"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 and we encourage you to do everything in your power to keep yourself and others safe. We encourage everyone who enters BRAC to wear a mask and we are limiting our class sizes to ensure there is ample room for social distancing. Thank you for your understanding and patience.


Date: Tuesdays, November 16, 23, 30 (6-9pm)
Cost: $35/day ($30 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Wendy Converse

Join us on Tuesday evenings to relax and get your hands dirty with clay. Open Studio is designed for people who have some experience working with clay and are ready to work on their own self-guided hand-building projects. All clay, glazes and a variety of tools will be provided. Instructor will be on hand to provide guidance for successful construction, provide ideas for new techniques to try and help you flesh out your individual projects. Work will be fired offsite and finishing (glazing, painting, etc.) can be done during another session or during special no-cost glaze session at the end of each month.

You can sign-up for a single session or save a little by signing up for a full month.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 8 students per session.


Date: Thursday, December 2 (1-4pm)
Cost: $65 ($55 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Michelle Fowler

Back by request! This time Michelle will show you step by step how to paint a lovely winter scene, Bob Ross Style, just in time for the Holidays! All materials provided. No prior experience needed. Come if you are a beginner, come if you want to add a few clever techniques to your expertise. You will finish a landscape that will make you proud.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 10 students.


Date: Monday, December 6 - Tuesday, December 7 (1-3pm)
Cost: $75 ($65 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Chris Cartledge

Chris is back to help you on your way to better skills and techniques in painting and drawing. This class is about watercolor basics wet on wet, wet on dry, and glazing. He will teach you what colors to mix and why. As part of this course, you will create a ink drawing with a watercolor wash. Chris is so helpful and always such an easy-going and fun instructor. Take this class if you are inexperienced and want a good start, or learn some new tips if you are a more experienced watercolorist. Materials list will be provided to participants.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 10 students.


Date: Wednesday, December 8 - Thursday, December 9 (10am-Noon)
Cost: $75 ($65 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Melody Davis

No one in the upstate is more gifted in expressing the human form than Melody Davis, and she is an extremely adept instructor. In a class with Melody, you will discover a fresh new approach and sensitivity. Melody will guide you through structure--- the proportion, contrast and focal points--recognizing roadblocks, and refining and defining. Some drawing experience is recommended.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 10 students.


Date: Wednesday, December 15 - Friday, December 17 (6-9pm)
Cost: $125 ($115 BRAC Members)
Instructor: Wendy Converse

Get inspired by our current show, "Bigger is Better", then get to work creating your own large scale ceramic sculpture. We will work with coils, slabs and molds to create unique works of art. Wendy will walk you through her creation techniques using examples and demonstrations. Then it's time to get busy as you design and create any form you'd like - functional or sculptural - up to 28" tall and 18" around. All clay and tools will be provided and finishing options will be discussed. If you have ever wanted to work big in clay, now's your chance! Some clay experience is helpful, but is not required.

REGISTER NOW! Limit 6 students.