It’s March… and that means it’s Craft Month! There’s plenty of ways to get your hands dirty and get crafty in Pittsburgh. Whether you’re into pottery, painting, glass blowing, or even candle making, there’s a place for you to create! Check out our list of go-to crafting spots in Pittsburgh:
117 Sandusky Street – North Shore
Visitors of all ages and abilities are invited to explore some of Andy Warhol’s signature art-making techniques in the Andy Warhol Museum’s underground studio, The Factory. Hands-on activities include watercolor painting, blotted-line drawing, acetate collage, silkscreen printing, and more. The Factory is run by artist educators with backgrounds in fine arts, art education, and art history. These artist educators have extensive knowledge of Warhol’s art and life and are happy to answer questions about the artist and the museum.
5807 Penn Ave. – East Liberty
Painting With A Twist is Pittsburgh’s premier BYOB art studio! Bring your favorite bottle of wine or other beverage, your favorite food & your favorite people and they’ll take care of the rest. One of their talented, local artists will be with you every step of the way as you eat, drink and paint your way to a finished work of art. You’ll be amazed before the night is over!
4409 Butler Street – Lawrenceville
Grab a few friends or your partner for an afternoon or evening of fun and relaxation! Pour your own custom candle using any of their 120+ scents, and then grab a bite to eat or drink or do some shopping at one of the many local favorites within walking distance. While you are enjoying your meal or browsing, your candles will be hard at work cooling and getting ready for you to take home. Stop by the store after to pick them up, or they can even arrange to bring them to you at your restaurant.
5472 Penn Avenue – East Liberty
Pittsburgh Glass Center is a nonprofit, public access school, gallery and state-of-the-art glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art. World-renowned artists come here to make studio glass art. People interested in learning more about glass come here to take a class, explore the contemporary gallery and watch live hot glass demonstrations.
4824 Penn Ave. – Bloomfield
Assemble is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering learning and creativity. Assemble envisions diverse neighborhoods of empowered people who create, connect, learn, and transform together. They encourage creative problem solving and critical thinking skills through the tangible application of concepts, a hands-on participatory environment, and interdisciplinary engagement. Their culture of open-ended experimentation celebrates both successes and failures as opportunities to learn, grow, and try again.
Pop-Ups around Pittsburgh, PA
Pop Craft was created as a pop-up crafting workshop at local bars where you show up, get crafty, and take home a really great project. For your project, they bring quality materials and give you easy to follow instructions, resulting in really great crafts that are unique and personalized to your tastes. Check out their upcoming workshops!
518 Foreland Street – Northside
For the beginner, intermediate, or experienced printer, Artists Image Resource (AIR) provides learning opportunities, access to facilities, printing equipment and services through its education and community programs.
214 North Lexington Street – Point Breeze
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse is a non-profit that inspires creativity, conservation, and community engagement through reuse. Their ReMaker Playshops are workshops concentrated on learning new skills and creating with Reclaimed materials. Their Teaching Artists introduce a discipline (such as book-making or jewelry design), demonstrate techniques and bring an assortment of fun, engaging tools and materials.
2338 Sarah Street – South Side
For over 40 years, Daniel Vito and Donna Hetrick have been potters, gallery owners and teachers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In their gallery, they feature the work of other potters and of over 30 glass blowers, both regional and national. In their studio, they offer pottery classes and share their skills and glazes. Every week they serve over 80 dedicated students ranging from beginners to professionals!
801 N Negley Avenue – Highland Park
Union Project uses the arts to bridge gaps between communities. Here, you are valued for your experiences, for your creative expression and talents. Positioned at the literal intersection of some of Pittsburgh’s most racially and economically diverse urban neighborhoods, Union Project is a community hub and common ground for everyone. Check out their community class calendar!
2100 Smallman Street – Strip District
Contemporary Craft’s workshops are taught by experienced artists working in a variety of mediums, including clay, fiber, wood, metal, book arts, paper making, mixed media, and more! Contemporary Craft’s educational objectives are to involve the community in the appreciation and expression of art through craft media, to strengthen appreciation of the creative process as an important component in everyone’s life, and to assist visitors in integrating exhibition information outside the gallery.