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PCA&D offers new Artful Living series

The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) is offering a new Artful Living series. These seven courses include art and culinary classes. Classes offered this semester are: Create A Travel Sketchbook, Pollinator Garden Design, The Making and Canning of Marmalade, Artisan Pizza, Traditional Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Eggs, Woodgrain Painting Techniques, and Fraktur Design. The courses are intended for students 18 and older, as well as mature high school students.

“Spring is the first time offering the Artful Living classes,” said Valerie Paige, Director of Continuing Education. The series, she added, deals with artful living on a more day to day basis.

The first class being offered is “Create A Travel Sketch Book.” A sketch journal is a wonderful way to remember a trip or event. Instructor Kurt Aspland will cover quick sketch and painting techniques, page layouts and simple drawings. The 10 session course is open to any skill level. Classes will run 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays from 5 February through 2 April. The final session will be a Saturday field trip to Central Market. This non credit class costs $300.

Ann Johnson will present “Pollinator Garden Design,” beginning 6 February. Learn how to use a variety of native plants to create a pollinator friendly garden. Students will also learn how to create a habitat for bees. Your garden can be useful as well as visually appealing. Classes will be held Thursdays from 6 February through 10 April. Class time is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost for the 10 session class, non credit class is $300.

Learn how to make and can Marmalade with instructor Betsey Gerstein Sterenfeld. You will learn how to safely hot water your jam. This allows the jam to be stored without refrigeration. Students will also be able to take home the jar of the marmalade that they will make. This culinary class is great for anyone who wants to learn the process of canning. This one day, non credit class will be Saturday, 1 March from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at Kegel’s Produce Playground. The cost of the class is $60.

Who doesn’t like pizza? It can be an expensive treat out though. PCA&D is offering Artisan Pizza. Sterenfeld will teach this culinary class as well. The class will leave students making wood burning oven quality pizza at home. Learn to make fresh pizza dough, roll your dough, master sauces and play with toppings. This one day non credit class will be held at Kegel’s Produce Playground. The class will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 22 March. The cost of the class is $75.

Commonly referred to here as Ukrainian Easter Eggs, pysanky is a wonderful tradition among Ukrainians and other Eastern Europeans. The tradition of pysanky dates back to before the time of Christ. The eggs symbolized the coming of spring and new hope, new life and prosperity. The symbolism evolved as Christianity took hold to symbolize the Resurrection and eternal life. Traditionally the colors and the symbols represent different things. PCA&D is offering “Traditional Pysanky: Ukrainian Easter Eggs” this spring in time for Easter. Students will create their own egg using beeswax resist, dyes and the traditional tools. Create your own designs or use traditional designs. This four session class will be held Tuesday and Thursday, 25 & 27 March and 1 & 3 April. The class will run 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration is due by 14 March. The cost of the class is $180. The instructor will be Rebecca Carter.

Jim King will teach Woodgrain Painting Techniques on Saturday, 5 April. This form was commonly used in the 18th century when people grained softwoods to mimic the more expensive hardwoods. Students will learn how the homemade paints and tools were used and make their own frame and mini chest during the session. The single session non credit class will run from 9 a.m. to noon and cost $90. Students must register before 24 March.

The last class of this new Artful Living Series is Fraktur Design. Lynn Sommer will instruct students in this beautiful Pennsylvania German Folk Art. Students will create their own folk art piece using the calligraphy style of the Fraktur design. This one session non credit class will be Saturday, 5 April. The class will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and costs $75. Students must register by 24 March.

The Fraktur Design and the Woodgrain Painting classes tie in with an upcoming exhibit as well, noted Paige. On Thursday, 20 March join folk artists Amy Cutler, Clare Grill, and Clare Rojas for a Folklore Panel Discussion and a Gallery Recption.

The cost of the classes includes all supplies. Classes generally have a minimum of five/maximum of 18 limit. Most classes are held at PCA&D, which located at 204 N. Prince Street. Register online at

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