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Fiddlers Week 2015 - Exhibits

August 3, 2015–August 14, 2015

Exhibits - available all week

  • Anatomy of an Instrument: Did you ever wonder what an instrument looks like from the inside? This exhibit shows you guitars and violins as they are being made with explanations of what is happening, giving you an inside view of the instruments and the building process.
  • My Galax Fiddlers Convention: Photos and stories from several photographers offering multiple perspectives on the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention.

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Fiddlers Week 2015 - Reception for Exhibitors

August 3, 2015

Reception
Monday, August 3, 1:00 pm

Come join us for a reception for the photographers for the My Galax Fiddlers Convention exhibit.

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Fiddlers Week 2015 - Early Luthiers of the Blue Ridge Plateau

August 4, 2015

Early Luthiers of the Blue Ridge Plateau
Ken Landreth, Kevin Fore, Tom Barr and Phyllis Gaskins
Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 pm

Join us for the free Showcase/Discussion about early luthiers of the Blue Ridge Plateau. This discussion will focus on the known instrument makers from the past and their instruments, and participants will bring samples of the work of the luthiers.

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Fiddlers Week Event 2015 - Old-time and Bluegrass Banjo Styles

August 5, 2015

Old-time and Bluegrass Banjo Styles Showcase/Discussion
Jeremy Stephens, Ivy Sheppard, Kirk Sutphin, and Stevie Barr
Wednesday, August 5, 1:00 pm

This free presentation will showcase various regional banjo styles and repertoires and discuss and demonstrate how these local styles changed over time.

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Fiddlers Week 2015 - Photography Workshop

August 5, 2015

Photography Workshop: Photographing Musicians Using Existing Light with Mark Robbins
Wednesday, August 5, 11:00 am
Tuition $10 - register now or pay when you get here! 

Mark Robbins is known for his wonderful photos of people at the Galax Fiddlers Convention, especially on the Old Fiddlers Convention Facebook site. He's a photographer from Portsmouth, Virginia who captures musicians in action, using the light that exists at the time. Come on out to this workshop to learn more about using the light to your advantage and tips on how to photograph a person while they are singing or playing an instrument.

You can register online until midnight on August 4, or come a few minutes early and pay when you get here.

Click here to go to Mark's website.

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Fiddlers Week 2015 - Family and Community Traditions

August 6, 2015

Family and Community Traditions Showcase/Discussion
Martha Spencer, Clay Shelor, Doug Rorrer, Bobby Patterson, and Seth Boyd
Thursday, August 6, 1:00 pm

This free presentation will focus on the local family and community styles from the Blue Ridge Plateau area.

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Fiddlers Week 2015 - Zen Doodling Workshop

August 6, 2015

Zen Doodling Workshop with Penney Klaproth
Thursday, August 6, 11:00 am
Tuition $10 - register now or pay when you get here! 

 Create a greeting card with Zen Doodles - filling your page with repetitive images and splashes of color. It's a peaceful and fun way to spend your morning - no drawing experience is necessary.

You can register online until midnight on August 5, or come a few minutes early and pay when you get here.

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Fiddlers Week 2015 - Artists Market

Artists Market
Friday, August 7, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 8, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Come on out to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts on Friday and Saturday during the Fiddlers' Convention to meet local artists, watch them as they demonstrate their craft, and to browse and shop for unique hand-made gifts and souvenirs.

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

Fiddlers Week 2015 - Flatfooting Workshop

August 7, 2015

Flatfooting Workshop with Julie Shepherd-Powell
Friday, August 7, 11:00 am (at the Rex Theater)
Tuition $10 - register now or pay when you get here! 

Get ready to dance the night away during the band contest - come on out to the Rex on Friday morning to learn flatfooting steps with Julie Shepherd-Powell.

You can register online until midnight on August 6, or come a few minutes early and pay when you get here.

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Make Your Own Clay Stamp

August 11, 2015

Make Your Own Clay Stamp with Ann Childress
Tuesday, August 11, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuition: $25.00 (register by July 28 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $5.00 payable to CCSA

From simple press stamps to  a variety of roller stamps, we'll use clay to make distinctive designs that can be used for years on clay.  Each student will also make one or more 'chops' - what potters universally use as a unique, but tiny signature on their pots.

NOTE: Online registration ends at midnight on August 10. Please call us at 276-236-3500 for registration the day of the class.

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Summer CRE8

August 12, 2015

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.

Online registration is open only for the August 12 date. If you are interested in the July 29 session, please contact Penney at 276-236-3500 to inquire if there is still space.

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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.

This class is full. There is another class beginning in October.

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This is a series. Please select any of the dates below to register.
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Sold Out
  • Thursday, August 20, 2015 Sold Out
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Sold Out
  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 Sold Out
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Sold Out
  • Thursday, September 3, 2015 Sold Out
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2015 Sold Out

Pinch Pot Handbuilding

August 22, 2015

Pinch Pot Handbuilding with Kim Rosenbaum & Tracy Goodson
Saturday, August 22, 10:00am 12:30pm
Tuition: $31.25 (Register by August 8 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials:  $7.00 for 3 lbs. clay (to CCSA)
Level: Beginner
Age: 12 +

Making pinch pots is a great introduction to clay!   A pinch pot is a simple form of handbuilding produced from ancient times to the present.

Kim and Tracy will introduce you to the pottery process - you will learn how to make a pinch pot and also other objects like pumpkins, pears, gnomes and snowmen.  You will also learn how to finish your projects - how long it takes things to dry, bisque firing, glazing, and final firing.  You will learn a few basic skills including how to join pieces so they stay together during firing.

At the end of the workshop you should be ready to go to work making things out of clay on your own!  This class includes a return trip to open studio to glaze your two pieces!

NOTE: Online registration ends at midnight on August 20. To register the day before the class, call us at 276-236-3500.

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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.

NOTE: Online registration ends at midnight on Monday, October 26. Please call us at 276-236-3500 for registration the day of the first class.

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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.


Are you looking for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)? You can take any of our classes for Wytheville Community College CEU's. You can earn 0.1 CEUs for each hour of class time. The fee is $15. Please contact us to register for this option by calling 276-236-3500. 


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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After confirming your registration, click on the "PayPal" button and choose the "Don't have a PayPal account?" option at the bottom of the screen where you can enter a one-time credit card payment.


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!