Sweetwater offers a wide variety of mediums including ceramics/sculpture, culinary, drawing, painting, jewelry-making, metalsmithing, fiber arts, as well as traditional crafts! We are 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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We invite you to browse our current programs to find the perfect fit! You may search in a variety of ways including by medium, age-range, or date.
Our age-ranges are flexible, but in general are as follows:
Early Childhood: Ages 4-6 | Children: Ages 7-11 | Teen: Ages 12-15 | Adult: Ages 16+
Once you identify the class (or classes!) you want to register for, click “Register Now” to complete the process fully online using our secure system. You are also always welcome to call our office or stop by to register in person!
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Please call 412-741-4405 or order online to purchase in any denomination. We’ll be pleased to mail your certificate to you or your intended recipient.
Sweetwater offers need-based scholarships for all students. Additional details may be found at the “Scholarship Information” page.
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.
Earn Act 48 credit hours through a class or workshop at Sweetwater! Each hour of your class counts as one credit hour. Earn 24 credits through an 8-week course! Participating educators will receive documentation at the end of the course verifying participation. Educators must have their districts submit their credit hours after receiving documentation.
Withdrawals and Dropped Classes
Students may withdraw from a class by calling the front desk up to 48 hours prior to their class starting to receive a full refund.
For culinary courses, students may withdraw from a class up to 72 hours prior to their class starting. Due to the perishable nature of materials for culinary courses, no refunds will be given if withdrawals are requested after this time period.
Canceled Classes due to Low Enrollment or Other Circumstances
If a class is canceled due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or other circumstances not of the fault of the student, students will be notified at least 48 hours in advance. You will receive either A. A full refund on your original payment method or B. A voucher equal to the purchase amount + 10% for a future class at Sweetwater.
Early Childhood Classes and Camps
If your child is between the ages of 4-6 and wishes to enroll in one of our Early Childhood camps or classes, we require them to be independent in the bathroom.
For those ages 4-6, Sweetwater offers a variety of workshops and several week-long courses ranging from hand-building pottery, to seasonally themed workshops.
Our Early Childhood program aims to provide extracurricular activities and art projects that stimulate the growing mind of the little artists, while providing them with social interaction with peers their own age.
Sweetwater’s courses for Children, ages 7-11, provide art lessons outside of school hours for those who wish to develop their artistic talents, or just try something new!
We offer ceramics courses, both in hand-building and wheel-throwing basics, drawing, painting, mindfulness, mixed media, and many more exciting options for workshops and longer, more in-depth courses!
Our classes for Teens are developed for those ages 12-15, who might have begun to find strong interests in certain artistic mediums, or have always wanted to try something different!
For beginner to advanced students, we offer group classes as well as private lessons. Your teen is sure to find our classes engaging and stimulating.
Sweetwater offer a variety of classes in mediums ranging from ceramics, to painting, to metalsmithing and culinary for those ages 16 and up with courses available for beginners to intermediate to advanced levels.
If you are looking to get your creative juices flowing and try a new artform, join us in the studios or in one of our workshops for a relaxing and creative evening of art!
Sweetwater’s vast assortment of artistic mediums to choose from is made possible by our team of wonderful drawing, painting, mixed media, ceramics, metalsmithing, culinary (and more!) instructors!
We aim to provide a well-rounded and exciting variety of classes to choose from, in whatever medium you have a brand new interest, or a life-long love for!
Sweetwater offers a variety of one-day workshops for all age groups, be it cookie decorating, Paint ‘n Sips, trying your hand on the pottery wheel, or creating hand-crafted ornaments and accessories!
Workshops are a great to spend a night out with your friends, a date, or provide a fun evening for your child to create a piece of artwork.