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.


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: TBA
Ages: 5+

Private Voice Lessons

Instructor: TBA
Ages: 5+

Voice Instruction

Instructor: Dr. John Moir
Ages: 16+
Cost: $30 for 30-minute lessons

Private Trumpet Lessons

Instructor: Charles Priest
Ages: 10+

Private Flute Lessons

Instructor: Linda Flowers
Ages: 10+

Private Guitar Lessons

Instructor: James Lilly


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Basic Watercolor Techniques

Tuition: $60
Grades: 6th-12th
Instructor: Kati Hatfield

September 27 - November 1, Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45pm
In this course you will learn about the unique and beautiful method of watercolor painting!  From its early beginnings to modern developments and notable watercolorists, you will receive a comprehensive look at the painting style.

We will also study basic color theory and paint mixing while we review the types of tools, papers and materials used in watercolor painting.

Perhaps best of all, you will be immersed in trying your hand at watercolor in order to discover and develop your own special style!

The Art of Tie Dying and Paper Marbleizing

Tuition: $60
Grades: 6th-12th
Instructor: Kati Hatfield

September 27 - November 1, Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm
Did you know that the art of Tie-Dying is thousands of years old? Various forms of tie-dying have been used around the world for centuries.

In this course you will learn how tie-dying developed, where and how it has been used. You will discover historic methods such as Japanese Shibori, Indian Bandhani, and African Dashiki patterns. You will also learn about traditional patterns and be able to try your hand at your tie-dye method of choice! As a bonus, we will learn about paper marbleizing and try out some fun techniques! Please bring at least one and up to three 100% WHITE PRE-WASHED T-SHIRTS. All other materials, paper, dyes, professional instruction and encouragement included!

Global Geography

Tuition: $35
Ages: 14 and up
Instructor: Eric Mason

September 13 - October 25, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
This course will address the fundamentals of geography, physiography, and culture with several regions around the world being used as the basis of study. Special emphasis will be placed on the regions of Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America. Students who walk away from the course will have a greater understanding of various cultures and regions around the world. The course will be geared towards students who are interested in traveling abroad or who have interest in global studies.

Literary Adventures

Tuition: $200
Grades: 6th-10th
Instructor: Breanna Buterakos

September 8 - December 15, Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm
This is a fifteen-week course designed to help you obtain an appreciation of the world of literature and language. You will put into practice comprehensive reading, summarizing, research, comparison, creative thinking, analysis, and writing skills. In addition, you will also come to grasp a better knowledge and application of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. This class will help you be prepared for the rigors of high school and even college level reading and writing.

Homeschooling community: This course will be aimed at 6-10th graders, but if there are any gifted fifth graders who want to brave it, they are welcome. This course can be counted for middle school/high school credit for both literature and composition. This course is designed to complete the literature/writing curriculum for homeschool.

The students will be required to obtain the books. The instructor will be responsible for grading all material.

This is the first semester course. There will be a second semester class offered (January - May, 2017) for those interested.

Beginner Robotics

Tuition: $35 (with no registration fee)
Grades: 5th-9th
Instructors: Clayton McChesney, AJ Clark, and Jacob Clarkson

Saturday, October 29, 9:00am-4:00pm
Want to learn how to build and program a robot? Do you have Lego Mindstorm NXT or EV3 and not sure where to begin? This beginner’s course teaches students how to build and program robots using their LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and EV3 robotics kits. Students will learn how to build a basic rover-style robot that can move, turn, and sense things in its environment. Then, students will learn how to program their robots to perform various behaviors (moving, turning, sensing the environment, playing sounds, displaying pictures, etc.). Students will demonstrate their newly-learned skills by solving a variety of programming challenges.

Equipment needed: If you have a laptop computer and Lego Mindstorm, either NXT or EV3 and software, you can bring those items and learn how to build and program your own robot. If you don’t have a Lego Mindstorm robot yet, you can still attend the class and learn how to build and program robots. If you need help in selecting the correct Lego Mindstorm robot, please email Burma McChesney at bmcchesney@bluefield.edu.

The students will learn the importance of team building, project management and time management while having fun building and designing robots.

This class will be beneficial to students with a basic knowledge of LEGO and requires no skills in engineering. Students will be taught how to build solid structures, work with motors, sensors, and programming. The class will engage creativity with vigorous robotic design challenges. Come be a part of the class and together we will build the engineers of tomorrow.

Youth of a Thousand Faces

Tuition: $150
Ages: 12 and up
Instructor: Charles Reese

September 12 - October 24, Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm
Students will learn techniques of stage makeup including old age, crepe hair beards, wounds and special effects, and fantasy and sci-fi makeups. Students are required to purchase a student stage makeup kit. The “Ben Nye Student Creme Kit” is recommended. It can be purchased from numerous online providers for $20. Other special effects materials supplied.

Beginning Photography

Tuition: $55
Ages: 14 and up
Instructor: Hal Brainerd

October 13, 20, and 27, Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm
This is a beginning digital photography class for students age 14 to adults. We will cover composition, artistic factors that attract our eyes, backgrounds, correct exposure and contrast. One third of the class will be in class lectures, one third taking pictures, and one third learning by reviewing student’s best images. The only required equipment is a digital camera. For those interested in landscapes, it is recommended (but not necessary) to have a tripod, shutter cable release, and a 4X5 inch 0.9 graduated density filter. Class size is limited to 5-10 students.

Bluefield Youth Theatre and Bluefield College Theatre: Annie

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

Auditions: October 13-14, 4:00-6:00pm (registration and payment required prior to audition)
Rehearsals: Starting October 26, Monday-Friday, 4:00-6:00pm
Performances: December 12-13, 15-16
It’s the depression and everybody is…depressed. Until a little orphan named Annie reminds the world that the sun will come out tomorrow. Join Annie, her beloved dog Sandy, Daddy Warbucks, and the frazzled director of the orphanage, Miss Hannigan, in this beloved Christmas Musical classic. Annie and the gang of orphans will be cast from BYT, Jr. members (6-12 years old) and BYT, Sr. members (12-18). Sr. members will be eligible for adult roles, along with BC students.

LadySafe Self-Defense Class

Tuition: $25 (with no registration fee)
Ages: 13 and up
Instructor: Melissa Bishop

Two separate classes will be offered: Friday, September 9, 5:00-8:00pm; Saturday, October 8, 10:00am-1:00pm
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.

Pencil Drawing 101

Tuition: $115
Ages: 12 and up
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

September 23, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 25, December 2, 9, and 16, Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm
Do you want to improve your drawing skills or are you wanting to explore drawing for the first time? With Pencil Drawing 101, we will be exploring drawing techniques, textures, grid drawing, value and shading, tools and hand eye coordination with both graphite and colored pencils which will greatly improve your drawing skills with whatever level you are beginning with. Requested materials: Basic 8.5” X 11” sketchbook and a 14” X 20” portfolio. All other drawing materials will be provided.

Acrylic Painting 101

Tuition: $135
Ages: 12 and up
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

September 23, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 25, December 2, 9, and 16, Fridays, 7:00-8:15pm
This is the perfect class to jump start, re-establish or build upon your skills with acrylic paint. We will explore different techniques, color mixing, art history, painting tools, textures, art movements and more. Whether you are new to painting or have experience, this 10 week course will enrich and inspire your personal creativity and help you on your art journey. All materials will be provided.

Homeschool/Afterschool Basic Art Class

Tuition: $80
Ages: 3rd-12th
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

September 23, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 25, December 2, 9, and 16, Fridays, 4:00-5:00pm
This class is geared for the homeschooling and public school students! 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. Another 10 week course will be offered in early spring as a continuation. Requested materials: Basic 8.5” X 11” sketchbook and a 14” X 20” portfolio. All other materials will be provided.

Courtesy Matters Etiquette Training

Tuition: $20 (with no registration fee)
Grades: 1st-4th
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

Grades 1-2: September 20, 3:45-4:45pm
Grades 3-4: September 20, 5:00-6:15pm
Etiquette is not just table manners. Your child will learn manners and the social skills they will need to succeed in every social situation. This class will teach the important skills that help your child to be confident, polished, and polite. Making a good first impression is not just for adults. Make an investment in your child’s future by registering today.

Introduction to Creative Writing

Tuition: $75
Ages: 11 and up
Instructor: Crystal Kieloch

September 17, 24, October 1 and 8, 9:00-11:00am
Over the period of four weeks, this class will explore several aspects of creative writing with group instruction and then help each student work on an individual project of his or her choosing with individualized instruction. Whether you want to write a short story, a small book of poetry, begin a novel or a memoir, this class will get you on your way to fulfilling your dream.

Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Tuition: $110
Ages: 14 and up
Instructor: Norma Acord

October 3 - November 13, Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm
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: $15.00 for one bag of clay and glaze fee.

Knit and Purl Knitting Class

Tuition: $40
Ages: 12 and up
Instructor: Alana Anderson

September 13 and 20, 1:30-3:30pm
Learn to knit with Alana! Have you heard of knit and purl, but don’t know what that means? Have you always wanted to learn the basics of knitting, or desire to brush up on your existing skills? Looking for a hobby that is very relaxing? Looking for an activity that will help you unwind after the stress of the day? Do you want to learn to make those special homemade gifts that will be cherished for years to come? Register today for this two session beginner knitting class where you will learn to knit the Continental way (by learning to carry the yarn in your left hand and “pick” the yarn with your needle). Knitting may be just what the doctor ordered! Materials required: yarn and knitting needles.

Tatting (Lace Making)

Tuition: $50
Ages: 14 and up
Instructor: Alana Anderson

October 4 and 11, 1:30-3:30pm
Learn the delicate art of making lace with knots. This technique was popular from the late 1700s through the 1950s, and is now making a comeback. Find out how to turn tatting into jewelry, ornaments, and accessories. No experience needed, and supplies will be provided.

Beginner/Intermediate Ballet

Tuition: $60 (or $150 for all three Beginner/Intermediate dance classes)
Ages: 6-Adult
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

September 21 - November 30 (excluding Nov. 23) ending with a showcase, Wednesdays, 4:00-4:30pm
Ballet is the basis to any style of dance. You will learn the proper form and technique in ballet. At the end of the session, you will have a chance to show off what you learned by performing a ballet piece at the showcase. No experience is required and if you do have experience, please still join us! This class offers you all the fundamentals of ballet and simply teaches you how to dance away! Come be a ballerina!

Beginner/Intermediate Hip-Hop

Tuition: $60 (or $150 for all three Beginner/Intermediate dance classes)
Ages: 6-Adult
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

September 21 - November 30 (excluding Nov. 23) ending with a showcase, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:00pm
Hip-hop is where you can break, lock, and pop! This class will give you a chance to improve on freestyle movement. It is a jazz-funk class that will teach you the movements for this style of dance. You will have a chance to show off this style of dance at the End of the Year Showcase! Hip-hop is a great opportunity to just show up, smile, have fun, dance, and just love life!

Beginner/Intermediate Contemporary

Tuition: $60 (or $150 for all three Beginner/Intermediate dance classes)
Ages: 6-Adult
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

September 21 - November 30 (excluding Nov. 23) ending with a showcase, Wednesdays, 4:45-5:15pm
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that includes multiple styles of dance. In this class, you will really learn how to connect your mind and heart with your movement and the music. At the End of the Year Showcase, you will have the opportunity to perform a contemporary piece!

Preschool Warm-up and Ballet

Tuition: $60 (or $100 for both Preschool dance classes)
Ages: 3-5, Preschool
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

September 20 - November 29 (excluding Nov. 22), Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm
In this class, we will start with a fifteen minute warm up teaching you how to properly prepare and stretch for any dance class. For the remainder of the class, it will be the basics of ballet. Ballet is the basis to any style of dance. In this 10 week session, you will not only learn the steps individually, but you will have the opportunity to show off what you learned in a ballet routine at an End of the Year Showcase!

Preschool Jazz

Tuition: $60 (or $100 for both Preschool dance classes)
Ages: 3-5, Preschool
Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

September 20 - November 29 (excluding Nov. 22), Tuesdays, 2:15-3:00pm
Jazz dancing is a blast! You will learn all the steps you need to know to groove! No experience is required. A routine will be choreographed to show off at the End of the Year Showcase. Just come ready to have fun!

Beginner Chess Classes

Tuition: $20
Ages: All
Instructor: Eric Mason

October 11 - November 15, 6:00-7:00pm
Parents are you looking for an affordable extracurricular activity for your child? Our chess class is the answer! Interested in something your child can truly focus on while having fun? Looking for a great workout for your child’s mental skills such as creative thinking and problem solving? Your child will learn to think ahead, evaluate multiple alternatives and anticipate consequences. How about a sport that will exercise the brain? Have you heard that learning to play chess can raise your IQ? Do smart people play chess or does chess make smart people?

Paint Night, Happy Fall Y’all

Tuition: $30
Ages: All
Instructor: Marianne Jackson

Friday, October 21, 6:45pm
Join us for a fun evening of painting with step-by-step instructions by our FACS Art Instructor, Marianne Jackson, who will lead you through this fall painting in a laid back, non-judgmental environment! You are given the freedom to change or add anything to your painting! All materials are provided and suitable for all ages. There will be limited seating, so please register early. Class will run approximately two hours in the Bluefield College Cox Visual Arts Building, second floor.

"Happy Halloween" Paint Night

Tuition: $30
Ages: All

Friday, October 28, 6:45pm
Seats must be reserved in advance. Class will be in the Bluefield College Cox Visual Arts Building, second floor.