A Bi-Monthly Newsletter
Volume 6, Issue 3, May 2003
Careers & Education
Indulge Yourself in Art Classes
Remember the poster of former mayor Bud Clark posing in a trench coat in downtown Portland? Let’s face it. Portland is an artsy kind of town. It’s filled to the brim with amazing talent in graphic arts, video production, architecture, sculpture, painting and so many other forms, not to mention those colorful downtown cows …
It Takes Two
Not that trench coats and cows have a solid position in day-to-day technical communications, but art itself certainly does. Even if the contractor or the marketing department handles all the graphical parts of your technical documentation and articles, you know that form and function have everything to do with the success of your projects—as good as you may be at writing, you also know that it’s not just the content that matters.
Three Portland Area Programs
Vast opportunities exist to seriously hit the books, to retool some of your graphics skills, or to simply indulge yourself in a little creativity this summer. A number of great classes are available, right here in Portland.
The three schools reviewed here are colleges. The first two, Oregon College of Art & Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art, specialize in art curricula; the third, Portland Community College, is an alternative, well known for its affordability and variety of locations.
Each college offers a wide variety of classes at a wide variety of prices, covers a number of mediums and experience levels, and allows students to explore the medium chosen for fun, or college credit.
To Whet Your Appetite
The following is merely a sampling of the many 2003 summer courses for adults offered at each college:
Each school also has additional courses available in other mediums such as glassblowing, ceramics, sculpture, wood and textiles.
Keeping in mind that there are about as many different budgets out there as there are mediums to work in, each college offers a wide variety of courses for credit and not for credit. Prices vary accordingly, as presented in Table 2.
Locations and Class Sizes
Each campus has its own character, and most classes have set maximums or minimums to ensure an optimal student environment.
OCAC – This campus is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of college life; nestled in the hills, just west of Portland, it is quiet and very small. You can find it off of Highway 26 on Barnes Road. Maximum class size is 15 students for studios, classes and workshops.
PNCA – Located in the heart of northwest Portland, between N.W. Glisan and Lovejoy, class sizes often average a low 10 students to one instructor.
PCC – With 8 locations serving all areas of Portland, and 2 locations outside of Portland, you are sure to find an art or graphics class here. Class size minimums vary.
No Time to Take a Class?
Each school has a series of student and/or traveling exhibits. The details you learn directly from the person who created a piece of art may surprise and encourage you.
Perhaps a course abroad coincides with your travel plans? Another option is to learn about art and its surrounding culture in a location other than Portland, Oregon. Each school offers this kind of opportunity at various times of the year.
So, Does Art Moove You?
Okay, sorry about the pun. But if you do find yourself or your career ready for an art class this summer, contact the college in which you are most interested—incognito—by visiting the school’s web site to learn more.
Cindy Reid is a freelance web site designer, technical writer/editor, and editor for The Willamette Galley. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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