Looking for something for your summer Saturday afternoons? M3 (Materials, Media, and Me) explores the similar ways that scientists, makers and artists approach projects. At M3, students learn through experience as local experts guide them through the design process. At M3, students learn through experience as local experts guide them through the design process. Each week, a different artist or technologist will introduce a material, show students how they use the material, and lead them through a project. 

M3 classes highlight cardboard, electronics, fabric, paper, recycled materials and coding/software. Students will explore the properties of these materials with prompts such as:

How does it bend?

How can you attach it to another material?

What can I make with this?

 At the end of the class, students will have a take-home creation to share with the group.

Saturdays this summer starting June 15, 2019 – August 10, 2019

July 20: Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion will explore rhythms in nature and the body through making, drumming and dance. We will make giant bubble wands and ribbon streamers and gord shakers. Learn to drum with a pan drum and dance with bubblewands, ribbons and shakers. Let the body make rhythm!

July 27: Fabric

Learn how to glam up clothes by sewing lights into them! Students will bring in their own articles of clothing or use provided fabric, and will sew lights into it with thread that conducts electricity. Along the way, they will learn about sewing, circuitry, connections, polarity, and current flow. Students will leave with a light-up piece of clothing or decorative fabric cuff.

August 3: Chemistry

In this class, we will introduce you to the beautiful art of cyanotype printing! This photographic process is also known as sun printing because the sun can be utilized as the main light source for your exposures (or a UV lamp works when the sun isn’t out, because it is Pittsburgh after all…). Cyanotype printing is unique in that it allows you to use real life objects to produce beautiful Prussian blue prints on paper. We will lead you through the cyanotype print making process from start to finish, beginning with a discussion of the specific tools and supplies involved, as well as options for prepping your cyanotype solution and paper. You will then experiment with exposures by using different objects to produce your unique prints. You’ll also have the option to use common household ingredients to tone your cyanotype different shades aside from the classic blue! Lastly, you will learn to rinse and dry out your prints so they are complete and ready to show!

August 10: Sound

Come feel the beat with guest instructor Stefani Allegretti in this week’s sound M3! In this workshop, students will be introduced to a variety of sound software used to record, analyze speech and make music. By the end of the program, the students will have a basic understanding of how to use Audacity, Pratt Linguistics and Garage Band so they can hopefully continue to make their own sounds in the future!


This program is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.