"Bringing Art to the People and People to the Arts"

Upcoming Classes


Pre-registration is required three days before the start of the class, unless otherwise specified. You are not fully registered unless paid in full. Material fees are included in the price of the class unless otherwise specified.

Cancellations by the Art Center

Classes may be cancelled if enrollment does not meet minimums by the deadline date. Only those registered will be notified of cancellations. If Blue Ridge Art Center cancels a class, the student will have the option to transfer to another class or receive a 100% refund.

Cancellation by the Participant

We understand that life brings many surprises for us all and sometimes you will need to cancel your class reservation.

  • A refund is available if cancellation is made at least 3 days in advance.
  • No refunds will be made for “no shows” or if less than 3 days notice is provided.
  • Emergency cancellations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Registration

Register online by clicking the links below. All registrations and payments must be made online in advance. Space will not be held for unpaid registrations.


UPCOMING CLASSES

Our community’s health and well-being is paramount to us. As we are learning to live with the new norms of COVID-19 precautions, we are slowly re-opening our galleries and studios to visitors. Everyone who enters BRAC, must wear a mask and maintain ample social distancing. To this end, we are limiting our class sizes to ensure all participants have a healthy workspace and are coordinating with our instructors to ensure minimal close quarters interactions. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Stay safe!

PERFECTING THE IMPERFECT - STILL LIFE

Date: Thursday, March 18 (1-4pm)
Cost: $50 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Michelle Winnie

"Perfecting the Imperfect" is a series of four drawing classes instructed by Michelle Winnie, an artist well known for encouraging those who think they can't draw a stick figure and guiding them to succeed in drawing representational subjects. The more seasoned artist will be introduced to new creative ways of expressing ideas. Each session, in a traditional studio setting, will offer new techniques. This weekly series may be taken in total or individually. Each class will include emphasis on daily journal drawing of assignments from the subject covered. This first session explores still life. Materials needed: 18x24 drawing pad, pencils, thin and thick sharpie markers, charcoal, black ball point pen. Optional, black and white pastels, and black and white oil sticks.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 12 students

PERFECTING THE IMPERFECT - THE FEMALE FORM

Date: Thursday, March 25 (1-4pm)
Cost: $50 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Michelle Winnie

"Perfecting the Imperfect" is a series of four drawing classes instructed by Michelle Winnie, an artist well known for encouraging those who think they can't draw a stick figure and guiding them to succeed in drawing representational subjects. The more seasoned artist will be introduced to new creative ways of expressing ideas. Each session, in a traditional studio setting, will offer new techniques. This weekly series may be taken in total or individually. Each class will include emphasis on daily journal drawing of assignments from the subject covered. This second session explores drawing the female figure. Materials needed: 18x24 drawing pad, pencils, thin and thick sharpie markers, charcoal, black ball point pen. Optional, black and white pastels, and black and white oil sticks.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 12 students

EXPLORATIONS IN ALCOHOL INK

Date: Wednesday, March 24 (1pm-4pm)
Cost: $60 (BRAC Members: $50)
Instructor: Deb King

We are happy to welcome back one of most popular classes with one of our most popular instructors!
Deb King's approach is relaxed and playful. The Inks are brilliant and versatile. Engage in a wide variety of creative techniques using the inks on ceramic tiles, Yupo paper, canvas, and metal. Learn when to exert control over the magical medium and when to let it flow. Deb will demonstrate each project and then guide students through it. Each student will complete 4 projects. Bring an apron to cover your clothes as the inks will stain.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students

HAMMERED METAL EARRINGS & PENDANT

Date: Wednesday, March 31 (1-4pm)
Cost: $50 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Diana Winuk

A photo just can't do justice to the beauty of these pieces! Imagine the compliments, and being able to say " I made it!" Diana returns to Blue Ridge Arts Center with a new offering! She is one of our most beloved instructors. Her designs are original and easy to make while being notably innovative. Choose your color--- brass, copper, or steel plate. Draw out your designs. Cut out the designs with a hand saw. File the shapes, hammer and stamp them. So beautiful! So fashionable. So versatile. For yourself or for a super special gift. All materials provided. Chains for the pendants will be available for purchase.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students

PERFECTING THE IMPERFECT - HANDS AND FEET

Date: Thursday, April 1 (1-4pm)
Cost: $50 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Michelle Winnie

"Perfecting the Imperfect" is a series of four drawing classes instructed by Michelle Winnie, an artist well known for encouraging those who think they can't draw a stick figure and guiding them to succeed in drawing representational subjects. The more seasoned artist will be introduced to new creative ways of expressing ideas. Each session, in a traditional studio setting, will offer new techniques. This weekly series may be taken in total or individually. Each class will include emphasis on daily journal drawing of assignments from the subject covered. This third session explores drawing the hands and feet.Materials needed: 18x24 drawing pad, pencils, thin and thick sharpie markers, charcoal, black ball point pen. Optional, black and white pastels, and black and white oil sticks.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 12 students

OPEN STUDIO: CLAY

Date: Tuesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 (6-9pm)
Cost: $120 for all 4 classes (BRAC Members: $110) - or pay by day
Instructor: Wendy Converse

Have you taken some clay classes and now you are ready to branch out on a solo project? Would you like the chance to try some new techniques with a little guidance to help you along? Are you brand new to clay and just want to get your hands dirty? Open Studio is an intermediate level class designed to continue your journey in clay while expanding your skills and having fun making exactly what interests YOU. You can come for as many days as you'd like and even work on larger projects over multiple days. All tools will be provided. Cost includes a 25lb block of clay to use throughout the class (and after if there is any left over), as well as all firing fees. Wendy will be available to provide instruction, guidance or just good humor throughout the sessions. Don't miss this chance to have fun playing in the mud!

REGISTER NOW! Limit 6 students per session.

THE AUTHENTICITY OF PAINTING IN OIL

Date: Wednesday, April 7 (1-4pm)
Cost: $55 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Karen Powell

If you thought you did not want to explore oil painting because of perceived drawbacks, you have simply yet to discover all the many benefits of the medium with the right instructor. Oils are responsive and forgiving. Karen Powell is an accomplished artist with a beautiful sensual touch in her application, and a deft interpretation of light in her subjects. Her ability to meet students at their ability level and take them to next steps is intuitive and effective. She has studied art formally, shown and sold her work nationwide, and run a thriving mural business. Karen's class will cover composition, focal point, color themes, underpainting, and appropriate photo source. This is a chance to paint in oils with a minimum investment in materials as most hues will be achieved with three primary colors and white. This class will inform your other art efforts by introducing an awareness of the basic tenets needed for all other painting efforts. And it is so much fun! A materials list will be provided to participants.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students.

PERFECTING THE IMPERFECT - FACES

Date: Thursday, April 8 (1-4pm)
Cost: $50 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Michelle Winnie

"Perfecting the Imperfect" is a series of four drawing classes instructed by Michelle Winnie, an artist well known for encouraging those who think they can't draw a stick figure and guiding them to succeed in drawing representational subjects. The more seasoned artist will be introduced to new creative ways of expressing ideas. Each session, in a traditional studio setting, will offer new techniques. This weekly series may be taken in total or individually. Each class will include emphasis on daily journal drawing of assignments from the subject covered. This fourth session explores drawing faces.Materials needed: 18x24 drawing pad, pencils, thin and thick sharpie markers, charcoal, black ball point pen. Optional, black and white pastels, and black and white oil sticks.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 12 students

Encaustic Bird's Nest

Date: Wednesday, April 14 (1-4pm)
Cost: $70 (BRAC Members: $60)
Instructor: Donna Persinger

Encaustics are an ancient art form enjoying a popular revival in the art world. Molten beeswax combined with damar resin is applied in layers to create organic luminosity. Encaustics applications are many and varied. We will create an 8" x 10" panel utilizing layering, embedding and textured Encaustic techniques to create a lovely 3-D bird's nest to celebrate the arrival of Spring!

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students

Carolina Wren in Prismacolor

Date: Friday, April 16 (1-4pm)
Cost: $55 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Donna Juras

In this workshop, students will draw a Carolina Wren before transferring to an 8 x 10" black mat board. Dimension and texture will emerge as you color the bird with Prismacolor colored pencils. All materials provided by instructor.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students

Illuminated Nightscape in Pastel

Date: Wednesday, April 21 (10am-4pm)
Cost: $65 (BRAC Members: $55)
Instructor: Brenda McLean

Pastels are the perfect medium to exemplify bright light on night time surfaces. Beginning with dark toned paper and building the color and light with layer upon layer of pigment produces unexpected nuance. We will complete one 11"x14" painting of simplified, abstracted buildings, all lit up in swatches of bold color. The lessons will include an introduction to appropriate color scheme, composition and perspective, while reducing your choice of source photograph to basic shapes. Brenda has many years of instruction experience and will make this class easy-peasy and super fun! Just wear an old shirt and a smile. All materials provided by Pastel Donations in Memory of Betsy Barker.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students