Course Listing

Annual Fundraising Gala

April 26, 2014

CCSA's Annual Fundraising Gala
Saturday, April 26, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Tickets are $30 each

Reception, silent auction, and exhibit at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street, Galax

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ Board of Directors cordially invites you to the 2014 Fundraising Gala supporting CCSA’s Programming and Operations.  We will be celebrating the growth of CCSA and the patchwork of art, music, culture, history, and traditions that make up our community. Featured at the event will be nine bass fiddles created by regional artists reflecting the culture and history of our region.

There will be light hors d’oevres and a cash bar, with Galax Downtown Association offering a selection of beers from Creek Bottom Brews, and Mt. Vale Vineyards offering a selection of Mt. Vale wines. Music will be provided by Willard Gayheart & Bobby Patterson, and other special guests.

Click here to purchase tickets online. If you wish to have an invitation and registration form mailed to you, give us a call at (276) 236-3500 or click here to send us a message. There will also be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Cocktail attire requested.

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Karens Studio - May 1

May 1, 2014

Karen's Studio with Karen Sewell
Thursday, May 1, 2:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $25
All skill levels
Bring your own supplies

Come to “Karen's Studio” and bring any 2-D medium, any subject. Receive individualized instruction and motivation to create art in an encouraging, supportive, and relaxed studio environment. Each student brings his/her artwork and supplies to work on an existing piece of art or begin a new one. Feel the creative energy flow as your fellow artists work in their desired medium.

Register by April 19 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Intro to Knit

Intro to Knit with Janet Brathwaite
Friday May 2, 9, 16  5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tuition  $75
Ages: 16+
Skill level:  beginner to intermediate beginner
Materials fee:  $10 optional

Begin to Knit this spring! Then you will be ready to make those luscious scarves, hats, shawls AND sweaters during the winter.

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • To Read Knit Patterns
  • To Cast On,
  • The Knit Stitch,
  • The Purl Stitch,
  • How to Join New Yarn,
  • Bind Off and
  • Weave In Yarn Ends

You will leave the course with two finished dish clothes and All the skills necessary to complete any Beginner/Easy pattern

Materials:

  • Yarn – 100% Cotton Yarn – Either DK (#3) or Worsted (#4) Weight
  • Needles - Size US #6 for DK Weight or US Size #7 for Worsted Weight

The instructor will have materials for purchase ($10 - $12) at the class or you may bring your own.

This is a fun class with remarkable results!

Register by April 18 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Music of the Crooked Road - Banjo with Paul Brown

Music of the Crooked Road - Old-time Banjo with Paul Brown
Saturday, May 10, 9 am-4 pm, and Sunday, May 11, 10 am-3 pm
Concert Saturday, May 10, 7-9 pm
Tuition: $140
Level: Intermediate

A musician since childhood, Paul Brown spent years collecting and documenting traditional music in southwestern Virginia and northwest North Carolina.  He is a performer, a record producer, and a radio host—formerly of Mount Airy's famous hometown station, WPAQ, and more recently as a Newscaster/Reporter, Executive Producer, and Editor for National Public Radio.

Paul started picking banjo on a new Sears Silvertone when he was ten. He developed his own two- and three-finger styles, and also learned the clawhammer style. His interest, and his discovery of the Clawhammer Banjo albums, inspired him to make frequent trips to visit as many of the older players as he could. He has visited and played music with a number of the older artists in the Southern Appalachian region.

Paul spent years learning music directly from some of the last fiddle, banjo, and guitar players to emerge before the age of radio and recordings. Paul studied banjo intensively with Tommy Jarrell, and he learned much from the playing of Wade Ward. He spent considerable time with Wade's nephew, Fields, a fine guitarist, banjo player and singer. He also played in the Smokey Valley Boys with Benton Flippen, Verlen Clifton, and Paul Sutphin.

Paul has recorded with many musicians including Bruce Molsky, Mike Seeger, and Tara Nevins. His recordings include Way Down In North Carolina with Mike Seeger, Benton Flippen: Old Time, New Times, and Blue Ridge Mountain Holiday: The Breaking Up Christmas Story, and Red Clay County, features Paul's banjo playing, fiddling, and singing. Most recently he has recorded with his band the Mostly Mountain Boys

Register by April 26 for a 10% tuition discount.

Click here for a list of area lodgings - some of them give discounts if you tell them you are taking a class with us!

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Music of the Crooked Road - Fiddle with Andy Edmonds

Music of the Crooked Road - Old-time Fiddle with Andy Edmonds
Saturday, May 10, 9 am-4 pm, and Sunday, May 11, 10 am-3 pm
Concert Saturday, May 10, 7-9 pm
Tuition: $140
Level: Intermediate

In this workshop, Andy will concentrate on the fiddle style of Benton Flippen, along with other Surry County fiddling traditions.

Raised in the heart of Surry County, Andy Edmonds became one of the area's old-time music ambassadors at a young age. Playing the fiddle and banjo dates back in his family many generations. With the help of his uncles, Andy learned to play guitar when he was 11 years old. On radio station WPAQ, he heard many local and regional musicians. On hearing an album recorded by local fiddler Benton Flippen, Andy was immediately drawn to Flippen's style of playing. "I went to see him at a dance, and he was short a guitar player," Andy recalls, "so I scrounged up a guitar and sat in with him that night, and I've been playing with him ever since." Benton's fiddling inspired Andy to learn to play fiddle, which he has done by watching Benton closely at dances and other performances. "He's my number-one influence on the fiddle."

Andy played with Benton Flippen's band from 2001 through Benton's death in 2011. He has recorded two albums with Benton Flippen, and his banjo playing was featured on the recent compilation Banjo in the Clawhammer Tradition.  He has also played with Adam Hurt and Beth Hartness, and currently plays with the Buckstankle Boys, a group born and raised in the Blueridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, who play  the older sounds of bluegrass and oldtime music.

Register by April 26 for a 10% tuition discount.

Click here for a list of area lodgings - some of them give discounts if you tell them you are taking a class with us!

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. The registration is for the whole series, not just the individual date selected.

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Music of the Crooked Road - Guitar with Chester McMillian

Music of the Crooked Road - Old-time Guitar with Chester McMillian
Saturday, May 10, 9 am-4 pm, and Sunday, May 11, 10 am-3 pm
Concert Saturday, May 10, 7-9 pm
Tuition: $140
Level: Intermediate

Born in Carroll County, Virginia, old-time musician Chester McMillian has lived in Surry County since he was a child. McMillian’s father was a banjo player, and his maternal uncles were fiddlers. “I had music on both sides of my family,” explains McMillian.  While still young, the budding picker built his first instrument out of a cigar box. Soon thereafter, McMillian and his brother acquired a mandolin and guitar and began playing together.

In 1962, McMillian married into the family of area banjo player Dix Freeman, and they were soon regularly performing together. After smashing his finger while working as an auto mechanic, McMillian developed the idiosyncratic picking style—in which he down-strums using a finger-pick on his middle finger—that he has since become known for. “It’s a style that nobody else plays like,” he explains. McMillian soon began accompanying renowned Round Peak fiddler Tommy Jarrell, a job that forced him to further refine his guitar technique. "You just didn't strum the guitar behind Tommy," explains McMillian. "I had to develop to play notes behind the fiddle and banjo."   The guitarist went on to travel extensively with Jarrell, and appeared in the documentary Sprout Wings and Fly about the late fiddler.

McMillian currently teaches music to children throughout Surry County as well as students in the Galax JAM program, and performs in old-time groups Backstep and the Zephyr Lightening Bolts.

Register by April 26 for a 10% tuition discount.

Click here for a list of area lodgings - some of them give discounts if you tell them you are taking a class with us!

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. The registration is for the whole series, not just the individual date selected.

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Crooked Road Concert with Edmonds, Brown and McMillian

May 10, 2014

Music of the Crooked Road Concert with Andy Edmonds, Paul Brown, and Chester McMillian
Saturday, May 10, 7-9 pm
Fee: $15 at the door
Open to the public

Come join us for this fun "house-style" concert with Andy Edmonds, Paul Brown, and Chester McMillian, as they play music from the Crooked Road area, and tell stories about the music and people they learned it from. There will be a focus on Round Peak music and the fiddling of Benton Flippen, as well as tunes and musicians from SW Virginia.

These informal and interactive concerts are always fun for the audience and the musicians. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 276-236-3500.

This concert is included for students registered in the Crooked Road workshops.

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Karens Studio - May 15

May 15, 2014

Karen's Studio with Karen Sewell
Thursday, May 15, 2:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $25
All skill levels
Bring your own supplies

Come to “Karen's Studio” and bring any 2-D medium, any subject. Receive individualized instruction and motivation to create art in an encouraging, supportive, and relaxed studio environment. Each student brings his/her artwork and supplies to work on an existing piece of art or begin a new one. Feel the creative energy flow as your fellow artists work in their desired medium.

Register by May 1 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Precious Metal Clay Charms

May 17, 2014

Precious Metal Clay Charms with Lora Mahaffey
Saturday, May 17, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuition: $75.00
Material Fee: $25 (payable to instructor)
Age: 16+

Make a charm or two using pure silver precious metal clay (PMC).  Never played with PMC before?  Not a problem!  This class is open to all who are curious about PMC and want to learn the basics.

PMC is clay made from fine silver particles, binder, and water.  PMC can be rolled, stamped, and embellished.  When a piece is made and dried to leather hardness it is fired in a kiln.  The binders and water burn away and you are left with an object of pure silver.

In this class we will make charms, allow them to dry, fire them, and finish them.  Techniques will be taught from the beginning to the end of this process including safety, basic knowledge of PMC, how to finish your piece.

Material fee for covers the PMC.

Register by May 3 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Inkadinkadoo with Karen Sewell

May 17, 2014

Inkadinkadoo with Karen Sewell
Saturday, May 17, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuition: $37.50
Material Fee: $15 (payable to instructor)
All Skill Levels
Age: 18+

This is a one-day workshop to experiment and play with Yupo, watercolor and colored inks. Let go of control and feel the freedom of creativity as you watch the colors run and play together where realism meets abstraction.

Learn how the smooth surface of Yupo allows for surprising clean clear vivid colors using watercolor in a non-traditional manner along with colored and black inks. These inks also accept use of imprinted patterns such as bubble wrap, paper towels, string, etc.  And if you don't like what you created, you can wash it away and start fresh!

The $15 material fee includes an  8x10 sheet of Yupo paper , use of instructor watercolor, brushes, inks and pattern imprint tools.

Dress in old clothes since acrylic won't come out. Bring a water container, paper towels, brushes.

Register by May 3 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Watercolor Studio Session

May 24, 2014

Watercolor Studio Session with Ken Hobson
Saturday, May 24, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Tuition: $62.50
Level: Intermediate

Bring in a work in progress or ideas for a new painting to work on during this studio session. The class will include group and individual critiques, one-on-one time with the instructor to discuss next steps and new techniques, and studio time to work on your painting. Bring your own painting supplies.

Register by May 10 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Intro to Clay Studio -May

May 27, 2014

Intro to the Clay Studio with Kim Rosenbaum
Tuesday, May 27, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tuition $25

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 learn 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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Fantasy Figures in Polymer Clay

May 28, 2014

Fantasy Figures in Polymer Clay with Dana Heim
Wednesday, May 28, 1:00-4:30 pm
Tuition:$43.75
Material fee: $6.oo
Ages 13+

Fairy doors, dragons, and other fantasy figures; have fun creating a world of fantastical fantasy figures! In this class you will learn how to use polymer clay and create figures that live in your imagination. You will be introduced to the qualities and uses of polymer clay as well as completing at least one fantasy animal and a fairy door.

Register by May 14 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Karens Studio - May 29

May 29, 2014

Karen's Studio with Karen Sewell
Thursday, May 29, 2:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $25
All skill levels
Bring your own supplies

Come to “Karen's Studio” and bring any 2-D medium, any subject. Receive individualized instruction and motivation to create art in an encouraging, supportive, and relaxed studio environment. Each student brings his/her artwork and supplies to work on an existing piece of art or begin a new one. Feel the creative energy flow as your fellow artists work in their desired medium.

Register by May 15 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Altoid Tin Shrine with Lora Mahaffey

May 31, 2014

Altoid Tin Shrine with Lora Mahaffey
Saturday, May 31, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $62.50
Material Fee: $15 payable to instructor
Age: 16+

Make your own whimsical shrine using found objects, beautiful papers from Graphic 45, and other art supplies.

Lora Mahaffey takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a shrine that uses an Altoid tin as the base while encouraging each student to create a piece of art that is both meaningful and pleasing to look at.

Students are encouraged to bring any small objects/ephemera (keeping in mind that the tin is only 2 ½ “ by 3 ½ “) such as old keys, watch parts, bits of jewelry, beads, doll parts, or any objects that have meaning or are inspirational.  Lora will also have a selection of items for students to choose from.

All levels of experience are welcome.  We are coming together to inspire each other and create meaningful, beautiful art.

Material fee includes prepped tin base, tools, ephemera, papers, and access to teacher's plentiful supplies & materials.

Register by May 17 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Fantasy Figures in Polymer Clay

May 31, 2014

Fantasy Figures in Polymer Clay with Dana Heim
Saturday, May 31, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuition: $43.75
Material Fee: $6
Ages 13+

Fairy doors, dragons, and other fantasy figures; have fun creating a world of fantastical fantasy figures! In this class you will learn how to use polymer clay and create figures that live in your imagination. You will be introduced to the qualities and uses of polymer clay as well as completing at least one fantasy animal and a fairy door.

Register by May 17 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Corded Fabric Bowl

June 7, 2014

Corded Fabric Bowl with Karen Simpson
Saturday, June 7, 9 am - 12:30 pm
Tuition:  $43.75
Material fee:  $20 (payable to instructor)
Skill level:  beginner

Create a beautiful bowl out of cording and fabric strips by wrapping colorful fabric around drapery cording.   This process is very addicting....you  will want to make more and more!

Register by May 24 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Basic Drawing and Watercolor Techniques

June 10, 2014

Basic Drawing and Watercolor Techniques with Chris Davis
Tuesday, June 10,  9:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuition: $87.50
Materials fee:  TBD
Skill Level:  beginner
Age: 16+

Learn to draw the five basics:  still life, landscape,  trees, foliage, and florals and them turn them into watercolor paintings.  You will complete five drawings and five paintings in this class.

Register by May 27 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Karens Studio - June 12

June 12, 2014

Karen's Studio with Karen Sewell
Thursday, June 12, 2:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $25
All skill levels
Bring your own supplies

Come to “Karen's Studio” and bring any 2-D medium, any subject. Receive individualized instruction and motivation to create art in an encouraging, supportive, and relaxed studio environment. Each student brings his/her artwork and supplies to work on an existing piece of art or begin a new one. Feel the creative energy flow as your fellow artists work in their desired medium.

Register by May 29 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Plein Air in Pastel and/or Oil with Addren Doss

Plein Air in Pastel and/or Oil with Addren Doss
Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, 9am-4pm
Class will be held at Mt. Vale Vineyard, 3222 Meadow Creek Rd., Galax
Tuition: $150
Material List Provided
Bring your own lunch
Level: Intermediate

If you would like to move from your inside studio to an outside studio this plein air workshop is for you!  Painting from life in the field teaches you how to really see color and how light affects the world around us.

In this two day plein air workshop you will learn how to simplify the scene in front of you into a composition with a strong value pattern, and then get it onto your paper or canvas.  If you are painting with oil, you will learn how to mix the colors of nature using a limited palette of colors.  If you are painting in pastel, you will learn how to choose the right colors to create a limited palette for your painting.

Each day will begin with a discussion about the plein air procedure, and a demonstration by Addren.  One morning the demo will be in oil, and the other morning she will demo pastel.  The thought patterns for the two mediums are the same, and artists will benefit and learn from both. In the afternoon you will be free to paint with lots of encouragement and guidance at your easel.  At the end of the second day we will do a short critique of the work with suggestions on how to proceed after the workshop.

As in all of Addren’s workshops, the fundamentals of composition, strong value patterns, and harmonious color will be stressed.  She will also be sharing techniques for achieving a loose painterly style in your panting.

This class will be held on location at Mt. Vale Vineyard, 3222 Meadow Creek Road in Galax, VA.

Register by May 30 for a 10% tuition discount.

Everyone needs to bring the following:

  • a portable easel
  • hat
  • sun screen
  • bug spray
  • drinking water
  • small sketch book
  • 2B or 3B pencil
  • view finder
  • digital camera
  • small trash bag (grocery bag)
  • paper towels
  • portable chair or stool is optional
  • bring your own lunch

Pastels

  • Bring whatever pastels you already have – a mixture of hard and soft is beneficial
  • Paper –  three 9X12” or 11X14” sheets of sanded pastel paper such as Wallis or Uart grade 500, 400, or 320 (I will be demonstrating on Uart grade 320)
  • Drawing Board to tape your paper on – masonite or foam board will work
  • Tape for mounting your paper to drawing board
  • Small metal can or palette cup
  • Old bristle oil painting brush, size 6 or larger (if buying one get inexpensive)
  • Rubbing Alcohol

Oils

  • I recommend a limited palette of: alizarin crimson, cadmium red light, burnt sienna, Indian yellow (gamblin) or cadmium yellow deep, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, titanium white.  Bring the brands you have, but I recommend Gamblin, Rembrandt, Utrecht, Windsor and Newton.
  • Odorless mineral spirits – Turpenoid (NOT Turpenoid Natural) or Gamsol
  • Palette cups or portable brush washer to hold mineral spirits
  • Natural bristle brushes, filberts or flats – one size 2, several size 6 and/or 8
  • Palette knife – I use Che Son #808 (diamond shaped head 1.5” long
  • 3 painting panels – your choice in size 8X10, 9X12, or 11X14

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. The registration is for the whole series, not just the individual date selected.

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Simple Soldering I

June 15, 2014

Simple Soldering I - Sterling Silver Ring with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, June 15, 1:00  pm - 5:00 pm

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 June 1 for a 10% tuition discount

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Decorative Soldering

June 17, 2014

Decorative Soldering with Dana Heim
Tuesday, June 17 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuition: $50
CCSA Material fee:  $15
Skill Level:  beginner (no soldering experience necessary)
Age: 16+

Learn the methods and designs of decorative soldering used to add interest and dimension to your stained glass work.

Register by June 3 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Beginning Weaving I

June 21, 2014

Beginning Weaving I with Kathleen Hill
Saturday, June 21, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Tuition: $62.50
Material Fee: $10.00, payable to instructor

In this three part 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.

In Session I, you will learn loom vocabulary, Learn about different types of looms, plan a project, measure warp, and begin warping the loom in a “plain weave” – THE standard structure on which all weave techniques are based.

Bring your own loom or use one of the school's looms.

Register by June 7 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Summer Plein Air Day at Mt. Vale Vineyards

June 21, 2014

Summer Plein Air Day at Mt. Vale Vineyards
3222 Meadow Creek Rd, Galax, VA
Saturday, June 21 (rain or shine)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wine and Cheese Reception, Art Show and Wet-Paint Sale, 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 wet-paint sale 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 a wet-paint sale at the end of the day, so bring a frame!

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, June 16 for a $5 discount.

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Karens Studio - June 26

June 26, 2014

Karen's Studio with Karen Sewell
Thursday, June 26, 2:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $25
All skill levels
Bring your own supplies

Come to “Karen's Studio” and bring any 2-D medium, any subject. Receive individualized instruction and motivation to create art in an encouraging, supportive, and relaxed studio environment. Each student brings his/her artwork and supplies to work on an existing piece of art or begin a new one. Feel the creative energy flow as your fellow artists work in their desired medium.

Register by June 12 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Beginning Weaving II

June 28, 2014

Beginning Weaving II with Kathleen Hill
Saturday, June 28, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuition: $62.50
Prerequisite: Must have taken Beginning Weaving, Session I, or have permission from instructor

In this three part 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.

In this session, you will finish warping and begin weaving on the loom covering design possibilities through changes in treadling and color.

Register by June 14 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Shibori Dyeing on Scarves

June 29, 2014

Shibori Dyeing on Scarves with Kathleen Hill
Sunday, June 29, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuition: $62.50
Material fee: TBD
Skill level: beginner
Age: adult

Register by June 15 for a 10% tuition discount

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Karens Studio - July 10

July 10, 2014

Karen's Studio with Karen Sewell
Thursday, July 10, 2:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $25
All skill levels
Bring your own supplies

Come to “Karen's Studio” and bring any 2-D medium, any subject. Receive individualized instruction and motivation to create art in an encouraging, supportive, and relaxed studio environment. Each student brings his/her artwork and supplies to work on an existing piece of art or begin a new one. Feel the creative energy flow as your fellow artists work in their desired medium.

Register by June 26 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Nuno Scarf

July 12, 2014

Nuno Scarf with Karen Simpson
Saturday, July 12, 9 am - 12:00 pm
Tuition:  $37.50
Material fee:  $20 (payable to instructor)
Skill Level: beginner

Learn the amazing art of "Nuno" Felting". Nuno felting is a fabric felting technique developed by Polly Stirling, a fiber artist from New South Wales, Australia, around 1992. The name is derived from the Japanese word "nuno" meaning cloth.[1] The technique bonds loose fibre, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze, creating a lightweight felt. The fibres can completely cover the background fabric, or they may be used as a decorative design that allows the backing fabric to show. Nuno felting often incorporates several layers of loose fibres combined to build up colour, texture, and/or design elements in the finished fabric.

You will take a dyed silk scarf and add wool fibers...then "felt"the wool into the silk.  A truly one-of-a-kind scarf!

Register by June 28 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Reversible Beret

July 12, 2014

Reversible Beret with Karen Simpson
Saturday, July 12  1 - 5 pm
Tuition:  $50.00
Material fee:  $20 (payable to instructor)
Skill level:  beginner

Learn 2 different techniques in this class:    Use a drum carder and mix your own fibers and color.....the learn to "wet felt" and make a reversible Beret.

Register by June 28 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Hurricane Lamp

July 19, 2014

3-D Stained Glass Hurricane Lamp with Dana Heim
Saturday, July 19, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuition: $87.50
CCSA Material fee: $35
Skill level: beginner to advanced beginner
Age:16+

Learn the process of building a 3 dimensional hurricane lamp using multiple pieces of a variety of stained glass.  You will learn to create angles as well as methods used to build a free-standing piece off art.  You will receive an overview of  decorative soldering to finish your piece.

Register by July 5 for a 10% tution discount.

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Beginning Weaving III

July 19, 2014

Beginning Weaving III with Kathleen Hill
Saturday, July 19, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuition: $62.50
Prerequisite: Must have taken Beginning Weaving, Session II, or have permission from instructor

In this three part 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.

In this session, you will finish weaving, learn to finish a woven product, and have a working knowledge of the loom and the weaving process.

Register by July 5 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Simple Soldering II

July 20, 2014

Simple Soldering II - Link Earrings with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, July 20, 100  pm-5:00 pm

Tuition: $50.00
Material Fee: $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 July 6 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Twill Weaving

July 26, 2014

The Art of Twill Weaving with Kathleen Hill
Saturday, July 26, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuition: $62.50
Material fee: $10
Skill level: advanced beginner
Age: 18+

Register by July 12 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Simple Soldering III

August 10, 2014

Simple Soldering III - Free Form Ring with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, August 10, 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 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 July 27 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Alla Prima Oils with Karen Sewell

August 23, 2014

Alla Prima Oils-The Fall Landscape – Karen Sewell
Saturday, August 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuition: $75.00
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Age: 18+

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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Faux Finishes

September 6, 2014

Faux Finishes with Chris Davis
Saturday, September 6, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Tuition: $75.00
Material fee:  TBD
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:

Pastels:

  • 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.

Paper:

  • 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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Lollipop Garden

November 8, 2014

Lollipop Garden with Chris Davis
Saturday, November 8, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuition:  $87.50
Material Fee:  TBD
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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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!