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Students drawing and working with paper

You could think of a painting as a single frame of a comic book. It can be full of humor or tell a deep narrative. Find inspiration from characters and settings depicted in the museum’s collection to develop your own ideas into an original comic strip. Collaborate with classmates to create a comic anthology and take a copy home with you at the end of the week. Use printmaking techniques to create multiple copies of your work to share with family and trade with friends.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 5, 2017.

Kids looking through magnifying glass and holding flashlight

3, 2, 1... Action! Become an art camp filmmaker and collaborate with your fellow campers to create short films that will be compiled onto a DVD. Find inspiration from videos in the collection, create stories for people depicted in paintings, and get creative with art materials to create scenery and props for your productions. DVDs will be mailed by the end of the summer.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 5 2017.

Teacher working with smiling kids in the gallery

Leave your tablet or gaming system at home this week and immerse yourself in a 3-D, video-game-inspired world of your own creation! Using cardboard, tape, paint, and your imagination, bring your virtual Minecraft or Sims worlds to life in the museum’s art studios. Architectural models and drawings in the exhibition Action, Ideas, Architecture: Arthur Lubetz/Front Studio will inspire your drawings, models, and life-size installations for your games.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 5, 2017.

Kid painting handmade pottery

This camp is sold out. Sign up for the wait list. You will be contacted if space opens up.

Push, pull, and squish clay into anything you can imagine—from a bowl you can actually use to sculpted figures of your pet, or an imaginative creature of your own design. Try out the potter’s wheel and learn hand-building techniques inspired by artists in the museum collection. Use colorful glazes to give your work a personal touch. Projects will be fired and available for pick-up 3-4 weeks later. Materials fee is included in the price.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning.

Last day to register is June 5, 2017.

Students drawing and painting on paper

From the sketchy brushstrokes of Monet to the drips of Jackson Pollock, get a closer look at great paintings in the museum’s galleries. Discover first-hand the wide range of techniques for applying paint from smooth as glass to thick and textured. Build your skills through creative experiments with a variety of painting techniques and color mixing strategies. Choose your favorite approach to create your own masterpiece.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 5, 2017

Kids wearing handmade crowns and jewelry playing with paper castle

Lords and Ladies! Travel back in time and experience life during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Try your hand at heraldry and design a castle with your peers. Discover medieval mythology and magical monsters throughout the museum’s collection.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Student working with hot glue gun on architectural model

What do you love about your neighborhood? What would you add to make it better? Architects, urban planners, and all of us as citizens have roles to play in making neighborhoods work. Learn the design process while tackling real-world challenges. Develop architectural drawing and building skills on individual and collaborative projects with classmates. Represent your individual and team solutions in drawings and models and make the case for your ideas.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Kid painting handmade pottery

What could be more fun than transforming wet clay into an object of your own design? The art of ceramics combines technical skill with imagination. Learn how to raise a form on the potter’s wheel and practice a variety of hand-building techniques. Make boxes, bowls, and cups, or sculpt animal and human forms that are realistic or abstract. Apply glazes to give your work its finished appearance. Find inspiration in the museum’s outstanding collection of ceramic art. Materials fee is included in price.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Students drawing and painting on paper

The ability to draw relies on being a good observer. Whether your goal is to capture the world around you with accuracy or create expressive compositions with abstract marks, textures, and pattern, this workshop offers guidance and exercises designed to strengthen your skills. Sketch works of art from the museum’s collection, in outdoor and architectural spaces, and in the studio capturing short and long poses of the live model. Experiment with a variety of drawing materials and media. Refine your favorite works into finished compositions. All materials are provided.

Campers meet at Carnegie Mellon University, Margaret Morrison Hall.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Kids looking through magnifying glass and holding flashlight

3, 2, 1... Action! Become an art camp filmmaker and collaborate with your fellow campers to create short films that will be compiled onto a DVD. Find inspiration from videos in the collection, create stories for people depicted in paintings, and get creative with art materials to create scenery and props for your productions. DVDs will be mailed by the end of the summer.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Kid working closely with marker and blocks

Become an architect for animals, a designer for dolls, or a carpenter for cuddly things! From the grandeur of the Hall of Architecture to the museum’s exquisite miniatures, and this summer’s exhibition Action, Ideas, Architecture: Arthur Lubetz/Front Studio, finding ideas to shape the ideal environment for your toys is easy. Through drawings and architectural models, design living spaces that are just the right size for tiny toys with architectural models and drawings.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Kids wearing handmade crowns and jewelry playing with paper castle

Lords and Ladies! Travel back in time and experience life during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Try your hand at heraldry and design a castle with your peers. Discover medieval mythology and magical monsters throughout the museum’s collection.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning.

Last day to register is June 12, 2017.

Student working with hot glue gun on architectural model

Design a house limited only by your imagination. Find inspiration in the exhibition Action, Ideas, Architecture: Arthur Lubetz/Front Studio, which is full of unconventional examples of designs for real houses. Learn how architects combine functional needs for a building with designs that excite our imaginations. Try lots of creative ways to make a house and represent your dream ideas in a variety of architectural drawing and model-making methods.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning.

Last day to register is June 19, 2017.

Kid working closely with marker and blocks

Leave your tablet or gaming system at home this week and immerse yourself in a 3-D, video-game-inspired world of your own creation! Using cardboard, tape, paint, and your imagination, bring your virtual Minecraft or Sims worlds to life in the museum’s art studios. Architectural models and drawings in the exhibition Action, Ideas, Architecture: Arthur Lubetz/Front Studio will inspire your drawings, models, and life-size installations for your games.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning.

Last day to register is June 19, 2017.

Kid painting handmade pottery

This camp is sold out. Sign up for the wait list. You will be contacted if space opens up.

Push, pull, and squish clay into anything you can imagine—from a bowl you can actually use to sculpted figures of your pet, or an imaginative creature of your own design. Try out the potter’s wheel and learn hand-building techniques inspired by artists in the museum collection. Use colorful glazes to give your work a personal touch. Projects will be fired and available for pick-up 3-4 weeks later. Materials fee is included in the price.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning.

Kids sitting on floor of a gallery of paintings drawing on large sketchbooks

This camp is sold out. Sign up for the wait list. You will be contacted if space opens up.

Find sunny views of nature by Monet, Cassatt, Renoir, and their friends in our Impressionist gallery. Take your art supplies outdoors and create art en plein air as the French masters
did. Learn how to mix colors to show natural light and shadow. Invite your family and friends to a mini exhibition at the end of the week.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning.

Students drawing and painting on paper

From the sketchy brushstrokes of Monet to the drips of Jackson Pollock, get a closer look at great paintings in the museum’s galleries. Discover first-hand the wide range of techniques for applying paint from smooth as glass to thick and textured. Build your skills through creative experiments with a variety of painting techniques and color mixing strategies. Choose your favorite approach to create your own masterpiece.

Campers will meet at the Portal Entry near the parking garage each morning.

Last day to register is June 19, 2017

Students drawing and working with paper

Have you ever wondered how graphics are reproduced on T-shirts, posters, or sneakers? Printmaking allows you to create multiple versions of an original image, sometimes making subtle changes from one to the next. To see this art in practice, you’ll visit the museum’s galleries and view examples by master printmakers, learn historical techniques like etching, and modern processes like silkscreen. Learn the types of images and levels of detail that work best for each technique and what curators notice when evaluating prints. You can even reuse your experimental printed materials to create brand new mixed-media artworks. All materials are provided.

Campers will meet at Carnegie Mellon University, Margaret Morrison Hall.

Last day to register is June 19, 2017.

Students drawing and painting on paper

This camp is sold out. Sign up for the wait list. You will be contacted if space opens up.

The ability to draw is related to being a skilled observer. Develop your capacity for careful looking and link your eye and hand while working on portraits and figure drawings. Experiment with pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and more. Learn the proportions of the human form by drawing sculptures in the collection as well as the poses of a live model. Take your drawing skills from accurate to amazing.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning. No camp on Tuesday, July 04, 2017.

Last day to register is June 26, 2017.

Students drawing and painting on paper

Are you fascinated by life on other planets? Spend a week combining what we know from science with the speculative and creative thinking process of artists to invent what humans will need to eat, sleep, work, and play in worlds we can only imagine. Learn the strategies of design thinking to iterate concepts for what buildings and cities will look like, what our smart clothing will do, and how we will travel around a planet that’s not at all like earth.

Campers will meet at the Courtyard Entrance to the museum each morning. No camp on Tuesday, July 04, 2017.

Last day to register is June 26, 2017.