Our goal is to empower youth to be confident makers, foster a love of DIY projects, promote connected learning, and activate an interest in their community and city.

Saturday Crafternoons promote hands-on learning and community engagement for youth in grades K-5 through free, drop-in workshops with local makers and community partners.

Check the Calendar for the upcoming Crafternoons or check out our Facebook event for more details!

Past guest makers include Darrell Kinsel, Daniel Baxter, Christine Bethea, Eric Lidji, Valerie Herrero, Katy Dement, Senque Little-Poole, the Union Project, and more.

Past community partners include Garfield Action United, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Pennley Place Community Garden, the Kincaid Street Community Garden, Color Me Pittsburgh, and more.

Saturdays (Grades K-5), 1-3 pm

Not able to come to Assemble each week but still want to participate? Drop in to Saturday Crafternoons! Every Saturday, young Assemblers come together to learn new STEAM skills, experiment with materials, and make community connections! Each week, our workshop is led by a different “Guest Expert” who shares their craft with students, giving them the chance to build their own confidence through making. No registration required!

Upcoming Crafternoons

 

October 21: Robots and Circuits!

Ever wonder how lights work? Have you ever wanted to build a drawing machine? Do you like taking things apart and making something new? Bring your creative mind to this awesome robot workshop!

October 28: Metal Smithing (Lights on Afterschool)

Join us for a special Crafternoon to celebrate with Lights On Afterschoola nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.

Children in grades K-5th and their families are invited to participate in this interactive event for the community to learn new science, technology, engineering, art and math skills and experiment with metal-smithing materials. At the event, Guest Expert, Linda McNair will teach visitors all about metal smithing and will help them design rings, bracelets, or key chains. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

During this celebratory workshop, students and their families will also have the opportunity to sign up for Assemble’s afterschool programs, camps, and workshops.

November 4: Make your Wildest Dreams Come to Life

Ever wanted to bring your wildest dreams to life? Bring your creative Ideas and cool story to Saturday Crafternoons were you can share your story and turn your wildest dream into a work of Art. Join Sarah Rafson from Point Line Projects to learn more about multi-media art techniques.

November 11: Gingerbread Construction

Have you ever built a gingerbread house. Do you like engineering, construction and food. Want to build a gingerbread tower, castle and bridge? Join us for a yum-tastic Saturday Crafternoon with Assemble.

November 18: HyperLocal Art Workshop, Part 1

Get hype for HyperLocal. Ever wanted to have your own works of art on display? This Saturday, create your own painting, sculpture, multi-media work of art, and keep it on Assemble’s December-January Gallery.

December 2: HyperLocal Art Workshop, Part 2

Get hype for HyperLocal. Ever wanted to have your own works of art on display? This Saturday, create your own painting, sculpture, multi-media work of art, and keep it on Assemble’s December-January Gallery.

December 9: Clay Holiday Art

Make your own holiday decoration using clay! Have you ever wanted to use carving tools, brainstorm your very own character, get messy, and make something new? Join Union Project at Assemble for a clay workshop. Bring your creative mind and cool ideas to Saturday Crafternoons.

December 16: 3D Cards

Create your very own 3D pop-up card for the holidays! Design, cut, and assemble your own unique cards to share with family and friends.