June 6-10: O’Ryan the O’Mazings Spectacular Circus Class! (ages 5-8)
1-4pm • $250 member ($275 non-member)
This curriculum was developed during O’Ryan’s 2019 FINE artist residency at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Focusing on personal identity and self acceptance, this workshop uses the fundamentals of clowning, physical theater, and circus skills to help each child unlock their own unique sense of character. Together, we explore emotions, identity, and problems by becoming a clown for a week, and tackling failure head on. Students learn the basics of clowning, juggling, plate spinning, and improvisational physical theater while having fun, working as a team, and building a discipline of practice. They also get to bring home their props so they can show off their skills at home! Games and exercises teach focus and strength, while helping students to embrace their inner clown, making this workshop a unique and empowering experience for children of all ages.
June 20-24: Wizards and Mystical Creatures (ages 8-12)
1-2:30pm • $220 member ($240 non-member)
Create cool monsters, cast enchanting spells, and travel to mystical lands with Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media Teaching Artist Joanna Abel. You’ll create dragon costumes, wizard wands, and design a unique book of spells and potions. Paint, draw, sculpt, and have fun playing magical games all week!
June 27-July 1: Gemini Theater (ages 7-11)
1-4pm • $220 member ($240 non-member)
This workshop is designed for kids who want to have a great time “playing” on stage without a focus on a final performance. Using theater games, improvisation activities, voice & diction work, basic movement and short scene work, students will have the opportunity to try their hand at theater performance with a variety of introductory themes. This class will help students develop problem-solving strategies in a fun and creative atmosphere and gives students a chance to explore characters, physicality, and creativity. No prior experience is required- this class is a great opportunity for those who have not been in a theater class in the past. For students with some theater background, this class will help develop skills in quick-thinking, improvisation, and working with a smaller group setting.
July 5-8: Bigfoot Camp (ages 5-10) FULL – JOIN WAITLIST
1-4pm • $120 member ($140 non-member)
Back by popular demand! Can you find Bigfoot? Or a Sasquatch? What about a Yeti? Join us on walks around Lauri Ann West’s grounds in search of these creatures. We’ll learn about different cultures and the lore of these creatures through stories and crafts. We’ve heard it can get pretty squatchy around here!
August 8-12: Little Designer Camp: Printmaking (ages 7-11)
1-4pm • $175 member ($195 non-member)
Calling all fashion designers to this week long printmaking camp! Campers will discover a variety of different printmaking processes and create their very own designs! They will develop their creativity, problem-solving, and decision making skills as they learn the step-by-step process of printmaking. By the end of the week, the now experienced designers will be able to print their own design onto clothing using a silkscreen!