For more than 15 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!

UKULELE
with Ian Summerfield
WEDNESDAYS, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
November 6 – December 11 (5 SESSIONS)
February 5 – March 4 (5 SESSIONS)

 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.

 

 

TEEN GUITAR
with David Orr

TUESDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
January 7 – March 10 (8 SESSIONS)
April 7 – May 26 (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.

 

 

 

HAND BUILT & THROWN CLAY FORMS
with Brian Purnell
THURSDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
January 9 – March 5 (9 SESSIONS)

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.

 

 

 

CONTINUED NEEDLE FELTING
with Chantell Reid
TUESDAYS, 3:30-5:00
January 28 – March 17 (8 SESSIONS)
April 7 – June 2 (8 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.

 

 

TEEN SONG-WRITING
with David Orr
WEDNESDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
March 4 – March 18 (3 SESSIONS)

Express Yourself through Song! Learn basic song structures, lyrical articulation, and discovering your own creative process. Create a song by the end of the class! This is a great way to prepare for next years Rock and Roll Camp!

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO ZINES
with Roberta Lavadour
Tuesday, 5:00-6:30 PM
March 24
NOTE: THIS CLASS TAKES PLACE AT THE PENDLETON PUBLIC LIBRARY
502 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton

Zines are small, self-published booklets that contain anything you want to share with the world. From fanfiction, poetry, music, comic characters, or just your latest single-topic obsession, zines are a fun and cheap way to add your voice to the mix. We’ll explore a range of zines from the instructor’s collection then make our own using old-school cut-and-paste techniques. Students will leave with a little collection of work from the whole class. Made possible through a grant from the College Book Arts Association.

 

 

 

TEEN JAMMING
with David Orr
WEDNESDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00
April 8 – April 29 (4 SESSIONS)

For those of you who have participated in Rock & Roll Camp, consider jumping on board for this new teen jamming session! Bring your instrument and a friend and come hit some chords with other like-minded musicians. This is a FUN and low-key get together, meant to connect teens through music. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

TEEN COLLAGE: GLUE PAPER TO PAPER
with Lori Sams
WEDNESDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00
April 8 – April 29 (4 SESSIONS)

Join Lori Sams for this one of a kind opportunity to learn under a professional artist. We’ll explore the art form of collage through still life’s, storytelling and more! Each week we’ll work with a different collage technique. Fun for all- no experience necessary!

 

 

 

TEEN CLAY & WHEEL THROWING
with Brian Purnell
THURSDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00
April 9 – June 4 (9 SESSIONS)

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, or do some wheel throwing under the watchful eye of an expert. 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.

 

 

 

 

PERSONALIZE YOUR SKETCHBOOK
with Marissa Carlos
THURSDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00
April 16 & April 23 (2 SESSIONS)

Personalize your sketchbook from the inside out. Decorate, design, and inspire yourself and those around you. The PCA can supply you with a sketchbook or feel free to bring your own! This is your chance to use all of the PCA’s materials and supplies to support your growth as an artist…but first, you’ll need a personalized sketchbook, designed by you!

 

 

 

 

TEEN MACRAME
with Katie Hall
WEDNESDAYS, 3:45 – 5:00
May 6 – May 27 (4 SESSIONS)

Join macramé expert Katie Hall (from EM Fiber Craft!) to learn the tips and tricks to creating beautiful custom-made macramé pieces and projects like keychains, plant hangers, and more! Look online for inspiration and come ready with ideas!

 

 

 

Outreach

We’re excited to be hosting Art Rocks Teens classes in HERMISTON! Now teens in the west end of the county can experience the same FREE art classes as our Pendleton students closer to home. (ANY teens from any area can always join in our Pendleton classes too, and high school students can attend adult classes when space permits – totally FREE.)

 

TEEN WATERCOLOR
with Mary Corp
THURSDAYS, 3:30 – 4:30
May 23 – May 14 (4 SESSIONS)

Join Mary Corp as she dives into the world of watercolor. Explore different techniques and learn tips that will build you into a fine-tuned watercolor machine. Please register for this class so we can prepare our materials accordingly. This class is being offered through the Pendleton Center for the Arts but will be held at the Hermiston Public Library. This is a FREE class offering, ages 13 – 18. Please Register for this course by calling the PCA at 541-278-9201 and ask for Kate Brizendine.

 

MIXED MEDIA ART FOR TEENS
with Michelle Walchli
SATURDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00
May 2, 16, 23 (3 SESSIONS)

In this class, come ready to experiment with different materials, textures, and paint/medium options. You’ll use canvases, cardboard, various papers, paints, fibers, and so much more to connect to your creative side under the watchful eye of an innovative expert. This class is being offered through the Pendleton Center for the Arts but will be held at the Hermiston Public Library. This is a FREE class offering, ages 13 – 18. Please Register for this course by calling the PCA at 541-278-9201 and ask for Kate Brizendine.

 

TEEN PAINTING
with Marie Pratuch
SATURDAYS, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
April 25, May 23, June 13 (3 SESSIONS)

Join Marie for this enjoyable and no-stress painting class. You’ll learn basic tips and tricks to create beautiful custom paintings of your very own. We will provide all the supplies, you bring a friend and come ready for fun! This class is being offered through the Pendleton Center for the Arts but will be held at the Hermiston Public Library. This is a FREE class offering, ages 13 – 18. Please Register for this course by calling the PCA at 541-278-9201 and ask for Kate Brizendine.

 

TEEN SCREEN PRINTING
with Nicole Silver
WEDNESDAYS, 3:30 – 5:00

In this class, join Nicole Silver, professional art teacher and artist, as she dives into all things screen printing. You’ll learn the ins, outs, and everything in between the screen-printing production- how it works, what it means, and what creative process is involved to bring your image to life. This class is being offered through the Pendleton Center for the Arts but will be held at the Hermiston High School. This is a FREE class offering, ages 13 – 18. Please Register for this course by calling the PCA at 541-278-9201 and ask for Kate Brizendine.