Youth Programs & Classes
The museum’s renowned collection and exhibitions spark the imagination of kids from toddlers to teenagers—both inside and outside the museum! Creative classes and programs are taught by experienced artist educators develop skills and an eye for art.
Call 412.622.3288 to register for the following programs, or download the registration form. All materials are included.
Refund policy: Cancellations made at least one week before class starts receive a refund less $10 processing fee. Cancellations made with less than one week’s notice, but prior to the second class meeting, receive a refund less $10 processing fee plus a single class fee. No refund for cancellations made after the second class has met.
Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships for all children’s and adult classes are available through the generosity of the Scaife Family Foundation. Call 412.622.3288 to request an application.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: Should hazardous conditions result in cancellation of classes, announcements will be made on television stations KDKA, WTAE, WPXI and FOX, and through the Adult Studio message service at 412.622.1976.
ARTventures for Families
Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Free with museum admission
ARTventures means intergenerational fun through looking, making, and talking in the museum’s galleries. Our friendly staff is here on Saturdays and Sundays to help you get started on gallery searches and artmaking fun. Locations for these activities change periodically—check the signs in the lobby for information. Bring your family, friends, or just yourself. Drop in any time between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Ongoing: Scaife Galleries: People and Places
Through May 12: Oh Snap! Your Take on Our Photographs
Through May 19: 20/20: Celebrating Two Decades of the Heinz Architectural Center
Beginning June 8: The Playground Project
Gallery Play Dates for Preschoolers (with Adults)
Fun-filled, creative gallery experiences for preschool children ages 3–4, with an adult. Explore a new theme each week. Children work with museum teachers to gain exposure to exceptional works of art, and experiment with materials. Watch your child’s creative potential and confidence emerge, and learn ways to nurture an appreciation of art.
$18 ($12 members) per parent and child pair, per session; Call 412.622.3288 to register.
Tuesdays; choose 10:15–11:30 a.m. OR 12:30–1:45 p.m.
June 11: Pattern Play
Examine paintings and sculptures to find repeated colors and shapes.
June 18: Shape Up
Find geometric and organic shapes in paintings, sculptures, and architecture.
June 25: Treasure Hunt
Follow clues and discover hidden treasures in theAilsaMellonBruceGalleriesof decorative arts.
July 2: Portrait Party
Find faces in paintings and sculptures. Learn to draw portraits in the museum’s galleries.
July 9: Rojo, Amarillo, Azul
Learn the Spanish and English names for colors you find in the galleries and experiment with color mixing and blending.
July 16: Little Architects
Find architectural elements in the museum’s Hall of Architecture. Design a fanciful facade to take home with you.
July 23: Playground Art
Have tons of fun outside on the museum’s new play structure and design the playground of your dreams!
July 30: Art Vacation
Bring your favorite grown-up and take a “vacation” in the museum’s gallery.
August 6: Color Your World
Find all of the colors of the rainbow in paintings and sculptures.
August 13: Art Cat’s Book Club
Listen to Art Cat’s favorite stories. Make artwork that depicts characters, settings, and plots you find in paintings and sculptures.