tourS and WORKSHOPS for schools & groups

Tours and Workshops for Groups @ PCASchedule your school or group for a tour of the Center galleries

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts presents the work of contemporary visual artists from the region. Our ten galleries change every eight to twelve weeks, with exhibitions of painting, sculpture, installation and media art. In 2009, one gallery was converted into a Video Room for the professional presentation of moving images in a gallery setting. Ample parking is available to accommodate buses.

60-minute tour
Maximum: 50 participants
$3 per child/$5 per adult

Workshops for Schools and Groups
Workshops at the Center provide a unique experience for your school or group to immerse themselves in contemporary art by viewing the constantly changing exhibits in our ten galleries with a knowledgeable tour guide and using that inspiration to create work in one of our ten studios led by an experienced teaching artist.

Customize your experience! These workshops are just a sample of the experiences you and your group can participate in at the Center. We regularly work with teachers and group leaders to customize a workshop to meet a particular need or interest of the group. With ten galleries, ten studios and the historic Mellon Park as our landscape, there are unlimited possibilities for exploring creativity at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

 

 

View our school's Educators' Resources Page for more options on classes to integrate into your visit. Along with the classes listed below, you can also integrate one of our exhibition-inspired lesson plans. Click here to view the plans created in celebration of the Maxo Vanka exhibit.

Call 412.361.0455 to discuss a custom experience for your group today.

Available Workshops

Raku Workshop
6-hour experience
Maximum 20; MINIMUM 5
$250 plus $5/participant
Grade 8 to Adult


Raku is a form of Japanese pottery characterized by low firing temperatures, special glazes and the removal of pieces from the kiln while glowing red hot. Raku techniques have been adopted and modified by contemporary potters worldwide, but all achieve stunning results with immediacy. The Mr. & Mrs. Ira H. Gordon Pavilion provides a pleasant environment for raku firings at the Center. Students should bring 3-4 bisque-fired ceramic pieces. Perfect for high school ceramic clubs.

Printmaking Workshop
3-hour experience
Maximum: 30; Minimum: 10
$25 per participant
Grade 8 to Adult


A monotype is a single print created by transferring to paper an image that has been painted on another surface. Adaptable to almost any medium, this versatile printmaking process results in painterly textures and surface effects you canít get any other way. Price includes a tour of our galleries and activity in our printmaking studio utilizing our intaglio press with a teaching artist.

Small Metals Workshop
3-hour experience
Maximum 30; Minimum 10
$35 per participant
Grade 8 to Adult


Metalsmithing involves the creation of art with metals such as silver, gold, and copper. Participants will wrap, hammer, and coil wire into art. Pieces may be functional, such as a ring or pendant, or purely sculptural. Price includes a tour of our galleries and activity in our jewelry studio with a teaching artist.

Animation Workshop
3-hour experience
Maximum 30; Minimum 10
$30 per participant
Grade K to Adult


This hands-on workshop will provide students with a foundation in the popular art of animated filmmaking using readily available equipment. Price includes tour of our galleries and activity in our media labs with a teaching artist.

Electronic Art Workshop
3-hour experience
Maximum 30; Minimum 10
$35 per participant
Grade 5 to adult


Explore the fascinating world of electronic art through music or circuit building. Get at the heart of crazy sci-fi sounds and other audio effects by building simple electronic circuits using common materials. Price includes tour of our galleries and activity in our studio with a teaching artist. A fun complement to your science and math curriculums!

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