Art Classes

BW Classes take place in the AmeriServ Learning Center!

Acrylic Painting Class

w/ Richard Hower

Wednesdays February 22 – March 29, 2023 from 6 – 8:30 PM

Acrylic Painting Class with Richard Hower

in the AmeriServ Learning Center

Wednesdays from 6:00– 8:30 PM

February 22 – March 29, 2023

Class Age Range: Adults, Ages 13 -18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian

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:



Water container

Paper plates

Acrylic paint






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

Wednesdays April 12, 19, & 26 @ 5, 6, or 7 PM

Fiber artist Miranda Fasnacht is back after many requests for a private lesson series for one-on-one spinning wheel instruction.

Each student will receive one on one training from Miranda, who has over 5 years of spinning experience. This will be an introduction to spinning wheels and hand spinning itself. Students will go home with a finished, plied ball of yarn!

Each student will receive three one-hour sessions on consecutive weeks beginning April 12th at either 5, 6, or 7 PM. We will confirm your time with you after registration is complete. First Come first served for time slots.

All supplies are included.

Beginners Ages 12 and up!

$135 or $130 for BW Members

Basic Knitting w/ Simple Stitch by Rayna

Saturdays April 22 & 29 from 10 AM – 1 PM

Learn basic knitting techniques and make your own coaster!

Rayna Noel is back with another fiber art workshop! Participants will learn to cast on, basic knitting stitches, and pattern reading, as well as gaining an understanding of yarn labels and tool selection.

All skill levels are welcome. Class is designed for beginners.

All Supplies will be included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Non-Member $40

BW Member $35

Tunisian Crochet Washcloth Workshop w/ Simple Stitch by Rayna

Saturdays May 13 & 20 from 10 AM – 1 PM

Learn the art of Tunisian Crochet with Rayna Noel!

Tunisian crochet, also known as Afghan crochet, is a type of crochet using an elongated hook. (Afghan hook) It is considered to be a mixture of crochet and knitting. Come and learn this technique and make a washcloth!

All Supplies included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Non-Member $40

BW Member $35

Urban Sketching Series w/ Sarah Gayle

Saturdays May 13, 20, & 27 from 10 AM – 1 PM

Take your drawing skills to the streets in an all new urban sketching workshop led by local artist Sarah Gayle!

Learn basic drawing skills such as perspective, proportions, and value (understanding gradient, from light to dark). Students will also explore alternative drawing mediums such as pencil, pen, charcoal, crayons, and color pencils, which work well for urban sketching. This workshop is great for any level of artist from beginner to advanced. The class encourages artists to dive deep into their senses for this freestyle approach to drawing. Students will bounce around the infrastructure in and around the Bottle Works campus to create urban still life sketches of Johnstown.

Students should come with the following supplies:

Spiral bound – hard backed sketch book

Drawing implements – pens, pencils of all kinds: felt, roller ball, ball point, both water soluble and permanent

Water, a small brush and old watercolors (optional)

A selection of materials will be available for those that don’t have their own or want to try a new medium.

Class is intended for high school age and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Non- Member $135

BW Member $120

Shoot Your Shot: Photography Lessons with David Kasuba

Saturdays June 10 & 17 from 10 AM – Noon

Recent “My Journey Through the Lens” exhibiting artist, David Kasuba is back at the Bottle Works with a photography class!

The first day will cover all the basic fundamentals of photography, camera modes, understanding composition, lenses and much more. The second class will consist of critique of photos from students taken during the week, this is a great hands-on learning experience.

Students are required to bring their own camera, some photos they have taken, and a notebook for taking some notes.

Ages 16 & up, minors must be accompanied by an adult.

$45 or $40 for BW Members

Life Figure Drawing Workshop with Kyle 

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.)

Learning Impressionism Painting Class with Alan Rauch

Thursdays from 6-8 PM On hold until further notice

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

Supply List:

Pack of assorted bristle brushes

Pack of 1″ to 2″ wide brushes

Table Easel

4 canvases (16″ x 20″)

Water container-plastic

Pack of paper plates/pallette

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

Ages 12 +, minors must be accompanied by an adult.

• 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.

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.