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Seasonal Truck Welcome Sign with Amanda Moore

Seasonal Truck Welcome Sign Instructor: Amanda Moore Date: Thursday & Friday, December 16 & 17 Time: 1-3pm both days Fee: $40 Materials: $35 All Ages & Skill Levels This two hours for two days class will have you making the cutest seasonal welcome sign, complete with interchangeable painted elements for you to choose from. You'll stain, paint and assemble the [...]

October Art4Life Class Schedule

October 2021 Schedule  Stained Glass Kit with Jonni McGuire @CCSA Main Tuesday, October 5| 3:30-5pm The Witch is In Paint Party w/ Amy Jackson @CCSA Main Tuesday, October 19| 10-11:30am Halloween Cards with Rhea Bourne @CCSA Main Wednesday, October 20 |1-2:30pm Fused Glass Ghost or Mummy with Ron Davis @CCSA Main Tuesday, October 26 | 1-2:30pm Fused Glass Ghost or [...]

Mommy & Me Gift Tag Printmaking with Donna Godwin

Mommy & Me Gift Tag Printmaking Instructor: Donna Godwin Class Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021 Class Time: 11am-3pm Class Fee: $50 (including materials) Skill: All, Age: All Students will learn how to use a gelli print plate using acrylic paint and roller and create unique special papers: monoprints, patterns using stencils, stamps, etc. Prints will be used to make gift [...]

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 ( only one spot left please call to register!) Monday, December 6 | 6-8pm ( Register for one, or for all!)  Class Fee: $26/per class Materials: $2.50 per lb [...]

Reverse Diamond Chair Caning with Michael Dees

Reverse Diamond Chair Caning Instructor: Michael Dees Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 Time: 10am-4pm Fee: $50 Materials Fee: $18 to instructor (plus bring list below) Skill: Any, Age: 16+ Students will learn to weave the reverse diamond chair seat pattern using with 1/2" flat reed. Class includes one-on-one instruction, and the flat reed (provided by instructor at $18.00 per coil [...]

November Art4Life Class Schedule

November 2021 Schedule Most classes are for all ages and abilities. Space is limited and registration including payment is required ahead of time. Schedule is subject to change. Masks and social distancing are required if NOT vaccinated. November 2021 Schedule  Hand Built Pottery Bowls with Kelly Dixon @Pottery Studio Tuesday, November 2 | 1-2:30pm Alcohol Ink Post Cards w/Amy Jackson [...]

Ceramic Casserole Dish with Ann Childress

Ceramic Casserole Dish  Instructor: Ann Childress Class Date: October 14, 21 & 28, 2021 Class Time: 6:30-8:30pm Class Fee: $73.75 Including Materials Skill: Any  Age: 16+ Learn a variety of hand building skills as you create a casserole dish from stoneware clay! You will learn a variety of tricks for ease in working with clay slabs and the basics that [...]

Virtual Watercolor Light House Seascape with Ken Hobson

Virtual Watercolor Scene | Light House Seascape Instructor: Ken Hobson Date: Friday, October 8, 2021 Time: 1-4pm Class Fee: $40 Materials: You'll need your own watercolor palette & paper. A list of suggested materials/colors are below, but a full range of colors and even watercolor titanium white is usually recommended. Learn how to paint this expressive seascape scene with Ken [...]

Women’s Creative Empowerment through Gel Printing with Donna Godwin

Women's Creative Empowerment through Gel Printing Instructor: Donna Godwin Class Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021 Class Time: 11am-3pm Class Fee: $50 (including materials) Skill: All, Age: 16+ Students will learn how to use a gelli print plate using acrylic paint and roller and create unique special papers: monoprints, patterns using stencils, stamps, etc. Prints will be used to make individually [...]

Fused Glass Inclusions with Ron Davis

Fused Glass Inclusions with Ron Davis Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021 Time:  2-4:30pm Class Fee: $35 (including materials) Age: 16+ This 3 hour workshop will introduce the student to the art of fused glass and including non-glass items. Students will have the opportunity to learn about chemicals, creating bubbles, how a plant leaf can leave an impression and aluminum foil [...]

Halloween Printmaking | Youth with Donna Godwin

Halloween Printmaking | Youth Instructor: Donna Godwin Class Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Class Time: 4-5:30pm Class Fee: $25 (including material) Skill: All, Age: 8-12 Students will learn how to use a gel print plate using acrylic paint and roller and create unique special papers: monoprints, patterns using stencils, stamps, etc. Witches Ghosts and Pumpkins Other Classes You May Be [...]

Mommy & Me Card Printmaking with Donna Godwin

Mommy & Me Card Printmaking Instructor: Donna Godwin Class Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 Class Time: 11am-3pm Class Fee: $50 (including materials) Skill: All, Age: All Students will learn how to use a gelli print plate using acrylic paint and roller and create unique special papers: monoprints, patterns using stencils, stamps, etc. Prints will be used to make holiday cards. [...]

Finger Knitted Chunky Blanket with Suzan Hamilton

Finger Knitted Chunky Blanket Instructor: Suzan Hamilton Dates: Saturday, December 4 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 just your fingers!  This skill will be worth its [...]

Appalachian Toy Making with John Alexander

Appalachian Toy Making Instructor: John Alexander Class Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021 Class Time: 12-3pm Class Fee: $35 Materials Fee to instructor: $5 Skill: All; Age: 12+ Appalachian Toy Making Have you ever wondered what makes a “Jack Jump”, a “Buzz Saw”, or how a “Whimmy Diddled?” Then sign up for this fun introduction to Appalachian toy making.  The class [...]

Fused Glass Ornament Workshop with Ron Davis

Fused Glass Ornament Workshop with Ron Davis ( Workshops are FULL, please call 276-236-3500 to be put on the wait list) Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021 Time:  11am-4pm Class Fee: $10/hour plus $10 for first ornament, then $5/extra ornaments Age: 16+ Skills: Must know how to cut glass This open studio focused workshop will let fused glass artists create their [...]

Introduction to Mosaic with Nikki Pynn

Introduction to Mosaic Instructor: Nikki Pynn Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021 Time: 12-3pm Fee: $30 Materials Fee: $5 to instructor day of class Skill: All; Age: 16+ In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of mosaic, cutting, shaping ceramic and glass making their own design. Their design will then be mosaicked onto shaped backer board using thin set mortar, [...]

January Fused Glass Series with Ron Davis

Fused Glass Series with Ron Davis Date: Wednesday, Friday, Tuesday | January 19, 21, & 25 Time:  2-4:30pm Class Fee: $107.50 (including materials) Age: 16+ In this three part class, students will obtain a good basic understanding of the process of making fused glass art. Starting with the basics of warm glass work, how to cut glass and many different [...]

Fused Glass Series with Ron Davis

Fused Glass Series with Ron Davis Date: Wednesday, Friday, Tuesday | October 6, 8 & 12 Time:  2-4:30pm Class Fee: $107.50 (including materials) Age: 16+ In this three part class, students will obtain a good basic understanding of the process of making fused glass art. Starting with the basics of warm glass work, how to cut glass and many different [...]

Bird Woman Woodworking with Donna Godwin

Bird Woman Woodworking  Instructor: Donna Godwin Class Date: November, September 20, 2021 Class Time: 11am-3pm Class Fee: $60 (including material) Skill: All, Age: 16 Students will assemble pre-cut pieces of wood bodies, wings, heart, stars, feathers and a crown into their own Birdwoman garden sculpture. Sculptures will be enhanced with fencing wire, beads and cloth.   Program Funded in Part [...]

December Art4Life Class Schedule

December 2021 Schedule Most classes are for all ages and abilities. Space is limited and registration including payment is required ahead of time. Schedule is subject to change. Masks and social distancing are required if NOT vaccinated. Hand Built Pottery Trays w/Kelly Dixon @Pottery Studio Tuesday, December 7 | 1-2:30pm Wood Board Collage Birds w/Debby Reeder @CCSA Main Wednesday, December [...]

Introduction to Gel Printing & Mixed Media Assemblage with Donna Godwin

Intro to Gel Printing & Mixed Media Assemblage Instructor: Donna Godwin Class Date: Saturday, October 23 Class Time: 11am-3pm Class Fee: $50 (including material) Skill: All, Age: All Students will learn how to use a gell print plate using acrylic paint and roller and create unique speical papers: monoprints, patterns using stencils, stamps, etc. Assemble papers into a mixed media [...]

April Fused Glass Series with Ron Davis

Fused Glass Series with Ron Davis Date: Wednesday, Friday, Tuesday | April 6, 8, & 12 Time:  2-4:30pm Class Fee: $107.50 (including materials) Age: 16+ In this three part class, students will obtain a good basic understanding of the process of making fused glass art. Starting with the basics of warm glass work, how to cut glass and many different [...]

Broom Making | Cobweb & Vegetable Scrubber with John Alexander

Broom Making | Cobweb & Vegetable Scrubber (SOLD OUT Please call 276-236-3500 to be added to the wait list) Instructor: John Alexander Class Date: Wednesday, October 20 Class Time: 4-6:30pm Class Fee: $25 Materials Fee to Instructor: $12 Skill: All; Age: 12+ Make Your Own Broom for the Fall, Halloween, or just to save on gas! This class will introduce [...]

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 by appointment
2nd Saturdays 10am-12pm by appointment

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.