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Continuing Education


Plan NOW to enroll in art and music courses at BRCC - and bring a friend or family member along.  Learning can be made enjoyable (AND doubled) when you share your educational experience with others.


Acrylic Abstract Painters: Mix Your Media AND Your Techniques

Spend an intensive two days learning the basics of collage and layering with acrylic paints, vintage papers, and printmaking techniques, while testing your use of art elements to make these experiments work as final, abstract compositions.  Push your understanding of “abstract art” to include your own efforts, and be amazed at what you create!

  • Explore use of household items, standard art materials and ephemera to create unique abstract paintings!
  • See how your art story deepens with a new approach!
  • For Intermediate or Advanced students; some painting experience and a willingness to experiment is essential!

Meets: Two Fridays – Oct 3 & 10; 9:30 am - 3:30 pm; BRCC Fine Arts Center V203
Instructor: Leslie Banta
Fee: $149 (#56067) Bring bag lunch. Supply list will be mailed with your registration receipt. Bring $25 to first class for supplemental supplies. 

Artistic Scarves: Design Your Own

Enjoy a flowing activity that will inspire and amaze, plus create a wonderful gift for yourself or a special friend! Registration required by Nov 21; enroll early; Peg's classes fill quickly!

Meets: One Saturday, Dec 6, 9-11 am; BRCC Fine Arts Center V205
Instructor: Peg Sheridan
Fee: $49 (#56009) Bring $20 per scarf to class for supplies.

Drawing I:  What You See, Is What You See! NEW

Designed for absolute beginners and those wanting to expand!
Work at your own pace, focusing on drawing from observation. Learn about line, shape, value, space, perspective and composition. Build drawing skills as you develop your own artistic style.

Meets:  Six Tuesdays, Sep 9 – Oct 21; no class 10/7 (#56038), 6-8:30 PM, BRCC Fine Arts Center V205
Instructor:  Mary Shira
Fee: $129
Bring $15 to first class for supplies.

Drawing II: Drawing the Line Somewhere! NEW

Pre-requisite:  Completion of Drawing I above or other basic drawing course.
Brand your drawing skills by developing style and form. Build on themes that express your view of the world, and create a special project in preparation for a BRCC exhibition.

Meets:  Six Tuesdays, Oct 28 – Dec 2; 6 - 8:30 pm: BRCC Fine Arts Center V203
Instructor:  Mary Shira
Fee: $129
(#56076) Bring $15 to first class for supplies.

3D Design: Materials and Metaphor! NEW

Expand your knowledge of design as it relates to the three dimensional world. Explore the function of space, form, mass, plane and line. Create projects from found objects and more!

Meets:  Six Thursdays, Sep 25 – Oct 30; 6-8:30 pm; BRCC Fine Arts Center V205
Instructor:  Colleen Pendry
Fee: $129
(#56066) Bring $20 to first class for supplies.

Encaustic Art: Ancient with a Contemporary Twist

Learn the ancient, yet contemporary, art of encaustic painting, a versatile, spontaneous medium where hot wax and oil paint are applied to an absorbent, prepared surface. Applied in opaque or translucent layers, the painting is modeled, textured, scraped, sculpted, polished, or combined with a variety of materials to create collage works – an amazing method you won’t want to miss!

Meets: Four Thursdays, Sep 11 – Oct 2; 4:30 - 7 pm; BRCC Fine Arts Center V205
Instructor: Barbara Gautcher
Fee: $155
(#56062) Bring $40 to first class for supplies

Glass Mosaic:  Create and Shine! NEW      

Want to try a new art form?  Create a beautiful stained glass mosaic and capture the translucency of your finished piece for many years to come.  A true beginner’s class, with no soldering involved.  Another great holiday gift idea! 

Meets: Four Tuesdays, Nov 4 – 25 (#56010), 6 - 8 pm; BRCC Fine Arts Center V205
Instructor: Lisa Morrison
$109 Bring $30 to first class for supplies

Splashes of Color NEW

You CAN paint in watercolors!  Peg Sheridan breaks it down into simple steps through demonstrations and worksheets.  Practice in class, receive one-on-one help; then practice at home to see drastic improvement – all in only six weeks!  Known for her encouraging, no-pressure teaching style, Peg has been helping students learn to paint for 14 years.  All new lessons in this course; return even if you’ve taken Peg’s prior courses. A new splash of color awaits you!

Meets: Six Fridays, Sep 12 – Oct 24 (no class 10/3), 9 am – 11:30 am, BRCC Fine Arts Center V205
Instructor: Peg Sheridan
Fee: $169 (
#56063) Bring $25 to first class for supplies. Already have supplies? Tell us when you register.

Online Class

Introduction to Interior Design

Explore a career in interior design as you learn how to transform any room into a beautiful and functional space. 
$99.  Visit ed2go/blueridgecc to register.

Pottery Classes
Invoking Art as Business seminar