Bluefield University in the News


by | Feb 16, 2017

New classes are starting soon in the spring 2017 session of Bluefield College’s Fine Arts Community School.

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.

More than 20 classes, workshops and lessons are available on the FACS schedule this spring, including 10 starting soon in Beginning Dance, Intermediate Dance, Beginning Photography, After-school Basic Art, Bridal Shower Etiquette, Beginning Quilting, Thinking with Sounds Music, Beginning Media, Love Birds Paint Night, and Private Music Lessons, all detailed below.

Beginning Dance Classes
· February 27 through April 24
· Mondays 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. for Ballet/Stretching
· Mondays 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. for Jazz/Contemporary
· Ages: 3-5
· Tuition: $60/class or $100 for both classes
· Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

Intermediate Dance Classes
· March 1 through April 26
· Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Ballet
· Wednesdays 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. for Contemporary/Modern
· Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Jazz
· Ages: 6 to adult
· Tuition: $50/class or $120 for all three classes
· Instructor: Ashleigh Farmer

Beginning Photography Classes
· March 2-23
· Thursdays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
· Ages: 14 to adults
· Tuition: $70
· Instructor: Hal Brainerd
· Students will learn about composition, artistic factors, backgrounds, exposure and contrast. The class will utilize lots of photographic examples with photography assignments that will help students become familiar with their camera and its controls.

Afterschool Basic Art Classes
· March 3 through May 12
· Fridays 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
· Ages: grades 1-8
· Tuition: $85
· Instructor: Marianne Jackson
· Students 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. Please bring a 8.5” X 11” sketchbook and a 14” X 20” portfolio.

Bridal Shower Etiquette Workshop
· Saturday, March 4
· 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
· Ages: 10 and up
· Tuition: $20
· Instructor: Charlotte Sacre
· 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. From invitations to guest lists, come and enjoy being a “guest” at a “mock” bridal shower, complete with bride, and take home helpful tips.

Beginning Quilting Classes
· March 4-25
· Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
· Ages: 14 and up
· Tuition: $80
· Instructor: Julie Fleischaker
· 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.

Thinking with Sounds Music Classes
· March 6-27
· Mondays 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
· Ages: 8-14
· Tuition: $40
· Instructor: Dr. Alexa Schlimmer
· 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.

Beginning Media Classes
· March 6 through April 24
· Mondays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
· Ages: 12 and up
· Tuition: $75
· Instructor: Blake Stowers
· This class will provide an in-depth study of 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.

Love Birds Paint Night
· Friday, March 17
· 6:45 p.m.
· Ages: all
· Tuition: $30
· Instructor: Marianne Jackson
· Paint along with artist Marianne Jackson to create your own work of art that you will take home at the end of the workshop. Painting supplies and artist instructions provided. No art experience needed.

Private Music Lessons (banjo, mandolin, trumpet, flute, piano, voice, guitar)
· 30-minute lessons once each week for five or 10 weeks
· Days and times to be determined by student and instructor
· Ages: 5 and up (piano, voice), 10 and up (trumpet, flute), beginner to advanced (banjo, mandolin, guitar)
· Tuition: $190 (10-weeks) or $110 (five-weeks) + $25 registration fee
· Instructors: Ron Mullennex (banjo, mandolin), Dr. Alexa Schlimmer (piano, voice), Dr. Charles Priest (trumpet), Linda Flowers (flute), and James Lilly (guitar)

A $25 non-refundable registration fee and is due per student per class 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.
In some cases, an additional supplies fee (i.e. art supplies) may be charged in addition to tuition. Tuition and fees are due by the start of instruction and may be mailed and made payable to Bluefield College, FACS, 3000 College Avenue, Bluefield, VA 24605. Payment plans are available.

Register online with a major credit card by visiting or by phone at 276-326-4215. For more information about FACS classes, including payment plans, contact FACS coordinator Burma McChesney by email at [email protected] or by phone at 276-326-4248.

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