Center for Creativity: The Workshop


The core program of the Workshop is an open "maker space" for University students, faculty, and staff. With a Pitt ID, members of the University community are welcome to come to this space to exercise their creative spirit and muscles. The Workshop provides large walls for writing, diagramming, or chalking; clay for shaping; tables and chairs for challenging conversations or quiet wordsmithing; paint; musical instruments; fabric and yarn; and more. 

As you make things here, expect people to come up to you and ask you how you do what you do. And as you see others make things, please feel free to ask them to show you how they do what they do. This is a community space and a place to make unexpected connections that can lead you to new discoveries or ways of seeing.


How to Play a Poem

Wednesday, November 15 | 12-1 pm

Don Bialostosky, professor and chair of Pitt’s English department, will present a short workshop based on his new book, How to Play a Poem, and sign copies in the Center for Creativity Workshop at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 15. He will introduce participants to reading poetry as a co-creative activity; poems, like musical scores and dramatic scripts, need creative players to bring them to life. Come and play. Light snacks will be provided! 


W2  (Workshop Workshops)

The Center for Creativity: The Workshop also hosts more formal programs led by people with a particular skill or passion in a "maker" area, as well as events showcasing Pitt's creative force. No prior experience is required: amateurs and beginners welcome! Except as noted, all materials and supplies are provided.

Don't Panic: Make Your Own Stress Ball!

Thursday, November 16 | 2-6 pm

 * No registration required! Just drop in between 2-6 pm!

Join us as we partner with PittServes during "Pitt Kindness Week" (November 11-17) to celebrate the values of kindness and service! Thursday, November 16, is dedicated to "kindness to yourself," and with finals coming up, and holidays and winter recess just around the corner, you might start to feel a little stressed out. We can help.

Creativity - just the act of making something - is a demonstrated stress killer, and we'll show you how to make your own scented stress ball to take away. Because this is a service project, you'll also make one to donate to the community and pay the peace forward!

Drop in anytime between 2-6 pm on Thursday, November 16: no pre-registration is required, and we provide everything you need! 


123 Batik

Thursday, November 16 | 7-8:30 pm

 * Pre-registration required: register here

This technique workshop focuses on ways in which you can batik fabric using everyday materials and stenciling to produce a finished piece. With fabric from the C4C supply (or you may bring along your own), use tape, glue, and salt to develop resists, and create dye out of acrylic media. We'll also skim some basic concepts of color theory and elements of design to assist in the creation of a fully fleshed out batik work. Facilitated by Mike Campbell, Center for Creativity: The Workshop


One Moment Memoir

Saturday, November 18 | 1-2:30 pm

 * Pre-registration required: register here

Don’t have the time (or desire) to write your whole life story? Try one moment at a time! Join a friendly, supportive group to try your hand at creative writing. Facilitated by Nancy Kirkwood, Center for Creativity: The Workshop


Hand Lettering

Thursday, November 30 | 3:30-5 pm

* Pre-registration required: register here

Get introduced to the art of hand lettering! Learn some lettering basics and build skills that can be applied to all kinds of projects, including greeting cards. Facilitated by Arielle Berk, Student Ambassador, Center for Creativity: The Workshop



Saturday, December 2 | 1-2:30 pm

* Pre-registration required: register here

Use templates or your imagination, paper and sharp scissors to create and integrate silhouettes into art work. No prior visual art experience is required: amateurs and beginners welcome! All materials and supplies are provided. Facilitated by Nancy Kirkwood, Center for Creativity: The Workshop


De-Stress, De-Tangle!

Thursday, December 7 | 6-7:30 pm

* Pre-registration required: register here

Come be guided through creating a Zentangle-like piece of art in a night of low stress and mindful making. This workshop will introduce you to a little color theory and the basic process of “tangle” art, a form of meditative drawing. You'll make your own soothing monochromatic piece and learn a new technique for reducing stress and re-charging! Facilitated by Mike Campbell, Center for Creativity: The Workshop



NEW! Especially for Faculty and Staff

The Center for Creativity: The Workshop is for all members of the Pitt community, but we sometimes offer programs that are especially geared toward Pitt staff and faculty! 

Tuesday Tours

Second Tuesday of every month | 12:30-1 pm

Curious about The Workshop, but not sure where to start? Would you like to explore the space and talk about how you, your department, your staff, or your peer group could make use of all the resources we have to offer? Join us for a quick walkthrough on the second Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm, and come see what you’ve been missing! No reservation needed.

Lunch & Learn

Think you don’t have time to be creative on your lunch hour? Just come and join us for a taste of one of our upcoming full-length workshops! Please bring your own lunch: we’ll provide drinks and snacks! Arrive as early as noon and stay as long as you like; demonstration and talk from 12:15-12:45 pm.


Wednesday, November 29 | 12:15-12:45 pm

 * Pre-registration required: register here

Use templates or your imagination, paper and sharp scissors to create and integrate silhouettes into art work.









Open Mic Nights @ Nordy's Place

* Open mic nights are done for the fall semester, but will return again in January! 

The Center for Creativity hosts Monday Open Mic Nights from 8:30-10 pm on select Mondays at Nordy's Place in the William Pitt Union!

The C4C Open Mic is a chance for performers of all kinds – writers, musicians, comics, storytellers, and others – to meet and mingle while showcasing their skills. All levels and styles are welcome! Whether you have experience performing in public, or you’re a first-timer in search of a supportive and enthusiastic audience, the C4C Open Mic is for you. 

Important Info

  • Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis and begins at 8 pm.
  • Performance slots are 6-8 minutes each.
  • All performance genres are welcome: poetry or prose, music (original or covers), comedy, performance art, storytelling, monologues, magic…. If you can do it in public, you can sign up for a slot!
  • We love solos and duos!  
  • Your performance slot includes setup time, so it’s a good idea to keep it simple. 
  • Pitt students. faculty, and staff are all equally welcome as performers and/or audience members!

Musical performers, please bring your own instruments!