Parents! Your kids’ best summer is about to begin! Give them a summer to remember at the Bottle Works. Join us for Camp BW, a series of fun Art Camps that explore the world through art, music, dance, science, history, mindfulness, and more! Your child will be taught by professional artists and a certified mindfulness instructor. Guest presenters who are experts in their field, will visit to enrich the experience. New this year! Art campers will go on adventurous field trips!*

For your convenience, Before and After Care is offered for campers ages 6 – teens. Before and After Care is not available for the Piano and 4 – 5 year-old camps.

Each camper must submit a registration form. Please scan and email completed registration forms to

You may also drop off the form at Bottle Works during regular business hours or mail the completed form to:

Bottle Works
Attention: Summer Camp
413 Third Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15906

Camps for Kids Ages 6 – 12

Week 1: June 18 – 22, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Great Pioneer Adventure

Ages 6 – 12

Instructors: Joanne Mekis & Holly Lees

Travel through time as a pioneer to the Great West. Wagon Masters Holly and Joanne will lead Art Campers on a journey of discovery as they map their way across the pioneer trail. We will cook up some hearty treats, pan for gold, learn to sew, and tell campfire stories. Your Art Camper will get to milk a “cow” and try other pioneer chores, play games from the 1800s, learn to write with ink and a feather, make a button whirligig and other toys, and more as they experience pioneer life. We will go on a great adventurous field trip on Thursday, June 21 when we travel to the Old Bedford Village, learn about the olden times, and make a unique craft! Wagons West!

Field trip: Old Bedford Village – Thursday, June 21 – chartered school bus

Week 2: June 25 – 29, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Toyvention – All New!

Ages 6 – 12

Instructor: Joanne Mekis

Kids become Toyventors as they imagine, invent, and create toys and games from recycled and new materials. Each day will feature a new project theme:  Masks and Costumes; Monsters and Villains, Outer Space; Animals and Creatures; and Freestyle. Art Campers will also create their own board game and packaging, and get to see it in action with their new camp friends. Toyventors will learn how to work as a team and present their ideas to the group in Camp Toyvention Meetings. On Wednesday, June 27, we will journey out around the city via bus and a walking tour to see how inventors created incredible machinery such as the Inclined Plane, right here in Johnstown.

Field trip: Inclined Plane & Metal Works – Wednesday, June 27 – CamTran Bus/walking

Week 3: July 9 – 13, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Wild Things! Animal Adventures

Ages 6 – 12

Instructor: Holly Lees

Prepare for a wild week of fun! Art Campers will be thrilled as they take a walk on the wild side and spend a fun-filled week of furry, feathery, scaly animal adventures. Adventure campers will design a jungle full of creations including an animal costume and mask, bird kites, clay animal critters, and life-sized creatures of the largest and smallest animals on the planet. Our group will also experience mindfulness while learning animal behavior, discuss and connect to nature through ecosystems, write and illustrate an animal story and listen to guest artists share their love of animals through art. Campers will learn about Tales with Tails which encourages children to read to a non-judgmental listener –a dog! Of course, Adventure Campers will get to interact with live animal visitors and their humans. On Wednesday, July 11, we will take this fearless group out into the wilds on a field trip to Schantz Haus Farm where we will learn about the farm and its original owner, the founder of Johnstown, enjoy a hayride, picnic, and meet sheep, goats, chickens, and more!

Field trip: Schantz Haus Farm – Wednesday, July 11 – chartered school bus

Week 4: July 16 – 20, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Mini Masters Art – All New!

Ages 6 – 12

Instructor: Joanne Mekis

Is your child the next Mini-Master? At this Camp, your child will learn to create like a famous artist! Mini-Masters will travel through time exploring many art periods including the Renaissance, Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. Camp Artists will make self-portraits, sketch in plein air, paint, draw, do print making, and practice other art mediums. Find out how fun it can be to create a masterpiece! One of our most popular art camps, Mini-Masters is in its sixth summer, but the 2018 Camp offers all new artists and projects! Repeat campers welcome! On Wednesday, July 18, the Mini-Masters will travel to Outdoor Odyssey where we will use nature as our muse and picnic, rock climb, do some water sports, and sketch by the water. Camp will close on the final day with an exhibition for family and friends showcasing the masterpieces created by our BW Mini-Masters.

Field trip: Outdoor Odyssey – Wednesday, July 18 – chartered school bus

*Additional field trip permission form required from Outdoor Odyssey – A form will be emailed to you.

Only a few spaces for camp are available. Call 814.535.2020 to register.

Week 5: July 23 – 27, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Adventures in Art

Ages 6 – 12

Instructor: Holly Lees

Let’s imagine, discover, make, do, and create ART! Come on an exciting art adventure and discover how art plays a major role in nature and the world around us. Adventure Campers will start each day with a mindfulness lesson and learn to find adventure in your daily life. You will build and glaze your own pottery design, create an adventure-land populated by pirates, mermaids, cowboys, aliens, and characters of your imagination. This is art in action! You will build nature sculptures, hike the Honan trail to visit a natural beaver dam, and paint an abstract nature piece with oil and water colors. Only in Adventure Camp:  Create a giant piece of art!  We will all learn the power of team building through rock climbing, zip lining, and more at our adventure field trip to Outdoor Odyssey on Wednesday, July 25.

Field trip: Outdoor Odyssey – Wednesday, July 25 – chartered school bus

*Additional field trip permission form required from Outdoor Odyssey – A form will be emailed to you.

Week 6: July 30 – August 3, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Around the World Arts & Cultures (All New!)

Ages 6 – 12

Instructor: Joanne Mekis

The language of art is universal! Camp Travelers will make passports and get them stamped as they learn about native America, Europe, Africa, and Central and South America. On each stop, we will sample foods, tell stories, learn about holiday traditions and folklore, dance and listen to music. Camp Travelers will make crafts and jewelry unique to each region, and create toys and games. Guest speakers will visit and share their experiences in Irish step dancing and more! On Wednesday, August 1, our journeys will lead to a field trip to the Heritage Discovery Center and a tour of historic Cambria City to learn about the rich history of our town.

Field trip: JAHA & Wagner Ritter House & Gardens – Wednesday, August 1 – walking

Week 7: August 6 – 10, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

African, Drum, Dance, Celebration

Ages 6 – 12

Instructors: Kulani Members: Holly Lees, Gwen Msolomba, and Jeanette Hunsberger

It’s an African adventure! Campers will immerse themselves in the rich history of drum, dance and the songs of Africa. They will experience African culture through food, arts, crafts, and stories. Campers will make their own African style fabric garment! Unique to this Camp, all will enjoy an African meal in community dining style. We will engage in Kulani’s mission of creating community & spreading joy, learning all new dances and drum rhythms never before taught at our summer camps. The week will conclude with a special visit from Balafon Dance & Drum Ensemble, a Pittsburgh based children’s professional performance group lead Kadiatou Conte, a native of the of Guinea West Africa and master dancer who is known throughout the United States and Guinea!  Students will have the opportunity to be a part of Kulani Kids and perform with the adult West African Drum and Dance group, Kulani, during Ethnic Fest 2018.  They will also get to create a public performance together with Balafon Dance & Drum Ensemble on the evening of August 10!

Week 8: August 13 – 17, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


End of Summer Bash

Ages 6 – 12

Instructors: Joanne Mekis & Holly Lees

Get wild at this week-long summer party of mega-fun! We will create unique art using hip hop paint schlop techniques of throwing paint with brushes, eggs, and more! Make s’mores at our cookout. Play and make cool games and crafts. Blow super-giant bubbles! Get soaked at our famous Camp BW water balloon fight! Build up your teamwork skills as we conquer an obstacle course and other games. Paint rocks to keep and hide for the rock movement and much more! Our field trip will be Wednesday, August 15 to Camp Sequanota where we will have a good ole time picnicking, playing games, and more!

Field trip: Camp Sequanota – Wednesday, August 16 – chartered school bus

Camps for Kids Ages  4 – 5

June 18 – 22, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Music Around the World

Ages 4 – 5

Instructor: Amanda McKinley

*please bring a snack and drink

Join certified teacher, Amanda McKinley, for this musical and artistic adventure around the world. Learn about how children and their families make and share music in different parts of the world! You’ll make crafts and play games from other countries. Dance, drum and learn how to keep the beat and create rhythms with other percussion instruments like maracas and tambourines.  You’ll even create your own instruments from recycled objects! You might even learn a little of a new language!

Before & After Care is not available for Ages 4 – 5.


June 25 – 29, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Leap into the Beat

Ages 4 – 5

Instructor: Paige Hockycko

*please bring a snack and drink

Become a star dancer! This dance camp will allow you to learn different types of dance such as ballet, tap, Irish dance, modern/contemporary, and African dance.

You will also do some activities that will make you feel more like a dancer such as creating your own tap shoes and creating your own costume. At the end of the week, you will get the chance to perform and show off your new dance moves for friends and family!

Before & After Care is not available for Ages 4 – 5.

Workshops for Teens and Adults

July 9 – 13, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Mega Masters Art

Ages Teens – Adults

Instructor: Joanne Mekis

Learn and view art from the past and present as you delve into the history of various art periods and the famous artists for which they are known. Teens and adults will create unique art projects based on the techniques and styles of master artists. The group will explore Impressionism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Renaissance, and more. Students can anticipate developing attention to detail in their work by sketching en plein air in the neighborhood. The camp will feature lessons on painting, drawing, building sculpture, among other disciplines. A very popular camp, Mega-Masters is in its third year and better than ever with new artists and new projects! The camp will feature a field trip on Wednesday, July 11 to Schantz Farm where we will learn the history of and explore the farm, picnic, go on a hay ride, and sketch the animals, buildings and fields. Camp will conclude with a student art exhibition that will showcase the week’s masterpieces for friends and family to see.

Field trip: Schantz Haus Farm – Wednesday, July 11 – chartered school bus

Camp Pricing for Ages 6-12 and Teens/Adults – Per Week

Regular prices per week: $155 Non-members, $150 Members
Discount for early bird sign up & payment before May 15 per week: $145 Non-members, $140 Members

Receive the Bottle Works’ Junior Artist Discount by signing up for five or more weeks of camp
When you enroll for five or more weeks, you’ll pay a special price for each week of camp and will be considered a Bottle Works Junior Artist for the Summer of 2018. Junior Artists will receive major artists’ perks including a swag bag with a t-shirt and other fun things.

Bottle Works Junior Artist Regular prices per week: $145 Non-members, $140 Members
Discount for Bottle Works Junior Artist early bird sign up and first payment made before May 15 per week: $135 Non-members, $130 Members. Contact the Bottle Works to register with this special Junior Artist pricing.

Payment is due when registering for camp. Contact Holly Lees at hlees@bottleworks or 814.535.2020 for more information. Payment plans are available to anyone signing up for five or more weeks of camp. 

A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarships are biased on financial need and interest. Scholarships will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Before & After Care available as early as 7:30 AM and as late as 5:30 PM – $5 per hour.


*Field trips are dependent upon meeting minimum camp enrollment numbers.

Camp Pricing for Ages 4-5 – Per Week

Regular prices per week: $85 Non-members, $80 Members
Discount for early bird sign up and first payment made before May 15 per week: $80 Non-members, $75 Members

Payment is due when registering for camp. Contact Holly Lees at hlees@bottleworks or 814.535.2020 for more information.

Before & After Care is not available for Ages 4-5.

Piano Fun for Beginners

Are you considering piano lessons for your child? This will be a joy-filled introduction to the instrument! Students will play a new song each day, learn beginning keyboard concepts, and eat a healthy snack. Families are invited to attend a short performance during the last hour on Friday. Camp will take place in the Piano For Pleasure studio; maximum of 8 children per camp.

Dates:  June 11 – 15, August 6-10

9:30 AM – Noon, Grades: entering K – 1st

13:30 PM, Grades: entering 2nd – 4th

For more information or to register, visit or contact Laura Williamson at 814.410.6144 or via email at

Instructor: Laura Williamson

Cost: $85 including all materials and snacks

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.