Young creatives, ages 8 to 15, can participate in an immersive arts education series featuring the region’s art leaders in the disciplines of drawing, painting and folk & traditional arts beginning Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 at the Bottle Works Arts Ethnic Arts Center (411- 413 Third Ave. Johnstown, PA 15906).
Each Saturday from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, striving artists will have a chance to learn from and work alongside professional artists to gain a deeper knowledge of art basics and foundations, and learn a variety of techniques. Students will learn how to treat professional-grade art supplies, create an arts exhibition featuring their work over the course of the nine weeks, and plan a graduation and opening reception. The academy is broken into three segments: Drawing, Painting and Folk & Traditional Arts. Students can sign up for all three segments, or they can create their own path by registering for segment that interest them. At the end of the program, Arts Academy students will earn a “Master of the Arts” certificate and receive Bottle Works swag if they participated in two or more sessions.
“For the 2021 Arts Academy season, we are pleased to offer two explosive experiences: in-person in the ArtWorks Event Center, or virtually via our online teaching platforms,” says Director of Advancement & Operations Melody Tisinger. “By a grant provided by the Community Foundations for the Alleghenies, we were able to fully transform the academy.”
Students are able to flex between an in-person or an online experience. Since the wake of the pandemic, the Bottle Works has been re-imagining program engagement. Safety tips and guidelines outlined by the CDC will be followed for all in-person sessions. Guidelines include wearing masks indoors, practicing social/ physical distancing when possible, frequently washing hands, and sanitizing high touch points. Participants experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to say home and participate via our online platforms.
Registration is now open for virtual or in-person experiences. Registration fees are as followed:
Three-Week Segment Registration
$100 for Non-members
$95 for BW member
$275 for Non-members
$255 for BW Members
Full and partial scholarships are available. Funds are limited. Students registering for all nine-weeks of Arts Academy will take precedence.
“Thanks to the generosity of 1st Summit Bank, AmeriServ Financial, CFA, Martin-Baker America and S&T Bank, we are able to offer financial support to students who wish to engage in this program but may not have the means to do so. It is our belief that high-quality art experiences should not be prohibited by cost,” says Tisinger.
Arts Academy sessions will be led by accomplished professional artists and arts educators from across the region. Instructors include:
· Norman Ed, Johnstown, PA
· Beverly J. Struble, Johnstown, PA
· Sarah Hunter, Greensburg, PA
· Kimberly Williams, Johnstown, PA
· Barry Poglien, New Florence, PA
· Eddie Maier, Morgantown West Virginia
· Joanne Mekis, Johnstown, PA