"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

OPEN STUDIO: CLAY

Date: Tuesdays: February 18, 25 (6-9pm)
Cost: $40/day - BRAC Members: $35/day
Instructor: Wendy Converse

Have you taken some clay classes and now your 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? No matter your skill level or what project you'd like to do, this Open Studio will give you the chance to expand your skills and have 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. You will be invited back on Tuesday, March 3rd to glaze your work for its final firing. 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!

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SPLENDID COLOR IN ALCOHOL INKS

Date: Wednesday, February 26 (1-4pm)
Cost: $55 (BRAC Members: $50)
Instructor: Deb King

Deb is a favorite instructor who always delights her students because she is always so delighted by the brilliant, glowing, unpredictable flowing and blending nature of this medium. Join us for what could become your favorite way to relax and laugh and be amazed. By popular request, students will explore trees and paint on both Yupo paper and canvas. Wear an old shirt and prepare to play.

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PURE TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOR

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, March 4 & 5 (10am-4pm)
Cost: $140 (BRAC Members: $135)
Instructor: Pamela Haddock

Pamela will share tips and techniques, and guide you through everything you always wanted to know about ever-popular transparent watercolor, lovely and loose. She will encourage preliminary drawings from reference photos to establish composition. Students will learn to mange the water on the paper and in the brush, working wet into wet with a limited palette in order to learn color properties and possible mixes.

Class will take place in our main gallery so you will have all the elbow room you need. Nowhere else w ill you find this level of professional instruction from such a widely acclaimed artist at such a bargain. Pamela is widely sought for her workshops. You will find her to be down to earth with a super sense of humor, and she provides hands-on advice in an encouraging effective manner! Two days of priceless instruction. You will want to paint , and paint, and paint!

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OPEN STUDIO: CLAY

Date: Tuesdays March 10, 17, 24, 31 (6-9pm)
Cost: $110 for all 4 classes (or $40/day) - BRAC Members: $105 (or $35/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? No matter your skill level or what project you'd like to do, this Open Studio will give you the chance to expand your skills and have 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. You will be invited back on Tuesday, April 7th to glaze your work for its final firing. 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!

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PAINTING WHAT YOU DON'T SEE

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, March 11 & 12 (10am-4pm)
Cost: $145 (BRAC Members: $135)
Instructor: Jane Todd Butcher

Use "negative" painting techniques to add depth and contrast in your paintings! In this two-day workshop, we will explore several techniques to help you find the negative (non-subject) areas in your composition, and then develop your design for visual impact. Use these techniques just for accent areas or for an all-over design. No more flat, boring paintings.

Jane's demonstrations will be in fluid acrylics, but this workshop is for artists who work in Acrylics, Watercolor, or Oils (oil painters may want to use some drying mediums to speed their process). the emphasis is on design and composition rather than the medium.

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PYSANKY EASTER EGG CLASS

Date: Saturday, March 21 (10am-1pm)
Cost: $35 (BRAC Members: $30)
Instructor: Donna Juras

Pysanky Easter Eggs are hollowed out eggs, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax resist method. The designs are not painted on, but written (inscribed) with beeswax. Beginners or experienced artists - everyone is welcome. Materials list will be provided to participants in advance.

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FOREST LANDSCAPE ENCAUSTICS

Date: Tuesday, March 24 (1-4pm)
Cost: $65 (BRAC Members: $60)
Instructor: Donna Persinger

A photograph of this lush translucent surface cannot begin to depict its character. You have probably seen these classes advertised, or the finished pieces offered for sale. If so, you know what a bargain this class is!! Donna Persinger has been featured in magazines and has presented workshops all over the tri-state region from the coast to the mountains. Join her in creating a lovely textured forest landscape by painting with molten wax as your medium. Choose a vertical or a horizontal format using a 4 X 12 panel, (1 inch thick for gravitas!) . Instruction includes a basic introduction to the fundamentals of the ancient art, techniques to prep and lay in the background using heat guns and mini torches, and advanced methods to create texture. Finally comes enhancement with pigment sticks. These panels are exquisite , possessing the ability to add spark to any decor. Don't miss this opportunity. All materials included.

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The "JOY OF PAINTING" Bob Ross Method

Date: Thursday, March 26 (10am-3pm)
Cost: $75 (BRAC Members: $70)
Instructor: Cindy Burchfield

Cindy is a certified Bob Ross instructor who teaches beginners to paint a beautiful landscape on the first try! With motivation and a little practice, you will be producing your own masterpieces. Cindy offers step-by-step instructions and all the supplies. Experienced painters will learn some super valuable techniques and beginners will find success. Simple strokes are transformed into intricate scenes. If you always wanted to try oils, here is the best opportunity! Bob Ross amazed generations of aspiring painters and now his methods are available to you--- up close and personal! This wet-on wet technique is fun and relaxing--- and nothing is so beautiful as the glow of oils. Wear an old shirt, bring a roll of paper towels, and invite a friend! (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee includes $15 materials fee.

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PAINT A SLATE TILE

Date: Friday, March 27 (1-4pm)
Cost: $45 (BRAC Members: $40)
Instructor: Cathy Young

Another chance to paint a real slate tile with the design of your choice. This project is relaxing and the product is charming. Personalize it in a multitude of possible ways----limited only by your imagination! Rectangular or oval, 6" x 9". Hang it anywhere you need a spot of clever color. All materials provided.

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COILED POTS & CREATURES

Date: Saturday, March 28 (10am-4pm)
Cost: $55 (BRAC Members: $50)
Instructor: Wendy Converse

Let your imagination run wild as you sculpt clay pots and creatures from coils! You will be building two projects simultaneously, allowing time for each to dry a little as you work back for forth between the two. The first will be a traditional (or non-traditional) vessel. The second will be a creature of your choosing - real or imagined. By the end of the day you'll have two projects to be proud of! Work will be fired and available to pick up during gallery hours beginning April 15. Join a free open open glazing session (first Tuesday of each month) to finish your piece, or paint at home (details provided in class). All materials provided. Bring a lunch.

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ACRYLIC

Date: Thursday, April 2 (1-4pm)
Cost: $75 (BRAC Members: $70)
Instructor: Judy Booth

We are most pleased to introduce a new instructor to Blue Ridge Art Center. Judy Booth will guide you through an entirely new discovery of swipe, ripple, and flow. This is a brilliant juxtaposition of color in this fun class. You will use various techniques and utensils to achieve these swirls and streaks of unadulterated pigment. You will make all the choices of color and design and you will finish a 16" x 20" canvas. You will want to be in on the ground floor with Judy, as she has a number of applications for this approach to painting that she will introduce in future classes. No prior experience is needed.

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HAMMERED METAL EARRINGS & PENDANT

Date: Wednesday, April 9 (10am-1pm)
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.

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