Week 1: Forest + Jungles

h4. “I like smARTworks because they have positive instructors. The class was fun!” Orion, Age 12

h3. Our Youth Program Faculty

PNCA’s Youth Program Faculty is a dedicated cohort of artists, committed to the practice of educating children in the arts and art history.  Our experienced and supportive Faculty is comprised of practicing artists and educators, many of whom have worked with the program for 5 years or more.  Several of our Faculty hold advanced degrees in education or terminal degrees in Fine Arts.

Our Faculty work closely with one another to craft quality art making experiences for our students, and are deeply invested in maintaining the tenets of the Youth Program and serving the college’s mission of fostering the next generation of artists.

h3. Our Youth Program Staff

Youth Program Staff go through a competitive vetting process, and typically less then 8 applicants in 50 are offered positions with the Youth and Pre-College Program at PNCA each year. Staff members with PNCA’s Youth Program support such positions as Program Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Documentation Specialists and Materials Managers. These staff members work as a team to support both the curricular goals of the program, and to engage students and community in Youth Program activities. Many of the staff members chosen to work with our Program are also current PNCA students or recent alumni of the College. The Youth and Pre-College Program take seriously the act of providing meaningful and engaging experiences to young students in our charge, while also allowing College students at PNCA to gain professional practice and a clear understanding of the application of their degree in a real-world setting.


Both Staff and Faculty participate in CPR and First Aid training as well as internal and curriculum-based trainings to ensure the program’s high standards are being met. All Staff and Faculty with the PNCA Youth Program have a technical skill set or professional experience in the subject area of their work placement, which helps ensure that they are able to teach Youth and Pre-College students the techniques and processes needed to progress in their own work.

h3. Youth Program Teaching Internship

Art + Storytelling: Puppets

The Youth Program Teaching Internship provides BFA and MFA students at PNCA with a unique opportunity for pedagogical training and hands-on experience in K – 12 art education.  With academic components enhancing onsite work, interns build rich and varied experiences surrounding art education theory and practice. 

At PNCA, interns receive pedagogical training under the direction of the Youth Program Coordinator and Youth Program Faculty.  This academic study provides grounding in fundamental teaching strategies and principles including classroom management, lesson ideation and implementation, the role of different teaching approaches in the classroom, and children’s stages of artistic development.

Interns work directly with youth students for the duration of the internship.  By assisting PNCA Youth Faculty in the instruction of Elementary, Mid-Level and Secondary age students, interns learn ways to translate their pedagogical training into successful delivery of youth art education.

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