Workshops from the Artist

H. Gene Thompson has a strong foundation as a sculptor, performer, printmaker, and an artist educator. Independently, along with many different public and private institutions they have led workshops and programs focusing on social emotional learning by way of teaching multimedia skills to youth in the neighborhoods of many different cities in order to help to create connections within and across communities.
Some of their favorite workshops to teach are:
  • Creative Movement: Body in Relation to Sculpture
  • Soft Sculpture Installation
  • Printmaking: Reduction Prints
  • Printmaking Installation
  • Performance Art and the Multimedia Art of Event Organizing
  • Puppetry and the Performance of Objects
  • Observational Drawing

Upcoming Workshops

Pittsburgh, PA

Fiber Arts Exploration
Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
June 17 – 21, 9am-12pm, Ages 8-12

Learn about ways to interlock wool, hand dye fabric and build beautiful objects using yarn. Explore new ways to work with fibers! Follow your curiosity! Unravel the mystery! Sign Up!

Cardboard Carnival
Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
June 24 – 29, 1-4pm, Ages 8-12

Using collage, painting, sewing and construction, make awesome posters, kooky costumes, arcades games, sideshow booths and other zany carnival features. Collaborate with other campers to build different parts of a Carnival using recycled and collected materials! Sign Up!

Community Art Lab
The Mattress Factory
August 12 – 16, 9am-4pm, Ages 7-9

Morning Session: Everything’s a Switch! Everything’s a Button! with Owen Lowery
Afternoon Session: Soft Sculpture Wearables with H. Gene Thompson
Sign Up!

Fashion Forward
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Aug 19 – 23, 9am-3:30pm, Ages 11-13

Lights, Camera, FASHION! Join this high-end camp to learn everything from the basics of joining fabric all the way up to creating a complete outfit from scratch. The week will culminate with our very own Annual PCA Fashion Show. Sign Up!


Drawing, Painting and Printmaking with Hazelwood Art Excursions
in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Saturdays
in partnership with St. Stephen’s Fusion programs on Wednesdays

Jewelry and Wearables at Neighborhood Academy
in partnership with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Provincetown, MA

Sculptural Performance
July 22 – 26, 10am-2pm, Ages 13-18

Students will connect to their environments and build a world of their own—is it the subconscious, a moon of Jupiter, or another landscape completely? Using sculpture, mixed media installation, and fabric to “paint space,” we will build landscapes and objects that tap into our authentic selves and will be manipulated and transformed with movement and performance. Sign up!

Art Camp: Fiber Arts and Puppet Making
July 29 – Aug 1, 2-4pm, Ages 8-12

Students will build a deeper understanding of relating to puppets—as an artist, as a creator, and as a puppeteer. We will collaborate to develop characters who will interact in our performance space and with other sculptural elements. Sign up!

More Info

Please contact Gene if you have any inquires about workshop availability at:
onley.tonight (at) gmail (dot) com