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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.

Make a Mountain Dulcimer with Jeff Sebens

Jeff Sebens DulcimerMake a Mountain Dulcimer with Jeff Sebens
Saturday, April 1, 10:00am-4:00pm; Wednesdays, April 5, 12, and 26, 5:30-8:30pm
Tuition: $196.00 (register by March 18 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 dulcimer

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

Wire Wrapped Pendant with Amanda Bolen

April 1, 2017

Wire-Wrapped PendantWire Wrapped Pendant with Amanda Bolen
Saturday, April 1, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by March 18 for a 10% discount on tuition)
Materials: $10-$20 for copper wire, cording, and focal item if needed (sea glass, arrowhead, etc.)
Age 16+
All skill levels

This class is perfect for those who have collected sea glass, river stones, arrowheads, or any irregularly shaped natural object and wish to turn it into a one-of-a-kind art piece.  Learn how to "capture" your precious memento or found object using wire wrapping techniques unique to your focal object.  Amanda will take you through the steps of securely wrapping your object to create a pendant.

Don't have an object, but want to create a pendant?  Amanda will have a selection to choose from.

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Woodworking Studio Safety Class April 4

April 4, 2017

woodshop safetyWoodworking 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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Duet Singing with Kay Justice and Sam Gleaves

April 8, 2017

Photo by Susi Lawson

Photo by Susi Lawson

Duet Singing with Kay Justice and Sam Gleaves
Saturday, April 8, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $75.00 (register by March 29 for a 10% tuition discount)
Age: 14+
All skill levels

Hone your harmony singing skills and study the varied duet singing styles from the American South. Add old time country standards, sacred songs and traditional ballads to your repertoire while building rich harmonies with different singing partners.

Singers in this class will learn to create unique harmony lines, match phrasing with singing partners, and apply ornamentation used in Southern singing styles. Instructors will share techniques for accompanying duet singing with guitar and banjo and offer advice on unaccompanied singing.

Singers of all experience levels are welcome; previous experience singing harmony is not required. You do not need to bring your own singing partner although it's always fun to come to class with a friend!

There will be a concert with Kay and Sam at 7:00 that evening, and students in the class will get a $1.00 discount for their ticket to the concert ($10.00 original price/$9.00 for students in the class)

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Concert with Kay Justice and Sam Gleaves

April 8, 2017

Photo by Susi Lawson

Photo by Susi Lawson

Concert with Kay Justice and Sam Gleaves
Saturday, April 8, 7:00pm
Admission: $10.00
Tickets available beginning April 1, or at the door

 

Please join us for a concert with Kay Justice and Sam Gleaves.

Kay and Sam will be teaching a duet singing workshop earlier in the day. Students in that class will receive a $1.00 discount off of the admission price for the concert.

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Make a Cell Phone Amplifier with Kit Holland

April 8, 2017

Kit Holland cell-phone-amplifierMake a Cell Phone Amplifier with Kit Holland
Saturday, April 8, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $70.00 (register by March 25 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $10.00 to be paid to instructor at the beginning of class
Age 16+
Level: Beginner

In this class you will make a simple open ended box designed for your cell phone that amplifies its speaker.   This class will introduce the student to cutting dados (a slot in the wood piece), angled dados, angled cuts on the tablesaw, wood properties, and finishing techniques.

The materials fee covers the kit to make the amplifier.

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Sharpening and Tuning Hand Planes and Chisels Seminar

April 18, 2017

Bob Rozaieski Fine WoodworkingSharpening and Tuning Hand Planes and Chisels Seminar with Bob Rozaieski
Tuesday, April 18, 5:30-8:00pm

CCSA Woodworking Studio, 107 West Oldtown St
Free

Every good woodworker needs to know how to use hand tools. There are lots of occasions while building a project that you need to make a minor adjustment to the fit of a piece, or square up a round hole. Chisels and hand planes are essential tools in the woodworker's kit. So knowing how sharpen them, and keep them working at their best is an essential skill. Dull chisels aren't just a bother to work with, they're also dangerous because they require much more force to cut, increasing the chances of an accident. The surface left by the cut of a dull chisel isn't exactly pretty either. Similarly, a dull hand plane just doesn't work well, and can be a real chore to push. On the other hand, when these tools are sharp and tuned up, they are a pure joy to use. In fact, once sharp, you'll look for more opportunities to use them.

In this free seminar, Bob will show you a simple method to get your chisels and hand plane blades sharp, and keep them that way. He'll also show you how to get that old hand plane you've had sitting up on the shelf into tip top shaving shape and put it to good use on your next project. Once you see the finish ready surface left behind by a sharpened and tuned hand plane, you'll never want to sand again. Bob has been woodworking only with hand tools for over 15 years and will show you how to get your edges sharp, serviceable, and back to woodworking with a minimum of fuss. If you're taking the April 21-23 class on building the Weekend Side Table, this seminar will give you the knowledge you need to get your tools ready for the class.

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Weekend Side Table with Bob Rozaieski

Weekend Side Table Bob RozaieskiWeekend Side Table with Bob Rozaieski
Friday, April 21, 5:30-8:00om, Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuition: $231.00 (register by April 7 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials fee: $75.00, payable to instructor at the beginning of class
Age 18+
Skill level: Beginner (all levels welcome)

In this beginner level, hand tool only class, you’ll focus on fundamental joinery skills while building a simple and attractive side table.

This project will provide the student with ample practice hand cutting the all‐important mortise and tenon joint. This joint is very common in furniture construction and mastering it will prepare you for taking on more advanced projects and classes.

All materials are provided by the instructor for the $75.00 fee. Materials include:

  • 8/4 Solid Walnut for Legs
  • 4/4 Solid Walnut for Top & Aprons
  • 4/4 Softwood for Cleats
  • Oak Peg Stock
  • Wood Screws for Attaching Top
  • Mortising Block

The project will use the following tools. We suggest that if you have any of these tools, that you bring your own. We will have some available, but not enough for the entire class.

  • Backsaw, Crosscut Filed Teeth (12‐14”, 13 points per inch recommended)
  • Backsaw, Rip Filed Teeth (optional; 14‐16”, 11 points per inch recommended)
  • Jack Plane (#5 size recommended)
  • Router Plane (optional, but recommended)
  • Side Bead Plane or Scratch Beader (optional; ¼” recommended)
  • Combination Square (6” size recommended)
  • Marking Knife
  • Mortise Gauge
  • Mortise Chisel (3/8” recommended)
  • Bench Chisel (1” or 1½” recommended)
  • Bit Brace
  • Auger Bit for Brace (5/16” recommended)
  • Hand Drill & Bits (hand crank/egg‐beater style drill recommended)
  • Slotted Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure or 3’ Four‐fold Rule
  • Wooden or Dead Blow Mallet
  • #2 Pencil & Stick of Chalk

As you will be working entirely with handtools, it's important that saws, chisels, and planes are sharp. If you need assistance with the sharpening please let us know. We may be able to schedule a sharpening class to get you started!

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

Paper Basketmaking with Peggy Adelman

April 22, 2017

boutique-tissue-cover-paper-basket-peggy-adelmanPaper Basketmaking with Peggy Adelman
Saturday, April 22, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by April 8 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $40-$48, depending on kit chosen, payable to instructor
Age 16+
All skill levels

marquee-tissue-cover-paper-basket-peggy-adelmanIn this class the student will learn how to weave a basket using 140 pound, cold press watercolor paper that has been hand painted or marbled with acrylic paints. The paper is cut into ¼” or 1/8” stripes. There will be many different color combinations to choose from.

Once the student has woven the base of the basket it will be placed on a wooden mold and the remainder of the basket will be woven to the shape of the mold. There are many different shapes and sizes available.

business-card-or-sugar-packet-holder-paper-basket-peggy-adelmanEach student will need to bring a pair of paper scissors. All other necessary tools will be provided by the instructor as well as a kit that contains everything necessary to complete the basket.

The student will need to apply a finish to basket at home. All the necessary instructions will be provided.

Kit choices and prices:

  • Boutique tissue cover: all levels, $44.00
  • Marquee tissue cover: all levels, $46.00large-square-box-with-lid-paper-basket-peggy-adelman
  • Large box with lid (base measures 3 1/2" square, and the student can weave the basket to the height they choose): all levels, $44.00
  • Business card/sugar packet holder (2 can be completed): all levels, $40.00 for 2

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Stained Glass Roundabout with Nikki Pynn

April 22, 2017

Nikki Pynn - Test the LimitsStained Glass Roundabout with Nikki Pynn
Saturday, April 22, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by April 8 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $5.00+ for glass, solder (based on materials used)
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Age: 16+

For experience beginner or intermediate stained glass workers, 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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Anniversary Gala

April 29, 2017

Gala 20178th Annual Anniversary Gala
Saturday, April 29, 6:30-9:00pm
100 North Main Street, Galax, Virginia

Tickets $30 each

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts' Board of Directors invites you to the 2017 Anniversary Gala. This annual celebration and fundraiser supports our programming and operations, helping to make what we do possible.

At CCSA our garden grows through continued support from art lovers like you! Please help us plant the seeds as we share out love of art with you.

The gala includes a reception with live music, light hor d'oeuvres and cash bar with wine and beer, a silent auction of unique hand-made items donated by local artists, plus sale of garden/porch benches of all types made by a cadre of volunteers just for this event.

Tickets are $30 each. You can purchase your ticket online until noon on April 28, or give us a call!

Please note that no actual tickets are mailed - we add your name to the guest list.

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Woodworking Studio Safety Class May 2

May 2, 2017

woodshop safetyWoodworking 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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Wood Turning Basics with Morris Schlesinger

morris-schlesingerWood Turning Basics with Morris Schlesinger
Tuesdays, May 2 - 23 6:00-8:00pm
Additional studio time, Thursdays, May 4 - 25, 5:00-8:00pm
Tuition: $132.00 (register by April 18 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials cost $10.00 (payable to CCSA at registration)
Age 18+
Level: Beginner

This class is a great introduction to the world of turning, a skill that can be incorporated into furniture building or general woodworking projects as well as to produce turned objects such as spindles, bowls, pens, and round boxes. Whether you have a lathe at home and want to learn how to use it, or you plan to come to CCSA’s Woodworking Studio to make projects there, this class is for you!

In this class you will learn the ins and outs of turning wood. Starting with an introduction to the lathe you will learn how to turn several basic shapes. The first week will cover basic safety, machine components, tools, and basic operation of the tools and equipment while making different shapes with wood. Over the next few weeks you will learn how to sharpen the blades, and begin making spindles, ornaments and bowls.

The class meets on Tuesday evenings for instruction, and on Thursday evenings for practice time on the lathes.

Students are required to provide their own ANSI certified face shields, which can be purchased locally at Lowe’s or Tractor Supply, or various places online (such as Woodturner's CatalogRockler, Klingspor). CCSA will also have some shields available for sale.

For safety reasons, we require students at the Woodworking Studio to wear close-toed shoes and have long hair tied back, and that you do not wear jewelry (including rings) or loose clothing.

Materials provided include  8' of 2" x 2" board and bowl blanks. The fee for materials is $10.00, payable to CCSA at time of registration.

We only have 2 seats left in this class so please call to register so we can make sure they are still available 276-236-3500

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This is a series. Please select any of the dates below to register.
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Sold Out
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Sold Out
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Sold Out
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Sold Out

Stained Glass Medium Sized Panel with Ron Davis

May 6, 2017

ron-davis-stained-glass-panelStained Glass Medium Sized Panel with Ron Davis
Saturday, May 6, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by April 22 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials Fee: $5.00 for consumable supplies, plus cost of glass ($10 to $20, depending on glass used), payable at the completion of class
Age 16+
Skill Level: beginner with some experience cutting and soldering glass

In this one day beginner stained glass workshop you will learn all the steps required to complete a flat stained glass panel using the copper foil method.

Ron will guide you through each step, from choosing your design, to cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering and framing your glass panel. You will end up with your own unique panel of stained glass art suitable for hanging in a window or on a wall.

All required tools will be available for use during the class. Fee for materials to be paid at the end of class - $5 base fee for consumables, plus glass, purchased by the piece ($10-20 range - purchase as needed).

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Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt with Sandy Baglio

May 6, 2017

Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt Sandy BaglioDisappearing Nine Patch Quilt with Sandy Bagglio
Saturday, May 6, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by April 22 for a 10% tuition discount)
Material list provided
All Skill Levels
Age 16+

nine patchAlthough this quilt looks complicated to make, it really is extremely easy. Each block is made up of 9, 4-1/2 by 4-1/2 inch squares sewn together.

Once the block is sewn together, you will cut in 2 different directions, turn the pieces a certain way, and then sew back together. Block will then be complete. How many blocks you decide to make, will determine the size of the finished quilt. I made 30 blocks, 5 across and 6 down, to make a lap size quilt.

Supplies Needed:

  • You will need a variety of print fabrics, with a mix of lights and darks. For the center square, I used a solid color, which brings great contrast to your block. I recommend you doing the same. You can use the same solid in every center, or use a variety of solid fabrics for the centers.
  • Sewing Machine (the school has machines for student use – but students often prefer to use their own machine), plus an extension cord
  • Thread – I use I gray for all my sewing, but any color that you choose will work
  • Pins
  • Quilter’s ruler to cut blocks (Sandy will bring extras if you do not have one)
  • Cutting mat and rotary cutter (Sandy will share if you do not have one)

Looking forward to a great day!!! Until then, happy quilting!!!

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Build a Banjo with Mac Traynham

Mac TraynhamBuild a Banjo with Mac Traynham
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 12, 13, 14, 9:00am-6:00pm each day
Tuition: $336.00 (register by April 28 for a 10% discount on tuition)
Materials: $415.00 (payable to instructor)
Age 18+
Skill level: some woodworking experience

Have you always wanted to make your own banjo? Well here's your chance! Master banjo maker Mac Traynham will teach you the ins and outs building a neck and rim and turning them into a banjo.

At the end of this class you'll not only have the skills to shape a neck and build a banjo, but you'll have your own custom made banjo made just for you and by you!

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

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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Long-stitch Binding with Anne Murray

Longstitch Binding Anne MurraryBook Making: Long-stitch Binding with Anne Murray
Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, 9:00 am-4:00pm
Tuition: $156.00 (register by May 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $6.00 (payable to instructor)

Longstitch Binding is a method of attaching folded pages directly to the cover that allows for unique and creative patterns on the spine.  It also lends itself well to adding decorative elements (beads, unmatched earrings, ribbon, etc).  Students will begin by making bookcloth from repurposed fabric to use for the book covers.  The class is then guided through the planning and execution of each student’s unique spine design.  The resulting books are highly functional as guest books, journals, sketchbooks, letters-to-grandchildren, garden planners, and much more!

Anne Murray has been following her passion of creating new books and returning function to old, worn books for 10 years.  Her teaching style seeks to energize students with a passion for creating a useful item that is also a work of art, pleasing to eye and hand.

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Stained Glass Roundabout with Nikki Pynn

May 20, 2017

Nikki Pynn - Test the LimitsStained Glass Roundabout with Nikki Pynn
Saturday, May 20, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by May 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $5.00+ for glass, solder (based on materials used)
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Age: 16+

For experience beginner or intermediate stained glass workers, 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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Make a Small Box with Kit Holland

May 20, 2017

Make a Small Box with Kit Holland
Saturday, May 20, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $70.00 (register by May 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $10.00, payable to instructor at the beginning of class
Age 16+
Level: Beginner

In this class you will make a small box (appr. 4" X 8" X 3") with a separate lid.  The box will have mitered corners with an insert bottom and beveled lid.  Discussion on the setup of the table saw will be included.  Each student will receive a handout showing the construction of the box.

The $10.00 materials fee covers the kit to build the box and lid.

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Watercolor Pet Portraits with Ken Hobson

May 20, 2017


Ken Hobson Dog Portrait
Watercolor Pet Portraits with Ken Hobson

Saturday, May 20, 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuition:  $78.00 (register by May 6 for a 10% tuition discount)
Material list provided
Age: 16+
Skill:  Intermediate

 

Ken Hobson Cat PortraitWorking from your detailed photo you will learn how to paint fur, realistic eyes to make your favored pet come alive in watercolor.  You will learn to keep your painting fresh and not overworked.  Some experience in watercolor required for this class.

List of Suggested Materials to Bring:

Watercolors (I prefer tube colors because they are easier to mix)

  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Burnt Umber
  • Sap green
  • Ultrsmarine Blue
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Raw Sienna
  • Gamboge
  • Permanent Rose
  • Payne's Grey
  • Thalo Green
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Quinacrodone Violet

This is a fairly complete pallette and not a requirement - we will work with what you have. Avoid student grade paints and brushes.

Brushes

  • #4 or 5 Round Brush and # 8 or 10 round
  • #6 Mop Brush (Harmony Squirrel Quill by Creative Mark, available at Jerry's Artarama)

Miscellaneous

  • 3 ring binder works well as a table-top easel
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Pencil
  • Paper Towels

Paper

  • 9"x 12" or 11" x 15" spiral bound pad, 140 lbs

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Stained Glass Roundabout with Nikky Pynn

June 10, 2017

Nikki Pynn - Test the LimitsStained Glass Roundabout with Nikki Pynn
Saturday, June 10, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by May 27 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $5.00+ for glass, solder (based on materials used)
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Age: 16+

For experience beginner or intermediate stained glass workers, 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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Bob Sima - Consciousness in Concert

June 17, 2017

bob-simaConsciousness in Concert with Bob Sima
Saturday, June 17, 7:00-9:00pm
Admission by donation (suggested donation $10 - $30)

Maryland based Independent Singer-Songwriter Bob Sima performs a genre of music all his own. Sometimes upbeat, sometimes quiet and soothing, and always unique with an inspirational quality.

Bob has an alternative, almost folk-rock style with a warm tone to his voice. He performs in musical meditations, retreats, corporate events, yoga festivals, listening rooms, holistic health centers, schools, and house concerts.

When Bob plays scheduled events he gives what he calls “Gratitude Concerts” in places where music isn’t typically performed. Places like homeless shelters, prisons, assisted living facilities, and mental health hospitals are often find their way to his list of appearances.

As a musician with no formal training and who doesn’t read music at all, Bob Sima plays from his heart in a style he calls Soul-full, and that it is.

To learn more about Bob, Visit his website and YouTube channel.

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Make a Puzzle Box with Kit Holland

June 17, 2017

puzzle-box-kit-hollandMake a Puzzle Box with Kit Holland
Saturday, June 17, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $70.00 (register by June 3 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials TBD
Age 16+
Level: Intermediate (some woodworking experience required)

In this intermediate level class you will make a small hexagonal box with a locking lid. The previous classes on tissue boxes and wooden amplifiers are recommended if you are new to woodworking. Topics covered will be angle cuts, construction steps, mitered corners, dado rabbet joints, and precision fitting.

Kits will be available for the necessary materials at a nominal fe

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Paper Basketmaking with Peggy Adelman

June 30, 2017

cathead-paper-basket-peggy-adelmanPaper Basketmaking with Peggy Adelman
Friday, June 30, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by June 16 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $40-$48, depending on kit chosen, payable to instructor
Age 16+
All skill levels

envelope-holder-and-pencil-cup-paper-baskets-peggy-adelmanIn this class the student will learn how to weave a basket using 140 pound, cold press watercolor paper that has been hand painted or marbled with acrylic paints. The paper is cut into ¼” or 1/8” stripes. There will be many different color combinations to choose from.

Once the student has woven the base of the basket it will be placed on a wooden mold and the remainder of the basket will be woven to the shape of the mold. There are many different shapes and sizes available.

Each student will need to bring a pair of paper scissors. All other necessary tools will be provided by the instructor as well as a kit that contains everything necessary to complete the basket.

large-cube-paper-basket-peggy-adelmanThe student will need to apply a finish to basket at home. All the necessary instructions will be provided.

Kit choices and prices:

  • cocktail-napkin-and-toothpick-holder-paper-baskets-peggy-adelmanEnvelope holder and pencil cup: all levels, $ 48.00
  • 6" round cathead, advanced beginner, $ 48.00
  • 8" round cathead: advanced beginner, $48.00
  • Cocktail napkin and toothpick holder: all levels, $ 48.00
  • Large cube basket to hold odds and end: all levels, $40.00

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Reed Basketmaking with Peggy Adelman

donnas-delicates-reed-basket-peggy-adelmanReed Basketmaking with Peggy Adelman
Friday, June 30, 5:00-7:00pm and Saturday, July 1, 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $104.00 (register by June 16 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $25-$50, depending on kit chosen, payable to instructor
Age 16+wassil-wine-tote-reed-basket-peggy-adelman
All skill levels
In this class the student will make a basket out of basket reed.

anns-awesome-arrows-reed-basket-peggy-adelmanThere 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.mary-sues-magazine-reed-basket-peggy-adelman
Basket options:

  • Ann's Awesome Arrows: 9" round wooden base and leather side handles,  woven using smoked, natural and dyed reed, arrow design applied after basket is complete, all levels, $48.00
  • Donna's Delicates: small to medium size laundry style baskets woven with many different colors of dyed reed with triple twined rim and leather side handles, all levels, $48.00
  • Mary Sue's Magazine: wooden base and leather side handles, triple twining that uses 3 different colors, diamond design through the center is applied after the basket is complete, all levels, $48.00
  • Wassil Wine Tote (will hold two bottles of wine or soda): base/handle combination is made of wood and base is woven up around the handle, all levels, $ 42.00

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Hand Quilting and Piecing with Pam Frazier

trip-around-the-worldHand Quilting and Piecing for Beginners - Take a "Trip Around the World" with Pam Frazier
Saturdays, July 8 and 15, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Tuition: $156.00 (register by June 24 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. Students can expect to learn basic piecing skills the first week as well as planning and cutting fabric skills. Pam will provide plenty of fabric to add variety to each persons quilt so it will be uniquely their own. The $25 fee will cover a treasure of fabrics that will enable you to make a full size quilt or for the really ambitious, even larger.

The second week of class, we will be putting it all together. Pam will discuss borders, backing, filling and binding. You will leave with the skills needed to finish your quilt and have a good foundation and understanding to take on more complex patterns.
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.

pam-frazierPam has been quilting for eighteen years. She was featured in Keepers of the Tradition because of her focus on traditional hand quilting. She enjoys teaching others to preserve the heritage of the Appalachian culture. "I truly believe that even those who feel their sewing skills are not there (can't sew a button on) will learn that quilting is an easy and enjoyable adventure. I believe in making it a fun and stress free experience. It doesn't require perfection and the rewards are instant. "

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Withdrawal/Cancellation policy

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

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


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


Inclement Weather Policy

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

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

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


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Lodging Information

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