Arts Academy

Bottle Works Arts Academy: A Journey of Artistic Adventure

Three Segments ٠ Nine Sessions ٠ Three Art Disciplines

Segment One beings Saturday, January 23, 2021!

Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Bottle Works Arts Academy is back, and we are so excited to go on this artistic journey with you.  Each Saturday, you will engage in a creative experience that is sure to inspire and enhance your artistic abilities. Participants, 8 to 15, can sign up for three consecutive segments, or you can create your own path by registering for the segments that interest you.  This year, (thanks to the Community Foundations for the Alleghenies) we are offering two explosive experiences: in-person in the AmeriServ Learning Center or online in the comfort of your own home! You are able to flex between an in-person or a virtual experience. If you would like to know more about the flex option, please contact Holly Lees, Mindfulness and Youth Education Coordinator

Abouts Arts Academy

Arts Academy gives young creatives a chance to learn from and work with professional artists from around the region and beyond. Each student will receive an immersive art experience like no other in these three Segments: Drawing, Painting, and Folk & Traditional Arts!

Students will gain a deeper knowledge of art basics and foundations, learn how to work with professional-grade art supplies, and create an exhibit and opening reception at the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center and via our virtual gallery on the Bottle Work’s Website.  At the end of the program, participants will exit the program will a “Master of the Arts” certificate, Arts Academy / Bottle Works swag (when you register for 2 or more segments), and a body of work to showcase to family and friends. 

In addition to your artistic education, students will learn positive Mindfulness practice. These mindfulness tools help students unlock their creative process, and the tools can be used in many aspects of their everyday life.

Arts Scholarships Available:

Thanks to the generosity of , 1st Summit Bank, AmeriServ Financial, Martin-Baker America Inc., and S&T Bank, partial and full art scholarships are now available. The Bottle Works and our business partners believe that high-quality art experiences should not be prohibited by costs.  Please note that scholarship funds are limited, and students registering for all nine-weeks of Arts Academy will take precedence. Scholarships are granted on a first-come, first-served bases.  To apply for a partial or full scholarship, please click the application link

If you have questions or want to learn more about Arts Academy, art scholarships, and other arts educational programs, please contact Holly Lees, Bottle Works Youth Education coordinator, at hlees@bottleworks.org or by calling 814.535.2020.

Arts Academy COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Tips

To ensure the safety of our staff and program participants, the Bottle Works education department will be following these safety guidelines. 

For in-person participants:

  • If you have been in contact with a person with COVID-19 or have been experiencing symptoms outlined by the CDC within the past 14 days, please that stay home and participate virtually. (To flex your participation from in-person to virtual, please contact Holly Lees.)
  • All participants will be met outside to be temperature checked and escorted into the building. Parents are asked to remain in their car for check in and check out. Students with temperatures higher than 100 degrees will not be permitted to attend class, but they have the option to join the class online.  
  •  Physical/ social distancing will be in practice when possible.
  • Wearing masks indoors is required at all times. If you are not able to wear a mask due to a medical condition, we invite you to participate in our online option.

How to Register of Arts Academy (in-person or virtual)

Three-Week Segment Registration   
$100 for Non-members
$95 for BW member

Register for all three segments and SAVE!

Nine-week Registration: Sold Out for in person
$275 for Non-members
$255 for BW Members


To learn about each segment, please click on the links below.
All program options are subject to change to ensure public safety.

Arts Academy Graduation Ceremony & Arts Academy Exhibit Opening Reception
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Saturday, March 20, 2021

All hail our Bottle Works Arts Academy graduates! On Saturday, March 20, 2021, we invite you to graduation ceremony and opening reception beginning 12:30 PM! Family, friends, and the general public are welcome to attend to see what these young artists have been creating over the course of nine weeks. 

Guest can enjoy light refreshments and be lead on personal tours of the exhibition by our graduates. The Arts Academy Exhibit will be on display in the Art Works Event Center (413 Third Ave. Johnstown, PA 15906) from March 20 – April 30

Suggest Donation $5. Proceeds benefit the youth arts education programs at the Bottle Works!