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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.

Turning a Bud Vase with Dave Barriger

October 1, 2016

Dave Barriger Turned Bud VasesTurning a Bud Vase with Dave Barriger
Saturday, October 1, 9:00am-1:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by September 17 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $5.00 (payable to the instructor)
Age 18+
All levels

Like flowers, wood has a natural beauty to it which can add to any home. This class will allow you to combine the natural beauty of these two natural elements for an accent to your home. Dave Barriger will teach you how to make a bud vase (commonly known as a “Weed Pot”) from naturally weathered wood, which you can then use to display wildflowers or dried plant materials.

In this class students will learn basic turning skills, including drilling on the lathe and using bowl gouges.  Each student can expect to complete at least one vase, and perhaps more!

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Woodworking Studio Safety - October

October 4, 2016

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, October 4, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Class size is limited - pre-registration strongly recommended

The Studio Safety class is required before attending a Woodworking Open Studio session. Safe operation of commonly used tools such as the table saw, band saw, and drill press are reviewed while making a simple project.

This class is a prerequisite for anyone planning to come to Open Studio at the CCSA Woodworking Studio.

This class is required for Open Studio usage only. If you sign up for a skills or project based class at the Woodworking Studio, safe operation of the tools and equipment used in that project will be covered during class.

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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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Color Pencil and Charcoal on Mylar with Leslie Gregg

October 8, 2016

Lauren and the FlutterbysCreative Techniques in Color Pencil and Charcoal on Mylar with Leslie Gregg
Saturday October 8, 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by September 24 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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Fall Plein Air Day

October 15, 2016

Fall Plein Air Day at Mt. Vale Vineyards
3222 Meadow Creek Rd, Galax, VA
Saturday, October 15 (rain or shine)
Painting 8:00am-3:00pm
Reception begins at 3:00 pm
Art Show begins around 3:30 with Wet-Paint Sale to follow
Artists participation fee: $25 (register by Monday, October 10, for a $5 discount) 

The public is invited to come join us for a lovely day at Mt. Vale Vineyards to enjoy the view, sip on a glass of wine, and enjoy a day filled with art. And at the end of the day, you can purchase the painting you saw come to life as you watched the artists work.

Plein Air artists paint outdoors, working quickly to capture the light and complete their work in one day. Artists work in several mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastels, and some complete multiple paintings during the paint-out.

Everyone is invited to paint - beginners and advanced alike. The fee for participating is $25, which includes lunch, a glass of wine, and inclusion in the art show.

You don't have to paint to join us - the public is invited to come to this event for free to enjoy a glass of wine, stroll the grounds, and watch the artists paint in the morning and early afternoon, and stay for the reception and art show later in the day.

In the afternoon there will be a wine and cheese reception, at 3:00 with music, and wine and cheese for purchase. The art show begins after the formal judging, around 3:30, at which time the People's Choice judging begins. There will be a sale of the work created that day after the People's Choice judging has ended. This event is free and open to the public.  

Artist registration begins at 8:00 am. The $25 registration fee lunch and a glass of wine. For the art show and sale, please bring a frame for your work, and a display easel if you have one. Prizes will awarded during the reception (1st-$150, 2nd-$100, 3rd-$50, judges honorable mention, People's Choice, and other special prizes), followed by the sale. All sales of that day's artwork will go through Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. Please note that CCSA will keep 20% of the sale price.

Artists also have the opportunity to bring some of their existing work for sale. Please bring your own displays. These sales will be handled directly by the artists.

This event is sponsored by Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, City Gallery of Fine Arts, Weigand Fine Art and Furniture Gallery, and Mt. Vale Vineyards.

Artists may pre-register for this event. Register by Monday, October 10 for a $5 discount.

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Succulent Plant Pot and Plant Tags with Rachael McKenzie

October 15, 2016

Succulent Plant Pot and Plant Tags with Rachael McKenzie
Saturday, October 15, 9:00-11:30am
Tuition: $32.50 (register by October 1 for a 10% tuition discount)
Clay Fee: based on amount of clay used, purchased during class
Level: Beginner

Students will learn to use the slab roller while creating Plant Tags of their choice. They will also learn the pinching technique to create a Succulent Plant Pot.

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Life Drawing Studio

October 16, 2016

Life Drawing Studio
Sunday, October 16, 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, October 12.

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Fiddle Breakdown with Kirk Sutphin

October 18, 2016

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

Join us for the October session of Fiddle Breakdown with Kirk Sutphin. 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.

The other two sessions meet on September 20 (Erynn Marshall) and November 15 (TBD).

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

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Beginning Wheel with Donna Ellis

Donna Tully's workBeginning Wheel with Donna Ellis
Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 18 - November 8, 9:00-11:00am
Tuition: $182.00 (register by October 4 for a 10% tuition discount)
Clay Fee: $37.50 (payable to CCSA at registration)
Ager 16+
Level: Beginner

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.

Class size is limited to 6 students, so register soon!

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Intermediate Mandolin with Herschel Sizemore

Kyle Green | The Roanoke Times 2/14/2012 Herschel Sizemore (pictured here playing the mandolin in his Roanoke, Virginia home), one of the countryÕs great mandolin players, just recovered from treatment for cancer of the tonsil. His wife is still in treatment for breast cancer, but is almost through with that. There will be a big benefit show for them on Sunday at Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre, with Del McCoury, the Seldom Scene, Sammy Shelor and tons more playing.

photo by Kyle Green | The Roanoke Times

Intermediate Mandolin with Herschel Sizemore
Saturday, October 22, 10:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday, October 23, 10:00am-4:00pm
Concert Saturday, October 22, 7:00pm
Tuition: $225 (register by October 8 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Age 15+

When he was eight years old, Herschel’s parents took him to see Bill Monroe perform at the Grand Ole Opry, and he was instantly hooked. Herschel would go on to become one of the first mandolin players to break distinctly from Monroe’s style, which had long dominated bluegrass mandolin playing, charting a course that would profoundly influence nearly every prominent player since, including David Grisman, Sam Bush, Doyle Lawson, and Chris Thile.

Looking at Herschel Sizemore's music career is a bit like reading a who's who list of classic bluegrass! In 1957 he began playing mandolin with the Dixie Gentlemen for 8 years, moving on to play with Jimmie Martin until 1968, when he left to start the Shenendoah Cut-Ups with fiddler Tater Tate and flatpicker Wesley Golding. Over the next several years he also played with the Country Grass, the Del McCoury Band, the Dixie Pals, the Boys from Shiloh, and the Bluegrass Cardinals. Today he is known for his original tunes as well as his stellar playing.

Herschel Sizemore and Mike Walker (Photo by Pat Jarrett)

Herschel Sizemore and Mike Walker (Photo by Pat Jarrett)

In this workshop, Herschel will teach tunes and techniques, and also emphasize rhythm. He will be accompanied/assisted in the workshop by Mike Walker.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from a master musician!

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

Concert with Herschel Sizemore

October 22, 2016

Herschel Sizemore and Mike Walker (Photo by Pat Jarrett)

Herschel Sizemore and Mike Walker (Photo by Pat Jarrett)

Concert with Herschel Sizemore
Saturday, October 22, 7:00pm
Ticket price: $15.00

Come on out to see bluegrass legend Herschel Sizemore in concert. Herschel is also known as one of the first post-Monroe mandolin players to develop his own style.

He'll be accompanied by Mike Walker.

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Book Making - Long-stitch Binding with Ann Murray


Anne Murray longstitch binding -detailBook 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: $6.00 (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.  "

Anne Murray bookcloth-cover-collectionLong-stitch bookbinding attaches sets of folded pages directly through the cover, creating a uniquely designed pattern on the spine of the book, and lends itself well to decorative elements.  We will create covers by preparing book cloth from re-purposed fabric.

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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

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

Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene, Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller shifted gears to their duet project after the birth of their daughter in early 2015. Their debut recording, Equinox, released in April 2015, features original and traditional repertoire spanning bluegrass, old-time and folk and showcases the elegant simplicity of two instruments and two voices. The album met with high acclaim in publications such as No Depression and Bluegrass Unlimited, among others. Their banner year continued with a 1st place win at the Duo Contest at the prestigious FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts. Look for the couple in 2016 at MerleFest, Music City Roots, and more!

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Bluegrass Harmonies with Natalya Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller

November 5, 2016

zoe and cloydBluegrass 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+

Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller spring from deep roots in American music. Founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June and long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene. In this workshop they will focus on traditional bluegrass harmonies from the early days of bluegrass. Bring your singing partner, or come by yourself to harmonize with others in the class!

John is a North Carolina native and the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler Jim Shumate. With a foundation in traditional bluegrass and old-time Appalachian music he is well known for his haunting mountain voice as well as his instrumental prowess and award-winning songwriting.

Natalya is an accomplished fiddler in a variety of styles as well as an inspiring singer and songwriter. Natalya spent many years fine-tuning her bluegrass and old-time fiddling with some of the country’s top traditional musicians.

Natalya and John are both experienced teachers and are extremely knowledgeable about the context and history of traditional Appalachian Music. They have presented workshops in classrooms and festivals all across the country. John teaches Applied Music lessons, String Band and Songwriting at Warren Wilson College and Natalya, a highly regarded fiddle instructor, is currently working toward a Master’s in Appalachian Music at ASU.

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Intermediate Wheel with Donna Ellis

Donna Tully's workIntermediate Wheel with Donna Ellis
Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 10 - December 6 (no class November 24), 9:00-11:00am
Tuition: $182.00 (register by October 27 for a 10% tuition discount)
Clay Fee: $37.50 (Payable to CCSA when registering)
Age 16+
Level: Intermediate (must have completed a beginning wheel class or have equivalent experience)

Gain more experience throwing on the wheel and improving your techniques.

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Jewelry Soldering Studio Day with Karin Carlson-Muncy

November 13, 2016

Jewelry Soldering Studio Day with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, November 13, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by October 30 for a 10% tuition discount)
Age 18+
Skill level:  must be at least at intermediate level
Materials:  TBD based on students' need in class

This is the perfect opportunity for former Soldering students to bring project ideas they wish to work on.  If you need studio time, supplies, and hands-on assistance from Karin this is the class.  Karin will bring supplies for purchase so that you can begin making something special for loved ones (including yourself!).

To register for this class you must be at the intermediate level working with silver as there will not be formal instruction, just lots of time and expert guidance and advice from Karin.  Let’s put those new skills to work!

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Traditional Appalachian Broom Making with John Alexander

November 16, 2016

Traditional Appalachian Broom Making with John Alexander
Wednesday, November 16, 5:30-8:30pm
Tuition: $32.50 (register by November 2 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $7.50 (payable to instructor)
Age 9+ (Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  The adult does not need to enroll unless they also wish to make their own broom.)
All skill levels

Not long ago, there were no professional broom makers.  It’s not that people didn’t know how to make them, just the opposite in fact; almost everyone made the brooms that were needed in their own homes.  These days, few people know how to practice this fun and relaxing craft.

Students in this class will be provided with a brief history of broom making in the Appalachian region, including raw materials, tools, techniques and folklore.  After a demonstration on how to make a Mountain Whisk Broom, students will make a small functional broom of their own.

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Problem Solving on the Wheel with Donna Ellis

November 19, 2016

Donna Tully's workProblem Solving on the Wheel with Donna Ellis
Saturday, November 19, 1:00-4:00pm
Tuition: $39.00 (register by November 5 for a 10% tuition discount)
Clay Fee: $15.00, payable to CCSA at registration
Age 16+
Skill: Advanced beginner on up (some wheel experience required)

Learn how to fix common problems on the wheel.

 

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Clay Woven Basket with Rachael McKenzie

November 19, 2016

Clay Woven Basket with Rachael McKenzie
Saturday, November 19, 9:00-11:30 am
Tuition: $32.50 (register by November 5 for a 10% tuition discount)
Clay fee: purchased during class
Level: Beginner

Students will learn how to use the clay extruder and how to attach two pieces of clay to create a Woven Basket.

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Life Drawing Studio

November 20, 2016

Life Drawing Studio
Sunday, November 20, 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.

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Woodworking Studio Safety Class - December

December 6, 2016

Woodworking Studio Safety Class
Tuesday, December 6, 5:30-8:00pm
Tuition: FREE
Class size is limited - pre-registration strongly recommended

The Studio Safety class is required before attending a Woodworking Open Studio session. Safe operation of commonly used tools such as the table saw, band saw, and drill press are reviewed while making a simple project.

This class is a prerequisite for anyone planning to come to Open Studio at the CCSA Woodworking Studio.

This class is required for Open Studio usage only. If you sign up for a skills or project based class at the Woodworking Studio, safe operation of the tools and equipment used in that project will be covered during class.

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Traditional Appalachian Toys with John Alexander

December 7, 2016

Traditional Appalachian Toys with John Alexander
Wednesday, December 7, 5:30-8:30pm
Tuition: $32.50 (Register by November 23 for a 10% tuition discount)
Materials: $5.00 (payable to instructor)
Age 9+ (Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  The adult does not need to enroll unless they also wish to make their own toys.)
All skill levels

There was a time, not long ago in this region, when there were not convenience stores at which one could buy toys for kids, if there was money for such things.  In these times, kids and adults used their own creativity and inventiveness to make toys of their own design and construction.

In this all-ages class, students will be introduced to three classic toys of Appalachian children, the Gee-Haw Whimmy Diddle, the Nail Puzzle, and the Buzzsaw.  This instructor will start with a brief history of toys in Appalachia. After an initial introduction to the making of each toy, students will rotate through the three stations, making one of each of the toys.

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Chicken Pocket with Rachael McKenzie

December 17, 2016

Chicken 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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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.

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!