COVID-19 Protocol:

To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, MCG will be adhering to the latest health and safety guidlines as advised by the CDC.

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Fall 2022 Session

MCG Youth has been dedicated to inspiring creativity, learning, and personal growth through the arts for over 50 years.

 

By providing opportunities to hone their creative skills alongside teaching artists, we are focused on developing personal, artistic, future-ready, and civically minded high school students.

We are committed to creating a community that fosters a sense of belonging, interconnectedness, and hope.

ENROLLMENT

Apprenticeship Training Program(ATP) enrollment will be held exclusively via our website.

  • Enrollment is from Sept 21-22.

  • Spaces fill quickly, so sign-up early!

  • Courses are offered at no cost to PPS students.

  • Admission is first-come, first-served basis.

  • Waitlists will be maintained.

TRANSPORTATION

There will be a van or bus at most PPS high schools going to MCG Youth.

For all other students, transit tickets will be provided or MCG staff will arrange for pick-up.

Public transit tickets will be provided to get home.

MCG Youth admits students of any race, sex, national origin, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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Contact- Claira Heitzenrater
Email- cheitzenrater@manchesterbidwell.org

Phone- 412-322-1773 Ext. 187

Fax- 412-321-2120

Questions?

Registration

2022 Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, a program of Manchester Bidwell Corporation

1815 Metropolitan Street Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Course Guide

Creative Spark is MCG Youth’s theme for the 2022-2023 ATP programming. This year we’ll be focusing on the creative process, from artistic conception to a polished final product. Courses that are marked with a 🔥 will be centered around this theme.

Playable Design
BTS       🔥
Heads Will Roll 🔥
Make a Splash! 🔥
Tuesdays, Sept. 27- Nov. 15 (7 class engagements) *No Class 11/8
Teaching Artist: Ashley Kenawell
Tuesdays, Sept. 27- Nov. 15 (7 class engagements) *No Class 11/8
Teaching Artist: Germaine Watkins
Tuesdays, Sept. 27- Nov. 15 (7 class engagements) *No Class 11/8
Teaching Artist: Bryce Hemington
Tuesdays, Sept. 27- Nov. 15 (7 class engagements) *No Class 11/8
Teaching Artist: Raquel Kueffner
Artisan Merch

DYNOMITE!! BTS is coming to Heinz Hall and MCG is offering you an all-access pass experience! MCG has acquired special Behind the Scenes access of Heinz Hall. Learn digital photography that will prepare you for the performances of a lifetime. The music industry, environmental photography, architectural photography, and journalism are all professions we’ll explore. Our final performance will be an exclusive photography exhibition at Heinz Hall. All levels welcome!

In this class, we will be diving into some of the most popular aspects of game design, such as map creation, print-and-play prototypes, branching-path narrative design, and non-linear storytelling. Find out what makes a compelling piece of gameplay by testing out mechanics and strategies that keep the player invested in your creation.

In this class, we will be looking for our "creative spark" through the exploration of water-based mediums. We will develop skills in ink drawing, watercolor, resists, and acrylic painting. We will allow the unpredictable nature of fluid mediums trigger our imagination, while also learning to exert control over the liquid paints to create an objectifiable, yet abstracted image. Drawing inspiration from color field painters, we will splash and splatter paint on large canvas! We will also be taking a field trip to the studio of a local artist to learn his technique of creating large-scale paintings.

We are taking on full-sized busts in this class, so get ready for some intense sculpting! We are going to start with a base bust (either female or male) and customize them from there. By the end of the session, you will have either a self-portrait or a character that is near full-size… Maybe the start of a haunted house!

Wednesdays, Sept. 28- Nov. 16 (7 class engagements) *No Class 10/5
Teaching Artist: Raquel Kueffner

Make art to sell! In this multi-media class, we will make original block-print greeting cards and handmade recycled paper envelops and bound notebooks. You will pick a fiber arts project to perfect and sell - projects to pick from include knit scarves or small sewn objects such as hand-warmers. Finally, we will craft one-of-kind decorations for the holidays. At the end of the semester, you will have the opportunity to sell your unique artisan crafts at the MCG Holiday Market.

Wednesdays, Sept. 28- Nov. 16 (7 class engagements) *No Class 10/5
Teaching Artist: Ashley Kenawell
Wednesdays, Sept. 28- Nov. 16 (7 class engagements) *No Class 10/5
Teaching Artist: Germaine Watkins
Wednesdays, Sept. 28- Nov. 16 (7 class engagements) *No Class 10/5
Teaching Artist: Bryce Hemington
MerchCraft

In this class we will focus on using sewing patterns. We will learn to read ready-made patterns and learn to create our own. This class is for all levels. Beginners will be taught how to use the sewing machines and given simple patterns to work from. Returning students will have the chance to select their own more-advanced patterns. Students may elect to create Halloween or cosplay costumes if they so desire!

Nature

Now is the BEST time to get out and enjoy nature! Learn digital photography while exploring the great outdoors. Get up close too, with our macro fittings! Enjoy multiple field trips to local and regional areas to perfect your skills. Photographic editing and printing for our MCG Holiday Market are all on the agenda! This course is open to all skill levels.

Porcelain Jewelry and Ornaments
Art in Motion 🔥

Don’t look now, but the holidays are already here. No, don’t look! We are going to turn our attention to the upcoming winter holidays and learn how to make ornaments and jewelry out of colored porcelain that can be gifts or made to sell in our revamped holiday sale! Either way, learn how to use porcelain in new and different ways that fall outside of the traditional pottery aesthetic.

Thursday, Sept. 29- Nov. 17 (8 class engagements) 
Teaching Artist: Raquel Kueffner
Thursday, Sept. 29- Nov. 17 (8 class engagements) 
Teaching Artist: Ashley Kenawell
Holga

Feeling entrepreneurial? Use digital tools to produce merchandise for a convention booth environment. Make wearable designs featuring your own artwork printed, laser-cut, and crafted together, then pitch your wares for the MCG Holiday Market for a chance to turn a profit!

There are so many ways to create time-based art using digital media. In this class, we will explore a few of the techniques used by motion graphic artists and animators in both 2D and 3D spaces. From post-production for live-action footage to puppetry tools and traditional frame-by-frame, we will create art that moves you.

Pottery!
Thursday, Sept. 29- Nov. 17 (8 class engagements) 
Teaching Artist: Germaine Watkins

Black and white film photography at its finest! Explore the simplicity of the Holga camera, AKA the “Toy Camera”. Shoot 2 ¼” film, which allows you to print big AND shoot with 35mm film to produce some really cool edges on your images. You’ll even have the chance to learn to process and print your own film! All levels of photography are welcome.

Sewing (All Levels)
Thursday, Sept. 29- Nov. 17 (8 class engagements) 
Teaching Artist: Bryce Hemington

We are jumping into the new school year and onto the pottery wheels! In this class, we will be covering the basics of using the potter’s wheel as well as some basic hand building techniques to make functional pottery – everything from cups, plates, and bowls. Everything we make will be food, dishwasher, and microwave safe.