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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.

Box That - An Introductory Woodworking Class for Women

Box That! An Introductory Woodworking Class for Women, with Christina Boy
Friday, June 3, 5:00-8:00pm; Saturday, June 4, 9:00am-7:00pm; and Sunday, June 5, 11:00am-5:00pm
Tuition: $227.50 (register by May 20 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials $35.00 (payable to instructor)
Level: beginner

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

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

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

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Fundamentals of Painting: Landscapes Made Easy

June 4, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Creating Casserole Dishes on the Wheel with Hannah Martin

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

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

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

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

Free Flatfooting Workshop at the BRMC

June 6, 2016

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

Join us the first Monday of the month in June, July, August and September on the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 214 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for an Introduction to Flatfooting. We'll start at 11:30 learning a few steps before the start of the Mountain Midday Music. At noon the Buck Mountain Band will begin kicking up their tunes so you can practice what you've been learning. Marianne will stick around until 12:30 to teach a couple more steps, call a square dance, or just have fun dancing with you to this fabulous old-time band.

No preregistration is needed.

This class is part of our Music Making in Galax series supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts, and is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

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Sgraffito Design on Clay with Donna Ellis

June 11, 2016

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

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

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

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Ivy Rowe with Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens

June 12, 2016

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Ivy Rowe with Barbara Bates Smith, accompanied by Jeff Sebens

Sunday, June 12, 3:00 pm, reception to follow
Ticket price $20.00

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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Make a Quick Turkey Box Call with Todd Shaw

June 18, 2016

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

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

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Paper Bag Journal with Penney Klaproth

June 18, 2016

paper bag journal Penney Klaproth 1Paper Bag Journal with Penney Klaproth
Saturday, June 18, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuition:  $78.00 (register by June 4 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials:  $5.00 for various papers, fabric, paint, ephemera, payable to instructor
Level:  Beginner to Advanced Beginner*  basic machine sewing skills a plus, but not required
Age: 18+

paper bag journal Penney Klaproth 2Learn to make a unique journal with materials you would normally trash or recycle!  This shabby-chic journal is made using recycled paper bags and those crinkly bags inside the cereal box!  The front of the journal shows off a brooch or pendant nestled in velvet for pizazz.  Add to that some paint, stitching, pop tabs, paper doilies, and book pages to create a journal you’ll be proud to show off.

Already thrown away or recycled those paper bags and cereal bags?  No problem.  Penney will have plenty to share.  If you have a fairly large piece of jewelry you’d like to use bring it or choose from the instructor’s stash.

In this class you will learn how to turn recycled items into unique pages, embellish those pages, use paint, doodles, and stitches to up the “wow” factor, create interactive elements, and lastly use a simple binding technique to hold it all together.

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June Woodworking Studio Safety Class

June 20, 2016

 

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Monday, June 20, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Limit 10 per class - pre-registration strongly recommended

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

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

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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.

Summer CRE8!

cre8 circular logoSummer CRE8!
Wednesdays, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, 10:00am-2:30pm
Tuition: $40 per day, or $200 for the whole series
Age: 7-18

CRE8! is an arts and creativity program for kids. The summer program runs on Wednesdays, from June 22-July 27, and introduces a variety of arts disciplines including photography, printing, jewelry, clay, theater, and printmaking, with a different topic each week.

All classes begin at 10:00 am and will be taught by the same instructor all day.  Classes are split into two sessions – 10:00 am – 12:00 noon and 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm.  Each day allows 30 minutes for lunch from 12:00 noon to 12:30 pm.

Materials, with the exception of pottery clay and jewelry wire/findings, are included in the tuition.  If you register for all six weeks you will receive the sixth class free.  Some of the classes fill quickly so please don’t delay if there is a class in which you wish to enroll your child.  Please don’t hesitate to register by phone as well as in person to guarantee enrollment.  Some of our classes will have an expanded number of seats available this summer!

Schedule:

June 22: Cell Phone Photography with Elizabeth Alexander.
Bring your cell phone with photo capability or a point-and-shoot camera to this class and learn the basics of photography such as lighting, composition, and subject choice. Learn to use your phone or camera with a pro! (Maximum 12 students)

June 29: Sun Printing with Amanda Bolen
Create images (photograms) without using a camera! Learn about an early photographic process called “Cyanotypes” which uses the sun and light sensitive paper to create photograms. Bring small items such as buttons, lace, flowers, leaves, blades of grass or choose from items provided by Amanda. You will create at least two (2) 5X7 prints ready to be framed at home. (Maximum 10 students)

July 6: Basic Wire Work Jewelry with Amanda Bolen
Learn how to transform copper wire into jewelry. Use pliers and hammers to take wire and turn it into an adjustable ring and pendant.Students will leave the class with at least 2 new pieces of jewelry they made themselves! **Additional materials fee for wire and findings --$5.00 (Maximum 10 students)

July 13: Clay Masks with Rachael McKenzie
Make your own decorative mask at the pottery studio!  Learn about clay and the steps involved in creating a unique mask that you design. You will learn different techniques to attach pieces as well as mark making methods to personalize your mask. **Additional clay fee for 2.5# clay – $7.50 (Maximum 12 students)

July 20: “School’s Out for Summer” Theater with Vicky Town
Master storyteller Vicky will work her magic as she guides the students through a production of a short play which will be performed at the Rex Theater in downtown Galax. Students should wear a swim suit under their clothes and bring a towel. Family members and friends are invited to join us at the Rex at 2:15 as the students share their work on stage. (Maximum 12 students)

July 27: Beginning Printmaking with Catherine Gural
Students will learn the basics of printmaking beginning with how to design a print and ink a plate to produce an original print. Watch as your print comes to life by using the printing press with guidance.  (Maximum 10 students)

To register, click on any of the registration dates - this will take you to the CRE8! registration page.

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Quick Canoe with Jeff Sebens

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

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

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

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

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

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Bourbon & Brush at Creek Bottom Brews

June 25, 2016

Bourbon & Brush at Creek Bottom Brews
Saturday, June 25, 6:00-8:00 pm
Tuition $35 (register by noon June 24, for a $5 discount)
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.

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Stained Glass: Know the Basics - Test the Limits

Nikki Pynn - Test the LimitsKnow the Basics? Test the Limits! Stained Glass with Nikki Pynn
Saturday, July 2 and 9, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $130.00 (register by June 18 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.

Free Flatfooting Workshop at the BRMC

July 4, 2016

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

Join us the first Monday of the month in June, July, August and September on the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 214 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for an Introduction to Flatfooting. We'll start at 11:30 learning a few steps before the start of the Mountain Midday Music. At noon the Buck Mountain Band will begin kicking up their tunes so you can practice what you've been learning. Marianne will stick around until 12:30 to teach a couple more steps, call a square dance, or just have fun dancing with you to this fabulous old-time band.

No preregistration is needed.

This class is part of our Music Making in Galax series supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts, and is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

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Beginning Wheel with Donna Ellis

Donna Tully's workBeginning Wheel with Donna Ellis
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 5 - 26, 9:00 - 11:30 am
Tuition: $227.50 (register by June 21 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $25 for 25 lbs of clay
Level: Beginner
Age: 16+

Learn how to throw on the wheel from start to finish, including preparing the clay, centering, throwing your piece, adding handles, etc. to the piece, and glazing your work.

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Glaze Development with Hannah Martin

July 11, 2016

Glaze Development with Hannah Martin
Monday, July 11, 6:00-8:30pm
Tuition: $32.50 (register by June 27 for a 10% tuition discount)

More info to come.

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July Woodworking Studio Safety Class

July 18, 2016

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Monday, July 18, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Limit 10 per class - pre-registration strongly recommended

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

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

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Sculpting a Bowl with Hand Tools with David Caldwell


Sculpted Bowl David Caldwell scallopSculpting a Bowl with Hand Tools with David Caldwell

Friday-Sunday, July 22-24, 9:00am-6:00pm
Tuition: $312.00 (register by July 8 for  a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $20.00 (payable to instructor)
All levels
Age 16+

Sculpted Bowl David Caldwell handsMake a small vessel, sculpted with mallet and gouge from your choice of hardwoods.  We’ll dig into the mystery of working “with the grain” and learn the uses of a variety of carving tools, as well as how to sharpen and handle them safely.

Use of power tools will be kept to a minimum, as traditional carving methods will be the emphasis.

Tools are available, but students are encouraged to bring their own tools and wood if they have them.  Bring safety glasses and ear plugs.  Thin leather or pigskin gloves are also recommended.

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

What a Relief with David Caldwell

What a Relief David Caldwell brackets Hardwood? Sharp tools. WHAT A RELIEF! with David Caldwell
Monday-Friday, July 25-29, 9:00am-6:00pm
Tuition: $520.00 (register by July 11 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $40.00 to instructor
All levels
Age 16+

What a Relief David Caldwell bowlExpress your creativity through the wood medium.  In this class, you will make two projects while exploring the artistry of relief carving. The first project will be a small vessel, sculpted with mallet and gouge from your choice of hardwoods.  We’ll dig into the mystery of working “with the grain”, and learn the uses of a variety of carving tools, as well as how to sharpen and handle them safely.

Then comes the relief. Using one of the most enjoyable of carving woods, bass, we will explore more advanced techniques in the second project while carving a “picture” into wood.  Demonstrations, exercises, and individual instruction will provide you with a strong foundation of basic carving skills, which can be used in furniture making, architectural ornamentation, and sculpture.

What a Relief David Caldwell mantelBoth projects will be of your own design. Students are encouraged to bring ideas and sketches of possible designs that they are interested in.  Both projects should be kept fairly small, probably less than 12 x 12 x 6 inches. Use of power tools will be kept to a minimum, as traditional carving methods will be the emphasis.

Carving tools will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own tools and wood if available. Bring safety glasses, ear plugs, and dust mask.  Thin leather or pigskin gloves are also recommended.

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T-Shirt Pillow with Elizabeth Alexander

July 30, 2016

T-shirt Pillow with Elizabeth Alexander
Saturday, July 30, 12:00-4:00 pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by July 16 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials:  $2.00 interfacing; optional $10.00 pillow form (payable to instructor)
Advanced beginner (need to know how to use a sewing machine)

Love those T-shirt quilts you see on Pinterest?  Have T-shirts you loathe to toss?  Elizabeth will walk you through the process of turning a memory shirt into a unique T-shirt pillow.  You will learn to prepare, cut, and assemble this pillow with the same techniques that can be applied to a T-shirt quilt.  Once you learn these “tricks” you are one step closer to your very own T-shirt quilt.

List of supplies to bring with you:

  • Adult sized t-shirt; writing on one side only
  • Optional -- pillow form, 14 inch pillow forms will be available for purchase from instructor for $10.00
  • Bring your own sewing machine if you have one, however there are machines available for use

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Free Flatfooting Workshop at the BRMC

August 1, 2016

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

Join us the first Monday of the month in June, July, August and September on the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 214 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for an Introduction to Flatfooting. We'll start at 11:30 learning a few steps before the start of the Mountain Midday Music. At noon the Buck Mountain Band will begin kicking up their tunes so you can practice what you've been learning. Marianne will stick around until 12:30 to teach a couple more steps, call a square dance, or just have fun dancing with you to this fabulous old-time band.

No preregistration is needed.

This class is part of our Music Making in Galax series supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts, and is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

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August Woodworking Studio Safety Class

August 15, 2016

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Monday, August 15, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Limit 10 per class - pre-registration strongly recommended

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

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

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Pottery Plates with Ann Childress

Pottery Plates with Ann Childress
Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 16-25, 6:00-8:30 pm
Tuition: $130.00 (register by August 2 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: TBD
Level: Intermediate

More info to come.

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

Pen Turning with Trace Lumpkin

August 20, 2016

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

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

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Turning Christmas Ornaments with Trace Lumpkin

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

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

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

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

Know your Sewing Machine with Elizabeth Alexander

August 24, 2016

Know your machine - Elizabeth AlexanderKnow your Sewing Machine with Elizabeth Alexander
Wednesday, August 24, 1:00-4:00pm
Tuition: $39.00 (register by August 10 for a 10% tuition discount)
All levels

Take your sewing machine out of the closet and learn to use it!  No matter the make or model of your sewing machine Elizabeth will show you the “ins and outs” so that you can use your dust collector to sew.  Learn to maintain (clean and oil) the machine for better performance, thread both top and bobbin, stitch settings as well as what all those gadgets are used for.

Please bring your sewing machine, its manual (if possible), all of the accessories and attachments, thread, and needles.  It’s time to start sewing again and Elizabeth will get you going!

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Intro to Watercolor with Ken Hobson

August 27, 2016

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

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

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

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

Ken Hobson Intro to Watercolor - materialsSupply List

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

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

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Watercolor Landscapes and Dynamic Skies with Ken Hobson

September 3, 2016

 Ken Hobson - landscape and skies 1Watercolor Landscapes and Dynamic Skies with Ken Hobson
Saturday, September 3, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by August 20 for a 10% tuition discount)
Material list provided
Age 13+
Some watercolor experience needed

Add beautiful & dramatic skies to your paintings! We will work on landscapes from the Coast to the Mountains - you may bring your own reference or use images provided.

Ken Hobson - landscape and skies 3During this class, we will focus on

  • Values
  • Atmospheric perspective
  • Using the right amount of water to keep your paintings fresh & not overworked
  • Knowing when to STOP, you have enough detail in your work put your brush down!

Ken Hobson - landscape and skies 2Ken will do series of demos & bring in many of his pieces for inspiration. This will be a fun & challenging workshop with a lot of helpful information.

Some experience with watercolors is preferred!

Supply List (suggested - we will work with what you have)

  • Bring in your paints & palette
  • Round Brushes: #4,#8,#12 & larger
  • Paper, 9”x12” or larger (suggest 140lbs), Strathmore makes a good & reasonably priced spiral bound pad (series 400, with a brown cover). The 300 series with yellow cover is not very good.
  • Paper towels
  • Large water container
  • pencil & eraser
  • 3 ring binder to use as a table tip easel

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Free Flatfooting Workshop at the BRMC

September 5, 2016

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

Join us the first Monday of the month in June, July, August and September on the Breezeway at the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 214 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, for an Introduction to Flatfooting. We'll start at 11:30 learning a few steps before the start of the Mountain Midday Music. At noon the Buck Mountain Band will begin kicking up their tunes so you can practice what you've been learning. Marianne will stick around until 12:30 to teach a couple more steps, call a square dance, or just have fun dancing with you to this fabulous old-time band.

No preregistration is needed.

This class is part of our Music Making in Galax series supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts, and is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

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Make a Rustic Caned Stool

September 10, 2016

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

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

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

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Stained Glass Tree Topper with Nikki Pynn

September 10, 2016

Stained Glass Tree Topper with Nikki Pynn
Saturday, September 10, 1:00-4:00pm
Tuition: $39.00 (register by August 28 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $12.00 (payable to instructor)
All levels and all ages

Make your own Tree Topper this Holiday season that can also be used as a centerpiece.  This class is a great  introduction to the fundamentals of stained glass for any age.

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Clay Clocks with Ann Childress

Ceramic Clocks Ann ChildressIt's About Time - Make a Ceramic Clock with Ann Childress
Wednesday, September 14, 6:00-7:00pm; Thursday, September 15 and 22, 6:00-8:30pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by August 31 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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This is a series. Please select any of the dates below to register.

Make a Mountain Dulcimer with Jeff Sebens

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

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

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

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

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Make Your Own Marbled Paper

September 17, 2016

Make Your Own Marbled Paper with Ann Murray
Saturday,. September 17, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by September 3 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: TBD, payable to instructor
Age 14+

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September Woodworking Studio Safety Class

September 19, 2016

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Monday, September 19, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Limit 10 per class - pre-registration strongly recommended

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

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

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Tiny Card Wallet with Elizabeth Alexander

October 1, 2016

Tiny Card Wallet with Elizabeth Alexander
Saturday, Oct. 1,  12:00-3:00 pm
Tuition: $39.00 (register by September 17 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $6.00 for complete kit (fabric, interfacing, and snap), payable to instructor
Level: Advanced beginner on up (must be able to use a sewing machine)

Running an errand and don’t have time to grab your big bag?  You need Elizabeth’s Tiny Card Wallet which holds everything thing you need and nothing you don’t.  Learn to sew this small wallet with 3 pockets big enough for credit cards and cash.  You will cut, interface, and assemble this cute little wallet.  You will also learn how to attach a snap on the front for the closure.

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Facilitated Studio Time with Ken Hobson

October 8, 2016

Ken Hobson - facilitated studio 1
Facilitated Watercolor Studio with Ken Hobson

Saturday, October 8, 9:am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by September 24 for a 10% tuition discount)
Bring your own supplies
Some watercolor experience needed
Age 13+

Ken Hobson - facilitated studio 2Bring pieces you are working on or getting started on, or pieces you have completed. Ken will help with feedback and direction.

  • Ken will do a variety of demos to help you with difficult areas
  • He will also talk about knowing when you have put enough detail in your work to tell the story...“less is more!”

Ken will bring in many of his paintings for inspiration.

This will be a fun, no pressure workshop with a lot of helpful information. Some experience with watercolor is suggested!

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Build a Rustic Stool or Bench with Clifton Jones

October 8, 2016

Clifton Jones rustic stools
Build a Rustic Stool or Bench with Clifton Jones

Saturday, October 8, 9:00am-1:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by September 24 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $22.50 (payable to instructor)
All levels
Age 18+

Clifton Jones rustic stools in progressYou 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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Intermediate Mandolin with Herschel Sizemore

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

More information to come.

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

Concert with Herschel Sizemore

October 22, 2016

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

More information to come

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Book Making - Long-stitch Binding with Ann Murray

Book Making: Long-stitch Binding with Ann Murray
Saturday and Sunday, October 29 & 30, 9:00 am-4:00pm
Tuition: $156.00 (register by October 15 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: TBD (payable to instructor)

Ann Murray offers unique handmade books, each created with high quality materials and attention to the intended purpose and/or recipient. "The focus of my work is on creating functional items that are pleasing to both eye and hand.  I want my books to be both visually admired and 'petted' because they feel good in one's hand.  The form of the book will enhance the use - whether to read or to write in - to which it is put.  I put creative energy into my books in such a way that their next owners/users will connect positively with that energy.  "

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

Concert with Natalya Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller

November 5, 2016

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

More information to come

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Bluegrass Harmonies with Natalya Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller

November 5, 2016

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

More to come.

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Withdrawal/Cancellation policy

In case of student withdrawal, tuition less 20% is refundable up to two weeks prior to class. Tuition cannot be refunded if student withdraws less than two weeks prior to class.

The class may be cancelled by the CCSA due to low enrollment, severe weather, illness, or other reasons. In cases where the class is cancelled by CCSA, payments are fully refundable.


Are you looking for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)? You can take any of our classes for Wytheville Community College CEU's. You can earn 0.1 CEUs for each hour of class time. The fee is $15. Please contact us to register for this option by calling 276-236-3500. 


Inclement Weather Policy

Morning and Afternoon Classes and Events: If Galax School District is closed due to inclement weather, daytime classes and events are also cancelled.

Evening and Weekend Classes and Events: Cancellation is at the discretion of the instructor or CCSA personnel based on road and weather conditions. CCSA or the instructor will attempt to contact you using the contact email and/or phone numbers you have given us when registering for the class. Notification of cancellation will also be posted on the CCSA and/or Oldtown Pottery Facebook pages.

If a class meeting is one of a series, the class will be rescheduled. If the class is a one-day workshop, it will be cancelled and you will be refunded.


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After confirming your registration, click on the "PayPal" button and choose the "Don't have a PayPal account?" option at the bottom of the screen where you can enter a one-time credit card payment.


Lodging Information

Looking for a place to stay while you are taking a class with us? Click here for a list of area hotels, motels, cabins, and inns. Some of them offer discounts for students taking classes at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts!