$30 for Photography, Music, Pottery, or Sewing Workshop on March 14 or 28 at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild ($60 Value)

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Compose digital portraits, work with loops in Sony Acid Music Studio, try out the potter's wheel, or sew a throw pillow in a 2.5-hour class

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Learning a new skill is useful, especially if it means a promotion to a front-of-the-horse costume. Go to the head of the class with this Groupon.

$30 for a Make It and Take It Art Workshop ($60 Value)

Choose from the following workshop subjects:

  • Darkroom photography
  • Digital music production
  • Wheel throwing
  • Sewing basics

For each option, choose between the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 14, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 28, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Participants will work in one of the art center’s four studios to learn about each workshop’s respective art medium and take home evidence of their new skills. During the photography session, participants tour the darkroom before printing their own negatives or creating camera-less photograms. The digital music workshop lets students dive into a library of more than 18,000 loops, which they’ll knit together into a composition on CD using Sony Acid Music Studio. Alternatively, participants can mosey up to potter's wheels in the ceramics studio to learn wheel throwing, or learn sewing skills by making a one-of-a-kind throw pillow. 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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