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Spring Public Programming at CMOA

Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces public programming for spring 2016. New this year:  monthly drawing workshops that include the return of our legendary Tam O’Shanters (for adults this time!), and our popular art history classes, now with different subject each month.  Offerings reach from current exhibitions and contemporary issues to deep dives into the museum’s collection. Look for community discussions about modernism, urban renewal, and city planning as HACLab Pittsburgh launches its Salon discussion series, as well as the return of CMOA’s successful Saturday Art Classes for Kids and Preschool Playdates.

Learn more, and register, at, where you’ll also find information on our new Social Calendar.

Monthly Drawing Workshops

Design Drawing
Saturday, February 20, 1–4 p.m.
Galleries and Yellow Studio
$60, $48 members, $40 students

Carnegie Museum of Art curator and Carnegie Mellon University industrial design alumna Rachel Delphia leads students through a series of design challenges and discussions about design thinking. For designers like Peter Muller-Munk, drawing was a critically important core skill. Designers then and now use various drawing techniques to visually brainstorm ideas, to refine design details, and to pitch ideas to clients. Participants discuss design drawings in the exhibition Silver to Steel and explore some design drawing techniques. This class is designed for artists from any media who would like to expand their drawing knowledge.


Exquisite Corpse: Tam O’Shanter Drawing Workshop
Saturday, March 5, 1–4 p.m.
Hall of Sculpture
$15, $10 members

This workshop, led by 2018 Carnegie International curator Ingrid Schaffner ,drawings its name from CMOA’s 86-year tradition of art classes for young people, known for many years as the Tam O’Shanters.

Artists at all levels and from all disciplines are invited to bolster their creativity in a series of open drawing classes beginning with this session devoted to the “Exquisite Corpse,” the Victorian parlor game technique favored by the Surrealists for creating collaborative and surprising works on paper.

Think anew about drawing by participating in this playful yet provocative programmatic thread of the 2018 Carnegie International! (By the way, a tam o’shanter is a Scottish cap, distinctly flat in shape with a pompom on top.)


HACLab Pittsburgh Salon Discussions
The Heinz Architectural Center

Join curators, thinkers, and the community as HACLab Pittsburgh’s studio transforms into a space hosting discussions around modern architecture and the Pittsburgh urban experience. HACLab Salons are free and open to the public.

Live, Work, Move, Play
Thursday, February 18, 6–8 p.m.

The organization of how we live, work, move, and play is an essential component of successful urban design. Landscape and infrastructure were radically reconsidered during the postwar era. In what ways were cities including Pittsburgh reimagined? What drove these changes? What worked? What didn’t?

Participants (subject to change): Susan Rademacher (Parks Curator, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy); Joel A. Tarr (Professor Department of History, CMU); Kai Gutschow (Associate Professor, CMU); and Lizbeth Cohen (Dean, Radcliffe University / Department of History, Harvard)


Preserving Modernism
Thursday, March 10, 6–8 p.m.

One unintended consequence of modernism was a burgeoning preservationist movement, a largely grass-roots effort to halt the destruction of traditional urban fabric as occurred in some Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Today, modernist architecture is increasingly under threat of demolition, often in an effort to “re-stitch” the city. Does this removal merely repeat the mistakes of modernism? What is worth saving? At what cost?

Participants (subject to change): Gwendolyn Wright (Professor, Columbia GSAPP) and other local participants.


Our Modern City
Thursday, April 7, 6–8 p.m.

It is important that we understand not only the products created by modernism (books, buildings, and urban blocks) but also the processes and policies that brought about their creation. What lessons can Pittsburghers learn from their city’s recent history? Can past experience now be recalibrated to make the architecture and urbanism needed for tomorrow?

Participants (subject to change): Christine Mondor (Chair, Pittsburgh Planning Commission) and Corey Zengebot (Boston URA)


Where to Next?
Thursday, April 28, 6–8 p.m.

A selection of previously invited Salon speakers are asked to return to help us review the exhibition and related events, and to assist in determining what, if anything, should be done next.

Public discussion in CMOA’s Heinz Architectural Center galleries with Mimi Zeiger (critic, curator); Charles L. Rosenblum (critic); and select salon participants.


Monthly Art History Classes

Each month this spring, take a deep dive into art history through a different four-session art history class.

Ideas and Icons of American Industrial Design, 1925–1975
Wednesdays, February 10–March 2, 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
CMOA Theater
Four sessions: $80, $64 members

Instructor: Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

The major exhibition Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk (through April 2016) follows the life and career of one of America’s top industrial designers, who spent three incredible decades in Pittsburgh. Using Muller-Munk’s story as a departure point, this class explores the rise and evolution of industrial design as a distinctly American profession that married art, engineering, and social science. Each week focuses on different designers and moments in the history of design.


From Ritual Vessels to Ink Painting: A Thematic Introduction to Chinese Art
Saturdays, March 5–26 OR Wednesdays, March 9–30, 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
CMOA Theater,  $80, $64 members

Instructor: Rachel Miller, University of Pittsburgh

A ritual bronze vessel, a brick from a tomb wall, a ceramic horse, a head of a bodhisattva—these Chinese art objects in the collection of CMOA reveal much about the historical, social, and religious contexts in which they were created. In this course, we delve into key periods of Chinese art history, using objects from the collection as a starting point. Focused discussions each week include ritual objects in Bronze Age China, grave goods and the afterlife in the Qin and Han dynasties, Tang and Song depictions of the urban and natural environment, and the role of luxury objects and painting in creating a sophisticated court culture in the Yuan and Ming dynasties.


Importations and Adaptations: The Visual Traditions of Japan from Ancient to Modern
Saturdays, April 2–23 OR Wednesdays, April 6–27, 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
CMOA Theater, $80, $64 members

Instructor: Rachel Miller, University of Pittsburgh

The history of Japanese art can be defined as a constant interplay between indigenous and imported art forms. In this course, we examine these two poles of Japanese art from the prehistoric period to the 20th century. Our discussions are dedicated to examining how Japanese artists accepted foreign artistic elements, adapted them, and mixed them with indigenous elements to create uniquely Japanese visual traditions. The first three weeks of the course are devoted to a chronological survey of the art and architecture of Japan up to the Edo period, while the last l focuses specifically on Edo-period and modern Japanese prints in CMOA’s collection.


Teen Workshop
Saturday Sketchbook: Design Studio
Four Saturdays, February 20–March 12, 2016
Hall of Architecture
$100, $95 members (Ages 14+ High School)

Join us on Saturday mornings, drawing with a group of artists your age. Sketch in a different gallery each week, focusing on functional objects, and use design thinking to invent your own product design

Price includes sketchbook and materials fee.


Saturday Art Classes for Kids: Ages 5–10
Choose from a variety of topics and sessions.
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$75, $64 members / Fun with Clay: $115, $104 members

Your kid loves to create art. You’ve come to the right place! Saturday Art Classes for Kids nurtures creative thinking, thoughtful observation, and perseverance toward achieving goals. With a variety of themes and practices, these classes take place over four consecutive Saturdays. Expect the unexpected! We encourage experimentation: our imaginative exercises work toward inventive results.

For more information about each class, or to register, please visit our website, or call 412.622.3288.

Winter & Spring Classes:

Art Cat’s Kitchen (For ages 5–7)
January 30–February 20

Everyday Materials, Everyday Life (For ages 8–10)
January 30–February 20

Fun with Clay (For ages 8–10)
January 30–February 20

Cast Away (For ages 8–10)
February 27–March 19

Masters of Disguise (For ages 5–7)
February 27–March 19

Fun with Clay (For ages 5-7)
February 27–March 19

Printmaking (For ages 8–10)
April 9–30

Fun with Clay (For ages 8-10)
April 9–30

Make a Mess (For ages 5-7)
April 9–30


Find a month-by-month listing of our events and programming at, where you’ll also find information on our new Social Calendar.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Carnegie Museum of Art enriches people’s lives through art. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our world-class collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. The Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the built environment. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit