Community Art Lab

Spend your summer exploring, creating and performing! Our interactive summer workshops allow students ages 7 to 13 to learn inside a unique museum environment and work directly with practicing artists. Participants have an opportunity to exhibit their work during a final celebration for friends and family!


E-mail with questions or for more details. MF Members may email for their discount code.


MF MEMBER: Registration opens January 17, 2017

NON MF MEMBER: Registration opens January 23, 2017



July 10 - 21, 2017 9am - 4pm

$150 | $105 [MF Members]



Sound.Play: Interactive Music Workshop [morning session]

Instructor: Jeff Weston

Use the museum as a laboratory to investigate the relationship between sound, environment, and art! Through sound study, composition and performance, students will learn how their environment is shaped by the sonic world. Practice individual and group improvisation, create a sound journal, perform compositions and conclude with a professionally recorded performances! No musical experience is required to participate in this workshop.


It's Better Together: Collaborative Installation [afternoon session]

Instructor: Mattie Cannon

Make art as a community! Explore space, structure, how and why installations are made, what materials were used, how it makes us feel, and why something was made. This class culminates in creating an installation of our own to be displayed at the final celebration on August 4! This class will emphasize sharing ideas, listening to others’ ideas and supporting each other to make art that can only be made together.


PLEASE NOTE: Sound.Play + It's Better Together workshop, and the Waitlist, are now FULL!




July 24 - 28, 2017 9am - 4pm

$80 | $56 [MF Members]

Art Outside [morning session]

Instructor: Erin Phillips

Focus on outdoor activities and temporary, outdoor installations that both activate the space around them and engage the neighborhood. Use natural, found materials to create works that will incorporate Allegheny Commons Park, Winifred’s Garden and sidewalks near the museum. Design, paint and build!


Future Visions [afternoon session]

Instructor: Vanessa Adams

Explore the future by creating fortune telling objects and imagining fortune-telling environments! Create individual and collaborative fortunetellers, dice, and fortune cookies, and investigate other artists’ images of the future. Plus, create your own imaginings through drawing, collage and screenprinting for a class zine!


PLEASE NOTE: Art Outside + Future Visions workshop, and the Waitlist, are now FULL!




July 31 - August 4, 2017 9am - 4pm

$80 | $56 [MF Members]

Let's Build A City [morning session]

Instructor: Jeff Brunner

After looking at images of Pittsburgh, walking around the neighborhood, and visiting Dennis Maher’s A Second Home, you'll collaborate on a cityscape that combines the real and the imagined, like a rocket ship taking off of the roof of the PPG building or a cat boating down the Allegheny River! The final, collaborative cityscape will be on view at the final celebration on August 4 for all to enjoy!


Line Bandits: Taking Over Space [afternoon session]

Instructor: Lauren Bailey

Learn how to crochet, knit, tie knots, weave and screenprint in order to build a collaborative piece of Installation art that will be installed in the museum's galleries! Study the work of fiber artists, and pieces that utilizes fiber in sculptural form. Students will learn how string-things relate to drawing and will create cool shadow drawings from their work.


PLEASE NOTE: Let's Build A City + Line Bandits workshop, and the Waitlist, are now FULL!