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Summer CRE8

Summer CRE8!
Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and August 12, 10:00am-2:30pm
Sign up individually ($40 per session) or for the whole series ($200) 

CRE8! is and art and creativity program for children 8-12.  CRE8! meets on Wednesdays, July 1 – August 12 (no session August 5 during Fiddlers). Each meeting has a different focus and a different instructor. You can sign up for the classes individually or register for the whole series.

  • July 1:  Amy Jackson  -- Recycled Flower Painting
    • Create a one-of-a-kind mixed media flower painting using recycled materials and acrylic paint.
  • July 8:  Glen Richardson -- Multi Cultural Projects
    • Create two projects from recycled and everyday objects that represent world cultures and learn the history of the projects.
  • July 15:  Amy Jackson  -- Acrylic Madness
    • Learn cool techniques with acrylic paint and have fun doing it!
  • July 22:  Vicky Town  -- Make a Silent Movie!
    • Students will create an old-fashioned Silent Movie from writing a “script” through the process of staging and creating a background set culminating in a performance of their very own silent movie ala Charlie Chaplin.
  • July 29:  Rachael McKenzie  -- Ceramic Fish
    • Learn hand-building skills to create a fish in the pottery studio.
  • Aug. 12:  Penney Klaproth  -- Visual Art Journaling
    • There are many techniques involved in visual art journaling including Zentangling, building backgrounds, creating pockets and multi-layer pages.  Students will learn the basic techniques of art journaling in order to express themselves in their own unique journal.

All materials are included in tuition.

If you are registering for a single day, please choose the date you are registering for from the list and choose "individual day" from dropdown box on the registration page. If you re registering for the entire series, click on the first date (July 1) and choose "Full series" from the dropdown menu on the registration page.

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Watercolor Impressionism with Michael Holter

Watercolor Impressionism with Michael Holter
Thursday, Friday and Saturday July 9-11, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition $300
All levels
Age 18+
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This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings of people and places. You will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results.

We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.

Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and spend time viewing other artists work. We will discuss the methods and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques.

Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating portraits and landscapes and show you several high-speed video demonstrations.

Many watercolorists have an aversion to painting people. Special attention will be paid to the steps Michael uses to paint his award-winning figurative paintings. By the end of the workshop you will feel confident that you too can complete successful paintings.

And you will have ample time to successfully complete your own paintings.

Michael welcomes novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs.

Texas artist, Michael Holter works in both watercolor and oil. Michael's work has received numerous awards and recognition and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. His current work in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative endeavors, from art teacher, creative director and businessman in fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated two galleries. Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and an MA in Visual Communication. For more information, visit his website at http://michaelholter.com/

Register by June 25 for a 10% tuition discount.

This class is eligible for 24 CEUs from Wytheville Community College. There is a $15 charge to get the credits. If you are interested in this option please choose "Tuition + CEUs" from the dropdown box.

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This is a series. Please select any of the dates below to register.

Christmas in July - Winter Holiday Ornaments

July 11, 2015

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Winter Holiday Ornaments with Kim Rosenbaum and Tracy Goodson
Saturday, July 11, 10:00am-12:30pm
Tuition $31.25 (Register by June 27 for a 10% tuition discount)
Clay fee: $5.00 for 2 lbs of clay
Level: Beginner

Get a jump start on this year’s holiday season. Learn to make beautiful clay ornaments that you can proudly display on your tree or give as gifts.

This class will allow you to design and create your own personalized clay ornaments. You will learn several surface decoration techniques to customize your ornaments. Materials fee includes 2lbs of clay per student which will yield at least a dozen 3”- 4” ornaments. Extra clay may be purchased at the studio.

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Christmas in July - Stained Glass Christmas Tree

July 16, 2015

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Christmas Tree Stained Glass Ornament with Glen Richardson
Thursday, July 16, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuition: $43.75 (register by July 2 for a 10% tuition discount)
CCSA Fees: $10.00 (includes glass, foil, solder)
Level: Beginner/All
Ages: 16+

Enjoy Christmas in July by learning to create beautiful Christmas Ornaments in stained glass. Let your tree be the most colorful on the block! Take one class or all three. In each class you will learn the basics of stained glass; preparing a pattern; cutting, grinding, and foiling the glass pieces then soldering the pieces together, and ending with cleaning and waxing the finished ornament. You will leave class with a solid understanding of the process of creating a stained glass piece from start to finish. Once you attach a hanger your ornament is ready to be hung on your Christmas tree this winter.

Photos to come later!

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Christmas in July - Snowman Stained Glass Ornament

July 23, 2015

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Snowman Stained Glass Ornament with Glen Richardson
Thursday, July 23, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuition: $43.75 (register by July 9 for a 10% tuition discount)
CCSA Fees: $10.00 (includes glass, foil, solder)
Level: Beginner/All
Ages: 16+

Enjoy Christmas in July by learning to create beautiful Christmas Ornaments in stained glass. Let your tree be the most colorful on the block! Take one class or all three. In each class you will learn the basics of stained glass; preparing a pattern; cutting, grinding, and foiling the glass pieces then soldering the pieces together, and ending with cleaning and waxing the finished ornament. You will leave class with a solid understanding of the process of creating a stained glass piece from start to finish. Once you attach a hanger your ornament is ready to be hung on your Christmas tree this winter.

Photos to come later!

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Barrel and Brush

July 24, 2015

Barrel & Brush
Friday, July 24, 6:00-8:00 pm
Tuition $35 (register by Thursday, July 23, for a $5 discount)
Painting supplies included; wine and cheese available for purchase
Mt. Vale Vineyards, 3222 Meadow Creek Rd

Van Gogh, daVinci, Vermeer, and YOU!  Barrel & Brush is a fun and unique way to uncork your creativity while learning from a local artist.  In this two hour class you will be taken step-by-step through an original piece of art creating your very own masterpiece in acrylics.  Each class session features a unique and colorful 16 X 20 painting on stretched canvas that will be ready to hang or give as a gift.  Enjoy your favorite glass of wine as well as snacks all in the ambiance of the breathtaking Mt. Vale Vineyards in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains just minutes from downtown Galax.

Purchase a glass of wine (or two…. who’s counting?), grab an apron, and take a seat!  Paint, canvas, brushes, aprons, and inspiration are included in the modest tuition fee of $30 for two hours of creativity and relaxation.  As you unwind on a Friday evening unleash your inner artist and enjoy!

This event is held at Mt. Vale Vineyards, 3222 Meadow Creek Rd, Galax, VA.  Wine and snacks are available for purchase on site.

Early registration is $30.00 which includes all materials for painting.  Registration at the event is $35.00; we require a minimum of 15 students for the event to be held so early registration is encouraged.  Seats in the event are only guaranteed upon paid registration.

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Christmas in July - Hand Carved Christmas Ornaments with Barbara Mann

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Hand Carved Christmas Ornaments with Barbara Mann
Saturday and Sunday, July 25 & 26, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day
Tuition: $150.00 (register by July 11 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials:  $26.00 for high-quality carving knife, thumb guard plus additional $1 - $5 for each wood blank (payable to instructor)
Age: adult
Level: all

With Barbara’s 44 years of carving experience students are sure to have a fun and creative time carving their very own Christmas ornaments from wood.  Students will learn basic wood carving skills, how to keep carving tools sharp, how to carve from a pattern, and finishing methods.  Choosing which ornaments to carve may be the most difficult part of this class.

Students will carve and complete three or more ornaments in class and be able to purchase materials for others.  No carving experience is necessary and the instructor will have quality carving tools available for your materials fee.  You’re only as good as your tools!  Quality carving tools make the task easier and will hold an edge for you.  What a great way to truly make this a Christmas in July!

Supplies to bring to class:  pencil with eraser, 6" ruler, small box for holding tools, optional: heavy duty apron.

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This is a series. Please select any of the dates below to register.

Christmas in July - Coiled Snowman Pot with Lid

July 25, 2015

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Coiled Snowman Pot and Lid  with Rachael McKenzie
Saturday, July 25, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tuition: $37.50 (register by July 11 for a 10% tuition discount
Materials TBD
Age: 12+
Level: All

Learn hand-building methods in clay to create a Snowman Coiled Pot with a lid.  You can use him as a decoration for the holidays or to store treasures.  All levels of pottery interest and skills are welcome.   Students will learn how to construct a coil pot in the shape of a snowman with a flanged lid. After the body of the snowman has been created students may decorate them as they see fit by using the score and slip method.

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Christmas in July - Santa Stained Glass Ornament

July 30, 2015

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Santa Stained Glass Ornament with Glen Richardson
Thursday, July 30, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuition: $43.75 (register by July 16 for a 10% tuition discount)
CCSA Fees: $10.00 (includes glass, foil, solder)
Level: Beginner/All
Ages: 16+

Enjoy Christmas in July by learning to create beautiful Christmas Ornaments in stained glass. Let your tree be the most colorful on the block! Take one class or all three. In each class you will learn the basics of stained glass; preparing a pattern; cutting, grinding, and foiling the glass pieces then soldering the pieces together, and ending with cleaning and waxing the finished ornament. You will leave class with a solid understanding of the process of creating a stained glass piece from start to finish. Once you attach a hanger your ornament is ready to be hung on your Christmas tree this winter.

Photos to come later!

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Wheel Throwing I with Donna Tully

Donna Tully's workWheel Throwing I with Donna Tully
Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 18-September 8, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Tuition: $175 (register by August 4 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $25 for 25 lbs of clay
Level: Beginner
Age: 16+

Learn how to throw on the wheel from start to finish, including preparing the clay, centering, throwing your piece, adding handles, etc. to the piece, and glazing your work.

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Wheel Throwing I with Donna Tully

Donna Tully's workWheel Throwing I with Donna Tully
Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 27-November 17, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Tuition: $175 (register by October 13 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $25 for 25 lbs of clay
Level: Beginner
Age: 16+

Learn how to throw on the wheel from start to finish, including preparing the clay, centering, throwing your piece, adding handles, etc. to the piece, and glazing your work.

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Withdrawal/Cancellation policy

In case of student withdrawal, tuition less 20% is refundable up to two weeks prior to class. Tuition cannot be refunded if student withdraws less than two weeks prior to class.

The class may be cancelled by the CCSA due to low enrollment, severe weather, illness, or other reasons. In cases where the class is cancelled by CCSA, payments are fully refundable.


Inclement Weather Policy

Morning and Afternoon Classes and Events: If Galax School District is closed due to inclement weather, daytime classes and events are also cancelled.

Evening and Weekend Classes and Events: Cancellation is at the discretion of the instructor or CCSA personnel based on road and weather conditions. CCSA or the instructor will attempt to contact you using the contact email and/or phone numbers you have given us when registering for the class. Notification of cancellation will also be posted on the CCSA and/or Oldtown Pottery Facebook pages.

If a class meeting is one of a series, the class will be rescheduled. If the class is a one-day workshop, it will be cancelled and you will be refunded.


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Lodging Information

Looking for a place to stay while you are taking a class with us? Click here for a list of area hotels, motels, cabins, and inns. Some of them offer discounts for students taking classes at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts!