Course Listing

Alla Prima Oils with Arlene Daniel

August 23, 2014

Alla Prima Oils-The Fall Landscape with Arlene Daniel
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:


  • 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.


  • 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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Intro to Clay Studio - September

September 23, 2014

Intro to Clay Studio
Tuesday, September 23, 2014,  5:30-7:30 pm
Tuition: $25 (includes all fees, and an Open Studio Pass)
Age: 12+
Level: Beginner

This class is designed as an introduction to Open Studio. It will help you to be more independent and productive when you come to Open Studio as you will better understand how to use the materials and equipment.

The class begins with a studio tour where you are introduced to the various stations at Oldtown Pottery.  You will be shown how to prep clay, use the slab roller, how to use the available tools, how to make a simple project, and what needs to be done at the end of the evening to clean up your work area.

Kim will introduce you to the pottery process - you will learn how to make a simple piece and also learn how to finish your project - how long it takes things to dry, bisque firing, glazing, and final firing. You'll make a simple project (a tripod pot!) to learn a few basic skills including how to join pieces so they stay together during firing. You will glaze a bisque fired "empty bowl" to learn how to glaze a piece and what needs to be done to make sure it doesn't stick to the kiln.

At the end of the class you should be ready to go to work making things out of clay on your own!

The cost is $25, and includes an Open Studio Pass to use at a future Open Studio session.

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Clay Ornaments

September 26, 2014

Clay Ornaments with Kim Rosenbaum and Tracy Goodson
Friday, September 26, 5:30-8:00 pm 
Tuition: $31.25
Clay Fee: $5.00 for 2 lbs of clay (payable to CCSA)
Age: 12+
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.

Register by September 12 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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Triangle Loom Weaving

September 27, 2014

Wrap It Up - Triangle Loom Weaving with Libby Khan
Saturday, September 27, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $75.00
Materials: $10 (payable to instructor)
Level: Beginner
Age: 16+

Make a woven wrap using the triangle loom.

Register by September 13 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Alcohol Ink Techniques

October 4, 2014

Alcohol Ink Techniques with Kathye Mendes
Saturday, October 4, 12:00-3:00pm
Tuition: $37.50
Materials: $5.00 (payable to instructor)
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Age: 18+

Register by September 20 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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Drop Stitch Scarf

October 11, 2014

Drop Stitch Scarf with Janet Braithwaite
Saturday, October 11, 12:00-3:00pm
Tuition: $37.50
Material list provided
Level: Advanced beginner +
Age: 18+


  • 1 skein worsted weight yarn
  • appropriate sized knitting needles for the yarn

Register by September 27 for a 10% tuition discount 

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Fall Plein Air Day

October 18, 2014

Fall Plein Air Day at Mt. Vale Vineyards
3222 Meadow Creek Rd, Galax, VA
Saturday, October 18 (rain or shine)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wine and Cheese Reception, Art Show and Wet-Paint Auction, 3:30 pm

Plein Air artists paint outdoors, working quickly to capture the light and complete their work in one day. The public is invited to come to this event to enjoy a glass of wine, stroll the grounds, and watch the artists paint.

There will be a wine and cheese reception, art show and auction of the work created that day, beginning at 3:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Wine is available for purchase.

Artist registration begins at 8:00 am. The $20 registration fee includes lunch and a glass of wine. Prizes are awarded during the reception. (1st-$150, 2nd-$100, 3rd-$50, People’s Choice-gift basket). There’s an auction at the end of the day, so bring a frame! Chestnut Creek School of the Arts will keep 20% of the auction price.

This event is sponsored by Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, The Doctor's Inn, and Mt. Vale Vineyards.

Artists may pre-register for this event. Register by Monday, October 13 for a $5 discount.

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Wheel Throwing

Wheel Throwing with Ann Childress
Mondays and Tuesdays, October 20-November 4 (no class November 3), 5:30-7:30 pm
Tution: $125
Clay Fee: $20.00 (Payable to CCSA)
Age: 15+

For beginners and experienced potters alike, this small-size class focuses on learning to throw pots as well as improving skills already possessed by more advanced students.  We'll begin with basic skills like centering and pulling up a wall, and then move along to specific forms chosen by the students.  No prior clay experience needed.

Register by October 6 for a 10% tuition 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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Better Bowls

Better Bowls with Ann Childress
Mondays & Tuesdays, November 17-December 2 (no class December 1), 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuition: $125
Clay Fee: $25 (payable to CCSA)
Age: 16+
Basic throwing skills required

A focused approach to making better bowls.  Bowl shapes are easy to make on the potter's wheel but often turn out clunky-looking and heavy bottomed.  A well-planned rim and a well-trimmed bottom and foot make all the difference!  We'll make bowls on Mondays and learn to how to trim them on Tuesdays.  The last class is glazing.  Students should possess basic throwing skills.

Register by November 3 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Alcohol Ink Gift Ideas

November 22, 2014

Alcohol Ink Gift Ideas with Kathye Mendes
Saturday, November 22, 12:00-3:00pm
Tuition: $37.50
Materials: $10 (payable to instructor)
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Age: 18+

Register by November 8 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!