adult classes

Every child is an artist, and so is every adult! Our classes are taught by practicing artists and creative instructors.

To register: call or email the Gallery: 724.452.0539 or bottlebrushgallery @ You can also stop in the Gallery during regular business hours. Art can be messy, so dress casually, please!

Classes, Meetings and Workshops

Drumming in Harmony:  A Women’s Drum Circle

A women’s drum circle with Annie Mathe and Pat Bauer. Come drum with other women and explore another side of yourself! Bring your friends! The cost is $35 in advance. No experience necessary, and there will be extra drums if you don’t have one. Please register in advance by calling Bottlebrush: A Gallery for the Arts, at 724-452-0539.

Dates and Times: 

Meets every third Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm. Facilitators: Annie Mathe and Pat Bauer. $35 includes drums. No experience necessary.

Songwriters In Harmony: A Monthly Songwriters Workshop

Our monthly songwriters’ circle meets the third Thursday of every month from 7-9pm. Hosted by Bruce Hoffman, this group is an extension of the Calliope Pittsburgh Songwriters’ Circle. Bring your instrument and your songs to share with the group. Acoustic musicians of all genres welcome. No admission fee. Water and tea available at no charge; other beverages are BYOB.
Dates and Times: Meets every third Thursday of the month, 7-9pm. Leader: Bruce Hoffman. Free.
Please note dates are subject to change; join the mailing list so you are updated regularly on the group’s activities.

“Time for Me”  A Women’s Creative Circle

Facilitator: MJ McCurdy

$25 includes all materials and a finished piece to take home!

As women, we all seem to make time for everyone else in our lives– but when is OUR time? Time For Me is a way to set aside time for ourselves, to meet new friends and express our inner creativity. At each class we will explore various creative forms, learning a different technique each time, then use that technique to express our inner selves. You do not have to be artistically gifted to join us!

This is an on-going class that usually meets the last Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm, with exceptions due to holidays*. You are free to attend one class, two classes, or every class if you would like. Each class you attend is $25 and includes all materials needed for the evening. Bring beverages for yourself and snacks for others,           if you would like to share.

Women from 13 to 100 are welcome! Private group and party classes available too–  please email us for information.

Class Dates:  Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 31, Apr 28, May 26, June 30, July 28, and no meeting in August. Check back for more dates in 2016.

Contact the Gallery to register, with questions or to confirm the dates.

Please register for classes in advance so we have enough supplies.


The Creative’s Way Workshop

Workshop fee is $120, due at first session January 25th.  Additional $25 fee for one play date and supplies TBD. Register: call or email Sandy to sign up with a $20 deposit: 724-766-0674 or Minimum of 5 participants. Group size is limited to 8.


Participants will “out” the creativity inside of them to fulfill a lifetime passion or perhaps, find a new one.  Join this Creative Circle of peer support to discover or recover your creative life and– in a gallery and center for arts filled with inspiration! Using Julia Cameron’s book as a guide and Sandy’s facilitated process, you will complete tasks in 12 chapters to break through the surface of your resistance in order to experience art and creating in its many forms. A commitment to consciously regard others in the group with respect and without fear of criticism, judgment or competition is expected from all participants.

Sandy’s experience with Ms. Cameron’s course and added informational hand-outs will get you “flowing” in creative and inspirational ideas to express yourself. A personal commitment to complete this six-week workshop will most likely change your outlook on self-expression, and life, if practiced with a sincere desire to confront your inner censors. The spiritual aspect is not referring to religion but the enlightenment one finds flowing through creative energy. An outline of weekly sessions available upon request.

Required book additional:

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron, A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self (purchase on-line or Barnes & Nobles approx. $12.00 for paperback edition ISBN#0-87477-694-5 or 9781101156889) This is not the “workbook” which is a companion to The Artist’s Way.  ALSO: Two spiral composition notebooks required before 1st session but at least one will be used immediately.

About Your Workshop Leader:

Sandy Ferrainola is an essayist, novelist and above all, CREATIVE!  Her writing experience spans 50 years with published essays in literary journals, articles in magazines, and horoscope columns in addition to artistic endeavors in photography with a photo poster on display at the Bottlebrush Gallery.  Even with a dozen rejection slips from book publishers for her young adult novel series, Sandy understands there may be dozens more!

As a member of the international Stencil Artisan’s League for 19 years as well as a Board member, Sandy gained insight into group learning and class instruction across America. Her interest in a variety of arts and handcrafts including oil and acrylic painting, collage, decorative arts, fabric arts, ceramics, drawing as well as perennial gardening and “upcycling junk” has led to new discoveries in creativity.  An advocate of Julia Cameron’s many book titles, she anticipates Julia’s upcoming release in April, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Creativity in the Golden Years. Sandy’s favorites: in art, Andy Warhol; in music; David Bowie; in movies; Elf; in colors,  turquoise!  Currently studying Psychology at Butler County Community College, Sandy serves on several local community committees and holds a Pennsylvania license in real estate.


When:  Mondays, January 25 through February 29, choose your time: 1-2:30pm OR 7-8:30pm

Facilitator: J. Sandy Ferrainola

Workshop Fee:  $120, due at first session January 25th.  Additional $25 fee for one play date and supplies TBD.