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Fiddlers Week Showcases

Please Join us both days for a Sit-down artist performance and talk! This will take place in our main lobby, please come early.

Build a Step-A-Tune with Richard Lake

Build a Step-A-Tune Instructor: Richard Lake Class Date: Wednesday, August 11 Class Times: 9-10:30am OR 2-3:30pm Class Fee: $40/class  includes materials Learn basic wood working techniques, resulting in your very own custom dance floor- Come build your own and take it with you! No Experience necessary. Fiddlers Week ShowcasesPlease Join us both days for a Sit-down artist performance and talk! [...]

Appalachian Dance with Grace Davis

Appalachian Dance Instructor: Grace Davis Class Date: Wednesday, August 11 Class Time: 4-5pm Class Fee: $10 All Ages & Abilities Welcome Learn the art of old-time Appalachian dance, otherwise known as flatfooting or clogging. Students can expect to learn several dance steps, culminating in a short routine. No experience necessary. Fiddlers Week ShowcasesPlease Join us both days for a Sit-down [...]

Beginning Stained Glass with Jonni McGuire

Beginning Stained Glass Instructor: Jonni McGuire Dates: Tuesdays, August 24, 31, & September 7 Times: 1-3:30pm Class Fee: $107.50 including materials Early Bird: $97.75 including materials if registered before August 10 Age: 16+ Students will complete their choice of beginner project. Student will pick 1 of 3 projects and will be introduced to the fundamentals of beginner stained glass. Using [...]

August Art4Life Class Schedule

Other Classes You May Be Interested In: Fiddlers Week ShowcasesPlease Join us both days for a Sit-down artist performance and talk! This will take place in our main lobby, please come early.Read moreBeginning Stained Glass with Jonni McGuireBeginning Stained Glass Instructor: Jonni McGuire Dates: Tuesdays, August 24, 31, & September 7 Times: 1-3:30pm Class Fee: $107.50 including materials Early Bird: [...]

July Art4Life Class Schedule

Other Classes You May Be Interested In: Fiddlers Week ShowcasesPlease Join us both days for a Sit-down artist performance and talk! This will take place in our main lobby, please come early.Read moreBeginning Stained Glass with Jonni McGuireBeginning Stained Glass Instructor: Jonni McGuire Dates: Tuesdays, August 24, 31, & September 7 Times: 1-3:30pm Class Fee: $107.50 including materials Early Bird: [...]

Introduction to Mosaic with Nikki Pynn

Introduction to Mosaic Instructor: Nikki Pynn Class Date: Wednesday, August 4 Class Time: 12pm-3pm Class Fee: $35 includes materials In this workshop, participants will learn to cut and shape glass to fit a pattern made from leaves. The glass will be mosaicked onto shaped backer board using thin-set mortar, making a small garden ornament.

Pottery Wheel | Guided Experience with Kelly Dixon

Pottery Wheel | Guided Experience Instructor: Kelly Dixon Dates & Times: Monday, August 2 | 6-8pm Monday, September 6 | 6-8pm Monday, October 4 | 6-8pm Monday, November 1 | 6-8pm Monday, Decmber 6 | 6-8pm ( Register for one, or for all!)  Class Fee: $26/per class Materials: $2.50 per lb of clay uses Ages: 12+ Have you always wanted [...]

Making Your Own Story Book with Linda Osbourne

Making Your Own Story Book Instructor: Linda Osbourne Date: Saturday, July 31 Time: 11:30pm-2:30pm Class Fee: $30 Material Fee to Instructor: $20 Ages: 12+ Make a handmade book to tell your own story! You will learn the steps of creating an according fold binded book. “Tell your own story” Winged Memory Book. Using 12’ x 12” sheets of paper, students [...]

Story-Writing for Adults with Deb Clark

Story-Writing for Adults Instructor: Deb Clark Date: Saturdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 & August 7 Time: 2-3:30pm Class Fee: $75 Ages: 16+ Objective: to help adult storytellers write stories in text. In order to do that, the lesson will include discussion of what makes a short story and what makes a short story “good;” basic elements of a story [...]

The Poet as a Storyteller with Karen Johnson

The Poet as a Storyteller Instructor: Karen Johnson 3 part  Storyteller as a Poet Series. #1 Poetry vs Prose  Date: Saturday, July 20 Time: 12-1:30pm Ages: 16+ Participants will discuss the difference between telling a story in prose and telling in poetry. By necessity we will discuss what makes a poem, a poem, rather than a bit of prose. Participants [...]

Story Telling Illustration with Watercolor | Adult with Donna Godwin

Storytelling Illustration with Watercolor | Adult Instructor: Donna Godwin Date: Saturday, July 24 Time: 10:30am-12pm Ages: 13-19 Class Fee: $20 includes materials In this class you will learn how to tell your story through using your imagination with drawing and watercolors. I will guide you through the process and you will discover the colorful fun and play in learning how [...]

Storytelling Illustration with Watercolor | Teen with Donna Godwin

Storytelling Illustration with Watercolor | Teen Instructor: Donna Godwin Date: Saturday, July 17 Time: 10:30am-12pm Ages: 13-19 Class Fee: $20 includes materials In this class you will learn how to tell your story through using your imagination with drawing and watercolors. I will guide you through the process and you will discover the colorful fun and play in learning how [...]

Wood Turning Demos with Morris Schlesinger

Woodturning Demo | Bowls Saturday, June 19th, 1-5pm $10 Woodturning Demo | Pens Saturday, June 26th, 1-5pm $10 Woodturning Demo | Small Boxes, Inlays, and Threaded lids Saturday, July 10th, 1-5pm $10 Woodturning Demo | Hollow Holiday Ornaments POSTPONED TO JULY 31st Saturday, July 17th, 1-5pm $10 Woodturning Demo | Stool Saturday, July 31, 1-5pm Please join us in specially [...]

Intro to Song Writing | Youth

Intro to Song Writing Instructor: Lindsey Nale Date: Thursday, July 8 OR Thursday July 22 Time: 3:30-5pm Ages: 8-12 Class Fee: $15/ per class   This class is an introduction into the world of songwriting. The class is geared for children ages eight through twelve. Learn how to construct and create through the poems or melodies you can’t seem to [...]

Finger Knitted Chunky Blanket with Suzan Hamilton

Finger Knitted Chunky Blanket Instructor: Suzan Hamilton Dates: Friday May 28  OR Saturday,  June 12 TO BE RESCHEDULED IN AUGUST Time: 10-2:30pm Class Fee: $40/class Materials: Bring Yarn Bee Eternal Bliss 5 skeins of one color available Hobby Lobby (very chunky chenile) and thread similarly colored to yarn if you can. Learn how to knit a beautiful chunky blanket with [...]

Sewing with Debby Reeder

 Aprons & Pot Holders Dates: Saturday, June 5 Times: 11:30-2:30pm Class Fee: $35 includes some materials (see list below) Skill:Beg., Age: 8+ *must have *some* sewing experience Maximum: 6 students  Jacket Embellishments Dates: Saturday, July 17 Times: 11:30-2:30pm Class Fee: $35 includes some materials (see list below) Bring Your Own Jacket ( cotton or Denim blend) Skill:Beg., Age: 8+ *must [...]

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.

Downtown Galax Locations

CCSA MAIN CAMPUS

100 N Main St
Galax, VA 24333

GIFT SHOP/EXHIBITS OPEN HOURS

Tuesday- Friday | 10am-6pm
Saturday | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

OPEN STUDIOS

Please Call to Schedule an appointment
276.236.3500

CCSA WOODWORKING STUDIO

107 West Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studio

Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:30pm
Please call to make an appointment.
276.236.3500

Safety Class
(prereq for Open Studio)
by appointment

CCSA POTTERY STUDIO

110 East Oldtown St
Galax, VA 24333

Open Studios
Fridays 6-8pm
2nd Saturdays 10am-12pm

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.