Art Classes

BW Classes take place in the AmeriServ Learning Center!

Brush Works – Deer Tail & Bamboo Brush Making Workshop

Saturday December 10 from 10 AM – 1 PM

Norman Ed, lifelong artist and longtime collaborator with Bottle Works, will be leading a unique workshop this winter perfectly timed for family and friends of avid outdoor enthusiasts; brush making using deer tail and bamboo. Norm’s workshop will cover brush construction from raw materials and the uses of a handmade natural brush across art disciplines. A great demonstration of using all parts of the harvest! 

All supplies included

Ages 12 +

BW Members: $35

Non Members: $40

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

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.

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