Course Listing

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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.

donnayogaYoga Studio with Donna Ellis
Wednesdays, November 30; December 7, 14, 21; January 4, 11; 6:00-7:15
Tuition: $72.00 (register by November 23 for a 10% tuition discount)
All levels
Age 16+

Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat and other yoga accessories.

To register after the series begins give us a call at 276-236-3500. The cost is $13 per session.

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Intro to Yogo with Yvette Ladd

December 8, 2016

Intro to Yoga with Yvette Ladd
Thursday, December 8, 9:00am-10:00am
Tuition: $13.00
Level: Beginner

Have you reached a stage in life where you are asking what's next?

You are invited to experience a sneak peak into body-mind connection for creating a purpose-filled life. No yoga experience necessary. Wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat.

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Figurative Carving in Wood with Todd Price

December 10, 2016

todd-price-figure-carvingFigurative Carving in Wood with Todd Price
Saturday, December 10, 10:00am-5:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by November 26 for a 10% tuition discount)
All Skill Levels
Age 16+

Have you ever picked up a log and thought “I see something in this, could I carve it?”  Todd Price will guide you into finding that figure, human or animal, that is locked in a log of wood.  You will see the figure come out of the wood, using carving tools.

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Restorative Yoga with Yvette Ladd

December 13, 2016

yvette-laddRestorative Yoga for You with Yvette Ladd
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $26.00 (Register by November 30 for a 10% tuition discount)
No experience necessary

Reverse the stress of the holiday season. Give yourself the gift of focused time for your well-being.

Simple practices for self-care:

  • Enjoy uninterrupted time for relaxation
  • Rejuvinate via non-doing
  • Pause from the hustle and bustle to experience comfort and ease

No Yoga experience is necessary. Bolsters & eye pillows provided. Bring a blanket and yoga mat. Essential Oils will be available to enhance your experience.

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Chicken Pocket with Rachael McKenzie

December 17, 2016

chicken pocket Rachael McKenzieChicken Pocket with Rachael McKenzie
Saturday, December 17, 9:00-11:30 am
Tuition: $32.50 (register by December 3 for a 10% tuition discount)
Clay Fee: Purchase clay during class
Level: Beginner

Students will learn the process of creating a whimsical Chicken Pocket that they will be able to hang on the wall. During this process they will learn to use the slab roller, how to make a pattern, how to attach two pieces of clay, and surface texture.

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Life Drawing Studio

December 18, 2016

Life Drawing Studio
Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuition: $30 per session
Age: 18+
Skill level: All
Bring your own supplies

No matter the medium you prefer to work in there is nothing more gratifying that working from life. Do you miss having a model to draw, paint sculpt from? Come join us for monthly stand-alone sessions with a clothed model. Work in a stress free environment with other like-minded artists as you share ideas and encourage each other. Bring your own supplies, we’ll supply the room and the model.

This is a monthly studio, and it will meet on Sundays, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, and December 18

You must register by the Wednesday prior to the session, December 14.

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Fiddle Breakdown with Riley Baugus

December 20, 2016

Riley BaugusFiddle Breakdown with Riley Baugus
Tuesday, December 20, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuition: $19.50 (register by December 6 for a 10% discount)
Level: Intermediate
Age 14+

Join us for the December session of Fiddle Breakdown with Riley Baugus. He'll teach a tune or two from his repertoire that you can add to yours!

Fiddle Breakdown is a way to learn a couple tunes in small doses, so you have time to practice them and add them to your own playlist before learning more. They meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

If we get enough people to do this on a regular basis, we'll keep doing it all winter!

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Woodworking Open Studio Safety Class January 3

January 3, 2017

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, January 3, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Class size is limited and pre-registration before 4:00 on the day of class is required

If you are thinking about attending Woodworking Open Studio, you must first take the Woodworking Studio Safety class to learn about the safe operation of three of our commonly used tools. In addition to being introduced to the studio and learning about studio safety rules, you get will practice adjusting and operating the table saw, band saw, and drill press.

Please note that this class is a prerequisite only to attend Open Studio at the CCSA Woodworking Studio, and is not needed before registering for any of our other woodworking classes as Instructors for those classes will review safety and operating procedures for any piece of machinery used in class.

This class is held on the first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-8:00 pm. The days and times for Open Studio are subject to change - check the footer of CCSA's website for the current Open Studio schedule.

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Embracing Age as a Superpower

yvette-laddEmbracing Age as a Superpower with Yvette Ladd
Every other Thursday, January 5 - April 27, 9:00-11:00am
Thursday, March 30, 9:00am-3:00pm
Tuition: $286.00

This superpower group for life enrichment meets every other week, on Thursday mornings beginning January 5 and ending April 27. This course is for folks of the decades seeking purpose, connection, and community, and for those interested in exploring age as a catalyst for a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Finding meaning and purpose throughout life change is key to vibrant living. Join Yvette on a journey of self-discovery explorng life’s shifting terrain by way of Movement, Mindfulness, Life tools, and Community support.

Each week will be inspired by a theme and will include movement, meditation, journaling, and group discussion.

Weekly Agenda (example)

  • 9:00am: Circle check­‐in & theme introduction
  • 9:30am: Theme Experience
    • 9:35 Warm-Up & Intention setting
    • 9:40 Body
    • 10:05 Meditation
    • 10:10 Integration & Journaling
    • 10:20 Dyads/Triads
  • 10:30am: Circle share and weekly home activity review
  • 11:00am: Session close

The agenda will flex and adjust as we advance through the themes.

One of the meeting dates (March 30) is a day ­ long Retreat into Silence. This retreat offers an opportunity to pause and assess your increased insight into your experience through silence, journaling, and the other components of our usual gatherings. As a guided experience, Yvette will be the only speaker. More details will
be shared about this retreat during the previous sessions.

This series asks for your commitment to the extended time frame and encourages dedication to your personal practices within and outside of the group setting. All activities are optional but your experience will be enhanced by your sincere engagement.

It is suggested that you pre-plan all sessions by marking your calendars and making them a priority. If a session is missed, audio recordings may be available so that you can keep up with the theme of the week. This isn’t mandatory, but will offer a more complete experience of the themes for your benefit. It is recommended that no more than two sessions be missed in total.

Journals are confidential. Protect them from the eyes of others if necessary. You will not be asked to share what’s in your journal; it is a partner of your experience. Bring it to all sessions and keep it nearby during daily practices.

What to bring:

  • You in comfortable, layered clothing
  • Yoga mat
  • Pillow and lap blanket
  • Water/snack (okay during circle time)
  • Journal/Pen

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Wirework Jewelry Basics with Amanda Bolen


wirework-basics-2-amanda-bolenWirework Jewelry Basics with Amanda Bolen

Tuesdays, January 10, 17, and 24, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by December 27 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: TBD
Skill level: Intro
Age 16+

Learn to transform wire into custom jewelry during this three-evening jewelry series, ideal for beginners. Students will learn the basics of wirework, including how to make head pins, jump rings, ear wires, and clasps. Each student will design and make a pair of earrings and a bracelet, by the end of the series. With additional projects possible, if time allows.

 January 10: Tool Basics and Handmade Head Pins

Learn how to use the core tools for jewelry making. Practice manipulating wire to create a desired shape. Students will create handmade head pins (common component used for earrings, and beaded links), which will be used during the second class to create earrings.

wirework-basics-1-amanda-bolenJanuary 17: Basics of Making Earrings

Students will be guided through the steps of creating a pair of earrings from start to finish. Learn how to secure a bead to a head pin using a wire-wrapped loop, make your own jump rings, and make matching ear wires from sterling silver wire.

January 24: Making Connections and Handmade Clasps

Learn how to use basic jewelry components to create a unique design. Students will build on the skills previously learned to design and create a handmade bracelet, finished with a handmade S or toggle clasp.

Students with some wirework experience can skip first class and prorate tuition for 2nd and 3rd (Tuition: $52.00). Included with tuition is one Open Studio Pass scheduled for January 31 6-8pm.

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

Fiddle Breakdown with Erynn Marshall

January 17, 2017

Erynn MarshallFiddle Breakdown with Erynn Marshall
Tuesday, January 17, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuition: $19.50 (register by January 3 for a 10% discount)
Level: Intermediate
Age 14+

Join us for the January session of Fiddle Breakdown where you'll learn a tune or two from the instructor's repertoire that you can add to yours!

Fiddle Breakdown is a way to learn a couple tunes in small doses, so you have time to practice them and add them to your own playlist before learning more. They meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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Building Dovetailed Trays with John Ferguson

dovetail-tray-topBuilding Dovetailed Trays Using the Bandsaw and Table Saw with John Ferguson
Friday, February 3, 5:00-7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, February 4 &5, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $156.00  (register by January 20 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: Approximately $25.00 (payable to provider, type of wood TBD)
Basic skills class, but all skill levels welcome
Age 16+

Learn the basics of furniture making in this Basic Skills class!  Students will make their own tray using dovetail joints and a floating, raised panel for a bottom.John Ferfuson dovetail-tray-pieces-ready-to-assemble

The project will begin with rough lumber and finish with a finished piece using the table saw and band saw for all the cutting and joinery.  No experience necessary- also great for the experienced woodworker to hone their skills.

For more on John Ferguson, visit the Owl in the Poplar webpage webpage or Facebook page.

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

Viking Knit Bracelet with Amanda Bolen

February 4, 2017


viking-knit-2-amanda-bolenViking Knit Bracelet with Amanda Bolen
Saturday, February 4, 10:00am-4:00pm

Tuition: $65.00 (register by January 21 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials TBD
Introductory skill level
Age 16+

viking-knit-1-amanda-bolenSpend a Saturday making a piece of wearable history; learn how to create beautiful flexible chains using a technique called Viking Knit. Examples of these chains have been found in archaeological sites in Scandinavia and the British Isles which date to the 9th and 10th centuries.

Students will learn how to "knit" copper wire around a wooden dowel, and create a Viking Knit bracelet.

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Successful Color Mixing with Viktoria Majestic

February 4, 2017

Viktoria Majestic Successful Color MixingSuccessful Color Mixing with Viktoria Majestic
Saturday, February 4, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by January 21 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $10.00, payable to instructor (canvas, palette of oils, brushes)
Additional material list provided
All levels
Age 12+

In this workshop each student will learn how to mix and control, as well as save money on paints by being able to produce any color they need, from the three primary colors and white.  Studying the color wheel and understanding basic color theory will help you increase your color mixing ability, so that you can create all the beautiful paintings you want whether it's landscape, still-life or portrait.  We will also create color charts that you will take home of future reference.  I demonstrate with oils, but the same color mixing techniques apply equally to acrylics and watercolors.

Materials provided by instructor ($10 fee payable to Viktoria upon arrival)

  • canvas
  • palette of oils
  • use of brushes

Additional materials to bring with you

  • any brushes you have
  • two small containers for Turpentine and Oil

If you work in media other than oil paints, please bring the paints and brushes you are most familiar with. For students bringing their own materials, there is with no material fee.

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Woodworking Studio Safety Class February 7

February 7, 2017

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, February 7, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Class size is limited and pre-registration by 4:00pm on the day of class is required

If you are thinking about attending Woodworking Open Studio, you must first take the Woodworking Studio Safety class to learn about the safe operation of three of our commonly used tools. In addition to being introduced to the studio and learning about studio safety rules, you get will practice adjusting and operating the table saw, band saw, and drill press.

Please note that this class is a prerequisite only to attend Open Studio at the CCSA Woodworking Studio, and is not needed before registering for any of our other woodworking classes as Instructors for those classes will review safety and operating procedures for any piece of machinery used in class.

This class is held on the first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-8:00 pm. The days and times for Open Studio are subject to change - check the footer of CCSA's website for the current Open Studio schedule.

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Reed Basket Making with Peggy Adelman

Peggy Adelman wishi-washi basketReed Basket Making with Peggy Adelman
Friday, February 10, 5:00-7:00pm and Saturday, February 11, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $104.00 (register by January 27 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $35-$45 payable to instructor, based on type of basket kit chosen
Age 16+
All skill levels

Peggy Adelman caseys-countertop basketIn this class the student will make a basket out of basket reed.Peggy Adelman sydneys-satchel basket

There are many different basket options. Some can be decorative and some can be useful. Baskets can be many different shapes, sizes and colors. Each basket will teach the weaver different basket making skills. The baskets could include oak handles, leather handles, wooden bases or woven bases.

Each basket will include dyed reed and there will be different color offerings. Students need to bring a water basin, an old towel, a small screw driver, and heavy duty scissors. The teacher will provide the basket kit and any other necessary tools.

Basket options:

  • Sydney's Satchel: medium sized tote with braided leather handles and a woven, filled base and "Cherokee Wheels" design added after basket is complete; all levels; $44Peggy Adelman emma-elizabeth basket
  • Wishi Washi: basket with patterned rows woven through the middle created using Washi Tape and additional rows woven with natural reed and seagrass, basket has a wooded base and side handles created by the rim; all levels; $45
  • Emma Elizabeth:  Williamsburg handle helps to create a flaired shape, border is an inside out Gretchen border (some weaving experience is helpful in creating this border); advanced beginner; $42
  • Casey's Countertop: tray-like basket can catch all the odds and ends that pile up, holding a reasonable amount but doesn't take up too much space; all levels; $35

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

Hand Quilting and Piecing with Pam Frazier

Hand Quilting and Piecing for Beginners - Take a "Trip Around the World" with Pam Frazier
Saturdays, February 18 and 25, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Tuition: $156.00 (register by February 4 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $25.00, payable to instructor, for fabric and thread for the quilt top
Level: Beginner

Join Pam as she shows you how to make a quilt in the "Trip Around the World" pattern using hand and machine sewing techniques for piecing and quilting.

Bring your own sewing machine, rotary cutter, and cutting mat if you have them, or you may use the school's equipment.

On the second session you will need to bring your own fabric for borders and backing - Pam will talk about the amount needed and other details during the first class.

If you prefer, you may supply your own fabric and thread for the quilt top. You will need a variety of light and dark fabrics with minimal patterning.

 

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

Fiddle Breakdown with Betty Vornbrock

February 21, 2017

betty vornbrock-fiddleFiddle Breakdown with Betty Vornbrock
Tuesday, February 21, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuition: $19.50 (register by February 7 for a 10% discount)
Level: Intermediate
Age 14+

Join us for the February session of Fiddle Breakdown where you'll learn a tune or two from the instructor's repertoire that you can add to yours!

Fiddle Breakdown is a way to learn a couple tunes in small doses, so you have time to practice them and add them to your own playlist before learning more. They meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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Color Pencil and Charcoal on Mylar with Leslie Gregg

February 25, 2017

Leslie Gregg Charcoal & Colored Pencil on Mylar - Mr. MoonCreative Techniques in Color Pencil and Charcoal on Mylar with Leslie Gregg
Saturday, February 25, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by February 11 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $12.00 payable to instructor (see list below); bring your own colored pencils
Age 16+
All Levels

Students will learn how to utilize colored pencil and charcoal to create realistic images on Mylar.  This is a fun and easy technique to learn.  No experience necessary.

Please bring colored pencils and an electric eraser, if you have one. Additional materials provided by the instructor ($12.00 material fee):

  • Professional drafting mylar
  • White board for the base
  • Charcoal pencil set
  • 6 color pencils
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Small sharpener
  • Sponge
  • Small rubbing squares
  • Paint brush
  • Graphite
  • Gloves

Leslie will also bring a can of workable fixative, tape, and a couple of hand held electric erasers that can be shared (these are only used sparingly).

Leslie Roberts Gregg grew up in Long Shop, Virginia. A graduate of Blacksburg High School, she received her degree in Art from Virginia Tech. She has a history in biomedical and commercial art, but her love of working with people led to the specialty of fine art portraiture with hundreds of paintings to her credit. Her commissioned works of art hang in public and private collections throughout the United States. Leslie has always been a passionate fan of Appalachia and the people who make it special. She resides with her family on a farm in the Catawba Valley.

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Intro to Marbling with Anne Murray

March 4, 2017

Ann Murray Marbl making marbled-paperIntro to Marbling with Anne Murray
Saturday, March 4, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by February 18 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $9.00, payable to instructor
Skill level: Beginner
Age 16+

Learn the magic of paper marbling with acrylic paint.  Marbling involves floating pigments on water and creating designs with a variety of tools.  Create both traditional and contemporary patterns, ending the day with many decorated sheets suitable for a variety of further artistic purposes or to simply frame “as is”.

The $9.00 materials fee cover paper, ink, and usage of tools.

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Intermediate Marbling with Anne Murray

March 5, 2017

Intermediate Marbling - Make your Own Flag Book with Anne Murray
Sunday, March 5, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by February 19 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $15.00, payable to the instructor
Age 16+
Intermediate Skill Level (must have taken Intro to Marbling)

Take your new marbling skills to a higher level.  Learn some of the traditional and named patters such as Fountain, Winged Icarus, Gothic Wave, Cathedral Window, and more.  End the day by making a sampler book of marbling patterns that you will take with in the flag book style.

The materials fee covers paint, mordant, Davey board, paper, instructions, and papers for the book

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Woodworking Studio Safety Class March 7

March 7, 2017

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, March 7, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Class size is limited and pre-registration by 4:00 on the day of class is required

If you are thinking about attending Woodworking Open Studio, you must first take the Woodworking Studio Safety class to learn about the safe operation of three of our commonly used tools. In addition to being introduced to the studio and learning about studio safety rules, you get will practice adjusting and operating the table saw, band saw, and drill press.

Please note that this class is a prerequisite only to attend Open Studio at the CCSA Woodworking Studio, and is not needed before registering for any of our other woodworking classes as Instructors for those classes will review safety and operating procedures for any piece of machinery used in class.

This class is held on the first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-8:00 pm. The days and times for Open Studio are subject to change - check the footer of CCSA's website for the current Open Studio schedule.

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Fiddle Breakdown

March 21, 2017

Fiddle Breakdown
Tuesday, March 21, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuition: $19.50 (register by March 7 for a 10% discount)
Level: Intermediate
Age 14+

Join us for the March session of Fiddle Breakdown where you'll learn a tune or two from the instructor's repertoire that you can add to yours!

Fiddle Breakdown is a way to learn a couple tunes in small doses, so you have time to practice them and add them to your own playlist before learning more. They meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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Woodworking Studio Safety Class April 4

April 4, 2017

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, April 4, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Class size is limited and pre-registration by 4:00 on the day of class is required

If you are thinking about attending Woodworking Open Studio, you must first take the Woodworking Studio Safety class to learn about the safe operation of three of our commonly used tools. In addition to being introduced to the studio and learning about studio safety rules, you get will practice adjusting and operating the table saw, band saw, and drill press.

Please note that this class is a prerequisite only to attend Open Studio at the CCSA Woodworking Studio, and is not needed before registering for any of our other woodworking classes as Instructors for those classes will review safety and operating procedures for any piece of machinery used in class.

This class is held on the first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-8:00 pm. The days and times for Open Studio are subject to change - check the footer of CCSA's website for the current Open Studio schedule.

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Fiddle Breakdown

April 18, 2017

Fiddle Breakdown
Tuesday, April 18 5:30-7:00pm
Tuition: $19.50 (register by April 4 for a 10% discount)
Level: Intermediate
Age 14+

Join us for the April session of Fiddle Breakdown where you'll learn a tune or two from the instructor's repertoire that you can add to yours!

Fiddle Breakdown is a way to learn a couple tunes in small doses, so you have time to practice them and add them to your own playlist before learning more. They meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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Woodworking Studio Safety Class May 2

May 2, 2017

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, May 2, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Class size is limited and pre-registration by 4:00pm on the day of class is required

If you are thinking about attending Woodworking Open Studio, you must first take the Woodworking Studio Safety class to learn about the safe operation of three of our commonly used tools. In addition to being introduced to the studio and learning about studio safety rules, you get will practice adjusting and operating the table saw, band saw, and drill press.

Please note that this class is a prerequisite only to attend Open Studio at the CCSA Woodworking Studio, and is not needed before registering for any of our other woodworking classes as Instructors for those classes will review safety and operating procedures for any piece of machinery used in class.

This class is held on the first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-8:00 pm. The days and times for Open Studio are subject to change - check the footer of CCSA's website for the current Open Studio schedule.

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Fiddle Breakdown

May 16, 2017

Fiddle Breakdown
Tuesday, May 16, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuition: $19.50 (register by May 2 for a 10% discount)
Level: Intermediate
Age 14+

Join us for the May session of Fiddle Breakdown where you'll learn a tune or two from the instructor's repertoire that you can add to yours!

Fiddle Breakdown is a way to learn a couple tunes in small doses, so you have time to practice them and add them to your own playlist before learning more. They meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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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!