Course Listing

Beginning Embroidery with Penney Klaproth

January 24, 2015

Beginning Embroidery with Penney Klaproth
Saturday, January 24, 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $50.00
Material fee payable to instructor: $15.00 (including the fabric book)
Age: 16+

Students will learn five basic embroidery stitches (running stitch, back stitch, french knot, lazy daisy/chain stitch, and blanket stitch).  Each student will practice these stitches in a one-of-a-kind handmade by the instructor fabric book of repurposed linens.  Students will create their own unique cover as well as pockets to hold their paper notes by using the five stitches.  Almost any embroidery work of art can be created using these basic stitches and cotton floss.

Register by January 10 for a 10% tuition discount

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Intro to Flatfooting

January 29, 2015

Intro to Flatfooting with Marianne Kovatch
Thursday, January 29, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuition: $25.00
Age 8+

This class is a one-day introduction to flatfoot dancing for beginners. Learn how to do a couple of basic flatfooting steps so you can hit the floor at the Rex at the next Blueridge Backroads! Bring the family - this is an all-ages dance class.

Wear shoes that will slide on the dance floor. No taps.

Register by January 15 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Sketching for Non-sketchers with Glen Richardson

January 31, 2015

Sketching for Non-sketchers with Glen Richardson
Saturday, January 31, 10:00am-3:00pm 
Tuition: $50.00
Level: Beginner
Age: 16+
Material list provided

Yes, you can sketch!!!!  This beginning sketch class is perfect for journalers, artists who want to sketch their work and ideas, and those who say "I can't even draw a stick figure."  You will learn to "sketch on the fly" by breaking down everyday items and nature into basic forms for quick capture through sketching.

During this class students will survey ideas of motion through sketching, thumbnail sketches, mini-skeletons as well as basic lettering techniques.

Register by January 17 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Intro to Stained Glass with Frank Plichta

Introduction  to Stained Glass with Frank Plichta
Tuesdays, February 3-24, 6:00-8:00 pm
Tuition: $100
Material Fee: $35
Level: Beginner
Age: Teen-Adult (16+)

Learn how to use tools and safely handle glass to make a beautiful window hanging.! Plan a flat-panel project, use a pattern to cut your glass, and assemble the stained glass using the copper foil technique.

Register by January 20 for a 10% tuition discount!

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Intermediate Fiddle with Betty Vornbrock

Intermediate Old-time Fiddle with Betty Vornbrock
Thursdays, February 5-26, 6:00-7:30pm
Tuition: $75

Betty will focus on technique and repertoire to increase your fiddle skills.

Bring your fiddle and a recording device.

Register by January 22 for a 10% tuition discount.

Please Note: After you click on the register link, you will be asked to choose a date. Click on the first date in the series which will open the registration page. This registration will apply to the entire series, not just the date chosen. 

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Journal Junky - Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict

February 14, 2015

Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict with the Journal Fodder Junkies
Saturday, February 14,  9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150
List provided, or fee for optional materials ($25)

Based on their popular book The Journal Junkies Workshop, this class will bombard you with artistic possibilities. David and Eric share a variety of techniques and media that are just as at home in the visual journal as they are in rich, mixed media wall pieces. This workshop allows you the flexibility to work either on individual pieces or in the visual journal giving you a full range of creative choices.

Focus will be placed on visual journal basics and how a plethora of simple techniques can be mixed and mingled, layered and built upon. Participants will engage their creativity with watercolor, watercolor pencil, and other essential media. So, come and stock up on new techniques and add to your creative arsenal. Leave with visually loaded journal pages or mixed-media pieces ready to hang on the wall.

Optional Materials Fee: $25

  • Mesh zipper supply bag
  • Prismacolor watercolor pencils
  • Prang watercolor paint 8 color set
  • Yellow water based marker
  • Black Uniball
  • Jumbo UHU glue stick
  • Metallic Sharpie

Supplies You Need to Bring to Class:

  • Sketchbook, visual journal, and/or a variety of loose watercolor or mixed media paper
  • Small set of watercolors
  • Small set of watercolor pencils
  • Small water cup
  • Variety of brushes
  • Waterproof pens and/or markers of various colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick – UHU Jumbo recommended
  • Personal ephemera – photos, postcards, papers, ticket stubs, maps, and any other
  • personal items that sparks your creative whim and can be used as collage.
  • Optional items:
  • Other favorite journaling and mixed media materials

The Journal Fodder Junkies are Eric Scott and David Modler. In 2005, David and Eric teamed up to officially become the Journal Fodder Junkies (JFJ), and they have been dedicated to spreading the power and the joy of the visual journal to all who seek creative release. David and Eric have continued to provide workshops, presentations, and seminars to teachers, students, and artists throughout North America. They have coauthored the popular books, "Journal Junkies Workshop" and "Journal Fodder 365", both published by North Light Books.

Register by January 31 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Journal Junkies Transitional Spaces

February 15, 2015

Transitional Spaces with the Journal Fodder Junkies
Sunday, February 15, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150
Optional material fee plus material list

Are you looking to transform your artwork or your visual journal from a static surface to a dynamic, interactive space? Are you looking for ways to create richly layered spaces within and between your pieces? This mixed-media workshop delves into creating this layered and nuanced interaction within and between works whether they are pages in a journal or stand alone pieces.

Discover ways to give your artistic endeavors an extra kick as you explore how to incorporate transitional spaces that bring surprise, interactivity, connection, and hybridity to your art. Learn about windows, doorways, pockets, secret passages, and more as you consider and reconsider how spaces and pages interact and create a dialogue. Make artwork that opens up, flips out, and unfolds into other realms.

Optional Materials Fee: $25

  • Mesh zipper supply bag
  • Prismacolor watercolor pencils
  • Prang watercolor paint 8 color set
  • Yellow water based marker
  • Black Uniball
  • Jumbo UHU glue stick
  • Metallic Sharpie

Supplies Needed for Class:

  • Sketchbook, visual journal, and/or a variety of loose watercolor paper
  • Craft knife
  • Self-healing cutting matt
  • Favorite journaling art materials
  • Waterproof pens and/or markers of various colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick – UHU Jumbo recommended
  • Personal ephemera – personal photographs, magazines, artwork, memorabilia and images

Optional items:

  • Other favorite journaling and mixed media materials

The Journal Fodder Junkies are Eric Scott and David Modler. In 2005, David and Eric teamed up to officially become the Journal Fodder Junkies (JFJ), and they have been dedicated to spreading the power and the joy of the visual journal to all who seek creative release. David and Eric have continued to provide workshops, presentations, and seminars to teachers, students, and artists throughout North America. They have coauthored the popular books, "Journal Junkies Workshop" and "Journal Fodder 365", both published by North Light Books.

Register by February 1 for a 10% tuition discount

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Using Lead Came in Stained Glass with Frank Plichta

Using "Lead Came" in Stained Glass with Frank Plichta
Tuesdays, March 3-31, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $125
Material list provided (materials available for purchase)
Level: Advanced Beginner

Lead came was the first material used to construct stained glass windows. In this class you will design your own work based on the size of your own window at home.  If you prefer, it is also possible to design a freestanding panel using lead came.

Ideally, individuals should have a door sidelight or transom or some other small window such as in a bathroom that they would like to add a leaded design.  Measure the window on the inside and sketch a rough design, usually geometric is best for the first project.  A scene with birds, flowers or other simple designs are also welcome.

This class is for those who have some experience with stained class, but fast learners are also welcome even if you don't have experience.

Register by February 17 for a 10% tuition discount.

Please note: When registering for classes with more than one meeting time, please choose the first date in the series to complete the registration. This will register you for the entire series.

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Pastels with Addren Doss

March 14, 2015

Pastels with Addren Doss
Saturday, March 14, times TBD (6 hour class)
Tuition: $75
Materials: List provided
Age: 16+

Description coming soon.

Register by February 28 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Crooked Road Weekend - Fiddle with Erynn Marshall

Erynn Marshall and Carl JonesCrooked Road Weekend
Intermediate Old-time Fiddle with Erynn Marshall

Saturday, March 28, 9:00am-4:00pm
Sunday, March 29, 10:00am-3:00pm

Concert Saturday, March 28, 7:00-9:00pm
Tuition: $140
Level: Intermediate

This class is for intermediate-advanced fiddlers who wish to explore a variety of archaic fiddle styles from the Virginias, Kentucky and North Carolina. We will delve into left hand ornamentation, blue notes, alternate tunings and the intricacies of bowing (rocks, pulses and dwells) and other nuances typical of traditional southern fiddling. We will also explore secrets to great tone and playing with ease. Recording devices are recommended. Fiddlers should be comfortable playing by ear, have good facility on their instrument and an appreciation for beautiful, old tunes. www.dittyville.com

Register by March 14 for a 10% tuition discount

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Crooked Road Weekend - Guitar with Carl Jones

Carl Jones and Erynn MarshallCrooked Road Weekend
Guitar Backup for Songs and Tunes with Carl Jones
Saturday, March 28, 9:00am 4:00pm
Sunday, March 29, 10:00am-3:00pm
Concert Saturday March 28, 7:00-9:00 pm
Tuition: $140
Level: Intermediate

In this session, I will explore a few ideas that can give your guitar playing a boost and make it more fun to boot.

Playing with a flatpick and fingerpicking both will be discussed, incorporating some basic music theory to raise your comfort zone on the entire  fingerboard. Being able to utilize harmonized scales, partial chords, and just knowing the distance between the notes of a chord gives more variety to what the guitarist can offer. These simple concepts are easy to use and sound great. Fingerpicks and thumbpicks are all welcome; personally-- I use just my fingers and occasionally a thumbpick when I really want to accent the bass.

For fiddle tune back up, I strive to enhance what the fiddle is doing and not overplay or get “in the way”. Mainly, I hope to inspire you and encourage you to appreciate and enjoy the guitar’s possibilities.

Bring your guitar, a recording device, and a flatpick, fingerpicks are optional.

Register by March 14 for a 10% tuition discount

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Altered Book Art with Glenise Ward

March 28, 2015

Altered Book Art with Glenise Ward
Saturday, March 28, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $75.00
Materials: $10 payable to instructor
Level: All
Age: 16+

An altered book is an art object that has been created from an existing, printed book. The book is altered through whatever means and media the artist chooses. This generally means using the book’s pages as a canvas on which to apply paint, collage or rubber stamping. It could also mean cutting into the book to create a more sculptural piece.

Students will create a work of art, a new book, from a recycled hardcover book.  Their completed book will be personalized to keep or give as a gift.  During this class students will learn many techniques which can be applied to further altered projects.

The materials included in the fee are

  • a refillable tape runner
  • binder rings
  • a single hole punch
  • a book of their choice for altering
  • all sorts of paper ephemera and embellishments

Register by March 14 for a 10% tuition discount

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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!