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


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.

Nine Consecutive Saturdays ٠ Starting January 29, 2022!

Session Times for Ages 8-11
9:30AM – 12:00PM 

Session Times for Ages 12- 18
1:00PM – 3:30PM 

Do you have a love for art? Are you looking to blossom your talent & skills? The Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center invites you to come on an artist journey during our 2022 Arts Academy: Winter Session! Over the course of nine consecutive Saturdays, young creatives will be immersed in fine arts learning along with professional artists and art educators. You will be challenged—developing your technical skills, exploring art disciplines, and discovering your creativity.  The Botte Works is committed to creating a hub for artistic development and growth. Our mission is to nurture these young people who will become artists, creators, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow!

The Winter session focuses on three disciplines: Drawling, Painting, and Folk Arts. The three disciplines are broken into three-week segments. Each week, students will engage with a variety of art professionals/ educators who are masters in their trade. Students are encouraged to develop their own project ideas and creative process. At the end of each segment, participants will make several art pieces that will be showcased during the 2022 Arts Academy Exhibition at the Bottle Works! All class materials and supplies are included. 

CREATE YOUR OWN PATH—To obtain the complete Arts Academy experience, we encourage participants to enroll in all nine-weeks. You also have the choice to partake in three-week segments that most interests you.  For creatives participating in the ENTIRE nine-weeks session they will earn a “Master of Arts Certificate” during our Arts Academy graduation ceremony. 

NEW THIS SEASON – Arts Academy will now offer a unique journey for participants 12 to 18.  This session is 1:00PM – 3:30PM.

The 2022 Arts Academy Season will be hosted in-person. To ensure the safety of our participants, guest instructors, and staff, we will be following all mitigation efforts and guidelines outlined by the CDC. To read our safety guideline please click HERE! 

Register Today!
We accept all forms of payment: cash, check, money orders, and all major credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and AMEX) 

Full Arts Academy Registration Fee (attending all nine-weeks)
$275 Non-Members
$255 for BW Members

Three-Week Segment (Drawing, Painting, or Folk-Art)
$100 Non-Members
$95 for BW Members 

Arts Academy is a dynamic art experience that you cannot find anywhere else! Space is limited. To ensure your spot, register online today!  Advance payment is required to secure registration. If you are experiencing financial hardship, full and partial scholarships are available upon request. Precedence is given to participants enrolling for the ENTIRE NINE-WEEKS. Funds are limited and are awarded on a rolling basis.  To apply for an Arts Academy Scholarship online. Please click HERE. 

For questions regarding Arts Academy and other Youth Programs at the Bottle Works, please contact Youth Education Coordinator Holly Lees via email

About Arts Academy

2022 Arts Academy provides three learning experiences for the aspiring artist. Go on the full journey by registering for the entire nine-week session, or create your path based on your own interest.  

Segment One:  Drawing – Building Foundation and Capture Creativity
Class Dates: January 29; February 5 & 12 

During this segment, students will learn the foundational skill of drawing and harness their creativity.  The following skills will be taught within three weeks: observation drawing, expressive mark making, and shading & composition. Each student will use professional grade tools and supplies such as graphite, charcoal, ink, colored pencils, and more! 

Instructor and project details will be announced soon! 

Segment Two: Painting – Inspiration from Experimentation
Class Dates: February 19 & 26; March 5 

The greatest creations often come from taking risks, and students in segment two will be dared to take dive deep into their imagination. Within these three weeks, students will increase their knowledge of color theory, composition, and technical application. Students will be working with acrylics and watercolors. 

Instructor and project details will be announced soon! 

Segment Three: Folk Art – Learning the Traditional Craft
Class Dates: March 12, 19, & 26 

Thanks to our friends from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Folk & Traditional Arts Partnership, students can explore the world of Folk & Traditional Arts!  Art can be representative of one’s specific ethnic, religious, linguistic, occupational, or regional group. These arts are shaped and shared within families, neighborhoods, and communities—moving from generation to generation. This cycle is an on-going participation in community-based activities. These art forms are taught through observation, practices, and/or apprenticeships with elders and masters, rather than institutional instruction, books, and classes. 

Instructor and project details will be announced soon! 

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.