Summer is a great time for kids to jump right into all types of art activities. The Pittsburgh region is a great place to be engaged in art camps, crafts, painting and pottery classes. There are a host of art centers, art studios and museums to learn all aspects of the art world, and have fun at the same time. Festivals and art shows provide an educational experience to learn about the techniques of the artisans.
Pittsburgh Center For The Arts
6300 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Price: Click here for pricing and scheduling
The Pittsburgh Center For The Arts has a well- arranged schedule of art activities for kids to enjoy and learn about all facets of art enrichment. The unique and diverse classes and workshops are lead by an experienced staff that has the students at the center of attention. There are hands-on activities that meet all the art and media criteria for learning about the art making process. Kids may enjoy sculpture, clay, animation, programming, painting, fashion design, theatrics and digital photography. The classes are a valuable educational experience for the kids to dabble in digital media, studio and performing arts and also a chance to connect with work in jewelry, Legos, dance, technology and experience a magical tour of imagination.
Katie’s Clay Studio
3812 William Penn Highway
Allison Park, PA 15101
Date: Click here for details
Ready to get down and dirty? it will only take a few moments to get your hands messy working with clay. Kids will learn how to use the potter’s wheel to make to create a beautiful and memorable pottery project. Add a fashion touch and the kids will have their very own tie-dye shirts. The kids will be taught by professional instructors to help with the clay, glass crafting and sculptural techniques. The summer camps provide the materials and the kids will use their imagination and expertise to create painting, glazing and wet clay projects. Kids will feel right at home and comfortable with the delightful appearance of the studio that inspires creativity.
Three Rivers Arts Festival
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: June 7 to 16
Kids may join the thousands of others during a 10-day display of artwork that includes pottery, jewelry, paintings, gallery exhibitions, photography, music and children’s activities. Children can watch artisans at work in real time to learn and experience how the man-made products are designed. The kids may enjoy the activities at Point State Park and Gateway Center and engage in hands-on activities and games. The Three Rivers Arts Festival is a celebration that highlights artists for 54 years and is an integral part of the Pittsburgh community. Kids may have the opportunity to handle the handmade products or ask questions, which may inspire them to engage in their own dreams of being any artist.
Children’s Museum Of Pittsburgh
10 Children’s Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Kids won’t have to follow the yellow brick to be active and inspired for art activities, and all it takes is a venture to the North Side of Pittsburgh to find creative activities for kids of all ages. There are enough interactive and hands-on activities for a full day of art exploration. There are rooms of fun to make a personal art project with a diverse array of painting, sculpture, puppetry, clay and a stop at Mr. Rogers neighborhood will be a highlight of the artistic journey. There are a host of safe materials to keep the kids busy for any innovative or creative designs where staff members are on hand to help with instruction. The sights and sounds of the Children’s Museum make for an exciting educational experience that lends itself to a memorable experience over and over again.
Summer Studio At Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
1815 Metropolitan St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Date: June 24 to Aug 2
Kids will love working in the four studios in the professional facility located near the shore of the Ohio River that will be an inspirational art experience for all youths. There are three two-week sessions available to work in the studios for photography, ceramics, and design arts. The staff enhances a great learning environment and the state-of-the-art facility provides an exploration of creative possibilities. The equipment, studios and materials are designed in a comfortable atmosphere and the projects that are completed make for a memorable and enriching experience.
Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.