Youth Programs at PNCA

PNCA Youth Program - Class Shots by Guest Photographer: Micah Fischer - March 22, 2014

What does the PNCA Youth Program do?

PNCA Continuing Education offers a comprehensive program of art courses for children and teens (ages 4-18) including Saturday classes during the fall and spring. YOUTH CLASSES provide artistic skill building and exploration for students, ages 4-18. Courses offer a wide variety of media, each providing basic skill and vocabulary. During the fall and spring terms, classes are held on Saturdays. During the summer, classes are one and two week workshops.

“You’re not just doing art, but your learning to express yourself in different ways!” – Youth Program Student, age 8

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Learn more on the Youth Program Facebook Page.

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Youth Program Scholarship Deadlines

Spring – Summer 2015:

SPRING Classes: Friday – March 13, 2015
SUMMER Camp (smARTworks): Friday – May 15, 2015

There will be no Winter Term scholarship deadline as we will not be hosting Youth and Teen classes between December and March of this coming year. PNCA is moving to 511 North Broadway, so we will be unable to offer classes during that time.

Fill out the Scholarship Form Online!
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The Pre-College Studios Program, which takes place in the summer of 2015, uses an alternate application process and form. All academic school year classes for Youth and Teens use the Online application form noted above.

Please visit the Pre-College section of our website to download our Studios scholarship application. Pre-College Summer Studios. Scholarship applications are due: February 2, 2015


Pre-College 2013

PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM offers workshops through out the year as intensive course for students looking to sharpen their skills and develop a portfolio for college admissions. The Pre-College Program also offers the Summer Studios, a four week college prep for serious students interested in expanding their art training, developing a portfolio, and experiencing an art college environment.

Week 1: Legends from Many Lands

smARTworks are unique summer courses designed specifically for first through eighth grade students who use art as a lens to investigate the world. One-week workshops guide children as they explore project topics and encourage their ideas to take form. Included in smARTworks registration are a camp T-shirt and healthy morning and afternoon snacks. Students have the opportunity to utilize the many resources of the college including professional studios and labs, quality tools and materials, Charles Voorhies Fine Art Library and the Internet. If you would like more information about 2014 smARTworks you can call (503) 821-8903.

A student paints a family of snakes in our MiniMasters (ages 4 – 6) class.

Our History

PNCAs Youth program of art classes for children was founded in 1910. The philosophy of Anna Belle Crocker, the founder of the program, puts art at the center of an enriched life.

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The curriculum of the program addresses the continued developmental stages of children and teens. The faculty are practicing fine artists committed to providing a program of excellence in a nurturing, supportive and enriched environment. PNCA awards scholarships to children based on financial need and artistic merit.

Pacific Northwest college of Art thanks the following for their support of the college’s Youth Art Programs: Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, Jackson Foundation and Juan Young Trust (Pre-College Studios).


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Work from CE Instructorby Sara KaltwasserPNCA BFA 2006
Winter of 2011 CE Youth Program
From CE’s Pre-College Studios 2011

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