Art Classes

BW Classes take place in the AmeriServ Learning Center!

Life Figure Drawing Workshop with Kyle 

Life Figure Drawing Workshop with Kyle

Draw from life in our Life Figure Drawing Workshop with artist Kyle Reidmiller!

The 4th Saturday of each month from 1-3:30 PM

Kyle will teach you the process of drawing the human figure. Students will learn the basics of working on a figurative drawing from life, a draped/partially clothed, or nude model. Gesture drawing, simplified shapes and forms, and contour drawing will be discussed; all methods to measure and proportion to achieve outstanding observational drawings. This workshop is intended to teach the basics, but all levels of experience are welcome. Those with experience can use the workshop as live model time.

Cost: $15 per session or $10 per session for BW Members.

Class size will be limited for social distancing and mask are required.

You must be 18 years old to register or be registered and accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Register online @, via phone @ 814-535-2020, or stop by the Gallery Shoppe to register.

About the instructor/moderator:
Kyle Reidmiller is a figurative painter based in Western PA. He received his BFA in Studio Arts-Drawing from IUP in 2016 and his MFA Painting from Edinboro in 2019. As an emerging artist, his practice revolves around drawing and painting people; he has led classes and workshops on portraiture and figure drawing for the last four years.

Your supplies are up to you! A sketch pad and pencil are recommended for starters, but you can feel free to work in your preferred medium. (Charcoal, pastel, graphite, paint…etc.)

Learning Impressionism Painting Class with Alan Rauch

Thursdays from 6-8 PM Beginning April 22, 2021-SOLD OUT
Thursdays from 6-8 PM Beginning June 3, 2021

Painting experience is not required. Classes are ongoing, so you can ask to begin at any time! Make up classes are available.
• Materials list will be given at registration.
• Instructor Alan Rauch will introduce students to the fundamentals of Impressionism.
• You will learn how to mix colors, brushing techniques and composition. Alan will give students individual attention using demonstrations throughout the course. The main emphasis of the course will be to have fun while learning to paint.
• And to encourage and nourish individuality and creativity.
• The series of classes (6 weeks) cost $85 for BW Members, $90 for Non-Members
• To register simply call Bottle Works…814-535-2020 or

Bio: Alan Rauch, artist/instructor.
Alan was educated at Cooper Union School of Fine Art in New York City. He began his career as an advertising Art Director. After retiring from advertising, he began his new career as an impressionist painter. Alan’s paintings soon became recognized by the art world. His award-winning work has been collected by art lovers around the world, and Alan has been sharing his talents with students like yourself as a painting instructor for over 20 years.

Professional Canvas Stretching/Preparation Workshop

Saturday May 29 from 1-4 PM

Tired of buying pre-stretched canvases? They don’t make the size you are looking for? Do you want to give your next painting a truly professional appearance, and save a little money in the process?
Join us for a professional canvas stretching workshop with award-winning artist Heather Davis!

Heather has been painting most of her life, and has knowledge and experience to share. She will guide you through the proper methods of assembling and stretching your own 16” x 20” canvas. You will walk away with all of the skills and information you need to build your own canvases of any size.

All supplies included
$45 for Non-Members $40 for BW Members

Take home a 16” x 20“ professionally prepared canvas
You will learn:
• to assemble stretchers for a 16” x 20” canvas
• to use a builder’s square
• to stretch and secure a canvas to the stretcher frame
• the proper technique for preparing a canvas with gesso
• to prepare your own professional grade canvases

Oil Painting Class with Heather Davis

Saturdays June 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 1-3 PM

Are you interested in learning to paint with oil paints? Already an oil painter who is looking to advance your skill set?

Join award winning painter Heather Davis on an oil painting journey for all skill levels. Beginners will acquire all of the basics needed to begin on a path of artistic excellence including; proper canvas prep, composition, glazing, and other techniques. Intermediate and Advanced painters can learn advanced techniques and expand on their own abilities. You will be painting from photographs, so bring along a photo that inspires you. The instruction will optimize painting from photos.

We have one scholarship available for a student from age 13-18. Call 814-535-2020 to inquire.

Supply List:

-Oil painting starter set or your current oil set.

-package or two of preferred brushes 

-a stretched canvas or canvas panel or two

-small container of paint thinner or turpentine 

-oil paint medium…preferably Liquin Original

-standard pencil with extra eraser 

-some clean rags

-some small jars or cups for medium and


-some large CLEAR prints of photos you want 

  to paint 

– samples of your work if you want guidance 

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.