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Classes appear on this list until the online registration date deadline – you may still be able to register for these upcoming classes over the phone.

To view upcoming classes after the online registration date has passed, including ongoing series or past classes, click on the link for the calendar view.

To register over the phone, give us a call at 276-236-3500.

Gentle Yoga and Qi Gong with Donna Ellis

donna-ellis-qi-gongGentle Yoga and Qi Gong with Donna Ellis
Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 16, 6:00-7:00pm
Tuition: $72.00 (register by July 1 for a 10% tuition discount)
All levels
Age 16+

Come join us for a 6 weeks series of gentle Yoga and  Qi Gong, to increase strength and flexibility. Suitable for all fitness levels and age groups.

Qi Gong, the ancient form of moving meditation and the foundation of Tai Chi,  originated in China and predates written history. Qi Gong has many benefits such as: initiates the relaxation response, decreases heart rate and blood pressure, strengthens the immune system, promotes better sleep, decreases anxiety/depression, coordinates/increases balance.

Qi Gong literally means "gonging" or cultivating your vital energy ("qi") over time. As a practice it consists of a combination of movement, self-massage, meditation, and breathing. Unlike Tai Chi, the majority of Qigong forms can be learned quickly because they involve repeating a single movement or small number of movements.

You can still join us after the series has started ($12.00 per class).

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Right Brain Drawing with Catherine Gural

July 20, 2017

quick sketch catt guralRight Brain Drawing with Catherine Gural
Thursday, July 20, 10:00am-3:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break
Tuition: $40.00
Materials included
Age 7+

Ever wonder why you are unhappy by what you’ve drawn or sketched?  Are you new to drawing or sketching? Take your drawing skills to new levels.  Using graphite pencils Catt will lead exercises encouraging students to think with the right side of their brain.  These exercises will foster a habit of drawing what is actually observed rather than what students “think” they see.  Focusing on line and shape and how to use contours and picture plane grids students will learn to make realistic sketches.

Students need to bring their own lunch. There is an optional $5.00 fee for a pizza lunch.

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Sliding Lid Candle Box with Bob Rozaieski

July 22, 2017

Sliding Lid Candle Box Bob RozaieskiSliding Lid Candle Box with Bob Rozaieski
Saturday, July 22, 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuition: $98.00 (register by July 8 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $25.00, payable to instructor at beginning of class
Age 12+
All skill levels

Learn to hand-cut dovetail joints and make raised panels by building a sliding lid candle box, based upon an antique from the 18th century. You'll learn to lay out and make half blind and through dovetail joints with a handsaw and chisel. You'll create a raised panel lid with a hand plane, and learn to use cut nails to attach the back. No experience required. This is a class for all ages and skill levels.

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Wooden Hanging Planter

July 25, 2017

planterWooden Hanging Planter
Instructors: Catherine Gural, Adrienne Fiakas, Michael Johnson
Tuesday, July 25, 10:00am-3:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break
Tuition: $40.00
Materials included
Age 11+

Working in our wood studio you will measure, cut, sand, and assemble a free-standing frame from which a planter will be suspended.  Using basic glass jars you can pot a living plant or display paper flowers.  You will learn several methods for creating different types of paper flowers which can be used in many ways.  This class is open to students 11 and older.

Students need to bring their own lunch. There is an optional $5.00 fee for a pizza lunch.

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Printmaking Accordion Book

July 26, 2017

accordion bookPrintmaking Accordion Book
Instructors: Catherine Gural and Adrienne Fiakas
Wednesday, July 26, 10:00am-3:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break
Tuition: $40.00
Materials included
Age7+

Use the power of the sun to make prints on paper!  You will learn about an early photographic process called “Cyanotypes” which uses the sun and light sensitive paper to create photograms.  Using these photograms and prints made on a printing press you will assemble your own accordion collage book.

Students need to bring their own lunch. There is an optional $5.00 fee for a pizza lunch.

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Woodworking Studio Safety Class

August 1, 2017

woodshop safetyWoodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, August 1, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Class size is limited and pre-registration by 4:00pm on the day of class is required

If you are thinking about attending Woodworking Open Studio, you must first take the Woodworking Studio Safety class to learn about the safe operation of three of our commonly used tools. In addition to being introduced to the studio and learning about studio safety rules, you get will practice adjusting and operating the table saw, band saw, and drill press.

Please note that this class is a prerequisite only to attend Open Studio at the CCSA Woodworking Studio, and is not needed before registering for any of our other woodworking classes as Instructors for those classes will review safety and operating procedures for any piece of machinery used in class.

This class is held on the first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-8:00 pm. The days and times for Open Studio are subject to change - check the footer of CCSA's website for the current Open Studio schedule.

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Wood Turning Basics with Morris Schlesinger

morris-schlesingerWood Turning Basics with Morris Schlesinger
Tuesdays, August 1, 15, 22, 29, 6:00-8:00pm  (no class August 8)
Additional studio time, Thursdays, August 3, 17, 24, 31, 5:00-8:00pm (no Open Studio August 10)
Tuition: $132.00 (register by July 18 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials cost $25.00 (payable to CCSA at registration)
Age 18+
Level: Beginner

This class is a great introduction to the world of turning, a skill that can be incorporated into furniture building or general woodworking projects as well as to produce turned objects such as spindles, bowls, pens, and round boxes.

Whether you have a lathe at home and want to learn how to use it, or you plan to come to CCSA’s Woodworking Studio to make projects there, this class is for you! In this class you will learn the ins and outs of turning wood.

Starting with an introduction to the lathe you will learn how to turn several basic shapes. The first week will cover basic safety, machine components, tools, and basic operation of the tools and equipment while making different shapes with wood. Over the next few weeks you will learn how to sharpen the blades, and begin making spindles, ornaments and bowls.

The class meets on Tuesday evenings for instruction, and on Thursday evenings for practice time on the lathes.

Students are required to provide their own ANSI certified face shields, which can be purchased locally at Lowe’s or Tractor Supply, or various places online (such as Woodturner's CatalogRocklerKlingspor). CCSA will also have some shields available for sale.

For safety reasons, we require students at the Woodworking Studio to wear close-toed shoes and have long hair tied back, and that you do not wear jewelry (including rings) or loose clothing.

Materials provided include  8' of 2" x 2" board and bowl blanks. The fee for materials is $25.00, payable to CCSA at time of registration.

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

Make Doll Clothes

August 9, 2017

doll clothesMake "American Girl" Doll Clothes
Instructor: Penney Klaproth
Wednesday, August 9, 10:00am-3:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break
Tuition: $40.00
Materials included
Age 8+
Students must be familiar with the sewing machine and be able to sew simple items

Dress your American Girls dolls (or any 18” doll) in clothes you’ve sewn yourself. You will learn to read a pattern, become familiar with fabric, cut out simple doll garments, and follow the directions in the pattern to create a top and skirt.  This class is for students who are familiar with using a sewing machine and are able to sew simple items.

Students need to bring their own lunch. There is an optional $5.00 fee for a pizza lunch.

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Mosaic Mural Community Day

August 12, 2017

Mosaic Mural Drawing Nikki PynnCity of Galax Public Art Committee
Mosaic Mural Community Day
Saturday, August 12, 12:00-3:00pm
Free

Nikki Pynn and friends will begin building Galax Public Art Committee's first Mosaic Mural at Grayson Street Stage.

Community members are encouraged to come help build the checkerboard part of the mural. There is no cost for participation.

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Free Flatfooting Class at the Blue Ridge Music Center

August 14, 2017

Dancing at the Blue Ridge Music CenterIntro to Flatfooting with Marianne Kovatch at the Blue Ridge Music Center
Monday, August 14, 11:30am-12:30pm
Free!

Join us the second Monday of the month in June, July, August and September on the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 214 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for an Introduction to Flatfooting. We'll start at 11:30 learning a few steps before the start of the Mountain Midday Music. At noon the Buck Mountain Band will begin kicking up their tunes so you can practice what you've been learning. Marianne will stick around until 12:30 to teach a couple more steps, call a square dance, or just have fun dancing with you to this fabulous old-time band.

No preregistration is needed.

This class is part of our Music Making in Galax series supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts, and is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

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Introduction to Collage with Debby Reeder

August 15, 2017

Intro to Collage Debby ReederIntroduction to Collage with Debby Reeder
Tuesday, August 15, 1:00-5:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by August 1 for a 10% discount on tuition)
Materials: $5.00 payable to instructor for collage fodder, Mod Podge, foam board
Age 16+
All skill levels

Collage is more than merely cutting or tearing paper and gluing it down!  Join Debby as she explores the finer aspects of blending images into a cohesive piece of art.

Collage consists of pieces of paper which are cut out and then blended together to create a newly formed piece of art.  Most often this piece of art is based on a theme meaningful to the artist.  Images are intricately cut to show detail and then manipulated to blend together creating the collage.

In this class you will learn the basics of collage in a journey of paper and glue, creating a piece that resembles an intricate painting.  You choose the theme and the images while Debby leads you to a wonderful finished masterpiece.

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Using Scroll Saws with Kit Holland

August 16, 2017

Free Seminar:  Scroll Saw - What is is, What to do with it, and How to Use it with Kit Holland
Wednesday, August 16, 5:30-7:30pm
Woodworking Studio, 107 W Oldtown St
Free and Open to the Public

The scroll saw is an essential part of making wooden items with an artistic flair.   This is a brief introduction to setting up and using the scroll saw, covering different types of items that can be made, how to select a blade for your project, and an overview of the tips and tricks used in making good scroll saw items.

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Introduction to the Jeweler’s Saw with Amanda Bolen

August 26, 2017

Introduction to the Jewelers Saw Amanda BolenIntroduction to the Jeweler’s Saw with Amanda Bolen
Saturday, August 26, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuition:  $65.00 (register by August 12 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $5.00 - $10.00 for sheet metal, depending on size of project, payable to instructor
Level: Beginner
Age 16+

 

Add a new skill to your jewelry making. Learn to pierce  a design in sheet metal using the jeweler’s saw. Students will learn the ins and outs of controlling a handheld jeweler’s saw. Students will leave class with a hand pierced pendant.

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Double Bevel Marquetry with Kit Holland

August 26, 2017

Double Bevel Marquetry Kit HollandIntro to Marquetry with Kit Holland
Saturday, August 26, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $70.00 (register by August 12 for a 10% discount on tuition)
Materials TBD
Age 16+
All skill levels

Marquetry is a form of inlay, cutting pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. This pattern is then inlaid into a piece of furniture to create a one of a kind decoration.This class includes demonstration and discussion of various types of marquetry as well as a hands on experience.

Kit will show you examples of types marquetry and discuss the types of uses. You'll get hands-on experience learning how to use a scroll saw to cut a simple shape out of veneer, and a router to recess the shape into wood to inlay the piece you cut.

Kit will also demonstrate double bevel marquetry, cutting the veneer at an angle which allows you to create much more precise and complex designs.

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Mosaics Made Easy with Nikki Pynn

September 9, 2017

Mosaics Made Easy Nikki PynnMosaics Made Easy with Nikki Pynn
Saturday, September 9, 1:00-3:00pm
Tuition: $26.00 (register by August 26 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $10.00 payable to instructor at beginning of class
All levels
Age 12+

Learn a quick and easy way to make beautiful Mosaics.   This is a non-traditional mosaic that is glass on glass, no grout.  Very easy and any age can participate.

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Free Flatfooting Class at the Blue Ridge Music Center

September 11, 2017

Dancing at the Blue Ridge Music CenterIntro to Flatfooting with Marianne Kovatch at the Blue Ridge Music Center
Monday, September 11, 11:30am-12:30pm
Free!

Join us the second Monday of the month in June, July, August and September on the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 214 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for an Introduction to Flatfooting. We'll start at 11:30 learning a few steps before the start of the Mountain Midday Music. At noon the Buck Mountain Band will begin kicking up their tunes so you can practice what you've been learning. Marianne will stick around until 12:30 to teach a couple more steps, call a square dance, or just have fun dancing with you to this fabulous old-time band.

No preregistration is needed.

This class is part of our Music Making in Galax series supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts, and is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

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Reed Basketmaking with Peggy Adelman

Peggy Adelman sydneys-satchel basketReed Basketmaking--Sydney's Satchel--with Peggy Adelman
Friday, October 6, 12:00-4:00 pm, and Saturday, October 7, 10:00 am-2:30 pm
Tuition: $70.00, including materials (register by September 22 for a 10% tuition discount)
Age: 13+
Skill Level: Beginning

Students will make a custom "Sydney's Satchel" basket woven in traditional reed.  Students will learn the basic skills needed to construct most baskets.  Both functional and attractive with its colorful accents and sturdy leather handle, Sydney’s Satchel is a medium sized tote with a woven reed base.  The “Cherokee Wheels” decorative circle design around the central portion of the design is woven in after the basket itself is completed.

Students will need to bring an old towel they don't mind getting reed dye on and a heavy duty pair of scissors for cutting reed if they have one.

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

Stained Glass Roundabout with Nikki Pynn

October 14, 2017

Nikki Pynn - Test the LimitsStained Glass Roundabout with Nikki Pynn
Saturday, October 14, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by September 30 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $5.00+ for glass, solder (based on materials used)
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Age: 16+

For experience beginner or intermediate stained glass workers, this class allows you to test the ideas you've had but not sure how to approach.  The Instructor, Nikki Pynn, has been working in glass since 1980 and experiments to push the boundaries of traditional stained glass.  Instructor will contact you prior to the class to discuss your idea.

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Dynamic Landscapes in Oil With Viktoria Majestic

October 14, 2017

oil landscape by Viktoria MajesticCreating Dynamic Landscapes Paintings in Oil With Viktoria Majestic
Saturday. October 14, 10:00am-4:00pm

Tuition: $65.00 (register by September 30 for a 10% tuition discount)
Age 16+
All skill levels
Supply list provided

Join Viktoria as she simplifies the process of creating dynamic landscape paintings in oil.  Working from dark to light, learn how to simplify your subject matter to produce dynamic paintings.

This course include an overview of the fundamentals of color mixing.  The workshop will take place in the studio using photo reference material.  Students are encouraged to bring in their own photo reference and whatever paints brushes and canvases that they want to work from.

Supplies

• 16”x20” stretched canvas or canvas panel – student (economy) grade is fine, for example A.C.Moore or DickBlick Premier brand, Fredrix panel is NOT recommended.

• Wood palette any shape (no paper or white plastic please)

• Small jar of linseed or safflower oil

• Bristle brushes made for oil painting (Flat #2, #4, #8, #10 or #12) for example: Robert Simmons Signet, Rosemary or Princeton are good

• I strongly recommended to use professional grade paints as opposed to cheap student grade paints. There are many good professional brands, here are a few examples: Gamblin, Rembrandt, Old Holland, Vassari, M. Graham, Holbein, Michael Harding. Recommended Colors: titanium white, ivory black, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow light, cadmium orange, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, pthalo green. If you already have your own colors you are welcome to use those.

• Paper towel + cotton rags (old T-shirts cut up) – small pieces

• 2 small jars or small cups for the medium and a larger jar for the brushes

• 1 small bottle of Odorless Turpenoid – blue label or Gamsol

• Palette knife - offset style, medium size, made from metal

• Vinyl gloves

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Woven Bangle Bracelet with Amanda Bolen

October 21, 2017

Woven Bangle Bracelet Amanda BolenWoven Bangle Bracelet with Amanda Bolen
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by October 7 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $5.00-$10.00, depending on amount of copper used, payable to instructor
Level: Beginner
Age 16+

Explore wire weaving techniques and create a bangle bracelet.

Learn to measure for a comfortably fit bangle. Students will form an open frame using heavy gauge copper wire and then learn a wire weaving pattern to complete their design. Everyone will leave with at least one unique bangle bracelet.

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Traditional Mosaic Class with Nikki Pynn

Traditional Mosaic Nikki PynnSaturday and Sunday, November 18 &19, and Saturday, December 2, 10:00am-4:00pm each day
Tuition: $195.00 (register by November 4 for a 10% discount on tuition)
Materials: $25.00 payable to instructor at start of class for glass, grout and frame
All levels
Age 16+

Traditional Mosaic Nikky PynnLearn traditional mosaic by making your own piece, approximately 8” x 10” This class is taught by Glass Artist, Nikki Pynn, contracted to do City of Galax’s first Mosaic Mural at Grayson Street Stage! Plan the design and work the first two days; Grout on a third day.

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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.


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!