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by | Aug 16, 2019

Want to learn about wheel-thrown pottery, how to basketweave, or crochet? Are you interested in writing and want to take private lessons this fall? Do you want to learn to play an instrument? Then check out Bluefield College’s fall 2019 Fine Arts Community School schedule of courses, which offers something to learn for students of all ages and interests.

Want to learn about wheel-thrown pottery, how to basketweave, or crochet? Are you interested in writing and want to take private lessons this fall? Do you want to learn to play an instrument? Then check out Bluefield College’s fall 2019 Fine Arts Community School schedule of courses, which offers something to learn for students of all ages and interests.

Dedicated to providing quality fine arts instruction to the community since 1993, BC’s Fine Arts Community School (FACS) is a community service outreach program that enables local families and students of all ages and interests, including home-schoolers, to explore and study the arts with the guidance of mentors and professionals who have appropriate training and experience. Expanding beyond the arts in recent years, FACS also offers training in a variety of other trades and skills to reach an even broader audience to those who enjoy learning and experiencing new interests.

Multiple classes and workshops are available on the FACS schedule, including opportunities to learn Tae Kwon Do, hatha yoga, or how to start your own business all detailed below in chronological order.

  • Tae Kwon Do
    Master Kasey Addair will be teaching self-defense and Tae Kwon Do. The classes will offer physical fighting skills and cardio exercise.  There will be methods shown to enhance a perseverance mindset through kata and combinations.  The classes will offer additional skill sets from Tae Kwon Do and will have relaxing meditation techniques of Tai Chi Chuan as well as basic movements for better balance and peace.

    • Two six-week class options:
      Mondays,  September 16 – October 21
      Mondays,  October 28 – December 2
      Beginner class 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
      Intermediate/Advanced 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
      Ages: 4 – adults
      Instructor:   Kasey Addair
      Cost: $100.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee
  • “Expressing Our True Inner Self Through Painting”
    A therapeutic approach to emotional and mental release. 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.  It is an effective means to allow individuals to express things that are difficult to talk about. It can help a person struggling with issues such as anxiety, anger management, stress, OCD, eating disorders, autism, dementia, depression, those that have suffered traumatic experiences and other mental or physical health concerns.  Students will need to bring their own 11” X 14” Canvases. The minimum number of students required to hold the class is 10.

    • September 16-19, 2019
      Three evening sessions (3 hours each evening)
      5:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
      Ages: 16 – Adults
      Instructor: Dr. Robert Winter
      Cost:  $45.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee
  • Beginning Band
    Beginning band will provide instruction in the fundamentals of playing traditional band instruments. These instruments include, but are not limited to flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and snare drum.  This class is for students with little to no experience in playing an instrument. Lessons will include a group instrument lesson, learning to read music, all aspects of playing the instrument, and instrument maintenance. Students will learn to follow a conductor and perform as a group.  Musical instruments not provided.  Please contact Dr. Necessary at 276.202.7436 for information on either renting or purchasing the instrument of your choice.

    • September 16, 2019 – November 18, 2019
      6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
      5th – 12th grade
      Instructor:  Dr. Andrew Necessary
      $50.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee
  • Wheel Thrown Pottery
    Learn the basic methods of centering clay, forming cylinders and bowls, adding handles, and finishing pots using decorating and glazing techniques.  There will be an $18.00 supplies fee, which will be collected on the first night of class.

    • Mondays, September 23 -November 11 (8 weeks)
      6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
      Ages 14 – Adult
      Instructor:  Norma Acord
      $125.00 + a $25.00 registration fee and an $18.00 materials fee
  • Creative Writing for Anyone
    This course will teach participants about the various types of creative writing from fiction, to poetry, to nonfiction. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the different genres and have the chance to focus and practice writing their favorites. Students will also enjoy instructor feedback. Any skill level from beginner to the avid writer is welcome.

    • Tuesdays, September 24-October 15 (4 classes)
      Times: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
      Ages: 13 – Adult
      Instructor: Crystal Kieloch
      Cost: $75.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee
  • Hatha Yoga for Beginners
    This beginner yoga class introduces the history of yoga, fundamental principles of alignment, yoga poses (Asanas), breathing (pranayama) and meditation (Dhyana). Students will be introduced to yoga postures through step-by-step verbal description and demonstration. Emphasis is placed on student understanding, safety, and stability within each pose. If you have never tried yoga this beginner class is perfect for you and is designed to meet the needs of those new to yoga as well as those seeking continued understanding of basic yoga poses

    • Thursdays, September 26 – November 14
      4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
      Ages 16 -Adult
      Instructor – Melanie Hosier, RYT
      $80.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee
  • Everything you Wanted to Know About Starting a Business, But Were Afraid to Ask
    Starting your own business may seem like a daunting task, but it is not too difficult if you take it step by step. Learn an overall understanding of the steps you need to take to make your dream of owning your own business become a reality. Learn the essentials of starting your own business from a professional that can help you realize your dream.

    • Friday, September 27 and Friday, October 4 (Two 4-hour sessions)
      1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      Ages: 18 – Adult
      Instructor: William (Mike) Bandy, CPA MTX
      $100.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee
  • BYT – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
    The new musical version of the Christmas family favorite. The story of what happens when a group of miscreant children somehow manage to highjack the church Christmas pageant.

    • Auditions – Monday and Tuesday, September 30 and October 1, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
      Rehearsals will begin on Monday, October 21 – Monday – Friday – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      The performances will be the week of December 9 -15.
      Ages: 6-18
      Instructors: Charles Reese and Rebecca McCoy-Reese
      $150.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee
  • Airbnb Workshop
    Do you have a house, apartment, cabin, extra room, or property sitting empty? Would you like to generate income from it with tourists coming to the area?  Airbnb could be the right fit for you!  If you’ve heard about Airbnb and have been thinking about it, but have no idea how to start, attend this workshop.  David Hite, local Airbnb Superhost and business professor at Bluefield College will review Airbnb and how it works, how to set up an account and property, set your home up for guests, manage reservations, and build a large following of repeat visitors.

    • Thursday, October 10
      5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
      Ages: Adults
      Instructor:  David Hite
  • Beginner’s Crochet Workshop
    If you’ve ever wanted to learn the beginner’s basics of crochet, this one-day workshop is for you! We’ll get started with chains, single and double crochet stitches, and build a base knowledge to get you stitching on your own. All materials provided.

    • (Two options for class days)
      Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      Saturday, November 16, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      Open to all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
      Instructor: Tabi Price
      Cost: $75.00 (includes materials)
  • Watercolor Nature Journaling
    This workshop will allow you to connect with nature and develop skills to quickly and accurately record nature observations through sketching, painting, and writing.  During the workshop, we will take short walks to various locations on campus where we will study the magic of our surroundings by opening our senses and recording them through sketching, painting, and writing. You will learn to mix a full range of nuanced color with just 8 pigments, and you will be given hands-on materials that will give you confidence in exploring nature. We will share our work as we go, learning from each other, and weaving this into our journals. Students will need to bring their own journals; all other supplies will be provided.

    • Saturday, October 26
      9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      Ages: 12 – Adult
      Instructor: Kirsten Sadler
      Cost: $65.00
  • Introduction to Basket Weaving
    Learn one of the oldest forms of Appalachian art from a 3rd generation basket weaver. Participants will be learning the art of basket weaving while making the Artisan Tote.  This useful classy basket begins with a solid poplar base, basic over/under weave, and a technique that covers the weaving material with special seagrass given the basket a unique look.  This 11 ½” X 11” tote is completed with leather handles. Materials for the tote basket will be provided.  Students will need to bring the following supplies: a spray bottle, an old towel, scissors, and a bucket.  Minimum of 5 students to hold the class.

    • Thursday, November 7
      5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Open to all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
      Instructor:  Barbara Sadler
  • Holiday Hospitality Tea And Make and Take Workshop
    Join us for a tea party and a hands-on workshop that will help you get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas events and festivities. Enjoy light tea party fare while learning helpful ideas and holiday etiquette tips that will be useful for those who host a gathering or attend one as a guest. See a few examples of lovely holiday tablescapes, decorations, and gifts that can be made with items you already have or that can be found easily at area stores. Then have fun creating your own festive flower arrangement that you will be able to take home and enjoy.  Children are welcome and there will be something geared specifically for them in each section of the workshop.

    • Saturday, November 16
      10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      Ages 4 and up (children 14 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult)
      Instructor:  Joleen Smith
      $18.00 – Adults
      $14.00 – Children
    • Includes supplies and refreshments.  * A portion of the tuition will be donated to an area organization that will help a family in need during Christmas. Find updates with pictures about the workshop on Facebook: Creations and Events by Joleen Smith.
  • Woven Candy Cane Workshop
    Learn the art of basket making from a 3rd generation basket weaver. You will be learning the art of basket making while making a red and white basket reed woven candy cane.  This 24” candy cane can be decorated with materials that will be provided such as poinsettias, holly, and various flowers and ribbons.  This would be a perfect Christmas decoration for your home or a gift for a special someone.  Materials for the candy cane will be provided.  Students will need to bring the following supplies: a spray bottle, an old towel, scissors, and a bucket.  Minimum of 5 students to hold the class.

    • Tuesday, December 3
      6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
      Open to all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
      Instructor:  Barbara Sadler
  • Private Writing Lessons
    Private writing lessons with an experienced writing coach and English instructor are available for all ages and levels of skill

    • Instructor: Crystal Kieloch
      $65.00 for 3 lessons
      $100 for 5 lessons
      $175 for 10 lessons
      Plus a $25 registration fee.
  • Private Reading Tutoring
    Stress over reading no more! We realize confidence and self-esteem issues may result from past reading struggles.  An instructor will work one on one with the student to help improve reading levels.  Personalized instruction will identify the type of reading help needed to improve fluency and reading comprehension. The instructor will assess the student’s reading ability and will start at the level needed.  The student will gain confidence in reading which can lead to improved reading scores.

    • All ages
      Instructor: Beth Kinser
      $45.00 for three lessons
      $75.00 for five lessons
      $120.00 for ten lessons
      Plus a $25.00 registration fee.
  • Private Music Lessons
    • Lessons available for the following:
      • Bass
      • Banjo
      • Drums
      • Flute
      • Guitar
      • Harp
      • Mandolin
      • Piano
      • Trumpet
      • Recorder
      • Violin
      • Voice
    • $110.00 for five lessons
      $190.00 for ten lessons
      Plus a $25.00 one-time per academic year registration fee
      All Ages
      Instructors:  Linda Flowers, Alandra Blume Hinkle, Vince Lewis, Staley Lyle, John Sharpe, Elizabeth Matheson, Dr. Charles Priest, Laurel Thompson

To register for any of these classes online, please visit or you may contact Burma McChesney at 276-326-4248 or  [email protected].  Payments must be received before the first day of class and can be paid online or by calling 276-326-4215.  Checks should be made payable to Bluefield College FACS and mailed to 3000 College Avenue, Bluefield, VA  24605.

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Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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