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Art Classes

BW Classes take place in the AmeriServ Learning Center!

Learning Impressionism: Acrylic Painting Class w/ Alan Rauch

Saturdays May 25- June 29 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Have you always wanted to learn to paint? Already have some skills, but you want to fine tune them?

Join painter extraordinaire, Alan Rauch, for a six-week painting class on the basics of acrylic painting. Classes will take place on Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 12: 00 PM beginning May 25, 2024.

$100 or $90 for BW Members All ages and skill levels are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Supplies are not included. You should arrive to class with the following: Acrylics, 4 oz tubes, red, yellow, blue, green, black and white, 16×20 canvases, bristle brushes, assorted sizes, pack of white paper plates, water container

Brush Works: The Portrait with Watercolor

Saturdays from July 6 – July 27 from 10 AM – 12:30 PM

If you’ve ever been interested in learning how to paint a portrait, or how to use watercolors, this might just be the class for you. Join Kyle at Bottle Works Arts on 3rd Avenue for a month-long class exploring the basics of watercolor painting and portraiture. Topics include wash layering, material choices, wet-on-wet versus wet-on-dry painting, and color mixing for skin tones.

Saturdays July 6 – 27 from 10 AM – 12:30 PM

Supplies are not included. A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Ages 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

$75 or $70 for BW Members

Master Works: Masterpieces Recreated

w/ Natalka Barvinok
Saturdays August 3 – September 21 from 1-4 PM

Masterpieces Recreated with Natalka Barvinok is an immersive painting course designed to bring participants into the world of renowned artists by guiding them through the process of recreating their iconic works. Over the course of eight session, each lasting three hours, students will explore a variety of techniques and styles under expert instruction. By the end of the program participants will have completed eight masterpieces and acquired valuable skills in acrylic painting.

Participants can choose to participate in individual sessions, but we highly encourage committing to the entire series.

All materials will be provided.

Ages 13+ Minors must be accompanied by an adult

Series is discounted when you sign up for all 8 sessions.

All eight Sessions $480 or $440 for BW Members

Individual sessions $65 or $60 for BW Members

Keith Haring Session $55 0r $50 for BW Members

Sessions are as follows:

August 3rd – Claude Monet – The Bridge (Impressionist styles and techniques)

August 10th – Vincent Van Gogh – Wheat Field with Cypresses (dynamic brushwork and vivid colors)

August 17 – Gustav Klimt – Field of Flowers (decorative style and intricate patterns)

August 24 – Katsushika Hokusai – The Great Wave off of Kanagawa (techniques of Japanese woodblock prints)

August 31 – Yayoi Kusama – Pumpkin (bold and vibrant contemporary art)

September 7 – Johannes Vermeer – Girl with a Pearl Earring (delicate details and luminous quality)

September 14 – Keith Haring – Heart Art (vibrant energetic style)

September 21 – Pablo Picasso – Girl on a Ball (early work and unique style)

Life Figure Drawing Workshop with Kyle 

January 27, February 24, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, & December 28, 2024

Live Model 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.

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

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.)

If you are interested in being an art model please email us at education@bottleworks.org

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.