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Have an unforgettable week discovering amazing creatures who live in and around your home! Explore nearby Schenley Park to look for insects, amphibians, and reptiles. Hunt for insects in leaf litter, go on a mammal scavenger hunt, and make beautiful music as part of a bird symphony. Conduct plant pigment experiments and dissect fruits and vegetables. Uncover micro mysteries using magnifiers and a video microscope.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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Become an architect of fun! Climb on the museum’s play sculpture, the Lozziwurm, for research, and get inspiration from sculptures and architectural models in the museum’s galleries. Learn the design process to create the imaginative playground of your dreams from ideas to sketches to physical model.

Last day to register is June 3, 2019.

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Want to learn more about dinosaurs? Get an up-close look at Dinosaurs in Their Time, find out where those big bones came from, and learn all about prehistoric animals. Study specimens, make fossil casts, and dig for replica bones like a real paleontologist. Meet the creatures that roamed with the dinosaurs—early mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. This half-day camp keeps pace with active 4- and 5-year-olds and includes a mid-morning snack.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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Earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and more—they’ve all changed life on our planet over and over again. Discover how people and ecosystems have responded to extreme events throughout geologic time. Construct model lava flows, asteroid impacts, and volcanoes. Build a model city, and put it to the test with our mega-quake-tsunami challenge on Friday.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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Push, pull, and squish clay into anything you can imagine: from functional vessels like bowls and cups 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 after camp. Materials fee included in price.

Last day to register is June 3, 2019.

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Did you know Monet painted the same subject over 40 times, making each one look different? Play with digital interactives in an exhibition of his work to discover his process. Experiment with his technique as you work on many versions of a scene you choose. How will each of your paintings be different? Look to Monet’s river scenes and the paintings and drawings of Pittsburgh’s rivers in CMOA’s collection for inspiration.

Last day to register is June 3.

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If space aliens built a city, what would it look like? Use your imagination and your most far-out ideas to create a city from another planet. What do your outer-space friends need in their city? How is it different from or similar to the world you live in on earth? Study the exhibition of award-winning architects in the galleries to look for interesting shapes, colors, and materials to incorporate into your design.

Last day to register is June 3, 2019.

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Do you favor the watery worlds of Monet or the drips of Jackson Pollock? A landscape that looks perfectly real or an abstraction open to interpretation? Get to know 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 experiments with a variety of painting techniques and color-mixing strategies. Choose your favorite approach to create your own masterpiece.

Last day to register is June 3, 2019.

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From the streams of Schenley Park to the North Shore of the Allegheny River, observe and experience the diverse life of the waterways. Learn the tools of freshwater field work as you collect micro and macro organisms. Investigate wetland plants and wildlife. Get a unique perspective on Pittsburgh with a kayak trip led by experienced Venture Outdoors guides. Lace up your sneakers—this is an active camp with regular hiking excursions!

Day trip to kayak with Venture Outdoors: museum pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

Last day to register is June 5, 2019.

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Campers must have an eligible camp in their cart in order to also register for a pre-camp or a post-camp.

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Campers must have an eligible camp in their cart in order to also register for a pre-camp or a post-camp.

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Big, bigger, biggest! Exercise your problem-solving skills to figure out how to build a huge skyscraper, a giant house, or an extra-tall castle—stretch your imagination to make it happen. Experiment with peers to find the best ways to build big with different materials. Bring your imagination and your biggest ideas!

Last day to register is June 10, 2019.

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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 included in price.

Last day to register is June 10, 2019.

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Want to learn more about dinosaurs? Get an up-close look at Dinosaurs in Their Time, find out where those big bones came from, and learn all about prehistoric animals. Study specimens, make fossil casts, and dig for replica bones like a real paleontologist. Meet the creatures that roamed with the dinosaurs—early mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. This half-day camp keeps pace with active 4- and 5-year-olds and includes a mid-morning snack.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Design the house of your dreams! Learn how architects combine the functional needs of a building with designs that excite our imaginations. Does your house have a slide at the back door? Is there a room just for your toys? Explore creative ways to design and build your house using a variety of architectural drawing and model-making methods.

Last day to register is June 10, 2019.

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To make something realistic is just one way to give visual form to your world. Think like an artist as you experiment with a wide range of tools to make marks, smudges, and textures that can become expressive works of art. Start realistically and discover how nontraditional materials and processes can fuel your creative imagination. Discover artists who think beyond pencils and paintbrushes to use the ideas of drawing and painting in innovative ways.

Last day to register is June 10, 2019.

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Learn techniques in survival and orienteering that will help you find your way around. Survey the sky for navigational signs and learn how to properly use a map and compass. Investigate the survival adaptations of animals and build your own safety skills. Discover treasures in and around the museum using handheld GPS units on a geocaching adventure. Put your newfound skills to the test on an extended day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve, the museum’s environmental research center.

Day trip to Powdermill Nature Reserve: museum pick-up at 6:30 p.m. Late afternoon snack provided.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get messy! Make mystery solutions that fizz, pop, and explode. Discover why objects glow in the dark, and make your own fluorescent crystals. Explore the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Inquire into mysteries of the mind, and dissect a sheep’s brain. Learn forensic science techniques, and use them to solve a museum mystery.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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Painting is a way of expressing your ideas about the world through your personal lens. Learn techniques by comparing old masters to the work of artists who continue to reinvent painting today. Discover which methods suit your expressive goals—smooth brushstrokes or thick and textured impasto? Bold or muted colors? Canvas or more nontraditional surfaces? Gain insight into your work and the work of your peers through group critique. The museum’s collection and an exhibition on view of painter Ruth Root’s work offer inspiration. This workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Student will make regular walking trips to CMOA.

Last day to register is June 10, 2019.

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