Spring 2020


Winner of the 2019 Perry F. Kendig Award,
Arts & Cultural Organization

Welcome to The Studio School in Roanoke, VA. We are a non-profit art organization with a 30 year history of offering creative classes for all ages and all levels of expertise. Some of our “students” had an interest in art in their teens, then family and career took over—others are discovering art for the first time. Whatever your reason, we offer many classes to spark your imagination.

Our classes generally meet once a week for 8 – 10 weeks. Short, 1–3 session classes are also often available. We have 7 instructors with specialties in oil, acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel, encaustic, drawing and mixed media. All are seasoned professionals and are respected not just as artists, but as caring, articulate educators.

We are located on the upper level of Towers Shopping Center in Roanoke—inside the mall area just steps away from the Wildflower Restaurant. Studio School classes are informal, fun and inspiring and we invite you to “find your joy with us!”

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
Judy Bates • Contact • 312-1273
Tracy Budd • Contact • 556-8770
Vera M. Dickerson • Contact • 992-6585
Jane Winders Frank • Contact • 580-6866
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.

Weather and Class Cancellations
Cancellations are up to individual instructors, but in general, we follow the Roanoke City Schools weather policy. If city school classes are cancelled for the day, we cancel our day and evening classes. If City Schools operate on a one or two hour delay, morning classes may be cancelled—your instructor will contact you via email.

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

Adult Classes

Oil Painting

Open Studios in Oilwith Judy Bates
8 classes: Wednesday Afternoons • March 18–May 6 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $230
This open studio class in oil is ideal for brushing up on your skills and taking your paintings to the next level while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow oil painters. Participants work individually on their choice of subject-matter, so bring something you’re working on or start something new. Whatever your method or subject-matter is–bring it on! You will receive guidance on color mixing and creating dynamic compositions along with lively group discussions and sharing of ideas on techniques, materials and mediums. Have specific questions or challenges? Just ask and we will find a solution. This class is suitable for painters with some experience in oil to more experienced painters. Click Here to contact Judy with questions. register_button


Exploring Watercolorwith Robin Poteet
7 classes: Wednesday Mornings • March 11–April 29 (no class April 1st) • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • Also offered Wednesday afternoons 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. same dates. • $200
Robin’s Wednesday sessions are fun and informative, and are filled with ways to improve your technical skills and your creative thinking. Bring the subjects you’d like to paint and Robin will help guide you through the painting process. Learn how to create interesting backgrounds, be daring with color, turn any subject into a great painting, improve your brushwork, create whites without using white paint… and on and on! Demos, discussions, critiques and plenty of painting time with individual attention. Click Here to contact Robin with questions. register_button


Open Studioswith Tracy Budd
10 classes: Mondays March 16–May 18 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $260
Painting together is a pleasure and sharing our art journeys a blessing! Come paint , draw and create with an enthusiastic group of artists. Critiquing and sharing makes this class work and Tracy will meet you right where you are with your projects and help you problem solve! Stay for her afternoon class if you’d like a full day of painting! Acrylic, oil, drawing and mixed media welcome. Join the fun! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

It’s In The Layers–Acrylic Painting (Painting Basics and Beyond)with Tracy Budd
10 classes: Mondays, March 16–May 18 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $280
Acrylics are the most remarkable medium to work in layers. Starting like watercolorists with transparent paint, we will work many layers ending up with heavier oil-like application. The textures, colors and shapes found in the layers makes for very beautiful, sophisticated surfaces. Come explore this “ oh so versatile “ medium. Tracy will help you problem solve your paintings with value, color, design, and texture and explore your own vision of painting ideas, whether a beginner or a seasoned painter. Demos weekly. Click Here to contact Tracy for a supply list.register_button

Mixing Greens and Other Spring Colorswith Vera Dickerson
7 classes: Tuesday sessions, March 17–May 5; Thursday sessions, March 19–May 7 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $230
Taking our cue from the fresh colors of the season, learn which yellows, blues and other colors can be used to express this new growth and blossom. Though landscape and floral come to mind, this palette also works for any other subject matter, giving it a bright, upbeat mood. We will take a look at Impressionists and Post-Impressionists and their color and brush work choices, as well as other plein air painters, and their color ways. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Painting–Independent Studywith Jane Winders Frank
8 classes: Thursdays, March 19–May 7 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $230
Renew your creativity and bring fresh ideas for new paintings or seek solutions for painting problems. Jane begins each class with information on new materials, art magazines, and art history to help generate ideas. She helps you set goals and work through the stages of your painting. Bring watermedia supplies to first class. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Mixed Media

Printmaking–Geli-Printwith Gina Louthian-Stanley
2 classes: Mondays, March 9, 16 • 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. • (Geli plates, brayers, card stock, and deli paper provided.) • $100
Come learn the basics of Printmaking! Enjoy demos, use the Elements and Principals of Art to create prints, and explore making your own colorful designed monoprints, papers, and more using various provided papers and tools. Gina will show you a variety of ways, and discuss how to display them. Bring your stamps, stencils, etc, for texturing, acrylic paints, and imagination! ALL levels welcome! Click Here to contact Gina with questions.register_button

Open Studio Class in Mixed Media and Collagewith Gina Louthian-Stanley CLOSED
4 classes: Mondays, March 23 and 30, April 6 and 13 • 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. • (includes some materials) • $150.00
This Open Studio Class in Mixed Media and Collage is ideal for cultivation your creative side! We will experiment with mixed media collage and a variety of ways and with a variety of materials (Gina will have some to share). Using the subject matter of your choice we will discuss processes, materials, and mediums. We will also look at composition and the Principals and Elements of Art. The focus is to begin each class with a few demos or exercises to stimulate the creative process, then to continue working to develop your own visual language. Gina is available to give individual input as needed. ALL levels are welcome! CALL/EMAIL GINA TO SCHEDULE AGAIN SOON.

And More…

Open Life Figure Drawing Sessions
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. • $10 per session
This monitored open studio is for artists 18+ who want to work from a clothed or nude model using their own media. If you are interested in these sessions please Click Here to contact Bonnie D Burt, or text (540) 520-4749 leaving your contact information. You will be notified as to the specific dates. These sessions will be weekdays 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. $10 per session.

DVDs at The Studio School
Please join Jane Frank for our free DVD series. Save the dates of Friday, March 20 and April 17. DVDs are shown at 10 a.m. at the school. An email will be sent to the mailing list ahead of time about the DVD to be shown. Usually, we see instructional videos by contemporary artists. Occasionally, we see one related to art history. Click Here to let Jane know if you would like to be added to the list. See you there.

Studio School Summer Workshopwith Joan FullertonIntuitive Acrylic and Collage
June 2–5 • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $420
Joan Fullerton, a Colorado artist, returns to The Studio School for an acrylic workshop. She is a dynamic, talented, and entertaining instructor. Registrations begin January 1. Deposit of $200 reserves your space in the workshop. Balance of $220 due by April 12.
WORKSHOP IS FULL. Please join the Easel Society to make sure you have first dibs on upcoming workshops!