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Design a house and learn how you can protect the earth at the same time! Learn about solar energy, saving water, renewable building materials, and more as you design the house of your dreams! Explore creative ways to design and build your house using a variety of architectural modelling methods.

The last day to register for this camp is June 8, 2022.

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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 artworks in the museum collection. Use colorful underglazes to give your work a personal touch. Projects will be fired and available for pick-up at the museum three to four weeks after camp. A $25 materials fee is included in the price of this camp.

The last day to register for this camp is June 8, 2022.

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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 fluorescent crystals. Explore the science behind the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Dive into mysteries of the mind and dissect a sheep’s brain. Learn forensic science techniques and use them to solve a museum mystery.  

The last day to register for this camp is June 8, 2022.

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Nature builds things up and tears them down—and so can you! Explore how humans and animals construct homes, buildings, and dens. Construct a classroom compost bin to delve into decomposition, and conduct an experiment to test the strength of the pyramids. Throughout the week, you’ll undertake a habitat design challenge using only naturally available resources, plus visit Powdermill Nature Reserve to gain inspiration from nature.

Field trip day to Powdermill Nature Reserve: Museum pick-up at 6:30 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is June 15, 2022.

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3, 2, 1... Action! Become an art camp filmmaker! Find inspiration from Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection and learn about the stories told in artworks. Bring your drawings, paintings, and sculptures to life in an animated stop-action sequence. Play, practice, perform, and collaborate with your fellow campers to create a short movie in the galleries! Use art materials to make scenery and props for your productions. Invite friends and family to your art movie premiere on the last day of camp.

The last day to register for this camp is June 15, 2022.

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Unwrap archaeological mysteries by investigating the life and lore of ancient Egypt. Experience a day in the life of pharaohs, scribes, and other ancient Egyptians. Dig into ancient murals and create an illustration in true Egyptian style. Explore the stories of Egyptian gods and goddesses before unleashing your creativity as you write and perform your own mythical tale.

The last day to register for this camp is June 15, 2022.

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Journey into the wonder of the natural world as an artist and explorer. Take nature walks, sketch, draw, and visit the museum galleries to discover what inspires you. Venture out to see sculptures installed around the museum, and visit Phipps Conservatory to record textures, shapes, and colors in your sketchbook inspired by nature. Use your senses to paint, sketch, design, and transform your ideas into your own piece of art.

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 2022.

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Alliances are hard to maintain in any galaxy. Deepen your understanding of the Star Wars universe by comparing intergalactic cultures to their counterparts on planet Earth. Discover how environmental factors impact cultural development, and design your own world—complete with its own society! Join with existing peoples of the Star Wars universe, and see if you can preserve the “Alliance” in a mock council meeting. Help us, “Padawans”—you are our only hope!

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 2022.

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Have you always dreamed of being a veterinarian? Investigate basic biology throughout the animal kingdom. Learn what you can do to help animals stay healthy—in the wild and in your backyard! Design and create idyllic habitats for animals in the museum’s popular Living Collection. Interact with animals of all shapes and sizes on an animal themed day trip.

Field trip to the National Aviary: Museum pick-up at 3 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 2022.

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Immerse yourself in a choose-your-own-adventure experience and unravel the Mystery of the Missing Artifact. Work as a team to collect clues and use forensic science techniques to interpret the evidence. Discover hidden secrets of the museum and go behind the scenes to follow the leads. Choose a path and see where it takes you!

No camp on July 4. Camp is in session on July 5-8.

The last day to register for this camp is June 29, 2022.

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Travel to the future and make art and architecture inspired by an imagined world. Think creatively about the world you know to create landscapes, architecture, clothing, and games that people of the future might inhabit, wear, and use. Catch a glimpse of “futurist” landscapes and architecture in the museum’s galleries, then return to the present on the last day of camp to report back to your family and friends with your paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Includes a walking trip to Carnegie Mellon University!

The last day to register for this event is July 6, 2022.

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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 a mega-quake-tsunami challenge on Friday.

The last day to register for this camp is July 6, 2022.

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The Olympic Games just got wild! Find out who goes for the gold across the animal kingdom. Is a flea or a kangaroo better at the high jump? Would the gorilla or the fennec fox take the prize in a 100-meter dash? How would your skills stack up? Celebrate the global games by exploring habitats from the African Savanna to the Arctic Circle. Transform the classroom into an Olympic stadium to play physical games and take on friendly design challenges to see how your skills stack up to those of the animal kingdom!

The last day to register for this camp is July 13, 2022.

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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 artworks in the museum collection. Use colorful underglazes to give your work a personal touch. Projects will be fired and available for pick-up three to four weeks after camp. A $25 materials fee is included in the price of this camp.

The last day to register for this event is July 13, 2022.

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A summer camp adventure 65 million years in the making! Piece together prehistoric evidence as you investigate how dinosaurs lived and why they died. Extract DNA from modern-day relatives of dinosaurs. Take a hike through the museum and nearby Schenley Park to compare today’s world to that of the dinosaurs. Build a full habitat, complete with life-size dinosaur murals to transform your classroom into Jurassic Planet.

The last day to register for this camp is July 13, 2022.

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Do you favor the intricate 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 daily experiments with a variety of painting methods and color mixing strategies. Choose your favorite approach to create your own masterpieces.

The last day to register for this camp is July 13, 2022.

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Create a creature! Go on the hunt for creatures in the paintings and sculptures of Carnegie Museum of Art's galleries! After studying these strange and sometimes imagined animals, you’ll think about where they might live and what they might eat. Visit animal dioramas in Carnegie Museum of Natural History for even more ideas. Use these adventurous expeditions as inspiration to imagine, design, sketch, and sculpt a super creature who might inhabit a place in the art! Capture your creature in a photo in its museum habitat and collaborate with fellow campers on a creature-zine featuring every critter from camp!

The last day to register for this camp is July 20, 2022.

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Nature builds things up and tears them down—and so can you! Explore how humans and animals construct homes, buildings, and dens. Construct a classroom compost bin to delve into decomposition, and conduct an experiment to test the strength of the pyramids. Throughout the week, you’ll undertake a habitat design challenge using only naturally available resources, plus visit Laurel Caverns to gain inspiration from a masterpiece made by nature.

Field trip to Laurel Caverns: Museum pick-up at 4 p.m.

The last day to register for this camp is July 20, 2022.

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Grab your passport and get ready for a trek through the foreign lands of the museum. Learn how to survive a night in the frozen arctic and how to stay cool in the heat of the Sahara. Discover cultural cuisine and taste test unusual foods from around the world. Navigate through Schenley Park using only a compass, and try your hand at games from all around the globe.

The last day to register for this camp is July 20, 2022.

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Apply left-brained thinking to a right-brained activity for unexpected results! Observe works of art in the galleries for ideas, hypothesize some "what-ifs," then head to the lab for experimentation. Ink, graphite, rubber bands, straws, paint brushes, paper, wood, plastic—let materials take you on a scientifically fun drawing journey! Don't forget to record your process and results in your sketchbook/field journal. Make a series of pieces based on your findings.

The last day to register for this camp is July 27, 2022.

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