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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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Making Use of a Record Player

We needed something that spins for our kaleidoscope workshops. I was planning on making something like a big spinning wheel, but by coincidence, an employee from another department dropped off an old record player. It was a great coincidence! I own a record player and I use it to play music. I never thought I’d be using a record player as part of a kaleidoscope. -Kevin
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The MAKESHOP is for everyone…

We are a “kids” museum, so little kids come here every day and play. Adults are allowed…no…encouraged have fun too. Case in point: A dad from California visited the MAKESHOP and had the time of his life. This particular visitor came into our Museum not expecting to have nearly as much fun as he did. He wanted to try to make an electric motorized car. The two of us set out to attempt to make th
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Pittsburgh is Art…

The Museum visited the Three Rivers Arts Festival over the past two weekends. Our tent featured versions of activities that happen in the Makeshop and Studio, so we had a lot of fun letting visitors get a taste of what goes on in the Museum. We let visitors play with our ShopBots and experience some hands on woodworking processes. It’s always fun to see so many artists in one place. -Kevin
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Exploring and Inventing

Who are inventors? Anyone can be an inventor… Most people probably picture an inventor as someone in a laboratory working with a bunch of complex machines. When I think of inventors, I picture anyone willing to try out something new. Kids are great at inventing things. Case in point: Usman and his “Spinny Thing”. Usman spent a lot of time in the MAKESHOP. He really enjoyed experimenting with our cir
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