Events

This Event List shows all types of McMurray Art League events in list view. You can change the view to Calendar then Week, Month, or Year. Click on an event to see more details and register.

Members should first log in to be offered the member price. You must register for the series or separately for each day you plan to attend.

For a list of upcoming classes, click here.
For a list of upcoming exhibits, click here.

Upcoming events

    • Friday, January 31, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    Register

    Come work on your latest project with your friends. $5 studio fee. If Peters Township schools are closed due to weather, Open Studio is cancelled. Open Studio will be held if schools are on a weather delay.

    • Thursday, February 13, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    Register

    McMurray Art League general membership meeting. Speaker Bill Karaffa who will talk about his art study in Italy.

    • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
    • 16
    Register

    Details to come. Snow dates 2/26, 2/27.

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 8

    (Register for the series here or for 2/19 and 2/20 sessions separately.)  

    • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    • Thursday, February 20, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • MAL Studio
    • 12
    Register

    Details to come. Snow dates 2/26, 2/27.

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 8

    (Register for the series here or for 2/19 and 2/20 sessions separately.)  

    • Thursday, February 20, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
    • 16
    Register

    Details to come. Snow dates 2/26, 2/27.

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 8

    (Register for the series here or for 2/19 and 2/20 sessions separately.)  

    • Saturday, February 22, 2020
    • The Galleria Mt. Lebanon
    Register

    Register for the "Anything Goes" show by registering online or mailing registration forms and check postmarked by this date. For links to the Prospectus, Standards, Registration Form and Inventory Form, click here.

    • Monday, February 24, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    Register

    Hope you can attend. If not please provide a report we can share at the meeting. 

    • Thursday, March 05, 2020
    • 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • The Galleria Mt. Lebanon, 1500 Washington Rd, Mt Lebanon, PA 15228
    Register

    Show artists drop off work at venue.

    Register for the event to receive email reminder.

    • Friday, March 06, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    • 9:00 PM
    • The Galleria, 1500 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15228

    Show hours the same as mall hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 to 9; Sunday, Noon to 5

    • Monday, March 09, 2020
    • Peters Township Public Library, 616 E. McMurray Rd., McMurray, PA. 15317
    Register

    Peters Township Library show change. Register online or contact Sandy Conley by email at conley1973@verizon.net or phone at 724-942-0553 with artist's name, title, medium and price or NFS or POR.

    You may enter 3 paintings (or photos) unless they are very large, then perhaps only two.  We don't get many extremely large works.  Information is needed by the deadline to provide time to design and print a brochure for the show. 

    There is no entry fee but a 10% commission on sold works is donated to the library and 5% to the League.

    • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Peters Township Public Library, 616 E. McMurray Rd., McMurray, PA. 15317

    Peters Township Library show change. Register online by clicking here or contact Sandy Conley by email at conley1973@verizon.net or phone at 724-942-0553 with artist's name, title, medium and price or NFS or POR.

    You may enter 3 paintings (or photos) unless they are very large, then perhaps only two.  We don't get many extremely large works.  Information is needed by the deadline to provide time to design and print a brochure for the show. 

    There is no entry fee but a 10% commission on sold works is donated to the library and 5% to the League for a total of %15.

    • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
    • 16
    Register

    Details to come. Snow day 4/1.

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 6

    (Register for the series here or for 3/11, 3/18 and 3/25 sessions separately.)  

    • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    • Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • MAL Studio
    • 13
    Register

    Details to come. Snow day 4/1.

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 6

    (Register for the series here or for 3/11, 3/18 and 3/25 sessions separately.)  

    • Thursday, March 12, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    Register

    McMurray Art League general membership meeting. Speaker Marlene Boas who will speak about encaustic painting.

    • Saturday, March 14, 2020
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    Register

    The MAL Studio Gallery theme is TBA 

    Please sign up and register online or send tag information (artist, title, medium, price, size) to Linda Saksa at saxa3@msn.com or 724-941-6413.

    You may enter up to 3 pieces, depending on number of entries and size.  Information is needed by the deadline to provide time to design and print tags and a list for the show book. 

    There is no entry fee but a 15% commission on sold works is retained by MAL.

    Drop off is 5:00-6:00, Tuesday, 3/17.

    • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Galleria Mt. Lebanon, 1500 Washington Rd, Mt Lebanon, PA 15228
    Register

    Show artists pick up work at venue.

    Register for the event to receive email reminder.

    • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • MAL Studio

    The MAL Studio Gallery show changeover.

    Please sign up and register online by clicking here MAL Studio Themed Exhibit Registration Due or send tag information (artist, title, medium, price, size) to Linda Saksa at saxa3@msn.com or 724-941-6413.

    You may enter up to 3 pieces, depending on number of entries and size.  Information is needed by the deadline to provide time to design and print tags and a list for the show book. 

    There is no entry fee but a 15% commission on sold works is retained by MAL.


    • Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
    • 16
    Register

    Details to come. Snow day 4/1.

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 6

    (Register for the series here or for 3/11, 3/18 and 3/25 sessions separately.)  

    • Monday, March 23, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    Register

    Hope you can attend. If not please provide a report we can share at the meeting. 

    • Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
    • 16
    Register

    Details to come. Snow day 4/1.

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 6

    (Register for the series here or for 3/11, 3/18 and 3/25 sessions separately.)  

    • Friday, March 27, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    • 16
    Register

    Jan Pini will show us how to get started with polymer clay (project TBD).  Approximately $10 materials fee. If you already have some polymer clay supplies, please bring them (I will have extras), including:

    Polymer clay-dedicated pasta machine (clay conditioning machine)
    Polymer clay-dedicated oven, such as a toaster oven
    Cutting mat with inch marks
    Craft knife
    Tissue blade (very sharp blade used with PC)
    Roller (usually acrylic)
    Any clay tools you have.


    • Wednesday, April 08, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA, 15317
    • 16
    Register

    Spring is a wonderful time of year when the landscape comes alive. The colors of spring are when the trees and bushes start to turn a bright yellow green, and crocuses, violets, and forsythia are among some of the flowers that begin to bloom, using blues and violets, reds and yellows.

    To the artist, it's a palette of color explosion to paint and we immediately think of what paint colors to mix and the techniques to capture these vibrant colors.

    Drawing is important to plan the design and composition using a sketch book, then the real fun begins when we put the drawing on paper and begin to paint.

    Come join me on this art adventure of learning to paint spring by learning the following:

    • Watercolor Design and Composition Techniques
    • Mixing paint to create the colors of spring
    • Consistency of the paint mixture, how much water to add to pigment
    • Shapes , both positive and negative , keeping these shapes interesting
    • Values , the value scale from the lightest to darkest values

    Materials List

    • Watercolor paint I use (warm (W), cool (C)):

    W - cadmium yellow, C - lemon yellow, W - cadmium red,  C - alizarin crimson, W - cerulean blue, C - ultramarine blue or cobalt blue.

    These are primary split palette colors using two yellows, two reds and two blues in a warm and cool of each color.

    Additional colors I use :

    W - yellow ochre or raw sienna, W - burnt sienna,  sap green, hookers green,  violet but I like mixing my own.

    • Good watercolor paper such as Arches, 140 lb. cold press
    • A board or something to tape your paper to or use a watercolor block (Arches or Canson Aquarelle) 
    • Brushes: round brush #4, 6; flat chisel edge brushes 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch
    • Old jar or Cool Whip container to hold water
    • Paper towels 
    • Photo references for you to choose the subject material you will be painting. We will be doing subjects of Spring in Bloom. Suggested subjects: trees in a landscape with a stream, a barn, house with garden of flowers, spring flowers, etc.

    This Watercolor Workshop is a casual class, all questions are welcome. Learn techniques in Watercolor; getting the maximum use of your brushes 

    This class is geared for students interested in learning the wonderful world of watercolor. Some drawing ability preferred, for beginners to intermediate painters.

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 4

    (Register here for the series or register for 4/8, 4/22, 5/13, 5/20, and 5/27 sessions from the Calendar separately.)  



     

    • Wednesday, April 08, 2020
    • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd. McMuuray, PA 15317
    • 16
    Register

    Spring is a wonderful time of year when the landscape comes alive. The colors of spring are when the trees and bushes start to turn a bright yellow green, and crocuses, violets, and forsythia are among some of the flowers that begin to bloom, using blues and violets, reds and yellows.

    To the artist, it's a palette of color explosion to paint and we immediately think of what paint colors to mix and the techniques to capture these vibrant colors.

    Drawing is important to plan the design and composition using a sketch book, then the real fun begins when we put the drawing on paper and begin to paint.

    Come join me on this art adventure of learning to paint spring by learning the following:

    • Watercolor Design and Composition Techniques
    • Mixing paint to create the colors of spring
    • Consistency of the paint mixture, how much water to add to pigment
    • Shapes , both positive and negative , keeping these shapes interesting
    • Values , the value scale from the lightest to darkest values

    Materials List

    • Watercolor paint I use (warm (W), cool (C)):

    W - cadmium yellow, C - lemon yellow, W - cadmium red,  C - alizarin crimson, W - cerulean blue, C - ultramarine blue or cobalt blue.

    These are primary split palette colors using two yellows, two reds and two blues in a warm and cool of each color.

    Additional colors I use :

    W - yellow ochre or raw sienna, W - burnt sienna,  sap green, hookers green,  violet but I like mixing my own.

    • Good watercolor paper such as Arches, 140 lb. cold press
    • A board or something to tape your paper to or use a watercolor block (Arches or Canson Aquarelle) 
    • Brushes: round brush #4, 6; flat chisel edge brushes 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch
    • Old jar or Cool Whip container to hold water
    • Paper towels 
    • Photo references for you to choose the subject material you will be painting. We will be doing subjects of Spring in Bloom. Suggested subjects: trees in a landscape with a stream, a barn, house with garden of flowers, spring flowers, etc.

    This Watercolor Workshop is a casual class, all questions are welcome. Learn techniques in Watercolor; getting the maximum use of your brushes 

    This class is geared for students interested in learning the wonderful world of watercolor. Some drawing ability preferred, for beginners to intermediate painters.

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 4

    (Register here for the series or register for 4/8, 4/22, 5/13, 5/20, and 5/27 sessions from the Calendar separately.)  


     

    • Thursday, April 09, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    Register

    McMurray Art League general membership meeting. Speaker Julie Agar who will speak on Norman Rockwell.

    • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    • 16
    Register

    Pastel or Oil techniques. Learn the concepts and techniques of classical art; space, light and atmosphere. Color, composition , form, textures and pastel techniques will also be discussed and demonstrated.  Individual instruction.

    For a pastel list,  Jim suggests getting a set of soft pastels from Sennelier; hard Nupastels and Rembrandt pastels;  Conte pencils; blending stumps; pastel toned papers made by Sennelier or Ampersand.

    Maximum students: 16
    Minimum students: 10

    (Register for the series here or for 4/14 and 4/16 sessions separately.) 

    • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    • Thursday, April 16, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    • 15
    Register

    Pastel or Oil techniques. Learn the concepts and techniques of classical art; space, light and atmosphere. Color, composition , form, textures and pastel techniques will also be discussed and demonstrated.  Individual instruction.

    For a pastel list,  Jim suggests getting a set of soft pastels from Sennelier; hard Nupastels and Rembrandt pastels;  Conte pencils; blending stumps; pastel toned papers made by Sennelier or Ampersand.

    Maximum students: 16
    Minimum students: 10

    (Register for the series here or for 4/14 and 4/16 sessions separately.) 

    • Thursday, April 16, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    • 16
    Register

    Pastel or Oil techniques. Learn the concepts and techniques of classical art; space, light and atmosphere. Color, composition , form, textures and pastel techniques will also be discussed and demonstrated.  Individual instruction.

    For a pastel list,  Jim suggests getting a set of soft pastels from Sennelier; hard Nupastels and Rembrandt pastels;  Conte pencils; blending stumps; pastel toned papers made by Sennelier or Ampersand.

    Maximum students: 16
    Minimum students: 10

    (Register for the series here or for 4/14 and 4/16 sessions separately.) 

    • Monday, April 20, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    Register

    Hope you can attend. If not please provide a report we can share at the meeting. 

    • Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA, 15317
    • 16
    Register

    Spring is a wonderful time of year when the landscape comes alive. The colors of spring are when the trees and bushes start to turn a bright yellow green, and crocuses, violets, and forsythia are among some of the flowers that begin to bloom, using blues and violets, reds and yellows.

    To the artist, it's a palette of color explosion to paint and we immediately think of what paint colors to mix and the techniques to capture these vibrant colors.

    Drawing is important to plan the design and composition using a sketch book, then the real fun begins when we put the drawing on paper and begin to paint.

    Come join me on this art adventure of learning to paint spring by learning the following:

    • Watercolor Design and Composition Techniques
    • Mixing paint to create the colors of spring
    • Consistency of the paint mixture, how much water to add to pigment
    • Shapes , both positive and negative , keeping these shapes interesting
    • Values , the value scale from the lightest to darkest values

    Materials List

    • Watercolor paint I use (warm (W), cool (C)):

    W - cadmium yellow, C - lemon yellow, W - cadmium red,  C - alizarin crimson, W - cerulean blue, C - ultramarine blue or cobalt blue.

    These are primary split palette colors using two yellows, two reds and two blues in a warm and cool of each color.

    Additional colors I use :

    W - yellow ochre or raw sienna, W - burnt sienna,  sap green, hookers green,  violet but I like mixing my own.

    • Good watercolor paper such as Arches, 140 lb. cold press
    • A board or something to tape your paper to or use a watercolor block (Arches or Canson Aquarelle) 
    • Brushes: round brush #4, 6; flat chisel edge brushes 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch
    • Old jar or Cool Whip container to hold water
    • Paper towels 
    • Photo references for you to choose the subject material you will be painting. We will be doing subjects of Spring in Bloom. Suggested subjects: trees in a landscape with a stream, a barn, house with garden of flowers, spring flowers, etc.

    This Watercolor Workshop is a casual class, all questions are welcome. Learn techniques in Watercolor; getting the maximum use of your brushes 

    This class is geared for students interested in learning the wonderful world of watercolor. Some drawing ability preferred, for beginners to intermediate painters.

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 4

    (Register here for the series or register for 4/8, 4/22, 5/13, 5/20, and 5/27 sessions from the Calendar separately.)  



     

    • Saturday, April 25, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Saturday, May 02, 2020
    • 9:00 PM
    • Peters Township Public Library, 616 E. McMurray Rd., McMurray, PA 15317

    Show hours the same as library hours hours, Mon-Thu 9-9, Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4, Sun 12-4.

    • Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
    • 16
    Register

    Barry teaches watercolor painting techniques. He says:

    Of course our class will center on the usual, with Composition, Values and Color usage being dominate.... purpose being, to create "art" not just a copy of a photo but also with a little excursion into just where watercolor excels and the dirty little  secret that very few water-colorists ever talk about and that is when doing a painting in watercolor is going to make you "work really, really hard" ......in other words,  you're probably not going to have a happy day at the easel.  We will take that on along with a quick color test of students pigments (as well as mine) and any other issues the students may bring up.  We will have fun as usual!!

    Students should bring at least three photo references or sketches of their choosing. Their own favorite watercolor supplies including a box of pop up Kleenex. Working surface should be at least 140lb watercolor paper....nothing less. Subject of the class will be my usual "emphasis on composition and values use with individual instruction for each student"

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 10

    (Register for the series here or for 4/29 and 5/6 sessions separately.)  

    • Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    • Monday, May 04, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • MAL Studio
    • 15
    Register

    Barry teaches watercolor painting techniques. He says:

    Of course our class will center on the usual, with Composition, Values and Color usage being dominate.... purpose being, to create "art" not just a copy of a photo but also with a little excursion into just where watercolor excels and the dirty little  secret that very few water-colorists ever talk about and that is when doing a painting in watercolor is going to make you "work really, really hard" ......in other words,  you're probably not going to have a happy day at the easel.  We will take that on along with a quick color test of students pigments (as well as mine) and any other issues the students may bring up.  We will have fun as usual!!

    Students should bring at least three photo references or sketches of their choosing. Their own favorite watercolor supplies including a box of pop up Kleenex. Working surface should be at least 140lb watercolor paper....nothing less. Subject of the class will be my usual "emphasis on composition and values use with individual instruction for each student"

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 10

    (Register for the series here or for 4/29 and 5/6 sessions separately.)  

    • Wednesday, May 06, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MAL Studio
    • 16
    Register

    Barry teaches watercolor painting techniques. He says:

    Of course our class will center on the usual, with Composition, Values and Color usage being dominate.... purpose being, to create "art" not just a copy of a photo but also with a little excursion into just where watercolor excels and the dirty little  secret that very few water-colorists ever talk about and that is when doing a painting in watercolor is going to make you "work really, really hard" ......in other words,  you're probably not going to have a happy day at the easel.  We will take that on along with a quick color test of students pigments (as well as mine) and any other issues the students may bring up.  We will have fun as usual!!

    Students should bring at least three photo references or sketches of their choosing. Their own favorite watercolor supplies including a box of pop up Kleenex. Working surface should be at least 140lb watercolor paper....nothing less. Subject of the class will be my usual "emphasis on composition and values use with individual instruction for each student"

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 10

    (Register for the series here or for 4/29 and 5/6 sessions separately.)  

    • Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA, 15317
    • 16
    Register

    Spring is a wonderful time of year when the landscape comes alive. The colors of spring are when the trees and bushes start to turn a bright yellow green, and crocuses, violets, and forsythia are among some of the flowers that begin to bloom, using blues and violets, reds and yellows.

    To the artist, it's a palette of color explosion to paint and we immediately think of what paint colors to mix and the techniques to capture these vibrant colors.

    Drawing is important to plan the design and composition using a sketch book, then the real fun begins when we put the drawing on paper and begin to paint.

    Come join me on this art adventure of learning to paint spring by learning the following:

    • Watercolor Design and Composition Techniques
    • Mixing paint to create the colors of spring
    • Consistency of the paint mixture, how much water to add to pigment
    • Shapes , both positive and negative , keeping these shapes interesting
    • Values , the value scale from the lightest to darkest values

    Materials List

    • Watercolor paint I use (warm (W), cool (C)):

    W - cadmium yellow, C - lemon yellow, W - cadmium red,  C - alizarin crimson, W - cerulean blue, C - ultramarine blue or cobalt blue.

    These are primary split palette colors using two yellows, two reds and two blues in a warm and cool of each color.

    Additional colors I use :

    W - yellow ochre or raw sienna, W - burnt sienna,  sap green, hookers green,  violet but I like mixing my own.

    • Good watercolor paper such as Arches, 140 lb. cold press
    • A board or something to tape your paper to or use a watercolor block (Arches or Canson Aquarelle) 
    • Brushes: round brush #4, 6; flat chisel edge brushes 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch
    • Old jar or Cool Whip container to hold water
    • Paper towels 
    • Photo references for you to choose the subject material you will be painting. We will be doing subjects of Spring in Bloom. Suggested subjects: trees in a landscape with a stream, a barn, house with garden of flowers, spring flowers, etc.

    This Watercolor Workshop is a casual class, all questions are welcome. Learn techniques in Watercolor; getting the maximum use of your brushes 

    This class is geared for students interested in learning the wonderful world of watercolor. Some drawing ability preferred, for beginners to intermediate painters.

    Maximum class size: 16
    Minimum class size: 4

    (Register here for the series or register for 4/8, 4/22, 5/13, 5/20, and 5/27 sessions from the Calendar separately.)  



     

    • Thursday, May 14, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MAL Studio, 4069 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317
    Register