio AM


8 Saturdays: Apr 6 - May 25

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Pat Falbo


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Create individual projects while learning metalsmithing and stonesetting skills. You'll focus on designing and constructing jewelry and small obects such as spoons and decorative homewares. Lessons include sawing, filing, forming, joining and finishing metal. Students may choose to work in copper, bronze or silver. Metal costs based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up. Materials discussed in first class.

Student Ceramic Access


7 Mondays: Apr 8 - May 20

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: None


Price: $60 members, $75 non-members

Spend additional time in the ceramics studio working on projects begun in class. All sessions will be monitored by the Ceramics Technician or Apprentice, but no additional instruction will occur. Only open to students currently registered in eight-session ceramics classes.

Mold Making for the Ceramic Form


6 Tuesdays: Apr 16 - May 21

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Garret Smith


Price: $200 members, $225 non-members

In this class, students will learn the basics of mold construction. Students will design their own slump mold to create a reproducible shape for a bowl or plate. Cast and fire pieces from your mold, coming away with a set of useable items based on your very own design.

Raku Potluck


1 Friday: Apr 26

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: None


Price: $30 members and non-members

 

Participate in a community firing and finish up to three bisqued pieces in our Raku Kiln. Every additional piece will be 10 dollars extra. Tuition includes the cost of glazes. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack or drink to share. Pieces must be made and bisqued prior to Raku night.

Jewelry Open Studio


8 Tuesdays: Apr 30 - May 21

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: None


Price: $105 members, $130 non-members

Spend additional time in the studio working on projects begun in or outside of class. All sessions will be monitored by the Jewelry Coordinator, but no additional instruction will occur.

Raku Potluck


1 Friday: May 31

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: None


Price: $30 members and non-members

Participate in a community firing and finish up to three bisqued pieces in our Raku Kiln. Every additional piece will be 10 dollars extra. Tuition includes the cost of glazes. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack or drink to share. Pieces must be made and bisqued prior to Raku night.