MakeShop Camp 2020

In partnership with the Children’s Museum and Assemble, we invited teaching artists from around the city to lead us in maker activities of their choosing that reflect the strengths and capacity of the MCL’s makerspace. Since camp was virtual this summer, there was a large emphasis on turning your home into a maker space!
Past camps have included working with cardboard, weaving, and circuitry. This year, we incorporated painting and visual art as a part of this camp. It was a lot of fun, and we hope that you enjoy the projects and videos as well! 

Weaving with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Materials: 2+ sheets of recycled paper, scissors, ruler, pencil, 2+ colors of yarn, various fibers (grass, flowers, ribbon, plastic bags), 4 sticks, and an embroidery hoop

Our friends from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh made some excellent videos to teach us about weaving.
Try out some of these different techniques using cardboard, embroidery hoops, and sticks! 


bridge building with Assemble
Materials: cardboard, rubberbands, yarn, scissors, paper towel rolls

Our friends from Assemble PGH teach us about suspension bridges!
Explore the science behind our city’s favorite form of infrastructure. 


Acrylic Paint Pouring with Roman
Materials: 2 canvases, glue, acrylic paint (at least 3 colors) popsicle sticks, dixie cups, baking pan, newspaper

Our very own Roman tries his hand at acrylic paint pouring, and creates two awesome masterpieces!