For over 13 years, Art Rocks Teens (A.R.T.) has provided FREE art and music classes for 13-18 year-olds  three days a week, after school and all summer long. The program even includes a FREE Rock & Roll Camp that brings indie musicians from some of the northwest’s most notable bands to work with teens to create their own music and perform it on Main Street.

We work hard to provide a safe and creative space for teens to spend their time – and enjoy some snacks! The Teen Art Council is a dedicated group of volunteers ages 13- 18 who brainstorm, plan classes, and sometimes even teach.

While we offer A.R.T. classes and Rock & Roll Camp free of charge, it’s an expensive program that depends on your support. There are many ways to help: Give your time by volunteering during an event, give your gently used musical instruments to the cause, or give a monetary donation to help leverage the funds we ask businesses and foundations for.

Download the permission form here:
A.R.T. Parent Permission Form ENGLISH
A.R.T. Parent Permission Form ESPAÑOL


Current Schedule – 
FREE for teens 13-18!


with David Orr
TUESDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
October 1 – November 19 (8 Sessions)

Learn and grow basic guitar skills to entertain yourself, and possibly others! Students will learn basic major and minor chords, strumming styles and techniques. You will be able to play one song by the end of the course. Please bring a guitar to each class. Visit Pendleton Music Co. for affordable instrument rentals or check in with the PCA- we have some guitars available for students to use.




with Chantell Reid
TUESDAYS, 3:30-5:00
October 1 – October 22 (4 Sessions)

In this class, you’ll discover the stress-relieving art behind needle felting and all that it entails.  This activity uses a special needle to fuse fibers together into a cool form. You’ll learn how to needle felt ornaments, gnomes, mushrooms, and seriously so more. Using all-natural wool fibers, you’ll create custom pieces, perfect for gifts and keepsakes for friends and family.



with Brian Purnell
THURSDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
October 3 – December 12 (9 Sessions)
*No class on Halloween or Thanksgiving

Step into the third dimension with this class that will bring some depth into your world. Learn how to sculpt, build, and construct clay in the PCA’s Alice Fossatti Ceramics Studio. Absolutely no experience working with clay necessary. Beginners and returning students are all welcome. This class is a lot of fun- we would love to have you.



with Denise Owen
WEDNESDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
October 2 – October 30 (5 Sessions)

Join Denise Owen, an expert in singing, piano, and leading her choir to musical success, as we dive into the beginning aspects of a teen choir here at the PCA. You’ll learn about the basics of what it means to be part of a team, while being introduced to contemporary music, lyrics, and singing. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to sing but doesn’t know where to begin. Whether you’re just starting or want to build on skills you learned at Rock & Roll Camp, sing here, at the Pendleton Center for the Arts!



with Katie Payne Hall
THURSDAYS, 3:45 – 5:00 PM
October 3 – October 24 (4 SESSIONS)

Macramé is a form of knotting (rather than weaving or knitting). It’s intricate and beautiful details dates back over centuries. Katie Hall, our macramé expert, will teach you how to tackle the primary knots of macramé so you can learn how to create unique bracelets, perfect for giving as gifts to your friends and family.



with Chantell Reid
WEDNESDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
October 2 – October 23 (4 SESSIONS)

Learn the beginning basics of how to crochet, starting at the very beginning. If you’re brand new, or you’re a pro- this is the class for you! Join Chantell, as she teaches you about the array of available hooks, yarns, patterns, and creations one can do with crochet.



with Erica Edwards
TUESDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
October 29 – November 19 (4 Sessions)

Paper Mache is a wonderful medium to play with! We’ll focus on sculptures and basic forms in this class, using familiar mediums to create magical works of art. We’ll also add in another form of paper art: pinata making!

with Erica Edwards
WEDNESDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
October 30 – November 20 (4 Sessions)

The newest trend in fiber arts has come to the Art Center! Join us as we learn how to dye fibers using the Japanese style of Shibori dying, as well as Sashiko embroidery. We’ll also learn how to make cross-stitched patches and basic font embroidery.

with Ian Summerfield
WEDNESDAYS, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
November 6 – December 11 (5 SESSIONS)|
*No class during Thanksgiving week

 This simple, playful instrument makes a great introduction to music, or a fun practice session for those who already play. We’ll work on chords and strumming, while practicing classic uke songs as a group. No prior experience in music is required. Ukulele’s will be kindly provided (and can be purchased!) through Pendleton Music Co.


with J.J Hill
THURSDAYS, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
November 7 – December 12 (5 Sessions)
*No class on Thanksgiving

Join our beloved actor, director, and comic genius, J.J Hill for this exclusive and fun improve class, for all skill-sets. You’ll learn to create a high action scene, full of movement, body, and voice. You’ll then dive into the filming aspect of this class, by creating a small movie scene, perfect for entertaining and showing off your new set of acting skills.


with Erica Edwards
TUESDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
December 3 – December 10 (2 Sessions)

Have you ever seen pinhole making in real life? Or cyanotypes? How about Lumen prints? In this two-session photography class, we’ll learn how to turn digital photos into beautiful prints using old-school forms of photography.