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 Summer Registration Form (form will open in an new window or tab).

Children’s Classes

4 Saturdays • August, 5, 12, 19, and 26 • 9:30 – 11:00 am • $100.00 for all 4 classes • Pre-register by July 29th for $5.00 off • CLOSED
Different methods and materials will be taught each day in projects that encourage children to express themselves, to make independent choices and evaluations of their work, to develop fine motor skills in age-appropriate ways, and to approach their art-making with a sense of fun and appreciation of art.

Each session of Exploration is different, but frequent activities will include activities working from still life, photographs, images from art history and/or independent themes and ideas, students will be introduced to specific drawing and painting fundamentals and techniques. These include line drawing, value, shape, pattern, texture, shading, highlighting, color perspective and collage. While experimenting with an exciting variety of artist’s tools, media and techniques, students will learn to explore and trust their creative instincts.

Students will need to purchase, drawing pencils, kneaded eraser, acrylic/watercolor paint, and a brush pack. (Sets can be purchased at AC Moore or Michaels. Gina will furnish papers, canvas boards and additional materials.) Click Here to contact Gina with questions. Classes are CLOSED


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

Yupo and Texturing MaterialsVera Dickerson
3 classes: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday • June 5, 7, and 9 • 9:30–12:30 • $85
Work on this smooth plastic synthetic paper with acrylic sprays and texturing materials. Then, when we have an interesting surface we will develop this into acrylic paintings using subjects of your choice. Re-quest an email supply list when you enroll. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Channeling Mary Todd–Limited PaletteJane Winders Frank
2 classes: Tuesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 8 • 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $75
Guided by artist Mary Todd Beam’s workshops, we will explore the color challenge of painting with three pigments; adding black and/or white gesso to change the color. Bring photo reference of your choice, if desired. The limited palette helps you create a very cohesive painting. Work will be on paper with acrylic. Jane will email a supply list to students. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Underwater Landscapes in WatercolorRobin Poteet
Robin Poteet’s June 14-16 Underwater Landscapes in Watercolor class is cancelled due to ankle surgery.
Please Click Here to contact Robin with questions.



Watercolor Tips & Techniques for Creating Special Effects!Robin Poteet
Robin Poteet’s Watercolor Tips & Techniques for Creating Special Effects class is cancelled due to ankle surgery. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.

Summer Still LifeJane Winders Frank
3 classes: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday • July 12–14 • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. • $85
This class begins with instruction on abstracting still life objects and creating dynamic, energetic paintings. Add the vivid colors of summer and the paintings reflect the warm feel of the season. We will work on paper with acrylic paint. Jane will email a supply list to students. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Still Life Painting in Oil from a Photographic Reference
Judy Bates
4 classes: Tuesday–Friday • July 18–21 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $100
Work from your own still life photograph as well as the objects contained in that image. It is important to see your photo as a reference and to also have the actual still life set-up in front of you for further reference and interpretation as you create magic with color, light and value. Demonstrations and discussions on color theory and individual instruction from Judy will guide you along the way as we paint using the direct approach to oil painting. This fun and relaxed class is geared towards those who have some experience in oil to more experienced painters. It is also helpful, but not required, to have taken Judy’s Composing, Lighting and Photographing the Still Life. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button

Tiny Textured Landscapes
Tracy Budd
Monday • July 24 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $60
Working in acrylics, we will texture 3 small canvases with different acrylic, texture making mediums and create small , spontaneous, landscapes… less is more and letting the texture tell the story! Have some summer fun and come PAINT! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Composing, Lighting and Photographing a Still Life for your Paintings
Judy Bates
1 class: Friday • July 14 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $50
In preparation for painting a still life using your own photograph as a reference, learn to choose and arrange your objects to create dynamic and lively compositions that are anything but “still.” Bring 5-6 objects along with your digital camera or iPad. Any digital camera that will take a good close-up is fine. In depth discussions on composition and the importance of light, with a focus on scale, light patterns, color and value as important compositional devices.

Composing a still life takes a lot of thought and energy but it is exciting and is my favorite part of the painting process. Lighting and backboards are provided. The image produced in this class is one that could be used in my still life class in oil or watercolor the following week from Tuesday – Friday July 18-21, however, attending that class is optional. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button


Nature + Paint + Bits and BobsRobin Poteet
Robin Poteet’s Nature + Paint + Bits and Bobs class is cancelled due to ankle surgery. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.



Portrait Painting
Vera Dickerson
4 classes: Tuesday, Thursday • August 8, 10, 15, 17 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $110
Work from your photos to produce a likeness and personality in your portrait painting. Demos explaining progress from photo to drawing to painting, as well as color choices and value transitions, will help give a painting life. Oils, acrylics or chalk pastels. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Paint Yourself….. Self Portrait Class!Tracy Budd
3 classes: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday • August 7, 8, and 9 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $85
No better way to learn about painting a face than to paint your own! The face we know the best is our own. We will spend time drawing, designing, and painting our true selves! Working from our own photos … let’s have fun! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Explore Unprimed Canvas
Jane Winders Frank
2 classes: Wednesday • August 9 and Friday, August 11 • 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $75
Unprimed canvas is a wonderful surface to experiment with staining effects, splashing paint and having a great time. Jane will provide several sizes of canvas to each student. Since the canvas is not sized with gesso, the paint penetrates the fibers of the canvas and creates wonderful imagery, with lots of soft edges. Jane will email a supply list to students. A $10 fee for the canvas, payable to Jane, is due at the first class. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Gluing and Varnishing a Watercolor in order to frame without glassJudy Bates
Friday, August 18 • 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. • $65
Learn to glue and varnish your watercolors so that they do not require the protection of glass when framed. In this class you will prepare two surfaces. On one surface you will glue your plain unpainted watercolor paper to an archival support in preparation for later painting. For the second support, please bring a small completed watercolor painting with at least a 1” unpainted paper border all around for gluing to your support and continuing with the sealing and varnishing techniques required for finishing and protecting. A materials list is provided upon registration. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button

Study the Magic of John Singer Sargent in WatercolorJudy Bates
3 classes: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday • August 7, 8, and 9 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $85
Study and copy a John Singer Sargent watercolor to gain an understanding of his approach to creating luminous color that ranges from his most transparent passages to his deepest saturated darks. Students will recreate a Sargent by tracing and copying one of his masterful watercolors as we study glazing techniques, mixing techniques on the palette and wet in wet, as well as masking and reserve techniques.

There is a strong emphasis on color theory and the use of the color wheel with demonstrations by Judy throughout the process and exercises on making intentional and successful color choices. Unlock the magic of Sargent’s techniques and use of color that you can apply to your next painting. A master copy, tracing and graphite paper are provided. Suitable for beginners with some experience to more experienced painters. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button

Get Your Feet Wet With AcrylicsTracy Budd
Monday • August 28 • 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. • $85
Ever wonder if you would enjoy acrylics or want to know more about all they can do? This is the class for you. Come find out what a fun medium acrylics can be…. risk free! Tracy will supply all the paint, brushes, papers and special mediums you will need to enjoy this exciting medium! All you do is show up and be ready to paint! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button