Spring/Summer 2021


Please consider making a donation to our school to help us weather this time. Any amount would be appreciated. We are a 501c3 non-profit.
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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.

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.


We are taking every precaution to keep our students and instructors safe and will continue to monitor safety regulations. We ask that ALL students and instructors wear a mask in class and that each student bring a disposable trash bag to use in place of our cloth table mats.We will provide hand sanitizer, and gloves for those who would like to use them.Tables will be spread out for safe distancing. If it is necessary for a class to be postponed or cancelled, your instructor will contact you regarding refunds or credits.

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

To leave a voice mail, call 540-206-2209 and leave your name, phone # and a brief message. Someone will return your call ASAP.

Visit us on Facebook at thestudioschoolroanoke.

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

Classes for Children & Teens

Young at Artwith Patti Kapral (mixed)
Ages 5-9 • Tuesdays, April 6–May 25 • 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. • $200
This children’s art class geared toward kids ages 5-9 is all about intuitive art making. Students will start the class each week learning a technique and then having the freedom to experiment and explore creatively. This class promises to be lots of fun, but be warned–we may get messy! All supplies are included in this fun and lively class! Due to social distancing, class size is limited so don’t delay-spots fill up fast!  Click Here to contact Patti with questions. register_button

Spring Flowerswith Patti Kapral (watercolor)
Ages 5-9 • Saturday, April 17 • 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. • $45
This one day workshop for children will focus on using watercolor to create wonderful, expressive, and colorful spring flowers. Students will come away from this workshop with at least one finished watercolor painting, maybe even more! All supplies are included in this fun introduction to the watercolor media!  Click Here to contact Patti with questions. register_button

Painted Terracotta Pots for Momwith Patti Kapral (acrylic)
Ages 5-14 • Saturday, May 8 • 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. • $45
In this one day workshop, students will make a very special Mother’s Day gift! Using acrylic paints and some imagination, children will create a one of a kind gift for Mom! All supplies are included!  Click Here to contact Patti with questions.register_button


Textured Ice Cream Paintingwith Patti Kapral (acrylic)
Ages 10-14 • Saturday, July 3 • 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. • $45
Ice cream is a yummy cool treat on a hot Summer day, and it makes a great subject for a painting! Students will create an acrylic painting of ice cream using molding paste for texture. All supplies are included in this one day workshop!  Click Here to contact Patti with questions.register_button

Watercolor Waveswith Patti Kapral
Ages 10-14 • Saturday, July 24 • 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. • $45
In this one day workshop, students will learn how to paint a beach scene using watercolor and pen & ink. It’s like taking a vacation (almost!) All supplies are included in this fun and informative painting class!  Click Here to contact Patti with questions. register_button

Classes for Adults


Perspective Drawingwith guest instructor, Kyle Keyser
3 classes: Fridays, March 26–April 9 • 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. • $50
This class will introduce students to basic perspective drawing in one-point, two-point and atmospheric perspective. Students will learn to draw cubes at eye level, below eye level and above eye level. Students will also learn to draw a room interior, house and city scape. Students should bring a kneaded rubber eraser, 18 inch ruler, pencil and white drawing paper (12 x 18 ). Instructor Kyle Keyser is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a MS degree (with visual arts focus) from New York’s Bank Street College and Parsons School of Design. You can email Kyle at kkeyser629@aol.com if you have questions.

Watercolor Open Studioswith Robin Poteet
5 classes: Wednesdays, April 7–May 5 • Mornings 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • ALSO OFFERED: Afternoons 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $150
Spring has sprung and its a great time to get back into the creative flow! Anyone that has taken a watercolor class before is welcome to join these sessions that include all levels of painters. Robin will begin with a talk or demo and sometimes a group exercise that encourages you to “think outside the box”. Afterwards, everyone paints from their own photos, while Robin circulates the room offering help as needed. Informal critiques, problem solving, composition, color—there’s so much to discover—all while painting alongside our great community of artists! Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

Have Brush, Will Travel: Watermediawith Vera Dickerson
6 classes: Tuesdays, April 20–May 25 • Same class: Thursdays, April 22–May 27 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $190
Whether it’s a place just down the road or a trip half way around the world, pick the surroundings which bring good memories. Find some photo references to bring to the first class and we will discuss approach, color and mood for your paintings. Canvas tone, your color way, light, shadow, even those well known artists who might offer ideas, will all be a part of the initial directions in our first class. Then we can all experience the joys with everyone as we share these artistic ventures. Demos and critiques. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Painting–Independent Studywith Jane Winders Frank (mixed)
6 classes: Thursdays, April 22–May 27 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $180
Give yourself a creative boost and get a fresh start on new paintings or refresh some problem paintings. Jane will help you set goals and solve painting issues. You work at your own pace and on your individual project. Each class begins with sharing art magazines, websites, art history, and new materials to give you inspiration. Students will work with watermedia; add collage, drawing, and other elements as desired. Bring watermedia painting supplies to first class. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Beginners–Welcome to Watercolor!with Robin Poteet
4 classes: Fridays, April 30–May 21 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $200 (includes artist-quality supplies–paints, palette, brushes and paper) • OR Tuition Only: $130 for those bringing their own supplies
Watercolor is portable, easy to manage, and just plain fun! Let Robin help you capture the beautiful translucent quality that watercolor is known for. Through demos, discussion and exercises, you’ll gain an understanding of materials, washes, color mixing and brushwork while you complete a finished painting each week. This is a great way to begin or to rekindle your creative journey into art! Click Here to contact Robin for supply information.register_button

Spring/Summer Open Studioswith Tracy Budd (watermedia)
5 classes: Monday Mornings, May 3–June 7 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $165
Come join this fun class of hardworking artists trying to work out and problem solve their paintings! With Tracy’s help, you will develop a tool belt of painting knowledge and design so you can create your best work. Painting is problem solving! We have weekly critiques, where we learn so much from each other and help each artist over the hurdles in their work and celebrate their triumphs! Class size is limited and all mediums are welcome. Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Painting Basics and Beyond in Acrylicswith Tracy Budd
5 classes: Monday Afternoons, May 3–June 7 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $165
In this 5 week class, we will work on a painting from start to finish IN CLASS. Concentrating each week on the step by step process from inspiration (which is an important part of it) to the first marks on the canvas, we will cover all the basics of color, value, design and content, and cross the finish line with a masterpiece! We will paint on a medium size canvas and a supply list will be supplied upon signup. Come join the fun! All levels. Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Perspective and Shadingwith guest instructor, Kyle Keyser
2 classes: Fridays, May 7 & May 14 • 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. • $40
This class will review basic perspective rules and introduce students to shading techniques (cross-hatching,stippling,scribbling,blending,etc.) Students will develop a drawing which can be used for a painting at a later date. Students should bring a kneaded eraser, 18 inch ruler, white drawing paper (12 x 18) and a variety of drawing pencils (H, HB. B). Instructor Kyle Keyser is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a MS degree (with visual arts focus) from New York’s Bank Street College and Parsons School of Design. You can email Kyle at kkeyser629@aol.com if you have questions.


Getting a Likeness… Pencil Drawings from Photoswith Vera Dickerson • This Class is Full
Wednesday & Thursday, June 9–10 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $60
Bring your photo reference to create a pencil portrait. This may be your end product, or the study for a painting in the late June class. We will talk about values, light direction, likeness and what adds the soul to the portrait. Demo. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.

Painting Children in Watercolorwith Robin Poteet
4 classes: Thursday & Friday June 24–25 and Thursday & Friday July 1–2 • 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $150
Robin shows you how to capture the magic of childhood in an information-packed class that’s also LOTS OF FUN! We’ll take it step by step, delving into drawing, proportion, skin tone, shadow, and capturing a likeness. We’ll practice things like the “big blur” and the “big scary thing”. Plus, we’ll explore how to make the best background choices. Bring good-quality photos of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, even historic photos of children, and we’ll analyze them to find your best composition. Instruction includes both portrait and full figure. Click Here to contact Robin for suggested supplies.register_button

Portrait Paintingwith Vera Dickerson (watermedia)
Monday–Wednesday June 28, 29, 30 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $90
Bring photo reference and a drawing, if you have that, and we will transfer the image to canvas and develop the likeness of your subject. Demos and assistance to capture that special person in paint and develop a beautiful color range. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button


The Shape of Things to Comewith Jane Winders Frank (watermedia)
2 classes: Thursday & Friday July 8–9 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $75
We will use photo references, copied in black and white and enlarged, to discover and simplify shapes. Then we will manipulate and play with the shapes to make an exciting composition. Finally, an acrylic painting is created, using whatever colors you choose. This class emphasizes a new approach to looking at positive and negative shapes. Supply list emailed upon registration. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Summer Open Studioswith Tracy Budd (watermedia)
4 classes: Mondays, July 12 & 26 and August 9 & 23 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $135
The lazy days of summer can drag on, and we don’t want our painting and creativity to suffer! This popular class will continue every other week in the summer to keep your work developing and inspirational! Plenty of painting time with fun folks! Tracy is anxious to be in the studio this summer with YOU! Daily critiques and problem solving! Class is limited so sign up early! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

The BIG Picturewith Vera Dickerson (watermedia)
Tuesday–Thursday, July 13, 14, 15 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $90
Take your photos in the Spring when fresh greens are in the mountain landscape and fields. Then bring those to use to paint our beautiful mountains and valleys of the Blue Ridge. Bring a canvas at least 24 x 30 or larger. Demos and critique. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Collage and Acrylicswith Tracy Budd
July 19, 20, 21 • 10:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. • $130
Tracy LOVES collage and many of you do too! Collage is a great vehicle to help artists with design, while shaking things up and doing something a little different. Tracy will have many things to share and we will make collage paper, use found papers and objects and construct our special collages! Layering transparent papers and paints bring beautiful results often surprising to the artist! Let loose and have fun! A supply list will be available upon sign up. Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Printing on Clayboardwith Jane Winders Frank (mixed)
2 classes: Thursday & Friday, July 22–23 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $75
Clayboard is a exciting surface to work on, made of Kaolin clay. We will use rubber stamps mounted on wood, cling free stamps, and rollers, to stamp on the surface. Then acrylic paint, colored pencils, watercolor crayons, and collage can be added to enhance the image. Various sizes of clayboard will be provided. A $25 materials fee for the clayboard due to Jane at first class. Supply list emailed upon registration. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Pen & Ink + a Splash of Watercolorwith Robin Poteet Morning Session is Full, but an Afternoon Session has been added
2 classes: Friday & Saturday, July 16-17 • 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. • $60 (includes photos and handouts)
Draw–Splash–Create! It’s that easy when you combine pen & ink & watercolor. We’ll start with exercises to loosen up and practice drawing styes—lines, hatch marks, squiggles, and scribbles that can be used in final sketches. Then we’ll move on to various subjects… architecture, people, landscape, animals, etcetera. You might choose to leave your pieces in just pen & ink, or paint watercolor on top—Robin will show you how. These are fun pieces that make great gifts, postcards and framed miniature works of art. You’ll have time to create multiple pieces, or to focus on a single detailed piece. Click Here to contact Robin for suggested supplies.register_button


Small Treasureswith Vera Dickerson (mixed)
Monday–Wednesday, August 2, 3, 4 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $100 includes metal leaf
Work on a small panel using metal leaf and acrylics to turn a special object, or something you want to use as a singular image, into a treasure to remember. We will prepare our surface and then work with reference to those lovely small panel paintings from religious art of the past. Bring photo reference so you can capture the essence of your subject. Demos and critique. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Introduction to Gouachewith David Eakin
Saturday, August 7 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $65 plus, $10 supply fee to David • Maximum class size is 15 students
Lynchburg artist, David Eakin is offering a one-day introduction to gouache. A favorite media of designers and illustrators, gouache is an opaque cousin to traditional watercolor. David will demo and explain the uses of gouache on paper, plus, color mixing and layering to build up the image. Different papers will be provided as well as a sampling of colors to use in class. Bring your usual watercolor brushes, pencil, eraser and a plastic plate as a palette. If you have gouache, please bring also. Click Here to contact David for more information.register_button

Channeling Mary Toddwith Jane Winders Frank (acrylic)
2 classes: Thursday & Friday, August 12–13 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $75
Using illustration board we will draw with black sharpies to create line and overlapping shapes to start our compositions. We will follow the suggestion of wonderful artist Mary Todd Beam and finish our paintings with a limited palette of 3 colors and black and white. We will take a look at Mary’s work as well. Acrylic paint will be used. Supply list emailed upon registration. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Drawing the Headwith Tracy Budd
One class: Friday, August 13 • 10:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. • $45
This one day drawing lesson will cover the basics of drawing the head. We will go over the basics of anatomy and draw in pencil to learn the structure and likeness of a face. You will come away with a better understanding of how to start and finish a face! Come draw with me! Supply list available upon signup. Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

New Life for Old Paintingswith Robin Poteet (all media)
1 class: Thursday, August 19 • 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • $40 (includes glues and some extra bits and bobs)
Pull out those old paintings that, for whatever reason, didn’t turn out—the more, the better! This class will start with group brainstorming and creative thinking, then we’ll help each other turn our duds into mini-masterpieces. Greeting cards, boxes, weavings, abstracts, collages, even trading art “parts” with your fellow students are just a few possibilities. Guaranteed Success and lots of fun! Click Here to contact Robin upon registration for materials to bring.register_button

Seashells by the Seashorewith Robin Poteet (watermedia)
3 classes: Wednesday–Friday, August 25, 26, 27 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $95
We may not be visiting the shore in person this year, but we can certainly enjoy painting the wonders of the sea… shells, starfish, sand dollars, driftwood and bits of coral. We’ll start with a focus on drawing and Robin encourages you to paint LARGE! She’ll provide several photo choices, or bring your own to class (if you have some actual shells, that’s even better)! Robin paints and demos in watercolor, but watermedia students are welcome! As you paint you’ll learn about making subtle color shifts, the importance of shading & shadows and how to make wet sand look like—well, wet sand. There’s a great benefit to being able to focus on art 3 days in a row. Click Here to contact Robin for suggested supplies.register_button

2021 Summer Workshop

Chaos to Orderwith Kathleen Conover
Monday, June 14–Friday, June 18, 2021 • $450
Award winning Michigan artist Kathleen Conover presents her exciting workshop experimenting with materials, design, and watermedia. For examples of her work, additional description of this workshop, and a supply list go to her website https://kathleenconover.com/ and select Galleries or Workshops.

Registration for Easel Society members from December 1–31. All other students can register beginning January 1, 2021. There is a limit of 20 students.

Please send registrations to:
Jane Winders Frank
3040 McVitty Forest Dr.
Apt. 207
Roanoke, VA 24018

Registration must include a deposit of $200. Balance of $250 due April 10, 2021.
Please include your name, address, email address, and phone number.