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BW Classes take place in the AmeriServ Learning Center!

Bullfinch: Foundations of Colored Pencil Workshop

Thursday March 7 from 6 – 8:30 PM

Learn to draw the magnificent bullfinch, while learning the basics of working with the medium of colored pencils.

Ukrainian artist Natalka Barvinok will guide you through the basics of proper object form construction, provide fundamental drawing techniques, introduce basic color theory, and guide you in creating intricate colors through layering strokes. Each student will leave with knowledge of using colored pencils, and a 7” x 10” drawing of a bullfinch they can be proud of.

Class attendees will also be asked about their desires for future classes from Natalka.

All Supplies will be included with the workshop.

Students will not receive supplies to take with them.

All ages are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an attending adult.

$30 or $25 for BW Members

More about our instructor Natalka at

Learning Impressionism: Acrylic Painting Class w/ Alan Rauch

Saturdays April 6 – May 11 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 10:30 AM – 12: 30 PM beginning April 6, 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

SOLD OUT – Stained Glass for Beginners w/ Dennis

Saturdays April 6, 13, & 20 from 1-3 PM

Join artist Dennis Greco for a fun and educational three-session workshop on the basics of creating with stained glass!

The class will begin with a brief history of stained glass, and an overview of the tools required before the project begins. You will learn how to cut and break glass, and how to manipulate lead to follow a pattern. Each student will leave class with a stained-glass piece of their own design. Come with your original design idea, or choose from some available patterns we will provide.

All basic supplies will be included. Glass will be provided from various donations, but you may decide to purchase glass on your own to fit your design if the available offerings aren’t appropriate.

In the event that projects cannot be completed in the three sessions, students will be provided options for additional studio time to finish.

Ages 12 and up, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Scholarships are available for students ages 12 – 18.

$60 or $55 for BW Members

About your instructor: Dennis Greco worked in Los Angeles for 35 years as an artist for many studios as a background/production designer in the field of animation. One of his many passions in life is making stained glass for his home and others enjoyment.

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

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.