Studies show Involvement in the arts helps young people gain in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills; but, there are many more benefits for adults.  Improve your concentration, confidence and teamwork.  Build a culture of creativity, drive innovation in the workplace and enjoy the many forms of beauty revealed in the arts.


Traditional Wood Fire Workshop

The annual Traditional Wood Fire workshop led by Hiro Tashima runs each Spring.  Depending upon the size of a piece, each student can bring 3 – 5  unglazed bisque pieces to the Ceramics Lab the weekend before the kiln is fired. The firing begins on a Saturday with loading the wood and feeding the fire until the kiln is brought to 2300 degrees where it holds.  This process requires round the clock feeding of wood into the kiln to maintain temperature. 

Students will learn how wood type, air flow and placement can modify the colors of their ceramic piece, making no two pieces the same. 

  • Bring the already bisqued pieces on Saturday, February 24, loading is at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 2 starting at 9 a.m. the kiln is fired and students sign up for 6 hour shifts, round the clock until Sunday, March 3 at 7 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. – noon  the kiln is unloaded, detailed clean up, and pieces can be taken home

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

Gain a solid foundation in drawing and become the artist you've always dreamed you could be!

Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera

Take your photography to a new level with your digital SLR camera by learning how to master lenses, apertures, shutter speed, exposure settings and more.

To Register For A Class

  1. Select your course
  2. Provide full name, physical address, phone number, email, DOB
  3. Pay and receive confirmation of enrollment

It's that easy to be on the path to learning what you want, when you want! Placement exams are rarely required. No residency requirements.

Hirotsune Tashima has an MFA from Alfred University, NY and BFA from Osaka University of Art. He has been teaching as the Head of the Ceramics Department at Pima College since 1999. 

The credential you earn from Pima stacks up toward advanced certifications and degrees at Pima. Through our Prior Learning Assessment program, you can earn up to a semester’s worth of college credit, depending on your course of study at Pima. And if you already have an industry credential, it can convert into even more college credit at Pima.

Online Noncredit Courses and Degree Options

Personal Interest Short Courses

Partnering with Education to Go offers the opportunity for you to attend convenient and affordable ways to learn about hundreds of topics. 96% of our learners register for additional noncredit classes after attending one of our courses!

We offer:

  • Instructor facilitation or (many self-paced if you prefer)
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  • 6 Weeks of instruction

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Career Education

In partnership with ed2go, we offer online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations.

Our programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, providing you with effective web-based learning programs. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in your online learning experience, responding to any questions or concerns, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.

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Pima's credit degrees and certificates will prepare you for a rewarding career—whether you're looking to start a career, want to upgrade your skills in your current career, or are planning to transfer to a university to complete your bachelor's degree.

Visit our Degrees & Certificates page to learn more about what Pima offers for you.

Audit Credit Courses

Most courses are available for students interested in learning without earning credits. Noncredit registration in our credit classes begins three weeks prior to the first day of class.

Step 1: Search our credit schedule of classes.
Step 2: Select your section and call us at 520-206-4737 to complete your registration.

Course Refunds

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