Spring 2018


We are moving!

The Studio School is moving to a larger, brighter, more visible space on the upper level of Towers Shopping Center. Our new location is inside the mall area, just steps away from The Wildflower Restaurant. You may remember it as the Rams Head bookstore.

We’re excited about the new opportunities and classes we’ll be able to offer the community and hope to see you in our Spring Session, beginning the first week of April!

Stay tuned to our Blog

See you there,
your Studio School Instructors

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 • 556-8770
Vera M. Dickerson • Contact • 992-6585
Jane Winders Frank • Contact • 345-3759
Robin Poteet • Contact • 384-5022
Gina Louthian-Stanley • Contact • 761-1414

Until we get our new phone system up and running, please contact the individual instructors above with questions. 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 Spring Registration Form (form will open in an new window or tab).

Spring Adult Classes

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


For the ♥ of Drawing… with Tracy Budd
6 classes: Tuesdays, April 10–May 22 (no class on April 24) • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $170
Drawing is an important discipline that will help you on your journey as an artist. We will work on the different types of drawing with weekly projects. Line, value, shading and perspective will be discussed. Sharpen your pencils and join in on the fun! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button



Study the Methods of the Masters in Oil with Judy Bates
8 classes: Wednesdays, April 4–May 23 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $200 plus $10.00 copy and material fee paid to Judy at first class
Study the methods of the Dutch masters in creating glowing fruit in Delft porcelain while copying a detail from a Pieter Claesz painting from our own National Gallery of Art. This jewel is one of my favorites to visit while in D.C.

We will study the masters’ methods of sequential layering of paint while gaining a deeper understanding of paint application and glazing techniques as well as the practical use of color theory. Judy demonstrates each step of the process along with lots of individual instruction.

This is a wonderful accelerated way to learn! A color copy of the painting will be provided along with tracing and transfer paper. For beginners with some experience to more advanced painters. Supply list provided upon registration. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button

Techniques in Oil for the Beginner with Judy Bates
6 classes: Fridays, April 13–May 18 • 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. • $150
This introductory course in oil will familiarize you with the basics of materials, setting up your palette and learning techniques in paint application i.e. brush work, blending and making textures; mixing beautiful color and creating dramatic shadows while learning about light and its effects on all forms.

In this relaxed class that is chocked full of demonstrations and individual attention from Judy, you will dive right in and learn the tools of the trade by “doing” in preparation for making beautiful paintings that are uniquely your own expression. Materials list provided upon registration. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button


Continuing Watercolor: Rejuvenate! with Robin Poteet
5 classes: Wednesdays April 4–May 2 • Morning Session: 9:30–12:30 • Afternoon Session: 1:00–4:00 • $125
Rev up your motivation and inspiration for painting as we head to our new location at Towers! We’ll explore watercolor’s mystery and beauty while we study other artist’s work and expand on our own. Robin will start each class with a discussion and demo—be it figure, landscape, architecture or florals followed by ample time for students to paint with individual attention from whatever photos they’ve brought to class.

The atmosphere is relaxed and those with basic watercolor experience and beyond are invited to join. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

2-Day Intensive Watercolor Figure/Portrait Class with Robin Poteet
2 classes: Friday and Saturday • April 13 & 14 • Friday: 9:30–2:00 • Saturday: 9:30–12:30 • $75
It’s been a while since we’ve delved into watercolor figure / portraits, so now’s the time to join in as a new student or to renew your skills! You’ll learn the “big blur” and the “big scary thing”, along practical skills such as mixing realistic skin tones, applying details and editing out the rest.
Students should bring clear, preferably 8×10 images to work from, in b/w or color. Historic photos are fine! The goal is to work large and paint a full or 3/4 figure Day ONE and a portrait Day TWO. Capturing personality and gesture will be stressed over managing a likeness. Being able to focus on painting two days in a row can be a true joy and will let you accomplish a great deal in a short amount of time. Take advantage of it! Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button


Experimental Water Media: A Season of Color with Vera Dickerson
5 classes: Tuesdays, April 3–May 1, same class Thursdays, April 5–May 3 • 1:00–4:00 p.m. • $125
Using your personal favorite colors, we will look at Colorist painters and color theory to help you build a palette of contrasts and complements. Understanding color relations brings excitement and emotional spirit to your art. Add the boost of changing value relations to create a focus and support your subject. Acrylics on a variety of surfaces. Demos and a critique. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Painting–Independent Study with Jane Winders Frank
8 classes: Thursdays, April 5–May 24 • 9:00 a.m.– noon • $200
Bring old paintings to rework or start new ones and leave with exciting results.

Jane presents art history, magazine articles, and demos new materials. Students set their own goals and get assistance from Jane.

This class has a relaxed atmosphere for serious painting. Bring watermedia painting supplies to first class. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Open studios with Tracy Budd
8 classes: Mondays, April 9–June 4 (no class on April 23) • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $180
Paint.. Paint..Paint … with a supportive group of artists! Tracy will help you decide on what to do next, figure out a “block” you may have, help you decide on a direction for your painting and help you decide when you are finished! Weekly critiques in a relaxed atmosphere. Lots of painting time! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Painting Basics and Beyond with Tracy Budd
8 classes: Monday, April 9–June 4 (No class on April 23) • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $200
Spring has sprung so let’s celebrate it with paint! Using layered acrylics, we will concentrate on spring subjects in a vibrant color way. Think butterflies, birds, and bees! It’s fun to shake up our color choices and explore the different color combinations we can come up with. We will explore under paintings, texture and color. Weekly demos and critiques! Come join the fun! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Tiny Landscapes with Tracy Budd
One class, Tuesday, June 5 • 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. • $55
Pack up your acrylics and come paint tiny! We will do three small, acrylic, landscapes focusing on atmosphere, simplified format , texture and color! Lots of layering, scraping, texture making will give us our desired atmospheric effects! Great exercises for creating larger paintings later. Start collecting your photos now! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button





Join Annie’s After School Classes for Teens (Adults Welcome, too)
Contact Annie if you can only take one or two of the classes.

3 classes: Thursdays, April 19, 26 and May 3 • 4:00 p.m.–6 p.m. • All materials included • $120
Come to Annie’s classes and learn to make the jewelry you see in fashion magazines. Annie provides all materials, including high-quality sterling and semiprecious stones, (if you’d like, bring charms or denim to week two).
Space is limited so be sure to sign up early!

Here’s what you’ll create:

  • Week One: April 19. Sterling Silver Chandelier Earrings. In this two-hour workshop, make your very own chandelier earrings using sterling silver wire, chain and semi-precious stones. All materials included
  • Week Two: April 26. Denim Wrap Bracelets. Choose from a plethora of beads and charms, or bring your own, to create a unique denim wrap charm bracelet. All materials included.
  • Week Three: May 3. Copper Chain Bracelet with Stamped Bar. Learn the basic metal smithing techniques of making chain links and metal stamping. In this workshop, you will create a personalized stamped bar to be the focal point of your handmade chain bracelet. All materials included.

Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button


Join Annie’s classes to learn how to design and sculpt one-of-a-kind, fine quality silver jewelry. All materials are included. Class size is limited, so register early.

Intro to Precious Metal Clay with Annie Armistead
One Class: Thursday, April 19 • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • All materials included • $135
Learn all the basics of working with precious metal clay, including, sculpting, texturing, carving, sanding, firing and polishing. No experience needed! Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button

Precious Metal Clay Rings with Annie Armistead
One Class: Thursday, May 3 • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • All materials included • $85
Using silver metal clay, learn basic metal clay techniques to make your own silver ring. All materials included and no experience needed! Due to the long firing process your ring will be mailed to you or available for pick up the next day. Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button


Sculpting Bronze Clay for Jewelry with Annie Armistead
One Class: Thursday, May 10 • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • All materials included • $85
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! Due to the long firing process, your piece
will be mailed to you or available for pick up the next day.Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button