"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.


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!


Date: Saturday, July 31 (10am-3pm)
Cost: $75 ($65 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Donna Persinger

Back by Popular Request! Create a summer, vintage-themed, three-dimensional panel using stencils, image transfers, pastels, paper clay, and die cuts. Discover the ancient art of encaustics---no experience necessary. Basic encaustic skills will be built upon to create your nature-themed piece on your choice of panel shapes. All materials provided. Bring a bag lunch.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students per session.


Date: Thursday, August 5 (1-4pm)
Cost: $75 ($65 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Diana Winuk

Create this beautiful necklace and earrings set with our award winning instructor. Create your own custom necklace and earring set by joining double swirl links of non-tarnish parawire silver coils. You choose the size of the coil and the length of the necklace and earrings. Diana's creations won Best in Design at the Pigeon Forge Magnifique Fashion Show and will be featured in several regional fashion magazines and worn by models in the NY Fashion Show during Fashion Week.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 10 students per session.


Date: Tuesdays, August 10-31 (2-4pm)
Cost: $135 ($125 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Chris Cartledge

We are fortunate to present this series by Chris Cartledge, an award-winning professional artist. His class promises to be loads of fun and hard work. You will also emerge a much better artist. This is a series of four comprehensive drawing lessons with the goal of mastering drawing skills that will be the foundation of your art production, no matter your medium. This series will address understanding, creating and thinking 3D on a 2D surface, learning to recognize shapes, value, proportion and perspective, You will receive handouts and do homework. As this class progresses, you will draw people, places and things while learning what makes a good drawing---focal point, balance, proportion, depth, composition, etc.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 10 students per session.


Date: Wednesday, August 11 (10am-2:30pm)
Cost: $55 ($50 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Beverly Walker

Building baskets is a satisfying, age-old process. Coiled rope baskets are a variation which allow for limitless color, form, and embellishment. In this class, you will create a small basket or trivet by wrapping colorful yarns over a rope and coiling it into chosen shape. No experience necessary. You will enjoy the therapeutic, rhythmic process and look forward to designing your next project with this award winning instructor. All materials provided.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students per session.


Date: Thursday, August 12 (9am-4pm)
Cost: $70 ($60 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Donna O'Hara

Donna is back with a class that you will love! She is a gifted instructor who will make you feel you have always known how to paint convincing rocks and lakes, waterfall, and streams. You will love the spontaneity and responsiveness of the medium. This is your chance to get ready for the Pastel Category Competition of the Member Show at BRAC in September. Materials provided by the Betsy Barker Endowment for Pastels.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 12 students per session.


Date: Wednesday, August 18 (9am-1pm)
Cost: $55 ($50 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Beverly Walker

So many beautiful variations, so many practical uses. Come and learn the intricacies of painting on silk by applying brilliant reactive dyes onto 100% silk, using resists to create design, adding salts and other reactives to achieve magical results. You will use a compression Shibori technique to make a fun fabric for a fashion item (think a small clutch bag or throw pillow) or an impressive wall décor. NO previous experience necessary. Wear an apron or old shirt. All materials provided by instructor.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students per session.


Date: Saturday, August 21 (10am-12:30pm) & Sunday, August 22 (1:30-4pm)
Cost: $80 ($70 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Erdal Caba

Erdal will teach you how to use all those mysterious new innovations on your iPhone. Make the most of your camera by learning tips, features, and tricks. You will learn lighting and composition, and how to use 3rd party free and inexpensive editing apps. Hands-on interaction and practice to enhance learning. You will receive a comprehensive manual so that you can continue practicing and learning. This workshop is for any model iPhone.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 10 students per session.