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: Fall ‘14 Classes
MONARCH PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH LORELLE BACON
Wouldn’t you like to have your own painting of a Monarch butterfly to help celebrate and support the two-week Monarch Awareness Event at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts? Artist Lorelle Bacon is offering an all-inclusive Monarch butterfly painting workshop Friday, September 26 from 10 am to 4 pm. Registration of $95 includes all supplies. There is no experience necessary; the only requirement is you come to enjoy yourself. You will take home a finished painting to hang in your home or offer as a gift.
Lorelle is one of many committed residents of this region who are saddened to see the dwindling population of Monarchs. She has created this workshop to lend her specific artistic voice and enhance the Bring Back the Monarch Awareness Events schedule through October 3 at the Arts Center. Be sure to stop by and see all the Monarch related art work in the Upper Gallery during your butterfly paining workshop’s lunch break. Or consider lining the town’s sidewalks for one of the three scheduled “migrations” of school children, sure to be a haunting visual experience.
The Arts Center is located at 225 W. State Street in the Old city Hall. If you want to know more about the monarch awareness event visit our website at www.BlackMountainArts.org. To register for Lorelle Bacon’s Monarch Painting Workshop come by the Arts Center or call 828-669-0930.
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.
Customized classes are also available:$125
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.
Teen Dance Class: Ages 11-15+ 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 King, Spectromagic, 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. She is a certified Cecchetti ballet instructor. 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.
FALL Ballet School with
Casey Kristofferson Littlejohn
download ballet studio schedule:Ballet Studio fall 2014 schedule.
Instructor Micaela Scobie teaches Mondays, 6-7 pm. The fall session is 4 weeks September 8-29. Fee per session: $75/couple or $40/individual. Focus: Waltz intensive 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. September 22-October 20 & October 27- December 1. Instructors: Geoff Bird, Charles Freeland and Mathilda Tanner. 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.
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
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.
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 September 3
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! The fall session runs continuously from September 3- December 17. The cost for the full session is $150 payable in two parts of $75 each. (NO classes 11/26). Some scholarship available. Call 828-669-0930 to sign up for the Fall 2014 session.
PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS
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