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Youth Programming

Nine Saturdays from January 27 – March 23, 2024

Arts Academy is back with nine weeks of Saturday classes for students ages 8-18.
Students will have an immersive art experience led by professional artists.

Ages 8-12 will meet from 9:30 AM – Noon

Ages 13-18 will meet from 1 PM – 3:30 PM

Nine Weeks
$275 for Non-members or $255 for BW Members

Any three-week segment

$100 for Non-members or $95 for BW Members.

Drawing- The first three weeks of Arts Academy will focus on drawing.

“Selfie” Portraits

January 27 & February 3, 2024

Week 1 & 2 Break out your selfie sticks, duck lips and peace signs, and take an incredible selfie, but this time you get to be your own filter!

Instructor Colleen Albright will work with students on how to take a selfie, and then how to use your drawing skills to turn it into a masterpiece. Students get to choose the look of the finished piece and transform their own image into the style of their favorite period in art. Impressionistic, POP Art, photo realism, the sky is the limit.

Students will work with graphite, charcoal, and/or colored pastels to create their finished pieces which will hang in the Arts Academy exhibit at the end of the nine weeks!

Skills include: anatomy, color theory, art history, hue, value, perspective

Week 3 & 4 Drawing/Painting

February 10 & 17

Winged Winter Wonders

Ukrainian artist Natalka Barvinok will lead the 3rd week of Drawing with students and the first week of painting.

The 13-18 age group will learn to sketch various types of birds in a wonderful winter scene. This project will then be used as the basis for an acrylic painting if the student continues into the painting segment. Bird references will be provided, but students are welcome to provide their own reference if they have a favorite type of bird.

Skills: composition, bird anatomy, landscape

The 8-12 age group will learn to sketch various types of birds in a wonderful winter scene. This project will then be used for the basis for a collage project if the student continues on into the painting segment. Bird references will be provided, but students are welcome to provide their own reference if they have a favorite type of bird.

Both groups will produce finished pieces that will be ready to hang in the Arts Academy Exhibit at the end of the nine weeks.

Skills: composition, color theory, bird anatomy, collage

Week 5 & 6 Painting

February 24 & March 2

Instructor: Joanne Mekis

Artists will study art history and choose two styles to create their own work using the principles of those art eras and artists. Select Fauvism for its bright and unusual color stylings. Paint with thick impasto techniques of the Impressionist era. Create with metallic and other acrylic colors like Gustav Klimt. Use bold, solid shapes the way that Picasso did during his Cubist period. Get Abstract the way that Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning created. You will paint with acrylics, watercolors, and gouache. You may also combine various styles to create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

Week 7- March 9

Folk Arts – Printmaking

Instructor: Eddie Spaghetti Art

Linoleum Cut Prints

Week 8 & 9 March 16 & 23

Folk Arts – Printmaking

Instructor: Norman Ed

Collagraph Prints

Collagraphy is a printmaking process in which materials are glued or sealed to a rigid substrate (such as paperboard or wood) to create a plate. Once inked, the plate becomes a tool for imprinting the design onto paper or another medium. The resulting print is termed a collagraph.

Click the register button to pay and the enrollment form to finalize your student’s information.

April 4 – May 18, 2024
Submission deadline March 22

The Bottle Works is excited to bring back our student art juried exhibition, Student Works in 2024!
April 4 – May 18, 2024, deadline for submission is March 22, 2024. Open reception and award announcements on April 18 from 6-8 PM.

Students in grades 9-12 residing in Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, or Indiana County are eligible to submit one piece of work. Most visual 2-D & 3-D art mediums are welcome (no installations). All submissions are due by March 22, 2024 @ 5 PM. The exhibit will be juried by a committee of art professionals.  Students and their art teachers will be notified of acceptance via email no later than March 25, 2024. Accepted artwork should be ready to hang/display upon arrival. Works on paper should be matted or framed. Pieces must be received no later than March 29, 2024 by 7 PM (Art Works Building – 413 Third Ave. Johnstown, PA 15906).

Cash scholarship awards will be given to the Best of Grade of each grade. Each Best of Grade winner’s School District’s art classroom will receive an art supplies bundle valued at $500 (limit one per school district). Other awards include a Director’s Choice Award and honorable mention for each grade.  The Director’s Choice recipients will receive a Bottle Works Scholarship, which can be used for designated classes and workshops,

Please complete the form in its entirety. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Creative Director Matt Lamb at

The Student Works Exhibit is sponsored by AmeriServ Bank, Blick Art Supplies, Sheetz, Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates, Slovenian Savings & Loan

Sponsored by:

Kulani – West African Dance Class

Stay tuned for upcoming dates
Ages 5+

Join Kulani for West African Dance fun! Ms Gwen and Ms Holly continue to bring West African Dance to the Johnstown Community. Your children ages 5 and up will learn the art of dance, and drumming, as passed down from generation to generation in Western Africa. These instructors traveled to Guinea and have been sharing what they learned from their amazing Guinean teachers since 2014. 
All kids ages 5 and up are welcome, a $5 donation per session is recommended, but not required. 

Mindfulness and Arts
Making a difference in your classroom

Our Mindfulness and Arts Initiative seeks to engage youth within local schools and community organizations by employing the Mindful Schools curriculum coupled with arts. Through the application and practice of The Mindful School’s curriculum, we aim to provide an outlet for behavioral, emotional, academic, and social growth and support. Programming is held at your school/organization, or at the BOTTLE WORKS.

The Mindful Schools (

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the quality of deliberate attention, of bringing purposeful awareness to one’s experience.

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

Over thirty years of research demonstrates that mindfulness improves:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Decision-Making Skills
  • Academic Achievement
  • Body and Thought Awareness
  • Impulse Control
  • Stress Management
  • Improved Focus
  • Compassion towards others and self

Log on to in order to find out more. Mindfulness and Arts Program: This Mindfulness and Arts program teaches mindfulness tools while engaging students in the joy of arts. We use the Mindful School curriculum to teach youth how to improve decision-making skills, impulse control and stress management. Among others, the lessons include: mindfulness of breath, mindfulness of emotion, mindfulness of thought, mindful eating, compassion toward self and others, and body awareness. The art lessons will provide students with practice and applicability by utilizing the learned mindfulness skills. Students will engage in many various forms of art that may include drumming, creative writing, watercolor, zentangle, and clay. This programming can be tailored for any grade. We are looking to partner with schools and community organizations, as students would benefit.

The in-classroom Mindfulness and Arts Program is an eight- or sixteen-week program that occurs twice weekly.

For more information, contact Holly Lees, BOTTLE WORKS Mindfulness and Arts Facilitator, at or 814.535.2020.

What are people saying?!?

“Students were made aware of ways to maintain self-control which is extremely important today. Also, it is quite beneficial for students to have the strategies presented to fight stress. I think students partially enjoyed the art lessons that related well to the mindfulness teachings.”Mr. Roberts 6th grade teacher at Conemaugh Valley Elementary“I definitely will use mindfulness tools for the rest of my life” ~ 6th-grade student“Thank you for teaching me how to keep my body calm. I especially like how we used mindful breathing.”

~ 5th-grade student“Mindfulness helps with situations. When I’m mad, I use mindful breathing”~6th-grade students

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.