Learn at Sweetwater

Sweetwater Center for the Arts is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers nearly 400 classes, workshops, and lectures annually in the visual, performing, literary and culinary arts for children, teens, and adults at every skill level, from beginner to experienced. Sweetwater's multidisciplinary approach includes classes in ceramics/sculpture, cooking, drawing, painting, photography, jewelry & metalsmithing, fiber arts, traditional crafts as well as private music lessons.



Online registration NOW OPEN for 2018 Spring Classes & Summer Camps!  If you haven’t done so yet, set up an online account by clicking here. Once you have created a User ID and Password, you will then be able to log on to our online class registration system anytime and register for classes without picking up the phone. You are always welcome to call our office or stop by to register in person. 412-741-4405.

Education programs at Sweetwater Center for the Arts are supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Allegheny Regional Asset District, private foundations and businesses, and the generous contributions of many individuals.

The Center offers:

  • Artist-instructors with outstanding qualifications
  • Classes for beginners and experienced students
  • Small, intimate class setting
  • Full and partial need-based scholarship opportunities


Summer Camp Partcipants:

Parents, please download our Summer Camp Permission Form & Medical Waiver and have this completed upon the first day of camp.  The information that you provide on this form will be used to ensure your child’s safe participation in programs at Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Please submit a completed form before your child begins class. Children without completed forms will not be permitted to participate. Please print or return via email to Anna Reed, Manager of Education Programs at areed@sweetwaterartcenter.org


Featured Classes

Watercolors with Doug Brown

Dates: 06/11/2018 – 08/06/2018
Times: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM 8 Mondays
Ages: 18+
Instructor: Doug Brown

This watercolor class will focus on the principles of controlled realism. Each class will begin with a short demonstration of the subject matter for the day. All levels of experience are welcome! Each student will receive individual attention and can work at his or her own pace.

If you are able, please come to the first class with your drawing completed on watercolor paper, so the class can begin painting right away. However, if you need help with the drawing the instructor will be pleased to help you - just bring your drawing and/or photograph of the subject you wish to paint on the first day of class.


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Introduction to Oil Painting and Canvas Preparation PA02

Dates: 06/12/2018 – 07/31/2018
Times: 8 Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Ages: Adult, 16+
Instructor: Brian Druckenmiller

A basic introduction to oil painting and canvas preparation; understanding the paint and its properties, preparing canvas with primer, application of paint, brush strokes, medium and technique. The pupils will have the option to paint a still life display or anything of their choosing. We will experiment between the differences of painting real life and the use of imagination, exploring how to create composition, movement and subject matter.

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Charcoal/Pencil Drawing of the Human Form DR01

Dates: 06/14/2018 – 08/09/2018
Times: 8 Thursdays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Ages: Adult, 16+
Instructor: Brian Druckenmiller

This class will be a quick introduction to the various types of charcoals and pencils. I will demonstrate a variety of ways to draw with charcoal and pencil and the usage of the eraser and/or paint brush to add detail to the piece. The pupils will learn to draw the human form using a model (clothed) or figure still life display. We will experiment between the differences of painting real life and the use of imagination, exploring how to create composition, movement and subject matter.

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Meet Our Instructors

Sweetwater is proud of our dedicated and talented team of Teaching Artist instructors. These artists lead classes for students of all ability levels, from beginner to advanced, while ensuring the highest artistic standards. Our instructors is provide outcomes based experience for our students to prepare them to explore their own artistic endeavors.

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Scholarships for Sweetwater

Scholarships are available for adults and children demonstrating financial need. Scholarships are sponsored by the Allegheny Regional Asset District (ARAD), The Clarke Family Foundation and the generous support of individuals via the Arthur L. III & Ann Coburn Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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When you or a family member is looking to take an art class, view an exhibition, or attend a cultural event, where do you turn? If you're like most in our community, you go to Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

$1,000 provides enough materials to fund a semester-long community outreach program.
$500 allows two senior citizens to take an oil painting class.
$250 provides enough clay for every student in an 8-week ceramics class.
$200 will send a child to summer camp for a week.
$100 provides the food for a culinary workshop.
$50 provides materials for two weeks of painting camps.

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