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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.

Intro to Carving with Joy Choate

January 20, 2018

Carved Comfort Bird Joy ChoateIntro to Wood Carving with Joy Choate
Saturday, January 20, 9:00am-4:00pm
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: 18+
Class Fee: $70.00 (includes materials)

Have you ever been curious about woodcarving and wondered how to get started?  Joy will show you how to make a simple project - a "Comfort Bird" -  from start to finish in this 1 day class.

Beginning with a piece of basswood, you will carve a simple bird or ornament, and learn how to sand, finish and polish the finished project. Tools will be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you have them.

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.

*These birds are called "Comfort Birds" because they are smooth enough to rub, and can fit easily in your hands.

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Give Clay a Whirl

"Give Clay a Whirl"
Instructor: Ann Childress
Dates and Times: Jan. 22+29 5:30-8:30pm, & Feb 12 5:30-7:30pm
Skill Level: Beginner / Age: 15+
 
Have you always wanted to try throwing clay on the wheel, but are hesitant to commit to a lengthy class? Do you need some instruction in hand building and glazing that applies to a variety of clay items? This might be the class for you- short and sweet! We'll work on the wheel in the first class, then hand build mugs the next week.
 
Then we'll take a week break to give you more time to practice on your own during Open Studios ( Mondays 9-11:30am, Tuesdays 2-4:30pm, Fridays 5:30-8pm). We'll finish up with glazing at the final class.
 
Class fee: $124.00
(register by 1/8/18 and save! / Early bird fee: $113.60)
This class is full - we still have space in Beginning Wheel with Donna Ellis that meets Mondays and Wednesdays,  January 22-Feb 12,  9-11 am

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This is a series. Please select any of the dates below to register.
  • Monday, January 22, 2018 Sold Out
  • Monday, January 29, 2018 Sold Out
  • Monday, February 12, 2018 Sold Out

Beginning Wheelclass I

January 22, 2018

"Beginning Wheelclass I"

Skill level: Beginner

Instructor: Donna Ellis

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

Date/Days:  Mon/Weds  January 22-Feb 12, 2018

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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Introduction to Sculpture Lecture and Slideshow

January 29, 2018

Introduction to Sculpture Lecture and Slideshow with Chris Pollins
Monday, January 29, 6:00-7:30pm
FREE!

Join us at the Woodworking Studio as Chris provides a slideshow and talk about what sculpture is and how we can experience it both in the viewing and making of it. A sculptor for over 30 years, Chris has carved wood, stone and clay and taught workshops and classes to all ages and skill levels including workshops at CCSA and other arts schools, and both credit and continuing education classes at colleges. She reveres process above  product and will demonstrate both wood and stone carving following the slideshow.

Chris will also be teaching 3 sculpture classes at the Woodworking Studio in February, March and April, introducing working with clay, wood and stone.

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Introduction to Woodworking with Mike Johnson

Introduction to Woodworking with Mike Johnson
Thursdays, February 1 - 22, 5:30-8:00 pm
Workshop cost: $125.00, including materials

This class is an introduction to woodworking using various tools and construction techniques while making a bookcase. Mike will teach you how to plan and lay out your pieces on the your wood, use the table saw and joiner to prepare your pieces, and simple joints such as rabbet joints and dados to make a finished product out of oak plywood. The focus of the class will be on learning to use the tools.

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Introduction to Jointery with Christina Boy

christina boyIntroduction to Jointery with Christina Boy
Saturday and Sunday, February 3 and 4, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $140.00 (register by January 20 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials $45.00, payable to instructor at the beginning of class, for selection of hardwood, finish, mirror, sandpaper, etc.
Age 18+
All skill levels

During this weekend workshop you will learn the fundamentals of milling rough sawn lumber and turning it into a frame. We will cover how to cut some basic joints, including lap joints, bridal joints, and spline miters. We will first make sample joints on the available machinery then finalizing all that new found knowledge in making a mirror with the joints of your choosing.

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Stained Glass II Basics PLUS with Ron Davis

Stained Glass II-  Basics PLUS with Ron Davis
Tuesdays, February 6 - 27, 6:00-8:00 pm
Workshop Cost:  $114.00,  includes consumable materials and one piece of glass
Additional glass available for purchase
Prerequisite: Beginning Stained Glass

This class is for students who have completed a beginning stained glass class. In this workshop, you will build on the skills you learned in the beginning class.  The project selected will help you exercise what you have already learned and learn new ones. This class will cover a wide variety of topics including using lead came, templates, circle cutters, hole cutters and different ways to frame your project.  You will end up with your own unique panel of stained glass art.  Working on your project between classes is strongly encouraged.

Participants will pick out or create their own design for this workshop.

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

Woodworking Studio Safety Class

February 6, 2018

woodshop safetyWoodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, February 6, 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 Guitar with Luke Morris

Beginning Guitar with Luke Morris
Tuesdays, February 6-27, 5:30-6:30pm
Cost: $52.00 (register by January 23 for a 10% discount on tuition)
Age 16+
Level: Beginner

We’ll work on basic chords, basic music theory (understanding what you play), bluegrass and old-time rhythms, country and more contemporary rhythms, basic melodies, and improvisation for all music styles (how to jam).

Luke Morris plays mandolin and guitar. He plays mandolin with the award-winning band ShadowGrass and he teaches in the Galax JAM program.

Bring a guitar in good playing condition, a pick, a tuner, and a notebook. There may be guitars available to borrow if you don't have one. Please call 276-236-3500 and ask for Marianne to make arrangements.

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

Beginning Mandolin with Luke Morris

Beginning Mandolin with Luke Morris
Tuesdays, February 6 - 27, 6:45-7:45pm
Cost: $52.00 (register by January 23 for a 10% tuition discount)
Age 16+
Level: Beginner

We’ll work on basic open chords, bluegrass chop chords, basic fiddle tunes, basic music theory (understanding what you play), playing mandolin in contemporary settings (country, rock, progressive acoustic, etc), and improvisation for all music styles (how to jam).

Luke Morris plays mandolin and guitar. He plays mandolin with the award-winning band ShadowGrass and he teaches in the Galax JAM program.

Bring a mandolin in good playing condition, a pick, a tuner, and a notebook. There may be mandolins available to borrow if you don't have one. Please call 276-236-3500 and ask for Marianne to make arrangements.

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

Subtractive Sculpture in Wood with Chris Pollins

Survey of Sculpture Techniques: Subtractive Sculpture in Wood with Chris Pollins
Class: Monday, February 12, 6:00-8:00 pm
Studio Time: Wednesday, February 14, 6:00-8:00pm
Class Fee: $35 (includes Class and Studio Time)

Discover the form within a block or log of wood. Learn the steps to go from a 3-4 foot log of wood to a finished sculpture. Chris will introduce you to the tools and techniques used to make sculptures out of wood. This class is focused on experimenting with various tools. The class will all be working on the same log rather than individual projects.

There will be additional time to practice carving on the log with the instructor present on Wednesday evening, February 14, at the Woodworking Studio.

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Viking Knit with Amanda Bolen

February 17, 2018

Viking Knit with Amanda BolenViking Knit with Amanda Bolen

Saturday February 17   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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Songwriting with Dori Freeman and Nicholas Falk

February 17, 2018

Songwriting with Dori Freeman and Nicholas Falk
Saturday, February 17, 10:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $52.00 (register by February 3 for a 10% discount on tuition)
Age 14+

Dori Freeman and husband/musical partner Nicholas Falk will lead a songwriting workshop focusing on basic song forms including simple Blues and traditional verse/chorus patterns. Additional topics will include rhyme scheme and analysis of imagery and melody. Students can expect to try their at hand at writing songs individually or in groups, but playing an instrument is not required.

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Its About Time

"It's About Time"

Instructor: Ann Childress           

Days/Dates/Times:  Monday  Feb 19:   6-7:30pm, Tuesday  Feb 20:   6-8pm, Monday   March 1:  6-7:30pm 

Class Fee: Public: $70 ( includes 2# clay) plus $8 to instructor for clock mechanisms

Description:  Make a great clock for your home or office in this fun 2 week class! Learn to use a variety of surface design techniques including stamping, sprigs and underglazing. Clocks provide a great "canvas" for capturing meaningful textures (grandmother's lace, military buttons, etc.) Beginners welcome. Ages 14 and up.

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

Woodworking Studio Safety Class

March 6, 2018

woodshop safetyWoodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, March 6, 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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Monster Maker Workshop with Eric M Scott

March 10, 2018

Monster Maker Workshop

Saturday, March 10, 2018

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $170 includes $20 materials fee

Age: 16+

Level: All

Unleash your mad scientist in this fun mixed media workshop as you bring a variety of creatures of the imagination to life. Learn to conceptualize and create cute and cuddly, or scary and menacing monsters with pencil, ink, paint, collage, shrink film, and polymer clay. Build your creations from stock parts or invent your own. Customize your monsters with a variety of details, textures, and accessories, and walk away with your own menagerie of little beasts. Evil laugh optional.

 

Includes:

2 - Sculpey Premo Polymer Clay Packs

1 - Grafix Shrink Film Sheet

4 - 6”x8” Strathmore 400 Mixed Media Papers

2 - 9”x12” Strathmore 400 Recycled Drawing Papers

1 - Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Set - Black - set of 4

1 - UHU 1.41 oz Glue Stic

Access to all shared Daler-Rowney Canford Assorted Colored Papers, Sharpie Markers,  and Sculpey Premo

 

Instructor Supplied Materials:

Limited sets of watercolor paint

Limited colored pencils

Limited drawing pencils

Limited polymer clay sculpting tools

 

Students should bring:

Paintbrushes

Water cup

Watercolor paint - small set

Colored pencils - small set

Sharpie markers - 5 or six different colors plus black

A variety of drawing pencils

Scissors

A variety of polymer clay sculpting tools

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Chair Caning Reverse Diamond with Michael Dees

March 10, 2018

Chair Caning Reverse Diamond with Michael Dees

Saturday, March 10-10am-4pm

CCSA Main Building- 100 North Main Street

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) providings 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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Artful Layers With Eric M Scott

March 11, 2018

Artful Layers

Sunday, March 11, 2018

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $150 

Age: 16+

Level: All

Immerse yourself in the art of mixed media layering, and delve deeply into a wide range of techniques for creating artful layers in your work. The focus of this workshop is on developing imagery with complexity and subtlety as you explore the vast possibilities of layering materials, ideas, and images and incorporating personal themes, ideas, and images. Explore how to build up color and texture using transparent media like watercolors and water-soluble pencil. Discover the layering possibilities for using papers such as vellum, tracing paper, and tissue paper to incorporate color, writing, and drawing. Experiment with collage, image transfers, and personal text to develop narratives and themes. Learn to embellish and enhance elements to draw out focus and detail, and walk away with a variety of richly layered work.

 

Students will need:

A visual journal/sketchbook and/or mixed media paper up to 11x14

Watercolor paint

Watercolor pencils

Variety of paint brushes

Variety of papers - drawing, vellum, tracing, colored, patterned

Scissors

UHU Glue Stick

Markers, pens, and pencils - a variety of waterproof and water-soluble writing and drawing materials

Collage materials – maps, photos, postcards, photocopies, colored papers, ticket stubs, and any other visually inspiring and personally relevant items

 

Optional Items:

Colored Pencils

Oil Pastels

Acrylic Paint

Craft knife and cutting mat

Bio:

Eric M. Scott is a mixed media artist, an educator, and a writer born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania.

 

He is dedicated to sharing his art and  helping people tap into their artistic potential and cultivate their creativity. As a former public school art educator, he frequently travels and provides workshops and presentations on the power of art and the visual journal.

 

Scott might be better known as one half of the Journal Fodder Junkies. In 2005 he officially teamed up with friend and artistic accomplice David R. Modler, and this dynamic duo has been presenting ever since on the visual journal and the importance of authentic artmaking in art education at a variety of venues, conferences, and retreats. They have coauthored two bestselling books, The Journal Junkies Workshop and Journal Fodder 365, both published by North Light Books.

Eric lives in Purcellville, Virginia with his wife and their menagerie of animals.

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Subtractive Sculpture in Stone with Chris Pollins

Survey of Sculpture Techniques: Subtractive Sculpture in Stone with Chris Pollins
Class: Monday, March 12, 6:00-8:00 pm
Studio Time: Wednesday, March 14, 6:00-8:00pm
Class Fee: $35 (includes Class and Studio Time)

Learn how to carve Stone! Realize how very few tools can produce remarkable sculptures in stone. From beginning to end, learn how to remove the layers of stone resulting in a finished smooth sculpture. Aerated concrete will be provided.

There will be additional time to work on your project with the instructor present on Wednesday evening, March 14,  at the Woodworking Studio.

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Introduction to the Jeweler’s Saw with Amanda Bolen

March 17, 2018

Introduction to the Jewelers Saw Amanda BolenIntroduction to the Jeweler’s Saw with Amanda Bolen
Saturday, March 17, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuition:  $75.00
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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T-Shirt Pillows

March 17, 2018

T-Shirt Pillows

Saturday, March 17 from 1-4pm

Class fee: $39.00

Make a Keepsake for your Graduate!

with Elizabeth Alexander

Turn a special T-shirt into a pillow with an envelope back as a gift or learn the skills necessary to make a whole quilt using several special T-shirts! Learn to make a pillow cover for a 14” pillow out of a T-shirt.  In this class you will learn all the techniques for preparing, cutting, and sewing with T-shirts.

 

Students are to bring:  One T-shirt with center-based image/words, one 14” Pillow Form and 1 ½ yards fusible medium weight interfacing.  OR Pay Instructor upon arrival $12 for both pillow form and interfacing.

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Additive Sculpture with Chris Pollins

Survey of Sculpture Techniques: Additive Sculpture with Chris Pollins
Class: Monday, April 9, 6:00-8:00 pm
Studio Time: Wednesday, April 11, 6:00-8:00pm
Class Fee: $35 (includes Class and Studio Time)
Materials: $2.50 per pound of clay, or plastilene TBD

Learn how to build something by adding material to get the desired result. The focus will be placed on sculpture in clay and include option around using this material with discussion of other approaches: Wax, Steel, Plaster, Plastilene and more.

There will be additional time to work on projects with the instructor present on Wednesday evening, April 11, at the Pottery Studio.

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Landscape Painting Plein Air Workshop

April 14, 2018

Landscape Painting – Plein Air Workshop

Saturday, April 14, 9am-3pm

This will be an enjoyable and exciting 1-day workshop painting on-site at the Matthews Living History Farm, in Galax, VA. We will learn the advantages of plein air painting, as well as the

various approaches to working on-site and how to efficiently compose and complete a plein air

painting. Emphasis will be placed on how to translate the often complex landscape onto a

canvas, using thumbnail sketches, limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values,

shapes, and edges. We will start the day with a short lecture and demonstration. There will be

plenty of individual attention, tailored to each students skill level.  This is an all-level workshop however, some basic painting experience is necessary.  The class is demonstrated in oil but, you have the option to bring & use acrylic paints if you prefer.

 

Instructor Bio: Viktoria Majestic is a classically trained, Hungarian-American fine artist residing in North Carolina. She has studied art for many years in both Europe and the US. She has advanced her painting skills at the Art Students League of New York and the Ridgewood Art

Institute. The influence of the old European as well as contemporary American masters is

apparent in her art. Her award winning paintings are collected nationally and internationally,

and have been exhibited at the prestigious Salmagundi Club and at the National Arts Club in

Manhattan. Viktoria is also an elected director on the national board of the American Artists

Professional League. She teaches classes and workshops year around. For more information

please, visit: www.viktoriamajestic.com

COST:  $65.00  No experience Necessary; Minimum Age 16

 

 

 

PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP

SUPPLY LIST

  • plein air easel (chair and umbrella is optional)
  • 11”x14” canvas panels – 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, nor white plastic palette please),

plexiglass with neutral color backing is ok

  • Small jar of linseed or safflower oil
  • 1 small bottle of artists' Odorless Turpenoid – blue label or Gamsol
  • Bristle brushes made for oil painting (Flat #2, #4, #8, #10)

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, ultramarine blue, cadmium

yellow light, cadmium orange, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson

(37 ml size tubes are plenty enough)

If you already have your own colors you are welcome to use those as well.

  • Paper towel + cotton rags (old T-shirts cut up) – small pieces
  • 2 small jars or small cups for the medium & solvent
  • Palette knife - offset style, medium size, made from metal
  • Vinyl gloves
  • wide brim hat – recommended in case we need to work in a sunny spot

Gamblin and Rembrandt paints are generally somewhat cheaper than most other

professional brands.

Online stores for professional supplies: www.dickblick.com, www.utrechtart.com,

www.jerrysartarama.com , www.cheapjoes.com

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts has supply kits prepared to help keep costs down for the beginning studio and/or those who wish to keep costs down who do not have the above list of supplies

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Making Silver Jewelry with Metal Clay with Zoe Nelson

Making Silver Jewelry with Metal Clay with Zoe Nelson

Saturday, May 5- 10am-5pm and Sunday, May 6- 10-1pm

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.

Cost: $200 includes instruction and Materials Fee:   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 has 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% silver and 7.5% copper.  After firing the piece can be hammered, soldered, oxidized and/or polished.

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Stack & Slash Quilt Class

May 19, 2018

Stack & Slash Quilt Class - Make this beautiful quilt yourself!

May 19 10am-4pm

Cost: $ 65.00

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt and didn't know where to start?  This workshop is for you!  Learn how to make a spectacular quilt with this super easy technique, following no pattern!  In this one day workshop students will learn how to make a "Stack & Slash" quilt ". No Experience necessary.

Students are to bring at least 1/2 yard of 10 to 12 coordinating Fabrics (can bring more if they like) Please be sure to wash fabric before class; Sewing machine (Students may use one of CCSA’s Machines!) Thread, scissors, pins, fabric cutting tool and rulers

Sandy Baglio is an award winning quilter known for her dynamic color choices and vibrant textures.  Above all else, Sandy makes quilting fun for everyone

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Setting Stones and Glass in Silver Metal Clay

Setting Stones and Glass in Silver Metal Clay

Saturday September 8, 10am-5pm and Sunday September 9, 10am-1pm

Class Fee:  $200

What is Metal Clay?  Metal Clay is a revolutionary medium that challenges age-old thinking of how precious metals should be worked.  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.  There is actually no ceramic content (Clay) in the material at all.  It’s a putty-like mix that can be formed with hands and small tools in an endless variety of ways:  pinch, extrude, join, roll or mold.  Anything that can be done with clay can be done with metal clay.  The piece is then dried and fired in a small jewelry kiln.  The firing burns out the organic binder, 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% silver and 7.5% copper.  After firing, the piece can be hammered, soldered, oxidized and/or polished as can be done with any other metal object.

Prerequisite: Must have basic metal clay experience.

Class will include at least three methods of setting stones and one method of setting a glass cabochon in both demonstration and individual projects.

Cost:  $200 includes Tuition and Materials Fee includes:  A detailed handout, a 25 gram package of Silver PMC3 and appropriate stones and glass to complete the projects.  Additional materials may be purchased on the day of the class. Students will also be provided with earring findings and jump rings for pendants.  Other tools and equipment necessary for completing the projects will be provided by the instructor for use during the class.

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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!