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, summer). 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.


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.


Dance Camps

Daily from 06/19/2017 to 06/22/2017

Location: Bluefield College – Main Campus
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

  • Preschool & Beginner Workshop: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • This workshop is for first-time dancers and children under the age of 6 looking to learn the basics of dance, stage performance, technique, stretching, flexibility, and most importantly, creating new foundations and friends in life. All you need is some shorts and a t-shirt, or leotard and tights if you have them, and come ready to dance and learn! We will focus on ballet, jazz, and some summer arts and crafts.
    • Price: $65.00 for all four days, plus registration fee.
  • Intermediate/Advanced Workshop: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
    • This workshop is offered for children with any kind of dance experience and over the age of 6. We will focus on the techniques and foundations of dance and stage performance. Over the four-day period, you will excel in what you need to know to properly perform on stage. Whether it is with a group of dancers or a solo performance: technique, performance skills and expression, and flexibility are the major components of dance. Also, during the components of ballet, jazz, and conditioning, we will also have some fun learning combos, doing some dance crafts, and play some fun dance games!
    • Price: $75.00 for all four days, plus registration fee.
  • Adult Workshop: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
    • This workshop focuses on anyone over 18 looking to enhance strength, flexibility, and balance. Over these four days, you will have the opportunity to achieve basic dance skills and muscles, as well as maintaining and keeping the fun throughout your whole life. We will focus on balance techniques and agility one day, next strength and movement, then flexibility and workouts, finally a relaxing day for review and fun dance jazzercise moves!
    • Price: $75.00  for all four days, plus registration fee.
Science Camp

Daily, from 06/26/2017 to 06/30/2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Bluefield College – Main Campus
Cost: $110.00
Instructors: Dr. Emily Lambert and Dr. Joe Saunders

Enjoy a week of science adventures through games and projects. Topics to include environmental science, germs, butterflies, the science of art, molecular models, and rockets. A fun science camp with new activities! Ages 8-12.

Musical Theatre Performance Camp

Daily, from 06/26/2017 to 06/30/2017, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (ages 13-18 ) &
Daily, from 07/10/2017 to 07/14/2017, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (ages 6-12)

Location: Bluefield College – Main Campus
Cost: $100.00
Instructor: Dr. Alexa Schlimmer

How to Sell a Song in an Audition & a Peformance: In this fun and relaxed atmosphere, we will explore the processes of preparing for a musical theatre audition all the way to a culminating performance. The students will work on vocal skills such as projection, diction and breath support as well as singing, characterization and movement. At the end of our program, the students will present an in-class performance including group numbers, duets, trios and solos. Come and express yourself!

About the Instructor: Dr. Alexa Schlimmer has directed numerous musicals and her students have been featured on Broadway and on Broadway National Tours. She specializes in teaching the musical theatre singer how to choose and prepare a song to sing at an audition and how to present a musical theatre piece in an actual performance.

Cartoon Workshop Camp

Daily, from 07/10/2017 to 07/14/2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Bluefield College – Main Campus
Cost: $75.00
Instructor: Christopher Epling

This Cartoon Workshop Camp offers students a unique experience to learn directly from an award-winning cartoonist/illustrator, Christopher Epling. Participants will not only learn basic drawing techniques used in drawing their favorite characters, but will also learn how to design a character of their own. Camp goers will have the opportunity to tell their own story using the characters they create in the form of a mini comic or comic strip, a process that builds on what they learn each consecutive day in the camp. Don’t let the title fool you! The Cartoon Workshop focuses on more than just the ‘funnies’! Students participating in this camp will leave equipped with the knowledge of combining creative writing with the visual arts so they are able to continue telling their stories well into the future! Don’t miss out on this ‘amazing’, ‘super’, and even ‘incredible’ opportunity! Ages 10-18.

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. April and May Paint Nights begin at 6:45 p.m. June-August Paint Nights begin at 6:30 p.m.

Sunset SilhouetteSunset Silhouette

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

Under the Sea

Date: June 2
Tuition: $30/class
Ages: All
Instructor: Marianne Jackson
Preview 1 and Preview 2


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

This painting background will be done with a sponge and paint.

Morning Sunrise

Date: July 21
Tuition: $30/class
Ages: All
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

Dragon Fly Lagoon

Date: August 18
Tuition: $30/class
Ages: All
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

Private 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.

Private Piano Lessons

Instructor: Dr. Alexa Schlimmer
Ages: 5+

Private Voice Lessons

Instructor: Dr. Alexa Schlimmer
Ages: 5+

Private Flute Lessons

Instructor: Linda Flowers
Ages: 10+

Banjo and Mandolin Lessons

Instructor: Ron Mullennex


Learn academic or expressive writing. Learn poetry writing or memoir writing. Private writing lessons are now available for all ages and all levels of skill. From help with standard grammar, to writing a research paper, to a great letter to the editor, to a short story or novel, and anything else in between. Private lessons are available with an experienced writing coach and English instructor. Goals for the lessons will be determined before lessons begin. Lessons may include handouts provided by the instructor depending on the type of lesson desired. If books are needed for the lessons, the student must purchase them.

Tuition is $65 for three lessons; $100 for five lessons; and $175 for 10 lessons. Dates and times determined by the student and the instructor. Each lesson is 30 minutes.

Instructor: Crystal Kieloch
Ages: All


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.

Photography Landscape Workshop

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Bluefield College – Main Campus
Cost: $75.00
Instructor: Hal Brainerd

Have you ever wanted to capture a beautiful landscape, but you just couldn’t master that perfect photograph? 

Join professional photographer Hal Brainerd on an outing to a beautiful setting with waterfalls (about 30 minutes from Bluefield) to learn more about how you can photograph a beautiful landscape. Mr. Brainerd will guide the students in a wide array of tips and techniques in order to capture that perfect landscape.

After the outing, students will head back to the Bluefield College campus for the second part of the workshop. Students will learn the importance of proper editing for creating artistic images and what software to use. Mr. Brainerd will demonstrate his editing style and help students to critique their photos that were taken during the morning.

In the event of rain, this workshop will be moved to May 31. Class limited to eight adult students.

Team Development Workshop

Daily, from 07/27/2017 to 07/28/2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Bluefield College – Main Campus
Cost: $75.00
Instructor: David Hite

This pragmatic, participative, and insightful workshop will focus on strategies of building and sustaining high performing teams. By the end of the two-day workshop, participants will be equipped with a variety of team development tools that can be applied immediately in creating teams that work well together while delivering impressive long-term results.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Explore trust-building techniques.
  • Practice behaviors that boost collaboration and team cohesion.
  • Enhance communication, creative problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Learn techniques when working across generations.
  • Create an action plan for putting new team tools to work.

Our experiential activities are fun, engaging and memorable while also providing an opportunity to learn. The activities have been specifically designed to recreate problems commonly encountered at work such as; lack of clarity on objectives; ineffective communication; lack of mutual respect; and low levels of commitment to the team. Through these activities, your team members will learn to commit to common objectives and use their skills effectively.

Employees from any industry will benefit from this highly effective workshop.

About the Instructor: David Hite is a professor at Bluefield College. He has worked with over 50 different organizations ranging from the U.S. Department of Energy, Volkswagen Group of America and Eastman Chemical Company.

Youth Theatre

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.