Pittsburgh's Top Ten Creative Hubs of 2019

Satisfy your artsy alter ego and add a splash of color to Pittsburgh’s gray winter skies.

Liven up your scene with hands-on activities, this list reveals the best places to get your creative sparks flying. Create a custom a GiftYa card to share these experiences with friends!

1. Workshop

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Garfield
5135 Penn Ave.

Tues-Fri: 11am-6:30pm
Sat & Sun: 11am-4pm

Known as the “first DIY school in the country of its kind”, Workshop has an eclectic mix of events and classes led by expert artists.

Metalworking, screen printing, woodworking, aromatherapy, sewing, knitting, and even building furniture are only a few types of projects that you can get into!

The classes have empowered a growing number of people to pursue creative hobbies and businesses. The front of the Workshop has a small store featuring work created by local artists.

“What a cool place to check out!!! I bought some hilarious cards there and checked out their window sill herb garden section. They have local fabrics and other local made things. The whole place is full of great art made there! How awesome! They do workshops all month long teaching things from knitting, sewing, art, leather... Wow! So chill, comfy, welcoming, and fun! Support local arts! Learn something!” - Lexy M. Yelp Review

2. Artists Image Resource (AIR)

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North Side
518 Foreland St.

Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 6pm-10pm

AIR provides artists and the creatively inclined access to printing facilities, equipment, and education.

This resource offers group classes and one-on-one tutorials for all age levels. You can learn processes and techniques in areas including lithography, letterpress, screenprinting, relief printing and intaglio.

The organization hosts a variety of events and gallery exhibits throughout the year.
Enjoy printing posters, live music and demos for $10 at their “Drink and Ink” events.

“Open Air” is offered weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6pm-10pm. This is a great opportunity to make your own custom contemporary prints alongside professional artists at AIR.

The studio has a large format Epson9890 that can produce archival prints up to 42” x 80”.

“A long-standing Pittsburgh resource for artists, art organizations and the Northside community. Friendly people who are happy to help you make what you want to make (even if you don't know the entire process!). I'm a fan.” - Michelle Illuminato Facebook Review

“AIR is one of the best resources for Pittsburgh artists. Few spaces offer such great working space, help when needed in an atmosphere where anyone is welcome.” - Thomas Waters Facebook Review

3. Cut and Sew Studio


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Morningside
1747 Chislett St.

Mon-Thu: 12pm-7pm
Fri-Sun: 11am-5pm

Cut and Sew Studio, located in Morningside offers everything you need to get creative with fabric and sewing!

Alter, repair or make clothes from scratch. Create bags, accessories, and pillowcases or learn the art of embroidery. Tailored to kids and adults, the studio offers classes catered to all ages and interests. Don’t forget to stop by their shop Firecracker Fabrics to snag craft kits, sewing tools, and supplies!

“I have taken several classes at Cut & Sew. I started with minimal sewing knowledge, and my goal is to learn how to make and alter clothing. Catherine (the owner and instructor) is great! Her classes are reasonably priced, and the size is kept fairly small, so she is always available for one-on-one instruction.” - Lauren G. Yelp Review

4. The Pittsburgh Glass Center


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Friendship/Garfield
5472 Penn Ave.

Mon-Thurs: 10am-7pm
Fri, Sat & Sun: 10am-4pm

The Pittsburgh Glass Center’s “Make-it-Now” classes for two are the perfect place for date night.

Team up to create one of a kind ornaments, sculptures, terrariums or frames. After, enjoy live entertainment, demonstrations, hors-d'oeuvres, and drinks. Classes are offered throughout the year for every level.

“When I get someone a gift, it's been a recent thing that I've enjoyed giving him or her a fun experience rather than a material gift. That's how I came about spending my Saturday morning at Pittsburgh Glass Center. It is an amazing place to spend your day if you want to do something unique and memorable.” - Abby L. Yelp Review

“The workshops are a great too because they're a cheaper way to dip your toe in and try out the experience before committing to spending more money for private lessons.” Lauren M. Yelp Review

“Classes and workshops are held here plus they host special events. This Friday I learned there will be an event where you and a friend can learn how to create and fire a pumpkin. I had the opportunity to watch a craftsman design a drinking glass and shape in the fire. “ - Arlene M. Yelp Review

5. I Made It! Market

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North Hills
8013 McKnight Rd.

Feb 2nd, Sat: 12pm-5pm

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Bethel Park
164 Fort Couch Rd.

Feb 9th, Sat: 12pm-5pm

Who doesn’t love a good craft fair?

Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it at an I Made It! Market event.

Swing by their pop-up market to get inspired by more than 65 local artists! Handcrafted art, jewelry, ceramics, home decor, and tasty treats are a few of the fab finds waiting to be discovered.

Treat yourself and a friend this February 2nd and 9th at their Valentine’s Day pop-up shops!

Pop-up events are held throughout the year, so be sure to check their site for new events and up-to-date information.

“I've been going to this pop-up market for a few years. It is neat to see which vendors are showing their wares. I love the variety of vendors. There is jewelry, handmade greeting cards, candles, and all kinds of handmade items. Most, if not all, of the items are made with great care and quality. These are not items you find at any chain store. They are unique and make great gifts, even to yourself. They also always have items for kids to make and sometimes for adults to make.” - Kimberly T. Yelp Review

6. Pittsburgh Filmmakers/ Center for the Arts

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Point Breeze
6300 Fifth Ave.

Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sun: 12pm-4pm

That bright and cheerful yellow mansion beaming with creative energy is hard to miss on Fifth Ave.

Located on the grounds of Mellon Park, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts is a hallmark of creative growth for many Pittsburgh natives who took classes there as children. Now, you can make new memories by taking a workshop, attending a gallery exhibit, or stopping by the shop to peruse original creations of over 200 artists.

PF/PCA has a great variety of classes in almost any creative subject you can think of. Learn skills in photography, printmaking, film, claymation, jewelry making, drawing, painting and pottery.

The center also has performances, gallery shows, fairs and art sales. In June, come to the yART sale and check out an assortment of affordable art, jewelry, ceramics, photos, supplies and materials from about 70 local artists.

Another great event is The Fair in the Park, which happens annually in September. This year will mark their 50th anniversary! The fair takes place in Pittsburgh’s beautiful Mellon Park and features live music and the work of over 100 regional and national artists.

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“They have one of the best galleries in Pittsburgh. Lots of great classes in ceramics and painting.

The gift shop has lots of surprising finds and it's fun to shop there. The Center hosts lofts of events, including poetry readings, storytelling, Flamenco dancing, Lindy Dancing, and Calliope music. The gardens are beautiful for a stroll.  We are lucky to have a place like this in Pittsburgh.” - David B. Yelp Review

“This art gallery and store is a wonderful gem of Pittsburgh. The art inside has to be from artists that live in a certain mile radius of the city. Many of the pieces are unique. I also adore being around the beautiful grounds and the happy yellow mansion.” - Faithlynn Spano Google Review

7. The Society for Contemporary Craft

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The Strip District
2100 Smallman St.

Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm

Mix it up with some mixed media projects, or try your hand at woodworking.

Learn to make marbled fabric, handmade paper, fiber art, wood bowls, clay dishes, photo etched jewelry and beaded sculptures. You’ll find a variety of interesting workshops at this haven for imagination in the Strip District.

“Really marvelous art presented in a beautiful setting. The gift shop is one of the best in the city.  They feature crafts from artists around the world and local. Shows are well lit and well presented.  Downstairs are studios where they teach classes on metals, wood, fiber, mixed media and book/paper arts (beginning to advanced). They do a great job of hosting outside events and fundraisers.” - David B. Yelp Review

8. The Union Project

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East Liberty
801 N Negley Ave.

Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

The Union Project is an artistic sanctuary for creatives.

There is something for everyone! Bring the kids along to the Family Clay and Play class, or bring your pup to a Pet Photos + Paw Prints class.

If you’re looking for a place to hang with friends, enjoy a low-key evening Clay & Wine Friday class or Whiskey workshop.

The Union Project also offers open studio hours for $10 an hour which covers the cost of clay, glaze and firing.

Mark your calendar for the Mother of All Pottery Sales April 14, 2019 from 10am to 5pm. Come to buy some amazing handmade mugs, bowls, home decor and more! The event will also have activities, demos, food and drink.

“I'm so thankful that I found out about Union Project. Bobby & I had a blast working with the clay and making our own ceramics. Everyone from the instructor to the others enjoying open studio offered to help us and gave us great tips! It was such a relaxing, artistic experience. I'm looking forward to going back." - Chelsea M.Yelp Review

9. The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

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Point Breeze North
214 North Lexington Street

Mon-Sun: 10am-7pm

The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse is a place where you can reimagine and recycle materials into useful creations.

Take a ReMaker Playshop and make birdhouses, jewelry or crafts If you’re looking to celebrate a birthday, a shower or simply have fun with friends, consider throwing an Art Party. Windchimes, woven wall-hangings and wreaths are only a few of the brilliant things you can make. There are at least a dozen themes to choose from.

The PCCR engages the community with fun and crafty solutions to environmental challenges.

They joined with educators from several organizations including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to create curated kits that inspire ideas for minimizing the effects climate change in Pittsburgh. Children and adults alike enjoy creating the 3D models, games, books and toys.

“If you love to craft or have a passion for recycled material, you have to check this place out.

PCCR is the absolute HUB for things needing a new life. Being connected to Construction Junction, it's a great place to stop and check out after searching for some great home needs. They have everything here from buttons, to old photos, to baskets, to old notebooks, to fabric, and pieces of trophies. Honestly anything you can imagine is here. My last creative art project required a stop at Construction Junction for tiles and here for maps. Made some pretty sweet DIY coasters for my home using maps from places I love in the states or places that I have visited. Really unique project and the cost was INCREDIBLY low because of their love for recycling unwanted supplies. Have a lot of extra art supplies laying around that you don't know what to do with? Donate them here! They will find new life :)” - Jenny H. Yelp Review

10. Blick Art Materials

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Shadyside
5534 Walnut St.

Mon-Fri: 9am-8pm
Sat: 9am-7pm
Sun: 11am-6pm

Get creative on your own schedule by stocking up at the Blick store in Shadyside.

This amazing resource has earned a lot of praise from local artists. Only 2.5 years young, this store can be easily missed on the busting block of Walnut Street. If you do catch a peripheral glimpse, it’s hard to not go in.

Imagine two stories packed to the brim with supplies to fulfill your artistic needs! Get inspired by a weekend demo led by their featured “Artist of the Month”. Follow their Instagram for more information.

“Great store and great service.  Very knowledgeable staff.” - Mike Caputo Google Review

“Fantastic art store. Everything an artist would need for a good time in creation. Staff is helpful, excellent customer service.” - Christian Zagarskas Google Review

“I love this store. It's very, very, very dangerous for me to live as close to it as I do. It's such a cool space that I always just want to go in and look around, and they have such a great selection of products that I can easily find things I don't have/can convince myself I need. If you need anything to support your creative endeavors, this is your one-stop shop in Shadyside.” - Melissa P. Yelp Review

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