Fine Arts Community School
Bluefield College hosts as many as twenty workshops in a variety of subjects.
February 22, 2011
The coolest part of the Fine Arts Community School (FACS)at Bluefield College, according to coordinator Brenda Workman, is the wide variety of classes, workshops, and lessons--as many as 20 this semester.
“Anybody in the community can find something that interests them," said Workman.
The FACS has been operating for 16 years, and this semester's enrollment for workshops and classes in art, music and theater has increased significantly. Workman said she could not give numbers yet because people are still registering for classes, some of which will not start until March or April. Workshops are scheduled for weekends into May.
Workman used the example of the pottery class, which is usually one of the most popular classes with as many as 10 students, but this semester enrollment is at 22. She knows enrollment is good, said Workman, because she is “maxing out her instructors."
Class selection is driven by community response, said Workman. The program is trying to think “out of the box” for new classes. This year, for example, FACS is offering a class in Greek on Monday nights. "It's All Greek to Me," taught by BC Christian Studies professor Shawn White, is designed to help students read the New Testament in Greek. New for young people is a class called Fun Fine Arts Fridays, which gives an opportunity to experience a different skill each week, such as drawing, painting, pottery, music, and theater.
Many FACS teachers are BC professors or students, but skilled community members also teach classes for FACS. A new Saturday workshop features instruction in gardening, taught by WVVA-TV meteorologist Corey Henderson, while a forensic science workshop will be taught by BC biology professor Emily Lambert and criminal justice professor Kelly Walls. Communications major Della Limbert is teaching private violin lessons.
Bryant Moxley, assistant professor of music at BC who teaches both voice and piano for FACS, said the most rewarding part of teaching in the program is seeing people, especially young people, enjoy and develop the gifts God has given them.
As a program, the expansion and diversity of classes offered is a success, he said, which is good for both the campus and the community because it allows them to be better connected.
It is not too late to sign up for classes, workshops, or lessons. The easiest way to register or get more information is at www.bluefield.edu/facs/.