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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.

Jewelry Studio with Karin

February 16, 2016

Karin Carlson-Muncy in the studioJewelry Studio with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Tuesday, February 16, 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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Creating Larger Vessels on the Wheel with Hannah Martin

Creating Larger Vessels on the Wheel with Hannah Martin
Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 16-March 3, 5:30-8:30pm*
Tuition: $234.00 (register by February 2 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $62.50 (payable to CCSA)**
Level: Intermediate - Advanced (students should already be able to consistently throw a 1 lb cylinder)
Age 16+

This class is designed for students that have some experience wheelthrowing, and now want to focus on creating larger wheelthrown pots. We’ll discuss techniques for wedging, centering, pulling, and trimming pieces in excess of 5 and 10 pounds. After the first week, we’ll practice the techniques of coil-and-throw as well as building taller pieces in multiple sections. There will be discussion of how to glaze larger pieces, but students will likely glaze much of their work from the class on their own time after the course has finished.

Each student should bring a towel and wear clothes that can get clay-covered, as well as any personal tools they prefer to use.

*Students should expect to stay an additional 1/2 hour each evening for clean up

**Additional clay will be available for purchase if needed

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Jewelry Studio with Karin

February 17, 2016

Karin Carlson-Muncy in the studioJewelry Studio with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Wednesday, February 17, 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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Accent Mirror Mosaic-Two for One

February 20, 2016

Nikki Pynn Mosaic MirrorAccent Mirror Mosaic - Two for One! with Nikki Pynn
Saturday, February 20, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 for 2 people (register by February 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $10 (one project per couple) payable to instructor
Level: Beginner
Age: 6+

Parent/Child or Partners can make a small 4" x 6" accent mirror piece to hang or give as a gift; a representation of your time together.  Cuples, make a piece together with the colors that best represent you, then hang it as a symbol of your love.  Stained glass pieces in varying shapes and colors in a rock tumbler to dull the edges and make them safe to handle.  The process takes you through a creative approach of learning mosaic and principles of design. $10 Materials Fee payable to instructor for all materials necessary for class project.

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Sculptural Portraiture with Todd Price

February 20, 2016

Sculptural Portraiture with Todd Price
Saturday, February 20, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by February 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
Model Fee: $15.00
Materials $20.00 to instructor
All levels
Age 18+

Using live models, sculpt facial expressions capturing character and mood. We will then sculpt a Portrait Bust.

You must call the Instructor, Todd Price, for clay order. 276-768-9073.  Materials: $20.00

Supply List:

  • Roma Plastilina Clay, medium
  • Sculpting tools
  • Armature materials: wood block, wire, foam balls

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Whats in the Bucket with Ann Childress

February 20, 2016

Whats in the Bucket with Ann ChildressWhat's in the Bucket? with Ann Childress
Saturday, February 20, 9:30am-12:30pm

Tuition: $39.00 (register by February 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
All levels
Age: 16+

Learn more about what’s in the Pottery Studio glazes and the role those materials play in the fired appearance of a glaze. Also, we’ll take a look at why glazes occasionally change in appearance from batch to batch and ways to adjust glazes that settle or ‘gel’. Students will learn to use the triple beam balance for weighing glaze materials.

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Hands-on Studio: Hand Built Jug with Nana Mae

February 22, 2016

Hand built jug Nana MaeHands-on Studio: Hand Built Jug with Nana Mae
Monday, February 22, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: $10
Materials: $5.00 for clay
All levels
Age 16+

Hands-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.

Students will use their creative talents to construct a jug with a face.  Using hand building techniques, Nana will show you how to form a jug.  You will form facial features to be added to the jug.  Your expression of expressions will determine the outcome. Flash back to Mr. Potato Head and the fun you had creating character by changing facial parts.  The same premise applies here.  Add facial parts to create an expression that “says it all.”  The possibilities are limitless.

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Bourbon and Brush at Creek Bottom Brews

February 27, 2016

Bourbon & Brush
Saturday, February 27, 6:00-8:00 pm
Tuition $35 ($5 discount if  you register  by noon on Friday, February 26)
Painting supplies included; beer, bourbon, and food available for purchase
Creek Bottom Brews, 307 N Meadow St, Galax, VA

Van Gogh, daVinci, Vermeer, and YOU! Bourbon & 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 painting on stretched canvas that will be ready to hang or give as a gift. Enjoy your favorite beer or bourbon and a snack in the Bourbon Room at Creek Bottom Brews in Galax.

Purchase a beverage, grab an apron, and take a seat! Paint, canvas, brushes, aprons, and inspiration are included in the modest tuition fee for two hours of creativity and relaxation. As you unwind on a Saturday evening unleash your inner artist and enjoy!

This event is held at Creek Bottom Brews at 307 N Meadow Street in Galax. Food and beverages are available for purchase on site.

Early registration is $30.00, or $35.00 if you wait and register on the day of the event. This fee includes all materials for painting. We have a maximum of 10 students so early registration is encouraged. Seats in the event are only guaranteed upon paid registration.

Online registration ends at noon on Friday, February 26. To register on Friday or Saturday afternoon, call 276-236-3500.

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Beginning Dulcimer with Steve Kilby

Steve Kilby DulcimerBeginning Dulcimer with Steve Kilby
Wednesdays, March 2 -30, 5:30-6:45pm
Tuition: $81.25 (register by February 17 for a 10% tuition discount)
Age 14+
Level: Beginner

Learn to play the mountain dulcimer. Steve will review tuning, strum patterns, and repertoire.

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.

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Beginning Guitar with Steve Kilby

Steve KilbyBeginning Guitar with Steve Kilby
Wednesdays, March 2 - 30, 6:45-8:00pm
Tuition$81.25 (register by February 17 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Beginning
Age: 16+

This class is for people who have never played a guitar, or who need a refresher. Learn how to tune, play basic chords, strumming patterns, and maybe even a little picking!

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.

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Stained Glass - Test the Limits

Nikki Pynn - Test the LimitsStained Glass: Know the Basics? Test the Limits! with Nikki Pynn
Saturdays, March 5 & 12, 9:00am-4:00pm each day
Tuition: $156 (register by February 20 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $10-25 for glass, solder (based on materials used)
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Age: 18+

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

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

Fundamentals of Painting

March 5, 2016

After Midnight by Viktoria MajesticFundamentals of Painting with Viktoria Majestic
Saturday, March 5, 9:00am-4:00 pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by February 20 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.

Participants of this workshop will be guided through the fundamentals of painting, color mixing, canvas preparation and will learn the secrets of how to create a beautiful painting from start to finish. Demonstration will be in oil however, if you prefer acrilycs you are welcome to bring your own. Viktoria uses an easy to understand method starting the class with a step by step demonstration. She will provide specific advice and tips tailored to you to help you move forward in painting. Participants can expect to complete 1 medium-size painting during this workshop.

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. Click on the arrow in the dropdown box to register for all of the sessions.

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Build a Rustic Stool or Bench with Clifton Jones

March 5, 2016

Build a Rustic Stool or Bench with Clifton Jones
Saturday, March 5, 9:00am-1:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by February 20 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $22.50 (payable to instructor)
All levels

You might want to sit down for this!  Cliff Jones will be offering a class on how to build a rustic stool or bench.  Students will build their piece with lumber slabs and cured sticks.  In the building of the stool/bench, students will learn how to shape seats, make tenons on sticks, and assemble the finished piece.

This class will also include a discussion on design and material considerations so that students will be able to make more seating on their own upon completion of the class.  Each student will complete one bench or stool in the course of this class.

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Stained Glass II with Don and Elaine Jones

Stained Glass II with Don and Elaine Jones
Tuesdays, March 8-29, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $104.00 (register by February 23 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Intermediate
Age 14+

In this intermediate class you will make a  Small Window. Learn about designing principles, templates, framing, window construction and finishing techniques, with an introduction to advanced tools and shop setup. Discussion will include elements of design to enable students to create individual projects.

Materials available at CCSA for purchase.

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

Wheel Thrown Plates with Josh and Donna Ellis

Wheel Thrown Plates Donna EllisWheel-Thrown Plates with Josh and Donna Ellis
Tuesday and Thursday, March 8 and 10, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by February 23 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $25.00 (CCSA)
Level: Intermediate (student must be able to center 3+ pounds of clay

This is an introduction to wheel thrown plates. Students will make small/dessert sized plates and progress to large dinner sized plates.

Students will be challenged to learn to center larger amounts of clay. Students will learn how to open clay horizontally as well as learning to trim a double foot on bottom on plate, as well as the “tapping on to center” process of centering a piece in order to trim without the aid of a giffen grip centering tool.

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

Surface Design II with Ann Childress

Surface Design 2 Ann ChildressSurface Design II with Ann Childress
Wednesdays, March 9 and 16, 6:00-8:30pm; March 23, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $91.00 (register by February 24 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $3.00 to instructor, $15.00 to CCSA (clay fee)
All levels
Age 16+

We’ll have fun making marks on our pots with slip trailing and shellac resist, and by adding sprigs to pieces. Slip trailing is a great way to create detailed raised designs and it’s very forgiving if you want to make a change in your design.

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

Appalachian Singing with Sam Gleaves

March 12, 2016

Sam Gleaves - Photo by Susi Lawson

Sam Gleaves (Photo by Susi Lawson)

Appalachian Singing with Sam Gleaves
Saturday, March 12, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by February 27 for a 10% tuition discount)
All skill levels
Age 16+

Lift your voice and learn to sing old-time songs from the mountains, including ballads, hymns and light-hearted songs. Students participating in the class will experience a variety of traditional singing styles, practice singing without accompaniment, and learn how accompaniment with banjo or guitar shapes a song. Singing will be taught "by ear," in a method suitable for beginners and experienced singers.

By learning the stories behind the songs and backgrounds of traditional singers, students will be exposed to the diverse cultures of Appalachia. Repertoire will include songs from Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina and Eastern Kentucky, from such sources as the Carter Family, Sheila Kay Adams, Jean Ritchie, and others.  Singers of all levels and ages are welcome; experience playing a stringed instrument is not required, but those who do play are welcome to bring instruments. 

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.

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Concert with Sam Gleaves

March 12, 2016

Sam Gleaves, Photo by Mary Sue ScottConcert with Sam Gleaves
Saturday, March 12, 7:00pm
$10 at the door (advance ticket purchase online will be available beginning February 29)

Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Under the direction of local teacher and barber Jim Lloyd, Sam took up stringband instruments as a teenager, including the banjo, guitar, fiddle, autoharp and dulcimer. With his mentor ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams, Sam found his voice and fell in love with the mountain love songs, which he carries into his generation with pride. Sam’s performances combine traditional Appalachian ballads, dance tunes, original songs and the stories that surround the music.

Sam earned a degree in Folklore from Berea College and has performed throughout the east coast of the U.S. and internationally in Ireland and Japan with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Al White. Sam writes new songs in the Appalachian tradition, telling stories about love, the home place, working people and present social issues in the mountains.

Sam’s music has been featured on Kentucky Educational Television, West Virginia Public Radio, Appalshop’s WMMT FM, and in print for LEO Weekly and Still Journal. With three recordings under his belt, (Shadow of a Song 2010, A Little While In The Wilderness 2012, and Carrying On: Live Performances 2013) Sam is currently collaborating with producer and activist-musician Cathy Fink on his recently released debut album of his original songs, "Ain’t We Brothers".

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.

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Journal Fodder Junky: Cultivating Creativity

March 12, 2016

Journal Fodder Junkies - Cultivating CreativityJournal Fodder Junky: Cultivating Creativity
Saturday, March 12, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150.00  (register by February 27 for a 10@ tuition discount)
Level: All
Supply list provided

What would happen if we openly invited a bit of randomness and chaos into our working habits and looked at the messiness with a sense of possibility and wonder? What if we began to purposefully cultivate spontaneous acts as a way to set aside our fears of making mistakes and to spark creative leaps?

In this mixed media workshop learn to embrace the surprises that arise from giving up a little control as you give yourself a chance to play and reconnect with your inner child. Using a variety of materials, discover how unintentional marks and creative accidents can open you to the beauty of imperfections and break you out of your comfort zone. Learn to use unconventional and unpredictable techniques - like dripping paint, dragging string, and bleeding marker - to jolt yourself into new artistic directions as you embrace the messier and more chaotic side of life and artmaking.

Supplies Provided by Teacher:

  • Packaging Tape
  • Limited sets of watercolor and watercolor pencil
  • Eyedroppers
  • String

Supply List:

  • Sketchbook, visual journal, and/or a variety of loose mixed media paper
  • Small set of watercolors
  • Small set of watercolor pencils
  • Small water cup
  • Variety of brushes
  • Waterproof pens and/or markers of various colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick – UHU Jumbo recommended
  • Random ephemera – photos, postcards, papers, ticket stubs, maps and any other inspiring, personal items

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Bandsaw Box Basics with Rob Redus

Bandsaw Box Basics with Rob Redus
Saturday, March 12, 8:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, March 13, 9:00am-3:00pm
Tuition: $156.00 (register by February 27 for a 10@ tuition discount)
Materials: TBD
Level: Beginner

In this class, students will learn how to create unique small boxes out of hard wood using the bandsaw.  Students may work from designs provided by the instructor, or create their own design patterns.

This class will cover safe operation of the bandsaw and stationary sanding machines, as well as rasps and files.  This will be a great class for students who are new to working with wood.

The instructor will also discuss various finishing techniques for the completed boxes.  Each student should plan on completing two bandsaw boxes over the course of this class.

 

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

Journal Fodder Junky: Building Layers

March 13, 2016

Journal Fodder Junkies - Building LayersJournal Fodder Junky: Building Layers
Sunday, March 13, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $150.00 (register by February 28 for a 10% tuition discount)
All levels
Supply list provided

Have you ever wondered how artists are able to layer and mix material and ephemera to create stunning pieces? Have you ever longed to create richly layered pieces of your own? Then this workshop is for you.

 Using a process of exploration and discovery, this mixed media workshop will show you how easy it is to use simple materials and techniques to create those rich layers in your art. There’s no need for fancy materials and complex processes, because you will explore a variety of approaches that use different combinations of basic art media and techniques that lead to unique and visually complex works. A wide range of layering techniques using watercolor, watercolor pencil, collage, drawing, and image transfers will be demonstrated so that you can create texture, depth, and meaning. Come with an openness to explore, and leave with rich, layered mixed-media pieces.

Supplies Provided by Teacher:

  • Limited collage fodder – papers and images
  • Packaging Tape
  • Limited sets of watercolor and watercolor pencils

Supplies Needed for Class:

  • Watercolor or mixed-media paper at least 90 lbs. weight - any desired - at least 5 pieces
  • Small set of watercolors
  • Small set of watercolor pencils
  • Small water cup
  • Variety of brushes
  • Variety of pens, pencils, and markers
  • Several quality waterproof pens or markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick – UHU Jumbo recommended
  • Collage materials – photos, postcards, colored papers, ticket stubs, maps and any other visually inspiring items

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Jewelry Studio with Karin

March 16, 2016

Karin Carlson-Muncy in the studioJewelry Studio with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Wednesday, March 16, 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

March 17, 2016

Karin CarlsonJewelry Studio with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Thursday, March 17, 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

March 18, 2016

Karin CarlsonJewelry Studio with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Friday, March 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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Introduction to Pastels with Arlene Daniels

March 19, 2016

Arlene Daniel pastel - California CoastIntroduction to Pastels with Arlene Daniels
Saturday, March 19, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00
Material Fee: $10.00 (payable to instructor)
All Levels
Age 18+

The beauty of pastels are their rich color and their direct application to the paper. Now’s your chance to try this great medium. In this class we’ll cover the different types of pastels and papers and their uses. We’ll discuss the use of washes for underpaintings with a brief demo. The remainder of the time will be designated to creating your pastel painting. There will be lots of individual attention to each student.

$10 Materials fee (payable to instructor upon arrival) includes sanded pastel paper and use of instructor’s pastels.

Students are to bring 8-10 reference photos, drawing board, an old brush, and wet wipes.

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Simple Solder I

March 19, 2016

simple soldering 1 - sterling silver ring - karin carlson-muncySimple Solder I with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Saturday, March 19, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by March 5 for a 10% tuition discount)
Material $15.00 (payable to instructor)

Learn the basics of simple jewelry soldering with an oxygen/propane torch.  Class will cover basic torch set-up and safety, an overview of tool and chemical usage and students will fabricate a simple sterling silver band ring of their own design and experiment with soldering copper as time allows.

Metal and supplies provided by instructor for material fee of $15.

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Make a Turkey Box Call with Todd Shaw

March 19, 2016

Turkey Call Todd ShawMake a Turkey Box Call with Todd Shaw
Saturday, March 19, 9:00am-1:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by March 5 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $15.00 (payable to instructor)
Age: 16+

Details to come.

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Pastel Portraits with Arlene Daniels

March 20, 2016

Arlene Daniel Pastel Portrait - Red hatPastel Portraits with Arlene Daniels
Sunday, March 20, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (Register by March 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
Material Fee: $10.00 (payable to instructor)
Level: Intermediate
Age 18+

Class will begin with a brief demo outlining how to get the proportions of the head to get a likeness of your model.  Class will include a brief discussions of how to use your pastels, pencils and paper.  The rest of the time will be designated to your portrait with lots of individualized attention.

$10 Materials Fee (payable to instructor upon arrival) for 9’ x 12” sanded pastel paper, pastels and pastel pencils.

Students are to bring drawing board, 8-10 photo reference include both black and white and color.

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Beginning Metalwork

March 20, 2016

Karen Carlson-Muncy Beginning Metalworking IBeginning Metalwork with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, March 20, 1:00-5:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by March 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials $5.00

We'll design and fabricate a simple piece of jewelry of your own choosing in brass, copper, German silver 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.  We'll learn different methods of hammer texturing and basic cold connection techniques.  Any level of student, from beginner to more advanced, will be able to enjoy this class and learn new metalworking techniques.

All supplies provided and covered by a $5 material fee.

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Beginning Wheel with Donna Ellis

Donna Tully's workBeginning Wheel with Dona Ellis
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 22 - April 7, 6:30-8:30pm
Tuition: $156.00 (register by March 8 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $25.00 (payable to CCSA)
Age 16+

Learn basic wheel skills.

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Bourbon and Brush at Creek Bottom Brews

March 26, 2016

Bourbon and Brush at Creek Bottom Brews
Saturday, March 26, 6:00-8:00pm

Tuition $35 ($5 discount if  you register  by noon on Friday, February 26)
Painting supplies included; beer, bourbon, and food available for purchase
Creek Bottom Brews, 307 N Meadow St, Galax, VA

Van Gogh, daVinci, Vermeer, and YOU! Bourbon & 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 painting on stretched canvas that will be ready to hang or give as a gift. Enjoy your favorite beer or bourbon and a snack in the Bourbon Room at Creek Bottom Brews in Galax.

Purchase a beverage, grab an apron, and take a seat! Paint, canvas, brushes, aprons, and inspiration are included in the modest tuition fee for two hours of creativity and relaxation. As you unwind on a Saturday evening unleash your inner artist and enjoy!

This event is held at Creek Bottom Brews at 307 N Meadow Street in Galax. Food and beverages are available for purchase on site.

Early registration is $30.00, or $35.00 if you wait and register on the day of the event. This fee includes all materials for painting. We have a maximum of 10 students so early registration is encouraged. Seats in the event are only guaranteed upon paid registration.

Online registration ends at noon on Friday, March 25. To register on Friday or Saturday afternoon, call 276-236-3500.

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Fundamentals of Painting: Realistic Pets

April 2, 2016

Boxer Viktoria MajesticFundamentals of Painting: Learn to Paint Realistic Pets with Viktoria Majestic
Saturday, April 2, 9:00am-4:00 pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by March 19 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.

Give yourself the gift of creating fun portraits of your furry family members. We will learn how to get a likeness, and have fun with color, shape and texture to paint pets! Please, bring photos of your favorite pet to work from. Make sure to bring a variety of photos with different light and backgrounds so that we will have some options to choose from if possible 8"x10" in size. Each student will get individual attention and guidance throughout the process of bringing a pet portrait painting to life. Viktoria will walk you through the necessary steps for creating a realistic animal portrait, whether you enjoy painting cats, dogs, horses, or other animals. This is an all-level workshop demonstrated in oil but, you have the option to bring & use your own acrylic paints if you prefer that.

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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Crooked Road Weekend - Fiddle with Paul Brown

Photo © Martin TuckerCrooked Road Weekend - Oldtime Fiddle with Paul Brown
Saturday, April 9, 9:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, April 10 and Sunday, April 10, 10:00am-3:00pm
Tuition:  $145.00 (register by March 26 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Intermediate
Age: 16+

More information to come.

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.

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Crooked Road Weekend - Banjo with Bob Carlin

Bob CarlinCrooked Road Weekend - Oldtime Banjo with Bob Carlin
Saturday, April 9, 9:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, April 10 and Sunday, April 10, 10:00am-3:00pm
Tuition:  $145.00 (register by March 26 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Intermediate
Age: 16+

More information to come.

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.

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Crooked Road Weekend - Backup Guitar with Doug Rorrer

Doug RorrerCrooked Road Weekend - Backup Guitar with Doug Rorrer
Saturday, April 9, 9:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, April 10 and Sunday, April 10, 10:00am-3:00pm
Tuition:  $145.00 (register by March 26 for a 10% tuition discount)
Fee: $15.00 (for fiddle accompaniment)
Level: Intermediate
Age: 16+

More information to come.

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.

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Its About Time - Make a Ceramic Clock with Ann Childress

Ceramic Clocks Ann ChildressIt's About Time - Make a Ceramic Clock with Ann Childress
Tuesday, April 19, 6:00-7:00pm; Thursday, April 21, 6:00-8:00pm; and Tuesday, April 26, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by April 5 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $8.00 to instructor (for clock mechanism), $5.00 to CCSA (clay fee)
Level: Beginner
Age 14+

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 & under glazing.  Clocks provide a great 'canvas' for capturing meaningful textures (grandmother's lace, military buttons, etc.

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Jewelry Studio with Karin

April 20, 2016

Karin CarlsonJewelry Studio with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Wednesday, April 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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Jewelry Studio with Karin

April 22, 2016

Karin CarlsonJewelry Studio with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Friday, April 22, 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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Simple Solder II

April 23, 2016

simple soldering 2 - link earrings - karin carlson muncySimple Solder II with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Saturday, April 23, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by April 9 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials$15.00 (payable to instructor)

Continue honing the basics of simple jewelry soldering with an oxygen/propane torch.  Class will review basic torch set-up and safety, an overview of tool and chemical usage and students will fabricate a pair of sterling silver link earrings of their own design and experiment with soldering copper as time allows.  It's very helpful to have some previous soldering experience or previous Soldering I class but not absolutely necessary.

Metal and supplies provided by instructor for material fee of $15.

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Beginning Ukulele with Paula Bradley

April 23, 2016

Paula Bradley Banjo UkeBeginning Ukulele with Paula Bradley
Saturday, April 23, 10:00-12:00am
Tuition: $26.00 (register by April 9 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Beginner/ Intermediate
Age 14+

Paula will review some basic strum patterns and chords that can be used to accompany songs or back up fiddle tunes.

Paula is a singer, flatfoot dancer, and multi-instrumentalist who plays ukulele, guitar, banjo, and piano. She currently plays honkytonk music with the Twangbusters and Girl Howdy, and oldtime music with Moonshine Holler. She was also a member of the Rhythm Rats for many years.

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.

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Concert with Bill Dillof and Paula Bradley

April 23, 2016

Bill Dilloff and Paula BradleyConcert with Bill Dillof and Paula Bradley, aka "Moonshine Holler"
Saturday, April 23, 7:00pm
Admission $10 (Advance tickets will be sold online and at the school beginning April 11)

Join us for a concert with husband and wife duo Bill Dillof and Paula Bradley, also known as Moonshine Holler.

Moonshine Holler can only be described as "a two person music festival that captures the essence of American southern roots music." Featuring Appalachian ballads, blues and breakdowns on more musical instruments than they can juggle - fiddle, banjo, guitar, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica and ukulele - the duet has performed across the country and abroad. Sometimes rowdy, sometimes reverent, always a ruckus!

Moonshine Holller - Paula Bradley and Bill DilloffA two-person music festival that captures the essence of American southern roots music, this duet is devoted to the rich repertoire of old-time music.

A West-by God-Virginian, Bradley toured Germany and the U.S with old-time darlings "Uncle Earl"; she has also toured and recorded with banjo innovator Tony Trischka and traditional music powerhouse Bruce Molsky; she appears on Trischka's CD "Territory", named 2009 "Best Americana Album" by the Independent Music Awards (IMA). Dillof is a member of the legendary NYC-based band "Major Contay & The Canebrake Rattlers" who have been at the heart of NYC's roots music scene for over 30 years.

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.

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Carter Family Style Guitar and Repertoire

April 23, 2016

Moonshine HollerCarter Family Style Guitar and Repertoire with Bill Dillof and Paula Bradley
Saturday, April 23, 1:00-4:00pm
Tuition: $45.00 (register by April 9 for a 10% tuition discount)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Age 16+

Bill Dillof and Paula Bradley will co-lead this workshop on Carter Family guitar, harmonies and repertoire. There will be break-out sessions for those interested in learning the thumb-lead "Carter Scratch" and Maybelle-style breaks from Bill, and for simple guitar backup to focus on harmonies with Paula. The groups will come together to play and sing the songs they've learned.

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.

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Mothers Day Gift with Donna Ellis

Mother's Day Gift with Donna Ellis
Saturday, April 23, 10:00am-1:00pm and Thursday, April 28, 7:00-8:30pm
Tuition: $58.00 (register by April 9 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $12.50 (to CCSA)
Level: All
Age 11+

Learn to work with clay via the hand building/slab building process and create a simple, beautiful wall pocket for flowers as well as a coil built vase. No pottery experience necessary and Mothers/children duos welcome.

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

Beginning Harmonica with Bill Dillof

April 23, 2016

Bill Dilloff HarmonicaBeginning Harmonica with Bill Dillof
Saturday, April 23, 10:00am-12:00pm
Tuition: $26.00 (register by April 9 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Beginner
Age: 14+

Harmonica makes a great accompaniment to songs and fiddle tunes. Join Bill as he teaches you harmonica techniques and repertoire, including simple breaks to accompany a song and fiddle tunes. More information about type of harmonica needed will be posted later.

Bill plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica, Hawaiian guitar, and sings. He plays with  Paula Bradley as Moonshine Holler and is also a member of the legendary Canebrake Rattlers, a NYC-based stringband known for their authentic “78 rpm” sound. He is also known for his love of Pop Stoneman songs, where he plays the harmonica using a rack while playing guitar to accompany himself.

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.

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Bourbon and Brush at Creek Bottom Brews

April 23, 2016

Bourbon and Brush at Creek Bottom Brews
Saturday, April 23, 6:00-8:00pm

Tuition $35 ($5 discount if  you register  by noon on Friday, February 26)
Painting supplies included; beer, bourbon, and food available for purchase
Creek Bottom Brews, 307 N Meadow St, Galax, VA

Van Gogh, daVinci, Vermeer, and YOU! Bourbon & 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 painting on stretched canvas that will be ready to hang or give as a gift. Enjoy your favorite beer or bourbon and a snack in the Bourbon Room at Creek Bottom Brews in Galax.

Purchase a beverage, grab an apron, and take a seat! Paint, canvas, brushes, aprons, and inspiration are included in the modest tuition fee for two hours of creativity and relaxation. As you unwind on a Saturday evening unleash your inner artist and enjoy!

This event is held at Creek Bottom Brews at 307 N Meadow Street in Galax. Food and beverages are available for purchase on site.

Early registration is $30.00, or $35.00 if you wait and register on the day of the event. This fee includes all materials for painting. We have a maximum of 10 students so early registration is encouraged. Seats in the event are only guaranteed upon paid registration.

Online registration ends at noon on Friday, April 22. To register on Friday or Saturday afternoon, call 276-236-3500.

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Cold Connections

April 24, 2016

cold connections - Karin Carlson MuncyCold Connections with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, April 24, 1:00-4:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by April 10 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials $8.00 (paid to instructor)
Level: Beginner (some metalworking experience recommended)

We'll design and fabricate a riveted piece of jewelry of your choosing in brass, copper, German silver or a combination of metals using a variety of tools including shears, chasing hammer, rawhide mallet, riveting hammer, flexshaft with assorted bits and wheels, and assorted files and pliers.  This class will cover the use of tube rivets and ball rivets, which can be used to connect multiple pieces of metal or nonmetal material with no soldering necessary!  This class is okay for ambitious beginners, but at least some experience with metalworking is helpful.

All materials supplied by instructor for an $8 material fee.

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Intermediate Old-time Fiddle with Eddie Bond

eddie bond fiddleIntermediate Old-time Fiddle with Eddie Bond
Tuesdays, May 3-31, 5:45-7:00pm
Tuition: $81.25 (register by April 19 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Intermdediate
Age: 16+

Get tuned up for the summer! Eddie will teach techniques and repertoire. Good kickoff to the festival/fiddlers convention season to get a few new tunes under your belt and learn some fun bowing techniques.

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.

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

Fundamentals of Painting: Bringing the Garden into the Studio

May 7, 2016

Florals Made Easy with Viktoria MajesticFundamentals 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.sunflowers 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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Stained Glass III with Don and Elaine Jones

Stained Glass III with Don and Elaine Jones
Tuesdays, May 10-31, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $104.00 (register by April 26 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Advanced
Age 14+

In this advanced class you will make a  Jewelry Box. You will use the skills you acquired in the previous classes including project design, layout and implementation, completion and finishing techniques including patina and polishing techniques. By the end of the class, students should be able to develop their design, and create a project of their own passion, in a small self contained in home studio.

Materials available for purchase at CCSA.

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

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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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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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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Box That - An Introductory Woodworking Class for Women

Box That! An Introductory Woodworking Class for Women, with Christina Boy
Friday, May 27, 5:00-8:00pm; Saturday, May 28, 9:00am-9:00pm; and Sunday, May 29, 1:00-5:00pm
Tuition: $227.50 (register by May 13 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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This is a series. Please select any of the dates below to register.

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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The Art of Gourd Banjo Making with Jeff Menzies

gourd banjo - Jeff MenziesThe Art of Gourd Banjo Making with Jeff Menzies
Monday-Saturday, June 6-11, 9:00am-7:00pm each day
Tuition: $702.00 (register by May 23 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $125.00 (payable to instructor)
All skill levels
Age 18+

Jeff Menzies with gourdsStudents 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 $125 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.

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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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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.

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.

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!