Winter 2018



Throughout our 28 years of operation, The Studio School has provided an exceptional level of art education and exploration to thousands of art enthusiasts. We are thriving, energetic art organizations 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 Winter Registration Form (form will open in an new window or tab).

Winter Adult Classes

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


Study the Methods of the Masters in Oil Using Your Own Photographic Reference with Judy Bates
8 classes: Wednesdays, Jan. 10 – Feb. 28 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $190
Learning and applying the Masters methods of sequential layering of oils, work from your own still life photograph as well as the objects you used 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 lots of individual instruction from Judy will guide you along the way. 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 class. Materials list provided upon registration. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button


Watercolor Wednesdays with Robin Poteet
7 classes: Wednesdays, Jan. 10–Feb. 28 (no class Feb. 14) Morning session • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • Afternoon session 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $170
Analyzing other artists’ work is wonderful way to expand your own artistic journey. During the first few weeks of our winter session, we’ll study paintings by several artists that capture a sense of movement in their paintings, be it dancers, horse races, or the flutter of birds’ wings. Robin will email reference photos prior to the class, but students are, as always, free to work on any subject they’d like! In the latter part of our 7-week session we may move on to other subjects, as directed by the class. Robin’s teaching style is relaxed, yet informative and anyone with basic watercolor experience is welcome to join in! Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

Beginners—Lets Get Started! with Robin Poteet
5 classes: Saturdays, Jan. 13 – Feb. 10 • 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon • $210 this includes a complete, custom kit for you to keep after the class
It’s a new year—you could start it off with a diet and exercise—but an art class would be a lot more fun!! If you haven’t picked up a paint brush in 20, 30 or 40 years, this class is for you. Watercolor is the perfect learning medium—it’s portable, fast, and much more forgiving than you might think. We will delve into a variety of techniques and subjects through exercises and practice, starting with watercolor pencils, then working with tube paints. Robin provides everything you need for this class: high-quality paper, a set of watercolor pencils, paint, brushes and palette, plus reference photos for the first 3 weeks. Class size is limited to maximize individual attention. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button


Open Studios with Tracy Budd
8 classes: Monday, Jan. 8–Feb. 26 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $175
Lots of painting time in this “show up and paint” class on Monday mornings. Tracy will help you where you are with your work and help you with the problem solving strategies you need to work through the business of painting. Students learn from each other with spontaneous critiques, and creativity is abundant! This class can be a precursor to Tracy’s afternoon class, if you want a full day of art! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Painting Basics and Beyond with Tracy Budd
8 classes: Monday, Jan. 8–Feb. 26 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $195
Learn the basics while exploring the beyond of acrylics, the most versatile medium there is! Tracy will demo weekly and teach the basics of design, value, shape and color. Texture making in acrylics will be covered. Winter emphasis will be on painting life-like figures in your paintings or the landscape. Other subject matters will be explored as well. We will work from photos but will find ways to make them into paintings that do more than copy… hopefully telling a story. Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Painting Atmosphere and Edges with Vera Dickerson
8 classes: Tuesdays, Jan. 9–Feb. 27 same class Thursdays, Jan. 11–March 1 • 1:00–4:00 p.m. • $200
The way edges are defined in painting has a direct relation to understanding and creating visual space. It also creates mood and emotional impact. We will concentrate on making conscious decisions about what we want from our paintings and how to go about achieving this through understanding how to define edges, value shifts and color choices. Demos and critiques. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Painting—Independent Study with Jane Winders Frank
5 classes: Thursdays, Feb. 1 – March 1 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $95
Bring new ideas and old paintings in need of some help to this class and leave with some wonderful results. Jane shares material from art history, current magazines and demos new supplies. She guides you in your painting process with suggestions for better techniques and use of materials. Encouragement and joy are a big part of this class. Bring watermedia painting supplies to first class. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button


Monday ART FREE PLAY (Open Studio) with Gina Louthian-Stanley
5 classes: Mondays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, and Feb. 5 • 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. • $125.00
These sessions are about freedom of expression and ‘play’ in an open studio form. 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 based on the elements and principals of design and then working to develop your own personal visual language. All levels welcome! Click Here to contact Gina for a short materials list.register_button


Encaustic Introductory Beginner Workshop with Gina Louthian-Stanley
2 Days: Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18 • 10: 00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. • $225.00
Begin your wax journey with an Encaustic Introductory Beginner Workshop. You will be learning a variety of techniques including how to build layers, fuse, texture, stencil, embed objects, incise, transfer, collage and much more along with a working knowledge on how to melt and mix wax, a bit about the history of wax painting, a working knowledge of supplies and how to create your own workspace! Wax and tools included. You need to bring 4 – 8” x 8” gessoed cradled or birch panels. You might also like to bring special papers, leaves, laser prints, drawings, stencils, stamps, threads, pastels, Woodies, etc. if you have those. All levels welcome! Click Here to contact Gina with questions.register_button

Cold Wax and Oil Beginning and Open Studio with Gina Louthian-Stanley
4 classes: Mondays Feb. 26, and March 5, 12, 19 • 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. • $200.00
Come join us in the exploration and diversity of the cold wax medium used with oil paint, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and many more techniques. Learn the basics of using cold wax for a myriad of artistic pursuits. In the 2-day workshop we will learn various methods of using the cold wax. We will incorporate mixed media (including photographs), add wax with brushes and brayers, wipe on, scratch on, scratch off, and making textured patterns, to name a few of the elements of this versatile medium. Bring a bag lunch. Click Here to contact Gina for a short materials list or for questions.register_button


Intro to Precious Metal Clay with Annie Armistead
Jan. 6 • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $135.00
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 Rings with Annie Armistead
March 10 • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • $85.00
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. Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button

Sculpting Bronze Clay for Jewelry with Annie Armistead
Offered two dates: Jan. 27 and March 9 • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • $85.00
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

Stone Setting with Silver Precious Metal Clay with Annie Armistead
Feb. 3 & 4 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $250
In this 2 day workshop, you will learn two stone setting techniques using semi-precious stones, jeweler’s investment and bezel wire. Firing schedules, tools and equipment use will be covered. All materials are included. Precious metal clay experience is required. Click Here to contact Annie with questions.register_button


Composing, Lighting, Photographing and Editing a Still Life with Judy Bates
1 class: Friday Jan. 5 • 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 in a way that creates a dynamic and lively composition that is anything but “still.” Bring 5-6 objects and fabrics for shooting and editing in class. Any digital camera, iPad, Smartphone, tablet, etc., is fine. You will learn to light and create a strong and dynamic composition, with a focus on scale, light patterns, color and value as important compositional devices. We will also do some in-camera editing. Designing a still life takes a lot of thought and energy but it is exciting and is my favorite part of the creative process. Lighting and white backboards are provided. The image produced in this class is one that could be used in my 8-week oil class in the methods of the masters starting the following week—however, attending that class is optional. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button

Nuno Felting with Annie Armistead
Offered two dates: Jan. 5 and Jan. 26 • 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. • $60.00
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


FREE! Art Videos at The Studio School with Jane Frank
Feb. 16 and March 16 Videos begin at 10:00 a.m. on our new, flat screen TV!
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.