Course Listing

Hand Embroidery - the Next Stitches

April 30, 2015

Hand Embroidery - the Next Stitches with Penney Klaproth
Thursday, April 30, 5:30-8:30pm
Tuition: $37.50
Materials: $5 payable to instructor for fabric and embroidery floss
Level: Advanced Beginner
Age: 16+

This class is the second in a series of learning to Hand Embroider.  Even if you did not attend the first class and know the basic embroidery stitches or need a refresher please consider joining this class to learn the following stitches:

  • Buttonhole/Blanket – great for borders, edges, and actual buttonholes
  • Satin – a versatile stitch used mainly for filling in designs
  • Stem – a favorite for outlines and stems.

Should time permit other stitches can be learned. We will discuss transferring patterns and designing small samplers.

Please bring your cloth samples (more will be provided)/cloth embroidery book, 5” hoop, embroidery floss (more will be available), embroidery neede(s), and sharp scissors.

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Viking Knit Chain Bracelet

May 3, 2015

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

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

Register by April19 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Handle It with Ann Childress

May 11, 2015

Handle It! with Ann Childress
Monday, May 11, 5:30-8:00pm 
Tuition: $31.25
Materials: $5

Visually strong and attractive handles can make all the difference in the finished look and functionality of a clay piece, whether it's wheel thrown or hand-built.  You'll learn to pull and attach a handle that fits the piece and is comfortable to use.

Class size will be small to allow for plenty of one-on-one instruction. This class is for folks with some clay experience.  Bring leatherhard pieces with you for handle attachment or practice attaching to non-clay forms.

Register by April 27 for a 10% tuition discount.

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Crooked Road Mountains of Music Homecoming

June 12, 2015–June 20, 2015

Mountains of Music Homecoming
June 12-June 30 

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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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.


  • 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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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+
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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

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.

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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After confirming your registration, click on the "PayPal" button and choose the "Don't have a PayPal account?" option at the bottom of the screen where you can enter a one-time credit card payment.

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!