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Carnegie Museum of Art alters adult art classes

| Thursday, July 18, 2013, 11:27 p.m.

The Carnegie Museum of Art is planning to change the way it offers adult art classes, museum officials said Thursday.

Instead of offering 10-week, semester-based classes, the museum's classes will be based on its special exhibitions, spokesman Jonathan Gaugler said.

“A lot of people cannot commit to classes that last for 10 weeks, especially if the classes are held on weekdays,” Gaugler said.

Classes that might include one or multiple sessions will be more flexible for students, he said.

The location of the classes has changed.

Students used to attend classes in a basement room beneath the Carnegie Music Hall. This year, the museum moved classes to a smaller room.

Crews are converting the original class space to office space to accommodate some employees who worked in a nearby building the museum no longer leases, Gaugler said.

The changes caused some concern among students and some art instructors who fear the museum will eventually move classes to another building, said Andrew G. Serdy of West Mifflin, who took several classes at the museum.

“You need to have classes in the museum building. Part of studying art includes looking at what the masters have done. You cannot do that if classes are held somewhere else,” Serdy said.

The room used for art classes, which Gaugler said is a temporary space, is smaller and without running water.

“If you are doing oil painting, you need water for the brushes. You even need water when you are doing pastels because your hands get dirty,” Serdy said.

Gaugler said the museum will select a permanent classroom this summer.

“We are not losing studio space. ... There is not a lack of space in this building,” he said.

Rick Wills is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7944 or at rwills@tribweb.com.

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