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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, August 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27     6:00-7:00pm
Tuition: $72.00 (register by August 19 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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Throwing Tall Vessels with Rachael McKenzie

September 23, 2017

Tall VesselsThrowing Tall Vessels with Rachael McKenzie

Saturday, September 23  9AM - 3PM (1 hour lunch)

Class Fee: $90 (includes 10lbs clay, glazing, 2 firings)

Register by Sept 9 and save! Early Bird Class Fee: $83.50

Member Price: $65.00

Register by September 9 and save! Member Early Bird Class Fee: $58.50

Members: Please call CCSA to register.

Skill level:  Wheel throwing entry level experience

Ages: 10+

The instruction of this course is to gain height in pieces thrown on the wheel. Wheel throwing experience needed prior to class. The class Mugs and Handles (Sept. 9th and 10th) would be an informative prerequisite class to Tall Vessels but not needed. Students will learn to work with larger amounts of clay to create tall cylinder vessels.

Recommended classes for extended learning: Lidded Containers (Oct. 21st and 28th).

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Beginning Wheel Class I

dtteachingpotteryBeginning Wheel Class I                                                        

Date/Days:  Mon/Weds  October 2-23, 2017        (7 sessions)  

 Class Fee:   $ 212.00 (includes 12 lbs of clay) / Early Bird (register by 9/18):  $ 193.80   

Member Class Fee: $182.00 (provides own clay)/ Member Early Bird Fee:  $ 163.80

(Members: Please call CCSA to register)

Skill level: Beginner

Instructor: Donna Ellis

Age: 12 years...younger children may be considered depending on maturity and must be accompanied by an adult

Class Times:  9-11 am

Class Description:  This class is for beginning wheel throwing.

In this class we will learn how to:   * work safely in a pottery studio

* prepare clay for wheel work as well through slice/dice wedging process

* learn the tools and techniques required to be successful in wheel throwing

* center clay on wheel

* form a basic small bowl on the wheel

* wheel trim your piece

* how to care for your piece in the drying process

* learn about the firing process

* learn how to sand/wax the piece in preparation for firing, including using wax resist designs to create a more aesthetically

interesting piece

* glaze and fire

Materials to Bring: * towels that you don't mind getting dirty

* closed toed shoes

* apron

* notebook/pen

* camera or phone if you want to take pictures

Prerequisite: None

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Woodworking Studio Safety Class

October 3, 2017

woodshop safetyWoodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, October 3, 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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Beginning Stained Glass with Ron Davis

Beginning Stained Glass

 October 4, 11, 18 and 25,  6:00 pm till 8:00 pm

Cost; $ 109 includes instruction and first $5 towards materials.  (Remaining cost depends upon size of your project and materials used)

In this beginner stained glass workshop you will learn all the steps required to complete a flat stained glass panel using the copper foil method.  This class will guide you through each step, from choosing your design, to cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering and framing your glass panel. You will end up with your own unique panel of stained glass art.

Four 2-hour weekly sessions

Pres-requisite: None

Tools: All required tools will be available for use during the class.

Materials: Available for purchase as needed

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Intro to Wood Carving

Carved Comfort Bird Joy ChoateIntro to Wood Carving with Joy Choate
Thursday, October 5, 12, 19 & 26   6pm-8pm
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: 18+
Class Fee: $122.00
Register by September 23rd and Save!
Early Bird Pricing: $110.80

Have you ever been curious about woodcarving and wondered how to get started?  Joy will show you how to make a simple project from start to finish in this 4 week class. Beginning with a piece of basswood, you will carve a simple bird, and learn how to sand, finish and polish the finished project. These birds are called "Comfort Birds" because they are smooth enough to rub, and can fit easily in your hands.   Students must bring their own safety glove and guard. Tools will be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you have them.

Materials to bring: Bring a safety glove and thumb guard such as the the ones found at Woodcraft (https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/gloves-arm-protection) or Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers (http://www.woodcarvers.com/safety-stuff/). Joy Choate is a member of Charlotte Woodcarvers and has been carving since February of 2015. She's has won several prizes for her work.

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

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, 9:00 am-1:30 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.

Make a Dulcimer with Chris Testerman

Chris Testerman - photo by Pat JarrettMake a Mountain Dulcimer with Chris Testerman
Friday/Saturday, October 6/7, 10:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday, October 8, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: $310.00, including materials (cost is $289.00 if you register by September 22)
All skill levels
Age 16+

Learn how to make a mountain dulcimer. At the end of the class you will have made your own dulcimer that is ready to play!

Chris Testerman is a violin and dulcimer maker from Lansing, North Carolina. He learned some of his lutherie skills from Audrey Hash Ham, and makes fiddles in the style of her and her father Albert Hash. He worked with Walter Messick under a Folk Apprenticeship Grant to learn about traditional Southwest Virginia dulcimer making.

Chris Testerman - fiddle makerLuthier Exhibit in Asheville featuring the work of Wayne Henderson, Jayne Henderson, and Chris Testerman

Picture of one of Chris's dulcimers (Facebook)

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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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Reverse Diamond Chair Caning with Michael Dees

October 14, 2017

seatweave1Chair Caning- “Reverse Diamond” with Michael Dees

Saturday, October 14 10am-4pm

Do you have a chair that needs to be caned?  Learn how to do a "Reverse Diamond" caning yourself with Master Chair Caner, Michael Dees.  Learn this age-old craft while making a keepsake you'll have forever."  No experience necessary! (Must have reasonable hand strength)

Cost:  $80 includes Instruction ($65) and Materials ($15) providing ½” Flat Reed and printed instruction

Students will need to bring the following:

1 - chair with round rails  (see attachment)   ABSOLUTELY NO ROCKING CHAIRS

1 - scissors

1 - office stapler w/ staples

1 - needle nosed pliers

1 - blunt- end  non serrated knife (i.e.butter knife )

2 - clamps, spring loaded

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Milling Wood with Mike Johnson

October 17, 2017

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Milling Wood with Mike Johnson
Tuesday, October 17, 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $10.00

If you look up projects on the internet or in a book, the process often starts with a picture or a list of dimensions for the project without telling you how to make that happen (such as: "take a 4 x 4-ft. sheet of 3/4-in. plywood and cut the plywood pieces according to the illustration").  And when you take a class, you usually begin with a stack of wood already prepared by the instructor of correctly dimensioned pieces. So how do you start from the beginning when working on your own project?

In this class, you will learn how to mill your own wood to the proper length, width, and thickness, as well as ensuring it’s square and ready to use, and how to determine how much wood you will need.

Get ready to plan your own project!

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Holiday Stained Glass Workshop

October 19, 2017

stained glass angelHoliday Stained Glass Workshop

Thursday October 19 6pm-8pm

Cost $25 (Includes instruction and Materials)

Participants will learn how to create stained glass angels that are suitable for hanging in a window, on a wall or on a tree.

One 2-hour session

Pre-requisite: None

Tools: All required tools and materials will be available for use during the class.

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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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Throwing Lidded Containers with Rachael McKenzie

Lidded ContainerThrowing Lidded Containers with Rachael McKenzie

Dates: Saturday, October 21st and 28th, 2017    8:00AM-4:00PM  (1 hour lunch)  

Skill Level : Wheel throwing experience

Age:  14+

This class will instruct on how to make a canister like container. Experience wheel throwing is needed. Students will make a flanged lid by throwing and trimming on the wheel.

Materials:  Five pounds of clay included in cost of class for public. (Additional clay is available for purchase if needed)

Prerequisite: Experience in wheel throwing. "Mugs and Handles" ( Sept. 9 and 10) and " Throwing Tall Vessels" ( Sept. 23) are recommended.

Additional Info: Must wear closed toed shoes and hair up with ties)

Class Fee ( including materials): $194.50

Early Bird Price (including materials) (through 10/7/17) : $176.30

Member Class Fee: (does not include materials): $182.00  members may purchase clay at studio

Member Early Bird Price (does not include materials): $163.80

(Members please call CCCSA to register)

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

Life Drawing with Todd Price

October 22, 2017

Life Drawing with Todd PriceLife Drawing with Todd Price

Sunday, October 22, 1-4pm

Tuition:  $39

Model Fee: $10

Learn how to capture the line that makes an effective life drawing.  Develop finding a likeness and how important a line can be.  Join Todd as he instructs how to translate the figure on paper.  No experience necessary!

Students are to bring:  sketch pad, vine charcoal, chunky charcoal, charcoal pencil, white crayon, kneaded eraser

(Most are available at CCSA for purchase.  Gift shop is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 11am-3pm)

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Viking Knit with Amanda Bolen

November 4, 2017

Viking Knit with Amanda BolenViking Knit with Amanda Bolen

Saturday November 4   10am-4pm

Cost:  $75.00 includes instruction ($65.00) and materials ($10.00) to make one bracelet.

Spend a Saturday making a piece of wearable history; learn how to create beautiful flexible chains using a technique called Viking Knit. Examples of these chains have been found in archaeological sites in Scandinavia and the British Isles which date to the 9th and 10th centuries.

Students will learn how to "knit" copper wire around a wooden dowel, and create a Viking Knit bracelet.

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Woodworking Studio Safety Class

November 7, 2017

woodshop safetyWoodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, November 7, 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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Making Silver Jewelry with Metal Clay with Zoe Nelson

metal clay silver jewelry-zoe nelsonMaking Silver Jewelry with Metal Clay with Zoe Nelson
Saturday, November 11, 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, November 12, 10:00am-1:00pm
Tuition: $117.00 (register by October 28 for a 10% discount on tuition)
Materials: $75.00 payable to instructor at beginning of class
Age 18+
Skill level: All levels

This class introduces students to the properties of Metal Clay and the basics of how to form, fire and finish fine silver jewelry.  Students can expect to leave the workshop with a minimum of three finished pieces of jewelry.  The first day will be spent learning about the properties of Metal Clay and form and dry our pieces.  They will be fired overnight.  The second day involves polishing and patina to complete the jewelry.

Materials Fee:  $75.00 Includes a detailed handout and a 25 gram package of Silver PMC3 to work with during class, which is enough to complete three small projects.  Additional clay may be purchased on the day of class.  Fee also includes earrings findings and jump rings for pendants.

Zoe Nelson is a Certified Artisan for Metal Clay and have been making and selling one of a kind jewelry for over 30 years.  She discovered Silver Clay in 2000 after taking an introductory class.  In 2002 she received a grant from the Regional Artists Associations of Northwest North Carolina to buy her kiln and other necessary equipment.  She has taught through the Craft Enrichment Program at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and at the Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson, NC as well as through her own studio.  Her work can be found in several galleries and shops across the southeast.

What is Metal Clay?  It is a water based material that consists of microscopic particles of silver, gold or base metals (copper and bronze) suspended in a non-toxic, organic binder.  It’s a putty-like mix that can be formed with hands and small tools in an endless variety of ways.  Anything that can be done with clay can be done with metal clay.  The firing burns out the organic matter, leaving a pure metal piece.  In the case of silver it becomes “fine” silver.  Fine Silver is 99.9% silver, while Sterling Silver is an alloy of 92.5% silve and 7.5% copper.  After firing the piece can be hammered, soldered, oxidized and/or polished.

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

Introduction to Paper Piecing with Penney Klaproth

November 11, 2017

Paper Peicing Fall 2017 (2)Introduction to Paper Piecing with Penney Klaproth

Saturday, November 11 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost:  $55.00 

Age:  10+

Skill level  Advanced Beginner -- must know how to sew basics with a sewing machine

Amaze your friends, family, and loved ones by sewing up these adorable quilted fabric Santa ornaments as gifts!  You do not need to know how to quilt to create this paper pieced ornament.  Even if you can’t sew a straight line this class is for you.  In the paper piecing method of creating quilt squares you sew directly onto the paper pattern following the printed lines.

Paper piecing involves sewing pieces of fabric to a paper foundation following a numerical sequence.  The fabric pieces are sewn onto the back side of the paper foundation.  This technique allows you to work with very small and uneven pieces with great accuracy as you sew on the lines.

Students must know how to use a sewing machine.  Students should bring their own sewing machine if possible threaded with white thread and a full bobbin and equipped with a standard sewing needle size 14.  Basic sewing kit is optional (fabric scissors, 6” ruler, rotary cutter, hand sewing needle, etc.).  Basic supplies and sewing machines are available in the studio for use.

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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.

Woodworking Studio Safety Class

December 5, 2017

woodshop safetyWoodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, December 5, 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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Stained Glass Guitar with Ron Davis

stained glass guitarStained Glass Guitar:  

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 6:00 till 8:00

Class Fee: $181 (includes $156.00 tuition & $25.oo material fee)

Additional material fee of up to$25 on day of class depending on materials used.

In this series of classes, we will give guitars that are at the end of their musical life, new life as art pieces.  Participants will create a stained glass panel that will replace the top of a wooden acoustic guitar.  Instruction will include all the steps needed to complete this project including: how to prepare the guitar, panel design, how to secure the panel to the guitar, lighting and display considerations.  Participants will need to work on their piece between each class in order to complete the guitar by the end of the class.  The CCSA stained glass studio is available to students at no charge while taking this class. You will end up with your own unique stained glass guitar art piece.

Six 2-hour weekly sessions

Pres-requisite: Strong beginner to intermediate stained glass skills

Tools: All required tools will be available for use during the class.

Materials: All materials, including a limited number guitars suitable for this project are available for purchase by participant in this class.

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Exploring Jewelers Tools Making Unique Copper Beads

January 6, 2018

Exploring Jeweler’s Tools- Making Unique Copper BeadsExploring Jeweler’s Tools- Making Unique Copper Beads

Saturday January 6, 2018     10am-4pm

Cost:  $80 Includes Instruction ($65) and Materials ($15)

Each tool in a jewelry maker’s kit has multiple uses. Learn the ins and outs of hammers and pliers while making a variety of hand-made copper beads.  Copper Beads include a Chaos Bead and Danish Love Knots. Beads can be used to make earrings, bracelets, or enhance other designs.  Learn the value of easy texturing using hammers on sheet metal resulting in a simple textured pendant. Students will be introduced to the Jig, a tool which helps create matching designs.

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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.


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!