Youth Programming


Announcing Summer Programming 2022!

Spend your Summer on Third Avenue! 

 Camp BW, Arts Academy, and Adult & Teen Workshops Slated for Summer 2022

Spend your summer days creating and discovering your artistic talents at the Bottle Works – Arts on Third Avenue!  We are offering a number of camps and workshops, led by our professional artists and trained education staff, for learners ages 7-113!  We are excited to continue to offer programs and workshops exclusively for teens. 

We are excited to bring back these amazing programs: Art Academy Summer Program for students ages 9-16, Camp BW for young creatives ages 7 to 12, and  MegaMasters, our teen and adult workshop!  

ALL summer programming is hosted at the Bottle Works Arts Campus (411 – 413 Third Ave. Johnstown, PA 15906)  from 9AM -3PM,  Monday- Friday. For your convenience, Before and After Care services are available from 8:00 AM- 4:30PM at the rate of $5 per hour.

Enrollment Made Easy!

The enrollment and payment process is now made easy! Participants can enroll  and pay online (preferred method).  If you prefer a paper application, please inquire by calling 814.535.2020 or stop in the Art Works Gallery Shoppe during operation hours.

For learners under the age of 18, all forms and payments must be completed by a parent/guardian. 

If you have questions about the camps and workshops, email Holly Lees, Bottle Work Education Coordinator, at hlees@bottleworks.org or by calling 814.535.2020. 

Scholarships are available for participants 18 and younger. To apply for a scholarship, fill out the scholarship request form. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Precedence is given to those who are enrolling in more than one camp/workshop.  To apply for a scholarship, click HERE

The Bottle Works have camps and workshops designed just for you! Select a camp based on your age.

COVID – 19 Safety Guidelines

To ensure the health and safety of our staff and participants, ALL camps and workshops will be following safety guidelines outlined by the CDC. These guidelines included frequent hand washing, wearing masks indoors. To learn more about the CDC’s Covid-19 recommendations, click HERE


Art & Movement Collaborative Workshop inspired by the Molok

July 22 from 9 – 4

Art and Movement Collaborative Workshop Instructors: Norman Ed & Nelle Ed Kearney Inspired by The Molok Ages 13-18 One Day Arts Academy Workshop July 22, 2022 9:00-4:00 pm $20 Non-members $15 BW members In the shadows is a mythical being that is created from all of your unwanted goods and discarded objects. It’s name is the Molok. As part of its national tour, it creeps into Johnstown’s Bottle Works this summer. This 13-foot live action puppet invites exploration of several art disciplines. Local artists, Norman Ed & Nelle Ed Kearney are working with the Molok artists to offer this one-day workshop. We invite students interested in learning about movement, sculpture, installation, puppetry, acting, and body language to explore the questions: What is art? What is performance? Students will use found and sourced materials such as cardboard and fabric to create moveable sculptures. Through combining body movements and building art pieces while encouraging creative freedoms, we are developing skills of expression, observation, and conversation. This creative, collaborative, and spontaneous workshop is your chance to become a part of The Molok’s world while working with two of Johnstown’s most treasured artists! Thank you to 1st Summit Bank for sponsoring the workshop Scholarships are available


Kulani – West African Dance Class

Mondays from 5:30 – 6:15
Stay tuned for new dates in 2022!
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 instructor 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 (mindfulschools.org)

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 http://www.mindfulschools.org 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 hlees@bottleworks.org 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.