INSTALL: Afternoons @ the Factory [Grades 3-5]

Spend your Wednesday afternoons hanging out at the Mattress Factory! Participating students work directly with artists to explore themes such as collaboration, tolerance, and spatial experience, all within the context of contemporary art practice. Artists and museum educators provide academic, emotional, and creative support while broadening students’ way of thinking and increasing exposure to adults with diverse backgrounds and careers.


The Mattress Factory’s after-school program is FREE for students, and is endorsed by Pittsburgh Public Schools as an official partner and is recognized as a “Quality Campaign Member” by Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST).


Upcoming Programs Include:


Wednesdays, September 18 - December 11, 2019 from 4 - 6pm
[No class November 21]

WELCOME HOME! with teaching artist Nora Peters
A mixed-media installation sculpture class investigating the idea of “home”.
What makes your home a home? What does home feel like, sound like, taste like? What does it mean if a place feels “home-y?” Students will dive deep into project-based learning by building a foundation around the concept of “home”. The class will learn design processes, maker mindsets, and art-making techniques through this 12-week course.


Wednesdays, January 8 - February 12, 2020 from 4 - 6pm
[Alternate snow day February 19]
ZODIAC SPIRIT, with teaching artist Marlon Fullenwider
What parts of the zodiac do students identify with? When thinking about different qualities, how do those qualities guide us in everyday life? How can these qualities move us towards a brighter future? Students will answer each of these questions through this 6-week course that explores self-identity through the zodiac lens!


Wednesdays, March 4 - May 27, 2020 from 4 - 6pm
[No class April 17]
EXTREME DRAWING, with teaching artist Branden Koch
Spend 12 weeks taking your preconceived notions of drawing to the max. Students will explore individualized and collaborative material-based drawing projects that push the envelope of what drawing can do, off of the wall and out into space!



Questions? E-mail for more details.


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DONATE to INSTALL: Afternoons @ the Factory


The Mattress Factory is proud to be an approved Contributor Choice agency with United Way of Southwestern PA, which supports a wide range of human service needs. Through the Contributor Choice program, individuals can designate their funds to go directly to the Mattress Factory's FREE after school program. Please use the Book/Code number 12962809 to identify the Mattress Factory in the United Way system when making your pledge. Check with your HR Administrator for more details about how you or your employer can make a donation.


For questions or more information, please contact our Development Department at 412.231.3169.

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