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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.

Fundamentals of Painting: Bringing the Garden into the Studio

May 7, 2016

Viktoria Majestic Sunflowers
Fundamentals of Painting: Bringing the Garden into the Studio with Viktoria Majestic

Saturday, May 7, 9:00am-4:00 pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by April 23 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $ 10.00 (payable to instructor) plus list of tools to bring
All Levels
All Mediums
Age 18+

Ever wish you could paint?  Here's your opportunity.  In this series of classes meeting the first Saturday of March, April, May, and June, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of painting.  You may bring whatever you wish to paint with- each class is stand alone but will compliment one another and can be taken as a series.Florals Made Easy with Viktoria Majestic

Learn to create paintings that will bring the garden into your home. This workshop will begin with a demo using a still life flower set up. Viktoria will demonstrate how to set up an indoor "garden", with or without still life objects. Anyone who lives locally is welcome to bring their own favorite flowers if they choose. There will be a special focus on a strong block in of large shapes, how to keep flowers clean and transparent, how to mass in leaves as a design element and how to move the viewer's eye around the painting. Viktoria will work one-on-one with each student to help them create a beautiful floral painting. This is an all-level workshop demonstrated in oil but, you have the option to bring & use your own acrylic paints if you prefer.

Materials provided: canvases, oil paints, palette knives, mediums, solvents, paper palettes, cups, jars, rags, lamps, set ups

Tools students need to bring: three flat bristle brushes made for oil paints, size #2, #4, #8 and one fine tip signature brush

You can take each of the classes individually, or register for all four for only $300. To register for all 4, go to the March 5 class and use the drop down box to choose the series option.

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Pitchers and Mugs with Donna Ellis

Pitchers and Mugs Donna EllisPitchers and Mugs with Donna Ellis
Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 10-24, 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition: $130.00 (register by April 26 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $25.00 (CCSA) for up to 10 lbs of clay
Level: Intermediate (students should be proficient at centering clay with no assistance)
Age: 16+

This is an intermediate level class so students should be proficient at centering clay with no assistance. Students will learn to pull a cylindrical piece and learn to develop their skills with taller pieces. Students will further develop their ability to shape a piece to make mugs/water tumblers as well as pitchers ranging in size from syrup to water pitchers.  Students will have the opportunity learn how to extrude a clay handle and how to apply the handle to pieces. You will also make a wooden handle at the Woodworking Studio as an alternate construction and learn how to apply it to your piece.

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Carving Faces with Barbara Mann

Barbara Mann Carved face 1Carving Faces in Cypress Knees and Cottonwood Bark with Barbara Mann
Friday May 13, 5:30-8:30; Saturday, May 14, 9:00-5:00; Sunday May 15, 1:00-5:00
Tuition: $195.00 (register by April 29 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $5.00 - $20.00 depending on student choices (payable to instructor); additional materials may be available for purchase
Age 18+

Barbara Mann Carved face 2Santa Claus, cowboys, mountain men, woodspirits, Indians, women, green men, wizards, and princesses, what do they all have in common? They all have faces which could be carved in this class. Barbara Mann is offering a class in carving faces in cypress knees and cottonwood bark, and the possibilities are nearly limitless, from accurate depictions to stylized caricatures all manner of faces will be possible.

In the class for all levels, students will learn basic hand-tool carving skills in the creation of faces of their own design. While beginning carvers may want to opt for the easier-to-work cottonwood bark, the instructor will also provide cypress knees for those looking for additional challenge. Skills gained in this class can be applied to any variety of carving projects.

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

Woodworking Studio Safety Class

May 16, 2016

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Monday, May 16, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Limit 10 per class - pre-registration strongly recommended

The Studio Safety class is required before attending a Woodworking Open Studio session, and is offered the first and third Monday of the month.

Learn the safe operation of tools in in the Woodworking Studio while making a simple project.

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Jewelry Studio with Karin

May 18, 2016

Karin CarlsonJewelry Studio with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Wednesday, May 18, 5:00-7:00pm
Open Studio 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?  Studio Time with Karin  is for you…

This facilitated open studio is designed to provide students who’ve taken a class with Karin 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 this is not a class with instruction, Karin will be present to offer advice and encouragement as well as to ensure everyone’s safety.  You are encouraged to practice skills learned in Karin’s previous class(es)  and to make specific pieces of your own design .

Students are to bring their own metal supplies.

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Jewelry Studio with Karin

May 19, 2016

Karin CarlsonJewelry Studio with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Thursday, May 19, 5:00-7:00pm
Open Studio 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?  Studio Time with Karin  is for you…

This facilitated open studio is designed to provide students who’ve taken a class with Karin 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 this is not a class with instruction, Karin will be present to offer advice and encouragement as well as to ensure everyone’s safety.  You are encouraged to practice skills learned in Karin’s previous class(es)  and to make specific pieces of your own design .

Students are to bring their own metal supplies.

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Jewelry Studio with Karin

May 20, 2016

Karin Carlson-Muncy in the studioJewelry Studio with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Friday, May 20, 5:00-7:00pm
Open Studio 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?  Studio Time with Karin  is for you…

This facilitated open studio is designed to provide students who’ve taken a class with Karin 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 this is not a class with instruction, Karin will be present to offer advice and encouragement as well as to ensure everyone’s safety.  You are encouraged to practice skills learned in Karin’s previous class(es)  and to make specific pieces of your own design .

Students are to bring their own metal supplies.

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Barrel & Brush at Mt. Vale Vineyards

May 20, 2016

Barrel and Brush - painting and sippingBarrel & Brush at Mt. Vale Vineyards
Friday, May 20, 6:00-8:00 pm
Tuition $35 (register by noon May 19, for a $5 discount)
Painting supplies included; wine and cheese available for purchase
Mt. Vale Vineyards, 3222 Meadow Creek Rd
Van Gogh, daVinci, Vermeer, and YOU! Barrel & Brush is a fun and unique way to uncork your creativity while learning from a local artist. In this two hour class you will be taken step-by-step through an original piece of art creating your very own masterpiece in acrylics. Each class session features a unique and colorful 16 X 20 painting on stretched canvas that will be ready to hang or give as a gift. Enjoy your favorite glass of wine as well as snacks all in the ambiance of the breathtaking Mt. Vale Vineyards in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains just minutes from downtown Galax.

Barrel and Brush - finished compositionsPurchase a glass of wine (or two…. who’s counting?), grab an apron, and take a seat! Paint, canvas, brushes, aprons, and inspiration are included in the modest tuition fee of $30 for two hours of creativity and relaxation. As you unwind on a Friday evening unleash your inner artist and enjoy!

This event is held at Mt. Vale Vineyards, 3222 Meadow Creek Rd, Galax, VA. Wine and snacks are available for purchase on site.

The discount for early registration is $30.00 which includes all materials for painting. Registration on the day of the event is $35.00.  Seats in the event are only guaranteed upon paid registration.

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Simple Solder III

May 21, 2016

simple soldering 3 - free form ring - karin carlson muncySimple Solder III with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Saturday, May 21, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by May 7 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials $20.00

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, an overview of tool and chemical usage and 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 or Soldering I and/or Soldering II.

Metal and supplies provided by instructor for material fee of $20.

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Make a Wooden Checker-Chess Board with Todd Shaw

May 21, 2016

Checkerboard Todd ShawMake a Wooden Checker-Chess Board with Todd Shaw
Saturday, May 21, 9:00am-1:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by May 7 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials $15.00 (payable to instructor)
Level: Beginner
Age 16+

Details to come

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Piercing with a Jewelers Saw

May 22, 2016

Karin Carlson-Muncy Piercing with a jewelers sawPiercing with a Jeweler's Saw with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, May 22, 1:00-5:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by May 8 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials $10.00 (payable to instructor)
Previous metalwork experience recommended

We'll design and fabricate a piece of pierced-metal, riveted jewelry in brass, copper, German silver or a combination of metals using a variety of tools including a jeweler's saw, shears, chasing hammer, rawhide mallet, riveting hammer, flexshaft with assorted bits and wheels, and assorted files and pliers. This class is more advanced and previous experience with basic metalworking is recommended.

All materials will be supplied by instructor for a material fee of $10. Instructor will provide a variety of appropriate graphic designs to choose from if student does not wish to draw their own design for the pierce-work.

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Hands-on Pottery Studio: Candle Holders

May 23, 2016

Candle holders Starr Anderson Kat SnyderHands-on Pottery Studio: Candle Holders wit Starr Anderson and Kat Snyder
Type: Hand-building with Clay
Monday, May 23, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuition: $10.00
Materials: Clay purchased at time of use
Level: Beginner

Candle holders lit up Starr Anderson Kat SnyderHands-on Studios start with a brief introduction to a new tool, technique, or form, with the rest of the time open for students to practice what they've just learned.

This class is an excellent introduction for beginner ceramic enthusiasts. We will hand build unique and visually interesting candle holders.  Your imagination is the limit!  Students will be familiarized with basic safety and studio procedures, and will learn to utilize various equipment and tools to create one-of-a-kind pieces to take home and enjoy.

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Box That - An Introductory Woodworking Class for Women

Box That! An Introductory Woodworking Class for Women, with Christina Boy
Friday, June 3, 5:00-8:00pm; Saturday, June 4, 9:00am-9:00pm; and Sunday, June 5, 1:00-5:00pm
Tuition: $227.50 (register by May 20 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials $35.00 (payable to instructor)
Level: beginner

In response to the interest shown by a number of folks, the Woodworking studio at CCSA is pleased to announce a class designed for women, to give them an introduction to the various tools and processes involved in woodworking.

Beginning with raw lumber, you will learn how to read the grain in a piece of wood, and use fundamental tools and techniques to prepare the wood for work.  This class will provide students with experience using the joiner, planer, tablesaw, bandsaw, sanders and a variety of hand tools.  Students will learn to design, make, and finish their personal wooden box.

We will cover the basics of wood properties, the milling of rough lumber into usable stock, cutting out and gluing up your individual shapes, and finishing your box to give it your own personal touch, be it by texturing, painting or shading it silky smooth.

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Fundamentals of Painting: Landscapes Made Easy

June 4, 2016

landscape by Viktoria MajesticFundamentals of Painting: Landscapes Made Easy with Viktoria Majestic
Saturday, June 4, 9:00am-4:00 pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by May 21 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $10 (payable to instructor), plus list of tools to bring
All Levels
All Mediums
Age 18+

Ever wish you could paint?  Here's your opportunity.  In this series of classes meeting the first Saturday of March, April, May, and June, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of painting.  You may bring whatever you wish to paint with- each class is stand alone but will compliment one another and can be taken as a series.

In this hands-on workshop Viktoria will demonstrate ways of approaching painting in the studio from photos or studies. This will be a paint-along class with individual attention to each student. Viktoria will bring in a plein air landscape study and demonstrate the effective methods she employs to transform it into a larger scale studio painting. The students will be able to paint along with her using either a printed copy of a study painting as reference to work from, or can bring in an own reference material- a landscape study or a high quality 8 x 10 landscape photo.  It will be re-composed for maximum impact and transformed into a complete landscape painting. The focus of this class will be on composition, drawing, value and color. This is an all level workshop demonstrated in oil but, you have the option to bring & use your own acrylic paints if you prefer.

Materials provided: canvases, oil paints, palette knives, mediums, solvents, paper palettes, cups, jars, rags, lamps, set ups

Tools students need to bring: three flat bristle brushes made for oil paints, size #2, #4, #8 and one fine tip signature brush

You can take each of the classes individually, or register for all four for only $300. To register for all 4, go to the March 5 class and use the drop down box to choose the series option.

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Creating Casserole Dishes on the Wheel with Hannah Martin

Creating Casserole Dishes on the Wheel with Hannah Martin
Mondays, June 6, 5:30-8:30pm,  and 20, 5:30-7:30pm*
Tuition: $65.00 (register by May 23 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $37.50 (payable to CCSA)
Level: Intermediate
Age 16+

In this class, students will use the wheel to throw forms that are then altered into non-round casserole dishes (square, rectangular, or oval). There will be discussion of creating feet for non-round forms. Students will have one class session available to practice one or more of the forms, and on the second class day students will have the choice to either practice forms further or glaze their work from the previous class.

*Students should expect to stay for an additional 1/2 hour at the end of class to clean up.

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

Free Flatfooting Workshop at the BRMC

June 6, 2016

Intro to Flatfooting with Marianne Kovatch at the Blue Ridge Music Center
Monday, June 6, 11:30am-12:30pm
Free!

Join us the first 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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Sgraffito Design on Clay with Donna Ellis

June 11, 2016

Sgraffito Tray Donna EllisSgraffito Design on Clay with Donna Ellis
Saturday, June 11, 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuition: $39.00 (register by May 28 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: All
Age 15+

Sgraffito is the ancient art of carving or scratching designs on clay (green ware). Students will use multiple layers of colored slip to create more unique, colorful and detailed work. Students will bring to class designs they either created themselves or designs that are without copyright, in order to have a design to transfer on their pre-made vessel or plate/platter. Students can either purchase a pre-made vessel to decorate or bring their own created in an open studio session. Vessels need to still be slightly moist in order to carve (green ware that has be covered in plastic). Students will learn to make colored slip with clay and mason stain. The basics of carving and carving tools will be covered in class.

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Ivy Rowe with Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens

June 12, 2016

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Ivy Rowe with Barbara Bates Smith, accompanied by Jeff Sebens

Sunday, June 12, 3:00 pm, reception to follow
Ticket price TBD

Barbara Bates Smith Ivy Rowe“Ivy Rowe” is a stage presentation of Lee Smith’s novel “Fair and Tender Ladies” and is the story of one crusty mountain woman’s life through 20th century Appalachia. Barbara co-adapted the story with Mark Hunter, and has been performing it for 30 years off Broadway and around the country. Ivy Rowe is a spunky mountain woman whose story takes us in a flashback through a life of “livin’ on love.” With a sensuous nature and a flair for storytelling, Ivy (and Barbara) paints a vivid picture of 20th Century revivals, mine disasters, rural electrification, the Depression, and three wars.
Jeff Sebens provides musical accompaniment on lap and hammered dulcimer.

The performance will be followed by a reception with the artists.

Click here to learn more about the show and about Barbara Bates Smith

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The Art of Gourd Banjo Making with Jeff Menzies

gourd banjo - Jeff MenziesThe Art of Gourd Banjo Making with Jeff Menzies
Sunday-Friday, June 12-17, 9:00am-7:00pm each day
Tuition: $702.00 (register by May 14 for a 15% tuition discount**)
Materials: $90.00 (payable to instructor)
All skill levels
Age 18+

Jeff Menzies with gourds

**Because of Jeff's travel logistics, we need to know at least a month in advance of the class whether or not we have enough students to make this class happen - as an incentive to sign up early, we're offering 15% off of the regular tuition rate if you sign up by May 14. This brings the tuition down to $596.70. Register now to take advantage of these savings, and help make sure that the class goes forward!

Students will produce a highly playable gourd banjo of their own design and creation. Each process is demonstrated in great detail and students receive close one on one support to assist them with each process.

Course material will also cover historical overview of the banjo and will engage in discussion on the gourd banjo as an instrument from the past and present.

No previous wood working experience required. Students are able to choose their scale length and neck measurements as well as have a selection of choices of neck woods. All materials and tools are provided to the students.

Material cost is $90 per student payable directly to Jeff Menzies, prior to the the beginning of class.

Jeff Menzies is a lecturer at the Edna Manley College of Visual Arts and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, where he teaches sculpture. Instrument making has become an extension of his sculptural practice. He is known around the world for his unique handcrafted early plantation, Minstrel and gourd banjos, as well as gourd fiddles he creates for musicians, galleries, and museums. His instruments often incorporate industrial or “non traditional” materials such as plastics and found materials - while his banjos are not historical reproductions, he is very sensitive to the histories and traditions from which they came. His instrument works are functional representations, investigating the balance of form and function. Jeff is also known for his banjo making workshops where his students end up with a beautiful looking and sounding instrument they make themselves.

This class is part of CCSA's Music Making in Galax program, which is supported in part by a grant from National Endowment for the Arts.

Click here for a list of area lodgings - some of them give discounts if you tell them you are taking a class with us!

Please Note: When you click on "Register Now" for a multi-day class you will get a message telling you to choose a date to register. Click on the first date of the class, which will open the registration form. The registration is for the whole series, not just the individual date selected.

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Make a Quick Turkey Box Call with Todd Shaw

June 18, 2016

Make a Quick Turkey Box Call with Todd Shaw
Saturday, June 18, 10:30am-12:00pm OR 1:00-2:30pm (use the drop-down box when registering to choose your time)
Tuition: $20.50
Materials: $10:00 (payable to instructor)
All levels
Age 6+

This class is designed for a parent and child to take together. You will have the opportunity to construct your own box-style turkey call from prefabricated pieces.  The completed call would make an excellent Father’s Day gift, or you could make it for your own use, either for hunting or for bird-watching.  This class will be offered twice on the same day, and students must specify which time they are registering for.

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Watercolor Landscapes


psalm-23 Landscape - Michael HolterWatercolor Landscapes with Michael Holter
Tuesday-Thursday, June 21, 22, 23, 9:00am-4:00pm each day
Tuition:  $300.00 (register by June 7 for a 10% tuition discount)

This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings. You paint from photographs and will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamicweatherford-after-the-rain - landscape 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 Holter Watecolor Landscape - The Three TreesMichael will demonstrate his approach to creating  landscapes and portraits and show you several high-speed video demonstrations.

 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.

 Materials List   http://files.faso.us/35995/4494.pdf

From Herb Reed, past president of Southwestern Watercolor Society.

"For the past dozen years I have facilitated and/or participated in more than 20 watercolor workshops, as an officer of SWS and as a principal in a local gallery.  Michael's recent workshop on watercolor portraits was one of the top few that "really made a difference" in the way that I approach painting.  Take it . . . you will learn about design and composition, techniques, and hints on taking reference photos -- all for turning out terrific watercolor portraits."

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

Quick Canoe with Jeff Sebens

Quick Canoe Jeff Sebens Quick Canoe with Jeff Sebens
Friday, June 24, 6:00-9:00pm; Saturday, June 25, 9:00am-5:00pm; and Sunday, June 26 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $195.00 per boat (boats can be built by a team of 2 people) (register by June 3 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $80.00 per boat (Payable to instructor)
Age 14+

Quick Canoe 2 Jeff SebensStudents in this class will make a type of boat called a quick canoe. While it is not a good canoe for whitewater river paddling, it is an  ideal craft to paddle around a pond, small lake or calm river sections, and is useful for fishing and recreational paddling. Using 2 sheets of plywood and handtools, this class a wonderful opportunity to build confidence in building skills, and complete a useful and fun watercraft.

Space in this class is restricted to 3 boats. You can sign up individually, or as a team (parent and child, or friends who want to share a boat).

The materials for each canoe will cost $80. This project is built primarily with hand tools, so it is good experience even for students with no prior woodworking experience.

Shop safety will be strongly emphasized. We will also cover water safety for using the boats.

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Free Flatfooting Workshop at the BRMC

July 4, 2016

Intro to Flatfooting with Marianne Kovatch at the Blue Ridge Music Center
Monday, July 4, 11:30am-12:30pm
Free!

Join us the first 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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Free Flatfooting Workshop at the BRMC

August 1, 2016

Intro to Flatfooting with Marianne Kovatch at the Blue Ridge Music Center
Monday, August 1, 11:30am-12:30pm
Free!

Join us the first 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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Pen Turning with Trace Lumpkin

August 20, 2016

Pen Turning with Trace Lumpkin
Saturday, August 20, time TBD
Tuition: $52.00 (register by August 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: TBD
Age 16+

This class will serve as an excellent introduction to the craft of wood turning. You will learn the basics of operating a lathe and using turning tools to produce two twist-style pens.  Safety will be stressed throughout the class, and you will leave the class with the skills and abilities to pursue other turning projects on your own.

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Turning Christmas Ornaments with Trace Lumpkin

Turning Christmas Ornaments with Trace Lumpkin
Tuesdays, August 23 and 30, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by 9 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: TBD
Age 16+
All levels

What makes a Christmas tree even more beautiful and meaningful?  Hand crafted ornaments, that’s what - and it's never too early to get started!

Beginning with stock material, students will learn the fundamentals of safe lathe use while making their own heirloom ornament. Participants will also gain the skills necessary for them to turn additional items on their own.

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

Intro to Watercolor with Ken Hobson

August 27, 2016

Ken Hobson Intro to WatercolorIntro to Watercolor with Ken Hobson
Saturday, August 27, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by August 13 for a 10% tuition discount)
Supply list provided
Age 13+
All levels

This will be a fun time to Splash around with watercolors, starting with the Basics:

  • Keeping your paints fresh
  • Knowing how much detail to put in your paintings
  • The importance of Values

Ken will do a number of demos & have a number of handouts along with many of his paintings as examples. This will be a great opportunity to have fun in a relaxed environment with a lot helpful information.

Ken Hobson Intro to Watercolor - materialsSupply List

  • Watercolor Tube Paints (I suggest buying good paints. Off brand paints that come pre-packaged in an assortment of colors seem like a good
    deal, but they are of poor quality & will be very difficult to work with)

    • Cadmium Red
    • Cadmium Yellow
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Sap Green
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Thalo Blue
    • Payne’s Grey
  • Paper: 9” x 12” or 11” x 15” (either size)
    • Strathmore makes a couple of good & reasonably priced spiral bound pads. The Series 400, 140 lbs. (brown cover) is recommended, avoid Series 300 with yellow cover it is not very good.
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Paper towels
  • 3 ring binder to use as a table top easel
  • Brushes (watercolor brushes!): bring in what you have, suggested sizes are #4, #8 & #12
  • Palette (a watercolor palette is ideal, but styrofoam plates with sections will suffice)

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Free Flatfooting Workshop at the BRMC

September 5, 2016

Intro to Flatfooting with Marianne Kovatch at the Blue Ridge Music Center
Monday, September 5, 11:30am-12:30pm
Free!

Join us the first 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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Make a Rustic Caned Stool

September 10, 2016

Make a Rustic Caned Stool with Clifton Jones and Michael Dees
Saturday, September 10, 9:00am-1:00pm amd Sunday, September 11, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tuition: $117.00 (register by August 27 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $12.50 payable to Clifton Jones and $10.00 to Michael Dees
All levels

In this class you will make rustic footstool with a hand-woven cane top, and gain the knowledge to make more!  On the first day, furniture maker Clifton Jones will teach you how to make the frame for a rustic stool using natural branches, and on day two, chair caner Michael Dees will guide you through the process of putting a woven cane seat on your stool.

This is a great opportunity to learn from two instructors who are not only masters of their respective crafts, but great fun to be around and learn from as well!

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Make a Mountain Dulcimer with Jeff Sebens

Jeff Sebens DulcimerMake a Mountain Dulcimer with Jeff Sebens
Saturday, September 17, 9:00am-6:00pm; Wednesdays, September 21, 28, and October 12, 5:30-8:30pm
Tuition: $207.00 (register by 9/3/2016 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $100.00 (payable to instructor)
sanding the dulcimerAll levels
Age 18+

In this class you will be making a teardrop-shaped dulcimer with a walnut back and sides and you can choose from redwood or spruce for the top wood. The fretboards are walnut and will have a 6 1/2 fret on them, and we can add a 1 1/2  fret as well, if anyone wants that. The sound holes can either be Jeff's traditional heart shape, or you can help design a pattern for your instrument. If you want to do a custom shape, contact Jeff beforehand and to work out the details ahead of time. We will install high quality Grover tuners on them and you can set it up with three or four strings.

clamping the top of the dulcimerThere will be some work for you to do on your instruments some weeks between classes, such as sanding or applying finish, so be prepared to spend time outside of class doing this work - Jeff will give you the supplies you need to complete these assignments. The cost of the supplies is $100 and that can be paid to Jeff on the first day of class.

Student posing with her dulcimerThis class is part of the Music Making in Galax series sponsored in part by National Endowment for the Arts.

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Intermediate Mandolin with Herschel Sizemore

Intermediate Mandolin with Herschel Sizemore
Saturday, October 22, 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday, October 23, 10:00am-5:00pm
Concert Saturday, October 22, 7:00pm
Tuition: $225 (register by October 8 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Age 16+

More information to come.

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

Concert with Herschel Sizemore

October 22, 2016

Concert with Herschel Sizemore
Saturday, October 22, 7:00pm
Ticket price: $

More information to come

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Concert with Natalya Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller

November 5, 2016

Concert with Natalya Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller
Saturday, November 5, 7:00pm
Ticket price $15.00

More information to come

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Bluegrass Harmonies with Natalya Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller

November 5, 2016

Bluegrass Harmonies with Natalya Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller
Saturday, November 5, 2:00-4:00pm
Tuition: $32.00 (register by October 22 for a 10% tuition discount)
All levels
Age 16+

More to come.

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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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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!