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Raku Potluck (April)


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.

Raku Potluck (May)


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.

Intro to Ceramics


8 Tuesdays: Jun 18 - Aug 6

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.

Garden Ceramics


6 Thursdays: Jun 20 - Aug 1

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Melissa Sullivan


Price: $225 members, $250 non-members

In this class, students will explore various hand-building techniques to produce decorative art pieces to enliven any garden. Whether you're looking to get your hands into ceramics for the first time or fine-tune the skills you already have, this class has something for everyone. Students will complete at least 2 of the following fun, finished ceramic projects: a small totem, fish or bird “staked” sculptures, “tree features," and simple gnomes/trolls. Glazing, as well as display options, will also be discussed. Tuition includes clay, glazes, and firings. There will be no class on July 4th.

Raku Potluck (June)


1 Friday: Jun 21

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.

Methods in Handbuilding


6 Saturdays: Jun 22 - Jul 27

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Tim Stavenger


Price: $225 members, $250 non-members

This six week class will cover a fundamental approach to handbuilding for both functional and non-functional work. Students will explore slab, pinch, and coil construction to create vessels, sculptures, and more. We will cover surface treatments including carving and embossing to give work a unique finish. Both Cone ten and Raku glaze / firing techniques will be covered. Tuition includes clay, glazes, and firings.

Student Ceramic Access


7 Mondays: Jun 24 - Aug 5

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.

Ceramics for the Classroom


4 Wednesdays: Jul 17 - Aug 7

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructors: Kara Zupancic and Audra Clayton


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

In this 4-week workshop designed for K-12 art teachers, students will learn how to effectively and efficiently utilize ceramic equipment and materials. Through the completion of three different projects, we will discuss proper kiln loading and basic kiln maintenance and successful projects perfect for short class periods and limited supplies. Projects will range from functional to sculptural and will include discussion of state education standards. We will experiment with different glazing and firing techniques, including how to get the best results from underglazes, and class will finish with a Raku potluck, where we will finish our final projects in PCAM's Raku kiln.

Raku Potluck (July)


1 Friday: Jul 19

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

Raku Potluck (August)


1 Friday: Aug 30

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 & Metals

Jewelry Open Studio


4 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.

Metals II


8 Mondays: Jun 17 - Aug 5

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: TBD


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Expand your skills in metal jewelrymaking with this intermediate class for students with more experience. You'll go beyond the basics to form your own bezel settings, make findings, soldered chains, and mixed metal projects. Learn how to design jewelry with confidence, completing individual projects. Materials discussed in first class.

Jewelry Crash Course


4 Tuesdays: Jun 18 - Jul 9

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Lindsay Huff


Price: $105 members, $130 non-members

Jump-start your experience with making jewelry in this fast paced class. Work with copper and sterling silver and learn to saw, file, hammer, form and solder metals into various pieces of jewelry. Create earrings, pendants, bracelets and rings with emphasis on individual designs and style while learning the fundamental techniques.

Intro to Metals


8 Wednesdays: Jun 19 - Aug 14

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. There will be no class July 3rd. 

Metalsmithing Studio AM


8 Saturdays: Jun 22 - Aug 10

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.

Metalsmithing Studio PM


8 Saturdays: Jun 22 - Aug 10

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.

Enameling


4 Tuesdays: Jul 16 - Aug 6

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Lindsay Huff


Price: $105 members, $130 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.

Hammered Cuff Bracelets


1 Saturday: Aug 24

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Lindsay Huff


Price: $50 members, $65 non-members

Utilize our professional studio and specialized equipment to construct a fitted piece of jewelry. Transform a copper sheet into a cuff style bracelet using hammering, stamping and forming methods.

Child & Teen

Drawing and Painting (11 - 13)


4 Saturdays: May 4 - May 25

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: TBD


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

Learn how to create a painting from start to finish! Turn your ideas into sketches that will inspire your final masterpieces. Explore mark-making materials like charcoal and pastel while transforming your sketches into drawings. With your developed expertise, compose and execute paintings using watercolor and acrylics.

Digital Animation


4 Saturdays: May 4 - May 25

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: TBD


Price: $140 members, $165 non-members

Dive into the fascinating world of animation with Adobe Animate! Explore the art of character design and brainstorm an original creation of your own. Then, use a stylus and graphics tablet to transform your visions into a smooth animation. In-class screenings of contemporary as well as historic animations will inform students' work.

Fiber Arts

Batik and Shibori Dyeing


4 Mondays: Jun 17 - Jul 8

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leah Patgorski


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

This course gives students a chance to work with two different resist dye techniques, batik and shibori. We will review the history of batik in Indonesia and shibori in Japan, and we will draw inspiration from the use of each in fashion. For shibori, we will test an array of methods and then work towards larger pieces using indigo. For batik, we will work with soy wax and acid dye to create small samples and more complex designs.

Weaving


8 Tuesdays: Jun 18 - Aug 6

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 for the duration of class. All materials included.

Student Weaving Access


8 Tuesdays: Jun 18 - Aug 6

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Debra Meteney


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.

Painting

Next Level Painting: Mixed Media


8 Mondays: Jun 17 - Aug 5

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Joe Noderer


Price: $245 members, $270 non-members

Are you interested in further developing your talent for painting? Would you like to experiment with new materials? In this intermediate class students will do both. We’ll continue to explore the basics of painting—value, color and composition—while focusing on building upon those skills. In addition, students will learn to create a dialogue between paint and mixed media materials in order to truly take their painting to the next level.

En Plein Air


4 Tuesdays: Jun 18 - Jul 9

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Al Middlemiss


Price: $105 members, $130 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.

Intro to Watercolors


8 Thursdays: Jun 20 - Aug 15

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. There will be no class July 4th.

Media Arts

The Video Essay


8 Mondays: Jun 17 - Aug 5

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Rachel Ann Brickner


Price: $275 members, $300 non-members

The video essay is playful, autobiographical, imaginative, reflexive, and interdisciplinary. In this course, we will consider what makes a video essay work by watching them and then making our own. The focus of this course will be on how to convey a story with language, sound, and visuals with equipment and materials we already have on hand and feel comfortable using. For example: our phones' camera and microphone, old family photos, and archival footage and sound. Students will have in-class time to edit their projects and learn from each other.

Intro to Black & White Film Photography


8 Wednesdays: Jun 19 - Aug 14

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 the 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 art form. Bring a 35mm manual film camera to class, or borrow a camera from the PCAM Equipment Office. Film and photographic paper to buy will be discussed during the first class. No prior darkroom experience is necessary. Developing chemicals are provided. There will be no class July 3rd.

Digital Art and Animation


4 Thursdays: Jun 20 - Jul 18

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Jayla Patton


Price: $155 members, $180 non-members

Do you love to draw? Think you’re bad at drawing, but want to improve? Are you looking for an exciting way to amp up your website or create a new piece of art for your portfolio? Learn how to animate using Adobe Animate and create digital art using Adobe Photoshop! Students will learn the principles of animation and how to blend and paint using Wacom tablets. There will be no class July 4th.

Circuit Building II


8 Thursdays: Jun 20 - Aug 15

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Michael Johnsen


Price: $225 members, $250 non-members

This more advanced circuit-building course is for students who want to delve deeper into making their own electronic music instruments. This class will clearly guide you through the steps of making or modifying guitar effect pedals, building electronic synthesizers and circuit-bending electronic toys. The basics of soldering, construction, and schematics will be covered. Participants will leave with a device/processor/instrument of their own design and a good foundation for further electronic tinkering. There will be no class July 4th. 

Vanishing Pittsburgh


6 Saturdays: Jun 22 - Jul 27

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Cara Gaetano


Price: $270 members, $295 non-members

Using a 35mm camera, capture images of the last vestiges of a disappearing era in one of America's most iconic cities of the industrial age. This is an on-location shooting class where students will go to specific sites to photograph and then develop and print their photos in PCAM's darkroom.* Prior darkroom and manual photography experience is needed, as minimal instruction on darkroom and shooting procedures will be offered. Students can bring their own cameras or borrow a camera from the PCAM Equipment Office. *While some lab time will be built into class hours, utilization of Student Access hours outside of class time will be required if a student wishes to complete the processing and printing of all projects.

Movie Titles with After Effects


4 Saturdays: Jun 22 - Jul 13

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Dean Mougianis


Price: $155 members, $180 non-members

The animation and compositing capabilities of software programs like After Effects make the creation of dynamic and expressive video titles accessible to everyone. This four-week workshop is a fast-paced introduction to the techniques and methods that allow filmmakers to create titles that enhance and extend the storytelling capabilities of everyone who makes film and video.

Documentary Filmmaking


4 Wednesdays: Jul 17 - Aug 7

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Crystal Fortwangler


Price: $155 members, $180 non-members

The popularity of documentary work is on the rise, with nonfiction films earning more than ever and reaching wider audiences. Join the growing excitement around documentary filmmaking this summer at PCAM! Through in-class instruction and hands-on production workshops, students will explore the world of documentary and learn the fundamental tools of writing, developing, shooting, and editing short documentary films (up to eight minutes). No prior film experience is necessary, as topics covered will include directing, shooting, lighting, sound, and editing. Students with some film experience will be able to advance their skills in the documentary arena. All film and editing equipment will be supplied by PCAM.

Intro to Digital Photography


4 Thursdays: Jul 18 - Aug 15

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Bechtold


Price: $155 members, $180 non-members

Looking to understand all of the functions on your digital SLR camera better? In this short course we’ll teach you how to use your camera’s advanced features while gaining an understanding of how to compose a photograph and use light to produce quality images. Learn how to use the manual exposure settings of your camera to unlock its fullest potential. Please bring your DSLR to class, or borrow a camera from the PCAM Equipment Office. We also suggest you bring your camera manual for quick reference, in either print or digital copy. There will be no class August 1st.

Creative Writing

The Personal Essay


5 Tuesdays: Jun 18 - Jul 16

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Brian Broome


Price: $165 members, $190 non-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.

Television Pilot Writing: Character and Story


4 Wednesdays: Jun 19 - Jul 17

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Emily Thomas


Price: $155 members, $180 non-members

In Television Pilot Writing: Character and Story, participants will conceive of a television story world and develop multidimensional characters with complex backstories, motivations, and personal themes. Participants can choose to construct new stories and characters or re-conceive and further develop existing sketches. Instruction will be provided to assist with the differentiation of story vs. plot and the identification of individual character voicing, dialogue markers, and speech patterns. Prior writing experience is not required. There will be no class July 3rd.

Writing the Short Screenplay


8 Saturdays: Jun 22 - Aug 10

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Newt Calkins


Price: $275 members, $300 non-members

In this 8 week course, students will begin with the basics of dramatic storytelling and develop an understanding of how those basics can be applied to short form screenwriting. Through in-class viewings of short films, writing exercises based on the day's lesson, a miniature pitch session, and workshop of finished or in-progress first drafts, students will learn how to craft and better appreciate short form screenplays.

Television Pilot Writing: Plot and Structure


4 Wednesdays: Jul 24 - Aug 21

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Emily Thomas


Price: $155 members, $180 non-members

In Television Pilot Writing: Plot and Structure, participants will translate a broader story world into a workable three or five-act structure. Students will learn to identify which plot points are critical for telling a compelling screen story and which story elements are informative of plot material rather than necessary on the page. Standard act structure will be addressed, including proper placement of rising and falling action, reversal, and climax. Students should come prepared with a fully-fleshed television pilot story, which will serve as the story world from which a plot will be realized. Prior writing experience is not required. There will be no class August 7th.

Drawing

Figure Drawing


8 Tuesdays: Jun 18 - Aug 6

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 Drawing


8 Wednesdays: Jun 19 - Aug 14

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Joe 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. There will be no class July 3rd.

Drawing & Painting


6 Saturdays: Jun 22 - Jul 27

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Thar Al-Sayegh


Price: $205 members, $230 non-members

Learn how to turn ideas into sketches, sketches into drawings and drawings into paintings. Experiment with drawing materials like charcoal and pastel and as well as acrylic paints and optional oil paints. Explore representational and abstract designs and begin to focus on conveying meaning through your personal work. Supply list provided.

Mixed Media

Stained Glass


8 Thursdays: Jun 20 - Aug 15

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. There will be no class on July 4th. 

Mosaics


2 Saturdays: Jun 22 & Jun 29

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Amy Burke


Price: $70 members, $85 non-members

Choose varying colors of glass, upcycled dishware and ceramic tile pieces to construct a custom mosaic. Arrange, glue and finish your piece with hand-tinted grout to create an artful panel that can by hung on the wall.

Stained Glass Suncatchers


1 Saturday: Jul 20

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Patti Middlemiss


Price: $50 members, $65 non-members

Create an artwork that will illuminate a room in a spectrum of colors. Learn how to shape glass with cutting and grinding and use foiling and soldering methods to combine a variety of colors and textures into a complete work.

Zines!


4 Saturdays: Aug 3 - Aug 24

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Rachel Ann Brickner


Price: $105 members, $130 non-members

The zine is a small circulation of self-published work of original text and images, often reproduced via photocopier. A zine might tell a story, be comprised only of drawings, or be an interactive workbook--whatever the zinester can imagine. In this class, students will have the opportunity to read zines and make their own each week using a variety of materials, some of which will be provided. Students will exchange their zines with each other at the end of the class.

Printmaking

Printmaking Smorgasbord!


2 Mondays and 2 Wednesdays: Aug 12 - Aug 21

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Paul Roden


Price: $125 members, $150 non-members

Explore a selection of printmaking techniques in this hands-on, print-centric class. Techniques covered will be carved relief stamps, texture collage collographs, brushy monotypes, colorful plexiglas drypoints, and more! We will be using the press to get ink onto paper a bunch of different ways to be used together, separately, or adapted to other media. Join us for a fun time!