FACS Class Schedule

A $25 non-refundable fee is due when registering for lessons and classes. Music lessons require one registration fee for ongoing lessons for the academic year. All dance, art, drama, and textile classes with more than one meeting require one registration fee per term (fall, spring). There will be one registration fee per student for these classes per term, regardless of the number of classes being taken. One day workshops do not require a registration fee.


Beginner Chess Class

Tuition: $20
Instructor: Eric Mason

February 6-27 (four weeks), Mondays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
You will learn how to identify each chess piece, how each piece moves, the rules of the game and how to play a complete game. By learning to play chess you will enhance your ability to think ahead, evaluate multiple alternatives and anticipate consequences. This is a sport that will exercise the brain!

Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Tuition: $125
Ages: 14 and up
Instructor: Norma Acord

February 20 – April 10 (eight weeks), 6:30-9:30 p.m.
This course offers students an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Participants will experience basic methods of centering clay, forming cylinder and bowl forms, and trimming and adding handles. Students will also learn how to finish their pots using standard decorating and glazing techniques. No prior wheel experience required. Class size is limited to eight students. Materials fee to be paid on the first night of class: $15.00 for one bag of clay and glaze.

Beginner Dance Classes

Tuition: $60/class or $100 for both classes
Ages: 3-5
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

February 27 – April 24

  • Ballet/Stretching (Mondays, 4:00-4:45 p.m.)
  • Jazz/Contemporary (Mondays, 5:00-5:45 p.m.)
Intermediate Dance Classes

Tuition: $50/class or $120 for all three classes
Ages: 6 to adult
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

March 1 – April 26

  • Ballet (Wednesdays, 4:00-4:30 p.m.)
  • Contemporary/Modern (Wednesdays, 4:45-5:15 p.m.)
  • Jazz (Wednesdays, 5:30-6:00 p.m.)
Beginning Photography

Tuition: $70
Instructor: Hal Brainerd

March 2-23, Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
This is a beginner digital photography class for students age 14 to adults. We will cover composition, artistic factors that attract our eyes, backgrounds, correct exposure and contrast. The class will utilize lots of photographic examples with photography assignments that will help students become familiar with their camera. Point and shoot cameras do not have as many options as SLR’s controls, which will be covered in the class, although point and shoot students are welcome. For those interested in landscapes, it is recommended, but not necessary to have a tripod and shutter cable release. The fourth class will be photography outing, scheduled at a time most convenient to the majority of students to work with Mr. Brainerd. This is a two-hour class for a total of eight hours for $70.00. Class limited to 8-12 students.

Afterschool Basic Art Class

Tuition: $85
Grades: 1-8
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

March 3 – May 12 (10 weeks/no class on April 21), Fridays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
In this Afterschool Basic Art Class, we will explore different mediums including collage, mixed media, oil pastel, drawing (pencil, crayon, marker and colored pencils) and acrylic paint, and will also learn through fun lessons and projects about color theory. We will base our learning on the Elements & Principles of design. Requested materials: Basic 8.5” X 11” sketchbook and a 14” X 20” portfolio. All other materials will be provided.

“Thinking with Sounds” Music Class

Tuition: $40
Ages: 8-14
Instructor: Dr. Alexa Schlimmer

Every Monday 4:00-5:15 p.m between March 6–27 (4 Weeks)
This class will focus on creating and experiencing music by: music- reading, learning rhythms, looking at composer (old and new), different voice types, instruments of the orchestra and band, the elements of music and music vocabulary. Music training has been found to be related to better language and mathematical skills, higher IQ and overall greater academic achievement. Brain regions – that are responsible for our hearing, sight and movement abilities – engage in an amazing symphony to produce music. The combination influences brain structures and their functions.

Not a Dyeing Art!  

Tuition: $40 (Families can take advantage of a special rate of $100 for up to five members of the same immediate family.)
Ages: 8 to adult, families are welcome!

Every Tuesday between March 28-April 25, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Have you ever dyed an Ukrainian Easter Egg? Are you interested in trying your hand at tie-dyeing? Curious about using natural dyes? Join us for a special class on Dyeing Techniques and Paper Marbleizing!

During this course, we will practice a different dyeing technique each week, including:

  • Coloring Easter Eggs in the ancient Ukrainian Pysanky method  
  • Tie-dyeing (Plan to bring a 100% Cotton PRE-WASHED T-shirt)
  • Using Natural Dyes
  • Paper Marbleizing

Please plan to bring a 100% cotton white pre-washed t-shirt.

Intermediate Photography

Tuition: $95
Instructor: Hal Brainerd

March 30 – April 27, Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
This is five-week intermediate photography class for students age 14 to adults. (Students should know how to set their digital camera exposure manually.) Required equipment: digital camera and laptop computer with Photoshop Elements, Photoshop or Lightroom. (Free: Nik Filters, Viveza and HDR software)

Items to be covered during the five-week class:

  • Proper lighting
  • Exposure
  • Composition
  • Color Calibration of Monitors
  • Uploading, sorting, filing and backing up images
  • Editing in RAW
  • Editing with Nik Viveza software
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) and editing with Nik HDR software
Introduction to Art Therapy

Tuition: $75
Ages: 17 to adults
Instructor: Dr. Robert Winter

April 21 and April 22 (2 classes – 8 hours). Friday, 6:00-8:00pm and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00pm
Art Therapy is the use of the creative arts to express and reflect on emotional states and is a therapeutic technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being.

Beginning Quilting

Tuition: $80
Ages: 14 and up
Instructor: Julie Fleischaker

March 4-25 (four weeks), Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This introductory quilt making class will center on a project for a wall hanging or lap quilt pattern. The pattern will be provided with step by step instructions.  

Supply list (each of these supplies you will use for years as they are basic, but essential to your quilting tools):

  • Sewing Machine or hand sewing supplies
  • 6.5” x 24” fabric ruler
  • 12” square up ruler
  • Rotary cutter with sharp blade
  • Straight pins (2” long preferred)
  • Cutting mat
  • Fine point marking pen
  • Seam riper
  • Sewing needle
  • Neutral cotton or cotton blend thread for piecing and finishing
  • 3-5 Assorted coordinating cotton fabrics (minimum of 1/2 yd. each)
  • Light or white colored background fabric (3 yds.) 
  • ½ - 1 yd. of coordinating fabric for binding
  • 50” x 50” cotton all natural batting
  • Covered box for supplies and fabric
  • Bottled water and snack if desired 
Beginning Media Course

Tuition: $75
Ages: 12 and up
Instructor: Blake Stowers

March 6 – April 24 (eight classes), Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
This class will give an in-depth into how to run and operate a camera, study on air talent training for news reporters and anchors, and study directing and acting for film and television. Students will also learn how to run and manage a film set as a director and all the different roles involved in creating a movie or television project.

  • Videography basics
  • Journalism basics
  • Directing and acting for film & television


Bridal Shower Etiquette 101

Tuition: $20
Ages: 10 and up
Instructor: Charlotte Sacre

March 4, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
The wedding season is just around the corner with lots of bridal showers on the schedule. Moms, bring your daughters for a refresher on etiquette for giving and attending bridal showers. Brides welcome! From invitations to guest list, come and enjoy being a “guest” at a “mock” bridal shower, complete with bride, and take home helpful tips.

LadySafe Self-Defense Workshop

Tuition: $25 (No Registration Fee); Mother and Daughter Special – $40 (a $10 discount)
Ages: 13 and up
Instructor: Melissa Bishop

Two separate classes will be offered: April 15, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; May 5, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The only confrontation you are guaranteed to walk away from is the one you are never in; however, we all know that we do not live in a perfect world and that sometimes violence shows up on our doorstep uninvited. Violence can occur anywhere and at any time. “If in any way I can help someone to NOT become a statistic, then I will have fulfilled the duty that God has called me to do.”

In this course, ladies will be presented with a variety of information and self-defense strategies that could prove useful to them if they ever find themselves in a potentially violent encounter. Information including how to avoid attacks, the vital targets of the human body, and our own personal arsenal of built in weapons, as well as a variety of self-defense techniques will be covered.

The course will be taught by Missy Bishop, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Shinsei Hapkido and certified R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) instructor.

Paint Nights

Enjoy a fun paint night at Bluefield College (four nights to choose from). Paint along with artist, Marianne Jackson, to create your own work of art that you will take home at the end of the evening. Painting supplies and artist instructions will be provided. No art experience is needed. All Paint Nights begin at 6:45 p.m.

Love BirdsLove Birds

Date: March 17 
Tuition: $30/class
Ages: All
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

Blue Ridge Mountains

Date: April 7
Tuition: $30/class
Ages: All
Instructor: Marianne Jackson


Date: April 28 
Tuition: $30/class
Ages: All
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

Sunset Silhouette

Date: May 12
Tuition: $30/class
Ages: All
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

Youth Theatre

The Hiding Place

Tuition: $150
Ages: 12-18
Instructors: Charles Reese and Rebecca McCoy-Reese

Rehearsals begin January 11, Monday – Friday, 4:00-6:00 p.m., with performances February 23-26
When the Nazis invaded Holland, Corrie ten Boom’s quiet life turned into a nightmare. Because she made her home a “hiding place” for Jews, she and her family were sent to a concentration camp. Refusing to despair, Corrie discovered how God can turn loss to glory! Register to be a part of this unforgettable story!

Shrek the Musical

Tuition: $150
Ages: 6-18
Instructors: Charles Reese and Rebecca McCoy-Reese

Auditions: Monday and Tuesday, March 20-21; Rehearsals begin April 3, Monday – Friday, 4:00-6:00 p.m., with performances May 11-14
Join the BYT Theatre group for a musical like no other…once upon a time in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

Private Music Lessons

Private music lessons are offered throughout the year, with frequency of meetings, dates, and times determined by the student and instructor. Beginning and advanced students (including adults) are equally encouraged to register online.

Tuition is $110 for 5 lessons and $190 for 10 lessons. An additional $25 deposit (referenced above) is due before beginning lessons and applies to the full academic year.

Banjo Instruction

Instructor: Ron Mullennex
Banjo instruction will be in the old-time style (mainly the downstroke style often referred to as "clawhammer") and can be at any level, from beginning to advanced. The tune repertoire for intermediate and advanced players will include a generous helping of tunes from the generation that predates radio and recorded music.

Mandolin Instruction

Instructor: Ron Mullennex
Focuses on oldtime tunes and style, and can also accommodate beginning to advanced levels. Instruction will be by ear and visually in the oral tradition, without written music or tablature. The use of a recording device is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Private Piano Lessons

Instructor: Dr. Alexa Schlimmer
Ages: 5+

Private Voice Lessons

Instructor: Dr. Alexa Schlimmer
Ages: 5+

Private Trumpet Lessons

Instructor: Charles Priest
Ages: 10+

Private Flute Lessons

Instructor: Linda Flowers
Ages: 10+

Private Guitar Lessons

Instructor: James Lilly