Looking down at people drawing at long rows of tables.

Tam O’Shanter Drawing Sessions

These creative sessions are for those who draw and for those who don’t. Explore contemporary art through improvised forms of drawing with artists and organizers of the Carnegie International. Sketching, doodling, cartooning, mapping, writing, and marking are among the many modes that will bring us together.

Named after the original art classes for young people that Carnegie Museum of Art has been holding since 1929; the tam o’shanter, or tam, is a Scottish beret—oft adorned by a pompom.


Valentines with Alex Da Corte

February 10, 2019

Draw to your heart’s content with artist Alex Da Corte. Pen and pinprick paper following prompts from Da Corte, whose work Rubber Pencil Devil in the Carnegie International is currently featured on Art21.

Sound Session with Angie Keefer

February 23, 2019

Artist and writer Angie Keefer leads a hands-on filmmaking session to a soundtrack of poetry and polyrhythms. Draw directly onto exposed film stock while listening to an audio recording of Being the Measure, an ongoing collaboration between Keefer and artist David Zink Yi, with Afro-Cuban musicians Marvin Diz, Eliel Lazo, Regis Molina Reynaldo, and Onel Matos Somoza. We will screen the collective result of this session.

Tiles with Sarah Crowner and KT Tierney

March 3, 2019

Inspired by Sarah Crowner’s painting made of tiles for the Carnegie International, this special session invites you to historic Braddock Carnegie Library’s Bathhouse Ceramics Studio. Join the artist and KT Tierney of Braddock Tiles as they discuss their process, then make your own stack of tiles by drawing on leather-hard clay! A tour of the magnificent library building will cap the afternoon.

Mastr Drawing Session with Kerry James Marshall

March 7, 2019

It’s not every day a person gets to draw with one of America’s great artists! Kerry James Marshall’s concept of “extreme blackness” is as central to his paintings as it is his RYTHM MASTR comic strip. Underpinning all of his art is a rigorous drawing practice. Join what is sure to be an exhilarating session led by Marshall! Materials included.

Cosmic Love Album Cover Design with Josiah McElheny, John Corbett, and Jim Dempsey

March 23, 2019

Tour Dusty Groove II: Space is a Diamond with the artists, followed by a brief discussion of the history of handmade record album covers. Then learn to make your own! All you have to do is create a unique design on paper and glue it onto a blank record cover. For an example of this technique, see Sun Ra’s Other Planes of There album cover in the exhibition.