FALL 2017



Throughout our 26 years of operation, The Studio School has provided an exceptional level of art education and exploration to thousands of art enthusiasts. We are a thriving, energetic art organization that offers instruction by some of the valley’s most notable artists. If you’ve thought about taking an art class but haven’t gotten around to it, now is a great time! If you already are a student, we thank you for being a part of our success!

To register for classes online and pay by credit card click on the register_button button.

See below to contact class instructors, either by clicking the Contact link or via phone.

All phone numbers are 540 area code
Annie Armistead • Contact • 320-7093
Judy Bates • Contact • 312-1273
Tracy Budd • Contact • 344-1325
Vera M. Dickerson • Contact • 992-6585
Jane Winders Frank • Contact • 345-3759
Robin Poteet • Contact • 384-5022
Gina Louthian-Stanley • Contact • 761-1414

If you have general questions, please call our voice mail at 540-344-5404 and someone will respond as soon as possible. For questions regarding specific classes, please contact the instructor. Some classes fill quickly so reserve your space by registering early.

We follow the Roanoke City School’s weather policy. If City Schools are:

  • Delayed 1 hour, morning classes are delayed 1 hour
  • Delayed 2 hours, morning classes are cancelled
  • Cancelled, all of our day classes are cancelled
  • Evening classes are cancelled if bad weather persists or worsens during the afternoon

Classes will be made up per individual instructor.

Please contact instructors for materials lists and to ask questions about content, special needs, etcetera. If your child age 15-17 would like to be considered for anadult class, please contact the individual class instructor.

Be an Art Angel
If you have some time to give, we would be grateful for any help you can provide, be it helping to organize and hang our school shows, keeping our parking lot tidy, or help-ing with general cleaning now and then! Click Here to contact instructor, Judy Bates if you have a bit of time and effort you can donate.

The Studio School is an incorporated non-profit organization, (501.C.3) with programs partially funded through the Virginia Commission for the Arts. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, ability or disability. Easel Society Contributors of $250 or more will receive end of the year summaries for their records.

Click Here for a printable Fall Registration Form (form will open in an new window or tab).

Fall Adult Classes

If your child age 15-17 would like to be considered for an adult class, please contact the individual class instructor.


Beginning DrawingTracy Budd
8 classes: Tuesdays, Sept. 12 – Oct. 31 • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • $185
Drawing can be essential in learning to see shape and make a line to define form. It’s helpful if you are a painter to be able to put down a sketch for a painting. In this class, the different types of drawing will be explored as well as perspective, scale, value, texture, and mark making. Sharpen your pencils and let’s get started! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button


Encaustic Monotype PrintmakingGina Louthian-Stanley
One class, Saturday, November 18, 2017 • 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. • $80.00 plus $40.00 material fee for wax/oil sticks/pigments and 8 full sheets of rice paper payable to Gina at the beginning of class. All tools are provided.
This workshop will concentrate on printing on paper with pigmented beeswax. One of a kind prints are created using simple mark making with pigment bars, brushes, silicone subtractive tools, wooden print blocks, and stencils. We will explore working with different tools, different types and sizes of paper, and techniques. You are welcome to bring 60 lb. drawing paper, or additional rice paper to make more prints. Bring notebook for notes and a bag lunch. Limit 4. Click Here to contact Gina for a list of optional materials or tools.register_button


Still Life from the Golden Age of PaintingJudy Bates
8 classes: Wednesdays September 13–November 1 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $190 plus $10.00 copy fee
Study the methods of the Dutch masters in creating glowing fruit and glass while copying a Jacob van Walscapelle 1675 painting from our own National Gallery of Art. This jewel is one of my favorites to visit while in D.C. We will apply sequential layering methods in gaining a deeper understanding of paint application, color theory and glazing techniques using Gamblin mediums. Judy demonstrates each step of the process along with lots of individual instruction. A color copy of the painting is provided. Click Here to contact Judy upon registration for supply list.register_button


Continuing WatercolorRobin Poteet
6 classes: Wednesdays, September 20–November 1 (No class October 25) • Morning Session: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., OR Afternoon Session 1:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $150
Robin’s Wednesday sessions are fun and informative, and are filled with ways to improve your watercolor technical skills and your creative thinking. Bring the subjects you’d like to paint and learn to edit out clutter in photographs, be daring with color, turn any subject into a great painting, improve brushwork, create whites without using white paint… and more! Demos, discussions, critiques and plenty of painting time with individual attention. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

Adding Figures & Animals to your LandscapesRobin Poteet
1 class: Saturday, October 21 • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • $45
If your landscapes and cityscapes look eerily empty, it’s time to populate them! This one-day class is filled with guided exercises and techniques for adding natural looking people and animals to your watercolor landscapes. Using Robin’s photos, you’ll gain skills for drawing and painting people and animals in the background, middle ground, and foreground of your paintings—adding the appropriate amount of detail for each. Skin tone, clothing, movement and proportion will be covered. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

Notecard Sets in Watercolor and WaxRobin Poteet
1 class: Friday, November 3 • 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. • $65 (most materials provided)
Robin’s watercolor and wax class has been a student favorite for the past 5 years. These works of art are fun and easy, and the results are always successful. This time, we’ll adhere them to notecards, as wonderful holiday gifts. Bring your watercolors (and your lunch)—Robin will provide the cards, envelopes, rice paper and wax supplies. You’ll be able to create an assortment of original cards that can that can be given as-is, or affordably reproduced. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button


Open StudiosTracy Budd
8 classes: Mondays, September 11–October 30 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $160
Come paint and problem shoot your paintings in a comfortable, laid back setting. Tracy will help you find your way when you are stuck, using the elements of design and tried and true ways to “build” a painting! All levels welcome. Many surprises arise when groups paint together, so join us! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Painting BASICS and BEYOND!Tracy Budd
8 classes: Mondays, September 11–October 30 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $185
Learn the magical qualities of acrylics and water media in this informative class. Tracy will demo weekly and composition, value, color and texture will be some of the many “problems “ of painting that will be explored. Painting on gessoed paper and canvas, students will be amazed at the versatility of this medium. Come join the fun! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Painting–Independent StudyJane Winders Frank
10 classes: Thursdays, September 14–November 16 • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. • $190
A class for creating new paintings and resolving painting problems. Students set their own goals and work at their own pace. Jane presents new materials and shares techniques from art magazines and art history. You receive guidance as you work on your paintings. This is a watermedia class; add mixed media as desired. Bring basic painting supplies to first class. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Experimental WatermediaVera Dickerson
8 classes: Tuesdays, September 19 – November 28 (skip 9/26 & 11/21) • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., OR Thursdays, September 21–November 30 (skip 9/28 & 11/23) • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $190 includes the model fee for the first week
This session will include ideas for incorporating drawing into our paintings. This can be directly on the surface, or collaged drawings from your stash and from the first class meeting. The first class will be a drawing session with a model (September 19 or 21). You may also use drawings of images of your choice.

We will discuss composition, the flat space of color blocks and overdrawing shapes, technical considerations, surfaces for collage, collage materials used with paint and setting a dominant theme. Demos and critiques. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button


Monday ART FREE PLAYGina Louthian-Stanley
5 classes: Mondays, October 16, 23, 30, and November 6, 13 • 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. • $125.00
Mixed media and collage are about freedom of expression and ‘play’. This class will look at different approaches to each with painting, drawing, incorporating ephemera, and found or recycled materials. We will experiment with collage and a variety of mixed materials (Gina will have some to share), using both abstract and figurative imagery. The focus will be on beginning with a few exercises, and then working to develop your own personal visual language. All levels welcome! Click Here to contact Gina for a short material list and with questions. This Class is Full


Cold Wax Alchemy and Open StudioGina Louthian-Stanley
2 days: Saturday October 7 and 8 • 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. • $200
Cold wax oil painting mediums create luminous, glowing surfaces, capable of fine detail and subtlety, without the use of heat. We will look at actual examples of various working methods, and create original pieces and explore surfaces and effects possible with the cold wax medium. We’ll use it as a surface treatment to create completed paintings, collages, and incorporate mixed media (including copied photos), by adding wax with various ‘found’ tools. All skill levels would benefit from this class, especially beginners. Click Here to contact Gina for a short material list and with questions.register_button


Decorating Gift TagsJane Winders Frank
1 class: Thursday, November 30 • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • $45 • Bring $3.00 supply fee payable to Jane.
If you have looked at Somerset Studio magazine you have seen gift tags used in interesting ways to enhance art work. This workshop will use watermedia and collage, if desired, to create beautiful tags for actual gifts and/or for use in an art piece. Bring watermedia, basic painting supplies and collage papers. If you are adding collage bring matte medium as well. Jane will supply the tags. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Nuno FeltingAnnie Armistead
1 class: Friday, October 27 • 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. • $60
Starting with hand dyed silk, you will learn the wet felting technique using mohair and alpaca fibers. We will also incorporate lots of fun textures to create a unique beautiful scarf. Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button

Intro to Precious Metal ClayAnnie Armistead
1 class: Saturday, October 28 • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $125
Learn all the basics of working with precious metal clay, including, sculpting, texturing, carving, sanding, firing and polishing. All materials included and no experience needed! Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button

Precious Metal Clay RingsAnnie Armistead
1 class: Saturday, November 4 (Pick up on Sunday, November 5) • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • $75
Using silver metal clay, learn basic metal clay techniques to make your own silver ring. All materials included and no experience needed! Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button

Sterling Silver Chandelier EarringsAnnie Armistead
1 class: Sunday, October 29 • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. • $40
In this two hour workshop, make your very own chandelier earrings using sterling silver wire, chain and semi-precious stones. Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button

Sculpting Bronze Clay for JewleryAnnie Armistead
1 class: Sunday, November 5 (Pick up after November 7) • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • $65
Incorporating the same techniques used for silver metal clay, without the cost of fine silver, you will learn to sculpt with bronze clay to make your own piece of wearable art. All materials included and no experience needed! Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button

FREE! Art Videos at The Studio School
Come join us for our DVD series at school on the third Friday of each month. We see artist’s share their techniques and advice, famous artists and their place in art history and other topics to enrich our own art journey. This is free to our students and members of The Easel Society. DVDs are shown at 10 a.m. Jane will notify you of any schedule changes by email. Click Here to contact Jane Winders Frank to be added to the email list or to ask any questions.

Holiday Spirit……Come for the art and the good company……
Tuesday, December 5 • 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Join Studio School Faculty members for a holiday themed morning of creativity.
Supply list to follow when Fall classes begin.
Free to Easel members. Others – $15