summer Art Camps 08

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saturday classes

Art in the Family [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 3–5 w/adult)
CCH100
6 Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:30 am
July 12–August 16
$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 12–August 16
$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 12 – August 16
$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 12 – August 16
$95 members, $120 non-members

Travel around the world with paint and clay as our guide. Young explorers will experience the art of the world’s many different cultures. Painting, printmaking, sculpture and more

Drawing and Cartooning

(ages 9–14)
CCH104
6 Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
July 12 – August 16
$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 2 - 6

Side by Side

(ages 2–3 w/adult)
AC110
Mon–Fri, 9:00–10:00am
$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.

Summer Sensations

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

Celebrate sunshine and get creative while exploring all the sights, sounds and smells of summer. Use a wide variety of materials to create dazzling artwork inspired by sunshine, seashells, flowers and the vibrant world of summer.

A Bundle of Beasts

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

From a parliament of owls and a pride of lions to 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.

June 9 - 13

Amazing Alphabet Adventure

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

Explore the alphabet and the use of letters in this adventurous week of words and images. Painting, sculpture and rubber stamps will be used to create one-of-a-kind books that bring the alphabet to life with a variety of colors, patterns and shapes..

Lost in Space [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

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

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.

Young Leonardos

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

Leonardo da Vinci, painter, sculptor, architect, scientist and inventor, was one of the most creative individuals of the Italian Renaissance. Like da Vinci, create architectural models, draw, paint, sculpt and invent while investigating how things work. This unique camp unites the arts and sciences.

Comic Books and Zines

(ages 9 –14)
AC213
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$200 members, $225 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.

Animation for Kids [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 5 –7)
Mon–Fri, 9:00am –12:00pm
$230 members, $255 non-members

The activities in this course will nurture the creative spirit of young children by allowing them to experiment with the art form of animation. Children will be guided through a step by-step process leading to a final animation project burned onto a DVD. All children will work with paper materials, digital cameras and computers, while being encouraged to let their young minds explore the imaginative possibilities of animation.

 

June 16 - 20

Art Adventures Together

(ages 2 –3 w/adult )
AC310
Mon–Fri, 9:00–10:00am
$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.

Octopus Garden

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

What treasures will we find under the sea in your octopus garden? Learn about the many riches that hide 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!

Art Around the World

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

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

This Old House

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

Are you tired of that same old house? Let your imagination run wild as we take pictures of houses and buildings and redesign them into something extraordinary! Start by drawing and painting the plans of your new home, then, bring your creation to life with cardboard, paint, clay and more.

Street Photography [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 9 – 14)
AC317
Mon–Fri, 12:30–3:30pm
June 16–20 and June 23–27
(2 week camp)
$275 members, $300 non-members

Explore the streets of Shadyside and Squirrel Hill in search of the perfect photograph. Capture the people, buildings, houses and nuances of Pittsburgh on film. Focus 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.

All the World's a Stage

(ages 9 - 14)
AC318
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
June 16–20 and June 23–27 (2 week camp)
$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. Develop acting skills and strengthen self confidence. (Due to the scope and limited time of this camp, attendance each day is very important.)

Wheelthrown Ceramics

(ages 9 – 14)
June 16–20 and June 23–27 (2 week camp)
AC314: Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm  [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]
AC315: Mon–Fri, 12:30–3:30pm  [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]
$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. Camp concludes with a Raku firing.

Studio Arts Sampler

(ages 9 – 14)
AC316
Mon–Fri, 12:30–3:30pm
June 16–20 and June 23–27
(2 week camp)
$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.

Secrets of Screen Acting

(ages 14 – 17)
EMA 109
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
Sam Turich
$230 members, $255 non-members

Learn the tricks of the trade for acting in movies and television. We’ve been watching film and television actors all our lives, but what makes for a successful screen performance? How does it differ from acting on the stage? Learn the basics of professional film and television craft by performing on camera. Participants will also analyze great film performances to learn the secrets of their success. One session will focus on audition technique, to prepare young actors to try out for the many film and television productions that shoot in Pittsburgh every year. Each student will receive a DVD of their work that can be used as an introduction to casting directors.

Sound Design

(ages 14 – 17)
EMA 110
Mon–Fri, 1:00–4:00pm
Michael Johnsen
$230 member, $255 non-members

Well-designed audio is as important to a film or video as good composition and lighting. A quality soundtrack consists of a balance of dialogue, music, ambience and specific sound effects. Learn to record, edit and mix audio using a variety of microphones and recording techniques. Explore the work of the Foley Artist by producing sound effects using everyday items to create believable or fantastic audio to enrich and enhance your soundtrack.

5–6 year olds may enroll in both Octopus Garden and Art Around the World with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

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

June 23 - 27

The Beat Goes On [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 4 –6)
AC410
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
$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.

Shapes of Matisse

(ages 5 –7)
AC411
Mon–Fri, 12:30–3:30pm
$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.

Medieval Adventures

(ages 6 –12)
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Travel back to exciting medieval times and find out what life was like. Hear stories of kings and queens, knights and dragons. Illuminate your own book, make a coat of arms, sculpt a dragon, build a castle and much more.

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

Creative Tees [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 8 –12)
AC413
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$220 members, $245 non-members

Develop your artistic skills and expand your wardrobe. Design 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.

Animation Studio [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 8 – 12)
EMA 106A
Mon–Fri, 1:00–4:00pm
$230 members, $255 non-members

Learn varied approaches to making animated movies, partly by screening the work of animators, but mostly with hands-on projects using traditional animation techniques aided by Apple computers. Experiment with 2-d animation and pixilation. Collaborate on a final project with an original soundtrack edited in Final Cut Express.

Drawing and Painting

(ages 9 – 14)
AC414
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$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.

Everybody's a Director [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 14 - 17)
EMA 111
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
$230 members, $255 non-members

Everyone wants to direct, but what does a director do? Find out by examining concepts of visualization, composition and shot choice. Learn how to design, plan and shoot a scene. Screening and analysis of various films will enable participants to recognize the influence of the director. Direct dialogue and non-dialogue scenes and discover how a crew works together to fullfill the director’s vision.

 

June 30 - July 3 (no CAMP July 4)

Stars and Stripes

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

Celebrate our nation’s independence 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 in a parade around PCA.

5–6 year olds may enroll in both Stars and Stripes and Dinosaur Camp with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

Dinosaur Camp

(ages 5 – 7)
AC511
Mon–Thurs, 12:30–3:30pm
$100 members, $125 non-members

Take a trip back in time to the land of dinosaurs. Invent your very own dinosaur friends and make them come alive through drawing, painting and sculpting.

Picasso Camp [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 6 – 12)
AC512
Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$175 members, $200 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.

Anime and Cartooning

(ages 9 – 14)
AC513
Mon–Thurs, 9:00am–3:00pm
$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.

Video Fundamentals Extended

(ages 14 – 17)
EMA 101E
Mon–Thurs, 9:00am–2:00pm
Gordon Nelson
$270 members, $295 non-members

This course is for aspiring filmmakers looking for a good place to start making their own original projects in digital video. Storyboarding, cinematography, sound, editing and making a DVD will be covered. Students will make two projects, including a “photo-comic strip” (still images with sound) and a final movie. Completed projects will be screened and discussed in class. Digital video cameras and Apple’s Final Cut software will be provided to use during class-time.

July 7 - 11

Pint-Sized Picassos [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 4 – 6)
AC610
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
$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.

Wild About Bugs

(ages 5 –7)
AC611
Mon–Fri, 12:30–3:30pm
$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!

Andy's Factory [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 6 - 12)
AC612
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$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.

Earth and Fire [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 9 - 14)
July 7–11 and July 14–18 (2 week camp)
AC613: Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
AC614: Mon–Fri, 12:30–3:30pm
$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.

Nature Photography

(ages 9 - 14)
July 7–11 and July 14–18 (2 week camp)
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
AC615
$275 members, $300 non-members

The beauty of nature has inspired photographers for years. Using the grounds at the Center and scenic Mellon Park, gain first-hand experience in photographing the natural world. 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.

Everything 3-D!

(ages 9 - 14)
July 7–11 and July 14–18 (2 week camp)
Mon–Fri, 12:30–3:30pm
AC616
$230 members, $255 non-members

Throw away that pencil and paper and enter the world of 3-D sculpture. Learn the basics of sculpture in this introductory camp on the art of the third dimension. Experiment with clay, plaster, found objects and more as you explore the possibilities of the world of sculpture.

Intro to Digital Photography [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 14 - 17)
EMA 102
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
Randy Collins
$230 members, $255 non-members

Get acquainted with the unique functions of digital still cameras and Adobe Photoshop software. Improve your aesthetic and technical skills through practice and in-class discussions. Bring your own camera to class or borrow a camera from the media lab during class time. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a minimum of two final digital prints and a CD of their work from the class.

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

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

july 14 - 18

Birds, Bugs and Butterflies [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 4 – 6)
AC710
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
$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.

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.

Puppet Theater [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

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

Dream up and design crazy characters and bring them to life as hand, finger, stick, string and shadow puppets. Come up with original stories and put on a puppet show. This camp is an enriching experience, which combines painting, sculpture, collage, storytelling and performance.

Monster Mash

(ages 6 – 12)
AC712
Mon–Fri 9:00am–3:00pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Draw, paint and sculpt your way into the wacky world of make-believe monsters! Creatures from myths, legends and contemporary stories will inspire you to make up your own medley of monsters whether furry and friendly or splendidly spooky. Write stories, make books and bring your characters to life with papier-mâché, plaster, googly eyes and more.

The Art of Mexico

(ages 6 – 12)
AC713
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Head south of the border to learn about the rich culture of our neighbor, Mexico. Create festive artworks inspired by the people and places you visit along the way. Learn about famous Mexican artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as we paint, draw, sculpt and more.

5–6 year olds may enroll in both Birds, Bugs and Butterflies and Puppet Theater with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

Eco Art

(ages 8 – 14)
AC714
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$215 members, $240 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.

Video Improv-O-Rama

(ages 14 – 17)
EMA 112
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
Sam Turich
$230 members, $255 non-members

This fun class is designed to let students explore the world of improvisational acting combined with video-making exercises. Working as an ensemble, investigate comical and highly creative approaches to making short videos through a series of movement and voice exercises. The work of comic heroes from Ernie Kovacs to Monty Python will be screened for inspiration, instruction and laughs!

Experimental Digital Photography [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 14 – 17)
EMA 104
Mon–Fri, 1:00–4:00pm
Randy Collins
$230 members, $255 non-members

Sample a fascinating variety of non-traditional methods to create and present unique, personal photographs. Processes covered include experimental camera and lighting techniques, inventive scanning of unusual materials, working with image degradation, ink manipulation, toning, collage and mixed media. Cameras will be available during class time or students can use their own.

july 21 - 25

Dr. Seuss & Mother Goose

(ages 4 – 6)
AC810
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
$125 members, $150 non-members

Have a fun time making rhymes with Dr. Seuss and Mother Goose. We’ll read Mother Goose rhymes and Dr. Seuss stories each day. Create your own rhymes, paintings, drawings and games. With Sam I am, Miss Muffett, Cindy Lou and you, we’ll celebrate the joy of rhymes and art!

Piñata Party [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

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

Take a swing in this fun-filled exploration of the culture of Mexico and the history of the piñata. Create your own piñata using papier-mâché and other materials. Build piñatas representing your favorite animals, creatures and people!

Stage Right

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

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

Forts and Secret Hideaways

(ages 8 – 12)
AC813
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Hide away in this camp that combines sculpture and architecture. Design your own special fort or secret hideaway and then construct it using cardboard, paper, plaster, paint and more.

Drawing and Cartooning

(ages 9 – 14)
AC814
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$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.

Ceramics Intensive [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 12 – 16)
July 21–25 and July 28–August 1 (2 week camp)
AC815
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$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.

Animation Studio

(ages 14 – 17)
EMA 106B
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
Drew Pavelchak
$230 members, $255 non-members

Learn varied approaches to making animated movies, partly by the screening the work of animators, but mostly with hands-on projects using traditional animation techniques aided by Apple computers. Experiment with motion painting and pixilation. Collaborate on a final project with an original soundtrack edited in Final Cut Express.

Experimental Video

(ages 14 – 17)
EMA 105
Mon–Fri, 1:00–4:00pm
Michael Johnsen
$230 members, $255 non-members

Explore classic experimental video-making techniques combined with current digital and sound processes to make your own distinctive video art. Video feedback, optical effects and video installation will be covered along with personal, non-technical approaches to video production. Finished projects can be burned to a DVD or posted on the internet.

July 28 - August 1

Fish Tales [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

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

Dive into the deep blue sea in search of our favorite fishy friends. Learn about all of the fish and plants that call the ocean their home. Listen to the many tales of the seas or tell your own then draw, paint and sculpt your stories for all to see!

5–6 year olds may enroll in both Fish Tales and Treasure Hunt with supervision provided during the half hour break between camps.

Treasure Hunt  [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 5 – 7)
AC911
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!

Time Travelers

(ages 6 –12)
AC912
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Hop in the time machine and examine artwork from throughout history. Explore the cave paintings of Lascaux, France, the large-scale abstract paintings of 1950s New York and everything in-between. Travel forward in time and imagine what futuristic paintings and sculptures will look like.

Photography and Book Arts [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 8 – 12)
AC913
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$260 members, $285 non-members

Spend half the time in the 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 camp. Previous photo experience a plus but not necessary.

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.

Pop Art!

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

Take a trip back to the 1960s and the age of Pop Art. Study the works of such artists as Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenberg and Pittsburgh’s own Andy Warhol. Learn what inspired them and then try it yourself. Projects may include painting, silk screening, giant soft sculptures and more.

Photography: Grains to Pixels [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 11 – 13)
Mon–Fri, 1:00–4:00pm
Randy Collins
$230 members, $255 non-members

Combine traditional darkroom photography with new advances in digital image capturing. Take photographs, develop and print them in the darkroom and then use the latest digital technology to scan and manipulate your images in Photoshop. Experience the best of both worlds!

Video Fundamentals

(ages 14 – 17)
EMA 101
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
Gordon Nelson
$230 members, $255 non-members

This course is for aspiring filmmakers looking for a good place to start making their own original projects in digital video. Storyboarding, cinematography, sound, editing and making a DVD will be covered. Students will make two projects, including a “photo-comic strip” (still images with sound) and a final movie. Completed projects will be screened and discussed in class. Digital video cameras and Apple’s Final Cut software will be provided to use during class-time.!

 

August 4 - August 8

Animals on Parade

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

Let us take you on a trip to the world of tails and trunks, fins and feet, stripes and spots, feathers and fur! Animals of all kinds will inspire fun art projects with a variety of materials. Hear exciting animal stories and share some of our favorite animal experiences and stories too!

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

Arts Explorers

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

Become an arts explorer! Search out the wonder, mystery and fun to be found in all of the arts. Draw, paint, dance, sculpt and sing everyday and let your creative energy grow!

Adventures in Athens

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

Take a trip back in time to ancient Athens. Learn about Greece’s rich culture and hear fantastic myths. View inspiring works of art, from clay vessels and colorful murals to impressive marble sculptures and architecture. Create your own artwork in the style of the Greeks by sculpting, painting, drawing and more.

Center Stage

(ages 9 – 14)
August 4–8 and 11–15 (2 week camp)
AC1013
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$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. Develop acting skills and strengthen self-confidence. (Due to the scope and limited time of this camp, attendance each day is very important.)

Earth andFire

(ages 9 – 14)
August 4–8 and 11–15 (2 week camp)
AC1014: Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
AC1017: Mon–Fri, 12:30–3:30pm
$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..

Jewelrymaking [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 9 – 14)
August 4–8 and 11–15 (2 week camp)
AC1015
Mon–Fri, 12:30–3:30pm
$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.

Photography [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

AC1016
Mon–Fri 9:00am–12:00pm
$275 members, $300 non-members

Learn the basics 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.

Hand Drawn Animation [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 14 - 17)
EMA 108
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
Josh Tonies
$230 members, $255 non-members

Anyone who enjoys drawing will be able to bring their artwork to life in this fun class emphasizing traditional cartooning techniques. Classic examples from Disney to anime will be examined to reveal the magic of stop-motion. Begin by creating your own custom “flip-book” followed by a short animated video movie.

Super-8 Filmmaking

(ages 14- 17)
EMA 114
Mon–Fri, 1:00–4:00pm
Gordon Nelson
$240 members, $265 non-members

Motion picture film is remarkably different than digital video. Here’s a chance to take a D.I.Y. (do it yourself) approach to this century-old medium. Explore the foundations of filmmaking with super-8 celluloid. Working collaboratively, participants will be able to shoot, hand-process, transfer and digitally edit black and white super-8 footage to achieve the exceptional look of film

 

August 11 - 15

Art for Two

AC1110
Mon–Fri, 9:00–10:00am
$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.

Itsy Bitsy Spider [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

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

Climb up the waterspout as we learn about our favorite eight legged friends. Use paint, paper, markers, clay and more to create artwork inspired by spiders and other creepy crawlers.

Multi-Media Medley

(ages 5 – 7)
AC1112
Mon–Fri, 12:30–3:30pm
$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!

Painting with Van Gogh & Gauguin

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

Explore the work of two of our favorite mater painters, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Learn about their lives as friends and as painting rivals. Use their work as inspiration for your own colorful masterpieces.

Found Art Paintings

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

Take painting to the next level! Use the artwork of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg as inspiration as you incorporate sculptural elements into your paintings. Use everyday objects that you find as part of your very own 3-D paintings.

Clay Animation [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 11– 13)
EMA 107
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
Gordon Nelson
$230 members, $255 non-members

Learn to design and create your own movie using the popular technique of claymation. Participants will take on a creative roll to complete a short animated movie with a soundtrack. After completion of the class, students will receive a copy of the animated projects with additional “making-of” footage.

Methods in Sound and Music

(ages 11 – 13)
EMA 115
Mon–Fri, 1:00–4:00pm
Michael Johnsen
$230 members, $255 non-members

Get a better understanding of the basic principles of sound and the tools we use to shape it. Basic, yet powerful methods of sound gathering will be demonstrated to guide you through the often hidden world of recording, editing and processing. Small group projects will lead to final performances/recordings.

August 18 - 22

Caterpillar Camp

(ages 2 – 3 w/adult)
AC1210
Mon–Fri, 9:00–10:00am
$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.

On the Road Again [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

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

Travel by air, rail, sea, camel or magic carpet to all types of wonderful places using your imagination. Go to the beach, climb mountains, journey to a rainforest, fly through outer space or visit an exciting land of make believe. Through stories, songs, painting, sculpture, drawing and printing, let your imagination soar to wonderful locations!

Art Safari

(ages 5 – 7)
AC1212
Mon–Fri, 12:30–3:30pm
$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, 9:00am–3:00pm
$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.

Fantastic Fiber [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 8 – 12)
AC1214
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

straw and more. Try your hand at weaving, dyeing and even painting with fibers. The art you make can be hung as paintings, displayed as sculptures, worn or used, or turned into installation art. Explore the endless possibilities.

Anime and Cartooning [now filled, to join a wait list call 412-361-0455]

(ages 9 - 14)
AC1215
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$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.

Self-Portrait Painting

(ages 9 - 14)
AC1216
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–3:00pm
$200 members, $225 non-members

Look in the mirror and explore the world of the self-portrait. Study in the tradition of the master painters by learning to paint the self-portrait. Study the work of Rembrandt, Frida Kahlo, da Vinci and more. Camp will culminate in a large-scale portrait in the style of Chuck Close.

Special Effects: Green Screen

(ages 14 - 17)
EMA 116
Mon–Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
Gordon Nelson
$230 members, $255 non-members

Many film and television special effects sequences incorporate “green screen” technology to create movie magic. Explore an imaginative world of fantastic possibilities using this popular production technique. Working in crews, participants will direct, perform and edit an original production. Just don’t wear green to class!

 

our programs

Pittsburgh Biennial 08

May 3 - August 28
Pittsburgh Filmmakers / Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts announce the 2008 Biennial, an exhibit of contemporary art running May 3 – August 24, 2008.

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Filmmakers at the Center

Our comprehensive and progressive program of media education for teens and older is centered at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab.

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