This introductory class is designed to expose students to the fundamental techniques involved in creating a piece of Hollowware. The word hollowware includes a variety of vessels that serve as containers including bowls, vases, cups, pitchers, and teapots. In this class an emphasis will be placed on the forming and fabrication of copper sheet which can be transformed under the careful strike of a hammer. Sinking and raising are traditional metalsmithing techniques that exemplify the plasticity of metal. Using hammers, stakes, anvils, stumps, and torches we will explore these techniques essential to a well-rounded understanding of the art metalsmithing. Demonstrations will include preparing the metal, sinking and raising to create volume, hammer texturing, soldering and finishing techniques. Our main project in this course will be a copper bowl (6” diameter). Copper may be purchased from instructor.
Learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing and enameling in this new project-based course. Students will acquire a wide range of skills by learning basic forming and construction techniques using stakes and hammers, sawing, riveting, bezel and tab setting, annealing
and soldering. Students will also learn to add textures by embossing, and add color and finishes with the use of enamels, patinas and polishing techniques. This class will emphasize experimentation and play as we create bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings, and brooches. Metals may be purchased from instructor for a fee of $30 or less.
Students will learn basic metalsmithing skills while having fun creating unique pieces of jewelry. Each week students will complete a piece that focuses on a new technique. Lessons include sawing, filing, soldering, forging, texturing, forming and stone setting. Projects will include bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings and chain making with an emphasis on individual design. Materials will be discussed in the first class. They can be purchased that night or ordered. Metal costs are based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up.
Explore this unique form of jewelry making, in which designs are built in wax to form a mold. Students then use the mold to cast metals by heating to very high temperatures. The final product is a finished piece of jewelry. Tuition includes waxes and casting materials only. Metals may be purchased separately from the instructor.
Some gemstones can be fired in place in pure silver PMC, but what about those that won’t survive the kiln? Learn how to set cubic zirconia and glass cabochons in place before firing, and then move on to strategies for handling metal clay shrinkage in order to set a flat-back stone after the piece is fired. Students will be taken step-by-step through the process of creating a piece that includes a PMC Sheet bezel, calculating shrinkage for a precise, custom fit. Several other bezel options will be discussed. Some experience with metal clay required. All materials provided; materials fee is $80, payable to the instructor.
Explore the possibilities of etching on metal to create texture and depth in your pieces. First, explore the effects of different types of resists with image transfer paper, paint markers, and lacquers. Then explore a multitude of ways to embellish your etchings with transparent enamels, patinas, wet-inlay enamel, epoxy resin inlay, and stone chip inlay. We will be etching to copper but will also learn how to transfer etches to other metals with the rolling mill. General metalsmithing processes will be covered and no jewelry experience is necessary.
Create one of a kind art pieces with bead embroidery. You will learn how to set gemstones, glass, and other pieces into a decorative stitchwork of glass seed beads. Many basic stitches will be covered, with an emphasis on design and creativity. Materials kits can be purchased from instructor, approx. $30, not included in tuition.
Learn metalsmithing and stonesetting skills while creating individual projects. This class focuses on jewelry and small object design (such as spoons, decorative home wares, etc) and construction. Lessons include sawing, filing, forming, joining and finishing metal. In the first class we will discuss materials and how to order your metals. Students may choose to work in copper, bronze or silver. Metal costs based on fluctuating stock prices and may run $25 and up.
Prerequisite: Advanced jewelry experience. Emphasis in this class is placed on exceptional design of metal jewelry. Designs are drawn, discussed and executed in the metal of your choice. Personal instruction given to each student. Use of stones and woods may be incorporated into pieces. Materials purchased in class.
Online registration not available. To register please call PCA at 412-361-0455.
This introductory photography class will meet the needs of students who have their own digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera. The rising popularity of digital SLR cameras has created a revolution in the photography world. Using Adobe Photoshop software and working with RAW images on Apple computers, students will be in command of the many features of these advanced cameras while creating photographs ready for framing.
This Portrait Studio Workshop will unlock your family’s creativity. Using a simple 3-light setup and a Digital SLR camera, participants will be guided through the process of creating a series of DIY family photos better than any department store studio. Participants will retain digital copies of their photos ready for printing. Price is per person. Children must be registered with an adult.
Online registration not available. To register please call PCA at 412-361-0455 x367.
This is a simplified course in making audio circuits from scratch. Clear, honest and not super technical, it covers the basics of soldering, construction and schematics as well as the idiosyncratic world of “circuit bending.” Cost includes materials needed to complete the project.
In this class, beginning and returning students will work side by side in an open environment. Beginners 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. All materials are provided.
In this introductory course students will learn basic sewing techniques and will be guided through fun and functional projects, including wearable items such as well as items for the home. Students will learn how to stitch a variety of different seams, as well as gain familiarity with pattern reading and sewing zippers into clothing. We will work primarily on electric swing machines and also cover basic hand sewing for finishing work. It’s sure to be sew much fun!
In this class, students will imagine and create a fascinator or cocktail hat from scratch. (A fascinator is a small hat that perches on the side or front of the head - popularized lately by Kate Middleton and many bridal fashions). We’ll talk about materials and techniques commonly used in millinery and how to adapt these techniques to bring our designs to life! This class will involve a fair amount of hand sewing - some familiarity would be helpful, but not required. Students must purchase one Fascinator Hat Kit for $20 prior to class. Kits may be purchased online: https://www.judithm.com/products/fascinator-hat-kit. A limited number will be available for purchase at PCA for students who enroll late.
Drawing is a fundamental skill and the foundation for other visual pursuits. Everyone can learn to draw. In this class students will learn to develop their power of observation and mark making skills through a series of lessons that focus on gesture, line, shape, value and spatial relationships. Weekly lessons will emphasize how to translate focused observations into visual expression using a variety of drawing materials and approaches. Students work primarily from still life and one session will be with a model.
Explore the personal and storied art of calligraphy in this course for all learning levels. Beginners work with a basic calligraphic hand, while intermediate and advanced students pursue their choice of styles. Individual guidance provided for each student.
In this class beginners and experienced students work side by side, using dry pastels (not oil pastels) to draw from observation. Explore techniques and skills needed to create beautiful images such as blending, building a composition, and depicting light and shadow to create depth. Students will develop their skills while addressing the topics of still life, portrait and a subject of their choice. There will be two sessions with a model as well as two sessions held at the Carnegie Museum of Art, drawing from the collection.
This class will emphasize the process of seeing & drawing in public settings as a means for increasing our sensitivity to the world. After some drawing instruction and skill development, we will travel to different locations, get comfortable, and observe. We’ll use drawing and other creative means, such as photography and writing, to record what we observe, paying close attention to the life, people, and objects around us. It’s less about the finished product and much more about the process of seeing and recording, being fully present in our environment. Students have the option of developing their findings into small books or stories, larger finished pieces, or simply leaving their work in sketchbooks.
Beginners and experienced artists work side by side in this class. Beginners will learn the fundamentals of figure drawing including basics of proportions and approaches to capturing likeness. Artists with more experience will work independently and receive instruction in the area of their choice.
Using a variety of drawing materials, students will develop keener observation skills, strengthen their ability to express themselves and be encouraged to further develop a personal style and aesthetic. We will draw from observation, working with a model as well as still life setups and concentrate on gaining a greater understanding of composition, value, form, space, line and perspective. Students will work on a variety of larger drawing papers and in a sketchbook.
What is drawing? Can it be more than a pencil mark on a piece of paper? In this class, the answer is definitely YES. We will explore the many possibilities of drawing, by starting on the page and then expanding outwards. We will look at artists who use drawing as their touchstone, but invent new ways of understanding and developing this versatile and experimental media. Early experimentation in the class will lead to one strong body of work at the end that centers on your personal voice and style with drawing. This class will be fun and a great way to expand your horizons and creative potential. Some prior experience with drawing is encouraged.
Discover the techniques of Van Gogh through a discussion and demo with artists Linda Wallen and Madelyn Roehrig and a trip to The Clevelend Museum of Art to view the exhibition Van Gogh Repetitions. This program is brought you by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Studio 4U.
*Please refer to Registration link or page 16 of the Spring catalog for further information
This class focuses on two of the most popular and prolific sub-genres of creative nonfiction. We’ll talk about what it means to write from the “I”, covering pertinent issues such as voice (you’ll develop yours!), truth and memory, and connecting personal stories to larger cultural contexts. In addition we will discuss the craft techniques of creative nonfiction. We will explore these topics through readings and lots of hands-on practice in this 8-week class. Students will emerge from the class with a body of work, an expanded reading consciousness, a writer’s journal and an opportunity to participate in a public reading.
In this seven-week fiction workshop, students will be given time and space to focus on improving their writing, building confidence and developing the discipline needed to produce finished stories. Students will write works of fiction and present their short stories or excerpts from longer works for comment and discussion in class. In addition, students will read and discuss assigned texts by published authors, both established and emerging. Each class meeting will include in-class writing time, using a “warm up” exercise and then a longer exercise that will be focused on a specific aspect of fiction writing, such as point of view, character development, or tone. This class is open to writers of all backgrounds whose goal is to improve their fiction writing.
DEADLINE: July 14, 2014
PF/PCA is accepting application from artists living in a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh for solo and collaborative exhibitions during the 2015 calendar year. This opportunity is open to artists working in any visual discipline including 2D, 3D, installation and time based work.
Please join us in folding origami cranes capturing the essence of this holiday season, a symbol of peace, as we send the prayer of peace throughout the world. Take a moment out of your busy schedule, pause for peace to spread joy this holiday season. Saturday December 21st, from 2 to 4 pm.
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
February 7, 2014 to April 20, 2014
This exhibit consists of several paintings and sculptures that are, in part, a continuation of Sanders' previous exhibit Indivisibler, where textures and materials fuse together to generate an association between the human body and art.