Course Listing

Stained Glass - Cute Critter Bunny

May 29, 2015

Stained Glass Cute Critter Bunny with Glen Richardson
Friday, May 29, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Tuition:  $37.50 (reigster by May 15 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Beginner
Age: 18+
Materials:  $15.00 for glass, foil, and solder, payabe to CCSA

Create a bunny that won't eat your lettuce!  In this introduction to stained glass techniques students will learn to cut glass, grind glass, and solder which will result in a complete Cute Critter.  Students will be working from a pattern designed by Glen which will ensure the successful completion of your very own bunny.

This is the first in a 3 part series of multi-colored critters, be sure to sign up for the cute critter squirrel and owl as well!

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Decorative Clay Birdhouse and Garden Stakes

May 30, 2015

Decorative Clay Birdhouse and Garden Stakes with Kim Rosenbaum and Tracy Goodson
Saurday, May 30, 10:00am-12:30pm
Tuition: $31.25 (register by May 16 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $7.50 (payable to CCSA)

Kim and Tracy will introduce you to the pottery process by showing you how to make a decorative birdhouse and garden stakes.  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, how to use the available tools, how to make a simple project, and the appropriate clean-up at the end of your work sessions.

While creating the two simple pieces you will learn the stages of pottery; drying times, bisque firing, glazing, and final firing.  You will also learn the basic skills of joining pieces for a long lasting joint.  You will also learn the glazing process to avoid glaze run-over during firing. The class includes a return trip to Open Studio to glaze your own two pieces once they are sufficiently dried and bisque fired.  At the end of class you will be ready to work on your own clay pieces

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Yoga with Donna Tully

Yoga with Donna Tully
Wednesdays, June 3-July 8, 6:00-7:15 pm 
Tuition:  $78.00
Level:  beginner
Age: 18+

Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat and yoga blocks.

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Stained Glass - Cute Critter Squirrel

June 5, 2015

Stained Glass Cute Critter Squirrel with Glen Richardson
Friday, June 5, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Tuition:  $37.50 (register by May 22 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Beginner
Age: 18+
Materials:  $15.00 for glass, foil, and solder, payable to CCSA

Create a squirrel that won't eat your birdseed!  In this introduction to stained glass techniques students will learn to cut glass, grind glass, and solder which will result in a complete Cute Critter.  Students will be working from a pattern designed by Glen which will ensure the successful completion of your very own squirrel.

This is the second in a 3 part series of multi-colored critters, be sure to sign up for the cute critter owl as well!

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Crooked Road Mountains of Music Homecoming

June 12, 2015–June 20, 2015

Mountains of Music Homecoming
June 12-June 20 

The Mountains of Music Homecoming is a 9 day, region-wide music festival all along the Crooked Road, June 12 to June 20, 2015. The Homecoming includes over 30 major concerts held throughout the region, and even more Cultural Experiences held in individual communities to give visitors and local people  a true "taste" of each community within the region. These Cultural Experiences include community meals, art exhibits, nature walks, lectures, luthier demonstrations, artisan demos, farm tours, movie events, and music events including concerts, jams, and other musicial programs.

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is planning several events during the Homecoming:

  • An exhibit about the Stoneman Family, June 12-20
  • "Meet the Instruments" in our lobby during Leaf and String on Saturday, June 13, 11:00-3:00
  • Artists Demonstrations during Leaf and String, Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13
  • Showings at the Rex Theater of the videos created during Fiddlers Week last year. Two videos each day Monday - Thursday at 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. The videos include:
    • Bluegrass and Old-time Singing Styles
    • Bluegrass and Old-time Fiddle Styles
    • Tales From the Field
    • What Gives an Instrument its Sound?
  • Music and Dance of SW Virginia presentation and workshop, Friday, June 19, 10:30 am am at the Rex
  • Mini-Artists Market throughout the week

Please come join us for these events!

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Stained Glass - Cute Critter Owl

June 12, 2015

Stained Glass Cute Critter Owl with Glen Richardson
Friday, June 12, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Tuition:  $37.50 (register by May 29 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Beginner
Age: 18+
Materials:  $15.00 for glass, foil, and solder (payable to CCSA)

Create a wise owl!  In this introduction to stained glass techniques students will learn to cut glass, grind glass, and solder which will result in a complete Cute Critter.  Students will be working from a pattern designed by Glen which will ensure the successful completion of your very own bunny.

This is the last in a 3 part series of multi-colored critters and when you finish your owl with pride you will have a colorful set of Cute Critters to display with pride.

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Fun with Stick Figures

June 13, 2015

Fun with Stick Figures with Glen Richardson
Saturday, June 13, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuition: $50.00 (reigster by May 30 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level:  Beginner to Advanced Beginner
Age: 16+
Materials list:  Drawing pad 8 X 10 or larger, pencils, eraser

Now that you know you CAN draw a stick figure, let's make that stick figure come alive!  This class is an introduction for students who can draw a stick figure (Glen says "everyone can draw one!") and would like to turn their stick figure into something more.  Glen will work with students on their stick figures teaching them techniques to "flesh" them out giving them vibrant form, function, and life as well as a sense of motion.  Students will leave this class with a new outlook on stick figures and their ability to capture the secret magic of motion of the human form.

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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.

We have one seat left in this class - please call 276-236-3500 to register so we can make sure that the seat is still available.

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Pen & Ink Drawing

June 20, 2015

Pen & Ink Drawing with Marty Smith
Saturday, June 20, 10:00am-3:00pm
Tuition: $50 (register by June 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
Material list provided
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Age 16+

If sketching with a pen seems like a daunting task let Marty teach you a stylistic approach as you learn the basics of sketching with pen and ink. Marty Smith's sketching style is loose and free-flowing.  You will learn basic strokes and shapes, how to loosely block in a picture, and the basic lay out design of a balanced and aesthetically pleasing drawing.

Materials:

  • Drawing pad 11" X 14"
  • #2 pencils
  • Micron pens size #005 and #01

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Palette Knife Techniques

June 27, 2015

Palette Knife Techniques with Marty Smith
Saturday, June 27, 10 am - 3 pm
Tuition $50.00 (register by June 13 for a 10% tuition discount)
All Levels
Age 16+

Even if you don’t know a palette knife from a butter knife you can learn to work in oil paint with Marty!  No experience is necessary to learn to paint with a palette knife and you will leave this class with your very own painting.  Palette knife painting is a form of painting impasto, applying pure, thick paint to a canvas, a technique used extensively by great artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne.

In this class you will learn how to start a painting with a blank canvas, how to simplify a scene by roughing  in the basic shapes , how to understand the parts of a painting to necessary emphasize to bring out a subject, basic brush and knife strokes for applying paint.   You will also learn how to rough in a painting with a brush or knife, and then learn how to apply thick and pure layers of paint with a palette knife.

This painting class will be held at the scenic Matthews Living History Farm Museum located at 476 White Pine Rd. five miles from downtown Galax.  In case in inclement weather class will be moved to the CCSA building on Main St. in Galax.

List of materials to bring:

  • 2 canvas boards 11x14
  • 1 #4 flat brush  (this is the recommended brush, but it can be any small flat brush)
  • 1 palette knife
  • 4 tubes of paint - ultramarine blue, cadmium red light, cadmium yellow medium, burnt sienna  (it can be any brand, small tubes)
  • Gamsol solvent (or any solvent that is odorless)
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • Optional - disposable nitrile gloves

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Carving a Wooden Bowl

June 27, 2015

Carving a Wooden Bowl with Rodney Hopkins
Saturday, June 27,  9 am - 5 pm
Tuition $87.50 (register by June 13 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level:  Beginner to Advanced Beginner
Age:  16+
Materials:  TBD to instructor for wood blank, students may want to bring ear plugs
Location: Matthews Living History Farm, 476 White Pine Rd, Galax

Learn to carve a wooden bowl you can proudly display and say “I carved that!”  This class will cover the basics of carving wooden bowls from dried wood. Students will learn how to use knives, draw-knives, shaving horse, gouges and scrapers to create one-of-a-kind wooden bowls for use or display. This course will also include an overview on using a chainsaw in preparing bowl blanks. Topics will include:

  • Tool safety
  • Wood selection and harvesting
  • Wood-grain and Structure and how to work with it
  • Tool selection, care and sharpening
  • Hand-sanding and finishing
  • A general overview of the cultural and historical significance of woodcarving in the Appalachians

Students should plan on completing one bowl, approximately 6-8 inches across and 2-3 inches deep, with or without decoration, and will gain skills in woodcarving which can be applied to a variety of other projects. Instructor will provide blanks of regional hardwoods.  The instructor may have additional blanks for purchase for students to carve at home.

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Dry Stacked Stone Wall

June 27, 2015

Dry Stacked Stone Walls with David Hauslohner
Matthews Living History Farm Museum, 476 White Pine Rd, Galax
Saturday, June 27, 12:00-4:00 pm

Tuition: $50.00 (register by June 13 for a 10% tuition discount
Level: All Levels
Age: Teen-Adult (12+)

Learn how to stack stone without mortar. Function, style and structure will be covered. You will have an opportunity to practice the craft as you help to build a wall at Matthews Living History Farm Museum in Galax. You must be able to lift and carry the stones. Bring work gloves, wear workboots or sturdy shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather.

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It Pays to be Sharp

June 28, 2015

It Pays to be Sharp! with Rodney Hopkins
Sunday, June 28, 12 noon - 5 pm
Tuition: $62.50 (register by June 14 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level:  All
Age: 18+
Materials: $10.00, payable to instructor

Students should bring knives, chisels, gouges, hatchets,axes and avoid tools with major damage.

A knife which isn't sharp isn't much of a knife. Cutting tools not only cut better and easier when they are properly sharpened, but the are safer, more efficient and more enjoyable to use.  In this course you will learn how to correctly sharpen a variety of single-edged tools, from knives for the kitchen, to chisels and gouges for the shop, to the ever handy pocket knife.  We will cover a variety of hand sharpening methods for creating the ideal edge for any task.  Want a knife that will make quick work of slicing and dicing the ingredients for your Grandmother's famous stew recipe?  Need carving tools that will cut so smooth you'll think you're carving butter instead of wood?  Every wanted to sharpen that old pocket knife so well that it could be used to shave?  Tired of wood-chopping being more like wood-mashing?  Look no further, this is the class for you!  After this class, don't be surprised if members of your family ask you to sharpen all of their knives for them.   Students should expect to be able to put a good edge on at least 2-3 tools and will gain the knowledge to sharpen many others.

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Watercolor Impressionism with Michael Holter

Watercolor Impressionism with Michael Holter
Thursday, Friday and Saturday July 9-11, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition $300
All levels
Age 18+
Click here for the Supply List

This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings of people and places. You will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results.

We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.

Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and spend time viewing other artists work. We will discuss the methods and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques.

Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating portraits and landscapes and show you several high-speed video demonstrations.

Many watercolorists have an aversion to painting people. Special attention will be paid to the steps Michael uses to paint his award-winning figurative paintings. By the end of the workshop you will feel confident that you too can complete successful paintings.

And you will have ample time to successfully complete your own paintings.

Michael welcomes novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs.

Texas artist, Michael Holter works in both watercolor and oil. Michael's work has received numerous awards and recognition and can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. His current work in two categories: watercolor figurative and oil landscapes (both plein air and studio). Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative endeavors, from art teacher, creative director and businessman in fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated two galleries. Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and an MA in Visual Communication. For more information, visit his website at http://michaelholter.com/

Register by June 25 for a 10% tuition discount.

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

Hand Carved Christmas Ornaments with Barbara Mann

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Hand Carved Christmas Ornaments with Barbara Mann
Saturday and Sunday, July 25 & 26, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day
Tuition: $150.00 (register by July 11 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials:  $26.00 for high-quality carving knife, thumb guard plus additional $1 - $5 for each wood blank (payable to instructor)
Age: adult
Level: all

With Barbara’s 44 years of carving experience students are sure to have a fun and creative time carving their very own Christmas ornaments from wood.  Students will learn basic wood carving skills, how to keep carving tools sharp, how to carve from a pattern, and finishing methods.  Choosing which ornaments to carve may be the most difficult part of this class.

Students will carve and complete three or more ornaments in class and be able to purchase materials for others.  No carving experience is necessary and the instructor will have quality carving tools available for your materials fee.  You’re only as good as your tools!  Quality carving tools make the task easier and will hold an edge for you.  What a great way to truly make this a Christmas in July!

Supplies to bring to class:  pencil with eraser, 6" ruler, small box for holding tools, optional: heavy duty apron.

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

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!