Course Listing

Alcohol Ink Techniques on Tile

August 2, 2014

Alcohol Ink Techniques on Tile with Kathye Mendes
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Tuition:  $37.50
Materials fee: TBD (payable to instructor)
Beginner to Intermediate
Age 18+

Learn varied applications for alcohol ink and create several projects as you learn about its unique properties.  Alcohol ink is specifically formulated to create interesting patterns and effects on a variety of surfaces including acrylic, plastic, metal, foil, and glass. The acid-free ink is permanent and dries fairly quickly as the alcohol evaporates. Alcohol inks adhere easily to a variety of materials, many of which are often difficult to apply colorants to.  No experience necessary, come and play with ink!

Register by July 19 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Fiddlers Week: Make a Fabric Lanyard

August 4, 2014

Make a Fabric Lanyard with Elizabeth Lineberry
Monday, August 4, 1:00-3:00 pm
Walk-in Workshop
$20 fee
Age 14+

Take a break from the Old Fiddlers' Convention and come to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax, for this fun walk-in workshop.

In this workshop you will make a colorful lanyard out of fabric scraps that you can use to carry your keys or hang your tuner during the fiddlers' convention in style. Make a couple to match all of your outfits! The $20 fee includes all materials. Stop by the school to register in person any time during Fiddlers' Week, or register when you get there. No experience required!

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Fiddlers' Week: Galax Leaf Cards

August 5, 2014

Make Zen Drawing Galax Leaf Cards with Dana Heim
Tuesday, August 5, 1:00-3:00 pm
Walk-in Workshop
$20 fee
Age 14+

Take a break from the Old Fiddlers' Convention and come to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax, for this fun walk-in workshop.

In this workshop you learn the art of Zen Drawing and make your own Galax Leaf postcards or greeting cards. The $20 fee includes all materials. Stop by the school to register in person any time during Fiddlers' Week, or register when you get there. No experience required!

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Fiddlers Week: Singing Showcase

August 6, 2014

Old-time and Bluegrass Singing Styles Showcase
Wednesday, August 6, 10:30 am
Free and open to the public

Come on out to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax for a showcase exploring singing styles and harmonies used in old-time and bluegrass music, secular and religious, and how they changed over time. Starting with a cappella ballads and banjo songs, the singers will also talk about and demonstrate various old-time styles of singing including fiddle tunes, old-time songs, Carter Family style singing, and singing and harmonies from the transitional period including brother duets and early bluegrass singing styles and harmonies, finishing up with modern bluegrass harmonies. Discussion will include how the types of singing and songs fit into the place and time, and how radio changed the traditions. 

This showcase will be hosted by Johnny Williams, who is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He produced the successful “Close Kin” CD with Mountain Roads Recordings that brings together bluegrass and old-time musicians from the area, and is the Chairman for the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising event held in Wytheville. Other participants include Elizabeth LaPrelle, who sings ballads and banjo songs, Mac and Jenny Traynham, who sing Carter Family and brother duets; Jeanette Williams, who sings traditional and contemporary bluegrass, and Sarah and Savannah Church who sing traditional and modern bluegrass and gospel songs.

This showcase is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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Fiddlers Week: Tales from the Field Panel Discussion

August 6, 2014

Tales from the Field: People, Places, Communities, and Families (panel discussion)
Wednesday, August 6, 1:30 pm
Free and open to the public

Come on out to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax for a  panel discussion with field collectors about the people they’ve met, and the importance of place, community and family to give context to the tune, recording, photo, or story they’ve collected. The stories are as important as the tune, photo, or recording, and help to paint a picture of the place and time where they were collected.

Paul Brown will lead this discussion. He visited numerous musicians in the 70s and 80s who are no longer with us, learning their repertoires and techniques. Brown is a storyteller who shares colorful tales about the time he spent with the fiddlers, banjo players, and singers in their homes, with their families, and in their communities. Other participants include Mark Sanderford, a photographer who spent time with the musical families he photographed, and tells the story behind the pictures in his presentations; Joe McHugh, producer and host of the public radio series The Telling Takes Us Home, a Celebration of American Family Stories, who has visited communities throughout the United States to record people telling their family stories, and Phyllis and Jim Gaskins who visited musicians in the Galax and surrounding areas during 1980s, including Albert Hash, Tommy Jarrell, Abe Horton, Giles Lephew, and Luther Davis, as well as Galax Dulcimer player and maker Raymond Melton.

This panel discussion is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

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Fiddlers Week - Reception for the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program Exhibit

August 6, 2014

Opening Reception for the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program Exhibit
Wednesday, August 6, 3:00 pm (following the panel discussion) 

Join photographer Pat Jarrett and Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program for an opening reception for the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program Exhibit. The reception will also feature Master Artists and Apprentices who participated in the program as special guests.

The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program draws from a wide range of communities and traditional folkways to pair an experienced master artist with a dedicated apprentice for a one-on-one, nine-month learning experience, in order to help ensure that a particular art form is passed on in ways that are conscious of history and faithful to tradition. The master artists are selected from applicants in all forms of Virginia’s traditional, expressive culture—from decoy carving to fiddle making, from boat building to quilt making, from country ham curing to old-time banjo playing, from African American gospel singing to Mexican folk dancing. The Folklife Apprenticeship Program helps to ensure that Virginia’s treasured folkways continue to receive new life and vibrancy, engage new learners, and reinvigorate master practitioners.

The Virginia Folklife Program, a public program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is the state center for the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage. Whether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, Virginia’s rich folklife refers to those “arts of everyday life” that reflect a sense of traditional knowledge and connection to community. Visit VirginiaFolklife.org for more information.

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), established in 1974, encourages discovery and connection through the humanities by supporting and producing programs for a wide public audience. It works with individuals and communities to explore the past, confront issues of the present, and discover a promising future. For more information about VFH, visit VirginiaHumanities.org.

Support for the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program comes from:

  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • An Anonymous Donor

This event is free and open to the public.

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Fiddlers Week: Fiddle Styles Showcase

August 7, 2014

Old-time and Bluegrass Fiddle Styles Showcase
Thursday, August 7, 10:30 am
Free and open to the public

Come on out to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax for a showcase exploring various regional fiddle styles and repertoires and discuss and demonstrate how these local styles changed over time. The advent of the Victrola, then the radio, then TV all had an effect on regional music. Fiddling Arthur Smith and later the advent of bluegrass both had an impact on fiddling styles. The participants will discuss the transitional period before bluegrass was considered to be a separate genre, and how bluegrass fiddling changed after the two genres split.

This showcase will be hosted by Erynn Marshall, an old-time fiddler and ethnomusicologist who published “Music in the Air Somewhere: the Shifting Borders of West Virginia’s Fiddle and Song Traditions” in 2006. She was the Music Program Manager for the Blue Ridge Music Center from 2009-2013. Other participants include Andy Edmonds, who was in Benton Flippen’s old-time band for many years, and currently plays fiddle with the Buckstankle Boys, and play music from the early bluegrass transitional period; Bobby Taylor, who learned to play in an area known for its clean and complex fiddling style as exemplified by Clark Kessinger; TJ Lundy, one of the Lundy family from Galax is a former member of the Hotmud Family and Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, and plays a traditional bluegrass style; and Corrina Logston, who plays traditional and contemporary bluegrass, currently touring with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike.

This showcase is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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Fiddlers Week: Making, Repairing and Restoring Instruments

August 7, 2014

Luthiers' Discussion on the Art of Making, Restoring, and Repairing Stringed Instruments
Thursday, August 7, 1:30 pm
Free and open to the public

Come on out to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax for a  panel discussion with luthiers focusing on what gives an instrument its voice. The discussion will include topics such as why an old instrument sounds different from a new one, types of things should you consider when restoring an instrument, the types of choices a luthier makes in wood and other materials when building a new instrument, the difference between a new production-made instrument versus those built one at a time, and how simple repairs and adjustments can change the sound of your instrument.

This discussion will include David Sheppard, a certified Martin Warranty Repairman who has been repairing and restoring instruments for nearly 40 years and owner of David Sheppard Instruments; Zack Deming, who has worked repairing, restoring, and building instruments and currently works at Huss and Dalton Musical Instruments; Jackson Cunningham; a luthier who builds fiddles, arch-top guitars, and banjos; and Jayne Henderson, who makes guitars and ukuleles. She learned her craft as an apprentice to her father Wayne Henderson, continuing the family luthier tradition. Also participating is Joe  Thrift, a violin-maker from Surry County, North Carolina. After graduating from the Newark School of Violin Making in England, Joe opened a violin shop in NC where he made, repaired and restored violins, violas and cellos. He is an active member of the Southern Violin Association and recently won awards including First Choice Violin Workmanship, Second Choice Violin Tone and Maker's Choice Best Overall.  Joe also teaches a course in violin making at Surry Community College. 

This showcase is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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Fiddlers Week: Photography Workshop

August 8, 2014

Seeing Light: a photography workshop with Pat Jarrett of the Virginia Folklife Program
Friday, August 8, 1:00-3:00 pm
Walk-in Workshop
$20 fee
Age 16+

Take a break from the Old Fiddlers' Convention and come to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax, for this fun walk-in workshop.

In this workshop you will explore how light affects your photo - learn to understand where the light is coming from and use this information to reduce glare, create a focal point, or increase drama in your photos. Pat Jarrett's work can be seen in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program Exhibit currently on display at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts and at his website.

Stop by the school to register in person any time during Fiddlers' Week, or register when you get there. No experience required!

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Fiddlers Week: Flatfooting/Clogging Workshop

August 8, 2014

Introduction to Flatfooting/Clogging  with Erynn Marshall
Friday, August 8, 11:00am-12:00 pm
Walk-in Workshop
Rex Theater

$10 fee
Age 12+

Take a break from the Old Fiddlers' Convention and come to the Rex Theater, 113 East Grayson Street in Galax, for this fun walk-in workshop.

On Friday and Saturday evening during the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, there's nothing more fun than heading to the boards in the stage area to kick up your heels and dance to the bands. In this workshop you will learn some basic clogging steps so you can hit the boards with confidence! No taps are allowed at the Rex, so wear hard-soled shoes that will slide on the wooden floor. Flip-flops or sneakers are not recommended.

While she is known for her fiddling, anyone who's seen Erynn Marshall play knows that you can't stop her from dancing even while she's fiddling! Erynn has been dancing in a flatfoot style for many years and will show you what to do with your feet to make a joyful and rhythmic noise!

Stop by Chestnut Creek School of the Arts at 100 North Main Street to register in person any time during Fiddlers' Week, or register at the Rex Theater when you get there. No experience required.

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Fiddlers Week: Artists Market

Artists Market Craft Fair
Friday, August 8, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 9, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come on out to to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts on Friday and Saturday as the lobby is transformed to an Artists Market Craft Fair. Local artists will be demonstrating their craft and selling their work. Come meet the artists and shop for unique hand-crafted items from the area as souvenirs or gifts. 

    

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Jewelry Studio with Karin - August 8

August 8, 2014

Jewelry Studio Time with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Friday, August 8, 5:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $20

Have you taken a metalsmithing, torch soldering, or wireworking class and wish to do more? Have you learned the skills but lack the tools to practice? Are you continuing your work but need gentle assistance, guidance and encouragement? This is for you.

This facilitated open studio is designed to provide students who’ve taken a jewelry classes in the past the opportunity to practice and develop their jewelry and metalsmithing skills. Students will be able to use the CCSA jewelry studio and studio tools (specialized tools may be available as well) during this time. Although it is not a class with instruction, Karin will be present to offer advice and encouragement as well as ensuring everyone’s safety. You are encouraged to practice skills learned in previous class(es) and to make specific pieces of your own design . Students are to bring their own metal supplies.

Studio Time with Karin will be available for $20 on the following dates and times when Karin is in town:
Friday, July 18 5:30-7:30
Saturday, July 19 5:30-7:30
Friday, Aug 8 5:30-7:30
Saturday, Aug 9 5:30-7:30

Reserve your spot and be sure you let us know if you're interested as we require a minimum of 3 students for each session!

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Jewelry Studio with Karin - August 9

August 9, 2014

Jewelry Studio Time with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Saturday, August 9, 5:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $20

Have you taken a metalsmithing, torch soldering, or wireworking class and wish to do more? Have you learned the skills but lack the tools to practice? Are you continuing your work but need gentle assistance, guidance and encouragement? This is for you.

This facilitated open studio is designed to provide students who’ve taken a jewelry classes in the past the opportunity to practice and develop their jewelry and metalsmithing skills. Students will be able to use the CCSA jewelry studio and studio tools (specialized tools may be available as well) during this time. Although it is not a class with instruction, Karin will be present to offer advice and encouragement as well as ensuring everyone’s safety. You are encouraged to practice skills learned in previous class(es) and to make specific pieces of your own design . Students are to bring their own metal supplies.

Studio Time with Karin will be available for $20 on the following dates and times when Karin is in town:
Friday, July 18 5:30-7:30
Saturday, July 19 5:30-7:30
Friday, Aug 8 5:30-7:30
Saturday, Aug 9 5:30-7:30

Reserve your spot and be sure you let us know if you're interested as we require a minimum of 3 students for each session!

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Simple Soldering III

August 10, 2014

Simple Soldering III - Free Form Ring with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, August 10, 1:00  pm-5:00 pm

Tuition: $50.00
Material Fee: $15 (payable to instructor)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Age: 18+

Build on your knowledge of simple jewelry soldering with an oxygen/propane torch and metal fabrication. Class will review basic torch set-up and safety and an overview of tool and chemical usage. Students will fabricate a sterling silver free-form ring of their own design and experiment with soldering copper as time allows. Students must have previous soldering experience.

Register by July 27 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Alla Prima Oils with Karen Sewell

August 23, 2014

Alla Prima Oils-The Fall Landscape – Karen Sewell
Saturday, August 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuition: $75.00
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Age: 18+

Alla Prima is a wet-on-wet style of painting used by plein air painters. Start and finish your autumn landscape in a day using an alla prima style of painting with oil paints. Learn how to layer without making mud, how to mix color visually and on the canvas, how to develop clear values and determine good composition.

Bring your own materials and reference photos.

Register by August 9 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Weaving from Start to Finish

Weaving from Start to Finish with Kathleen Hill
Monday, September 1, Wednesday, September 3, and Friday, September 5, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $225
Materials: $10 (payable to instructor) for thread/yarn and handouts
Skill level: Beginner
Age 18+

In this three day class you will completely plan, weave, and learn to finish your woven product. Whether you are a novice or need a refresher course this is the weaving course for you.

At the first class meeting, you will learn loom vocabulary, learn about different types of looms, plan a project, measure the warp, and then begin warping the loom in a “plain weave” – THE standard structure on which all weave techniques are based.on the second day you will finish warping and begin weaving on the loom covering design possibilities through changes in treadling and color. On the final day of class you will finish weaving, learn to finish a woven product, and have a working knowledge of the loom and the weaving process.

Bring your own loom or use one of ours.

Register by August 18 for a 10% tuition discount

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Faux Finishes

September 6, 2014

Faux Finishes with Chris Davis
Saturday, September 6, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Tuition: $75.00
Material fee:  $50
Skill level:  beginner
Age: 16+

Create 5 of today's most popular furniture finishes: distressing, antiquing, patinas, glazing, faux raised plaster.  You will also learn 3 faux finishes for walls, accessories, and furniture:  Venetian plaster, gold leaf, and stencil magic!  Take home 8 fabulous sample boards.  Enjoy these techniques for DIY projects and for income earning potential.  This class uses Paint Couture! ® products.

Register by August 29 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Let the Dust Fly - Pastels with Addren Doss

“Let the Dust Fly . . . .  a painterly approach to pastel painting” with Addren Doss
Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, 9am - 4pm
Tuition: $150
Material list provided
All levels

This is a 2 day studio class on creating a loose impressionistic pastel landscape painting from multiple photo references.  Join Addren as she demonstrates different approaches to creating a loose impressionistic painting using multiple photos.

On the first day we will explore how to combine elements from different references using small sketches, and quick pastel color studies.  These small quick color studies will then be the basis for a larger painting, or a series of paintings. We will be experimenting with several different surfaces and loose vibrant under paintings.

On the second day we will use the color studies and what we learned about under paintings from day one to create larger paintings.  The smaller studies will free you up to approach the larger painting with more understanding and freedom.

There will be demonstrations each day, and plenty of painting time and individual assistance.  As with all of Addren’s workshops, composition, strong value patterns, and color harmony will be stressed.

Register by August 29 for a 10% tuition discount.

Material List:

Pastels:

  • Prisma Color Nupastels – set of 36 or 48
  • Rembrandt Soft Pastels – cardboard box set of 60 assorted ½ stick or 90 landscape colors
  • If possible, also bring a small to mid size set of Schmincke, Unison, Terry Ludwig, or Sennelier Soft Pastels. The more pastels you have, the better! Bring whatever you already use at home.

Paper:

  • Wallis sanded pastel paper – white professional 12”X18” or 18”X24”
  • Or Uart sanded pastel paper, 400 grit – 12”X18” or 18”X24”

Miscellaneous supplies:

  • Lightweight drawing board to mount your pastel paper – foam core board or masonite board work well, it is helpful to have several pieces
  • Masking tape or artist’s tape for mounting your paper
  • VIVA paper towels – only Viva!
  • #2h drawing pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Old or inexpensive bristle oil painting brushes -- # 4 & #8 or larger (these sizes are approximate – one small and one large)
  • Palette cup or small tin can
  • Towel or beach towel to put on floor under your easel

Addren will bring the following supplies for your use:

  • Tracing paper or Glassine to protect your paintings
  • “Gloves in a Bottle” to help protect your hands
  • Baby wipes for clean up
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Fall Into Art - Out of the Box

September 20, 2014

Fall Into Art Celebration
"Out of the Box"
Saturday, September 20, 11:00am-4:00pm

Join us for our annual celebration of art for everyone! This year's theme is "Out of the Box" and the event will feature art challenges, a community Call for Art, and other exhibits, as well as music and food.

There will be several art challenges with different themes and types of materials where you will "upcycle" old materials to turn them into something new. Let your imagination flow and have fun making something funky and junky with these creative challenges. Come discover the artist in you!

Every year Fall Into Art includes a Call for Art that includes prizes, including a People's Choice award. These are the guidelines for this year's Call for Art:

• All work must follow the “Out of the Box” theme.
• Work displayed for sale or exhibit must be original, not made from a kit or mass-produced and must be created for this event. Highest quality workmanship is expected.
• Each person may submit 2 entries using dissimilar materials for each piece. For example, cardboard used in one piece, metal in the second piece.
• Up-cycled or reused materials must be used for part of each entry.
• All 3-dimensional work must be assembled by the artists and ready for display.
Work must be delivered to CCSA no later than September 5th and will remain on exhibit at CCSA through October 4th.

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Simple Soldering IV

September 21, 2014

Simple Soldering IV with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, September 21, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Tuition: $50.00
Material Fee: $15 (payable to instructor)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Age: 18+

Build on your knowledge of simple jewelry soldering with an oxygen/propane torch and metal fabrication. Class will review basic torch set-up and safety and an overview of tool and chemical usage. Students must have previous soldering experience.

Register by September 14 for a 10% tuition discount.

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From Trash to Books

September 27, 2014

From Trash to Books with Penney Klaproth
Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition  $75.00
Materials: $10 (payable to instructor) for b
ook binding supplies and assorted materials
Skill level: Beginner

Almost anything can be made into a book!  What most people consider “trash” Penney considers “treasure” and can find a way to incorporate it into a unique, eclectic, tactile book.   Paper bags, napkins, hankies, scraps, fabric, cardboard, broken jewelry, and wrappers are just a few examples of “trash” that can be made into a book.  You will learn methods to incorporate all sorts of “trash” into a treasure that can house memories, ephemera, photos, and collections.  This class will inspire you to see “trash” in a whole new way as you up-cycle, repurpose, and use up your collection of items.  Each student will receive plenty of individual instruction as well as ideas galore to keep you creating at home.  Students are encouraged to share ideas, materials, and enthusiasm in a relaxed creative atmosphere.  You will leave this class with the beginnings of a book that will treasured, along with techniques and tips to help you complete the book and create more on your own!

Students will need to bring an assortment of items they wish to incorporate into their books (sharing is encouraged ) as well as any basic supplies (scissors for paper and cloth, adhesive, book making tools, buttons, thread, bone folder, etc.) they wish to use.  Penney will supply book making tools and equipment as well as some of her “treasures” for inspiration.  Each student will be contacted well in advance of the class date with supply suggestions and ideas for the class.

Register by September 13 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Sampler Quilt I - Half Triangles

Sampler Quilt Series I: I *heart* Half Triangles with Elizabeth Lineberry
Tuesdays, October 7 - November 18 (no class November 11), 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Tuition: $150
Material fee: TBD for kit to make all blocks
Skill level: Beginner (basic sewing machine skills required)
Age: 18+

Register by September 23 for a 10 % tuition discount

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Harmony Singing

October 11, 2014

Harmony Singing with Sarah and Savannah Church
Saturday, October 11, 10am-3 pm
Tuition: $50
Skill level: Some experience singing needed - you should be able to carry a tune and keep time when singing.
Age: 16+

In this workshop you will learn how to sing harmony naturally and intuitively. Beginning with a short introduction on lead and harmony basics and simple vocal warm-up exercises, we'll then work on basics of chord-based close vocal harmonies commonly used in bluegrass and old-time singing.

The class will focus on singing a strong lead and finding harmonies above and below the lead (tenor and baritone parts), with tips on blending voices and more. Everything is taught by ear. Everyone should come away with an understanding of how harmonies are made and some strategies for finding harmonies on the fly. Word sheets will be provided.

Savannah and Sarah Church sings with their band, the Church Sisters, with Savannah on lead and her twin sister Sarah singing the harmony parts, as well as playing the mandolin. They've been singing and playing together as The Church Sisters since they were 12. The group has played on stages all over the United States in churches, theaters, festivals, and even at the White House. They've appeared on several TV specials, including “The Joey and Rory Show,” “Larry’s Country Diner” and “Country’s Family Reunion.” The Church Sisters have released two albums, “Farther Along” and their most recent, “There’s You.”

Register by September 27 for a 10% earlybird discount.

If you sign up with a partner, the cost is $45 each. Please call us to sign up over the phone if you are registering as a pair. Pairs are eligible for the additional 10% earlybird discount.

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Flatpicking Guitar and Music Theory

October 25, 2014

Music Theory and Flatpicking Guitar with Scott Fore
Saturday, October 25, 10:00-4:00
Tuition: $62.50
Level: Intermediate

In this class Scott will teach music theory and how to apply it to flatpicking. While you will learn a couple of tunes, the focus will be on how to apply flatpicking techniques to any tune, not just the ones he shows you.

In addition to your guitar, you may want to bring a guitar stand, recording device, and a notebook.

Scott is an internationally recognized guitarist who has won many contests, including the National Flatpicking Championships, which is held in Winfield Kansas each year. Other honors include being named a Doc Watson guitar champion, Wayne Henderson Champion of Champions, and Galax Old Fiddlers Convention Best All Around Performer. He is also recognized by Virginia Folklife and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities as a Virginia Master Folk Artist. addition to your guitar, you may want to bring a guitar stand, a recording device, and a notebook.

Scott has recorded instructional videos and written instructional books. He has various recording project and tours as solo act, with a Gypsy Jazz band, and with a contra dance band.

Register by October 11 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Lollipop Garden

November 8, 2014

Lollipop Garden with Chris Davis
Saturday, November 8, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuition:  $87.50
Material Fee:  $12.50
Skill level:   beginner
Age: 16+

Paint fun and whimisical flowers with acrylic paints on canvas alone and also on Van Gogh relief (plaster effect) canvas.  You will take home 2 very different and colorful pieces (10" X 20").  You will love them both!

Register by October 25 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Music of the Crooked Road - Fiddle with Alice Gerrard

Music of the Crooked Road - Old-time Fiddle with Alice Gerrard
Saturday, November 15, 9 am-4 pm, and Sunday, November 16, 10 am-3 pm
Concert Saturday, November 15, 7-9 pm
Tuition: $140
Level: Intermediate

In a career spanning some 40-plus years, she has known, learned from, and performed with many of the old-time and bluegrass greats and has in turn earned worldwide respect for her own important contributions to the music. Alice is particularly known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s. The duo produced four classic LPs (recently reissued by Rounder on CD) and influenced scores of young women singers — even The Judds acknowledge Hazel and Alice as an important early inspiration.

Alice’s two solo albums, Pieces of My Heart, and Calling Me Home were released on the Copper Creek label in 1995 and 2004, respectively, to critical acclaim in Billboard, Bluegrass Unlimited, New Countr, and other publications. These superb recordings showcase Alice’s many talents: her compelling, eclectic songwriting; her powerful, hard-edged vocals; and her instrumental mastery on rhythm guitar, banjo, and old-time fiddle.

Alice has appeared on more than 20 recordings, including projects with many traditional musicians such as Tommy Jarrell, Enoch Rutherford, Otis Burris, Luther Davis and Matokie Slaughter; with Tom Sauber and Brad Leftwich as Tom, Brad & Alice, with the Harmony Sisters, and with the Herald Angels. With her in-depth knowledge of mountain music, she has produced or written liner notes for a dozen more. She also co-produced and appeared in two documentary films.

A tireless advocate of traditional music, Alice has won numerous honors, including an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Distinguished Achievement Award, a Virginia Arts Commission Award, the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Tommy Jarrell Award, and an Indy Award.

In 1987 Alice founded The Old-Time Herald and the Old-Time Music Group, a non-profit organization that oversees publication of The Old-Time Herald. Alice served as editor-in-chief of The Old-Time Herald from 1987 till 2003. She continues to perform solo and with Tom Sauber and Brad Leftwich, the Herald Angels, and Beverly Smith. Watch for upcoming new recordings.

Register by November 1 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Music of the Crooked Road - Banjo with Gail Gillespie

Music of the Crooked Road - Old-time Finger-picking Banjo with Gail Gillespie
Saturday, November 15, 9 am-4 pm, and Sunday, November 16, 10 am-3 pm
Concert Saturday, November 15, 7-9 pm
Tuition: $140
Level: Intermediate

Gail Gillespie is one of the leading experts of old-time fingerpicking banjo. She plays several regional styles including North Carolina’s old-time 2 & 3 finger up-picking banjo traditions. In this workshop, Gail will introduce styles used in the mountains and piedmont areas of Virginia and North Carolina. Participants will learn about both solo and “seconding” styles that allow playing with a band as well as other banjo players.

Gail was editor of “The Old Time Herald” magazine for many years and is an outstanding old time musician and historian. She has played in numerous bands, including the Herald Angels with Alice Gerrard and Kay Justice.

Click here to view a video of Alice, Gail and Kay playing a Roscoe Parrish tune

Register by November 1 for a 10% tuition discount.

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

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!