Fine Arts Classes


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No. 215 Private Guitar Lessons (HS Room D203)

Tuesdays, September 17th (6-weeks)

5:00 pm-9:00 pm (TBD)

Instructor: Bob Biskup

R: $150; NR: $160; GC: $140

Have you ever considered learning the guitar? Now is the time to get a feel for this instrument in this 6-week course. These six 45 minute sessions will provide you with some basic theory as you learn to play 2- 3 songs! The Office of Continuing Education will contact you one week prior to the beginning of the class to arrange your personal lesson time Tuesday evenings. About the instructor: Bob Biskup has taught piano and guitar lessons privately and publicly in Pittsburgh Schools for over 20 years. He is a director at his local church choir as well as performs there.


No. 216 Introduction to Piano (HS Room D203)

Tuesdays, September 17th (6-weeks)

5:00 pm-9:00 pm (TBD)

Instructor: Bob Biskup

R: $150; NR: $160; GC: $140

Have you ever wanted to try to learn the piano? Now is the time to get a feel for this instrument in this 6-week course. These six 45 minute sessions will provide you with some basic theory as you learn to play 2- 3 songs! The Office of Continuing Education will contact you one week prior to the beginning of the class to arrange your personal lesson time Tuesday evenings. About the instructor: Bob Biskup has taught piano and guitar lessons privately and publicly in Pittsburgh Schools for over 20 years. He is a director at his local church choir as well as performs there.


No. 206 GREAT UNKNOWN MOVIES (Offsite)

Tuesdays, September 24th

7:00-9:30 pm (9-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Elaine Wertheim (Limit 20)

R-$65; NR-$68; GC-$62

NEW STUDENTS CALL ELAINE WERTHEIM AFTER REGISTERING. 412-341-4463

Join us for movies you may have missed or movies you want to see again. This series will include TRANSIT, LAST TRAIN HOME and 7 other worthwhile films. NEW STUDENTS CALL ELAINE WERTHEIM AFTER REGISTERING 412-341-4463.


No. 403 GREAT UNKNOWN MOVIES (Offsite)

Thursdays, September 26th

7:00-9:30 pm (9-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Elaine Wertheim (Limit 20)

R-$65; NR-$68; GC-$62

NEW STUDENTS CALL ELAINE WERTHEIM AFTER REGISTERING. 412-341-4463

Join us for movies you may have missed or movies you want to see again. This series will include TRANSIT, LAST TRAIN HOME and 7 other worthwhile films. NEW STUDENTS CALL ELAINE WERTHEIM AFTER REGISTERING 412-341-4463.


No. 407 TOLE PAINTING (HS RM C314)

Thursdays, September 26th

6:00-8:30 pm (10-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Jean Benson

R $78; NR $80; GC $72

No Classes: 11/28

Decorative painting of fruit and flowers on tin and wood with oils. Country and folk expressions are used. Small class atmosphere, informal instruction, productive, and FUN class.


No. 112 WATERCOLOR PAINTING FUNDAMENTALS (HS RM C314)

Mondays, September 16th

6:00-8:30 pm (10-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Gail Bodkin (Limit 15)

R $75; NR $78; GC $68

Learn how to successfully manipulate the four elements of Watercolor painting techniques. Theory, hands on, will be presented while completing painting projects, taught at slow pace. First class will discuss recommended material and demonstrate basic techniques.


No. 305 WATERCOLOR BEYOND THE FUNDAMENTALS (HS RM C314)

Wednesdays, September 18th

6:00-8:30 pm (10-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Gail Bodkin (Limit 15)

R $75; NR $78; GC $68

Build on your fundamental watercolor skills while completing painting projects. Explore different styles of watercolor painting while beginning to develop your own styles. Please bring your basic watercolor supplies to first class.


No. 406 LEARN TO DRAW THROUGH COMICS (HS RM C312)

Thursdays, September 26th

6:30-8:00 pm (6-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Howard Bender

R $45; NR $50; GC $40

Learn to make your own comic book characters! Create your own superheroes, heroines and villains with their own fantastic worlds and stories! Learn the fundamentals of human form and anatomy, how to create stunning sequential and compelling panel layouts using perspective and foreshortening techniques that make your characters pop off of the page! Students will draw and put together their own 8 page comic book with cover and 7 page story. Materials needed: number 2 pencils, separate eraser, 9” X 12” drawing pad, colored pencils and ruler and your imagination.

Howard Bender a professional illustrator – has drawn many cartoons and illustrations for newspapers, children’s books and many comic books for DC Comics, Marvel, Disney and others. Characters and titles include Superman, Spider-Man, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Ghostbusters, Micronauts, Archie and Richie Rich. Mr. Bender has also been involved in creating and drawing his own original characters and titles, Mr. Fixitt, Billy & Pop and the Sherlock Holmes Minute Mysteries.

Memberships: The National Cartoonists Society, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, The International Society of Caricaturist Artists


No. 301 DRAWING 101 (HS RM C312)

Wednesdays, September 18th

6:30-8:00 pm (6-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Howard Bender

R $45; NR $50; GC $40

Unleash your creativity and discover your fundamental drawing skills, abilities, and personal modes of expression with the use of basic drawing. Work in charcoal, pencil, ink, wash, and other materials learning to use line, value, gesture, and perspective. Students will work with a variety of subjects, including the figure, still life, and landscape and explore patterns, shapes and color. Learning a strong foundation in drawing will support work in all of the visual arts.

Howard Bender a professional illustrator – has drawn many cartoons and illustrations for newspapers, children’s books and many comic books for DC Comics, Marvel, Disney and others. Characters and titles include Superman, Spider-Man, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Ghostbusters, Micronauts, Archie and Richie Rich. Mr. Bender has also been involved in creating and drawing his own original characters and titles, Mr. Fixitt, Billy & Pop and the Sherlock Holmes Minute Mysteries.

Memberships: The National Cartoonists Society, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, The International Society of Caricaturist Artists

No. 402 PAINTING FOUNDATIONS (HS RM C-318)

Thursdays, September 26th

6:30-8:30 pm (8-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Thomas

R $75; NR $78; GC $68

No Classes: 11/28

Always wanted to express your ideas or emotions through images or color? In this class we will be learning how to paint in either acrylic or oil paints. Students will learn proper techniques and basic color theory for making desired colors and outcomes.