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.



Learn Local at the Arts Center!!

WINTER is a great time to try a class!

download our class schedule: Jan-March ‘15 Classes

 Yoga in Motion

Classes resume Tuesday, February 10 at 6pm and Friday, February 13 @9:30 am.

Taught by Viniyoga Instructor Renate Rikkers. 

Two times for ongoing classes: Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30pm 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.


WE NOW offer private piano instruction taught by Sarah Sutton. Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels throughout the week. The cost is $20/half hour or $35/hour.

Sutton has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education k-12 with an emphasis in piano pedagogy. She has been playing piano for over sixteen years and teaching piano for nine; in that time she has taught more than 80 students. Sutton plans lessons that cater to the interests and goals of the students, while exposing them to music from the vast riches of musical history, music theory, and improvisation. She is a Member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and is a Licensed Music Teacher. Sutton has very successfully prepared students for both competitions and recitals.

She has recently moved to Black Mountain from Wisconsin. Interested students are urged to contact the Arts Center to register.

Harp Lessons Now Available

Acclaimed Celtic Harpist Sue Richards is offering instruction in the ancient stringed instrument at the Arts Center on Tuesdays. The fee for a 45-minute lesson will be $50.   The first week’s available time slots were being filled quickly.

“I’m so happy to be able to offer lessons here,” Richards said. “I’ve gotten a positive response from potential students and look forward to teaching students who are new to the harp and those with experience who want to improve their technique.”

Richards recently moved to Fairview from Washington, DC and fits lesson in between her busy performance schedule. As a child she studied classical harp at Oberlin College and Ohio State University. Then she turned to the Irish and Scottish music of her heritage and never looked back. She won the American National Scottish Harp Championship four times; she has played for Presidents Clinton and Bush, Queen Elizabeth of England, and sat in with the Chieftains Irish band.

She currently teaches and directs the harp program at the Ohio Scottish Arts School at Oberlin, and has taught and performed at most of the major small-harp festivals in the US. She has many recordings and books of arrangements and original tunes to her credit. Richards also plays and tours with Ensemble Galilei, a group of five musicians performing multi-media concerts commissioned by the National Geographic Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richards has taught students of all ages and abilities, and welcomes anyone interested in Celtic repertoire. She teaches the traditional way, by ear, with music given out later. Students must own or have access to a harp, but can use Sue’s second harp at lessons.

The Arts Center welcomes Sue Richards to the mountains and is flattered that she will be using its facility for her teaching base.


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! Classes fill quickly so please call to pre-register.

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 (only 3 openings left)

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 Dance (ages 6-10)  Thursday 4:30-5:30 pm. (openings available!)

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.

Intermediate  Dance (ages 6-10) Monday 4:00-5:00 pm

Geared toward students with some previous dance experience. This class is an extension of concepts learned in Beginning Dance.

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.

NEW DANCE OPPORTUNITY! Dance Troupe ( Ages 6+)  Thursday 5:30-6:30pm. $30 per month.

Dancer must be enrolled in a regular class to be eligible to participate in the BMCA Dance Troupe.  Gives dancers performance opportunities in the community and to extend their skills. New enrollment in Dance Troupe will take place October 2015.

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. 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.

Ballet Academy with 

 Casey Kristofferson Littlejohn

download  ballet studio schedule:ballet classes 2015



Instructor Micaela Scobie teaches Mondays, 6-7 pm. Most sessions are 4 weeks.

Get some friends together and learn some moves just in time for Valentines day.

Waltz? Foxtrot? Tango? Let Micaela show you how.

Fee per session:  $75/couple or $40/individual.  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. Jan 5 – Feb 9 & Feb 16 – March 30 . 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.

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

Junior Appalachian Musicians

(J.A.M.)  2015 JAM Session starts January 8

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 next session runs continuously from January 7 and continues through May 13, 2015 (with April 1 off for spring break).  the 18-week session and can be paid for in two very affordable installments of $90 each. Some scholarship available.  Call 828-669-0930 to sign up for the Fall 2014 session.

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.


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 taking private piano lessons right here at the Center for the Arts?  Let us know!  828/669-0930.


Cheryl Keefer Plein Air workshop

Just in time for spring, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts welcomes Cheryl Keefer for a two-day plein air painting workshop from 9am to 4pm on April 9 and 10. Painters will set up at various locations around Black Mountain. The cost of the workshop is $150. Register by calling 828-669-0930.

This class will include techniques of direct observation: drawing; composition; mixing value and color palettes; and creating a variety of edges. Uses of mediums and materials will be addressed as Keefer demonstrates her favorite approaches to plein air painting. Individual attention/critiques will be given while the student paints his or her own spring landscapes. Students will be encouraged to go beyond literal interpretation in order to create unique works with emotional appeal.

Keefer is a well-respected artist and teacher who shows her work at galleries throughout the Southeast. Working primarily in oils and watercolor the artist says, “Small studies from life are often a gratifying step toward larger landscapes, created back in the studio. An everyday scene, a lingering sunset, a misty mountain, rocks glistening in a stream—any of these may inspire a piece.”

Because this workshop takes place outside, and limited space is available, it must be registered for in advance of the starting date. Contact the Arts Center at 828-669-0930 to register.

Pinhole Photography Brown Bag Presentation and Worldwide Pinhole Day Celebration 2015

Come to the Black Mountain Center for the Arts to indulge your love of photography and history during two days in April. From noon to 1:30 pm on April 24th artist, photographer and teacher Lynette Miller will be leading a Pinhole Camera Brown Bag Lunch lecture and demonstration at the Arts Center located at 225 W. State Street. Both the presentation and celebration are free though donations are appreciated.

This free presentation will include a brief slide show presentation explaining the history of camera obscura, a discussion of why the fascination with pinhole cameras has endured, and end with the construction of your own Pin Hole Camera. Materials are provided or you can bring your own sealed container or box from which to make a camera.

On Sunday April 26, join photography fans around the globe in celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. The Arts Center is happy to support Black Mountain’s contribution to this lively FREE event for the fourth year. Miller will have cameras available to borrow at the Arts Center from 1-4 pm and is happy to provide instruction and guidance. Your image will be uploaded along with those of participants from all over the world.

For more information on Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day visit www.ThroughThe Pinhole.weebly.com. For more information on the celebration at the Arts Center call 828/669-0930

Linda Petruzzi’s image from the 2014 pinhole celebration