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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.

9th Annual Gala

April 28, 2018

CCSA's 9th Annual Gala: Arti-Gras, Celebrate the Arts
Saturday, April 28, 2018
6:00-9:00 pm
$30 each

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ Board of Directors invites you to the 2018 Anniversary Gala.This event is our largest fundraiser of the year, and helps to make what we do possible.

This year's Gala theme is "Arti-Gras: Celebrate the Arts" CCSA grows through continued support from our community. Please help us celebrate as we share our love of the arts with you.

Proceeds from ticket sales and auction items supports our programming and operations.

Reception at Chestnut Creek School of the  Arts, 100 North Main Street, Galax

  • Hors d’oeuvres and desserts
  • Cash bar with wine and beer
  • Silent auction of unique hand-made items donated by local artists
  • Live Music

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Rudiments of Rhythm with Nicholas Falk

Rudiments of Rhythm with Nicholas Falk
Tuesdays, May 1-22, 5:30-7:00pm
Cost: $78.00 (register by April 17 for a discounted rate of $70.20)
Age 14+
Level: Beginner on up

Rudiments are the building blocks that make up the foundation of Drumming in most American and European musical styles. From Classical to Rock and Roll, every percussionist must know their rudiments.

In this class we will explore the 26 basic rudiments, including sticking patterns, rolls and flams as well as other common patterns that define the vocabulary of modern drumming.

Complete beginners and experienced drummers alike can benefit from a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in this class, however no experience is necessary to participate. Teacher will provide drumsticks and pads for hands on practice and learning in the classroom. Teacher will also provide written materials and references for students to continue their development.

Students can expect to leave the class with the ability to play various rudiments from Single Strokes to Paradiddles to Flam Accents. Students will also develop a basic understanding of reading drum notation.

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

Woodworking Studio Safety

May 1, 2018

woodshop safetyWoodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, May 1, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: $10.00
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.

At the end of class you will receive a $10.00 voucher which can be used  for a tuition discount on a Woodworking class OR for one Woodworking Open Studio session.

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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3D Stained Glass Box with Ron Davis

3D Stained Glass Box
Instructor: Ron Davis
Tuesdays, May 1, May 15, May 22
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Class Fee:$78

Materials fee  $7.50 for solder, foil, glass, flux
Skill:  Advanced Beginner -- students must have basic stained glass experience
Age: 16+

Here is a great way to create unique, handmade gifts for birthdays and holidays!  Students will learn how to make a stained-glass box and the size/shape/design can vary.  You can choose from a selection of patterns or design your own.  We will be using the copper foil technique and students will learn how to solder to correct angle for each corner, make a hinge, clasp and feet for their box.

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

Block Printing on Fabric with Kathryn Gauldin

May 5, 2018

Block Printing on Fabric with Kathryn Gauldin
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Skill Level:  All
Cost of Class: $52.00 tuition; materials fee TBD
Age: 14+

This class introduces students to the method of block printing designs on fabric.  Take fabric to a whole different level by creating distinctive blocks for printing and using found objects such as leaves on the fabric.  Students will develop patterns, learn to overlap colors as well as the interaction and visual texture on natural fibers (cotton, linen, and silk).  The instructor will also assist students in exploring extensions of pattern and color using dyes, surface embellishment, and stitchery.

There are many ways to use your newly printed fabric such as in quilts (see our upcoming Stack and Slash Quilt class), garments, and crafts.

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Train the Trainer - Art Journaling

May 12, 2018

Train the Trainer: Art Journaling
Saturday, May 12
10am-12pm
$20 includes all materials

The Train the Trainers program is part of Art 4 Life and designed specifically for providers in the field of counseling and special needs as well as anyone interested in teaching these skills.  This class will help you learn skills and techniques to take back to your clientele and students that encourage lifelong learning, provide the healing aspects of art, and experience the importance of art and cultural opportunities.

This Art Journaling workshop is a great way for you to relax and let your inner artist explore different art mediums, color, texture, and scribbles. Learn a variety of fun techniques to take back with you to your programs.

Supported by a grant from the Twin County Community Foundation.

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Introduction to the Drum Kit with Nicholas Falk

May 16, 2018

Introduction to the Drum Kit with Nicholas Falk
Wednesday, May 16, 5:30-8:00pm
Cost: $32.50
Age 14+

This class is a basic intro to the Drum Set. The class requires no prior knowledge or equipment. The instructor will provide Drums and Sticks for the class but students are encouraged to bring sticks if they have them.

Topics covered will include:

  • Instrument Parts/Pieces
  • Survey of Basic Styles (Rock/Jazz/Latin/Country/Funk)
  • Influential Drummers
  • Iconic Beats/Patterns
  • Drum Notation

The instructor will provide materials and explain basic drum notation. Students will get hands on time at the drum set and will take turns learning and playing simple beats. A list of reference, audio and video will provided so students will be able to continue studies after the class is over. Students can expect to leave the class with a broad understanding of the origins/scope/role and history of the drum set in American Music as well as gain the ability to play basic beats in multiple styles.

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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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Classic Copper Earrings with Amanda Bolen

May 19, 2018

Classic Copper Earrings with Amanda Bolen
Saturday, May 19, 12:00-3:00 pm
Class Fee: $39.00 (register by May 5 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials Fee to instructor at time of class:  will vary around $5.00
Skill Level:  all
Age: 16+

Learn the techniques necessary to create your own copper earrings.  No longer will you need to buy pre-made findings!  In this class you will learn to shape earwires, make jump rings, use the torch to ball wire, paddle wire with a hammer, and use your creative juices to freeform wire into earrings.  Finally, add the finishing touch with a patina of liver of sulfur.

Once you learn these techniques the sky is the limit.  No torch or tools at home?  No worries, join Amanda at Jewelry Open Studio Monday, May 21 from 6 - 8 pm where for a $20 fee you can utilize the tools at CCSA and continue to create and amaze your friends!

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Wheel Basics and Refinement with Rachael McKenzie

June 2, 2018

Wheel Basics and Refinement
Rachael McKenzie
Saturday, June 2 and Saturday, June 9
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class Fee: $130.00
Materials Fee: $25.00 for 10# clay
Age: 16+, Skill Level: B & I

Whether a novice or having some experience on the wheel, the instructor will meet you at your skill level and move you forward.  Never thrown on the wheel before?  Rachael will show you how to get started.  Thrown on the wheel, but want to improve your skills?  Rachael will teach you techniques to make taller and larger vessels.  Either way we’ve got you covered.  As an experienced classroom teacher Rachael can optimize your wheel throwing skills.

Class will take place at the Pottery Studio.  Students should have short fingernails, tie back any long hair, and wear old clothes.  Class includes open studio time in between classes for out-of-class practice.  Maximum 6 people.

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Train the Trainer - Comfort Bird Carving

June 2, 2018

Train the Trainer - Comfort Bird Carving
Saturday, June 2
10am-4pm
$60 includes all materials

The Train the Trainers program is part of Art 4 Life and designed specifically for providers in the field of counseling and special needs as well as anyone interested in teaching these skills.  This class will help you learn skills and techniques to take back to your clientele and students that encourage lifelong learning, provide the healing aspects of art, and experience the importance of art and cultural opportunities.

Learn to Carve a simple bird out of basswood. These birds are called comfort birds because they are smooth enough to rub, and can easily fit in your hands. The gift that keeps on giving.

Supported by a grant from the Twin County Community Foundation.

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Make Your Own Barn Quilt with Nancy White

June 9, 2018

Make Your Own Barn Quilt with Nancy White
Saturday, June 9, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $82.00, including materials (register by May 26 for a discounted rate 76.80)
Materials Provided:  pre-cut boards, paint, brushes, patterns
Age: 18+
Skill:  all

Barn quilts have been decorating our landscape for generations.  The majority of barn quilts are comprised of simple geometric shapes and usually painted in solid colors.  The simplicity in shape and the vibrancy of solid colors make these block easily seen from afar.  Barn quilts began as a movement to honor mothers, quilters and rich American history through the diverse, colorful patterns of these quilt squares.

No experience is necessary to create your own colorful, traditional barn quilt.  Students will paint their own outdoor art piece which can be mounted on a garage, barn, house or other building.  Be prepared to go home with a completed barn quilt of your very own.

Wear your painting clothes and join us for a fun day of barn quilt painting!

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Intro to Flatfooting - Music and Dance Traditions of SW VA

June 11, 2018

Intro to Flatfooting/Music and Dance Traditions of Southwest Virginia
On the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center

Monday, June 11, 11:30am-12:30pm
Free!

Join us the second Monday of the month in June, July, August and September on the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 214 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for an Introduction to Flatfooting. We'll start at 11:30 before the official start of the Mountain Midday Music. Beginning with a few easy flatfoot steps we'll also talk about the dance and music traditions of the area, and finish up with a mini-square dance, local style!

The fabulous Buck Mountain Band will be playing the music for this free workshop. Come have fun, kick up your heels, and learn about the music and dance of the area.

No preregistration is needed.

This class is funded in part by a grant from the Twin County Community Foundation, and is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

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Beginning Rug Hooking Mary Henck

June 16, 2018

Beginning Rug Hooking Mary Henck
Saturday, June 16, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $110,  includes materials fee for kit (fabric, hooks, instructions)
Students will need to bring a 14” – 16” quilting hoop to class, all other materials provided for kit fee
Skill Level:  Beginning
Age: 14+

Students will learn the basic techniques of traditional rug hooking using strips of wool fabric hooked into linen background.  Students will work on a 12” x 12” piece of linen fabric that can be made into a wall hanging, table topper, or pillow.  The instructor will discuss using up-cycled materials as a creative source of fabric.

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Mixed Metal Layered Pendant with Amanda Bolen

June 23, 2018

Mixed Metal Layered Pendant with Amanda Bolen
Saturday, June 23, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class Fee: $65.00 (register by June 9 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials fee to instructor: will vary usually less than $10
Skill level: Beginning
Age: 16+

Learn even more techniques to use on copper as well as German silver in this metalworking class.  The instructor will show you how to cut sheet metal and then texture and sand your pieces.  Using the torch students can add a “wow inspiring” heat patina to your metal.  Layering your pieces is a snap when you learn to use rivets and jump rings.  The finished project is ready to wear once you add a leather cord. Once you learn these techniques the sky is the limit.

No torch or tools at home?  No worries, join Amanda at Jewelry Open Studio Monday, June 25 from 6 - 8 pm where for a $20 fee you can utilize the tools at CCSA and continue to create and amaze your friends!

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Train the Trainer - Collage

July 7, 2018

Train the Trainer - Collage
Saturday, July 7
10am-12pm
$20 includes all materials

The Train the Trainers program is part of Art 4 Life and designed specifically for providers in the field of counseling and special needs as well as anyone interested in teaching these skills.  This class will help you learn skills and techniques to take back to your clientele and students that encourage lifelong learning, provide the healing aspects of art, and experience the importance of art and cultural opportunities.

Learn the basics of collage using a combination of upcycled and new materials. Students will learn how to create 2-3 unique greeting cards.

Supported by a grant from the Twin County Community Foundation.

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Intro to Flatfooting - Music and Dance Traditions

July 9, 2018

Intro to Flatfooting/Music and Dance Traditions of Southwest Virginia
On the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center

Monday, July 9, 11:30am-12:30pm
Free!

Join us the second Monday of the month in June, July, August and September on the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 214 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for an Introduction to Flatfooting. We'll start at 11:30 before the official start of the Mountain Midday Music. Beginning with a few easy flatfoot steps we'll also talk about the dance and music traditions of the area, and finish up with a mini-square dance, local style!

The fabulous Buck Mountain Band will be playing the music for this free workshop. Come have fun, kick up your heels, and learn about the music and dance of the area.

No preregistration is needed.

This class is funded in part by a grant from the Twin County Community Foundation, and is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

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CRE8 Upcycle Art Afterschool

CRE8! Afterschool Upcycle Art
Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25
Cost: $40 per session

CCSA announces a series of classes around the theme of recycled/upcycled art. Upcycling is creatively reusing discarded or found materials to make something new, in this case to create art.

This series of classes will focus on community engagement as well as the creation of art. The series will end with an exhibit of  work submitted by the community as well as the work created by the students themselves.

Students will begin by writing a public Call For Art to invite the Galax community to submit recycled/upcycled art projects for the final exhibit. Various facilitators will lead students through the processes of planning an exhibit, working with the public, and creating their own upcycled art for inclusion in the show.  Students will be introduced to various studios, tools, techniques and materials to enhance their skills both as community leaders and art creators.

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Intro to Flatfooting - Music and Dance Traditions

August 13, 2018

Intro to Flatfooting/Music and Dance Traditions of Southwest Virginia
On the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center

Monday, August 13, 11:30am-12:30pm
Free!

Join us the second Monday of the month in June, July, August and September on the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 214 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for an Introduction to Flatfooting. We'll start at 11:30 before the official start of the Mountain Midday Music. Beginning with a few easy flatfoot steps we'll also talk about the dance and music traditions of the area, and finish up with a mini-square dance, local style!

The fabulous Buck Mountain Band will be playing the music for this free workshop. Come have fun, kick up your heels, and learn about the music and dance of the area.

No preregistration is needed.

This class is funded in part by a grant from the Twin County Community Foundation, and is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

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Intro to Wheel Throwing with Rachael McKenzie

August 18, 2018

Intro to Wheel Throwing
Rachael McKenzie
Saturday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 25
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class Fee: $130.00
Materials Fee:  $25.00 for #10 clay payable to CCSA
Age: 16+, Skill Level: Beginner

Please join instructor Rachael McKenzie on Saturday August 18 and August 25 to learn, step by step, how to make your own creations on the pottery wheel. With her guidance and your open studio pass, you will have studio time between classes to practice and hone your new skills. If you have some wheel experience already, this is a great class to grow your skills. Maximum is 6 students.

Class will take place at the Pottery Studio.  Students should have short fingernails, tie back any long hair, and wear old clothes.  Class includes open studio time in between classes for out-of-class practice.

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Nativity Scenes with Sally Willis

Nativity Scenes
Instructor: Sally Willis
Thursdays
Sept. 6, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Sept. 20,  6:00 - 7:30 pm
Class Fee: $52.00
Materials Fee:  $7.50 for clay (nonmembers)
Skill: all, Age: 14+

Build your own customized nativity scene from clay in this fun workshop.  Students will earn to build slabs, piece clay together using hand building techniques all leading to the creation of your one-of-a-kind nativity scene.  Learn to build this nativity scene in time to make more for yourself or for gifts.  In this introductory class you will feel comfortable playing in clay no matter your skill level. Maximum 8 students.

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

Intro to Flatfooting - Music and Dance Traditions

September 10, 2018

Intro to Flatfooting/Music and Dance Traditions of Southwest Virginia
On the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center

Monday, September 10, 11:30am-12:30pm
Free!

Join us the second Monday of the month in June, July, August and September on the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 214 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for an Introduction to Flatfooting. We'll start at 11:30 before the official start of the Mountain Midday Music. Beginning with a few easy flatfoot steps we'll also talk about the dance and music traditions of the area, and finish up with a mini-square dance, local style!

The fabulous Buck Mountain Band will be playing the music for this free workshop. Come have fun, kick up your heels, and learn about the music and dance of the area.

No preregistration is needed.

This class is funded in part by a grant from the Twin County Community Foundation, and is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Register Now

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!