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MCG Closed Due To Inclement Weather

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snowflakeMCG Youth & Arts after school programs will not run Thursday January 29 due to inclement weather. Stay warm out there!

Rhodes Revisited

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Rhodes Revisited—Inspirational works by the acclaimed artist, author, and educator, Daniel Rhodes runs from Jan 30—Mar 20, 2015. A public reception is scheduled for March 12th from 6 – 8 pm. This event is free and open to the  public.

Daniel Rhodesrhodes was the first visiting artist to conduct a residency at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in 1989. Hosting an artist of such status helped to establish MCG as a world class center for ceramics. The pieces in this exhibition represent an artist with an enormous amount of knowledge, experience, and creativity. One who dedicated his life to his craft, and to sharing his passion with others.

Born in central Iowa in the early part of the 20th century, Daniel Rhodes began his artistic career as a painter. He studied under John Steuart Curry, a notable painter from the American Regionalism movement. During his time at the Stone City Art Colony, Rhodes learned from Grant Wood, whose iconic painting, American Gothic, is recognized worldwide.

Rhodes moved to Colorado in 1940 and took his first formal ceramics classes. He subsequently entered the newly introduced graduate program at Alfred University, and subsequently became the school’s first MFA graduate. In 1947 he joined the Alfred faculty where he taught until 1973.

Rhodes authored numerous books throughout his life. The first of which, Clay and Glazes for the Potter, was published in 1957 and remains popular and influential to this day. His other books cover a variety of ceramic topics, including form and design, kiln construction, and materials science.

Rhodes died of a heart attack while conducting a ceramics workshop at age 78.

Winter 2015 Enrollment

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Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 1.58.26 PMThe dates for Winter 2015 after-school enrollment are December 10 and 11.

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Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild will hold two enrollment sessions for our upcoming after-school courses (ATP) from 3:00–5:30 p.m. Students will be introduced to MCG Youth & Arts, its teachers and the facilities. You must attend one of these sessions to be eligible for admission. Click here for more info.

Non-PPS students may register online for a fee. Please click here for online registration.

Photo Exhibit Shines Light on “Good” Work

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Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.15.27 AMFrom the Tribune-Review:

Manchester Craftsman Guild director Bill Strickland stands by some of the images of himself which are being used for a exhibit on Friday Oct. 17, 2014. Being Good is a collaborative effort to document three remarkable locals who are using their art, and committing their resources, to improve distressed neighborhoods in the city.

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2014 Arts DOG

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ArtDog1Arts Day of Giving, affectionately called ArtsDOG, is an 18-hour opportunity for arts lovers to donate online to their favorite arts and culture nonprofits and have their contributions partially matched, making your dollars go further.

The October 2 Arts Day of Giving is sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

We hope you will save the date and plan to participate-it’s as easy as 1-2-3…

1. On Thursday, October 2, 2014, visit the Pittsburgh Gives website, www.PittsburghGives.org, between 6:00 am and midnight.

2 . Select our organization-your Organization Name here-from the
online list. Gifts as low as $15 can be made – please give generously!

3. Your dollars will be partially matched, helping your donation go further
to support the arts!

We appreciate your support on Oct. 2 – Arts Day of Giving. Thank you!

Fall 2014 Courses for Adults

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MCG Youth & Arts offers art classes for adults as well as youth. Take the time out of your busy life to pause, connect and create in one of Pittsburgh’s best art facilities. Whether you’re an artist, art educator, art lover, or someone seeking a hands-on hobby, our staff of professional teaching artists will help you nourish your spirit in our beautiful and unique facility.

Digital Illustration
Teaching Artist: Jill Wiggins
Wednesdays
Oct 1 – Dec 3 (10 classes)
6 – 9 pm
Tuition: $200
Materials: $50
Open To: All Experience Levels
Learn to create beautiful vector graphics in this class featuring Adobe Illustrator. Each week you will create a unique piece of artwork that can be resized infinitely while remaining crisp when printed. This is possible because Illustrator draws with paths not pixels. Some of the projects you’ll be creating include a logo, a perspective (architectural) drawing, maps and infographics. We’ll even create a cartoon character!

Studio Pottery
Teaching Artist: Jeff Guerrero
Tuesdays
Oct 7 – Nov 25 (8 classes)
6 – 9 pm
Tuition: $160
Materials: $60
Open To: All Experience Levels
Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced potter, you’ll have a great time at MCG. Although we tend to gravitate towards wheel throwing and functional pottery, you are welcome to create hand-built ornamental and sculptural work, as well. Works made in this class will be high-fired in our gas kiln so they’ll look great and also be microwave and dishwasher safe.

Click here to register online, download a the registration form and mail it in with a check, or call Rose Mary Gubser at 412-322-1773 x302

MCG Alumnus Casey Droege Named to 40 Under 40

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Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 5.22.55 PMCasey Droege has a long and storied history with the MCG Youth & Arts program. She was a brilliant student who won numerous awards and scholarships. She returned to MCG as a teaching artist and worked her way up to a leadership position as a coordinator in the Youth & Arts program. As much as it was difficult for her to move on, she is now an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and an adjunct assistant professor at CMU. And she never ceases to create, produce and inspire—all day, every day.

We are overwhelmingly proud that Casey has been named to the 2014 40 Under 40. Each year, Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP sponsor the 40 Under 40 Program with the goal of recognizing 40 people under the age of 40 who are committed to shaping our region and making it a better place for everyone to live, work and play.

Learn more about Casey and her work at www.caseywhat.com

Fall 2014 After-School Enrollment

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Fall 2014-15 CatalogThe dates for Fall 2014 after-school enrollment are September 9 and 10.

See what we’re offering this fall in:

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild will hold two enrollment sessions for our upcoming after-school courses (ATP) from 3:00–5:30 p.m. Students will be introduced to MCG Youth & Arts, its teachers and the facilities. You must attend one of these sessions to be eligible for admission. Click here for more info.

Non-PPS students may register online for a fee. Please click here for online registration.

Inspiring Makers 2014

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inspiringInspiring Makers, showcases the talented staff’s artwork, and celebrates the artist mentoring relationships that form the basis of MCG Youth & Arts programming.

August 18 – October 3, 2014.

Closing reception October 3, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Poster image: Video still from “home worlds” by Di-ay Battad

Youth Arts Video

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