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!!
Download our class schedule: Winter 2017 Classes
Go to our online registration and payment for these classes:
Junior Appalachian Musicians for ages 9 – 14
BALLET CLASSES for all ages w/Casey Kristofferson Littlejohn
Contemporary Dance Classes for ages 3 – 18 w/ Amy Maze
CLAY CLASSES for adults in our full service studio
Contact our office (828/669-0930) for the following individualized classes:
Harp Lessons with Sue Richards
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. Classes vary per Sue’s touring schedule. Lucky us!
“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.
Yoga in Motion
Taught by Viniyoga Instructor Renate Rikkers.
Two times for ongoing classes: Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30pm or Friday mornings from 9:00 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.
Weekly Drawing & Painting Classes
Weekly Painting Classes with Bob Travers. Art classes with this nationally recognized artist are designed for students ages 12 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
this class is facilitated by the instructor. Contact Bob directly through his website or by calling 828-776-6376.
Alicia Almaguer PRIVATE PIANO
Now offering private piano lessons to all ages on Monday
To schedule a lesson, please contact the Arts Center at 828-669-0930.
Fees vary based on the length of lesson time and the number of lessons per month. Discounts are offered for multiple in families.
Almaguer received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Montreat College in 2006. She has been teaching music since 2004. She teaches both classical and modern approaches to learning the piano. According to Almaguer, classical instruction involves learning to read music in the traditional format, music theory, and eventually learning great classical pieces or variations. A modern approach will teach students how to read chording, in the process they will also learn music theory, and students will be able to play popular pieces quickly by applying modern chord principles.
“I enjoy teaching both styles because I feel the student can benefit from learning both methods, and it also keeps it exciting learning two different ways to approach reading and playing music.”
She is also offering Wunderkeys- Piano for Preschoolers (ages 3-5). The gift of getting a head start in music, math, and life, Wunderkeys is a unique approach to introducing the preschooler to piano and music concepts, changes up activities every few minutes to keep your little one engaged and excited, and provides foundations in math and other concepts giving your child a jump ahead! Countless studies display the positive power of learning music for the developing brain.
Silk Reeling Spiral Power Qi Gong
Introducing instructor Mela Carreira who will teach this moving meditation on Fridays from 11:30am to 12:30pm. The cost of the class is $50 monthly or $15 for a drop in.
Qi Gong, or “energy work,” is a powerful form of internal exercise and meditation. Silk Reeling Spiral Power Qi Gong is a special set of spiraling movements designed to gently relax the muscles, integrate the body, and open up the energy pathways. Through Qi Gong, standing meditation and circle walking, practitioners improve health, vitality, and clarity of mind from the inside out. Mela, a student and assistant instructor to Master Frank J. Paolillo of the Tao Institute, has been practicing martial arts for 14 years and teaching since 2006. Beginners and drop ins are welcome.
New workshop! ACTING AS AN ART FORM
Come join Deborah Sinclair with assistance from Connie Hurst (both of whom recently performed in the successful production of The Dixie Swim Club with the Front Porch Theatre) and explore the art of acting. Cost for the six-week class is $90. If you are interested in “Acting as an Art Form” please call 828-669-0930 to be added to the list. See our Theater page for more information.