Course Listing

Wrap It Up

October 6, 2014–October 31, 2014

An exhibit of wraps, scarves, and shawls
October 6—November 1

A collaborative event sponsored by the Mountain Homespun Fiber Guild displayed at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 N Main St., Galax, VA

Enjoy the beauty of hand-crafted fiberlicious wraps made by local artisans.

Come learn to make your own snuggly wrap, let the Fiber Guild experts show you how.

CCSA is currently taking registrations for the following classes:

For more information and to register, click on the class link above or call 276-236-3500. Don’t delay — class sizes are limited.

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Robert Broderson Exhibit

October 7, 2014–November 14, 2014

Robert Broderson: 40 Years of Painting
October 7-November 14
Closing Reception November 14,  5:00-8 :00 pm

Robert Broderson was a figurative painter, concerned with human and other figures.  He sometimes invented new creatures in his work; often, a menagerie of people and animals who seemed to pose the perennial questions: where do we come from, where do we go.

Broderson studied all the varieties of human experience and expression.  He said that the people in his paintings were not real people, and he almost never knew what he would paint ahead of time – his work developed expressionistically, in the process of painting. He peopled whole worlds and painted nearly every day for forty-five years.

Often covering a whole wall with canvas sheets randomly cut from a roll, Broderson worked on each and all at once. He never hesitated to rework what seemed finished, preferred not to date his work, did not worry much about titles. 

His early work was done in black and white.  The black was oil, India ink, pastel, or pen; the white was painted, left bare, or scratched off with a penknife.  Broderson studied shades of black and white, brown, and gray off and on for decades, and in his later years, he moved into strikingly discordant colors of oil pastel. In-between is a vast body of work, which testifies to the fertility of his creative imagination.

As a painter Broderson worker mainly with oils, but he began experiments with acrylics in his later years, and worked in pencil, pastel, and pen and ink throughout his career. The book of his work, RobertBroderson:32Drawings, is a masterful blend of his drawing and painting techniques.

Broderson’s favorite painter was Goya, and his homage is readily apparent in the dark paintings and disturbing themes, which are obvious throughout his career.  He also loved Cezanne, for the beauty of his work and his seminal role as precursor of modernity. He loved Picasso for his playfulness and because he seemed to encompass all of modern art within his work.


Robert Broderson was born in West Haven, Ct. on July 6, 1920, and died in Independence, Virginia. on March 12, 1992. He was a painter for forty-five years, from the time he entered Duke University to his last years in his studio in Independence overlooking the New River.

Broderson served in the Air Force from 1942 to 1945, and in 1947 he enrolled as a twenty-seven-year-old freshman at Duke University on the G.I. Bill. In his sophomore year at Duke, he began the work in painting that would be his life.  After he graduated from Duke in 1950, he went on to earn a M.F.A. from State University of Iowa. 

Broderson spent many years teaching, first at Duke, and later North Carolina State. He also taught summer classes at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. After the sixties, Broderson gave up teaching and devoted all his life to painting.

Highlights of Broderson’s career include receiving Guggenheim and Ford Foundation Grants, having his work included in shows at the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan, and being inducted  into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

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Fall CRE8!

Tuesdays, October 21-November 25, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $20 each week or $100 for the series
Ages 8-12

CRE8! is an art and creativity class for children, ages 8-12. Please join us this fall for CRE8! on Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:00 pm. You can register for individual sessions for $20 each, or for the full 6-week series for $100.


Oct. 21  Rebecca Arrington -- Rattan and gourd Caxixi rattle: A caxixi is a percussion instrument consisting of a closed basket with a flat-bottom filled with seeds or other small particles
Oct. 28  Jennifer Kohl -- Drawing cartoons
Nov. 4  Vicky Town --  Role-playing board game:  Create a board game based on your own story
Nov. 11  Janet Braithwaite -- Knitting for beginners
Nov. 18  Jeanette Roth -- Oil pastel still life:  Learn to use oil pastels to paint a fall colored still life painting
Nov. 25  Elizabeth Lineberry --  Sewing:  Learn to use (or better your skill) a sewing machine to create a quilted potholder

To register for individual days, please choose the date below. To register for the whole series, click on October 21 and then use the drop-down box to choose the whole series.

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Jewelry Studio with Karin - October 31

October 31, 2014

Jewelry Studio Time with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Friday, October 31, 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.

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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Clay Ornaments - November 7

November 7, 2014

Clay Ornaments with Kim Rosenbaum and Tracy Goodson
Friday, November 7, 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 October 24 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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This is a series. Please select any of the dates below to register.

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.

Music of the Crooked Road - Bass with Joe Dejarnette

Music of the Crooked Road - Bass with Joe Dejarnette
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: Beginner-Intermediate

Joe Dejarnette (AKA joebass) is widely known as a bass player, as well as sound engineer and record producer. He plays everything from straight-ahead old-time to music that defies being categorized in a specific genre. He toured with the WIYOs for many years and has played formally and info with many old-time stringbands.

Joe's bass class is open to all levels, whether you've just recently gotten a bass, or have been playing for years and want some new ideas. Familiarity with old-time string band music of the region is helpful but the only requirement is a string bass to play and an enthusiastic love of old-time music! Solid rhythm playing for dancing and quality time keeping will be emphasized, and I am excited to share my experience, techniques, thoughts, tips and stories about:

  • Timing
  • Tone
  • Right and left hand techniques and exercises
  • Runs, ornaments, slap styles and leaving them out (don’t be afraid of open spaces!)

The class will consist of mostly hands on playing… a discussion followed by an immediate application of that concept through playing live in the room with a guitar and fiddle.

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.

Please Note: When you click on "Register Now" for a multi-day class you will get a message telling you to choose a date to register. Click on the first date of the class, which will open the registration form. This registration is for the whole series, not just the individual date you clicked on.

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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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Carving Wooden Whimseys

November 29, 2014

Carving Wooden Whimseys with Rodney Hopkins
Saturday, November 29, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition:  $75.00
Material Fee TBD

In the tradition of Hobo and Tramp Art, students will learn how to carve a section of wooden chain attached to a caged ball or captive ring using only knives. Instructor will also discuss other possible elements of carving Whimseys, the collector's name for this type of carving. Topics covered will include the following: Tool Safety, Sharpening and Use; Wood Selection; Whittling Techniques; Planning and diagramming tips; Finishing Methods; and ongoing discussions of general wood carving.

Instructor will provide milled blanks of local woods for carvings. Additional blanks will be available for purchase from instructor.

Register by November 15 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Basic Manga Drawing

December 13, 2014

Basic Manga Drawing with Jennifer Kohl
Saturday, December 13, 12:00-3:00 pm
Tuition:  $37.50
Material: List will be provided
Ages:  12+
Level: Beginner

Come join our Manga art class and learn how to draw  Japanese Comic Book Cartooning!

In this basic Manga Drawing class you  learn the steps  of drawing a manga face, eyes and hair, and how to outline them in black ink. We will practice different facial expressions and hair styles and if times permits we will work on basic body sketches. Bring a picture of your Favorite Manga Caricature to Draw from or create your own new caricature.

Register by November 29 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!