Carnegie Museum of Art lists a full schedule of classes and seminars
From June through August Carnegie Museum of Art hosts art-themed courses for adults, art and architecture workshops for teens, and educational seminars for teachers.
Courses range in length from one to eight sessions. One-week and two-week camps and teen workshops meet daily. Specific information regarding times, dates, cost, and descriptions for all programs can be found below. (Summer camps for kids ages 4 through 11 run from June 20 to August 19; visit www.cmoa.org for more information.)
Programs for Adults
Lunch and Learn
Pre-registration is required. Call 412-622-3288. Price includes lunch in the Carnegie Café.
Images of Women in Art, Thursday, July 21
Independent curator Vicky Clark presents a slide-illustrated survey of female images that explores similarities and differences in aesthetic and expressive effect and artistic attitude, as well as social and cultural context. Following lunch is a tour of selected depictions of women in the museum's collection. 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. CMA Theater. $25 members/$30 nonmembers.
Flowers in Art and Nature, Thursday, Aug. 11
After a trip to view the gardens at Phipps Conservatory, the tour returns to the museum for lunch and a gallery survey of artists' interpretations of gardens, including Renoir's The Garden in the Rue Cortot, Montmarte (1876) and John Lafarge's Roses on a Tray (1861). Flowers as a motif in ceramics and decorative arts will also be explored. 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. CMA Theater. $32 members/$38 nonmembers.
Children in American Art
This lively lecture series features slide-illustrated images that examine changing attitudes toward the depiction of children in paintings, sculpture, and photography. Representations span 300 years, from colonial portraits depicting children as small adults to Winslow Homer's free-spirited boys, Mary Cassatt's mothers and children, the street-savvy urchins of David Gilmore Blythe, and more recent works by contemporary artists. Four sessions: Tuesdays, July 12-August 2; 6:00-7:30 p.m. $52 members/$62 nonmembers.
Sculpting the Figure
Working from a live model, students create three-dimensional realistic or abstracted images of the human form in clay. Sculptures by Auguste Rodin and other artists will serve as useful reference points. Three sessions: Fridays, July 8-July 22; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $60 members/$72 nonmembers.
Drawing the Figure
This class teaches techniques used to represent the human form in two dimensions using a variety of media-charcoal, pastel, oil, or acrylic paint-in a series of short and long poses of a clothed, draped, or undraped model. Four sessions: Fridays, July 29-August 19; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $80 members/$96 nonmembers.
Open Model Studio
Students may continue morning figure study classes or work independently in any medium. The instructor will facilitate short and long poses of an undraped model. Seven sessions: Fridays, July 8-August 19; 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. $70 members/$84 nonmembers.
Special Figure Study Package
$20 discount when registering for the following three:
Sculpting the Figure, Drawing the Figure, and Open Model Studio (14 sessions total) $184 members/$202 nonmembers.
I Can't Draw…Yet
Designed for those who have very little drawing experience, this class explores the fundamentals of drawing through an instructor's aid and examples from the museum's collection. Four sessions: Sundays, June 19-July 17 (No class July 3); 1:00-4:00 p.m. $44 members/$54 nonmembers.
I Can't Stop Drawing…
With an emphasis on underlying geometry and structure within a composition, this course allows participants to work directly with objects in the studio and museum galleries and to experiment with graphite, charcoal, ink, and pastel. Four sessions: Sundays, July 24-August 14; 1:00-4:00 p.m. $44 members/$54 nonmembers.
Special Drawing Package
Register for both I Can't Draw…Yet and I Can't Stop Drawing and save $10. (8 sessions total) $78 members/$98 nonmembers.
Elements of Drawing
Students focus on the fundamentals of drawing, including perspective, light and shadow, and personal expression through guided observations and discussions of traditional and contemporary art in the museum's collection. There will also be an introduction to the figure. Six sessions: Thursdays, June 23-July 28; 6:00-9:00 p.m. $66 members/$80 nonmembers.
The Cartoonist Sketchbook
A professional cartoonist guides this class, which focuses on methodology and imagination. Students must bring a sketchbook and pencils to the first class. Six sessions: Saturdays, June 25-Aug. 6 (No class July 2); 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $66 members/$80 nonmembers.
Dancing with Degas
While working from live models posed as ballet dancers, students experiment with some of Degas' pastel techniques and learn the technical aspects of the pastel medium. Six sessions: Thursdays, July 14-August 18; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $66 members/$80 nonmembers.
By working both in the studio and out-of-doors, students learn color mixing, paint application, composition, and lighting using traditional oils or water-based acrylics. Six sessions: Tuesdays, June 21-July 26; 6:00-9:00 p.m. $66 members/ $80 nonmembers.
Painting with Watercolor
An expert watercolorist guides those interested in developing or improving their facility with watercolor. In still life, figure, and landscape paintings, students experiment with brushwork and other techniques to convey light, spontaneity, and atmosphere. Works in the collection by Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Charles Demuth provide expert examples of the medium. Six sessions: Tuesdays, June 21-July 26; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. $88 members/ $108 nonmembers.
This class includes studying artists in the museum's collection and a painting session outside on the museum grounds. Weekly instructional critiques help to emphasize and develop personal style. Four sessions: Wednesdays, July 13-August 3; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. $58 members/$70 nonmembers.
Materials and Technique: Egg Tempera and Gold Leaf
In the tradition of the egg tempera and gold leaf techniques of Medieval and Renaissance artists, students learn how to mix pigments, prepare panels, and apply varnish by hand to create smooth finishes. Gallery discussions of tempera works in the museum's collection will coincide with personal production. Six sessions: Tuesdays, July 12-August 16; 1:00-4:00 p.m. $76 members/$90 nonmembers.
Creating Video Art: Manipulating Time, Light, Color, and Sound
Working with an independent filmmaker and a professional videographer, students gain insight about narrative, composition, and technical effects. They discuss the video art on view in the museum and learn to edit and finalize their own work during two workshops at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' media lab. Students must bring their own camera and tapes. Five sessions: Saturdays, June 18-July 23 (No class July 2); 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. $98 members/$108 non-members.
Creating with Clay
Students learn the basic processes and aesthetics of working with clay by constructing simple vessels using pinch, coil, slab, and wheel construction. They will explore a variety of ways to create forms and become familiar with the use of low-fire glazes. Eight sessions: Tuesdays, June 21-August 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m .; or Thursdays, June 23 - August 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $110 members/$132 nonmembers.
Art and Nature: Ceramic Reflections of Schenley Park
Albert Kollar, invertebrate paleontologist/geologist from Carnegie Museum of Natural History, leads a walking tour of Schenley Park where he describes the formation of bedrock deposited 300 million years ago when the Pittsburgh region endured tropical climate conditions similar to those in the present-day Amazon River delta. Students also visit the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Center. With the aid of teaching artist Gloria Pollock, students explore pattern, color, and three-dimensional form in the park. Furthermore, they collect samples, make sketches, and press impressions on small clay slabs as preparation for creating clay vessels and tiles in the ceramics studio. Four sessions: Wednesdays, July 13-August 3; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. $64 members/$76 nonmembers.
High School Workshops
Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $175 members/$190 nonmembers
Drawing from Life: the Human Body
Students work on accurately depicting the proportions of the human body and creating the illusion of three-dimensional form by observing figure paintings and sculptures in the galleries and subsequently drawing various poses of a live model in the studio. June 27-July 1.
Painting: Two-dimensional Techniques
By exploring firsthand the techniques of artists whose works appear in the galleries, students learn painting fundamentals, including color mixing and paint application for illusionist and expressive effects. Exploring a variety of mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, and oil pastel, students will work at their own pace on an independent composition in a medium of their choosing. Finishing work may require additional time beyond the period of the workshop. (2-week workshop) July 5-8 and 11-15.
Fashion and Fabric
Students learn to print color, textures, and pattern on a variety of materials while forming a fashion portfolio of sketches and color illustrations for clothing designs inspired by paintings and sculptures in the galleries. July 18-22.
Tours with Pittsburgh History and Landmarks and The River Life Task Force and discussions with architects from Carnegie Mellon University and the museum's Heinz Architectural Center curators help the student discover the evolution of Pittsburgh's urban systems. Students make sketches of the city and then create models and site plans to formulate a city of their own design. (2-week workshop) July 25-August 5.
Drawing: Abstraction & Expression
Imagination and personal expression are central to this course, which promotes the artistic strategies of abstraction and exaggeration of color and form. Conté crayon, pencil, pastel, and charcoal are the media used. August 8-12.
ACT 48 Summer Seminars for Teachers
10:00 a.m.-noon; dates vary. Single session: $15 members/$20 nonmembers. All 4 sessions: $55 members/$75 nonmembers
The Classical Ideal, Tuesday, July 19
To explore the aesthetic fundamentals of classicism-a synthesis of natural and mathematical forms in art and architecture-and the humanistic outlook that served as its inspiration, teachers participate in a guided discussion of classical sculpture in the museums galleries and renowned Halls of Sculpture and Architecture. The seminar addresses state standards in social studies, literature, languages, and classical mythology. Two Act 48 hours.
Impressionism, Thursday, July 21
To find out what lies below the surface of Impressionism, the class addresses the reaction of the 19th-century public and art critics to the paintings of Monet and some of his contemporary and Post-Impressionist artists such as Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Paul Signac, Paul Cezanne, and Vincent van Gogh; and the way the artistic revolution paralleled an age of social, scientific, and industrial revolution. A trip to the galleries affords concrete examples of the age of Impressionism. Two Act 48 hours.
Picturing America, Thursday, July 28
This seminar considers works of American art in the museum's galleries that reflect-or dispute-major attributes and values that make up the American identity as portrayed through the eyes of the artist. While certain paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts depict America as the land of the free and the brave, others question the validity of American ideals. Two Act 48 hours.
Art and Writing, Tuesday, August 2
This seminar focuses on strategies for using art as a tool to help students develop strong descriptive, narrative, and analytical writing skills. Participants will learn about art in the museum's collection-its history, context, and aesthetics-while exploring ideas for using art as the basis for informal and formal writing exercises in the classroom. This seminar is well-suited for any teacher interested in innovative techniques to make students better communicators. Two Act 48 hours.
Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History will be open Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from July 11 through August 29, 2005.
A limited number of scholarships are available for adult and teen courses. Call 412.622.3288 to request an application.
For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our Web site at http://www.cmoa.org .