"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.



Date: Friday, January 24 (1-4pm)
Cost: $55 (BRAC Members: $50)
Instructor: Laura Havran & Joy Kuby

A piece of art, be it a painting, sculpture, sketch or any other art form, is interpreted through live or dried floral material known as Art in Bloom. Flowers and other plant materials are arranged in such a way as to offer another perspective, to compliment, interpret or mimic the artwork. The class will explore examples of other Art in Bloom designs, materials and design ideas. Students will then create a floral arrangement using a piece of art from the current Blue Ridge Art exhibit. Class members will take home their arrangements. Bring plant shears if you have them.

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Date: Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25 (6-9pm)
Cost: $100 for all 4 sessions (or $40/day) - BRAC Members: $95 ($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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Date: Wednesday, February 5 (1-4pm)
Cost: $50 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Brenda McLean

Is anything more breathtaking than our own hills, valleys, and lakes with the Blue Ridge always standing sentinel? There is no better way to capture that beauty than with the pure and immediate pigment of pastels, at once forgiving and inspirational. You will paint a composition of your own choosing, all materials provided, with an experienced, award winning instructor. What better way to explore the medium? Beginners welcome. All materials provided.

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Date: Wednesday-Thursday, February 12-13 (10am-3pm)
Cost: $125 (BRAC Members: $120)
Instructor: Martha Discoll

Experiment and play and let Martha lead the way.
Learn to express yourself by simplifying content and painting what is important to you. We will discuss composition and focal point, trying to illuminate problems before we begin painting. Plan to stand at an easel (unless physical restrictions). We will heavily rely on critiquing as we create. Students should bring: acrylic paints, a 24" x 24" canvas (primed with any color you like), and large brushes. FYI: this class will fill up quickly, sign-up early! (Note: photo provided represents Martha's painting style but is not the picture to be painted in this workshop)

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Date: Wednesday, February 19 (10am-4pm)
Cost: $45 (BRAC Members: $40)
Instructor: Lois Fitzgerald

Learn basic tapestry weaving techniques from Lois Fitzgerald as you create a small weaving on a basic frame loom. Finished project will be approximately 5" x 12".
Did we say NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED? All materials will be provided.

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Date: Friday, February 21 (10am-1pm)
Cost: $50 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Michelle Winnie

For artists who desire to make representational art, there is no better practice than regularly drawing the figure from life (not nude). Michelle Winnie will guide students through this revered practice, demonstrating both gesture sketches and more finished long poses. This class is great for ALL ability levels.
Minimal supplies needed - a list will be provided.

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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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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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