Spring/Summer 2022


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

We are a non-profit art organization with a 30 year history of offering creative classes for all ages and all levels of experience. Our instructors are among the area’s best known artists and they offer a wealth of knowledge, guidance and inspiration.

Our classes range from one- or two-day sessions to eight weeks and beyond. You’ll find offerings for children, teens and adults in media such as drawing, watercolor, acrylic, encaustic, mixed media, and more.

We are located on the upper level of Towers Shopping Center in Roanoke — inside the mall area, just steps away from the Wildflower Restaurant. Whether you are discovering art for the first time or are continuing your artistic journey, Studio School classes provide an informal, fun and inspiring way to explore the joy of creativity.

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At the time this web page is being produced, we are asking ALL students and instructors to wear a mask in class, and that each student bring a disposable trash bag to use in place of our cloth table mats. As we know, things can change quickly, so your instructor will monitor current health conditions and will be in touch with you by email prior to your first class. Weather is another factor and your instructor will be in touch with you the day/evening before a scheduled class if it appears there may be an issue.

See below to contact class instructors, either by clicking the Contact link or via phone.

All phone numbers are 540 area code
Tracy Budd • Contact • 556-8770
Vera M. Dickerson • Contact204-1914
Jane Winders Frank • Contact • 580-6866
Patti Kapral • Contact • 815-2214
Robin Poteet • Contact • 384-5022
Gina Louthian-Stanley • Contact • 761-1414

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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

Spring Flowers—Finger-painted Acrylic Canvaswith Patti Kapral This Class Is Full
Ages 5-9 • Saturday, March 19 • 10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m. • $45 (all supplies included)
Oh what fun it is to paint with our fingers! In this one day workshop, children will explore painting fun, bright, spring flowers using our fingers, and some other unconventional tools such as Q-tips. We will experiment with different ways to paint flowers, and will paint on black gessoed canvas. All supplies are included, just add fingers! Class space is limited, so register early! Click Here to contact Patti with questions.

Mixed Media Collage Animalswith Patti Kapral This Class Is Full
Ages 8-14 • Tuesdays, March 22–April 26 • 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. • $150 (all supplies included)
This is going to be a FUN class! Through many different studio processes, we will create amazing collaged animal faces. Students will discover how important the process of mark making can be in a work of art, and will make choices such as color, texture, media, and animal. Each class will focus on one element of this multi- faceted project, and at the end will have a mixed media artwork to be proud of! All supplies are included and space is limited, so register early for this class! Click Here to contact Patti with questions.

Easter Chicks and Eggs!with Patti Kapral (oil pastel) This Class Is Full
Ages 5-9 • Saturday, April 9 • 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. • $45 (all supplies included)
Just in time for Easter, children will create a cute oil pastel drawing of chicks and eggs in this guided drawing workshop. When finished, they will have a fun, whimsical and festive oil pastel drawing! All supplies are included in this class and space is limited, so register early! Click Here to contact Patti with questions.

Mixed Media Collage Landscapewith Patti Kapral
Ages 5-9 • Saturday, June 18 • 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. • $45 (all supplies included)
It’s all about the process in this fun one day workshop! Children will create a mixed media landscape showing foreground, middle-ground, and background with paint, cut paper, string, fabric, and lots of other art stuff! All supplies are included in this exciting and fun class, and space is limited so register early! Click Here to contact Patti with questions.register_button

Acrylic Pour Painting on Canvaswith Patti Kapral
Ages 8-14 • Saturday, July 23 • 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. (possibly slightly longer) • $60 (all supplies included)
In this popular workshop, we will create fun abstract paintings using the trendy acrylic pour method. Students will work in stages step by step, while making critical choices such as color, direction of flow, and type of pour. Once we are all done, students will have two acrylic pour paintings to take home. This workshop will be super popular, so register early. All supplies are included! Click Here to contact Patti with questions.register_button

Classes for Adults

Spring Classes March–April–May

Animal Portraits in Oilswith guest artist, Susan Bradbury
3 classes: Thursday–Saturday, May 5–7 • 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. • $150
If you love animals and want to paint a portrait of your cat, dog or most loved pet, this class is for you. Bring your own photos and we will work out the details. She will start with a demo and explain value, edges and color. You will learn technique, do exercises to improve brush strokes, utilize color theory and overall catch the luminosity of light and shadow on the animals. Supply list will be emailed upon registration. Register early, as size is limited to ensure that everyone gets the attention they need. This is a great class for those with experience in acrylics and/or oils. Minimum class size of 5. Email: mombradbury@gmail.com • Website: www.susanmillerbradbury.comregister_button

Perspective and Shadingwith guest artist Kyle Keyser (drawing)
3 classes: Fridays, April 1–15 • 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. • $60
This class will introduce students to basic perspective rules and drawing in One and Two Point Perspective. Students will draw cubes, room interior, house, and a city scape. Also students will be introduced to shading techniques. Students should bring a rubber kneaded eraser, 18″ ruler, white drawing paper (11″ x 15″ ) and a variety of drawing pencils (H, HB, B). Instructor Kyle Keyser is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Fine Arts and holds a MS degree (with visual arts focus) from New York’s Bank Street College and Parsons School of Design.register_button

NEW! Exploring Styleswith Robin Poteet (watercolor)
7 classes: Wednesdays, March 16–April 27 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $245 (includes some materials)
Robin has chosen famous artists with a wide range of styles—from Andrew Wyeth to Picasso. Each week we’ll study an artist, examine their painting techniques, composition and color choices, then complete a small painting based on their style. This is a great way to expand your creative thinking, discover new subjects, and master new techniques and materials. You’ll gain a sense of what appeals to you most in style and color. Above all, you’ll have 7 weeks of FUN and enlightenment as we learn from the masters of painting. Robin will provide additional materials such as collage paper and water media pencils. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

Continuing Watercolorwith Robin Poteet
7 classes: Wednesdays, March 16–April. 27 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $230
This class is for those that embrace the pure, fluid, and occasionally unpredictable nature of watercolor. By combining technique, knowledge and illusion, we focus on how to work WITH this wonderful media rather than try to control it. Robin encourages you to bring out the best in YOUR painting style and offers guidance through demos, discussion and one-on-one attention. Students may work from their own reference photos, or follow Robin’s demos. This is a great class for anyone with general watercolor experience and beyond. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

BEGINNERS–Learn to Paint Watercolorswith Robin Poteet
5 classes: Fridays, March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $160
Is learning to paint on your bucket list? Watercolor can be explored and enjoyed at any age, so why not see if this sparks a new hobby or passion?! Watercolor is portable and expressive, and is ideal for travel journals and sketchbooks as well as large, richly detailed paintings. Your class will be packed with demos, discussions and exercises and over the course of 5 weeks you’ll gain an understanding of materials, washes, color mixing and technique AND you’ll complete paintings each week. This is a no-pressure class that encourages making mistakes so we can figure out how to correct things. Sign up and begin your creative journey! Click Here to contact Robin for suggested materials.register_button

Mixed Media Wabi-Sabiwith Gina Louthian-Stanley
1 class: March 12 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $80 (plus a $30 material fee)
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 available as well as six 5″ x 5″ sheets of watercolor paper. You’ll need to bring several sheets of 140lb watercolor paper (if desired), scissors, and one small bottle of Liquatex or Golden, 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

Painting–Independent Studywith Jane Winders Frank (watermedia and mixed media)
8 classes: Thursdays March 17–May 5 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $250
Bring unfinished work and new ideas to a class where you can paint at your own pace. Jane will help you set your goals and guide your process. Develop your unique painting voice. Class begins with sharing of art history, work of practicing artists, and some demos. New techniques and new materials are introduced. Work in watermedia and add mixed media, if desired. Bring watermedia painting materials to first class. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Exploring the Visual Complementswith Vera Dickerson (watermedia)
6 classes: Tuesdays, March 22–April 26 (Same class on Thursdays March 24–April 28) • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $175
Select your subject and explore the beauty of color relations adjusted to pairs of visual complements. This is slightly different from the color wheel pairs of colors and creates the best of “side by side” colors in your paintings. Regardless of how light or dark the colors may be, we can make the most of learning these choices and mixtures to make memorable art. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Open Studios and Critiquewith Tracy Budd (watermedia)
7 classes: April 4–May 23 (no class on Apr. 18) • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $230
Continuing critique with an interested group of creative minds is essential to growing as an artist. Tracy will help you problem solve your work, to come out with the strongest work possible. We all learn so much from each other in this informative class. Limited critique time at the beginning of class and two hours of painting time is the plan. All mediums welcome. Come join us! Your projects will be glad!! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Spring into Spring, Concentrating on the colors, shapes and scenes of the season . . . (Painting Basics and Beyond)with Tracy Budd (watermedia)
7 classes: April 4–May 23 (no class on April 18) • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $230
Color is always the most seductive element about our paintings. Concentrating on interesting and different color schemes, we will depict Spring in the air! We will discuss color, the effect of color in our pieces, and how to achieve the feelings we are after. We will study different artists and their color choices. Layered acrylics on paper, canvas or wooden panel. Click Here to contact Tracy for a supply list.register_button

Experimental Drawing, Mixed Media, and Collagewith Gina Louthian-Stanley (watermedia)
4 classes: Mondays April 11–25, May 2 • 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. • $150 (plus a $30 material fee)
It is easy to get stuck in a rut, or not know where to begin; this series of classes is designed to develop an intuitive and experimental approach using traditional materials and methods to inspire new ideas and develop a unique style.You will find that this exploratory method of creating leads to enhanced discovery, expands your creativity, and hones your critical thinking skills using the elements and Principles of Art. We will use graphite, inks, markers, colored pencils, pastels, watercolor, charcoal and more. A great class for all skill levels. Click Here to contact Gina for questions and more info on materials you can bring (a supply list), as she will have some materials and papers for class use.register_button

Summer Classes–June

Sea Treasureswith Vera Dickerson (watermedia)
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7–8 • 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. • $50
This is for every beach combing artist. Bring your shells and paints. I’ll provide the support. We will study shape, light, color, shadow and the surface textures of our treasures and create our own small sea portraits. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Fruit & Veggie “portraits”with Robin Poteet (watercolor, gouache, w/c pencil)
2 classes: Thursday and Friday, June 9–10 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $80
This mini-class will give you greater appreciation for the things we grow and eat, as well as giving you wonderful painting subjects. When you slice open a melon, look at a peach pit or pick a strawberry, a world of inspiration opens up right in front of you. Robin asks each student to bring a vegetable or fruit to class and well rotate them as we create small paintings or drawings that can be mounted and varnished onto wood panels. There will be demos and discussion on composition, color, background, and technique, with ample time to explore your edible subjects. Watercolor, Gouache and Watercolor Pencils. Click Here to contact Robin for general supplies.register_button

Editing and Abstracting from Photoswith Vera Dickerson (acrylic)
4 classes: Monday–Thursday June 20–23 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $125
Ever wonder how to focus on the strongest parts of a photo and edit out those details not needed? Bring some photo reference and we will begin with thumbnail plans, suggestions for how to eliminate superfluous material, then move on to create your painting. Acrylics on canvas or sealed water color paper. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Your Selfie as an Animalwith Robin Poteet (watercolor)

4 classes: Monday–Thursday, June 27–30 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $150
What animal do you best relate to? Native American culture calls these totem or spiritual animals…the ones that guide us. You may think of yourself as “a dog person” “a cat person” or feel drawn more to owls, butterflies, wolves or lions! Think about it, and in class we’ll create great portraits that are part “us” in our clothing and part animal in our imagination—be they hilarious or serious. This class will be great fun and full of exploration, with technique and design guidance along the way. Robin encourages you to think “large” both in the way you think about yourself, and in your painting size. Click Here to contact Robin for more info and supplies.register_button

Summer Classes–July

Art is a Puzzlewith Vera Dickerson (mixed)
4 classes: Tuesday–Friday, July 5–8 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $125
Renew and create, using collage and patterns over an old painting with craft acrylics. Our first class will be creating personal collage papers in a specific color range to be used over your old painting, either canvas or paper (no oils please). Use those, any collage papers you want to add, and stencils and stamps to add energy and interest. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Taking Flight–insects, birds, butterflies and other things that flywith Robin Poteet (watercolor, plus)
3 classes: Thursday–Saturday, July 14–16 • 9:00 a.m.– Noon • $125
Sometimes great subjects are right under our nose (or in this case, flying around us). Beetles, butterflies, moths, birds, bees… they have fascinating shapes and colors and are often overlooked as painting subjects. We’ll pay tribute to this intriguing part of nature—bringing them to life in a series of small “portraits.” The transparency of a dragonfly’s wings?…the blur of a hummingbird in flight?…the glow of monarch butterfly wings? We’ll figure it out as we paint and draw! Robin will bring collage paper, stencils, and bits & bobs. Click Here to contact Robin for other supplies for this fun and enlightening class.register_button

Large Summer Landscapewith Tracy Budd (acrylic)
3 classes: Monday–Wednesday, July 18–20 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $125
Work on a large canvas and dive into the warm atmosphere of summer, while being in air conditioning! We will build texture by scraping , stenciling, and palette knife painting, working to depict scale, atmosphere and the warm, vibrant nuances of the summer landscape in our acrylic layers. Working on easels, we will attempt to finish these large beauties in three days! Click Here to contact Tracy for a supply list.register_button

Paper Weaving and Acrylic on Clayboardwith Jane Winders Frank
2 classes: Thursday & Friday, July 21 –22 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $75
Experiment with the versatile surface of Clayboard to showcase the way the kaolin clay surface absorbs the paint. Paper weaving adds a wonderful textural element and depth to the piece. $15 material fee for Clayboard due to Jane at first class. List for other supplies emailed upon registration. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Creating Atmospheric Spaceswith Vera Dickerson (acrylic)
3 classes: Monday–Wednesday, July 25–27 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $90
Whether painting a spacious landscape or working on a smaller still life space (our subject for this class), there are means with which we can create a visual space on the flat surface of a canvas. We will discuss atmospheric perspective in a shallow space and layer an interesting background space before painting volumetric objects on it. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Afternoon Tea With The Master…Van Gogh’s Starry Nightwith Tracy and Holland Budd
Friday, July 29 • 12:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. • $65
Learn the story behind Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and paint your own Starry Night with Tracy’s help…WHILE being served a four course afternoon tea…yes, you heard it right, food at The Studio School. Holland Budd, chef and Tracy’s daughter, will wow you with her culinary talents, all while you enjoy painting a Van Gogh masterpiece! An Afternoon of fun, fun, FUN! Class size is limited! Cost includes painting supplies, canvas, and lunch! Reserve your spot now!!! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Introduction to Gouachewith guest artist, David Eakin
1 class: Saturday, July 30 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $65 (plus, $10 supply fee to David)
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. For more information, email David at: dreakin57@gmail.com.register_button

Summer Classes–August

DRAWING: Hands and Feetwith Robin Poteet
1 class: Thursday, August 4 • 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $50
I’ve seen the fear in many a student’s eyes when they’ve needed to include a person’s hand or foot in their paintings. Fear no more!…we’ll break these down into manageable shape and angle. We’ll practice drawing hands and feet as we “see” them rather than how our brain interprets them. We’ll look at foreshortening, simplifying, shading, and a host of other things that will let you view these pesky appendages the same as every other shape in your artwork. Suitable for all levels of experience! Click Here to contact Robin for supply details.register_button

Collage and Acrylic on Clayboardwith Jane Winders Frank
2 classes: Thursday & Friday, August 11–12 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $75
Clayboard is a wonderful surface comprised of kaolin clay which absorbs paint. It is also made for mixed media. You can carve into the soft surface as well. We will begin by painting on the Clayboard and add various papers to create exciting images. $15 material fee for Clayboard due to Jane at first class. List for other supplies emailed upon registration. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

From Drawing to Paintingwith Tracy Budd (acrylic)
3 classes: Monday–Wednesday, August 15–17 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $125
Never underestimate the power of sketching…we will explore the different options we have and decide on ones that will make the strongest paintings in our sketches. In this three day class, we will sketch and make our composition and value choices, transfer our sketches to canvas and then paint the finish pieces. You will learn how to plan your piece, work out the problems ahead, which will make the painting process easier. Composition, value, color, texture, shape making will all be discussed in this informative acrylic class. Subject matter will be personal, so begin to collect your ideas and photos now! Click Here to contact Tracy for supply list.register_button

The Expressive Facewith Tracy Budd (acrylic)
2 classes: Monday & Tuesday, August 29–30 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $80
Color, line, splash, and movement will combine to create these exciting face paintings in layered acrylics. Discussion on the division and proportions of the face, edges and planes, to achieve a more realistic rendering and even a portrait if desired. Click Here to contact Tracy for supply list.register_button