summer Art Camps

saturday classes

Art in the Family

(ages 3–5 w/adult)
CCH100
6 Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:30 am
July 7 – August 11
$100 members, $125 non-members
(for one child and one adult)

Experience the joy of spending time with your favorite young person. Have fun working together transforming paint, clay, glitter, glue and more into unique works of art to display or give away. A new activity or theme will be introduced each week. Each child must be accompanied by one adult.

Summer of Art

(ages 4–6)
CCH101
6 Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
July 7 – August 11
$95 members, $120 non-members

It's summertime, so let's celebrate! Each session, explore the wonder of the season by creating works of art. Make big sun hats and decorate them, draw and paint beachy seascapes, sculpt crazy insects out of clay and more. Come and celebrate the arts with us!

Claymaking

(ages 6–9)
CCH102
6 Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:30 am
July 7 – August 11
$100 members, $125 non-members

Get your hands muddy! Working with clay has limitless possibilities. Make pots, tiles and small sculptures using a variety of handbuilding methods including pinch, coil and slab construction.

A World of Art

(ages 6–9)
CCH103
6 Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
July 7 – August 11
$95 members, $120 non-members

Travel around the world with paint and clay to guide us. Young explorers will experience the art of the world's many different cultures. Painting, printmaking, sculpture and more are covered in this tour of art around the world.

Drawing and Cartooning

(ages 9–14)
CCH104
6 Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
July 7 – August 11
$95 members, $120 non-members

Explore the basic methods of drawing and cartooning. Instruction will cover the fundamentals of line, contour, shading and perspective with a special emphasis on learning how to draw the human figure for use in cartoons.

June 4 - 8

Caterpillar Camp

(ages 2 – 3 w/adult)
AC110
Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 10:00 am
$80 members, $105 non-members
(for one child and one adult)

Inch by inch, little caterpillars will experience an imaginative introduction to the arts. This camp encourages children, with adult guidance, to engage in creative art activities using paints, paper, markers, stories and make-believe. Each child must be accompanied by one adult.

Birds, Bugs and Butterflies

(ages 4 – 7)
AC111
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Get creative while exploring the flower gardens in Mellon Park. Focus on the flowers that provide food and nectar for the winged inhabitants of a garden. Use a wide variety of materials to create dazzling artwork as we paint, print, draw and sculpt in this celebration of flowers and the beautiful creatures they attract.

Imagine That!

(ages 4 – 7)
AC112
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Come with us to a land of make believe and bring your imagination. We'll have fun inventing people and places, drawing silly faces and painting funny vases. Experience the joy your creativity can bring in story-telling, visual arts, music and movement. Imagine that!

5–7 year olds may enroll in both Birds, Bugs and Butterflies and Imagine That! With supervision provided during the 1/2 hr. break between camps.

June 11 - 15

Pint-Sized Picassos

(ages 4 – 6)
AC210
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Unleash your inner Picasso! Work with colors, shapes, lines and all the tools Picasso used to create his masterpieces. Make wacky portraits, crazy sculptures and more.

Treasure Hunt

(ages 5 – 7)
AC211
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Join the hunt for lost treasures! Create your own gold coins, Egyptian masks, treasure maps and other buried treasures with a variety of materials. End the class with an exciting treasure hunt!

The Art of Japan

(ages 6 – 12)
AC212
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Join us in this exploration of Japan's rich heritage of the arts. Create an exotic array of treasures that include origami, haiku, story painting and printmaking.

Drawing and Cartooning

(ages 9 – 14)
AC213
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Explore the basic methods of drawing and cartooning. Learn the fundamentals of line, contour, shading and perspective with a special emphasis on learning how to draw the human figure for use in cartoons.

5–6 year olds may enroll in both Pint-Sized Picassos and Treasure Hunt with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

June 18 - 22

Side by Side

(ages 2–3 w/adult)
AC310
Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 10:00 am
$80 members, $105 non-members
(for one child and one adult)

Adult-child teams engage in creative art activities together using paint, paper, markers and clay. Discover the joy of creating art with a special child in your life. Each child must be accompanied by one adult.

The Sky's the Limit

(ages 4 – 6)
AC311
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Look to the sky for inspiration! Learn about everything above our heads like clouds, birds, airplanes and more. Draw, paint and sculpt as we let our imagination soar!

Down by the Sea

(ages 5 – 7)
AC312
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

There's a lot more to explore than seashells down by the sea. Learn about dolphins, sharks, starfish and seahorses, as well as the unique plant life that thrives in the beautiful blue ocean. Nautical artworks will be made as we dive into our creativity.

5 – 6 year olds may enroll in both The Sky's the Limit and Down by the Sea with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

Map of the World

(ages 6–12)
AC313
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

How have maps and mapmaking changed over the years? Look at ancient maps and contemporary maps. Make maps of your favorite places or imaginary worlds. Work together to create a giant map of your own make believe world!

Wheelthrown Ceramics

(ages 9 – 14)
June 18–22 and June 25–29 (2 week camp)
AC316: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
AC317: Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$255 members, $280 non-members

Learn the techniques and methods used for wheelthrown pottery. Create pots, bowls, mugs and more in this fun introduction to making pottery on the wheel. Preparing the clay, using clay tools, centering, throwing cylinders and bowls, as well as glazing and decorating techniques will be covered.

Children may register for two half-day camps. Supervision will be provided during the half hour break between camps.

Photography

(ages 9 – 14)
AC315
June 18–22 and June 25–29 (2 week camp)
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$265 members, $290 non-members

Learn the ins and outs of black and white photography during this two-week camp. Emphasis will be on the principles of composition and the processes of developing and printing film. Included in the fee is a camera that can be taken home at the end of camp.

Creative Curators

June 18–22 and June 25–29 (2 week camp)
AC314: (ages 9–14) Monday – Friday, 9:00 am -12:00 pm
AC318: (ages 15–17) Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30pm
$230 members, $255 non-members

Put together your own art show. Work as a group to create paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations for an exclusive exhibition in the PCA school building. Invite your friends and family for the opening of the exhibit on the last day of camp.

Video Fundamentals

(ages 14-17)
MAL300
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$230 members, $255 non-members
Instructor: Michael Johnsen
maximum enrollment: 10

This course takes students through the relevant stages of video production including the aesthetics pertinent to motion picture production such as reading light, principles of composition, planning, shooting, recording audio, editing, and burning a DVD. The focus-project is a completed "photo roman," a video pairing of still imagery and audio. It may sound easy, but it's not; the "photo roman" is often an important college and grad school film school assignment where students show off their ability to read light, compose images, work with sophisticated audio tracks and create a compelling story/convey an important idea. The photo roman is to some, an excellent artistic and collaborative exercise by which to stretch such creative muscles for the first time. This class is the perfect foundation course for the other electronic media courses we'll offer this summer.

June 25 - 29

Pet Parade

(ages 4 – 6)
AC410
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Pets come in many shapes and forms: with paws, fins or feathers and stripes, spots or scales. Learn about all the different kinds of pets we have and how we can care for them. Share stories and create pictures, puppets, masks and other tributes to our animal friends using a wide variety of materials.

5 – 6 year olds may enroll in both Pet Parade and Arts Extravaganza with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

Arts Extravaganza

(ages 5 – 7)
AC411
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Become an arts explorer! Search out the wonder, mystery and fun to be found in the arts. Draw, paint, sculpt and more throughout the week and let your creative energy grow!

Picasso Camp

(ages 6 – 12)
AC412
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Learn why Picasso is one of our most beloved artists. Explore the many different styles of Picasso's career: Rose Period, Blue Period, Cubism and more. Draw, paint, and sculpt as you create your own modern masterpieces.

Art to Eat

(ages 8 – 12)
AC413
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00pm
$215 members, $240 non-members

Food can awaken the artist in everyone. Explore the colors, textures and shapes of food through projects in drawing, painting and sculpture. Create a hand-made cookbook complete with your own drawings and paintings and experience the art of cooking.

Artist Trading Cards

(ages 9 – 14)
AC414
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Make your own personal works of art to trade with other campers, give as gifts or collect. Make a one-of-a-kind display book to show off your cards. Combine all of the fun of trading cards with the expression of art! Trade away!

Experimental Video

(ages 14 - 17)
MAL400
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$230 members, $255 non-members
Instructor: Michael Johnsen
maximum enrollment: 10

Experimental motion picture techniques have expanded our ability to see, both literally and aesthetically; informing narrative cinema, music video, and even documentary practice. Complete three small-group video exercises designed to stimulate a completely outside-the-box video making approach incorporating elements such as video feedback, pattern-making, optical tricks, and repurposed/"obsolete" equipment. This playful and technically-investigative course is perfect for students who want to experiment with largely under-utilized elements in video production.

July 2 - 6

Camps this week will meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There will be no camp on Wednesday, July 4.

Stars and Stripes

(ages 4 – 6)
AC510
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$100 members, $125 non-members

Celebrate Independence Day by making your own patriotic works of art. Use paint, paper, glitter, markers and more to dazzle your friends with your patriotic flags, hats and banners. Invite your family for the special grand finale on the last day of camp as you show off your spirit and parade around PCA.

Kaleidoscope of Art

(ages 6 – 12)
AC511
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$175 members, $200 non-members

Inspire your summer with a whirl of the arts! Discover and expand your creativity while developing fundamental art skills. Paint, draw, sculpt and more in this exciting multi-media week. A wonderful opportunity to sample the arts!

Anime and Cartooning

(ages 9 - 14)
AC512
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$175 members, $200 non-members

Learn the tricks of the trade in this introduction to anime and cartooning. Learn the fundamentals of line, contour, shading and perspective with a special focus on drawing the human figure in the style of popular cartoons and Japanese animation.

july 9 - 13

The Shapes of Matisse

(ages 4 – 6)
AC610
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Look to one of our great masters for inspiration. Enjoy the colorful, cut-out creations of Henri Matisse. Use your imagination to draw, paint and cut colored paper to make your own beautiful masterpieces.

5 – 6 year olds may enroll in both The Shapes of Matisse and Sail Away with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

Sail Away!

(ages 5 – 7)
AC611
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Imagine life on the high seas. Sail away with us as we explore the world. Learn about life at sea and in other lands and record your adventures with paint, paper, glitter and more.

City Spectacular

(ages 6 – 12)
AC612
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Imagine your ideal city. Using cardboard, paint, clay and found objects, create buildings, houses and monuments. Then design your city's layout, complete with streets, parks and shops. This camp combines art and imagination with basic architecture and city planning concepts for a spectacular urban experience!

Earth and Fire

(ages 9 – 14)
July 9 – 13 and July 16 – 20 (2 week camp)
AC614: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
AC615: Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$255 members, $280 non-members

This camp is an intensive two-week opportunity to develop skills in ceramics. Explore wheelthrowing, handbuilding, sculpture and finishing techniques like sgraffito, resist, underglazing, glazing and painting. Camp concludes with a Raku firing.

Children may register for two half-day camps. Supervision will be provided during the half hour break between camps.

Picture Perfect Portraits

(ages 9 – 14)
AC613
July 9 – 13 and July 16 – 20 (2 week camp)
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$265 members, $290 non-members

Have you ever wanted to take photographs of your family, friends or even yourself? Learn to capture the perfect pictures of your favorite people in this introduction to photography and portraiture. Emphasis will be on the principles of composition and the processes of developing and printing film. Included in the fee is a camera that can be taken home at the end of camp.

Jewelrymaking

(ages 9 – 14)
AC616
July 9 – 13 and July 16 – 20 (2 week camp)
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$245 members, $270 non-members

Learn the art of wire wrapping using sterling silver wire, copper wire, semi-precious stones, crystals and assorted beads. Explore the different properties of silver, copper, cowrie shells, crystals and semi-precious stones. Craft toe rings, rings, earrings, bracelets, anklets, hair adornments and body jewelry.

Methods in Sound and Music

(ages 14 – 17)
MAL600
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$230 members, $255 non-members
Instructor: Michael Johnsen
maximum enrollment: 10

For musicians, videomakers, artists—anyone using sound—this class offers a better understanding of the basic principles of sound and the tools we use to shape it. A non-traditional, unbiased, and playful approach will guide the student through the often hidden world of recording, editing and processing. If you've ever wondered why Sonic Youth sounds more like a refrigerator than Missy Elliot does - if you always wanted to listen to your goldfish, re-edit political speeches, make radio plays, or just control feedback - this class will emphasize basic, powerful methods and the creative needs of the student. Small group projects will lead to final performances/recordings.

july 16 - 20

A Bundle of Beasts

(ages 4 – 6)
AC710
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

From a parliament of owls and a pride of lions to a bundle of beasts, discover the wonders of the animal kingdom! Look for animals we see every day, paint animals that are extinct and pretend you are an animal that stays awake all night! Various activities in the visual arts, along with stories and creative movement will be incorporated in this week that is sure to bring out the beast in you!

5 – 6 year olds may enroll in both A Bundle of Beasts and Wild About Bugs with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

Wild About Bugs

(ages 5 – 7)
AC711
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Enter a world of dots and spots, stripes and shapes as you learn about ladybugs, bumble bees, butterflies and many other colorful insect friends. Make your own creepy crawlies with paint, clay, crayon, fabric and more.

Dancing Through the Decades

(ages 6 – 9)
AC712
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$260 members, $285 non-members

Dance Alloy joins with PCA to inspire campers with the songs, dances and artwork of the past. Each day, campers engage in activities including creative movement, dance and art making. Swing your way through the decades as you learn to twist, jive and move to the popular dances of today!

Eco Art

(ages 6 – 12)
AC713
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$210 members, $235 non-members

Learn the importance and fun of preserving and celebrating our unique planet. Focus on how we can make a positive difference for our environment. Create endangered animal clay tiles, an exotic aquarium, wood collages and more. This camp will culminate in a visit from our friends at the Carnegie Science Center for a special presentation.

Wonders of the World

(ages 8 – 12)
AC714
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$210 members, $235 non-members

Study humanity's great monuments as we travel around the world and back in time. View the incredible feats of the people who built the pyramids of Egypt, the monuments of Easter Island, the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal in India. The possibilities are endless as you use your imagination to create your own artful wonders. This camp will culminate in a visit from our friends at the Carnegie Science Center for a special presentation.

Drawing and Painting

(ages 9 – 14)
AC715
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Line, form, texture, composition, color, value and perspective are covered. Projects include outdoor sketching, landscape, still life and portraiture using watercolors, acrylics, pencils, pastels and charcoal.

Puppets + Video

(ages 14 – 17)
MAL700
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$230 members, $255 non-members
Instructors: Beth Nixon
maximum enrollment: 10

What is it that puppets can say and do that people can't? What is it that video production and post-production may add to a puppet performance once it is recorded? Beth Nixon, nationally renowned puppet artist from Philadelphia will team up with the Media Arts Lab to teach puppet video production. Please don't bring a puppet to the first class--we don't plan to teach puppets how to make videos; we plan to teach you how to make puppets and then best manipulate them with the medium of video.

July 23 - 27

Tale of Peter Rabbit

(ages 4 – 6)
AC810
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$135 members, $160 non-members

Hop along in this fun mixed media adventure with Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter. Read the classic Tale of Peter Rabbit and use the story as inspiration for a variety of different art projects. Draw, paint, sculpt and more! Each camper takes home their own copy of the book.

5 – 6 year olds may enroll in both Tale of Peter Rabbit and Under the Big Top with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

Under the Big Top

(ages 5 – 7)
AC811
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Clown around and explore circus fun. Challenge your creativity and discover the world of clowns, magicians, elephants, tigers and trapeze artists. Draw, paint, sculpt, act and sing as we run away to our make-believe circus.

Stage Right

(ages 6 – 9)
AC812
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Delve into the world of theater and develop acting skills while having fun! Work as group to write a play, design costumes, create sets and finish the week with an informal performance for friends and family.

Mural Painting

(ages 8 – 12)
AC813
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$210 members, $235 non-members

Make your mark and leave a lasting impression! Work as a team with fellow campers to create a permanent mural at PCA. Decide on the mural's theme and then work through each step of its creation – from initial sketches to the dramatic unveiling. This camp is sure to be a unique and lasting experience.

Comic Books and Zines

(ages 9 – 14)
AC814
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$210 members, $235 non-members

Learn the basics of making sequential art and personalized one-of-a-kind zines. Create your own personal comic books, artist books and zines. Basic techniques in drawing, painting, pen and ink, collage and bookbinding will be covered.

Ceramics Intensive

(ages 12 – 16)
AC815
July 23–27 & July 30–August 3 (2 week camp)
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$420 members, $445 non-members

Take your ceramics skills to the next level in this two-week intensive ceramics camp. Learn more advanced techniques for throwing on the wheel, using stoneware clay and high fire glazes. All pieces will be fired in our high fire gas kiln.

Video Improv-O-Rama

(ages 14 – 17)
MAL800
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$230 members, $255 non-members
Instructors: Richard Goulis
maximum enrollment: 10

How do humor, improvisational acting, and editing work together to make motion pictures funny? Consider the work of comedians and "mockumentarians" who've effectively used video and physical comedy by screening and discussing clips from movies like "Groundhog Day" and the work of comedic television heroes such as Ernie Kovacs, Monty Python and Borat. Through a series of physical improvisational exercises (movement and voice) and working as an ensemble, investigate hilarious approaches to making short videos. Nationally renowned video, installation, performance, improv and puppet artist Richard Goulis is traveling all the way from Providence, RI to work on this special class with the Media Arts Lab.

July 30 - August 3

The Beat Goes On

(ages 4 – 6)
AC910
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

March to the beat of your own drum in this camp that combines music and art. Draw, paint and make your own musical instrument while exploring the worlds of sight and sound. Combine art projects with song for a joyful interactive experience.

5 – 6 year olds may enroll in both The Beat Goes On and Birds of a Feather with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

Birds of a Feather

(ages 5 – 7)
AC911
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$140 members, $165 non-members

Investigate the exciting world of birds and learn new things about our feathered friends. Spend time each day learning about the many different kinds of birds and their habitats. Create your own birds and feathered artworks using a variety of materials. This camp will culminate in a visit from our friends at the National Aviary for a special presentation with some of their feathered friends.

Cool Creatures

(ages 6 – 12)
AC912
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$215 members, $240 non-members

Cool creatures love snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Learn about penguins, polar bears, reindeer and more. Create sculptures, prints and paintings in this cool class. This camp will culminate in a visit from our friends at the National Aviary for a special presentation with some of their feathered friends.

Born To Be Wild

(ages 8 – 12)
AC913
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Celebrate the history of rock-n-roll through music and visual arts. Bop to the tunes of the legends of rock-n-roll while you design your own album cover, a pop art poster, a tie dyed T-shirt and more. Draw, paint, sculpt and more as you explore the world of rock-n-roll!

Sketch Comedy and Improv

(ages 9 – 14)
AC914
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Discover your inner comic genius! Learn the essentials of comedy and improvisation in this introductory acting camp. Write and perform skits, play theater games and more all while building self-confidence.

Art of Architecture

(ages 9 – 14)
AC915
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

The art of building involves a vision, a plan, as well as the materials and skills to construct three-dimensional structures. Draw inspiration from art and architecture throughout history as you realize your vision from the sketching stage to the building of an actual model.

Video Fundamentals

(ages 14-17)
MAL900
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$230 members, $255 non-members
Instructor: Michael Johnsen
maximum enrollment: 10

This course takes students through the relevant stages of video production including the aesthetics pertinent to motion picture production such as reading light, principles of composition, planning, shooting, recording audio, editing, and burning a DVD. The focus-project is a completed "photo roman," a video pairing of still imagery and audio. It may sound easy, but it's not; the “photo roman” is often an important college and grad school film school assignment where students show off their ability to read light, compose images, work with sophisticated audio tracks and create a compelling story/convey an important idea. The photo roman is to some, an excellent artistic and collaborative exercise by which to stretch such creative muscles for the first time. This class is the perfect foundation course for the other electronic media courses we'll offer this summer.

August 6 - 10

Octopus Garden

(ages 4 – 6)
AC1010
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

What treasures will we find under the sea in your octopus garden? Learn about the many riches that are hiding in the deep blue sea. Use paint, paper, glitter and glue to create dolphins, sharks, starfish and seahorses, as well as the unique plant life that thrive in our oceans. Dive into your creativity!

5 – 6 year olds may enroll in both Octopus Garden and Multi-Media Medley with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

Multi-Media Medley

(ages 5 – 7)
AC1011
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Discover your creativity while developing fundamental art skills. Explore painting, drawing, sculpture and more in this exciting multi-media week. A wonderful opportunity to sample a variety of arts!

Rediscover the Renaissance

(ages 6 – 12)
AC1012
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Michelangelo the poet? Leonardo the inventor? Explore everything from painting, drawing and sculpture to creative writing, music, science and architecture. Find out how artists connect the dots between all of the different things we do. Learn how our favorite artists are also “Jack of all trades” and follow their lead to becoming a well-rounded little artist.

Studio Arts Sampler

(ages 9 – 14)
AC1018
August 6 – 10 and August 13 – 17 (2 week camp)
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$215 members, $240 non-members

Sample the arts! Draw and paint outdoors, make unique prints, sculpt people and animals and more. This is a great introduction to the arts and the perfect way to further your skills in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Center Stage

(ages 9 – 14)
AC1013
August 6 – 10 and August 13 – 17 (2 week camp)
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$370 members, $395 non-members

During this intensive two-week acting camp, learn about character development, scene study, vocal projection and stage movement while working toward a performance on the last day in conjunction with the Set Design and Production camp. Develop acting skills and strengthen self-confidence. (Due to the scope and limited time of this camp, attendance each day is very important.)

Set Design and Production

(ages 9 – 14)
AC1014
August 6 – 10 and August 13 – 17 (2 week camp)
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$370 members, $395 non-members

During this intensive, two-week camp, work in conjunction with the Center Stage camp to design and produce original sets and costumes for a performance on the last day. Draw, paint, sculpt and more as you work together to create a one-of-a-kind production!

Earth and Fire

(ages 9 – 14)
August 6–10 and August 13–17 (2 week camp)
AC1015: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
AC1016: Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$255 members, $280 non-members

This camp is an intensive two-week opportunity to develop skills in ceramics. Explore wheelthrowing, handbuilding, sculpture and finishing techniques like sgraffito, resist, underglazing, glazing and painting. Camp concludes with a Raku firing.

Street Photography

(ages 9 – 14)
AC1017
August 6 – 10 and August 13 – 17 (2 week camp)
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$265 members, $290 non-members

Explore the streets of Shadyside and Squirrel Hill in search of the perfect photograph. Capture the people, buildings, houses and anything else you might find for your own personal photos. Emphasis will be on the principles of composition and the processes of developing and printing film. Included in the fee is a camera that can be taken home at the end of camp.

Intro to Digital Photography

(ages 14-17)
MAL1000
Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$230 members, $255 non-members
Instructor: Randy Collins
maximum enrollment: 6

Get to know digital still cameras! This course will introduce the aesthetic and technical processes relevant to the fundamentals of digital photography. Students will work with digital still cameras, Photoshop, a digital printer and will upload their work to simple photo blogs. Upon departure from the course, students will receive one final digital print and a CD burned with their portfolio work from the class.

August 13 - 17

Art Adventures Together

(ages 2 – 3 w/adult)
AC1110
Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 10:00 am
$80 members, $105 non-members (for one child and one adult)

Making art together is a wonderful way to spend time with a child. With adult guidance, children engage in art activities using paint, paper, markers and clay. Each child must be accompanied by one adult.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

(ages 4 – 6)
AC1111
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Get moving to this camp if you like transportation. We'll hear stories about sailing the seas in boats and ships, traveling the roads and rails on trucks and trains, flying through blue skies in planes, hot air balloons or even magic carpets. Learn about all the ways that people can move around and invent your own mode of moving while creating exciting art projects.

5 – 6 year olds may enroll in both Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Lost in Space with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

Lost in Space

(ages 5 – 7)
AC1112
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Come join us on this space odyssey as we travel at the speed of light through the Milky Way. Witness the making of stars and moons along the way and use papier-mâché, glitter, paint, clay and fabric to make an array of astral creations including a sleek miniature spaceship, a friendly alien and a solar system mobile.

Andy's Factory

(ages 6 – 12)
AC1113
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Join the assembly line in creating some amazing Pop art masterpieces. Learn about what makes art "pop" and how Andy Warhol used the help of his friends to create amazing artwork from images in popular culture. Drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and silk-screening will be explored in this fun, interactive camp.

Painting

(ages 9 – 14)
AC1114
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Learn the fundamentals of color and composition in this fun introduction to the world of painting. Explore landscape, still life and portrait painting while looking at examples of some our favorite master painters.

Instant Composer Workshop

(ages 11 - 13)
MAL1100
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$230 members, $255 non-members
Instructor: Matt Wellins
maximum enrollment: 10

Have you ever wanted to compose your own score or conduct your own orchestra? There are many different ways to write music. In this class, you'll work on inventing your own. We'll look at a number of tools for composing; in particular, “found” materials like records and cassette tapes, improvisation, rule-based pieces, and chance operations like rolling dice. We'll consider the effect of pacing, dynamic changes, and how sound travels in a room. Throughout the class, we'll make instruments, edit digital and analogue source material, and talk about how to most effectively conduct your pieces. You'll be both composer and musician, having written, performed and recorded new work.

August 20 24

Art Connections

(ages 2–3 w/adult)
AC1210
Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 10:00 am
$80 members, $105 non-members (for one child and one adult)

Celebrate the arts during this unique adult-child art experience. Each day, dabble in various art media including clay, paint, markers, paper and fabric. Each child must be accompanied by one adult.

Art Around the World

(ages 4 – 6)
AC1211
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Experiment with color and paint what you see in the world around you. Take a trip around the world and use what you see as inspiration for different hands-on projects. Recreate some of the artifacts and art objects you learn about on your journey.

Art Safari

(ages 5 – 7)
AC1212
Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
$140 members, $165 non-members

Take a safari through the wild world of art and animals. Each day, learn about new animals and let them inspire you to draw, paint and sculpt whimsical wild creatures using paint, paper, clay and more. Then, join Pittsburgh Zoo for one afternoon as they bring some animal friends to PCA for a first hand learning experience.

It's a Jungle Out There!

(ages 6 – 12)
AC1213
Mon – Fri, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$215 members, $240 non-members

Spend the day discovering arts and animals from aardvarks to zebras! Create drawings, stories, sculpture and more as we find inspiration from the animals we see each day. Then, join the Pittsburgh Zoo for one afternoon as they bring some animal friends to PCA for a first hand learning experience.

Creative Tees

(ages 8 – 12)
AC1214
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$220 members, $245 non-members

Develop your artistic skills and expand your wardrobe. Focus on designing four one-of-a-kind tee shirts. Then use a variety of techniques that may include fabric painting, silk screening, tie-dyeing and batik to carry out your designs.

Anime and Cartooning

(ages 9 – 14)
AC1215
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Learn the tricks of the trade in this introduction to anime and cartooning. Learn the fundamentals of line, contour, shading and perspective with a special focus on drawing the human figure in the style of popular cartoons and Japanese animation.

Photography and Book Arts

(ages 9 – 14)
AC1216
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$250 members, $275 non-members

Spend half a day in the photography darkroom learning creative developing techniques and the rest of the day manipulating your images with photo transfer techniques, the addition of color and unique mounting methods. Included in the fee is a camera that can be taken home at the end of the camp. Previous photo experience a plus but not necessary.

Animation Production

(ages 14 – 17)
MAL1200
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$230 members, $255 non-members
Instructor: Josh Tonies
maximum enrollment: 9

Learn about the history and varied approaches to making animated movies, partly through screening and discussing the work of animators, but mostly through hands-on projects using traditional animation production aided by Macs and software. Experiment with motion painting and pixilation (the animation of human beings). Spend most of your time working on final collaborative projects that incorporate original soundtracks and will be edited in Final Cut Express.

our programs

Fall Childrens Classes

Start the fall out the right way, making art. The School at the PCA offers classes in everything from ceramics to media arts to children and teens. Call us at 412-361-0455 x324 to register today!

Check out our schedule online

In the Gallery

The Sea After Time is an installation of glass works by Lindsay O'Leary. Her installation evokes the characteristics of the sea – shiny, rippling, cool, shimmery, and wet.

Get more info

 

IN-TENT

IN-TENT is a series of live music events featuring local and international improvisers and experimenters. We welcome you to explore new realms of sound performance.

Get more info