COVID-19 Protocol:

To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, MCG will be adhering to strict health and safety protocols as advised by the CDC. All students and staff will be required to be masked, physically distanced, observe regular hand washing and sanitation, and follow arrival/dismissal procedures. All participants in MCG's programming will be required to sign and adhere to our Student Health Agreement.

We are excited to welcome our students back on-site at MCG. All classes will be held in-person.

We can't wait to see everyone in the studios again!

Spring 2022 Session

MCG Youth and Arts has been dedicated to inspiring creativity, learning, and personal growth through the arts for over 50 years.


By providing opportunities to hone their creative skills alongside teaching artists, we are focused on developing personal, artistic, future-ready, and civically minded high school students.

We are committed to creating a community that fosters a sense of belonging, interconnectedness, and hope.


Apprenticeship Training Program(ATP) enrollment will be held exclusively via our website.

  • Enrollment is from March 29-31.

  • Spaces fill quickly, so sign-up early!

  • Courses are offered at no cost to PPS students.

  • Admission is first-come, first-served basis.

  • Waitlists will be maintained.


There will be a van or bus at most PPS high schools going to MCG Youth & Arts.

For all other students, transit tickets will be provided or MCG staff will arrange for pick-up.

Public transit tickets will be provided to get home.

MCG Youth and Arts admits students of any race, sex, national origin, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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Contact- Claira Heitzenrater

Phone- 412-322-1773 Ext. 187

Fax- 412-321-2120



2022 Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, a program of Manchester Bidwell Corporation

1815 Metropolitan Street Pittsburgh, PA 15233

"This is Me" is MCG Youth & Arts' theme for the 2021-2022 ATP programming. This year we'll be celebrating and exploring the unique stories, points of view, and voices of our students. Courses that are marked with a  a will be centered around this theme.

Course Guide

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Concept Art
Tuesdays, April 5 – May 31 (6 Contact Times)
*No Class 4/12, 5/3, 5/17
Teaching Artist: Ashley Kenawell

Do you want to build new worlds? Design characters with stories to tell? In this class, will learn the tools to create compelling designs for games, movies, mascots, and more! Utilize state-of-the-art tools used by the pros to plan, prototype, and execute stunning designs for the next-gen platforms. No prior digital art experience necessary! 

Print Media Design
Escape Pgh+
Tuesdays, April 5– May 31 (6 Contact Times) *No Class 4/12, 5/3, 5/17
Teaching Artist: Germaine Watkins

Get super close-up with your digital photography.  Explore the wonderful world of macro photography!  Experiment using our macro set-ups to create unique, abstract, cool photos. This course is open to all levels of photography and will be super engaging for all!

Altered Darkroom
Sculpture with the Bray a
Tuesdays, April 5 –  May 31  (6 Contact Times)
*No Class 4/12, 5/3, 5/17
Teaching Artist: Bryce Hemington

Hook up with two artists who are currently resident artists at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, and get an opportunity to investigate their studio practices and learn how they make their art. This is a rare chance to see inside two working artists’ making processes and learn about their influences. Then we will translate what we have learned and use it to create our own masterpieces.

Figure Drawing
Tuesdays, April 5 –  May 31  (6 Contact Times) *No Class 4/12, 5/3, 5/17
Teaching Artist: Raquel Kueffner

In this class you will learn to draw the figure.  We will go over basic proportions of the face and body.  You will improve drawing the much-dreaded hand and shade convincing fabric folds.  We will pose for each other for quick gesture drawings and have a live model for a long pose.   

Watercolor Landscapes
Wednesdays, April 6- June 1 (7 Contact Times)
*No Class 4/13, 5/4
Wednesdays, April 6- June 1 (7 Contact Times)
*No Class 4/13, 5/4
Wednesdays, April 6- June 1 (7 Contact Times)
*No Class 4/13, 5/4
Teaching Artist: Raquel Kueffner
Teaching Artist: Germaine Watkins
Teaching Artist: Ashley Kenawell
Wednesdays, April 6- June 1 (7 Contact Times)
*No Class 4/13, 5/4

The sun is out!  But let’s stay in the darkroom making one-of-a-kind photos!  Use negatives or not, printing inside our awesome darkroom.  You’ll about black and white film photography and non-traditional printing techniques.  This class is for anyone who wants to learn about traditional photography! 

If you love the crisp look of a freshly opened deck of playing cards, this might just be the class for you. Here in Print Media Design, you will have a chance to create physical prints for product design. Design layouts for packaging, board games, business cards and more to bring digital design into tangible forms.

Teaching Artist: Bryce Hemington
Memories  a

It is Wednesday, my dudes! We are celebrating with our pottery class, where we will work both with our hands and the pottery wheel to make functional vessels. We’ll be making things from planters to candle holders as we get creative with clay. These vessels will be whimsical and fun to build as we shake off winter and muscle through the week! 

Autobiographical Storytelling a

In this class we will learn to use linear and atmospheric perspective to create cityscapes and nature scenes.  On nice days, we will take trips outdoors for plein-air paintings.  We will experiment mixing watercolors with other mediums such as ink and oil pastels.

Sewing Creative Alterations  a
Thursdays, April 6- June 2 (7 Contact Times)
*No Class 4/14, 5/5
Teaching Artist: Raquel Kueffner
Pottery Pyromania
Thursdays, April 7 – June 2  ( 7  Contact Times) *No Class 4/14, 5/5
Thursdays, April 7- June 2 (7 Contact Times)
*No Class 4/14, 5/5
Thursdays, April 7- June 2 (7 Contact Times)
*No Class 4/14, 5/5
Teaching Artist: Germaine Watkins
Teaching Artist: Ashley Kenawell
Teaching Artist: Bryce Hemington

There are so many ways to tell you story, and only you can tell it! In this class you will learn about the many formats that storytelling can take in the digital world. From storyboarding to webcomics, book covers, and even game design, get ready to learn the format that will make your story shine! 

Photographers are the ones that capture moments in time.  People today capture these moments and store them away.  This course will help you to create products out of those images!  Bring in old family pictures to be scanned, CD stored images and go on field trips to make new images.  Take those images and make a yearbook, photo album, image puzzle, or whatever!  Open to all skill levels. 

We’re going outside to play with FIRE! Make hand-built forms that show off the fire and smoke of the kiln as we explore the ceramic techniques of raku, pit-firing, and saggar firing. The forms will be decorative and colorful with varying surfaces, ranging from warm blacks to rainbow glazes. This hands-on approach to fire gives an upfront view into the transformation the clay undergoes in these unique firings.

In this sewing class we will focus on tailoring and alterations.  We will learn how to fix damaged garments and make alterations for a better fit.  We will learn how to personalize garments with details such as embroidery and patches.