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!!
SUMMER FUN! BEAT THE HEAT with a class, workshop or camp.
download our class schedule: June-August ‘15 Classes
SUPER SUMMER 2015 ARTS CAMP
Last year our Summer Arts Camp was a huge success so we’re happy to announce another three weeks of summer camps available in 2015. Let Ms. Amy Maze get them moving with her super fun themed camps and indomitable spirit. Each week offers campers a different theme for the 3-5 year olds AND 6-9 year olds. Campers will work through the week to create an informal performance to be shared with family and friends on Friday. Complimentary camp photos that capture the week of learning and fun will also be provided. All three themed ½ day camps put an emphasis on creative movement and dance. Music and craft are also elements of the activities offered.
July 6-10: NEW DATE
Fairytale Fun for 3-5 year olds: this week is full of music and play. We will dance our way through Neverland , have a merry un-birthday party, and re-live our favorite fairytale stories.
Movin’ and Groovin’ for 6-9 year olds: Love to move and groove? This fun, upbeat camp is full of learning the most popular dance styles, paired with classes in music and this is sure to be a hit!
Summer Safari for 3-5 year olds: Take a safari full of adventure and fun! we will learn songs and dance about all of our favorite jungle animals. Take a walk on the wild side.
Broadway Bound for 6-9 year olds: The stage is calling! Follow the Yellow Brick Road for a “wicked” good time. Singing, dancing, acting all packed into learning about your favorite Broadway shows!
Superheros for 3-5 year olds: We will join forces for good with a week full of action. Jump! Fly! Twirl! All while having fun.
Shake it Up for 6-9 year olds: hip hop is the name of the game for this week. Pop, lock, break it down and learn some funky fresh beats in this high-energy camp.
Cost: $125 per week
PUPPETRY INTENSIVE WITH JUDITH TOY
Ages 12 through adult
1-4 pm Mondays and Thursdays
July 6-30 (4 weeks)
Street puppets captivated Judith Toy’s imagination in the late 80s and she has been utilizing them as a way to promote peace ever since. Toy is a writer, poet, Zen cleric… and puppeteer who studied with renowned Bread & Puppet Theater in Vermont. She has been invited to perform at the Parliament of the Worlds Religions in Salt Lake City this October. Adapting a 2500-year-old Jataka tale to street puppetry will be the subject of a multi-generational puppet-making intensive. Intensive will include making giant paper maché masks on clay molds that participants sculpt themselves, writing a script with chorus and percussion, dying the fabric, constructing the street puppets and participating in a performance at BMCA Thursday, July 30 at 7pm.
Make a Face and Raku Workshops with Maureen Joyce
Maureen Joyce is a familiar face in the Arts Center’s Clay Studio where she taught until 2011. She has since moved to Pennsylvania where she continues to teach, specializing in face vases and raku, but returns for one week each summer to share her love of clay.
Make a Face
4pm to 6pm Wednesday, July 8
Adults and children $45
Maureen will demonstrate an uncommon way of sculpting a clay form, which is provided, into a character of your own. All materials are supplied. No experience is necessary. Pick up your pot two weeks later.
6-8pm Thursday, July 9
adult and teen $25
Maureen Joyce assists potter Geoff Bird
Participants will glaze and fire a prepared form that they leave with. This ancient Japanese process of ceramics firing yields dramatic results.
LOOK WHAT’S NEW!
Silk Reeling Spiral Power Qi Gong
Introducing instructor Mela Carreira who will teach this moving meditation on Fridays from 4 to 5pm. 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.
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 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, bare feet or black slip-on jazz shoes.
Kids in Motion (ages 3-4) 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 Dance (ages 5-7) 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.
Intermediate Dance (ages 8-11) 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 12 and up) Monday 5:00-6:00 pm
Whether they have had previous experience or this is their first dance class ever, the focus is to keep your dancer moving while having fun and building new skills. Each class will alternate between hip hop contemporary, jazz and musical theater styles dance styles, beginning with a warm up and ending with a combination of the latest moves to today’s most popular music. This class begins with a warm up and ends with a combination. This is a great chance to experience multiple dance styles all in one class setting.
Dance Troupe ( Ages 7+) Thursday 5:30-6:30pm. Monthly fee plus small costume allowance
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 extends 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 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 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 Studio with
Casey Kristofferson Littlejohn
download ballet studio schedule:ballet classes 2015
Pre-teens, Teens and Adults:
Summer Satisfies with three dance opportunities a week!
No audition! No Previous Dance experience necessary!
Pointe Class for experienced dancers!
Open Cecchetti for pre-teen to adults Saturday, Monday and Wednesday
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.
Junior Appalachian Musicians
(J.A.M.) JAM Session starts September 2015
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 Hannah Seng. 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 through the school year. Call 828-669-0930 to sign up for the Fall 2015 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
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 7:30pm 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.