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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 5, 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 5.

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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 12, 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 12, 2019.

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Squish, squeeze, and sink your hands into clay and other squish-worthy art materials. Practice techniques inspired by artworks in the museum collection to create your very own sculptures. Try out the potter’s wheel! Use colorful glazes to give your work a personal touch. Projects that are fired will be ready for pick-up 3–4 weeks later. Materials fee included in price.

Last day to register is June 12, 2019.

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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 videos in the collection, create stories for 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 12, 2019.

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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 party, and find inspiration for your art party decorations from the collection. Invite your family to an end-of-the-week celebration of all things art!

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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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 out to see sculptures installed around the museum. Go to Phipps Conservatory to collect textures, shapes, and colors in your sketchbook 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 19, 2019.

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Go on the hunt to see how many creatures you can find in the paintings and sculptures of the CMOA galleries! Study these strange animals and think about where they might live and what they might eat. Visit animal dioramas in CMNH for more ideas. Use these expeditions as inspiration to create your own original creature in its own habitat!

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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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, finding ideas to shape the ideal environment for your toys is easy. Make drawings and architectural models to design living spaces that are just the right size for your favorite toy.

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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Creativity can and will get messy in this camp that’s perfect for mess lovers! Have fun exploring the messier side of art with all sorts of materials, from splatter paint to papier-mâché both inside and outside 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 19, 2019.

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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. Gain an understanding of the types of images and levels of detail that work best for each technique. You can even reuse your experimental printed materials to create brand new mixed-media artworks.

Last day to register is June 19, 2019.

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Go on the hunt to see how many creatures you can find in the paintings and sculptures of the CMOA galleries! Study these strange animals and think about where they might live and what they might eat. Visit animal dioramas in CMNH for more ideas. Use these expeditions as inspiration to create your own original creature in its own habitat!

Last day to register is June 26, 2019.

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Go on the hunt to see how many creatures you can find in the paintings and sculptures of the CMOA galleries! Study these strange animals and think about where they might live and what they might eat. Visit animal dioramas in CMNH for more ideas. Use these expeditions as inspiration to create your own original creature in its own habitat!

Last day to register is June 26, 2019.

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Go on the hunt to see how many creatures you can find in the paintings and sculptures of the CMOA galleries! Study these strange animals and think about where they might live and what they might eat. Visit animal dioramas in CMNH for more ideas. Use these expeditions as inspiration to create your own original creature in its own habitat!

Last day to register is June 26, 2019.

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Where will Art Cat lead you on this one-of-a-kind museum quest? Design your quest gear as you travel through space and time in the galleries and explore outside the museum. Overcome obstacles, find clues, and solve puzzles to unlock secrets on this art-filled adventure. Draw a map of your explorations and keep detailed sketches in your quest book. Adventure awaits!

Last day to register is July 3, 2019.

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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 videos in the collection, create stories for 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 3, 2019.

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It’s Fashion Week at CMOA! 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 inspired by artist Ruth Root’s original designs on view in the museum. Make an inspiration board to get your ideas flowing! Organize and star in a run-way show in the Hall of Architecture, and invite your friends and family to see your creations!

Last day to register is July 3, 2019.

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Become a color explorer in this color-full camp! Mix paint to make new colors, sort different-colored objects, and build with colorful materials all week long. Read color-filled stories, play color I spy, and take a color journey through the galleries to look at all the different ways artists use color in their work. Learn about the color wheel and make your very own artwork in every color!

Last day to register is July 10, 2019.

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The ability to draw starts with 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 patterns, 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 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 half-day workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Student will make regular walking trips to CMOA.

Last day to register is July 10, 2019.

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