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February Art4Life Class Schedule

February 2022 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. Valentine Gnomes with Amy Jackson @CCSA Main Wednesday, February 2 | 12:30-2pm Fused Glass Hearts with Ron Davis @CCSA Main- Glass Studio Wednesday, [...]

Finger Knitted Chunky Blanket – Multi Colors with Suzan Hamilton

Finger Knitted Chunky Blanket- Multi Colors Instructor: Suzan Hamilton Dates: Saturday, April 2 Time: 10-2:30pm Class Fee: $40/class Materials: Bring Yarn Bee Eternal Bliss 4 skeins of one color and 1-2 skeins of another 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 [...]

Intro to Oil Painting | Landscapes with Arlene Daniel

Introduction to Oil Painting | Landscapes Instructor: Arlene Daniel Date: March 26, 2022 Time: 10am-3pm Fee: $40 Materials: $15 optional or bring your own (see below) Skill Level: All Age: 16+ In this workshop we will discuss how to improve your paintings. To create stronger designs in your art we will explore the use of composition, arranging shapes, and exploring [...]

Finger Knitted Chunky Blanket with Suzan Hamilton

Finger Knitted Chunky Blanket Instructor: Suzan Hamilton Dates: Saturday, Feb 5 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 [...]

Scarfana with Suzan Hamilton

Scarfana Instructor: Suzan Hamilton Date: Fridays, February 11th & 18th Time: 12-2pm Skill: Intermediate Age: 15+ Fee: $40 Materials: Either provide your own 10.5 Circular needle (US) 16" long, 200 yards or pay $25 material fee and bring nothing Take your beginner knitting skills to the next level by making your very own "Scarfana"; a cute, fun alternative to a [...]

Knitting 101 | Scarf with Suzan Hamilton

Knitting 101- Scarf Instructor: Suzan Hamilton Date: Friday, January 21 Time: 12-3pm Skill: Beginner/All Age: 15+ Fee: $30 Materials: Either provide your own 250 yards using # 7, 8, 9 or 10 US knitting needles OR pay $25 and everything will be provided. Learn how to knit using one of two types of yarn and go home home with a 60" [...]

Basket in the Round with Peggy Adelman

Basket in the Round Instructor: Peggy Adelman Date: Friday, June 3 Time: 10am-4pm Fee: $40 Materials Fee to instructor: $35 Skill: All; Age: 16+ Learn how or hone your basket making skills by joining this class. No experience necessary. Students will learn how to weave this beautiful rounded basket and go home with a finished basket. Other Classes You May [...]

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 [...]

3D Stained Glass with Nikki Pynn

3D Stained Glass Workshop Instructor: Nikki Pynn Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022 Time: 10-4pm Fee: $78 Materials Fee: $15 to instructor day of class Skill: Intermediate ; Age: 16+ In this workshop, students will be shown and can practice the techniques that can be used to make a square or rounded piece. Participants will create a small piece of their [...]

Knitting 101 | Hat with Suzan Hamilton

Knitting 101- Hat Instructor: Suzan Hamilton Date: Friday, March 4 Time: 12-3pm Skill: Beginner/All Age: 15+ Fee: $30 Materials: Either provide your own 250 yards using # 7, 8, 9 or 10 US knitting needles OR pay $25 and everything will be provided. Learn how to knit using making the perfect cozy hat! Other Classes You May Be Interested In: Finger [...]

Wet Felted Heart Bowl with Karen Bopp

Wet Felted Wishing Heart Bowl Instructor: Karen Bopp Date: Saturday, February 12 Time: 12-2:30pm Skill: Beginner Age: 15+ Fee: $35 includes materials Learn the process of making a beautiful Wishing Heart container out of wool fiber. There is no stitching or sewing involved. You will start by laying out red fiber and wrapping it around a resist. Then through the [...]

January Art4Life Class Schedule

January 2022 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. Fused Glass Jewelry with Ron Davis CANCELLED @Glass Studio Wednesday, January 12 | 10-11:30am Sewn Mug Sleeve with Debby Reeder CANCELLED @CCSA Main [...]

Wet Felted Landscape with Karen Bopp

Wet Felted Landscape Instructor: Karen Bopp Date: Saturday, January 22 Time: 12-2:30pm Skill: Beginner Age: 15+ Fee: $45 includes materials Learn the process of making a beautiful landscape picture out of wool fiber. There is no stitching or sewing involved. You will start by laying out a white canvas of fiber, then make it come alive as you add color [...]

Fused Glass Jewelry with Ron Davis

Fused Glass Jewelry with Ron Davis ( only 1 spot left- please call to register- 276-236-3500) Date: Thursday, February 17 Time:  2-4:30pm Class Fee: $35 (including materials) Age: 16+ This class will introduce students to the art of fused glass by making jewelry. Students will learn how fused glass art is created, how to cut glass and will make one [...]

Appalachian Toy Making with John Alexander

Appalachian Toy Making Instructor: John Alexander Class Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022 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 Weaving with Ron Davis

Fused GlassWeaving with Ron Davis  Date: Thursdays, March 24 & 31 Time:  2-4:00pm Class Fee: $55 (including materials) Age: 16+ This two hour, two session workshop will introduce the student to the art of fused glass by weaving glass.  Students will learn how fused glass art is created, how to cut glass and will make a 6" X 6" bowl [...]

Pastel Painting | Portrait with Arlene Daniel

Pastel Paintings- Portraits Instructor: Arlene Daniel Date: May 21, 2022 Time: 10am-3pm Fee: $40 Materials: $15 optional or bring your own (see below) Skill Level: All Age: 16+ Portrait Workshop in Oil/Pastel We will work from photo references and ways to measure more accurately to achieve a likeness in a portrait. Supply list: Oils Odorless turpentine ONLY Titanium white Cadmium [...]

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 [...]

Taking the Pottery Wheel to the Next Level with Donna Ellis

Pottery Wheel | Taking the Wheel to the Next Level Instructor: Donna Ellis Dates & Times: Monday, January 24, 2022 | 6-8pm Monday, March 28, 2022 | 6-8pm Monday, April 24, 2022 | 6-8pm Monday, May 23, 2002 | 6-8pm Monday, June 27, 2002 | 6-8pm ( Register for one, or for all!)  Class Fee: $26/per class date Materials: $2.50 [...]

Poplar Bark Baskets with John Alexander

Poplar Bark Baskets Instructor: John Alexander Date: Saturday, May 21 Time: 1-3:30pm Fee: $25 Materials Fee to instructor: $10 Skill: All; Age: 12+ Students will learn to make a Poplar Bark Basket just as the sap rises at this time of year. Other Classes You May Be Interested In: Finger Knitted Chunky Blanket – Multi Colors with Suzan HamiltonFinger Knitted [...]

Introduction to Mosaic with Nikki Pynn

Introduction to Mosaic Instructor: Nikki Pynn Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022 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 ceramics and glass into their own design. Their design will then be mosaiced onto shaper black board using thin set [...]

Wet Felted Oven Mitt with Karen Bopp

Wet Felted Oven Mitt Instructor: Karen Bopp Date: Saturday, January 29 Time: 1-3:30pm Skill: Beginner Age: 15+ Fee: $35 Students will learn how to wet felt wool with a resist.  We will use wool, soap, and agitative to interlock and compact wool fibers together.  Students will choose from different colors of wool.  Each student will design their own oven mitt [...]

Wet Felted Hat with Karen Bopp

Wet Felted Hat Instructor: Karen Bopp Date: Friday &  Saturday, February 18 & 19 Time: 1-3:30pm Skill: Intermediate Age: 15+ Fee: $70 includes materials Take your felting skills to the next level by making your own hat! First day will involve sizing your hat to fit you, then layout wool on a resist and learn the process of fulling (final [...]

Nifty Napkin Basket with Peggy Adelman

Nifty Napkin Basket Instructor: Peggy Adelman Date: Saturday, May 6 Time: 10am-4pm Fee: $40 Materials Fee to instructor: $25 Skill: All; Age: 16+ Learn how or hone your basket making skills by joining this class. No experience necessary. Students will learn how to weave this handy napkin holding basket and go home with a finished basket. Other Classes You May [...]

Journey Sticks with John Alexander

Journey Sticks Instructor: John Alexander Date: Friday, April 22 Time: 1-4pm Fee: $30 Materials Fee to instructor: $20 Skill: All; Age: 12+ Learn to make your very own journey, hiking, walking stick by customizing your stick first then weaving a handle using broomcorn and twine with one of our region's finest Appalachian craftsman. Other Classes You May Be Interested In: [...]

Pottery Wheel | Guided Experience with Kelly Dixon

Pottery Wheel | Guided Experience Instructor: Kelly Dixon Dates & Times: Monday, January 3, 2022 | 6-8pm Monday, February 7, 2022 | 6-8pm Monday, March 7, 2022 | 6-8pm Monday, April 4, 2022 | 6-8pm Monday, May 2, 2002 | 6-8pm Monday, June 6, 2002 | 6-8pm ( Register for one, or for all!)  Class Fee: $26/per class date 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 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.