Bluefield University in the News


by | Jan 12, 2012

Bluefield College's Fine Arts Community School has released its schedule of courses for the spring 2012 semester.

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.

Classes and workshops this spring will begin as early as the week of January 30 with others beginning later in the winter and spring.

The spring course listing includes “Private Instrument Lessons,” “Private Violin Lessons,” “Private Piano Lessons,” “Private Guitar Lessons,” “Private Voice Lessons,” “Organization Workshop 101,” “Sustaining Vegetable Gardens Year-round,” “Managing Herbs and Strawberries,” “Appalachian Festival,” “Basket Making,” “Appalachian Corn Shuck Crafts,” “Pottery,” “Mug Me: The Art of Having Fun,” “Fun Fine Arts Fridays,” “Refrigerator Artists,” “Memoir Writing,” and “Youth Theatre.”

Private Instrument Lessons
Saxophone, clarinet, tuba, trombone, trumpet, flute, oboe, and bassoon
30-minute lessons once each week for five or 10 weeks
Days and times to be determined with student
Tuition: $190 (10-week session) or $110 (five-week session)
Ages 10 and up
Instructors: Sharon Ziegler, Chrisa Johnson, and Teresa Hedrick

Private Violin Lessons
30-minute lessons once each week for five or 10 weeks
Days and times to be determined with student
Tuition: $170 (10-week session) or $90 (five-week session)
Ages 7 and up
Instructors: Della Limbert

Private Piano Lessons
30-minute lessons once each week for five or 10 weeks
Days and times to be determined with student
Tuition: $190 (10-week session) or $110 (five-week session)
Ages 5 and up
Instructors: Sharon Ziegler and Chrisa Johnson

Private Guitar Lessons
30-minute lessons once each week for five or 10 weeks
Days and times to be determined with student
Tuition: $170 (10-week session) or $90 (five-week session)
Ages 8 and up
Instructor: Philip Farmer

Private Voice Lessons
30-minute lessons once each week for five or 10 weeks
Days and times to be determined with student
Tuition: $190 (10-week session) or $110 (five-week session)
Tuition with student instructor: $170 (10-weeks) or $90 (five-weeks)
Ages 5 and up

Instructors: Sharon Ziegler or Mindy Blume

Learn hand building, wheel turning techniques, glaze applications, and how to manipulate clay to form functional and decorative ware.
Mondays 6:00-8:00 PM
Beginning January 30 for 10 weeks
Tuition: $125
Ages 15 and up
Instructor: Jessica Chambers-Paris

Fun Fine Arts Fridays
Enjoy a variety of “the arts,” including theatre, music, print making, and pottery.
Fridays 5:00-6:00 PM
Beginning February 24 for eight weeks
Tuition: $100
Ages 8-12
Instructors: Amanda Parks, Jessica Paris-Chambers, Jeri Lynn Anderson, and Jennifer Bohannan

Mug Me: The Art of Having Fun
What better way to spend a Saturday, drinking coffee and being creative. Make a coffee mug while enjoying some coffee.
Saturdays 1:00-2:00 PM
Beginning March 3 for two weeks
Tuition: $30
Ages 15 and up
Instructor: Jessica Paris-Chambers

Appalachian Corn Shuck Crafts Workshop
See various examples of corn shuck crafts with emphasis on how to use and manipulate the corn shuck material to make a corn shuck doll of your own.
Saturday, March 10, 1:00-3:00 PM
Tuition: $20 plus $10 materials fee
Ages 8 and up
Instructor: Denise Smith, Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum

Organization Workshop 101
Learn tips on how to organize your home, car, schedule and life.
Saturday, March 10, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tuition: $20
Ages: adults
Instructor: Amanda Jordan

Refrigerator Artists
Kids’ hands-on enrichment course designed to stimulate learning/creativity through self-expression. Painting, self-portraits, collages, and an introduction to some of the great masters.
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 PM
Beginning March 13 for six weeks
Tuition: $65 plus $25 material fee
Ages 5-7
Instructor: Marsha Boozer

Basket Making
Learn the basic techniques of basket making by making a simple basket.
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 PM
Beginning March 20 for two weeks
Tuition: $30 plus $10 materials fee
Ages 10 and up
Instructor: Mary Martin

Sustaining a Vegetable Garden Year-round
Learn how to strengthen soil, grow tastier vegetables, and maintain your garden year-round.
Saturday, March 24, 9:00-11:00 AM
Tuition: $25
Ages: teens and adults
Instructor: Corey Henderson, meteorologist for WVVA-TV

Memoir Writing Workshop
Learn how to get your memories down on paper and how to make them fascinating for readers.
Saturdays 10:00 AM
Beginning April 7 for five weeks
Tuition: $75
Ages: adult
Instructor: Crystal Kieloch

Managing Herbs and Strawberries
Learn how to plant and manage herbs and strawberries as you plant your own vegetable pot.
Saturday, April 14, 9:00-11:00 AM
Tuition: $25
Ages: teens and adults
Instructor: Ellen Reynolds, Blue Ridge Herb Farm

Appalachian Festival
As part of BC’s yearlong symposium, “A Celebration of Appalachia,” this festival will feature live folk music, vendors, book signings, and other games and fun.
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Admission: free
All ages
Participants: local Appalachian artists, writers, musicians and vendors

Bluefield Youth Theatre
Be a part of Bluefield Youth Theatre’s presentation of Walt Disney’s beloved musical “The Jungle Book.”
Rehearsals Mondays 4:00-6:00 PM
Beginning April 23 and until performances May 24-27
Tuition: $150
Ages 9-18
Directors: Charles Reese and Rebecca McCoy Reese

A non-refundable $25 registration fee is due when registering for most BC Fine Arts Community School lessons and classes (but not workshops). If registering more than one person within a family, the registration fee is discounted to $15 per person. Registration fees for classes and tuition for workshops are due by the start of instruction and may be mailed and made payable to Bluefield College, FACS, 3000 College Drive, Bluefield, VA 24605.

Register online with a major credit card by visiting To register by phone or for more information about fall FACS classes, including payment plans, call 800-872-0175 (x4246) or 276-326-4246, or e-mail [email protected]

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