"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.


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

Autumn Impressionistic Landscape in Pastel

Date: Friday, November 22 (1-4pm)
Cost: $45 ($40 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Brenda McLean

Is there anything more inspirational than fall color in the mountains? Painting with pastels is the most immediate and glorious way to capture that brilliance. We will lay down strokes of pure pigment atop an alcohol wash under-painting to achieve loose expressions. Come and bring a friend for this opportunity to play with color and complete your fall masterpiece. We will paint from a choice of scenes. Beginners welcome. All materials provided.

Class is Full

Mask Making in Clay

Date: Tuesday, December 3 (6pm-9pm)
Cost: $50 ($45 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Wendy Converse

Looking for a fun new challenge? Join Wendy as we build unique clay masks! We will begin by creating simple hump molds which will give us the basic shape of our masks. Then, using coils and slabs, we will build up the features and any additional accents you'd like to add. Masks will be fired and delivered back to BRAC no later than December 17 and available for pick-up during regular gallery hours. You'll then be able to apply finishing touches to your mask on your own using paint, oil pastels, gold leaf, or any other method you'd like to try (we'll discuss some options during class). No experience required. Just bring your creativity.

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Watercolor Flowers

Date: Thursday, December 5 (10am-1pm)
Cost: $45 ($40 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Holly Hannon

Another chance to hone your watercolor skills! Pick up hints and clues to transform you watercolors! Paint with Holly one time, or several times for maximum benefit. Materials provided, but bring you favorite paints if you would like to use your own.

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Value Scale Drawing Class

Date: Friday, December 6 (1-4pm)
Cost: $45 ($40 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Donna Juras

We will start with the very basics and you will go home with your notes and a charcoal sketch. All supplies will be provided, including erasers. We will all work on the same subject, they will be uniquely yours. You will amaze yourself! Class limited to 8 future artists.

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iPhone Photography

Date: Saturday, December 7 (10am-2pm) & Sunday, December 8 (1-5pm)
Cost: $65 ($60 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Erdal Cada

Back again by popular request! Erdal is here just in time for instruction to take your best ever Holiday Photos. Also remember that the Blue Ridge Art Center annual juried photography show is coming up soon! Erdal has taken numerous award winning shots with an iPhone! He will cover tips, tricks and features. landscape and macro photography, and editing apps. Practice in class and then go home with a manual for review. Just bring your iphone.

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How to Photograph Your Artwork

Date: Monday, December 9 (5:30-7:30pm)
Cost: $25 ($20 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Larry Bennett

This class will teach you how to best represent your work for contest entries, Facebook, Etsy, ---or just showing what you are producing to your family, friends, and fans. Are you keeping good files on what you create? Don't you wish you had been doing that from the beginning of your art endeavors? Now is the time to begin giving you artwork the organized representation it deserves.
Prepare yourself for the best place to ask all your questions and get the right answers from our own professional photographer. Larry can present the solutions you have requested.

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Watercolor Flowers III

Date: Thursday, December 12 (10am-1pm)
Cost: $45 ($40 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Holly Hannon

Last chance before the holidays to give yourself a relaxing painting session designed to enhance your painting skills in aquarelle. Choose your source and paint an original masterpiece---a gift for yourself or a loved one.

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Portrait Drawing Class (for Men Only)

Date: Saturday, December 14 (10am-1pm)
Cost: $45 ($40 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Jim Juras

For the beginner or the pro. We will be drawing a portrait in pencil to start. Then we'll finish it off in pen and ink. Don't be afraid, you will do fine under Jim's direction. All materials will be provided - just bring your enthusiasm.

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