Arts Academy Summer Program: Ages 9-16

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: June 12-16

Artisans & Crafters

Monday- Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
Field trip: Wednesday, June 14 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Instructors: Erika Broas & Holly Lees

Are you ready to be part of Johnstown’s makers movement? Participants will turn up the heat in the Bottle Works small metals studio and design cool jewelry, metal markings, and crystal wire wrapping with professional artist Erika Broas. After your metal works, join professional photographer and BW youth coordinator Holly Lees as you explore photography in a whole new way. We will be combining layers of superimposed photographic images, printing them as negatives on transparent sheets, and then, using the sun and photo-sensitive paper, create unique images. Students participating in this camp will need to have a device that can take and edit photographs, connect to wifi for email transmission.  If you don’t have a device, but still desire to take this class, please let us know upon registration. BW devices are limited. 

Field trip: Touchstone Center for Craft

Wednesday, June 14 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Students will visit this renowned Touchstone Center for Crafts in Famington, PA. This makers’ school is nestled in the Laurel Highlands Mountains. We’ll tour the campus’ rustic scenes and make hand-built ceramic or glass pieces with the Touchstone resident artists. This is an extended day from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 

Arts Academy Week 2: June 19-23

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: Westmoreland Museum of American  Art 

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

Students will be traveling to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA. Explore the permanent exhibition and more.  This will be an extended day from 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