Course Listing

Center Diamond Chair Caning

September 12, 2015

Center Diamond Chair Caning with Michael Dees
Saturday, September 12, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuition: $62.50 (register by August 29 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials:  $15.00 to instructor for reed; students will need to bring their own chair with round rails to cane, and also to provide their own tools (list provided)
Age: 16 +
Level: Beginner

Finish that chair seat with Michael Dees, master caner.  Michael will take you through the process of caning a chair with the Center Diamond pattern from prepping the chair and reed to stepping back and saying "Wow!  I did that!" when your seat is caned and ready for sitting.

The Center Diamond pattern is a 3' X 3' herringbone pattern worked in 1/2" flat reed.

Bring a chair with round rails to cane, and the following tools:

  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 needle-nosed pliers
  • 2 quick-release hand clamps (non-slide bar) or regular hand clamps
  • 1 office stapler
  • 1 non-serrated table knife

Online registration ends at midnight on Thursday, August 28. After that time please call CCSA at (276) 236-3500 to register.

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Jewelry Studio with Karin

September 17, 2015

Jewelry Studio with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Thursday, September 17, 5:30-7:30pm
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!

Online registration ends at midnight on Tuesday, September 15. To register after that time. please call us at (276) 236-3500.

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Bezel Set Pendant

September 20, 2015

Bezel Set  Pendant with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, September 20, 1:00-6:00pm
Tuition: $62.50 (register by September 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $15.00 for silver or copper stock and stone
Skill level:  advanced; must have completed the Simple Soldering Series or have equivalent experience

Using sterling silver sheet and bezel wire, students will design and create a custom round or oval cabochon pendant.  Students may make this pendant setting as simple or complex as their skills and materials allow.

Enough silver stock and a choice of cabochon will be provided in the material fee to cover a simple bezel pendant, but additional supplies can be purchased from the instructor.  Students may bring their own cabochon for use as long as it is approved by the instructor as being suitable for the project.  Copper stock will also be available at no additional charge if the student wishes to incorporate mixed metals in their design.  Previous  sterling silver soldering experience is required for this class.

Online registration ends at midnight Thursday, September 17. To register after that date please call us at (276) 236-3500.

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Fall Into Art - Pay It Forward

September 26, 2015

Fall Into Art-Pay It Forward
Saturday, September 26, noon-4:00 pm
Free and open to the public
Fun for all ages!

Fall Into Art is CCSA's annual celebration that art is for everyone. This year's theme is "Pay It Forward" focusing on community giving programs we participate in.

We'll have activities at the all three CCSA locations

* Main Building (100 N Main St) - Stuffed with Love, recycled art project, bake sale, and more!

* Pottery Studio (110 E Oldtown St) - Empty Bowls

* Woodworking Studio (107 W Oldtown St) - Tours, open jam, soap carving

This event is free and fun for the whole family. Come Discover the Artist in You!

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Fun With Solders

October 8, 2015

Fun With Solders with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Thursday, October 8,  5:30-9:30 pm
Tuition: $50.00 (Register by September 24 for a 10% tuition discount)
Age: 18+
Skill: Advanced -- must have taken Simple Solder Series
Materials: $5.00+ payable to the instructor for silver and/or copper stock (fee depends on amount used)

Expand your basic understanding of silversmithing in this class by using your simple solder skills to fabricate a simple design of your choosing. Instructor will have for purchase the sterling and copper wire, ring shank and sheet to make virtually any simple pieces that time allows and will give you all the hands-on instruction to further hone your soldering skills. Students must have basic silver-soldering experience. Material fee will range from $5 and up based on supplies and materials used.

Online registration ends at midnight on Tuesday, October 6. Please call us at 276-236-3500  to register the day before or the day of the class.

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Fall Plein Air Day

October 17, 2015

Fall Plein Air Day at Mt. Vale Vineyards
3222 Meadow Creek Rd, Galax, VA
Saturday, October 17 (rain or shine)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wine and Cheese Reception, Art Show and Wet-Paint Auction, in the afternoon

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 in the morning and early afternoon, and stay for the reception later in the day.

In the afternoon there will be a wine and cheese reception, art show and auction of the work created that day. This event is free and open to the public. Wine is available for purchase. Mt. Vale will be releasing their fall wines at this event.

Artist registration begins at 8:00 am. The $20 registration fee includes lunch and a glass of wine. Prizes are awarded during the reception. 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 year we will also be offering artists the opportunity to bring some of their existing work for sale. Bring your own displays.

For those who would like to learn about plein air painting, there will be a free workshop on site. Details will be listed later.

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 12 for a $5 discount.

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Crooked Road Weekend - Banjo with Riley Baugus

Crooked Road Weekend
Intermediate Banjo with Riley Baugus
Workshop: Saturday, October 24, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, and Sunday, October 24, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Concert: Saturday, October 24, 7:00pm
Tuition: $140 (concert included) (Register by October 10 for a 10% tuition discount)
Age: Teen-adult (16+)

Crooked Road weekends focus on the tunes and styles commonly played in the Galax area, including Southwest Virginia and bordering counties in North Carolina. This weekend will focus on the music of Surry County in North Carolina. The weekend includes 10 hours of instruction and jamming, a concert on Saturday night, and a soup lunch on Sunday. The Saturday evening concert is open to the public and additional tickets can be purchased at the door.

Riley was raised listening to old-time recordings, and developed a love and appreciation of traditional southern Appalachian music early in life. He began singing as well as playing the fiddle, guitar, and banjo as a young boy and has since become highly acclaimed old-time musician.

Over the years, while working as a welder and a blacksmith by day, Riley began making his own banjos. One fateful day, Riley got a call from longtime friend and collaborator Dirk Powell. Dirk was involved in the music direction for the Academy Award-winning film "Cold Mountain" and had convinced the producers that they needed Civil War era banjos made in the Carolina hills, specifically Riley’s handmade banjos. They also needed an authentic acapella ballad singer for the voice of Pangle, played by Ethan Suplee. Riley put the hammer down on the anvil and didn’t look back. Since then Riley has built many banjos, performed at festivals all over the world, and contributed to several films and recordings.

Riley has taught at camps and festivals around the world, including Augusta Heritage Festival and Augusta Old Time Week, Mars Hill College's Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week, Midwest Banjo Camp in Lansing, MI, the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA and Sore Fingers Week in the UK.

It's rare to have the opportunity to learn from Riley so close to his home just north of Winston-Salem. Please join us for this fun weekend event!

Online registration ends at midnight on October 22. After that time please call us to register at (276)-236-3500.

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Crooked Road Weekend - Fiddle with Kirk Sutphin

Crooked Road Weekend
Intermediate Fiddle with Kirk Sutphin
Workshop: Saturday, October 24, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, and Sunday, October 24, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Concert: Saturday, October 24, 7:00pm 
Tuition: $140 (concert included) (Register by October 10 for a 10% tuition discount)
Age: Teen-adult (16+)

Crooked Road weekends focus on the tunes and styles commonly played in the Galax area, including Southwest Virginia and bordering counties in North Carolina. This weekend will focus on the music of Surry County in North Carolina. The weekend includes 10 hours of instruction and jamming, a concert on Saturday night, and a soup lunch on Sunday. The Saturday evening concert is open to the public and additional tickets can be purchased at the door.

Ask any old-time fiddler who their favorite young fiddler is, and Kirk Sutphin will likely be high on their list. Kirk learned from Tommy Jarrell, and is well versed in the repertoire of other fiddlers as well including Ben Jarrell, Emmett Lundy, and H.O. Jenkins.

Kirk grew up in Walkertown, North Carolina, heavily exposed to traditional music of the region from the Round Peak fiddle styles of Surry County to the banjo picking of Charlie Poole. Throughout his life, Kirk has made an effort to visit with countless older musicians of the area. He has learned tunes from many musicians born around the turn of the 20th century. Kirk is an exceptional fiddler whose sound is often compared to that of Tommy Jarrell. He is also an excellent banjo player in both clawhammer and finger-picking styles.

Kirk's grandfather was a fiddler who often played for local square dances with Tommy Jarrell. His grandmother loved to dance, and she told him many stories about growing up in an area that was rich in music and dance. Kirk's father was a Charlie Poole fan, and his interest was contagious. He and Kirk played a lot of music together that included most of Charlie Poole's recorded repertoire. Kirk not only collected recordings of Charlie Poole, he also sought out musicians who played with Poole, such as Lonnie Austin and Kinney Rorrer, in order to learn from them first hand.

Kirk spent many hours playing music with Tommy Jarrell, learning his fiddle style. Tommy reportedly said that Kirk captured the nuance of his fiddling more than anyone. Kirk has sought out numerous older musicians of the region, both in person and on recordings. He has a sizeable collection of commercial 78 rpm disks as well as home recordings of local and regional mountain musicians.

Kirk has helped teach other musicians from the area by sharing playing techniques and also his vast music collection. He has taught at music camps, from the Swannanoa Gathering and Mars Hill's Blue-Ridge Old Time Music Week in North Carolina, to the Old-Time Music Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia. Kirk continues to be a proponent of western North Carolina mountain music through performances with numerous musicians in the area. He has made a number of recordings, which are available from his website.

Online registration ends at midnight on October 22. To register after that time, please give us a call at (276) 236-3500.

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Crooked Road Concert

October 24, 2015

Crooked Road Concert with Kirk Sutphin and Riley Baugus
Saturday, October 24, 7:00 pm
Admission: TBD

Growing up as friends and neighbors in the North Carolina Piedmont, Kirk and Riley were heavily exposed to traditional music of the Round Peak area. Together they visited elder traditional musicians in and around Grayson and Surry Counties where they learned tunes and techniques the Round Peak area is known for.

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Wheel Throwing I with Donna Ellis

Donna Tully's workWheel Throwing I with Donna Ellis
Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 27-November 17, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Tuition: $175 (register by October 13 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $25 for 25 lbs of clay
Level: Beginner
Age: 16+

Learn how to throw on the wheel from start to finish, including preparing the clay, centering, throwing your piece, adding handles, etc. to the piece, and glazing your work.

NOTE: Online registration is closed - we only have one seat left - please call us to register so we can verify that the spot is still available. 276-236-3500 

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This is a series. Please select any of the dates below to register.
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Sold Out
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 Sold Out
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Sold Out
  • Thursday, November 5, 2015 Sold Out
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Sold Out
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 Sold Out
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Sold Out

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.


Are you looking for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)? You can take any of our classes for Wytheville Community College CEU's. You can earn 0.1 CEUs for each hour of class time. The fee is $15. Please contact us to register for this option by calling 276-236-3500. 


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!