Fall 2018


If you are new to The Studio School or haven’t taken classes in while, we think you’ll love our larger, more accessible space at Towers Shopping Center in Roanoke! Our new location is on the upper level in the inside mall—just steps away from the Wildflower Restaurant. Long-time Roanokers may remember this space as the former Rams Head Bookstore.

We’re excited about this new phase in our 27+ year history. Our new space is large and well-lit, and it has given us the ability to add two additional instructors to our fall classes: Patti Kapral and Bonnie Burt. Class enrollments are increasing and we look forward to welcoming new faces to our mix of students. As always, all levels are welcome!

We encourage you to enroll early—online if possible, but snail mail works too! Either way, we hope you’ll engage your creative spirit and “FIND YOUR JOY” WITH US!

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
Bonnie D Burt • Contact • 540-520-4749
Vera M. Dickerson • Contact • 992-6585
Jane Winders Frank • Contact • 345-3759
Patti Kapral • Contact • 815-2214
Robin Poteet • Contact • 384-5022
Gina Louthian-Stanley • Contact • 761-1414

You can contact us by phone at 540-206-2209. Some classes fill quickly so reserve your space by registering early.

If an instructor needs to cancel or change a class, they will contact you via email (or phone if you do not provided an email address)

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 helping 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 Classes for Children & Teens

2D Art for Homeschool Students—(homeschool age children)–with Patti Kapral
8 classes: Wednesdays, Sept. 5 – Oct. 24 • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. • $180 – all supplies are included (students should bring a sketchbook and a smock/old shirt)
Are you looking for the perfect art curriculum for homeschooled students? Look no further! Elements of Art will be covered in a fun and informative way each week through the use of drawing, painting, collage, and other 2D ways of personal expression. Some supplies will be covered, and a supply list will be shared with students/parents once registered. Click Here to contact Patti with questions.register_button

Oil Pastel Techniques—(teens and adults)–with Patti Kapral
8 classes: Thursday evenings, Sept. 6–Oct. 25 • 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. • $190–all supplies are included to help you get started with this new class!
Perfect for both the beginner and advanced artist, this class will focus on different techniques for blending oil pastels, as well as other effects and techniques. Proper fixation and display of oil pastels will also be covered. Class information and any additional suggested supplies will be shared with students once registered. Click Here to contact Patti with questions.register_button

For Ages 8–14. Mixed Media Explorations in Art On Saturday–with Gina Louthian-Stanley
4 classes: Saturdays: Sept. 29–Oct. 20 • 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. • $100 – $25.00 Materials fee payable to Gina at the first class
*Please Register by September 8
Different methods and materials will be taught each week 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 Messy Mixed Media 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. Ages 8-14. Click Here to contact Gina with questions.register_button

Fall Adult Classes


Three Day Drawing Perspective Class–with Tracy Budd
3 classes: Tuesdays, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $85
Learn how to make your drawings and paintings make sense in this crash course on perspective. It’s all about how to make your drawings and paintings work in the picture plane and recede in space. We will explore the different types of perspective and finally unlock the mystery! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Drawing–with Bonnie D Burt
8 classes: Mondays, Sept. 17–Nov. 5 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $200
Make your mark! This course is designed to develop the fundamentals of drawing through various approaches, techniques and media. Great for beginners and artists who want to hone in on their skills. Emphasis will be on training the hand to do what the eye sees! Click Here to contact Bonnie for supplies needed.register_button



Oil Pastel Techniques–with Patti Kapral
8 classes: Thursday evenings, Sept. 6–Oct. 25 • 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. • $190 – all supplies are included to help you get started with this new class!
Both teens AND adults are welcome.
Perfect for both the beginner and advanced artist, this class will focus on different techniques for blending oil pastels, as well as other effects and techniques. Proper fixation and display of oil pastels will also be covered. Class information and any additional suggested supplies will be shared with students once registered. Click Here to contact Patti with questions.register_button

Studying the Masters in Oil–with Judy Bates
8 Classes: Wednesdays, September 12 • October 31 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $200–plus $10 supply fee payable to Judy at the first class
Be inspired by and learn from the French master Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) by closely studying and painting his Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit, c. 1900. We will study his techniques of paint application and color choices as he constructed weight and form in his paintings. You will be provided an image of his painting that you will trace and transfer to your canvas. We will delve into the practical application of color theory as we study and apply his color choices to achieve certain effects, and that will enrich your future paintings as you gain skills to apply to your own future work. For painters with some experience to more advanced painters. Please contact Judy at judybatesstudio@aol.com upon registration for a materials list. Click Here to contact Judy upon registration for a materials list. There is a $10 fee payable to Judy at first class for master copy and tracing materials.register_button


The Definitive “HOW TO” Class on Watercolor–with Robin Poteet
7 classes: Wednesdays, Oct. 17–Dec. 5 (no class Thanksgiving Week, Nov 21) • Morning class: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • Afternoon class: 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $180 Both classes are full
No matter how long we’ve painted, there are things we forget or overlook. This class is for all levels, from inquisitive beginners to seasoned painters. Together, we’ll dive into the magical qualities of watercolor. Brushwork, allowing colors to mingle on the paper, water/paint ratio, color mixing, lifting, glazing, fixing, … this class focuses on many of the “how to’s” that will lead you to brighter, more engaging paintings.We’ll discuss everything from composition to the final 5 minutes of a painting. We’ll also discuss how to work your way through the stages where you think “all is lost” It will take 7 weeks to touch on all of these subjects, so replace the dried up paints in your palette wells and prepare for more vibrant, energetic paintings. This will be a fun, educational class that will renew your love of watercolor while expanding your approach. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.

Study the Watercolor Magic of Winslow Homer–with Judy Bates
2 classes: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16–17 (deadline for registration is October 31) • 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. both days • $95–plus $10 copy and supply fee to Judy
By studying and copying one of Winslow Homer’s masterful watercolors, you will unlock the magic of his techniques and use of color that may be applied to your future work. You will gain an understanding of his approach to creating luminous color that ranges from his most transparent passages to his deepest saturated darks that were applied quite heavily. Homer took great liberties with his paper, incising and/or ripping off the top layer in places to recapture the pure white of an already painted area. We will re-create his watercolor Sea Kettle, Bermuda 1899 by tracing and copying in order to study glazing and impasto techniques, mixing techniques on the palette, and wet-in-wet, as well as masking and techniques. There will be 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. A master copy, tracing and graphite paper are provided. Suitable for painters with some experience to more experienced painters. There is a $10 master copy and materials fee payable to Judy at first class. Click Here to contact Judy upon registration for a materials list.register_button

-Water Media-

Open Studio–with Tracy Budd
10 classes: Mondays, Sept. 17–Nov. 19 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $200
Come paint in acrylics in an open environment where we learn from each other and paint, paint, PAINT! Tracy gives you guidance and helps you work through the problem solving of painting. Lots of painting time and individual critique. Come join the fun and if you wish stay for Tracy’s afternoon class! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Painting Basics and Beyond–with Tracy Budd
10 classes: Mondays, Sept. 17–Nov. 19 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $245
Learn the “basics” of watermedia painting while being introduced to the “beyond” of acrylic painting. Tracy will teach the wonderful world of acrylics by demoing weekly and showing how they can be used like watercolor and like oil in the same painting! Layering is key in the acrylic process. We will explore making our own stamps and stencils. Emphasis on composition, color, value and texture making. Come join the fun! All levels. Click Hereto contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Painting—Independent Study–with Jane Winders Frank
8 classes: Thursday, Sept. 13–Nov. 1 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $200
Bring ideas for new paintings and complete unfinished work with guidance from Jane. Set your own goals and work at your own speed. Gain inspiration from art magazines, art history and new materials presented at beginning of class. Bring watermedia painting supplies to first class. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Painting in a Series–with Tracy Budd
5 classes: Tuesdays Oct. 16–Nov. 13 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $130
Working in a series can teach us so much about our color, composition, and subject choices. Building from each one to the next, our creativity will take hold and we will gain a serious love and respect for our “subject”. We ask the question of “how else can I say this” and explore the ways to achieve this. Using acrylics, mediums and some collage, our painting will take on a new focus! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Experimental Water Media–with Vera Dickerson
7 classes: Tues. Oct. 16–Dec. 4, same class Thurs. Oct. 18 – Dec. 6 (no class Thanksgiving week) • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $175
Understanding how we compose a painting is fundamental to the creation of a strong work of art. We will focus on division of space, families of form, angles, simplifying and creating a cohesive arrangement which has an expressive nature. Regardless of subject, realistic to non-objective, this is a basis for all art, so bring your choice of subject matter and learn how to make a painting which goes beyond the photo image. Acrylics and your choice of support. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Get Your Feet Wet With Acrylics–with Tracy Budd
1 class: Tuesday, Dec. 4 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $65
Tracy offers this popular class again to let students “get their feet wet” with acrylic painting without buying or bringing a thing to class! Tracy will supply everything and all you have to bring is an open mind! You’ll be hooked after one class! Class size limited. Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button


Clayboard Workshop–with Jane Winders Frank
Thursday, November 8 • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • $55–plus, panel fee payable to Jane
Explore the possibilities with Ampersand Clayboard. These boards are coated with a smooth absorbent Kaolin clay ground which is perfect for use with acrylics. The surface can be scratched into for interesting effects. We will use 8” x 8” boards with a 2” cradle. They will be ready for hanging and make great gifts. $15 per panel, payable to Jane. Bring acrylic painting supplies to first class. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

-Mixed Media and Printmaking-

Mystical Mixed Media Mash-Up–with Gina Louthian-Stanley
1 class, Saturday Oct. 27 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $95
This is a great way to create enchanting, mystical mixed media pieces! The Wabi-Sabi aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Embrace the flow of something beautiful during the class. Excellent class for beginners or learn a new way to break that creative funk! Collage papers, permanent pens, various inks and acrylics will be shared with the class. Bring four cradled wood boards 8 x 8 – 1.5” to 2” deep, scissors, and one small bottle of Liquatex gel medium matt. (It’s suggested that you also bring natural fiber decorative papers, vintage papers, ephemera, patterned paper, handwritten paper, laser copies… your choice! You can never have enough paper!) A lunch break will be included. Click Here to contact Gina with questions.register_button

Printmaking Lino-Cut (Part 1)–with Gina Louthian-Stanley
2 classes, Mondays, Nov. 5 & 12 • 5:30–7:30 p.m. • $95 (materials included)
Using relief printing techniques, learn how to create a linocut relief print by creating an initial drawing, then transferring and carving it onto a linoleum block to be printed. Relief printing is the process of carving away material on a flat surface. The remaining surface is then “rolled” with ink and pressed onto paper to make a final print. Students will get two blocks to carve for creating their own hand carved linocut relief print, 10 sheets of printing paper, two blank greeting cards with envelopes, use of inks and use of tools. (*More paper and lino blocks available for purchase. (Part 2 will be in the Winter Session, featuring Geli-plate Printing) Click Here to contact Gina with questions.register_button

Contemporary Shrines with Image Transfers–with Gina Louthian-Stanley
3 classes: Mondays, Dec. 3, 10, 17 • 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. • $90.00

Most people immediately connect the word “shrine’ with something either religious or contemplative. For this class, a shrine is a self-contained expression of a single thought or theme. (Family, pet, or even a thought or idea.) That’s a pretty broad definition that leaves the door open for a variety of interpretations. Choose a favorite family member, pet or animal, or object and lift them to a place of honor using mixed media and collage. Participants will work on pre-gessoed, cradled wooden panels. We will focus on several types of image transfers of your chosen subject and will place their image-transferred subject on the panel(s). Once transferred, you can create an interesting surface and visual frame, and using your own watercolors, acrylics, stencils, stamps, and collage materials etc. Gina will provide some acrylic paints, brushes, texturing materials, metallic powders, glues, and transfer materials. Participants need to bring a pre-gessoed, cradled wooden panel (Any size 8”x10” or under.) and several laser copies of preferred images. Click Here to contact Gina for materials list.register_button

And More…

Studio School DVD Series–with Jane Winders Frank
Scheduled dates are Fri., October 19 & November 16 • 10:00 a.m. • Participation is free.
Join Jane to view demonstrations by well known artists or a glimpse into art history. DVD’s are shown at 10:00 a.m. Jane will announce upcoming programs by email. Click Here to contact Jane and let her know if you want to be added to the list.

Stay Tuned!…
The Studio School is making plans for an indoor art show at Towers in early November. This event is truly for YOU—our students and friends, and we want it to be a great success! Your support, be it financial or physical, will help make this happen. We’ll have an email contact address and more details available soon.

The 39th Virginia Watercolor Society Exhibition will be on display at Roanoke College’s Olin Hall Galleries in Salem, September 7 thru October 7. Who knows, some of your fellow Studio School artists and friends may have a painting accepted in this highly competitive show! There is absolutely no doubt that this will be a fabulous display of some of the best art being produced in Virginia. Contact Roanoke College for exhibition hours.