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.
OPEN STUDIO: CLAY
Date: Tuesdays, April 13, 20, 27 (6-9pm)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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.
REGISTER NOW! Limit 12 students