What is your heARTS desire? To learn to play the violin? To belly dance? To paint? The Black Mountain Center for the Arts offers a variety of classes.  Be sure to check back frequently as our classes do change throughout the year.

download our class schedule: Summer ‘14 Classes


Children and adults have an opportunity to immerse themselves in an arts-related Summer Camp for two separate weeks this July.

Kid’s Arts Camps:   July 14-18, July 21-25 & August 4-8      $125 per week 

Each half-day (9am -12pm) themed camp is Monday through Friday and will provide dance instruction from Amy Maze, music with Linda Metzner, group activities and crafts. Campers will work through the week to create an informal show of music and dance to be shared with family and friends on Friday. Complimentary camp photos that capture the week of learning and fun will also be provided.

On July 14-18 ages 3-5 can attend Adventure Camp while ages 6-9 explore different styles in Days of Dance. The following week July 21-25 ages 3-5 can come aboard a Sea Cruise while age 6-9 get funky with Hip Hop Stop.  August 4-8 has been recently added due to popular demand – call for details.

Amy Maze and Linda Metzner have a wealth of experience creating an environment for fun while learning. Take advantage of both weeks for twice the fun. $125 per week. Younger campers must be potty trained and have had preschool/daycare experience.



Photography 101 with Ray Mata: Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, MONTHLY $75.  

Ray Mata of Blue Ridge Pictures offers professional pointers on composition, lighting, and techniques to improve your photographs. Regardless of experience level, this class will cover your specific questions and focus on your needs. Mata has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, with a broad background in photography from fashion to portraiture, film, and video.

Also available Photography 102 (photo walk, explore your creativity, composition techniques) and 103 (LightRoom, photo editing) Tuesdays 6pm.

Kids Dance Classes with Amy Maze 

There’s no reason to drive into Asheville to get your groove on.  Amy Maze, popular dance teacher and choreographer, is offering a high-energy dance classes!

All classes are an hour long and cost $40 a month. 

Attire: comfortable clothes, clean-soled sneakers or bare feet.


Kids in Motion, (ages 3-5) Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm

This  class will combine creative movement and basic acrobatics to keep your little one moving. Helps develop motor coordination, increase spatial and rhythmic awareness, and to help provide a positive learning experience. The program includes creative moving taught through rhyme, games, props, and development of basic concepts like rhythm, directionality, perception, and memory. This class will improve coordination, increase flexibility, but most importantly it is fun for all!

Beginning Hip Hop/Contemporary: (ages 6-10) Monday 4:00-5:00 pm OR Thursday 4:30-5:30 pm. 

This up-beat class will alternate hip hop with contemporary dance, which is influenced by jazz and modern styles. Contemporary dance allows freedom of movement and expression and focuses on telling a story through dance. This class will build your dancer’s strength, coordination, flexibility, and creativity while learning basic dance skills.

Tween Dance Class: Ages 11-14 Monday 5:00-6:00 pm  

This is a great class for your middle-schooler (and up), whether they have had previous experience or this is their first dance class ever.  Each class will alternate between hip hop and contemporary dance styles, beginning with a warm up and ending with a combination of the latest moves to today’s most popular music. The athletic style of hip hop and contemporary dance will improve coordination and musicality, as well as develop the dancer’s core body strength.

Amy was a performer with the Walt Disney World Corporation and held dancing roles in parades and shows such as Festival Of The Lion KingSpectromagic, and Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle.  She was also a member of the modern dance company Soul Play as a principal dancer and guest choreographer.  Call 828/669-0930 to register!


T’ai Chi Qi Gong with Charles Pannell 

Thursdays at 10 am; $40 per month or$12 drop in.


Charles Pannell teachs the art of moving meditation, a set of simple movements that serve to improve blood flow and increase circulation, boost concentration and energy, restore balance, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and calm the mind and heart.

This is a flow-oriented class about finding one’s own rhythm in T’ai Chi for health and nourishing life. The class will follow a step-by-step approach to understanding the fundamentals of T’ai Chi and QiGong practice. By focusing on basics we will keep it lively and fun as we learn how to apply T’ai Chi and QiGong principles with respect to the three foundations of posture, breath, and awareness.

Charles Pannell is a licensed acupuncturist. He is the owner of the Thrifty Taoist in Black Mountain. He has studied traditional and classical Chinese medicine for many years and been teaching QiGong since 2007.


Ballet Classes are offered from preschool to adult. Instructor Casey Kristofferson Littlejohn is a member of the Asheville Civic Ballet and also teaches dance at ArtSpace Charter School. She has completed her additional teaching certification. Required attire: ballet slippers + leotard & tights for females; leggings + white tee for males. Kids ballet classes are on Saturday mornings and Adult ballet classes are on Monday and Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Please call 828/669-0930 for more information.

Summer Ballet School:

For Children: ALL on Saturday mornings (Please call ahead to determine class level)

  • Primary                         9:00-9:30 am           $36/month
  • Level I                             9:30 – 10:30 am      $40/month
  • Intermediate             10:30 – noon              $46/month


  • Mondays , 9 – 10:15 am        $46/month
  • Wednesdays, 9 – 10:15 am        $46/month
  • Saturdays, 10:30 – noon     $46/month

Discounts are available for taking more than one class a week.


Instructor Micaela Scobie teaches  Mondays, 6-7 pm. Each session is 6 weeks. Fee per session:  $110/couple or $60/individual. Focus: Waltz, Tango & East Coast Swing.  Minimum # of students required: 6.  Ballroom is a two-person dance, but coming with a partner is not required. Come prepared to have fun!  Micaela Scobie, accomplished in American-style Ballroom dance, has competed in numerous regional events, receiving high honors.


Pottery Classes: 2-hour classes are available at various times Mon.-Sat.  Fee is $135 for 6-weeks, which includes Open Studio practice times, plus a $50 Lab fee that covers 25 lbs. of clay, glazing & firing. Dates: April 1- May 6 and May 13-June 17. Instructors: Geoff Bird, Charles Freeland, Mathilda Tanner and Annie Singletary, along with Guest Teachers for Workshops. Registration Deadline is 2 days prior to first class.  Independent Study option is available for experienced potters who need no instruction – application necessary.  $80 monthly. Clay not included.

For more detailed information about the CLAY STUDIO CLASSES and OPEN STUDIO times, please click here.

Weekly Drawing & Painting Classes

Weekly Painting Classes with Bob Travers. For students age 8 through adult. Art classes with this nationally recognized artist are designed for students ages 9 through adult, beginner through advanced. Lessons are fun and informative while tailored to meet the needs of each individual student according to their level of knowledge and experience. Using a step by step process, students learn the fundamentals of drawing, design, composition, contrast and perspective to add depth and dimension into their work while learning the basics of working with color, technique, brush manipulation and more, so that each student can develop their own style from realism to the abstract in mediums such as graphite, oil, pen & ink, pastels, watercolors, scratch board and mixed media. Subject matter includes but is not limited to landscape, wildlife, still life, abstract, portraits and more.                       www.BobTraversArt.com  

Class schedule:

Mondays 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Tuesdays 10:00 am-12:00 pm/1:00pm-3:00 pm/3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Registration is open through the Center at 828/669-0930.


Yoga in Motion

Taught by Viniyoga Instructor Renate Rikkers. Two times for ongoing classes: Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 pm or Friday mornings from 9 to 10:30 am. Improve your posture, balance, and strength through the practice of yoga. Some yoga experience is necessary. If you have questions or want to register, call Renate directly at 828/298-9988.


Junior Appalachian Musicians

(J.A.M.)  Fall Session starts in September

Know a kid who may want to learn traditional music with us? Invite them to join us on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 each week during the school year.  We teach old time fiddle, banjo and guitar in a fun group setting at affordable fees! Amazing instructors:  Cary Fridley, Ben Nelson and Meredith Watson. Home-schoolers welcome – this is great arts enrichment!  Public-schoolers (3rd-9th grades):  Owen district bus will drop you at our door!  Sessions for 8 –  9 weeks average $65/session.  The exact dates and costs for the Fall session will be announced shortly. Some scholarship available.  Call 828-669-0930 to sign up for the Fall 2014 session.


SUZUKI VIOLIN  with instructor Keithie Knowles.  Ages 4 to 6 years with parent. Tuesdays after 2:30 pm.  Fee: $25 per 1/2 hour.  If you have an interest, call the Center for the Arts and let us know:  828/669-0930.  

Interested in private piano lessons right here at the Center for the Arts?  Let us know now as we are setting up a new teaching schedule for the Fall!  828/669-0930