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The ability to draw relies on being a good observer. Whether your goal is to capture the world around you with accuracy or to create expressive compositions with abstract marks, textures, and patterns, this workshop offers guidance and exercises designed to strengthen your skills. Sketch works of art from Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection in outdoor and architectural spaces and draw the objects around you in the studio. Experiment with a variety of drawing materials and media. Refine your favorite works into finished compositions. Professional sketchbook provided. This workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Students will make regular walking trips to Carnegie Museum of Art.

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

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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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What responsibilities do architects have to their communities? How do architects work to address social injustice through their designs? Explore the design of temporary structures like the annual Serpentine Gallery pavilion or architecture that can respond to immediate needs, such as refugee housing. Explore the use of cutting-edge materials that address environmental concerns like pollution absorbing bricks and new ways of using renewable materials like cardboard and plants. Learn about the creation of inclusive landscapes while developing skills in drawing architectural plans and sections and try your hand at model-making. Use these projects to build a portfolio and demonstrate new skills and problem solving. This workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Students will make regular walking trips to Carnegie Museum of Art.

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

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Get inventive and intentional with recycled materials to create extraordinary art out of the ordinary, while thinking about environmental impact. Explore the way artists reduce, reuse, recycle, and respond to environmental issues. Spend time outside exploring the environment for inspiration in your drawings and paintings. Take a trip to Phipps Conservatory to visit the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and collaborate with your fellow campers to create a collaborative installation.

The last day to register for this event 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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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 furniture collection, finding ideas to shape the perfect environment for your toy is easy. Go on a quest to find animals in their habitats and read stories to find more inspiration. Draw sketches, design floor plans, create models, and then build your tiny dream home. Your toys receive their very own key to their new homes on the last day of camp!

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 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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Come one, come all to the best show in town—a circus entirely created by YOU! Create costumes, design and paint sets, and plan a performance for the last day of camp! Read circus themed stories, sing songs, sketch your ideas, practice your best tricks, and enjoy the art-filled show all week long. Families are invited to attend the circus performance on the last day of camp!

The last day to register for this camp is June 22, 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 art. 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 22, 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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Search the galleries for your favorite artworks and artists to “invite” to your own art-filled party! Make your own art party decorations, paint a party portrait, create party favors, design invitations, and sculpt your own party food inspired by your museum adventures. Invite your family to an end-of-the-week celebration of all things art!

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

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Design a dream house of the future while exploring green technologies at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture. Learn how smart architecture can conserve natural resources and combine this new knowledge with design inspiration from the galleries to create an environmentally conscious home. Through the use of 3D modeling software and more, you will build new skills, unlock your creativity as a green designer, and build your architecture portfolio. This workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus and uses CMU’s digital studio. Students will make regular walking trips to Carnegie Museum of Art.

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

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It’s Fashion Week at Carnegie Museum of Art! Be part of the team that designs, creates, and models original works of textile art. Learn how to tie-dye, hand sew, and use a sewing machine. Create your own fabrics with stamped patterns or other unique embellishments of your own design. Find inspiration for designs from our artwork collection. Make a mood board to get your ideas flowing! Organize and star in a runway show in the Hall of Architecture on the last day of camp to show off your creations!

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

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Calling all wiggle worms! Join us at the museum for a wiggle-and-squiggle-filled art-making week! Use movement as inspiration. Wiggle (and squiggle) your way through the galleries to find ideas for your experiments. Use your feet, your hands, and your body to create sculptures that move, paintings that vibrate, and a parade performance through the galleries. Invite your family and friends to join in our moving gallery celebration.

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

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If aliens built a city, what would it look like? Use your imagination and your most far-out ideas to create an urban landscape from another planet. What do your alien friends need in their city? How is it different from or similar to the world you live in on earth? Use the collection at Carnegie Museum of Art to look for interesting shapes, colors, and materials to incorporate into your design.

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

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The sketchbook can be one of the artist’s most important tools. Learn how to bind and make your own sketchbook and use it as a place to explore different mediums, learn a variety of techniques, create color palettes, explore patterns, and keep a collection of things that inspire you. Work with a teaching artist to develop your observational drawing skills and learn to use a variety of drawing tools. Spend a week drawing on location in the museum’s galleries and exhibitions as well as outdoors in Oakland. Build up your sketchbook with a variety of quick studies and more finished compositions while drawing landscapes, architecture, and portraits from observation. This workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Students will make regular walking trips to Carnegie Museum of Art.

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

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Get inventive and intentional with recycled materials to create extraordinary art out of the ordinary, while thinking about environmental impact. Explore the way artists reduce, reuse, recycle, and respond to environmental issues. Spend time outside exploring the environment for inspiration in your drawings and paintings. Take a trip to Phipps Conservatory to visit the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and collaborate with your fellow campers to create a collaborative installation.

The last day to register for this camp is July 20, 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 July 20, 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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Expand upon your drawing skills and broaden your artistic repertoire by trying out various printmaking techniques and exploring new ways of making images. No printmaking experience required. Screen print like Andy Warhol, carve blocks for linocut prints and even experiment with cyanotypes. You’ll create a series with your prints and work alongside teaching artists to explore how drawing can enhance your prints. Work on both skills throughout the week and visit the museum’s collection to find inspiration and learn new techniques. This workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Students will make regular walking trips to Carnegie Museum of Art.

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

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