Course Listing

CRE8! Spring 2015

Spring 2015 CRE8! - Visual Art Journaling
Tuesdays, March 17-April 21, 6:00-8:00pm
Age 8-12 ish
$100 for the series or $20 per session 

The Spring 2015 CRE8! schedule is complete and ready for registrations!  This session is a 6 week themed course centered around Visual Art Journaling.  Visual Art Journaling is a personal passion of mine -- it is quite simply documenting your life with both art and words.  Beginning on March 17 and continuing through April 21 (Tuesday evenings from 6 - 8 pm) the students will bind their own personal journal and with each successive class learn both wet and dry techniques to journal using both art and words.  At the end of the last class each student will have a bound, decorated, and juicy journal full of personal work!  Visual At Journaling will give students a creative outlet and the skills to continue after the session.

If you are unable to commit to the entire 6 weeks, no fears!  You can sign your artist (aged 8 - 12ish) for individual classes and still learn valuable techniques in book binding, water color, acrylic, journaling, comic book drawing, lettering, and doodling right along with everyone else (their artwork and/or journal will be loose pages, but the skills and techniques will be the same).

Jennifer Kohl will return to show the students how to create a comic book layout, Amy Jackson shows them how to create colorful backgrounds and visual interest in wet media (watercolor and acrylic), Penney Klaproth and Rachael McKenzie will teach the students to create a unique bound journal with a personalized, decorated cover as well as some focused doodling, and finally we are introducing local artist Ernest Lee who guides them through writing/journaling exercises in their juicy, rich journals.

We hope you will sign your artist up for this exciting new CRE8! session this spring.  Attached are both the flier with pertinent details and a registration form that you can either bring to us or email back to me filled in.  Each session is $20 or the entire 6 week course can be purchased at the discounted rate of $100 (one class free).  Both options include all materials.  Class size is limited to only 10 students so don't delay if you are interested.

Please call us at 276-236-3500 or stop by CCSA at 100 N Main St in Galax to register.

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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

Please Note: When registering for a multi-day class, you will be asked to choose a date for registration. Choose the first date of the class and the registration form will open. Your registration applies to both days.

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

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

Please Note: When registering for a multi-day class you are asked to choose a date. Click on the first date to open the registration form. Your registration applies to the entire class, not just the day you registered.

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Beginning Wheel with Donna Tully

Donna Tulley's workBeginning Wheel with Donna Tully
Tuesday and Thursday, March 31-April 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition $131.25
Materials: $25, payable to CCSA

Learn to throw on the wheel.

Register by March 10 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Simple Soldering I

Simple Soldering I - Sterling Silver Ring with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, 5:30-7:30pm
Tuition: $50
Material Fee: $15 (payable to instructor)
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: 18+

Learn the basics of simple jewelry soldering with an oxygen/propane torch. Class will cover basic torch set-up and safety and an overview of tool and chemical usage. Students will fabricate a simple sterling silver band ring of their own design and experiment with soldering copper as time allows.

Register by March 27 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Simple Bezel Ring with Karin

April 12, 2015

Simple Bezel Ring with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, April 12, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $75.00
Skill level:  advanced; must have completed the Simple Soldering Series or have equivalent experience
Materials: $15.00 for silver or copper stock and stone

Using sterling silver sheet,  bezel wire and half-round ring shank, students will design and create a custom round or oval cabochon ring.   Enough silver stock and a choice of cabochon will be provided in the material fee to cover a simple bezel ring, but additional supplies can be purchased from the instructor.  Students may bring their own cabochon for use as long as it is approved by the instructor as being suitable for the project.  Copper stock will also be available at no additional charge if the student wishes to incorporate mixed metals in their design.  Previous  sterling silver soldering experience is required for this class.

Register by March 29 for a 10% tuition discount

We have one seat remaining for this class. Please call us at (276) 236-3500 to register so we can make sure there is still room in the class before taking your registration.

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Handle It with Ann Childress

April 13, 2015

Handle It! with Ann Childress
Monday, April 13, 5:30-8:00pm 
Tuition: $31.25
Materials: $5

Visually strong and attractive handles can make all the difference in the finished look and functionality of a clay piece, whether it's wheel thrown or hand-built.  You'll learn to pull and attach a handle that fits the piece and is comfortable to use.  Class size will be small to allow for plenty of one-on-one instruction. This class is for folks with some clay experience.  Bring leatherhard pieces with you for handle attachment or practice attaching to non-clay forms.

Register by March 30 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Yoga with Donna Tully

Yoga with Donna Tully
Wednesdays, April 15-May 20, 6:00-7:15 pm 
Tuition:  $78.00
Level:  beginner
Age: 18+

Register by April 1 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Intro to Hand Embroidery

April 19, 2015

Intro to Hand Embroidery with Penney Klaproth
Sunday, April 19,  noon-4:00pm
Tuition: $50.00
Materials:  $15.00 to instructor for needles, floss, material, hoop, needle threader, handouts, and more
Age: 16+
Level: Beginner

Did you embroider as a youngster?  Do you want to keep your hands busy?  Help keep the tradition of embroidery alive with this four hour introductory class.   Whether a novice or just re-learning the art, this class is for you.

Students will learn the three most basic knots used in most hand embroidery as well as learn about the tools of the trade.  After a review of the types of needles, thread, and materials used in most embroidery students will learn the straight/running stitch, the back stitch, and the French knot.   Students will practice these three stitches and their variations on pages that will eventually be turned into a sampler book.

Register by April 5 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Simple Solder II

April 19, 2015

Simple Soldering II - Link Earrings with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, April 19, 1:00-5:00 pm

Tuition: $50.00
Materials: $15 (payable to instructor)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Age: 18+

Continue honing the basics of simple jewelry soldering with an oxygen/propane torch. Class will review basic torch set-up and safety and an overview of tool and chemical usage. Students will fabricate a pair of sterling silver link earrings of their own design and experiment with soldering copper as time allows. Previous soldering experience is helpful.

Register by April 5 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Beginning Ukulele

Mim's UkesBeginning Ukulele with Mim from Mim's Ukes
Tuesdays, April 21-May 11, 5:30-6:30pm
Tuition: $50.00
Optional material fee: $60 for a starter ukulele package, payable to Mim's Ukes, (or bring your own if you have one)
Age: 14+

From roots, to rock, to Jazz, to pop. Mim will get you started on this fun instrument.This class is perfect for the complete beginner with no experience to someone who has played a few chords and wants to learn more. The class will start with basics of tuning, holding your uke, and strumming on a couple of basic chords to play a simple song or two. From there you'll learn more chords and strumming styles and some simple melody picking.

Mim from Mim's Ukes has been selling ukuleles for over 5 years and is one of the largest ukulele stores in the continental United States. And yes, that is here in Meadows of Dan, Virginia! She ships ukuleles worldwide and is known for her ukulele set up skills. If you don't have a uke she is offering a $60 starter ukulele package that includes a Soprano Ohana SK-10 Ukulele in blue, green, yellow, purple or pink, with a clip on tuner. This is a great starter ukulele that is easy to tune and play - plus it will have been set up by Mim to make sure that it is buzz free! Please let us know that you want a uke and what color you'd like before the first night of class so she can be sure to bring what you need.

Register by April 7 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Beginning Bluegrass Banjo

Beginning Bluegrass Banjo with Nathan Morrison
Thursdays, April 23-May 14, 7:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $50.00
Age: 14+

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the banjo? Now is your chance. Students will learn basic Scruggs style rolls, chords, and songs. By the end of the class each student should have the skills to play basic bluegrass songs.

Bring a banjo in good working condition, thumb and finger picks, a tuner, and a recording device.

Nathan is a graduate of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Studies Program, and also teaches at Galax JAM.

Register by April 9 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Beginning Guitar with Nathan Morrison

Beginning Guitar with Nathan Morrison
Thursdays, April 23-May 14, 6:00-7:00pm
Tuition: $50
Age: 14+

Learn the basics of playing chords and strumming a guitar with a flatpick to play basic 3 chord tunes.

Bring a guitar in good working condition, some flatpicks, a tuner, and a recording device.

Register by April 9 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Viking Knit Chain Bracelet

May 3, 2015

Viking Knit Chain Bracelet with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, May 3, 12:30-5:30pm
Tuition: $62.50
Material Fee: $7 (payable to instructor)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Age: 14+
Learn the ancient art of Viking Knit chain-weaving and make a copper bracelet with hand-made coiled end caps and hammered "S" clasp.

All tools provided. All supplies provided by instructor for $7 material fee. No other supplies required.

Register by April19 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Girls Night Out

May 10, 2015

Girls Night Out Painting Party (Private Class By Design)
Friday, May 10, 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $30
Wine and cheese available for purchase

This is a private Class By Design, and registration is open to the Mag 7 Riding Group and Friends.

Participants will do an acrylic painting during this 2 hour class. The registration fee includes all materials and 2 hours of  instruction from a certified art teacher. Wine, cheese and crackers are available for purchase at a special Girls' Night Out price. The class will take place at Mt. Vale Vineyards.

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Simple Solder III

June 14, 2015

Simple Soldering III - Free Form Ring with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, June 14, 12:30 pm-5:30 pm

Tuition: $62.50
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 May 31 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!