Pod Parties

As Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA) schedules summer programming, including outdoor, off-site with craft kits as well as storytelling in partnership with The Arts Council of the Twin Counties and Matthews Living History Farm Museum, they celebrate their former “Class by Design” Model as “Pod Parties” celebrating creativity with friends and family.
A group can request a class specific to their interests and availability. Pictured above is a family group celebrating a 50th birthday and making stained glass sun catchers. “We’re all so starved for adventure and togetherness, this is a great, fun way for people to get together and the possibilities of classes are endless” shares Chris Pollins, CCSA’s Director. Some group Ideas include: Family Reunions, Birthday Parties, Girlfriend Getaways and classes range from pottery, to stained glass, to fused glass, painting, wood and so much more. CCSA offers group rate of $40/hr for up to eight students with an extra charge for materials.

Upcoming Classes

Explore the Arts Kids Camp

Explore the Arts Kids Camp  Instructor: Amy Jackson Dates: Monday, June 14, Tuesday, June 15, Thursday, June 17, & Friday, June 18 Time: 9:30am-12:30pm Camp Fee: $150/child per week or $50/child per day Ages: 5-12 years old This summer, join Chestnut Creek School of the Arts for adventuress, hands-on projects each day, students will get messy exploring the arts through [...]

Wednesdays Art4Life Class Schedule

We understand there are a variety of needs for art during this pandemic. On Wednesday we are going to be offering small group Art4Life classes live that will be recorded and available to view for a small fee virtually to reach more of our community. Schedule with more details coming soon. You will have the opportunity to register for these [...]

Tuesdays Art4Life Class Schedule

Taking an Art4Life Class needs to be on your bucket list for 2021! We are in the works of creating a mobile Art Cart to bring art outdoors so we can include more students. Schedule with more details coming soon. Tuesdays | 3:30-5pm Each Tuesday will be at a different CCSA campus in Downtown Galax. Pottery, Wood, Main & then [...]

Layers of Meaning: Creating Image Transfer Portraits for Historical Projects with Blythe King

Layers of Meaning: Creating Image Transfer Portraits for Historical Projects Instructor: Blythe King VMFA Workshop Date: Friday, May 7, 2021 Time: 1-4pm Workshop Fee: $40 Virtual Course ideal for Public School Teacher recertification. CEU’s available through Wytheville Community College. By creating portraits, artists have long held a pivotal role in recording history.  Contemporary artists create visual narratives that represent the [...]

Downtown Galax Locations


100 N Main St
Galax, VA 24333


Wednesday- Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Please Call to Schedule an appointment


107 West Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studio
Please call to make an appointment.

Safety Class
(prereq for Open Studio)
• 1st Tuesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm


110 East Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studios
Temporarily Suspended

Pottery Studio Members have 24/7 access.
Call 276.236.3500 for more info.

Guitar Chairs

custom stands by the CCSA woodworking team

Introducing the “Guitar Chair”- Chestnut Creek School of the Arts making the most of their talented and dedicated Safety Captain team, shut-down during COVID and indigenous woods and music culture.

(Galax, Virginia) – August 24, 2020

The Luthier and Woodworking Teams of the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax, VA are happy to announce the availability of the “Guitar Chair.”  The Guitar Chair gently nestles any acoustic or electric guitar as well as a banjo.  Its elegant lines and curves are designed to complement and enhance the beauty of the instrument being cradled.  More than just a stand, the Guitar Chair is made from finely-crafted wood can be customized to include names, and/or initials making it a great gift item for your favorite guitar or banjo player!  It can also be used to promote your business or even a musical event.  The “Guitar Chair” can be shipped to you via mail and is easily assembled in minutes.

Your purchase of a Guitar Chair helps to support the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.  Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA) is changing lives by enriching children, adults with disabilities and the region through skilled arts, cultural and music education.  CCSA offers a variety of programs including art for youth; Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM); Art4Life Wellness in the arts programming; and CRE8! youth art programming.  Engaging community members previously under served, such as residential at-risk youth, adults with disabilities, and home-schooled children; CCSA seamlessly synthesizes and integrates partnerships.  Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, where “Art is for Everyone!”

“The Art4Life program has allowed students of all ages and abilities be creative in a friendly and judgement free environment, where the process of making art allows for self-expression, healing, and growing to become a better person. During these classes students share their own stories of success, struggles, problem solving whether it is about the art they are creating or the life they are living. Many classes are full of laughter and encouragement, leaving students and the teachers with a feeling of belonging as well as pride.”  – CCSA Instructor

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with our cause! As a non-profit we depend on community members and visitors to help make our programs the best ever. We’d love to have you join us.

About Us

“Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is the hidden gem of Galax.” —Nicole Mckenna

Welcome to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts! We are a unique, hybrid organization formed as a function of the City of Galax.   Created as a vehicle to stimulate economic growth in the community we have formed our own non-profit and discovered that this is just as much about community development as it is economic development.

We offer classes, events and exhibits year-round for all ages in one of three studios located in the heart of downtown Galax. We have fully equipped studios in: Woodworking, Pottery, Stained Glass, Metalsmithing, Sewing, Painting, Printmaking and offer classes in several other disciplines.

It is our mission to preserve the cultural heritage unique to this region, communicate the value of the arts through hands-on instruction, create an environment conducive to learning free of intimidation. Our classes are designed for those visiting this area as well as those living in this region with evening and weekend classes. With help in funding from the Twin County Community Foundation we are now offering a multitude of workshops during the day serving but not limited to: Seniors, Homeschoolers, Veterans and those with special needs.

In addition to our classes we offer several community service opportunities including but not limited to: Empty Bowls- Helping feed the hungry and Stuffed with Love- Making stuffed animals for kids in trauma with plans to create miniature libraries in our Wood Studio. It is free to participate in our community service projects and they are designed so that everyone can participate in a meaningful way.

We believe that Art is for everyone and everyone has an inherent ability to create. Our Main Building was the first bank in Galax built in 1932. It was historically renovated and houses our Gift Shop, Administrative Offices and Studios: Stained Glass, Metalsmithing, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Music. With support from Department of Housing and Community Development, Department of Agriculture, The Tobacco Commission, Rural Development we were able to purchase equipment and tools necessary to not only teach our classes but be available to students and community members for use outside of class in the spirit on entrepreneurial growth.

We offer a Junior Appalachian Music Program allowing students aged 9-13 the opportunity to borrow a guitar, fiddle, mandolin, or banjo coming twice a week for two terms in the school year to learn local old time music. We also are home to the Bobby Patterson lending library, providing use of a wide variety of instrument for those wishing to learn to play an instrument.

We have one full time and five part-time staff members and over 50 volunteers. Our Executive Founding Director, Chris Pollins reports both to the City of Galax City Manager and City Council, but also to a 15 member board of Directors governing the non-profit.