Youth Programming


Kulani – West African Dance Class

Mondays from 5:30 – 6:15
September 20 – November 8
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. 


Wednesdays from 6-8 PM October 6- November 17

Go on a journey of artistic adventure during our Arts Academy Evening Edition: Wednesday evenings at Bottle Works!


Bottle Works’ Arts Academy is designed for learners who wish to have an immersive art experience. Students will work alongside professional artists exploring many different art forms and disciplines. This exciting comprehensive program takes art education to the next level and opens up a whole new world of cultural adventure!


In this evening edition of Arts Academy, artist Joanne Mekis will continue her very popular ‘MiniMasters’ series in which students learn to create like famous artists. Students learn artistic technique, art history, and receive individualized instruction as they create. This 6-week series will include drawing techniques using graphite, pastels, and colored pencils and painting techniques using acrylics on canvas, and water based paint on paper.We encourage students to sign up for the entire 6-week series. You may also attend each 3-week segment.


Wednesdays – 6-8:00 PM
Mini Masters Drawing: October 6, 13, 20
Mini Masters Painting: November 3, 10, 17Pricing:
Special Discount for attending all 6 weeks (Both Mini Masters Segments)


Mini Masters Drawing & Painting – 6 weeks: $125 Nonmembers, $115

BW Members

Mini Masters Drawing – 3 weeks: $85 Nonmembers, $75 BW Members

Mini Masters Painting – 3 weeks: $85 Nonmembers, $75 BW Members

All supplies included. Masks will be required.


Winter Camp BW

December 28, 29, & 30 – 2021

Winter Camp BW

December 28, 29, 30 2021

9am-3pm

Ages 7-12

Join us for Winter Camp BW! Cure the winter blues by spending your holiday break at the Bottle Works Arts on Third! Campers, ages 7-12, will use their artistic, scientific, engineering, and athletic skills to create an avalanche of art adventure. We will use flash lights and digital photography to create lighted winter scenes as we learn the photography technique of ‘painting with light’. We’ll learn about using a cool pallet of colors to paint with acrylics and make a masterpiece on a circular canvas. We’ll create your own decorative boxes, make a snow-inspired treat, and get wild and wacky during our winter games, featuring our infamous indoor snowball fight!  

Enroll Early & Easily Online:

Winter Camp BW  is three days, December 28, 29,30.  Camp is 9am – 3pm each day. Space is limited and we expect the camp will sell out.

Early Bird Pricing is available until November 26. Registration deadline is December 20. 

Camp Cost – Three-day Registration: 

Early Bird (until November 26) $90 for Non-Members

Early Bird (until November 26) $85 for BW Members 

$95 for Non-Members

$90 for BW Members 

Instructors TBA

These in person camps will be following protocols for COVID-19 prevention.


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.