Welcome to the 2022 summer camp season at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History! Where else can kids wander among real dinosaurs, be encouraged to make a mess, paint with artists, or conduct their own scientific experiments? From throwing a clay pot to identifying specimens from the natural world, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History offer a range of in-person activities for creative kids and nature lovers alike in a safe environment. Campers will be expected to adhere to the public health guidance and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh procedures in place at the time of their camp. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions and COVID-19 safety measures.
Featured Camps: High School
Green Tech House
Design a dream house of the future while exploring green technologies at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture. Learn how smart architecture can conserve natural resources and combine this new knowledge with design inspiration from the galleries to create an environmentally conscious home. Through the use of 3D modeling software and more, you will build new skills, unlock your creativity as a green designer, and build your architecture portfolio. This workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus and uses CMU’s digital studio. Students will make regular walking trips to Carnegie Museum of Art.
The last day to register for this camp is July 6, 2022
Teen Artist’s Sketchbook
The sketchbook can be one of the artist’s most important tools. Learn how to bind and make your own sketchbook and use it as a place to explore different mediums, learn a variety of techniques, create color palettes, explore patterns, and keep a collection of things that inspire you. Work with a teaching artist to develop your observational drawing skills and learn to use a variety of drawing tools. Spend a week drawing on location in the museum’s galleries and exhibitions as well as outdoors in Oakland. Build up your sketchbook with a variety of quick studies and more finished compositions while drawing landscapes, architecture, and portraits from observation. This workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Students will make regular walking trips to Carnegie Museum of Art.
Drawing and Printmaking Studio
Expand upon your drawing skills and broaden your artistic repertoire by trying out various printmaking techniques and exploring new ways of making images. No printmaking experience required. Screen print like Andy Warhol, carve blocks for linocut prints and even experiment with cyanotypes. You’ll create a series with your prints and work alongside teaching artists to explore how drawing can enhance your prints. Work on both skills throughout the week and visit the museum’s collection to find inspiration and learn new techniques. This workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Students will make regular walking trips to Carnegie Museum of Art.
Express yourself through painting. Learn techniques by comparing old master paintings to the work of artists who continue to reinvent painting today. Discover which methods suit your expressive goals—smooth brushstrokes or thick and textured impasto? Bold or muted colors? Canvas or more nontraditional surfaces? Gain insight into your work and the work of your peers through group critique. The museum’s collection and exhibitions will offer inspiration. This workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Students will make regular walking trips to Carnegie Museum of Art.
3D Art and Sculpture Studio
Think and create in three dimensions. From ancient to contemporary art, indoors to outside, discover the variety of media available for creating sculpture by studying the collection at Carnegie Museum of Art. Go beyond the marble figure and learn how to build things with a variety of media and processes, guided by a professional teaching artist. Take what inspires you into the studio to begin your own experiments. From sketches to finished work, use your creativity to bring your sculptures to life. Make something wearable, use plaster gauze to cast your own body, experiment with clay, or construct with fabric and found objects. Deconstruct existing objects and reimagine them to create something new. Develop your portfolio and gain insight into your work and the work of your peers through group critique and discussion. This workshop meets on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Students will make regular walking trips to Carnegie Museum of Art.