$30 for a Make It and Take It Art Extravaganza Workshop at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Two Dates Available ($60 Value)

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Participants compose digital portraits, create a Photoshop montage, try out the potter's wheel, or screenprint their own design

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Choose From Eight Options

  • $30 for a Make It and Take It Art Extravaganza Workshop in photography for one person on January 3, 2013 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $30 for a Make It and Take It Art Extravaganza Workshop in photoshop for one person on January 3, 2013 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $30 for a Make It and Take It Art Extravaganza Workshop in wheel-throwing for one person on January 3, 2013 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $30 for a Make It and Take It Art Extravaganza Workshop in screenprinting for one person on January 3, 2013 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $30 for a Make It and Take It Art Extravaganza Workshop in photography for one person on January 10, 2013 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $30 for a Make It and Take It Art Extravaganza Workshop in photoshop for one person on January 10, 2013 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $30 for a Make It and Take It Art Extravaganza Workshop in wheel-throwing for one person on January 10, 2013 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • $30 for a Make It and Take It Art Extravaganza Workshop in screenprinting for one person on January 10, 2013 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Participants will work in one of the art center’s four studios—photography, digital, ceramics, or design—to learn about each workshop’s respective art medium and create pieces of artwork to take home. During the photography session, participants tour the dark room before using a variety of props to compose stylized portraits they will print out and mount. The Photoshop class teaches participants the basics of navigating the graphic-design program while they create multilayered digital works of art that will be matted and ready to frame. Alternatively, participants can mosey up to potter's wheels in the ceramics studio to learn wheel throwing, or they can design their own screenprints using Illustrator. Students can silk-screen their designs on high-quality paper or blank shirts that they bring in. Free parking is available in the lot and on the street.

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

Sometimes, one person can single-handedly inspire another person’s path in life. For Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild founder and owner Bill Strickland, that person was his childhood pottery teacher, Frank Ross. Ross’ deep appreciation for art was all encompassing: he often brought jazz music to class for students to listen to, hosted dinners at his home––which was decorated in handwoven tapestries––and encouraged Strickland to continue building his art skills at the University of Pittsburgh.

The social inequities that troubled Strickland’s native North Side neighborhood motivated him to form the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild as a way to inspire underprivileged kids to overcome trying times through art, the same way Ross did many years before. Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild began in a small space in a residential row house before growing to encompass a 62,000-square-foot art emporium with an array of studios and classrooms, and a large auditorium where commissioned bowls of fruit strike poses for still-life portraits. The award-winning center lives up to its mission “to educate and inspire urban youth through the arts” with a bevy of after-school arts programs that teach critical thinking and help prepare students for futures in the art world.


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    1815 Metropolitan St.

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233

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