DIY Activity – Paint Chip Pixelization Tutorial

One of my favorite displays at last weekend’s Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire was the Paint Chip Pixelization. This project will show you how to take a traditional piece of art, like Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers… … into a modernized, pixelized version like this! Interested in making your own?  Follow these easy instructions! 1) Download and Install GIMP! (Image editing software available for free
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Meet a Maker!

Do you sometimes wonder who is lucky enough to work in MAKESHOP? Well, here is your chance to meet one of our talented makers! Check back every week to meet new people. This week, we introduce you to one of our Teaching Artists, Rebecca! Name: Rebecca How long have you been at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh? I worked at the prototype MAKESHOP in the summer of 2011, and joined the team again in January 2012. Wh
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Prototyping New Programs

The MAKESHOP staff likes to prototype our programming.  Sometimes this step can be the most fun part of developing new activities for our visitors.  Our theme for the month of September is “Books and Bags.”  We set out at the end of August to figure the best ways for visitors to create these two things.  Along with the best ways for the Teaching Artists to teach other people how to make books and bags. We
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I came in to work a couple of days ago to find an entire half of MAKESHOP covered in amazing cardboard structures, such as cars, boats, buildings and bridges. We’ve tried to make a cardboard town in the past, but this one is easily the most extensive. Visitors seemed to be more invested in their projects if they know that they will be prominently displayed.  We had visitors write their names and what they creat
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Community Highlight: Free Workshops!

Constructing Identity: A series of workshops in costume making Interested in costume making and  performance art? Want to be in a fashion show? Now is your chance… Sign up now to participate in a summer-long series of FREE workshops at the Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Center with local artist Scott Andrew.  Youth ages 13-17 are invited to participate in workshops that span art history, sewing, performance, and fa
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Modern Art

Who knew that a bunch of motors attached to some junk could create such beautiful art? Well, apparently it does… We really like to make things vibrate, shake and spin by attaching motors and simple circuits to recycled materials.  We decided to go a step further by adding a marker to discover what patterns our shopbots make. The result was beautiful! -Kevin
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