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May 22, 2023

Figurative Design in Industry Workshop

Monday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to work with figurative artist Jeannie McGuire!

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This five-day figurative painting workshop is an immersive experience into the regions’ industrial heritage. Fittingly, the workshop takes place at the historic Pump House, which was once part of the U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works.

During this workshop, students will work with McGuire to hone their creative vision while drawing inspiration from the raw industrial space and immersed in an exhibition of Jeannie’s original artworks depicting people in industry. Students will also learn about the industrial heritage of the region with a tour of the Carrie Blast Furnace, and enjoy the art and relics throughout the Rivers of Steel property, surrounding area, and river trail.

Medium:  Watercolor paint or other water-soluble pigments
Level:  Advanced beginner, intermediate, advanced

About the Artist:

Jeannie McGuire, a Pittsburgh-based figurative artist, strives to invoke individual interpretation through her artwork, which impressively utilizes a free application of paint and stylistic forms of expression. Jeannie uses her own photography, acquired snapshots, life drawings and story/character observations to spark her creativity. Her work has been described as a brilliant combination of emotion, movement, and artistry. Impressionistic in nature, with an identifiable subject, her strong figurative approaches are unique in more ways than one.

Hours & Admission*

This program is offered once during 2023. Workshop hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 22 through Friday, May 26, 2023.

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*Workshop is limited to 10 participants. Advanced registration is required.

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“To keep my art fresh, I challenge myself with a question: Is it predictable or unpredictable? An otherwise spontaneous and uninhibited painting can come to a halt of indecision many times. To embrace this indecision and unknown with an unpredictable approach is risky and difficult. Yet it is exciting and creative, and more often than not, well worth it.” - Jeannie McGuire

Location & Directions

The Pump House is located at 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall PA 15120, in what is now the Waterfront retail and residential complex.

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What to Know Before You Go

As a former industrial site, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure an enjoyable visit.

  • COVID-19 Policies: Please be advised of our current COVID-19 policies.
  • Maintain social distance: Social distancing is no longer mandatory, but we do ask that you be mindful of the people around you, allowing for a comfortable amount of space when possible.
  • What to wear: Clothing you can get dirty.  The workshop space is not temperature controlled; please dress for the weather.
  • Restrooms & concessions: Bathrooms are available on site in the water tower. Light snacks, drinks and coffee will be available during the workshops. Attendees are encouraged to pack a lunch or grab lunch at one of many nearby restaurants.
  • Photography: Photography is permitted. For safety reasons, videography and drones are prohibited.
  • Accessibility: Handicapped parking is available and the Pump House space is ADA compliant.
  • Liability: By purchasing admission tickets, all visitors consent to the terms of our liability waiver and consent to be photographed (PDF).
  • Admission: Site access is limited to guided tours, workshops, and events. Unless otherwise noted, all admissions are ticketed.

Thank you for following these guidelines. We wish you to have the best visit possible, and appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the visitor experience.

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May 22, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Pump House
880 E. Waterfront Drive
Munhall, PA 15120 United States
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Rivers of Steel