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.
Teaching Artist: Jill Wiggins
Oct 1 – Dec 3 (10 classes)
6 – 9 pm
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!
Teaching Artist: Jeff Guerrero
Oct 7 – Nov 25 (8 classes)
6 – 9 pm
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.
Casey 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
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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.
Inspiring 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
Manchester Bidwell’s MCG Youth & Arts – also known as ‘The Guild’ – provides an environment that is a safe, nurturing sanctuary
Hear Me amplifies kids’ voices using media and technology, giving them the power to inspire social change. This video includes footage shot on location at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and features MCG Youth & Arts staff and students. Learn more at hear-me.net
One of the most highly anticipated events of the year is the annual Accomplishment exhibition, featuring work exclusively from MCG Youth & Arts students. The event includes the much lauded MCG Fashion Show, which showcases the work of the talented students in the Design Studio. Take note of Cynthia’s dress designs—one uses reclaimed screen-printing transparencies, the other is made entirely from trash bags.
Instructors: Jill Wiggins and Jolie Valentine
Dates: July 3 to September 4, 2014 (10 weeks)
Thursdays 6 to 9pm (10 weeks)
This summer MCG Art After Dark is offering a 10 week course in digital photography. The first 4 weeks will be spent, you guessed it, roving! Each week we will head out to a new destination where you will photograph with the intent of creating a series. After week 4 we will work in the studio editing in Photoshop. We are teaching some fresh, new techniques to add to your toolbox. The course will finish with an exhibition of your works. We hope you join us for an exciting summer!
On May 14, 2014, Yuko Eguchi demonstrated the Japanese tea ceremony for students in the MCG Youth & Arts course, Manga Madness.
Yuko’s tea name is Soyu (宗裕), certified by Soshitsu Sen XVI head of the Urasenke School. In January 2013 she received the assistant professor title of tea ceremony, Jyun-Kyojyu (準教授). Learn more about Yuko Eguchi at www.yukoeguchi.com
Although the work we do at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild is undeniably valuable, fundraising remains a constant challenge.
Please mark your calendar for May 6th, when you’ll have a unique opportunity to make a donation to area non-profits, such as MCG Youth & Arts, and have your contribution go farther with matching funds from the Pittsburgh Foundation. The minimum gift is $25.
Visit www.pittsburghgives.org for more information, or to make a donation on May 6, 2014.