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.


Spring session begins on March 30th – click here to download a PDF copy and browse classes.

Summer 2020 Guide – Click here to download a PDF copy and browse classes.



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

CAMP – Teen STEAM: Toy Stories TN19

Dates: 06/22/2020 – 06/26/2020
Times: 1:00 - 4:00 PM (1 Week)
Ages: 11-15
Instructor: Justin Riddle

Animate your own toys! Campers will get to learn the basics of story creation and stop-motion animation using their favorite toys. Campers will learn to storyboard the basic outline of a short film, build characters and sets, and choose a scene to film and edit using a tablet. Campers are encouraged to bring in a couple of their favorite small toys, dolls, or action figures to be part of the movie! Devices will be provided for this course.

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Master Series: “Power of Pastel” – Christine Swann MA01

Dates: 07/30/2020 – 08/01/2020
Times: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Thursday-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.

Please note, Sweetwater's membership discount does not apply for Master Series Workshops.

Learn more about Christine Swann and her work: https://swannportraits.com/

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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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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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