child/teen classes

Art week for 2017 is June 19-22!  

Bottlebrush Gallery summer art classes for children and youth are taught by our practicing artists and experienced teachers.

This year, we are offering palette knife painting, watercolor pencil portraits, mixed media project (collage, paint, found objects) using your pet as a subject, machine felting to make an alpaca wall hanging, and more.  Check back with us as new classes will be added.  Looking forward to spending a week with your young artist!

To reserve a seat in our art classes:  Call us at the Gallery during business hours (11am-4pm), 724-452-0539.  A Gallery representative will confirm/complete registration and process payment, which is required at the time of registration.  Parents also must complete a consent form for their child upon registration or at the class meeting time.

Please note our classes are open to children/youth from 5 to 18.  If your artist is older than 18, s/he should enroll in adult classes.

All materials included in registration fee unless  stated otherwise in the description.  Art is messy,  so “dress for mess” and “dress for fun”!

Private and group drawing lessons are available by appointment. Please contact the Gallery for more information and to schedule your child’s session.

Summer 2017 Class Schedule

NEW – Cupcake Decorating Class for Kids! See class listing at end of this page.

Baby Birds: Robin

Here’s a true spring project. Draw and paint a baby robin using watercolor pencils. Easier than traditional watercolors and fun, too! Students will learn line drawing, shading and watercolor blending. Ages 8-11.  $30  Monday, June 19, 10-11:30am

About your instructor: MJ McCurdy is the owner of the Bottlebrush Gallery & Center for the Arts. She teaches individual and group art classes for all ages.

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter Wizard Wand

Make your own Harry Potter magic wizard wand!  You will choose a style of wand you like, then decorate it using glue, paints, glitter, shimmers, embellishments and other fun add-ons. Channel your magic! Ages 9-15.  $40  Monday, June 19, 1:30-3:30pm

About your instructor: MJ McCurdy is the owner of the Bottlebrush Gallery & Center for the Arts. She teaches individual and group art classes for all ages.

 

 

 

 

Mixed Media Pet Portraits

Turn a photo of your pet into a one-of-a-kind, embellished mixed media work of art! We will need to have a pet photo emailed to us by June 17 so it can be printed onto cotton fabric in time for class. Ages 10-18 $35  Tuesday, June 20, 10am-12pm

About your instructor: Debbie Tobin is the Art Director for the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and co-owner of Tobin Studios in Ambridge. Debbie’s art includes photography, drawing and painting, fiber art and sculpture.

 
Paper Mache Cat Sculpture
Make your own paper mache cat mount sculpture to hang on your wall. Artist Deb Priore will lead you through step by step using paper mache, glue, acrylic paint and tape. So easy and so fun! Ages 10-18. $45 includes all materials.Class meets 2 days: Tuesday, June 20 from 1-3pm and Thursday, June 22, from 1-3pm.About your instructor: Deb Priore is a mixed media artist from Mercer who enjoys painting and sculpting. Her most popular works at the Bottlebrush Gallery are 3-dimensional paper mache animals ranging from giraffes, dogs, unicorns and monkeys.

 

Palette Knife Painting

Palette knife painting is a different way of using oil paint to create art, like sculpting with paint. In just a couple of hours, you’ll have a colorful and textured masterpiece of your own. Famous palette knife painters include Rembrandt, Van Gogh and TV artist Bob Ross. Ages 12-18  $35 Wednesday, June 21, 10am-12pm

About your instructor: Nadya Lapets is a passionate oil painter. She has participated in various juried art shows and has multiple awards for her works.

 
Baby Birds: Bluebird – CLOSED
Baby birds are so cute and are definitely a sign of spring. Draw and “paint” a baby bluebird using watercolor pencils. Easier than traditional watercolors and fun, too.  Students will learn line drawing, shading and watercolor blending. Ages 12-18  $30  Wednesday, June 21, 1:30-3:00pm

About your instructor: MJ McCurdy is the owner of the Bottlebrush Gallery & Center for the Arts. She teaches individual and group art classes for all ages.

 
Alpaca Wall Hanging – Machine Felting

Make your own wall hanging using alpaca fleece from a local farm. You’ll lay out your design with your choice of colors for flowers, barns, fences and your choice of alpaca felt cut-outs. Then your design will go through a felting machine to bind the layers. You can add fabric, yarn, felt and fibers to embellish. Ages 8-18  $35  Thursday, June 22, 10am-12pm

About your instructor: An accomplished fiber artist, Terri Stramba is the owner of a fiber mill and farm where the yarns she uses are grown, spun and sold.

 
All About Me: Art Journaling
We have three hearts… one you share with the world, one you share with family, and one you share only with yourself. Explore and express your “hearts” in our new art journaling class. Materials provided– acrylic paints, paper, stickers, mod podge… bring anything else that inspires your creativity! Ages 10-teens.  $35  TWO DAYS: Monday, June 19 & Tuesday, June 20, 2-4pm.About your instructor: Margaux Khosraviani is an avid journalist and smash book artist from Harmony whose hair often matches her project colors.
 
 Beginning Knitting: Coaster – CLOSED
An often-requested class! Beginning Knitting for ages 10-teens. You’ll learn the basics of knitting and take home a coaster. All materials provided.  Ages 10+. $25 Wednesday, June 21, 2-4pm.

About your instructor: Fibers artist  Lissa Napora teaches weaving, knitting and crochet classes. She works at the Bottlebrush Gallery and is a volunteer at the Weavers Cabin and officer with the Harmony Fiber Arts Alliance.

 
Ride the Bug Highway

Fun painting and stickers class for the younger artists, ages 5-8. Have you ever watched bugs walking on sticks or railings? They go back and forth, scurrying here and there on their own “bug highway.”  We’ll talk about bugs and look at a cool picture book filled with them. Then we’ll make our own Bug Highway using washable paints, glitter glue, tape, and bug stickers… I have tons to choose from! Students will learn the concept of negative space and how to paint grass. All materials provided. Ages 5-8. $30 Wednesday, June 21, 9-10:30am.

About your instructor: MJ McCurdy is the owner of the Bottlebrush Gallery & Center for the Arts. She teaches individual and group art classes for all ages.

 
Cupcake-a-Palooza!

Decorate your own cupcakes with help from our friends at Tin Man Sweets.  You will have 6 cupcakes and pre-filled bags of icing and will learn how to “pipe” the frosting onto cupcakes and add sprinkles, making some fun designs just like the bakery! You will have a beverage to drink (water or juice) and can take home your masterpieces, if the cupcakes aren’t all eaten first! Parents, please let us know if your child has food allergies. Ages 6 -18. $30  Thursday, June 22, 9:00am-10:00am

About your instructor: Tin Man Sweets was started by Justin through a love of baking Christmas cookies with his Grandma as a child.  Maria and Justin are both self-taught and neither one ever worked in a bakery.  People often ask where the Tin Man name came from.  When creating the business, Justin’s young niece couldn’t say Uncle Justin, so she called him Uncle Tin.  We look forward to sharing our love of decorating with you!