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Arts Academy Summer Program: Ages 9-16

New for 2024!

Bottle Works will provide snacks, drinks, and lunches for our summer camp participants!

Arts Academy Summer: Ages 9-16 

Go on a journey of artistic adventure during our Arts Academy Summer program. Arts Academy is designed for learners who have a natural talent for art and wish to have an immersive art experience. Students will work alongside professional artists exploring many different art forms and disciplines. This exciting program takes participant’s art skills and techniques to the next level and opens them up to a whole new world of cultural adventure!

Arts Academy Week 1: July 15-19

Artisans & Crafters

Monday- Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
Field trip: TBD

Instructors: Colleen Albright

Students will learn from professional artists throughout this week of art intensive summer fun. They will learn various techniques in medium including jewelry making/small metals, painting, paper mache, and more. Artist instructors will include Colleen Albright, Erika Boas, and Natalia Omelchenko. Students will finish the week with a new set of skills and several exhibit ready pieces, after learning professional methods of making their work exhibit ready. Students will share the fruits of their labor with family and friends in our Arts Academy Exhibit in our AmeriServ Activities Center Gallery from August 1 – September 7, 2024.

Field trip: TBD

Sponsored in part by Somerset Trust Bank

Arts Academy Week 2: July 29 – August 2

Mini Masters Art

Monday- Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
Field trip: Wednesday, June 21 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Instructor: Joanne Mekis

Students will learn about famous artists and art periods. Mini Masters will explore many art periods including American Art, The Scalp Level Artists, Impressionism, and Pop/Op Art. Then, students will be asked to take their skills to the street for an en plein air (creating outdoors) experience.  Paint, collage, draw with ink and watercolors, or make a self-portrait! In its eleventh year, Mini Masters is a very popular art camp. Professional artist Joanne will offer new projects and activities. Find out how fun it is to create a masterpiece! Returning Mini Masters are welcome to attend! 

Field trip: Souther Alleghenies Museum of Art Ligonier 

Wednesday, June 21 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Arts Academy Summer Program Pricing:

Payment is due upon registration. 

Early bird discount when you sign up & pay before June 1: 
$165 Non-Members; $160 BW Members

Arts Academy Summer Program Cost per Week starting June 2:
$175 Non-Members; $170 BW Members

Instant savings when you register for both weeks of Arts Academy! Enroll for both weeks of Arts Academy Summer Programs and save $25!

Early bird discount when you sign up & pay before June 1:
$315 Non-members; $310 BW Members

Arts Academy Summer Program (both weeks):
$325 Non-members; $320 BW Members 

Additional discounts and payment plans are available for participants enrolling in multiple weeks of programming throughout the summer. For more details, contact Holly Lees at  hlees@bottleworks, or call 814-535-2020. 


Bottle Works offers scholarships for participants ages 8 to 18.  Full or partial scholarships are available and distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Precedence is given to participants who are enrolling in more than one camp or workshop. If you are interested in ​​applying for a full or partial scholarship, please click here to apply, or email Holly Lees at