Parents! Your kids’ best summer is in the works at Bottle Works! Give them a summer to remember. Join us for Camp BW, a series of fun art camps that explore the world through art, music, dance, science, history, mindfulness and more. Complete with adventurous field trips, exciting guest visitors and a staff of professional artists and educators, camp BW is sure to thrill.  Camp Instructors are professional artists and educators with childcare clearances.
Bottle Works’ Camps are designed for three age groups: Ages 6-12, Ages 8-12 and one uniquely fun art camp for ages 13-113!


For your convenience, Before and After Care is offered for campers ages 6 and older.


Each camper’s guardian must enroll online and submit a payment through the website or in person at Bottle Works to secure their campers place in camp. The enroll process is now digital but you can pick up a paper copy or request a PDF if needed. Email with questions.

Camps for Kids Ages 6 – 12

Be a Bottle Works Junior Artist!

When you enroll for four 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 2019. 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 June 1

per week: $135 Non-members, $130 Members.

Contact the Bottle Works @ 814-535-2020 to register with this special Junior Artist pricing.

Week 1: July 8– 12 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Adventures in Art


Ages 6 – 12


Instructor: Holly Lees, Certified Mindful Schools Instructor


This camp is for those seeking grand summer adventures! Come on an exciting adventure and discover how art plays a major role in nature and the world around us. Adventure campers will start each day with mindfulness lessons that can help kids deal with stresses of daily life. Mindful practices also encourage kindness and caring as we experience cool adventures. This is art in action! We’ll gain new perspectives with mindfulness and turn the art-world upside-down and inside out to create wild and wacky art creations. We’ll spin, swing, and pour paint using BW’s giant spin art machine! This camp is in 3D, campers will glaze their own pottery, build nature sculptures, make fun flying kites and clay critters. We’ll experiment with popular alcohol ink to create colorful tiles that can be used as coasters or wall hangings.  We will engage in highflying adventure through rock climbing, zip lining, and more at our adventurous field trip to Outdoor Odyssey on Wednesday, July 10.


Field trip: Outdoor Odyssey – Wednesday, July 10 – chartered school bus


*Additional field trip permission form required from Outdoor Odyssey – We will email permission form once you are registered.

Week 2: July 15-19, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WOW, did you see that? Anime, Illustration & Installation


Ages 6 – 12


Instructor: Maddie Barrante


Experience how popular culture influences the art world. Instructor. Maddie Barrante, art educator, will be returning from a month-long artist in residency in Japan and will focus on contemporary Japanese artists and animators. Campers will learn about anime, Japanese animation illustration and manga, Japanese comic books. Draw in “Super Flat”, what’s that? Imagine a super colorful, cute, bubbly, neon world flatten into your notebook. Tempt your taste buds we’ll make kid friendly sushi. We’ll learn about art movements and transform a large space into a giant art experience!



Field trip: 

Campers will have the opportunity to dress up as their favorite Anime character in an ANIME TAKE OVER. Campers are encouraged to dress up, but it is not a requirement of camp. Campers will also have the opportunity sink their teeth into a field trip to Fuji at the Johnstown Galleria to experience Japanese cuisine, after we will stretch our legs, eat lunch and play some wacky Japanese games at Luray park “Waku Waku”. Our field-trip and specific activities depend on good weather. We will let you know if we need to cancel or postpone the trip.  For the field trip:  Campers should apply sunscreen and bug spray before camp and wear closed-toed shoes.

Week 3: July 22 – 26, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM



Ages 6 – 12


Instructor: Maddie Barrante


Swoosh, whoosh, splish & splash! Paint covers the art AND the walls at this camp. Come to this camp and experiment with many different types of painting. Art educator and professional painter, Maddie Barrate will teach us the tools, tips and tricks of the trade Students will learn the basics of mural painting and the importance of public art. Together we will come up with a theme, learn proper paint mixing and application techniques that mural artists use. Here’s the best part:  We’ll make a mural painting that will be on public display at Bottle Works for the community to see! We’ll also “magically” transform 2D paintings into 3d sculpture. This will be a great chance to paint the week away!


Field trip: TBA

Week 4: July 29 – Aug. 2, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Mini Masters Art


Ages 8– 12


Instructor: Joanne Mekis


Is your child the next Mini Master? At this Camp, students will learn to create like a famous artist! Mini Masters will explore many art periods including the Impressionism, Expressionism, Art Nouveau, Fauvism, and more! Camp Artists will make self-portraits, sketch en plein air, paint, draw with ink and watercolors, create a Fabergé-style egg in 3 dimensions, 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 seventh summer, but the 2019 Camp offers all new artists and projects! Repeat campers welcome! Camp will close on the final day with our famous BW Mini Masters’ exhibition and reception for family and friends showcasing the masterpieces created.


In lieu of a field trip, camp will include an exhibition for family and friends showcasing the masterpieces created by our BW Mini-Masters on Aug. 2nd

Week 5: August 5 – 9, 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. This camp is in its 5th year but each year provides a unique experience for campers.  Experience African culture through food, arts, crafts, and stories! Campers will make their own African style fabric garment and jewelry. 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. Students will have the opportunity to be a part of the Kulani Kids troupe and perform with the adult West African Drum and Dance group, Kulani, during Ethnic Fest 2019.


In lieu of a field trip: The week will include a special visit from guest drum/ dance artist-TBA  Camp will include a dance showcase on Aug. 9th at 2:30pm

Week 6: August 12 – 16, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

End of Summer Bash


Ages 6 – 12


Instructors: Holly Lees, Maddie Barrate & Joanne Mekis


Back by popular demand, summer camp instructors are teaming up to create a week of wild and wacky fun. Complete with the return of the infamous color powder battle that’s sure to cover us in rainbow paint, we’ll get wacky at this week-long summer party of mega-fun! We will create unique art using fun and splashy techniques, play and make cool games and crafts. After experimenting and creating art using the element of water, we’ll get soaked in our water balloon fight! Our art projects will be inspired by the most wacky art movements and much more!


Field trip: TBA

Workshops for Teens and Adults

July 15-19, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Mega Masters Art


Ages 13 – 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, Medieval, Art Nouveau, Fauvism, 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 acrylic and watercolor painting, drawing, calligraphy and illumination, pen and ink, among other disciplines. A very popular camp, Mega-Masters is in its fourth year and better than ever with all new artists and projects!

Camp Pricing:


Regular prices per week: $155 Non-members, $150 Members
Discount for early bird sign up & payment before June 1     per week: $145 Non-members, $140 Members


Receive the Bottle Works’ Junior Artist Discount by signing up for four or more weeks of camp

When you enroll for four 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 2019. 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 June 1

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 four or more weeks of camp. 


A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarships are based 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 5:00 PM – $5 per hour (discounts available for hours of more than 15 per week). *A schedule and payment must be submitted one week prior to camp to ensure that care is available

Teen Apprentices

Bottle Works is seeking a team of teen-aged apprentices to help out with youth summer camps, summer festivals, events, art openings, and other Bottle Works fun!

Who should apply?

 The Bottle Works Teen Apprenticeship Program is for youth ages 13-19 who are interested in the arts, working with youth and making a difference in the community.

 What will apprentices do?

If you are accepted into the youth apprenticeship program, you’ll get to work with fun artists and educators as you help the students with the projects and assist the teachers with preparation. You’ll also get to attend the fieldtrips and explore your own art skills. You could also help Bottle Works during one of our summer festivals, events, and/or art openings.

Why become a Teen Apprentice?

You’ll make exciting connections within the art community, meet new friends and learn valuable job skills. You can count time at Bottle Works as service hours and use this experience on your resume.  There is potential to earn fun Bottle Works swag like t-shirts and bags and a small financial compensation for committed apprentices.


We are seeking apprentices throughout the summer and school year. You can check on your application which dates you are available and would like to serve. There will also be and introduction party/ training for apprentices in June.

How to apply?

Please, fill out this form to be considered as a teen apprentice.

Camp Instructor Bios Coming Soon!

Bottle Works Summer Camps are sponsored in part by:

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.