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Class by Design

Create a class with Chestnut Creek designed with your schedule & needs in mind
Class by design is a special feature we offer to accommodate and serve those wanting a specialized class for any occasion! Whether you want to experience something new together or a class you have been wanting to take hasn’t worked with your schedule, we are here to help you and your group CREATE!


Art  Ideas
Alcohol Inks
Fiber Arts
Figure Drawing
Stained Glass
Story Telling

Group  Ideas
Appreciation Days
Daddy/ Daughter
Date Night
Girls’ Weekend
Mommy & Me
Night Out
Professional Development
Scout Troop
School Field Trips
Special Needs
Tour Groups
Wedding Party
Work Party

Get Inspired to Create

Designing your own class is easy! Just call us at 276.236.3500 with a minimum of 2 weeks before your desired event. We will reserve your space and set up the instructors. If you have a budget in mind let us know so we can accomodate. Here are some ideas!

Paint Party | 5+ people, any age, up to 3 hours
Paint acrylic masterpiece no matter what your experience is. Creativity is encouraged. Our place or at a local brewery or winery (age21+).

Stained Glass Ornament | Up to 6 people, age 16+, 3 to 4 hours
Learn to cut and foil glass to make a beautiful decoration to remember.

Woodcarving | 5-12 people, age 8+, 4 to 6 hours
Learn how to carve a small and whimsical wooden object out of a block of wood.

Hand Built Pottery |5-12 people, age 5+, 1 to 2 hours
Make your own tray, ornament, or bowl out of clay using hand-building techniques such as stamping, lace impressions, and cut-outs.

Barn Quilt Square | 5-15 people, ages 14+, 2 – 4 hours. 
Design and paint your own barn square to display inside or outside your home.

Art Journaling | Any size group, any age, 30min – 3 hours
Learn a variety of techniques to create a journal that will not only record your memories, but be a memory.

Yoga Retreat| 5+ people, age 8+, 1 – 2 hours
Learn basic yoga moves, slow your breathing and relax. Connect your mind, body and spirit.

Open Studios at CCSA

Open Studios are intended to foster creativity and encourage experimentation in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation, encouragement and freedom of expression.

All Open Studios have a fee of $5/hr to cover administrative costs. This does not cover materials used.

Sewing Studio/Stuffed with Love
3rd Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm

Jewelry Studio
4th Tuesdays. 6:00-8:00 pm

Stained Glass Studio
Wednesdays,  5:30-7:30pm

Pottery Studio
110 East Oldtown St
Mondays, 9:30-11:30am
Tuesday 2:30-4:30 pm
Friday 6:00-8:00 pm

Woodworking Studio
107 West Oldtown St
Safety Class (prereq for Open Studio)
1st Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00pm
General Open Studio
Wednesday, 5:00-8:00pm
Thursdays, 2:30-5:30pm
Turning Open Studio
Thursdays, 2:30-5:30pm


Cre8! Kids
CRE8! Kids is an arts and creativity program for kids and kids at heart, age 7 to 99+. While children get first priority for the classes with limited seats, adults are encouraged to join us in the fun. Classes include upcycle art, introductory classes of all mediums and camps.

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is the home to the Galax Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Program.

JAM introduces children to old-time music. Instrument, dance and vocal instruction are augmented by string band classes providing children opportunities to play and perform in small and large groups. Traditional Appalachian music is primarily an oral art form—tunes are passed primarily by ear rather than from a written page. This ‘by ear’ transmission is what accounts for regional styles as opposed to a more homogeneous art form. In keeping with this tradition, JAM students are taught foremost by ear.

Galax JAM meets after school 2 afternoons per week (Monday and Thursday), and accepts students from grades 3 – 9. Enrollment for the JAM program is held twice a year, for the Fall and Spring semesters. JAM students come from Galax Elementary or Middle School, from Grayson and Carroll County schools, or are home-schooled. Galax JAM provides instruments for students to use during the JAM semester free of charge.

Instructors are invited to teach based on their expertise and reputation in the area.

History of the Regional JAM Program
Realizing the need to preserve this vital aspect of mountain culture, as well as to offer positive activities for underserved youth, local musicians and educators founded the program in Sparta, NC in 2000.

Now in over a dozen mountain counties in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, JAM is providing access to the joy of music to hundreds of youth, while instilling renewed interest and pride in the area’s heritage and traditions.

Galax JAM was formed in 2010 and is supported through donations from individuals, foundations, and organizations including the Frances Block Foundation, Galax Moose Lodge #733, and the Wayne Henderson Festival. Galax JAM would also like to thank Barr’s Fiddle Shop for their generous support repairing our instruments when needed.