Whether you are a life long art lover or are looking for a new hobby to enjoy, taking an art class can help to open up your creativity and explore new talents. There are many places that offer art classes for adults in Pittsburgh, from art appreciation to hands on creation that range from just for fun to more serious artistry. Whether your interests are in painting, drawing, photography or something unique, you are sure to find a new passion exploring these classes available around town.
Pittsburgh Center For The Arts
1047 Shady Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
If you are looking for a variety of art classes to enjoy, the Pittsburgh Center For The Arts is a great place to start. The center offers classes for both children and adults of all skill levels in a wide range of media. Try a class in stained glass, screen printing or painting. If you are looking for something a little more original, why not explore metal smithing or story telling. A full schedule of classes can be found on the center’s website.
Carnegie Museum Of Art
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
If you would like to learn more about art itself, the Carnegie Museum Of Art offers some great art history classes and lectures. Join a class to learn more about different art throughout the world, art history and specific artists and exhibits at the museum. The museum also offers a “Third Thursday” evening for adults to meet, mingle and discuss art at select galleries throughout the museum. See the museum’s website for class and lecture times and subjects.
Art Institute Of Pittsburgh
420 Blvd. Of The Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Although the Art Institute of Pittsburgh is one of the first places many think of to pursue a professional career in art, the institute also offers a wide variety of recreational learning classes for those simply wishing to improve their art skills or learn more about an art medium. Classes are available on pretty much every subject related to food, photography, art and fashion. Learn about everything from Chinese cooking and beer brewing to drawing and digital image manipulation. Take a look at the recreational course schedule listed on the Art Institute’s website.
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Pittsburgh Glass Center
5472 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Glass blowing is fast becoming a trendy art form. You can learn how to make beautiful pieces for your home and for gifts and use the equipment at Pittsburgh Glass Center to make your glass art ideas come to life. If you are new to glass art, start with a class offered by the center. You can learn about how to work with glass in general or how to make a specific project, such as ornaments, beads, candles or coasters. Take a look the center’s website for class descriptions and details.
801 N. Negley Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
This beautiful church turned studio space is a great place to learn about working with ceramics. The center offers classes for both adults and children to learn how to work with ceramics in general or to make specific, fun projects. You can sit in on a class on how to use the pottery wheel effectively or create your own whisky flask from scratch. Take a look at Union Project’s website to find out more about available classes.
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