PCCA offers a variety of classes and workshops including jewelry making, painting, basket weaving and rug hooking. Great for a day out with friends or for your own personal artistic enrichment. Upcoming opportunities will be listed here as they become available.

To reserve space in any of these classes, please submit your registration. You may also call PCCA at 717-567-7023 to sign up! To receive the member rate, you must join PCCA and maintain a current membership.

It is important to sign up early to let us know you are interested. In the event we do not reach the minimum number of students required, we will issue a refund and in some cases, you may wish to direct your payment toward a future planned class.

UPCOMING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

FREE, Inclusive Art Classes

THURSDAYS, Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17.  

Two time slots are offered each day from 10 to 11 a.m. AND 1 to 2 p.m.

Location: Landis House, 67 N. Fourth Street, Newport
Instructor: Tom Oakes
Cost: FREE

The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC) and Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) will host free, inclusive art classes with teaching artist Tom Oakes on Thursdays, October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 10, 17, at Landis House, 67 N. Fourth St., Newport. Two time slots are offered each day from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Participation is open to the community and made available to people of all ages and abilities.

“Classes are open to local residents of all ages and abilities,” said Jasmine Colbert, Executive Director. “CPARC will support our mission of building community through the arts by bringing participants of all ages and abilities together to share in the universal act of creativity.”

Landis House is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the public to experience the historic charm of Landis House and the contemporary exhibits on display.

Students must register for the six-week series of classes by calling PCCA at 717-567-7023 or online at perrycountyarts.org/classes-workshops/. Previous classes have included puppetry, candle making, eggshell mosaics and printmaking — something new is always explored! These free classes are generously supported by the Partnership for Better Health and the Arts for All Partnership, a partnership between the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

 

The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC) is a non-profit organization that was founded more than 60 years ago to provide support, training and opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families. To learn more about CPARC and its other programs and services, please visit www.cparc.org.

Fill out the form below to sign-up for the P.M. class or get on the wait-list for our A.M. class!

    Participants Name, One per form (required)

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    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19
    9 AM-12 PM
    Snow Date: February 26

    Rug Hooking for Beginners

    Create a small mat of your choice from a list of approved rug hooking kits. You will learn how to design your own rugs, what tools and equipment are needed, and all the steps that are necessary to complete a hooked project.

    Instructor Kathy Eckhaus will familiarize participants with traditional rug hooking using wool strips and linen backing and introduce them to the history of the craft in Perry County.

    Instructor: Kathy Eckhaus
    Location: Landis House, 67 N. 4th Street, Newport, PA
    Ages 16 and up
    Maximum of 6 students
    Registration Fee: $40, or $30 for PCCA members
    Please register by February 1.

    There are 2 steps to registering for this workshop:
    1. Registering for the workshop
    2. Ordering your rug hooking kit ($75-$95).

    After registering, you will be contacted with kit options that you can order. This is a separate payment.

    A hook is provided with your registration fee. You must order your other necessary workshop supplies.

    Pre-registration is needed for the instructor to begin preparations and to ensure we meet enrollment minimums.

    This is an in-person workshop. Proper mask wearing and social-distancing measures will be in place.

    This class is now full.

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19
    9 AM-12 PM
    Snow Date: February 26

    Rug Hooking for Beginners

    Create a small mat of your choice from a list of approved rug hooking kits. You will learn how to design your own rugs, what tools and equipment are needed, and all the steps that are necessary to complete a hooked project.

    Instructor Kathy Eckhaus will familiarize participants with traditional rug hooking using wool strips and linen backing and introduce them to the history of the craft in Perry County.

    Instructor: Kathy Eckhaus
    Location: Landis House, 67 N. 4th Street, Newport, PA
    Ages 16 and up
    Maximum of 6 students
    Registration Fee: $40, or $30 for PCCA members
    Please register by February 1.

    There are 2 steps to registering for this workshop:
    1. Registering for the workshop
    2. Ordering your rug hooking kit ($75-$95).

    After registering, you will be contacted with kit options that you can order. This is a separate payment.

    A hook is provided with your registration fee. You must order your other necessary workshop supplies.

    Pre-registration is needed for the instructor to begin preparations and to ensure we meet enrollment minimums.

    This is an in-person workshop. Proper mask wearing and social-distancing measures will be in place.

    This class is now full.

    MAY 4 – JUNE 1

    via ZOOM

    Perry County Council of the Arts and Bucknell University SBDC’s Breaking Brand: Creative Approaches to Business Engagement is BACK this Spring with a webinar series designed to guide small business owners toward sustaining and succeeding in their businesses.

    Attendees will learn how to understand, design, energize, communicate, and strengthen their brand during five virtual sessions held weekly on Tuesdays, 12 to 1 p.m., from May 4 to June 1.

    Breaking Brand kicks off with a deep dive into understanding your business brand—how the sum of your business reputation translates into authentic value and how to maximize your impact and return with customers and your community. The series then continues with sessions focused on how to further leverage your existing brand, through design, persuasive messaging, and strategic use of social media. During the final session, panelists will discuss using smart partnerships to cross-promote and increase awareness, traffic, and overall sales; and how these efforts also strengthen your local community and economy.

    May 4: “Your Unique Advantage: Business Branding & Identity” with Brianne Croteau, Moderator of the Breaking Brand series and Founder/Lead Consultant, Croteau Creative Strategies

    May 11: “Using Design to Sell Your Brand” with Michelle Fetter, Owner, of Lewistown Printworks

    May 18: “Authentic Storytelling & The Use of Multimedia” with Rand Whipple, Artistic Director, Box Of Light Studio

    May 25: “Harnessing Social Media & Strategic Marketing” with Missy Smith, Communications Director, Perry County Council of the Arts

    June 1: “Strengthen Your Brand through Community Engagement” with Brianne Croteau; Steve Stumbris, Bucknell Small Business Development Center; and local small business owners.

    Sign Up Today!

    This workshop series is made possible in part by the Arts in Education Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PCA Arts in Education Partner in this region is Perry County Council of the Arts.

    Gift certificates are available for classes and workshops!

    Please select your desired amount and we can email it to you within one week. Gift certificates may be used for classes/workshops or in our galleries toward a purchase of handmade artwork.

    $25 Gift Certificate

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    $50 Gift Certificate

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    $75 Gift Certificate

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    WEDNESDAYS, APRIL 7-28
    6-8 PM

    A Novel Idea: Crafting a Memoir

    Paint your own picture of a personal moment or experience and share your unique journey through the art of creative writing. Learn how to adapt your life story to an artistically composed, memorable narrative and explore storytelling techniques and more in this 4-session memoir writing workshop, held in a casual, virtual Meet & Eat dinnertime setting.

    Instructor: Don Helin
    Zoom Workshop
    Ages 18 and up
    Registration Fee: $140, or $130 for PCCA members

    Learn More

    SATURDAY, MARCH 13
    4-6 PM

    Virtual Paint Together

    Join our FUN, Virtual Paint Together party to learn how to create your own version of this beautiful painting to decorate your home or to give to Mom for Mother’s Day!

    Please register by March 1.

    Zoom Class – Class link will be emailed after registration.

    Instructor: Leah Keilman
    Ages 16 and up
    Class Fee with Kit: $45, or $40 for PCCA members
    Class Fee without Kit: $15, or $10 for PCCA members


    Included in the optional Pre-Ordered Supply Kit:

    1. 11 x 14 Canvas
    2. Flat brush size 8 or 10-  approximately 3/4 to 1 inch wide
    3. Round Medium Brush size 6
    4. Acrylic Paints in
      1. Cadmium Yellow or Bright Yellow
      2. Cadmium Red or Bright Red
      3. Pthalo Blue or any Royal to Dark Blue
      4. Raw Sienna or Light Brown
      5. White
      6. Black
    Supplies Needed from Home: 
      1. Smock or apron
      2. Water & Cup for brushes
      3. Paper towels

    Pre-registration is needed for the instructor to begin preparations and to ensure we meet enrollment minimums.

    Sign Up!

    POSTPONED:  NEW DATES PENDING

    Watercolors for Adults – Beginner Fundamentals

    This six-week class is designed for the student who wishes to paint with watercolor. The fundamentals of watercolor tools and techniques will be taught. Students will learn tips and tricks for success with an emphasis on composition, color mixing and value. There will be demonstrations in each class with individual instruction and critiques. If you have never painted before, this is the perfect class for you. If you have experience but need a refresher, come sharpen your skills. A supply list will be provided.

    Tuesdays:  May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, and 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Please register by April 28

    Landis House
    67 N. Fourth Street, Newport
    Instructor: Wendy Weyant
    Ages 16 and up
    Cost: $85, or $75 for PCCA members

    To sign up, complete a Registration Form and submit your payment below. Note: If you are using a mobile device, please scroll to the bottom of the page after you select “Add to Cart” to see your order total. 

    Pre-registration is needed for the instructor to begin preparations and to ensure we meet enrollment minimums.

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    Not a member? Join PCCA and receive discounted rate!

    PCCA Member Rate: $75 [wp_cart_button name=”Adult Watercolor – BEGINNER – Member Rate” price=”75.00″]
    If you select this rate, please be certain you are a current member or be prepared to join our ranks! PCCA members pay an annual fee for special invitations and discounts.

    POSTPONED:  NEW DATES PENDING

    Watercolors for Adults – Building Blocks

    This six-week class is designed for the student who wishes to improve their paintings in the watercolor medium.  Composition, color mixing and painting techniques will be taught.  There will be an emphasis on creating color harmony and contrast in your composition.  Students will work from a photograph of their choice.  Individual demonstrations and critiques will be part of the teaching process.

    Students should have taken a previous introductory class with Wendy Weyant.

    A supply list is available upon request.

    Tuesdays:  May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, & 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Please register by April 28

    Landis House
    67 N. Fourth Street, Newport
    Instructor: Wendy Weyant
    Ages 16 and up
    Cost: $85, or $75 for PCCA members

    To sign up, complete a Registration Form and submit your payment below. Note: If you are using a mobile device, please scroll to the bottom of the page after you select “Add to Cart” to see your order total. 

    Pre-registration is needed for the instructor to begin preparations and to ensure we meet enrollment minimums.

    General Rate: $85 [wp_cart_button name=”Adult Watercolor – BUILDING BLOCKS – Nonmember Rate” price=”85.00″]
    Not a member? Join PCCA and receive discounted rate!

    PCCA Member Rate: $75 [wp_cart_button name=”Adult Watercolor – BUILDING BLOCKS – Member Rate” price=”75.00″]
    If you select this rate, please be certain you are a current member or be prepared to join our ranks! PCCA members pay an annual fee for special invitations and discounts.

    Scheduling a NEW DATE

    PAINTING: Intro to Intuitive Painting Workshop

    Intuitive painting focuses on process over product. This practice reveals inner wisdom through layered painting on canvas. Identify limiting beliefs and replace them with new, expansive beliefs. Have fun recognizing intuitive messages through the painting practice. No prior experience is necessary. All supplies will be provided.

    9:30AM-12:30PM
    Landis House
    67 N. Fourth Street, Newport
    Instructor: Susan Korsnick
    Ages 18 and up
    Cost: $85, or $75 for PCCA members
    Please register.

    To sign up, complete a Registration Form and submit your payment below. Note: If you are using a mobile device, please scroll to the bottom of the page after you select “Add to Cart” to see your order total. 

    Registration is needed for the instructor to begin preparations and to ensure we meet enrollment minimums.

    General Rate: $85 [wp_cart_button name=”Intuitive Painting Workshop” price=”85.00″]
    Not a member? Join PCCA and receive discounted rate!

    PCCA Member Rate: $75 [wp_cart_button name=”Intuitive Painting Workshop Member Rate” price=”75.00″]
    If you select this rate, please be certain you are a current member or be prepared to join our ranks! PCCA members pay an annual fee for special invitations and discounts.

    SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019

    PAINTING: Encaustic Wax & Photo Transfer

    Want to take a favorite photo or graphic design and turn it into wall artwork? Learn how to transfer photos onto wax and framed wood. Use your own photos or a sample for this process. You will learn how to apply, fuse and manipulate wax. No experience necessary. Participants wishing to use their own photos must preregister and submit photos 48 hours prior to the start of class.

    1:00PM-4:00PM
    Landis House
    67 N. Fourth Street, Newport
    Instructor: Michele Randall
    Ages 18 and up
    Cost: $55, or $45 for PCCA members
    Please register by April 12, 2019.

    To sign up, complete a Registration Form and submit your payment below. Note: If you are using a mobile device, please scroll to the bottom of the page after you select “Add to Cart” to see your order total. 

    Registration is needed for the instructor to begin preparations and to ensure we meet enrollment minimums.

    General Rate: $55 [wp_cart_button name=”Encaustic Workshop” price=”55.00″]
    Not a member? Join PCCA and receive discounted rate!

    PCCA Member Rate: $45 [wp_cart_button name=”Encaustic Workshop Member Rate” price=”45.00″]
    If you select this rate, please be certain you are a current member or be prepared to join our ranks! PCCA members pay an annual fee for special invitations and discounts.

    SEPTEMBER 1-25

    EXPRESSIVE ARTS: Creative Spirit Fusion Community Residency

    Zoom Workshops
    Instructor: PCCA Teaching Artist Lara Vracarich (read bio here)
    Cost: Free and open to the public

    This Creative Spirit Residency offers classes for ALL AGES, in Expressive & Therapeutic Dance, Drumming, Mindfulness, Embodiment Practices, the Creative Arts (writing, visual arts & vocalization) & Circle Work. It aims to provide an opportunity for participants to:

    • Find a deeper connection within themselves, increasing sense of self.
    • Learn self-care techniques.
    • Expand range of motion, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
    • Learn expressive and therapeutic outlets for emotion and stress, through the creative arts.
    • Increase self-acceptance & acceptance of others.
    • Deepen sense of connection in community, tolerance of others & appreciation for diversity.
    • Develop communication, listening, & self-regulation skills.
    • Develop emotional resilience.
    • Experience healthy & fun physical exercise.

    Join from the comfort of your home (or yard) via zoom!

    Mature Learners (Seniors)  | Wednesdays, 10-11:15 a.m., September 1, 8, 15, & 22

    Take part in self-care movement practices, mindfulness, grounding techniques, and rhythm, to support the body, mind and soul. Classes include: Therapeutic Self-Care: Movement, Embodiment, Vocalization, & Mindfulness; Connection Sessions: Sacred Circle Work, Expressive Dance; and Creative Rhythms: Hand drumming technique/Improv and body percussion (clapping/snapping). Participants are encouraged to explore new expressive and therapeutic outlets, join in a community sharing circle (focused on speaking and listening from the heart), and increase a sense of connection with others.

    Women’s Sessions  | Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 2, 9, 16, & 23

    Join these expressive body, mind and spirit workshops for women, including: Free Your Spirit© Expressive Arts; Therapeutic Self-Care: Movement, Embodiment, Vocalization & Mindfulness; Connection Sessions: Sacred Circle Work; and Wise WoMoon Spiritual Dancing. Through these sessions, women are invited to journey deep into the core of the self through meditative relaxation and reawaken into warm-ups of guided, and individually inspired, gentle stretching and movement. The journey continues with freeform movement, exploring the elements within, connecting to the energies of the earth, expanding range of motion, and learning new ways of releasing tension through embodied expression. Students will discover the joy and the unending potentials of self-expression, in creative dance, voice, and rhythm, finding unique movement styles and rhythms.

    Creative Spark Kids & Family Classes  | Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2

    Gather the whole family (all ages welcome!) and discover new ways to connect, communicate, play, and have fun as a family. Have fun, healthy, physical exercise expanding physical range of motion, balancing hemispheres of the brain, gaining coordination and increasing body awareness. Students will participate in: Creative Spark© Expressive Dance & Rhythm; World Dance or Flamenco Dance; Creative Rhythms; and Expressive Arts, Embodiment & Mindfulness.

    Teens Only  |  Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25

    Discover and explore new avenues of expression through the creative arts, including drumming/creative rhythm, movement/dance, writing, and the visual arts. These practices provide outlets for emotion, increase inner awareness, and deepen sense of self and community connection. Sessions will also explore mindfulness, communication, and self-care. Students will participate in: The Emerging Self© Expressive Arts; Creative Rhythms: Hand Drumming technique & improv, found object rhythms & body percussion; Connection Sessions: Sharing circle; and Mindfulness, Self-Care & the Expressive Arts.

    Community Sessions/Celebrations  | Saturdays, Sept. 4 and Sept. 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

    Transformational Dance, Rhythm, Vocalization & Visual Arts

    Creative Rhythms  | Wednesdays, Sept. 15 and Sept. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.

    Find your groove with hand-drumming technique/improv, found-object rhythms and body percussion! Followed by a Connection Session (a community sharing circle), focused on speaking and listening from the heart.

    Intro to Flamenco  | Tuesdays, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 7-8:15 p.m.

    Learn about the basic origins and evolution of Flamenco Dance, the basic footwork techniques (zapatéado), clapping (palmas), hand movements (floréos), snapping (pitos), and the base rhythms (compás) for a few of the Flamenco families of songs (palos), including 4-count and 12-count rhythms.

    Transformational Dance | Saturday, Sept. 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

    Combine rhythm, vocalization and and visual art for a transformative movement session.

    View Complete Class Descriptions

    Please email creativespiritdancer@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

    This project was made possible through the Arts in Education Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The PCA Arts in Education Partner in this region is Perry County Council of the Arts.

    Register Today