Art Classes

BW Classes take place in the AmeriServ Learning Center!

Make Your Own Mask: Classic Techniques in Construction

Saturdays October 8 – 22 from 3-5 PM

Bottle Works’ resident paper mache maven, Colleen Albright, will be leading students through a three week long weekend workshop on mask-making. Class culminates the same day as Bottle Works’ Oh So Artsy Halloween Party, a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their designs. Class will cover building wearable 3-D forms from paper mache techniques and variations therein, with finishes ranging from paint to pasted florals. A frightfully good time!
All supplies included, though students may wish to bring some of their own.
All Ages Welcome. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 

3 Class Meetings, 2 hours each

Members: $30

Non-Members: $35

Crochet for the Holidays: Hat with Pom

November 5, 12, & 19 from 1-3:30 PM

Crochet for the Holidays: Hats with a Pom

Bottle Works’ regional folk artist Rayna Noel (of Simple Stitch by Rayna) is back again this fall with a project in perfect time for the shifting weather. As days grow shorter and nights grow longer, why not prep for the coming cold by making yourself or a loved one a comfy, cozy hat? Rayna will walk students through the process, following the pattern of stitches to construct a sturdy and fashionable hat with a pom at the top. A great follow up to Rayna’s introductory crochet classes, or for those who want to get back into crochet after a break! All supplies included. 7.5 hours of instruction time. 

All ages welcome. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian. 

Non-Members: $70
Members: $65

Metal Works – Intro to Jewelry with Norman Ed

November 3, 4, 10, & 11 from 6 – 8:30 PM

Bottle Works is proud to offer an introductory class in basic metalworking and jewelry making class with Norman Ed. The class covers the basics of sawing, filing, and finishing metal while introducing techniques like soldering and shaping. Students will also have the opportunity to add color to their pieces by learning methods of using epoxy resin and polymer clay in conjunction with metalworking. Studio safety and maintenance covered in the class. All Materials Included

Age Range: 12 and up (minors should be accompanied by a parent)

Non Member: $110

Member: $100

Print Works – Intro to Printmaking

November 5, 12, & 19 from 10 AM – Noon

Marjorie Moyer is back at Bottle Works with a class designed to teach the basics of printmaking.
Students will learn monotype and basic relief printing techniques as well as common studio practice in a traditional print shop/art studio setting. Working with printmaking inks and paint, students will learn the foundations of the practice alongside additional techniques such as ghost printing and overprinting. Studio safety and maintenance will be covered as well as print press operational procedures and hand carving safety. All materials included.
6 hours of instruction time
10 am – 12 pm
Ages 15+

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.

Register for All 12 sessions in 2022 for a big discount!

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

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

• 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.

Acrylic Painting with Richard Hower

Acrylic Painting Class
with Richard Hower
in the AmeriServ Learning Center
Wednesdays from 6:30 – 9 PM
Stay tuned for new dates soon!

Class Age Range: AdultsAll 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.

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.