It is finally starting to feel like summer around here and we are getting more and more excited about summer camps! We can’t wait to open the doors of PFA to our community this summer and we still have spots in our teen and elementary camps.

Those who have been to PFA recently know how beautiful it gets closer to summer time. Come create with us in the studio and outdoors in our garden and be inspired by the natural beauty around you!


Our teen camp is for students going into grade 6 and up and will be a chance to improve  drawing and painting skills.

The first half of the day will be the drawing session. Students will mostly be using charcoal to draw still lifes, figures, and portraits but will also explore other mediums. If a camper has not drawn before – do not be intimidated! Camps will be great for all levels of artists.


Campers will also learn more about “urban sketching,” a term coined in Seattle that has caught on worldwide. Urban sketching is basically going out into a city or town, sitting in public, and drawing what is in front of you. For one of our days at camp we will take an outing to Molbak’s in Woodinville to practice our own urban sketching.

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Alex will be teaching the drawing part of the day and is an seasoned urban sketcher herself. For examples of her own urban sketches, click here.


We will take a short break in the middle of the day for lunch and a fun project to keep our creativity flowing.  Campers will get a little messy making Princess Diaries Exploding Paint-Balloon  Paintings. The Princess Diaries movie is a family favorite and those who are familiar with it will recognize the famous scene involving water balloons filled with paint, a huge mess, and lots of laughs.  We will also be making flower crowns and playing around with some photography.



In the afternoon, Jamie will build off of the drawing lessons and dive into painting with campers. We will explore how to use acrylic paint and spend some time capturing the beauty of the garden as Jamie takes you step by step through the process of creating a painting. This is painting 101 – no previous experience necessary.

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At the end of the week students will come home with many sketches, realistic charcoal drawings, an urban sketching creation, a 16 x 20  painting, and a new confidence in their drawing and painting skills.

We hope to see you this summer. Click the following links below to sign up now:

REGISTER – July 9-12

REGISTER – August 20-23


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