"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 move into fall and 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!

ENCAUSTICS

Date: Wednesday, October 28 (1-4pm)
Cost: $75 (BRAC Members: $65)
Instructor: Donna Persinger

Introduction to the fundamentals of the ancient art of Encaustics. Choose your format, vertical or horizontal 4"x12" panel, and learn techniques in laying in the background with heat guns and mini-torches, Create texture and enhance with pigment sticks.

REGISTER TODAY! Limit 6 students

SPLENDID COLOR WITH ALCOHOL INKS

Date: Thursday, October 29 (1-4pm)
Cost: $60 (BRAC Members: $50)
Instructor: Deb King

It's always super fun! Deb King is a favorite instructor who will introduce you to the most spontaneous burst of color, unpredictable flowing inks. You will take home several completed projects on several types of surfaces; yupo, canvas, and tile. This may become your new favorite addition!

REGISTER TODAY! Limit 8 students

PLEIN AIR POSSIBILITIES

Date: Thursday, October 29 (9:30am-4pm)
Cost: $55 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Donna O'Hara

Nothing compares to capturing the great outdoors like actually being outdoors. The weather is beautiful in FALL! The location is gorgeous Chau Ram Falls (see photo)! Take advantage of this opportunity to get outside and paint with an experienced Plein Air instructor. Use your choice of media; Donna has done it all! She will show you how to choose your composition, establish your values, do thumbnail sketches and underpaintings. You'll learn how to manage practical considerations like what to bring and how to protect your work while in transit. Bring what your need for your choice of media. Donna will email a list of practical suggestions for supplies along with the location for the meet-up.

REGISTER TODAY! Limit 10 students

BIG SKIES: A STUDY OF CLOUDS

Date: Wednesday, November 18 (10am-3pm)
Cost: $60 (BRAC Members: $55)
Instructor: Brenda McLean

This class is designed to help students see and represent the landscape with dramatic big skies, all rendered in the brilliant and immediately satisfying application of pastels. You will paint along with Brenda in a step-by-step demo in the morning, learning to layer the pigment for depth of color and perspective. After, lunch, you will work on your own composition with individual instruction.

REGISTER TODAY! Limit 7 students

OPEN STUDIO: CLAY

Date: Mondays, November 30, December 7, 14 (6-9pm)
Cost: $110 for all 3 classes (or $40/day) - BRAC Members: $110 (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. 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 TODAY! Limit 6 students.

OPEN STUDIO: CLAY

Date: Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15 (6-9pm)
Cost: $100 for all 3 classes (or $40/day) - BRAC Members: $95 (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. 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 TODAY! Limit 6 students.