“This is was such an important part of our week because we don’t know many people here yet since we just moved here. My kids got to interact with other kids and that was great. Also the meals we got helped immensely. I appreciate this program so much. Everybody is so nice and helpful and the garden is such a beautiful space.”

“Practicing conflict resolution with new friends was an invaluable opportunity for [my child]. She came home singing every day.”

“My daughter looked forward to clay camp every week but it was very surprising to see my two sons and my husband also enjoying time spent working on the pottery together.”

“[Our child] wasn’t speaking in public (and sometimes at home) a lot, and while she didn’t end up speaking at Art in the Garden, she really valued the deep play. Since then she’s been talking a lot more… and enjoying each day again.”

“My girl is a non verbal girl in the spectrum, but every time I took the bag with the clay on it she got very excited. She and her brother also liked the painting part. As a mom, I liked the lunches, books and the teacher and staff people.”

“I love watching my kids get creative with clay. It’s an activity that they can participate in together (mostly without arguing) and express themselves creatively. The lessons taught the basics and the teachers encouraged them to expand upon their ideas. They are very proud of their creations!”


OMA Pittsburgh’s Art in the Garden invests in the resiliency and social-emotional development of youth and families. To care for the health of all involved, and to prevent the spread of covid-19, Art in the Garden’s winter session will be virtual. Through this program, we are committed to providing engaging activities that foster social and emotional growth and help meet the needs of your family.  

Winter Clay Project (Virtual Family Camp) 

Led by The Clay Project teaching artists Sandra Moore and Shawn Terrell

The Clay Project is creating a community made ceramic mural. We invite you and your family to join us virtually. We get together on Zoom for 40 minutes once a week. We are creating small hand-built pieces, the design for the mural. You learn clay building techniques during our online sessions. Technique U-Tube videos will be shared. Working together we are creating a mural.

This is an all-skill and all ages class. You can learn the basics or develop more advanced skills making coils, stamping, pinching, doing slab work and 3D additive and subtractive processes, and assemblage. When restrictions are lifted, we will plan the building of the mural at Borland Garden. We hope that you will join us for this beautiful collaboration!

  • Virtual classes: Wednesdays from 3-3:40 pm, February 10th through the week of March 17th
  • Material pick-up and mosaic drop-off: Thursdays from 4-6:30
  • Pick-up is at Borland Garden in East Liberty, 527 North Beatty Street (the corner of Black Street and North Beatty Street)

EACH WEEK: Families receive all of the supplies needed for class including clay and tools, a free book of choice from The Storymobile, and optional free weekly meals from Earthen Vessels. In virtual classes families can create together with teaching artists and new friends.  

COST: $15 registration fee per family. Camp is FREE for all children eligible for all families experiencing poverty.  Donations from the heart are appreciated and help keep our programming running.