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.

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

Dancing at the Blue Ridge Music CenterIntro 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

christmas tree topperStained 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)
Age 16+
All levels

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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Dulcimer with Wayne Jordan

Dulcimer with Wayne Jordan
Mondays, September 12-October 3, 6:00-7:00pm
Tuition: $52.00 (register by August 29 for a 10% tuition discount)
Level: Beginner to advanced beginner
Age 16+

Whether you are just starting out, or need a refresher after not playing for a while, this four-week class is for you!

Wayne will also be starting up a Dulcimer Club here at CCSA that will meet the second Monday of the month at 6:00 pm, beginning October 10 (after the class ends).

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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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Piedmont Blues Guitar with Lightin Wells

September 17, 2016

Lightnin WellsPiedmont Blues Guitar with Lightin Wells
Saturday, September 17, 10:00am-4:00 pm
Tuition: $65.00 (register by September 3 for a 10% tuition discount)
Age 16+
Skill Level: Intermediate

Come join Lightnin Wells for this workshop in Fingerpicking Piedmont Blues guitar. This is an intermediate workshop, which means that you should know chords and be able to pick a little, but you can be new to the blues. More information to come about this workshop.

Mike "Lightnin'" Wells breathes new life into the vintage tunes of the 1920s and depression era America employing various appropriate stringed instruments in a dynamic style which he has developed in over thirty years of performing experience. Raised in eastern North Carolina, Wells learned to play harmonica as a young child and taught himself to play the guitar as he developed a strong interest in traditional blues and folk music.

With his experience, knowledge and well-honed performance skills, Lightnin' Wells has established himself at the forefront of the traditional blues revival. His musical style is personal and energetic yet remains true to the original root form. His goal is to entertain and educate using a variety of sources, influences and techniques to express his dedication, respect and pleasure in presenting this unique American art form. Wrote one recent reviewer; "Whether you look for to performers for inspiration, education, virtuosity, or sheer entertainment, Lightnin' Wells delivers all the above, every single time".

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Concert with Lightnin Wells

September 17, 2016

lightnin wells with triconeConcert with Lightnin Wells
Saturday, September 17, 7:00 pm
Admission: $10.00 (available at the door, or online beginning September 6)

Come join us for a house-style concert in our lobby. These informal concerts are always entertaining, informative, and offer a glimpse into the life and travels of the performer.

Mike "Lightnin'" Wells breathes new life into the vintage tunes of the 1920s and depression era America employing various appropriate stringed instruments in a dynamic style which he has developed in over thirty years of performing experience. Raised in eastern North Carolina, Wells learned to play harmonica as a young child and taught himself to play the guitar as he developed a strong interest in traditional blues and folk music.

Lightnin' produced the first commercial recordings of the N.C. blues veterans Big Boy Henry, Algia Mae Hinton and George Higgs. He has traveled and performed extensively with these musicians and has documented their backgrounds and musical histories for future generations. He is also a life-long student and devotee of the pioneering performers in the piedmont blues tradition which once thrived in the Carolinas, including such artists as Blind Boy Fuller, Rev. Gary Davis and Elizabeth Cotton; deceased musicians whose influence seems only to grow with time. He also spent time with legendary Fries musician Jimmy Arnold.

Lightnin' remains an insatiable student and researcher, studying the various forms of American roots music from bygone eras. He plays a number of instruments besides the guitar including the harmonica, ukulele, mandolin and banjo. He has taught blues guitar at most of the leading "Blues Weeks" sponsored by universities and teaching organizations throughout the country. He served for ten years as a board member for the Music Maker Relief Foundation which assists elderly blues and old-time musicians to meet their basic needs and continues to serve this organization in an advisory capacity.

With his experience, knowledge and well-honed performance skills, Lightnin' Wells has established himself at the forefront of the traditional blues revival. His musical style is personal and energetic yet remains true to the original root form. His goal is to entertain and educate using a variety of sources, influences and techniques to express his dedication, respect and pleasure in presenting this unique American art form. Wrote one recent reviewer; "Whether you look for to performers for inspiration, education, virtuosity, or sheer entertainment, Lightnin' Wells delivers all the above, every single time".

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Life Drawing Studio

September 18, 2016

Life Drawing Studio
Sunday, September 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, September 14.

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Silversmithing Studio Day with Karin Carlson-Muncy

September 18, 2016

Silversmithing Studio Day with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, September 18, 10:00am-5:00pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by Spetember 11 for a 10% tuition discount)
Age 18+
Skill level: must be at least intermediate level
Materials: TBD, based on project

This is the perfect opportunity for former Silversmithing 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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Jewelry Soldering Studio Day with Karin Carlson-Muncy

September 18, 2016

Jewelry Soldering Studio Day with Karin Carlson-Muncy
Sunday, November 13, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuition: $78.00 (register by September 4 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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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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Fiddle Breakdown with Erynn Marshall

September 20, 2016

Erynn MarshallFiddle Breakdown with Erynn Marshall
Tuesday, September 20, 5:30-7:00pm
Tuition: $19.50 (register by September 6 for a 10% discount, or register for all 3 classes for $50.00)
Level: Intermediate
Age 14+

Join us for the September session of Fiddle Breakdown with Erynn Marshall. She'll teach a tune or two from her 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. You can register separately for each session or for the whole 3 month series for a discounted price.

The other two sessions meet on October 18 and November 15 (instructors TBD). Sign up for all 3 sessions for only $50.00.

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

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Tiny Card Wallet with Elizabeth Alexander

October 1, 2016

Tiny Card Wallet Elizabeth AlexanderTiny 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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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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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 and Auction 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 auction/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, and Mt. Vale Vineyards.

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

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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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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

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

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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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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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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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!