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It’s a beautiful day in Art Cat’s neighborhood! Together we will explore being kind to our neighbors through art-making. Learn how creating for others can be an expression of compassion, kindness, and lots of fun! Draw, paint, and collage works of art for your family or friends; collaborate on a performance to share with fellow campers; and design and operate a kindness mobile.

Last day to register is June 3, 2020.

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Squish, squeeze, and sink your hands into clay and other squish-worthy art materials all week long! Practice techniques inspired by artworks in the museum collection to create your very own sculptures with air-dry clay, model Model Magic, and papier-mâché. Explore other squishable materials and art art-making techniques with paint, shaving cream, and even slime!

Last day to register is June 10, 2020.

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3, 2, 1... action! Become an art camp filmmaker and collaborate with your fellow campers to create movies. Find inspiration from the collection, create stories about the people depicted in paintings, and get creative with art materials to make scenery and props for your productions. DVDs of your movies will be mailed home at the end of the summer.

Last day to register is June 10, 2020.

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Come one, come all to the best show in town—a circus created entirely by YOU! Circus-master Art Cat has created a gallery search designed to inspire campers to 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!

Last day to register is June 17, 2020.

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Journey into the wonder of the natural world as an artist and explorer. Take a nature walk through the museum galleries and discover how artists are inspired and fascinated by the world outside. Venture outdoors to see sculptures installed around the museum and go to Phipps Conservatory to sketch textures, shapes, and colors inspired by nature. Use your senses to paint, sketch, design, and transform your ideas into your own outdoor artwork.

Last day to register is June 17, 2020.

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Creativity can and will get messy in this camp—perfect for mess lovers! Have fun exploring the messier side of art with all sorts of messy materials, from splatter paint to papier-mâché, both inside and outside of the museum! Read stories and go on adventures while learning new art-making techniques to express your messiest ideas. You provide the creativity; we provide the materials and smocks!

Last day to register is June 17, 2020.

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Make extraordinary art of out of the ordinary by getting inventive and intentional with recycled materials and thinking about their environmental impact. Explore the way artists reduce, reuse, recycle, and respond to environmental issues. Find inspiration for your own artwork in the exhibition Counterpressures, where local artists respond to global warming. Spend time outside exploring the environment to find inspiration for your drawings and paintings. Take a trip to Phipps Conservatory to visit the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and create a collaborative installation with your fellow campers.

Last day to register is June 24, 2020.

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Art Cat is ready to party! Create the ultimate art party with fun and unique materials. Search the galleries for your favorite artworks and artists to “invite” to your 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!

Last day to register is June 24, 2020.

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Travel to the future and make art and architecture inspired by an imagined future 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 futuristic landscapes and architecture in the museum’s galleries, then return to the present on the last day of camp to share your future paintings, drawings, and sculptures with your family and friends. Camp includes a trip to Carnegie Mellon University’s digital fabrication laboratory.

Last day to register is June 24, 2020.

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Squish, squeeze, and sink your hands into clay and other squish-worthy art materials all week long! Practice techniques inspired by artworks in the museum collection to create your very own sculptures with air-dry clay, Model Magic, and papier-mâché. Explore other squishable materials and art-making techniques with paint, shaving cream, and even slime!

Last day to register is June 24, 2020.

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Where will Art Cat lead you on this one-of-a-kind museum adventure? Overcome obstacles and solve clues designed by Art Cat as you collage, paint, and sculpt your way to unlocking all the secrets on this art-filled adventure. Draw a map of your explorations, and keep detailed sketches in your quest -sketch book all week long. Design and fabricate create your own quest gear to help you travel through space and time in the galleries.
Adventure awaits!

Last day to register is July 1, 2020.

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3, 2, 1... action! Become an art camp filmmaker and collaborate with your fellow campers to create movies. Find inspiration from the collection, create stories about the people depicted in paintings, and get creative with art materials to make scenery and props for your productions. DVDs of your movies will be mailed home at the end of the summer.

Last day to register is July 1, 2020.

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It’s Fashion Week at CMOA! Be part of a 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 artworks in our collection. Make an inspiration board to get your ideas flowing! Organize and star in a runway show in the stunning Hall of Architecture of the last day of camp to show off your creations to friends, families, and fellow campers!

Last day to register is July 1, 2020.

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Become a color explorer in this color-full camp! Mix colored paints, sort colored objects, and build with colorful materials all week long. Read color-filled stories, play color-eye spy, and take a color journey through the galleries to look at red, blue, or yellow paintings. Learn about the color wheel and make your very own artwork in every color! Materials fee included in price.

Last day to register is July 8, 2020.

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Do you pull the couch apart to use as building material? Join your fellow fort builders for an unforgettable week of imagination and play. Study the work of award-winning architects in our galleries for inspiration to design and construct your secret space and get to know hidden places in the museum. Experiment with unusual materials and collaborate with your friends to design and build larger hideouts.

Last day to register is July 8, 2020.

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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 for mark-making. 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 us for in our moving gallery celebration.

Last day to register is July 8, 2020.

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Explore the museum’s many treasures and create some of your own! Read treasure-filled stories and solve riddles to unlock clues left by our very own Art Cat! Follow a “treasure” map of the galleries and hidden spaces inside and outside of the museum! Design a museum hunt to follow with fellow campers and make a treasure chest to store your handmade treasures.

Last day to register is July 15, 2020.

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Journey into the wonder of the natural world as an artist and explorer. Take nature walks, sketch, draw, and journey through the museum galleries and discover how artists are inspired and fascinated by the world around them. Venture outdoors to see sculptures installed around the museum, and visit Phipps Conservatory to sketch textures, shapes, and collect colors inspired by nature. Use your senses to paint, sketch, design, and transform your ideas into your own outdoor artwork.

Last day to register is July 15, 2020.

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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.

Last day to register is July 15, 2020.

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Creating 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 try out marks, smudges, and textures that can become expressive works of art. Discover how nontraditional materials and processes can fuel your creative imagination. Look at work by artists who think beyond pencils and paintbrushes to push the ideas of drawing and painting in innovative directions. Camp includes a visit to CMU’s Digital Fabrication Lab.

Last day to register is July 15, 2020.

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