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.

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2019 SPRING CLASSES & SUMMER CAMPS

Download Spring & Summer 2019 Guide: Issue 2, Vol. 44

NEW MASTER SERIES WORKSHOPS – Click here to view classes and register today!
Sweetwater is excited to launch an exciting new series of workshops at the Center. We will welcome nationally and internationally recognized professional artists to lead three and four day intensive masterclasses that are open to all levels! Register today to secure your spot!

Plein Air Lanscapes with Aaron Schuerr
Dates: July 17, 2019 – July 20, 2019
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Power of Pastel with Christine Swann
Dates: July 25, 2019 – July 27, 2019
Register here!

Bringing Animals to Life with Bill Suys
Dates: September 24, 2019 – September 27, 2019
Register here!

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Online registration: Spring Classes & Summer Camps 

Registration for all 2019 April – August classes now open!

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

 

Featured Classes

MASTERS: Power of Pastel with Christine Swann MA03

Dates: 07/25/2019 – 07/27/2019
Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Ages: 18+
Instructor: Christine Swann

Learn everything needed to know about this medium and how to control it. Workshop will focus on understanding light by painting still lifes and then the portrait from models. All levels welcome.

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MASTERS: Plein Air Landscapes with Aaron Schuerr MA02

Dates: 07/17/2019 – 07/20/2019
Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Ages: 18+
Instructor: Aaron Schuerr

From thumbnail sketches to planning a studio painting, we will explore the possibilities of landscape painting. Find “the story” in the landscape and paint it in a way that is direct, simple, fresh, and honest. Engage in fun exercises designed to focus on value, color, and shape. From that foundation, you’ll explore edges, atmospheric perspective, color and shape relationships, composition, and mood. Most importantly you’ll learn to paint with greater intention. Through demonstrations, group discussions, composition walks, painting exercises, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn to approach the landscape in enthusiasm and confidence. This workshop is open to all mediums, but demos will be in oil and pastel.

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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 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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A GIFT FOR THE ARTS. DONATE TODAY.

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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