Classes are held in the AmeriServ Learning Center

Learning Impressionism with Alan Rauch

in the AmeriServ Learning Center

Thursdays 6-8 PM at the ArtWorks building

or Saturdays 1-3 PM

6-week session $75
Drop-Ins $15


Join Alan Rauch to learn the skills of Impressionism on Thursday nights.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Supplies are not included. Please bring the following items to class.

  • Pack of assorted size bristle brushes
  • Pack of 1 inch to 2 inch wide brushes
  • Table easel
  • 4 canvases (16x20)
  • Plastic water container
  • Pack of paper plates
  • 4 oz tubes of acrylic paint
    • 2 shades of red
    • 2 shades of blue
    • 2 shades of yellow
    • 2 shades of green
    • Titanium white
    • Black


Call 814.535.2020 to register securely over the phone. Payment is due with reservation.

Water Color Techniques and Tools with Jo Novelli-Blasko

Wednesdays from 6-8 PM July 3-24 and July 31-Aug 21


This 4 week class will introduce students a variety of water color techniques including color mixing, applying washes, and masking. Students will create several studies and a color graph. Formal concerns of visual texture, tone and color will be considered on a range of paper surfaces. Jo Novelli-Blasko studied botanical illustration and watercolor at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix Arizona. She has adapted those skills in a less formal approach using vernacular images. Her paintings have appeared in several exhibitions but have mostly circulated in the US Mail. Her practice combines hand writing, drawing and watercolor. Session 1: July 3, 10, 17 and 24 Session 2: July 31, August 7, 14, and 21

Register at The Bottleworks (814) 535-2020 Non Member $85 + $6 supply fee / Member $80 + $6 supply fee per session

Supplies available at JERRYS ARTARAMA and on AMAZON:

1 each of 5ML tubes of Windsor Newton Paints in Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Lemon Yellow Deep, Permanent Rose, Windsor Blue Green Shade, Windsor Blue Green Shade (

1 Saunders 05607 Recycled Hardboard Sketchboard – Brown, 23 in. x 26 in. Clipboard with Built-in Handle  (

1 roll ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape, 1.88 inch x 60 yard (

1 Majestic Royal and Langnickel Short Handle Paint Brush Set, Deluxe Watercolor, 5-Piece (

1 4H pencil and a kneaded eraser (

1 Darice 2934H00010 10-1/2-Inch-by-6-1/2-Inch-by-6-1/2-Inch, 16-Well Palette (

1 Frisk Watercolour Masking Fineliner – White Masking Fluid Pen Applicator (

and 1 paper pack available on first day of class

Price: NonMember $85  /  Member $80  /  Supply Fee for Paper Pack $6

Write from Life Lab with Jo Novelli-Blasko

Thursdays from 6-7:30 PM

Artworks Studio


Write From Life Lab is a revolving 3 week writing laboratory. Participants will compose an expository essay formulated around their own perspective and its consequences. Challenge yourself to write about your experience in a way that can matter to other people. A curated selection of writings will be published to a blog.You will be writing by hand in class, bring your favorite writing instrument and a journal dedicated to your writing. Jo Novelli-Blasko has taught writing for more than twenty years. Writing is a fun and meaningful tool to refine and it is Jo’s privilege to guide you.

Session 1: Jul. 11, 18, and 25 Session 2: Aug. 1, 8, and 15 Session 3: Aug. 22, 29 and Sep. 5 Register at The Bottleworks (814) 535-2020

Non Member $35 Member $30 per session

Drawing Basics with Matt Lamb

Fridays from 5-7 PM July 19-Aug 16

AmeriServ Learning Center

Have you always wanted to learn how to draw? Now is your chance to join instructor Matt Lamb on a five week adventure in drawing basics. You will learn the basics of drawing in both pencil and charcoal. Form, shading, symmetry, perspective, and basic facial anatomy will all be covered. You will work from still life, photographs, Master studies, and a live model for facial anatomy. This class is the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to learn how to draw. Students are welcome to join the Sketch Works art meet up immediately following class from 7-9 PM.

Matt Lamb is a formally trained artist with a BFA from Edinboro University of PA. A comic book lover since the age of 8, he has a great love of illustration and POP art, and has worked as a freelance portrait artist working primarily in charcoal and pen and ink for over 20 years. He is currently exhibiting some of his work as a part of our Club Works exhibit from June 27-Aug 2 in the Events Room in the Art Works building.

Cost:Non Members $50 for 5 week session, BW Members $45 for 5 week session

Class is for Ages 13 and up

Supply List:

Strathmore 300 Series Sketch Book, 11″ x 14″

Basic Set of drawing pencils 6B, 4B, 2B, HB, 2H with Kneaded Eraser

Willow/Vine Charcoal

Charcoal Pencil

White Conte crayon or charcoal pencil

Ruler/straight edge

Call 814-535-2020 to register, or click below

Acrylic Painting Class
with Richard Hower

in the AmeriServ Learning Center

Time: 6:30 – 9 PM
Dates: TBA, Richard is on summer break, and carving stone
Location: Classroom – 2nd Floor ArtWorks Building.


Class Age Range: Adults

Class Level: All Levels

Cost: $90 for 6-week session; BW Members $85 for 6-week session 
         $20 per drop in session; BW Members $15 per drop in session


Discover the joy of acrylic painting on Wednesdays with Richard Hower. Richard’s class is perfect for beginners as well as more experience artists who are seeking to advance their skills and techniques. 

You are welcome to work at your own pace given your own skill level and need. You will explore drawing techniques, color composition, color theory and much more! Bring in a picture or let your imagination be your inspiration!

Supplies are not included. Please bring the following items to class:

  • Easel
  • Canvas
  • Water container
  • Paper plates
  • Acrylic paint
    • Blue
    • Red
    • Yellow
    • Black
    • White


Call 814.535.2020 to register securely over the phone. Payment is due with reservation. Drop in sessions are also available. 

Please note that the Bottle Works engages in photography and recording of programs and events for its own print and online publication/promotional purposes. Staff and volunteers will make every effort to notify members of the public when filming and/or photography is taking place. Please notify a staff member/volunteer if you do not want to be photographed or filmed.