"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: Tuesdays, April 13, 20, 27 (6-9pm)
Cost: $40 per day (BRAC Members: $35)
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? Open Studio is an intermediate level class designed to continue your journey in clay while expanding your skills and having 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 NOW! Limit 6 students per session.

Illuminated Nightscape in Pastel

Date: Wednesday, April 21 (10am-4pm)
Cost: $65 (BRAC Members: $55)
Instructor: Brenda McLean

Pastels are the perfect medium to exemplify bright light on night time surfaces. Beginning with dark toned paper and building the color and light with layer upon layer of pigment produces unexpected nuance. We will complete one 11"x14" painting of simplified, abstracted buildings, all lit up in swatches of bold color. The lessons will include an introduction to appropriate color scheme, composition and perspective, while reducing your choice of source photograph to basic shapes. Brenda has many years of instruction experience and will make this class easy-peasy and super fun! Just wear an old shirt and a smile. All materials provided by Pastel Donations in Memory of Betsy Barker.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students

The Greens of a Spring Landscape in Oil

Date: Wednesday, May 5 (1-4pm)
Cost: $50 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Karen Powell

Do you think you know about painting in oils? Oils are more versatile than you may think, responsive and forgiving. They are easy for beginners, and yet you could practice forever and still learn new tips on mixing color, techniques, tools, and procedures.

Karen Powell has skill and understanding in achieving beautiful light and soft edges----and is just the instructor to raise your skills to the next level by meeting you where you are in your journey.
For this class, Karen will teach you how to find all the color in a landscape like this one pictured.. Greens are difficult!! How do we represent a landscape, with all the wonder and vibrancy of spring and summer, and not have overwhelming green that never quite looks real? Karen will show you how. Karen's introductory class was so very well received---now take the next step with her. Karen will offer classes monthly so that you can continue to grow.

You need bring only three primary colors, black and white, and a few brushes, although you are welcome to bring whatever you may have. Karen will send a supply list that will be short and sweet!

REGISTER NOW! Limit 10 students

Paint Spring with a Purpose

Date: Thursday, May 6 (10am-5pm)
Cost: $70 (BRAC Members: $60)
Instructor: Donna O'Hara

Paint the springtime with fresh ideas, tips, and discoveries. Any medium is welcome, but pastels will be featured. Want to try pastels for the first time? All pastel materials will be provided---but if you have favorite pastel sticks, bring them. (Bring sketch pad and pencils and a lunch.) You will choose from several photos for your source, photos that will inspire you, taken at the top of Sassafras Mountain in early spring. Things you will learn in painting springtime: composition concerns, high key values, atmospheric perspective, and color values.

Looking for an added challenge? Plein Air painting will be taught by Donna at Clemson Botanical Gardens on May 12. It's the perfect way to apply all your new knowledge!! Remember that BRAC will feature a special $500 pastel category award in memory of Betsy Barker in the September Member Show. We also look forward to a new monthly meeting of pastel enthusiasts beginning on the last Saturday in August at 10:00.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students

Plein Air Painting - Spring at the Botanical Gardens

Date: Thursday, May 12 (9:30am-4pm)
Cost: $50 (BRAC Members: $45)
Instructor: Donna O'Hara

Join us for the unparalleled experience of painting outdoors! Donna has had many years of experience in painting Plein Air. Draw your inspiration from the beautiful Botanical Gardens of SC. Any media is welcome. You do not need an elaborate set-up. A drawing board, a chair to sit on, and a chair upon which to prop your drawing board will suffice. Contact Donna with questions.

We will discuss what to paint, narrow your focus using a view finder, and learn how to use crop marks. Value sketching and underpainting will be encouraged. A list of suggested supplies will be sent. Bring a lunch and plenty to drink.
Call Donna if you have questions at 315-338-3349.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 12 students