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2016 MCG Invitational Photo Booth Images

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Photo booth images by the one and only Germaine Watkins.

Remake Learning Days

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Graphic for Remake Learning DaysJoin us Thursday, May 12 for a free Remake Learning event, 4:00-5:30 pm.

Tour Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a world-class youth arts education facility that teaches ceramics, photography, printmaking, laser engraving and 3D printing. Visitors will get an inside look at the world-renowned arts education model that is being replicated globally.

Participants will experience a “raku” firing in the Ceramics studio. This Americanized version of a centuries old Japanese firing process involves red hot pottery being drawn out of the fire and placed into a bin with combustible material. They will also see a demonstration of screen printing in the Design studio, which is one of the world’s most popular methods for printing on fabrics such as t-shirts, as well as for creating fine art prints the way legendary Pittsburgh-born artist Andy Warhold did. While supplies last, visitors will be able to take home examples of these crafts.

RSVP to Rose Mary Gubser via email or phone, RMGubser@manchesterbidwell.org, 412-323-4000 ext 302

Learn more at http://remakelearningdays.org/events/environment-shapes-behavior/

MCG Invitational – Join us this Thursday!

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MCG Invitational 2016 AdvertisementThe MCG Invitational is this Thursday, May 5th from 6-9 pm. The event is free and open to the public, and includes refreshments, live music, and an awards ceremony. Learn more at www.mcginvitational.org

Spring 2015-16 Enrollment

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2016 Spring ATP Course GuideThe dates for Spring 2016 after-school enrollment are March 30 – 31.

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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.

Introducing: Tech Suite

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Tech Suite PostcardManchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) Youth & Arts has redesigned its Digital Arts studio to include the Tech Suite, now equipped to support additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) and laser engraving/etching.

MCG Youth & Arts has partnered with industry professionals, such as Dr. Jeri Thompson and The Additive Project, to create new curriculum. ExOne, a global leader in additive manufacturing technology from nearby Irwin, PA, has also lent considerable time and resources to the project.

The space is exceptionally modern, yet reflects the timeless visual elements consistent throughout the Manchester Bidwell organization. Astorino, the architect-of-record for PNC Park, designed the Tech Suite; PJ Dick, one of the nation’s top 100 contractors, helped bring Astorino’s vision to life; And the state-of-the art design and construction is met with world-class woodwork created by renowned Pittsburgh artisan, Tadao Arimoto.

“Tech Suite gives me new ways to express myself, I’m able to turn my ideas into real products that can be used in everyday life.”
–Chanel, grade 12

While developing Tech Suite, MCG Youth & Arts staff members conducted considerable research, exploring local resources such as CMU CREATE Lab and Tech Shop, as well as, FABLab Mahtomedi, a highly lauded high-school program in Mahtomedi, MN, and Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printers and 3D production systems. These visits not only highlighted the artistic possibilities and showcased the variety of available equipment; they helped solidify the notion that additive manufacturing is an important skill for young people to acquire, with real employment opportunities waiting.

“With the creation of Tech Suite, students are being given access to new media in an exciting era where art meets technology,” said Justin Mazzei, Director of MCG Youth & Arts. “In the coming years 3D printing will be a part of nearly every profession, including medical, engineering, transportation, manufacturing, and the arts. Gaining access to this technology in a world class facility is a game changer for the youth in our region, especially students from urban and economically challenged areas.”

Tech Suite would not be possible without the generous support of the Henry L. Hillman Foundation and the Grable Foundation.

Join us on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:30 pm for the formal unveiling of Tech Suite.

Family Night – Winter 2016

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Family Night - Winter 2016We at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Winter 2016 Family Night on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will be highlighted by the formal unveiling of Tech Suite, a new addition to the Digital Arts Studio which features 3D printing and laser engraving.

Refreshments will be served and our four art making studios will host tours, demonstrations, and artist talks. This is an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate all that the students have accomplished during their after-school hours throughout the winter.

Tech Suite PostcardIf you have any questions about the evening, or our after school program, please contact Rose Mary Gubser at 412-322-1773 x302. Visit us online at www.mcgyouthandarts.org for additional information and to subscribe to our e-mail updates.

We hope to see you at MCG!

Once – A Collection of Works by Tugboat Print Shop

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Once - A Collection of Works by Tugboat Print ShopOnce: A Collection of Works by Tugboat Print Shop runs from January 29 through March 18, 2016. A public reception is scheduled for February 4th from 6 – 8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth are a husband and wife team of nationally renowned printmakers from Pittsburgh, PA who specialize in fine art woodcut editions. They have collaborated in their home studio since 2006.

They employ centuries-old techniques to create authentic, hand-crafted prints. Every step involves handiwork, from drawing and carving to inking the blocks and hand cranking the press. The results are crisp, clear, bold, and intricate.

Process Masters 2016

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Process Masters 2016 Poster ArtExemplary high school students, dubbed Process Masters, from the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Youth & Arts
program will exhibit visual art from various mediums and several will give artist talks.

The exhibit opens Friday, Jan 22 at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, from 5:30-9:00 pm in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.

Chinese Arts Cultural Exchange Meet and Greet

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2015 Pittsburgh Purple Sand Pottery Chinese Arts Cultural ExchangeCome join us for a meet and greet with artists from China on Thursday December 10th 5:30 – 7:30.

Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.

Family Night – Fall 2015-16

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Family Night - Fall 2015-16We at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Fall 2015 Family Night on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

By attending, you will have the chance to see the works of art created by MCG’s dedicated after-school students and to meet the staff that works with and inspires them daily. Refreshments will be served and our four art making studios will host tours, demonstrations, and artist talks. This is an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate all that the students have accomplished during their after-school hours throughout the fall.

If you have any questions about the evening, or our after school program, please contact Rose Mary Gubser at 412-322-1773 x302. Visit us online at www.mcgyouthandarts.org for additional information and to subscribe to our e-mail updates.

We hope to see you at MCG!

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