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 FOR WINTER SESSION IS OPEN

Winter Session 2021 Starts January 25, 2021

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

Youth & Teen Ceramics with Wheel TN01

Dates: 01/25/2021 – 03/15/2021
Times: 6:00 - 8:00 PM (8 Mondays)
Ages: Ages 7-13 (Flexible - please contact us for details)
Instructor: Rachel Shirey

Have a relaxing time learning to throw or advancing your skills on the wheel. Extruding, slab rolling, impressing and hand-building will be some of the techniques explored to add sculptural elements to a thrown or hand-built form. Fun hands on learning! All materials are provided! Please allow up to one month for pieces to be fired and ready for pick-up.

Safety measures for Covid-19 include the following:
Small class sizes, temperature reading and review of health systems prior to each class, appropriate social distancing and hourly disinfection of high-touch points. Materials are supplied, but students are encouraged to bring supplies if owned. Sharing will be limited where possible - supplies will be sanitized between use.

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Adult Metalsmithing TC02

Dates: 01/25/2021 – 03/15/2021
Times: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (8 Mondays)
Ages: 18+
Instructor: Pat Falbo

Students will be taught basic metal forming techniques, as well as stone setting and design. Two projects will be completed: first, a simple hammered cuff bracelet with a stone setting; then a more intricate bracelet of the artist's own design. The class will be able to study several of the instructor's own pieces, some of which have won recognition for unique design quality. Students will be taught how to order metal on the first day of class.

Safety measures for Covid-19 include the following:
Small class sizes, temperature reading and review of health systems prior to each class, appropriate social distancing and hourly disinfection of high-touch points. Materials are supplied, but students are encouraged to bring supplies if owned. Sharing will be limited where possible - supplies will be sanitized between use.

Class size is limited to fsix students and will be held primarily in the Ceramics Studio to allow for social distancing. The instructor will accompany two students at a time to the jewelry studio as needed.

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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 Sponsors an event.
$750 Covers building operational costs, upkeep, and preservation.
$500 Provides technology updates and improvements.
$400 Aids Outreach Programs for at-risk youth and underserved communities.
$250 Sponsors a teaching artist.
$100 Supports the purchases of ceramic studio glazes and supplies.
$50 Provides one art supply package for classes and workshops.

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