For more than 18 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!
If you’re 16-18, check the Adult Class Schedule – you may take any of those offerings FREE as well! Just print the parent permission form to submit at PCA and use the code ARTROCKS when checking out.


with Brian Purnell
TUESDAYS, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
April 2 – June 4, 2024 (Ten Sessions)

Ongoing, join anytime, but register below. 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 under the watchful eye of an expert. Absolutely no experience working with clay is necessary. Beginners and returning students welcome. This course is being offered for free thanks to donors, and support from the Roundhouse Foundation. 



with Margaret Mayer
WEDNESDAYS, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
April 3 – May 22, 2024 (Eight Sessions)

NOTE: This class is for experienced students only. You should know most of your chords and have at least 6 months of active practice under your belt.

If you’re already familiar with the electric guitar and are looking for more experience, this might be the class for you! Whether you’re prepping for Rock and Roll Camp, or just want to grow your skills, join Margaret as she continues to teach the infinite ways of the electric guitar. Please bring a guitar or borrow one from the PCA. Electric guitars can also be purchased at the Pendleton Music Co. on Main.


with Margaret Mayer
WEDNESDAYS, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
April 3 – May 22, 2024 (Eight Sessions)

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the guitar, now is the time! Join Margaret as she teaches you basic strumming styles and techniques. Whether you’re wanting to prep for Rock and Roll camp or simply learn about a new instrument, this class will be a great introduction to the fine tunes of the acoustic guitar. 


with Yasser Marte
WEDNESDAYS, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
April 3 – June 12, 2024 (Eleven Sessions)

We are thrilled to have Yasser Marte, photographer at the East Oregonian, join our PCA team for a one of a kind, in depth photography class. You’ll learn everything you need to know to take spectacular pictures under the watchful eye of an experienced photographer. Past and contemporary photographers, exposure, urban landscape, portraits and objects, shutter speed, lines, perspective, shadows and so much more is what you can expect to gain from this course. We will not be using cellphones; please bring your own camera or feel free to borrow one from the PCA. Spots are limited and commitment is key. 


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with Grant Turner, presented by College Community Theatre
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
April 6 & 7, 2024

The Pendleton Center for the Arts and the College Community Theater are teaming up in a collaborative effort to bring the Art of Shakespeare to Pendleton. In this evening workshop, Grant will be introducing and breaking down Shakespeare’s verse. This will equip the actor with the skill set needed to perform with confidence and to clearly communicate these 400 year old plays to a modern day audience. Participation in this workshop indicates a strong desire to perform in an outdoor Shakespeare production this summer, presented and produced by CCT. This is a hybrid course for both teens and adults. 


with Nicholas Jennings
SATURDAY, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
April 13, 2024
May 11, 2024
*same class, different dates! Pick the one that works best for you.

In this class, Nicholas will provide guidance, tips, and tricks to the ever-evolving world of Youtube. If you’ve ever wondered how people make videos or start their own youtube channel, this is a great place to start. This is a hybrid course- teens and adults are both welcome. 


with Nicholas Jennings
THURSDAYS, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
April 18 – May 16, 2024 (Five Sessions)

Screenwriting, also known as Scriptwriting, is the art of writing scripts for plays, feature films, video games, television production, and more. In this class, aspiring screenwriters will join Nicholas and learn the basic building blocks of how to write short films. Students will also learn how to break down different screenwriting elements, such as outlining and formatting, that can be applied when writing your own short films and scripts!


with Erica Edwards
TUESDAYS, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
May 7 – May 21, 2024 (Three Sessions)

Shibori dyeing is a centuries-old dying technique that originated in Japan. It involves folding and binding fabric which produces intricate, beautiful and unique patterns. Join Erica Edwards as she guides you through the process of the ancient art of Shibori Dyeing. Use your creations to hang as wall art, give as a gift, or whatever else you choose to do with your Shibori creations! 


with Erica Edwards
TUESDAYS, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
June 4 – June 11, 2024 (Two Sessions)

Did you know that if you combine everyday legos with the timeless art of printmaking, you end up with a very cool piece of art made by you? Join Erica, as she leads you through the steps of creating custom designs and patterns using legos. Once your piece is built, it will be ready for phase two – the printmaking process! This class will be a lot of fun, be sure to register soon.