Winter 2020


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.

Our new space is large and well-lit, and it has given us the ability to add additional classes. 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!

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
Bonnie D Burt • Contact • 520-4749
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 Winter Registration Form (form will open in an new window or tab).

Winter Classes for Children & Teens

The Art Factorywith Patti Kapral
Ages 5 and Up • 8 classes: Tuesday Evenings • January 14–March 3 • 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. • $200
This is a studio art class designed for children ages 5 and up. Children will discover some famous artists, learn how to express their creativity through the art process, and create amazing works! ALL SUPPLIES ARE INCLUDED in this 8 week course–a bargain! Click Here to contact Patti with questions. register_button

Adults: Ongoing

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.

Adult Classes

Pop Up Class!
Introduction to Gouache
with David Eakin
Saturday, March 7 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (with lunch break) • $65 plus, $10 supply fee to David

Back by popular demand, 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 of 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 paints, brushes, pencil, eraser and a plastic plate as a palette. If you already have gouache, bring that too. Click Here to contact David with questions. register_button


Beginning Oil Pastelswith Patti Kapral
8 classes: Thursday Evenings • January 16–March 5 • 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. • $230
In this class we will start with the basics- how to layer, blend, and add effects using oil pastel. We will experiment with oil pastel on different papers and surfaces, learn how to “fix” oil pastel, and create some quick oil pastel drawings along with finished pastel paintings. ALL SUPPLIES ARE INCLUDED in this class! Click Here to contact Patti with questions. register_button

Drawing Dancerswith Vera Dickerson
2 classes: Saturday, January 18 and 25 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $55
This short class continues the gracious invitation to visit and photograph at Star City School of Ballet. On Jan 18 we will visit and photograph practice for Southwest Virginia Ballet company. On the 25th, at Studio School, drawing, composing and preparation for painting will be the focus of the second meeting. This will provide visual reference for all who enjoy working with the figure. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Silverpoint Drawingwith Judy Bates
One Day, Friday February 21 • 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (snow date February 28) • $75.00 (plus a materials fee of $15 for your silverpoint stylus, silver and treated paper, to be paid to Judy at first class.)
Study the elegant and centuries old process of drawing with a silverpoint stylus containing silver wire onto specially prepared paper, laying down actual silver marks as seen in many drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer and others. There is a resurgence of this exciting and beautiful medium today among many contemporary artists. You will learn to prepare your paper with white or toned grounds, to build values and create textures as well as methods to transfer your drawing to prepared paper. Subject matter will be provided, or you can bring your own photos or items from which to work, no larger than 8 x 10, please. Please bring a light snack for a short break – and enjoy delving a little deeper into discovering the mysteries of the masters. Click Here to contact Judy with questions. The deadline for registration is February 5 to allow time for ordering your stylus and silver wire.register_button


Play in the Puddles!with Robin Poteet
7 Classes: Wednesdays, January 8–February 19 • Morning Session 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • Afternoon Session 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $200
Painting is a lifelong journey and whatever your level, there’s much to learn and enjoy by painting in a group setting. Start 2020 with doses of creativity, inspiration and education. Robin’s continuing class is meant for anyone with a basic knowledge of watercolor—and beyond. Each week Robin demos and talks, as she guides you from concept to finished painting. You’ll learn technical skills, learn to paint your way through the difficult stages, learn to paint more confidently, and learn to find inspiration from everyday subjects. Students generally work from their own photos, interspersed with group exercises, and will never be bored, as we explore subjects from still-life to animals, and techniques from pouring to adding pen & ink. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

Oil Painting

Indirect Painting Methods of the Old and Modern Masters in Still Life in Oilwith Judy Bates
8 classes: Wednesday Afternoons • January 8–February 26 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $230
Work from your own still life composition as you study the methods of the old and modern masters in oil using the indirect/sequential layering method of applying paint. We will start with a sepia/umber underpainting. In doing this you will lay a firm foundation for your painting as you gain a deeper sensitivity and understanding of creating variations in value from the lightest areas to the darkest. It is so beautiful and atmospheric that you are tempted to stop there! The next layers in color include color theory/mixing and glazing techniques for achieving added depth and beauty in your paintings. In this relaxed, informal and information packed class, Judy demonstrates each step of the process along with lots of individual instruction. For painters with some experience in any medium to more advanced painters. It is not necessary to have painted a master copy in a prior class of Judy’s to take this class. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button

Open Studios in Oilwith Judy Bates
8 classes: Thursday Afternoons • January 9–February 27 • 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. 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 for painting in oil is–bring it on! You will receive guidance on color mixing and creating dynamic compositions along with discussions on techniques, materials and mediums. Have other questions or challenges? Just ask and we will find a solution. There will be lots of input from Judy on an individual basis as desired. This class is suitable for painters with some experience in oil to more experienced painters. Click Here to contact Judy with questions.register_button

Cold Wax Alchemy and Open Studiowith Gina Louthian-Stanley
5 Mondays: January 27 through March 2 (no class Feb.17) • 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. • $225.00
Cold wax oil painting mediums create luminous, glowing surfaces, capable of fine detail and subtlety, without the use of heat. We will create original pieces and explore effects possible with the cold wax medium by using it as a surface treatment to create completed paintings, collages, and incorporate mixed media (including copied photos), by adding wax with various ‘found’ tools. All skill levels would benefit from this class, especially beginners. For previous cold wax participants, Gina will offer demos and critiques, and be there to assist in developing your visual journey. *Bring oil paints, and Arches oil paper or recommended 8” x 8” birchboard panels, an old used giftcard, wax paper, Wet Ones, and a 12” palette knife or icing spreader. Gina will bring tools and several materials for you to try, plus furnish one jar of cold wax. (Needs 4 to make) Click Here to contact Gina with questions.register_button

Water Media

Open Studioswith Tracy Budd
8 classes: Mondays, January 6–February 24 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $200
Come paint with an enthusiastic group of artists and be part of a creative atmosphere where we all learn from each other. Tracy will meet you “right where you are” in your painting journey and help you problem solve your painting from start to finish. This class is a nice lead in to her afternoon class if you want a whole day of creative fun! Acrylic, oil, drawing and mixed media welcome! Come join the fun! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions. register_button

Painting Basics and Beyond (Find Your Painting Voice)with Tracy Budd
8 classes: Mondays, January 6–February 24 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $230
Working in layered acrylics, Tracy will enthusiastically help you find your own voice in your art. Whether a beginner or seasoned painter, it is valuable to try to identify your own personal “language” in paint and Tracy believes this is her job as a teacher. Learning the basics of strong color, value and design and the many mysteries of acrylic painting, each student will explore their vision of painting ideas and learn to get the most out of their painting ideas. By setting personal goals students will successfully complete their paintings! Demos and critiques weekly. Click Here to contact Tracy for a supply list and any questions.register_button

The Warmth of Redwith Vera Dickerson
7 classes: Tuesday, January 7–February 18 • Tuesday Classes Are Full • (same class Thursday, January 9–February 20) • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $230
In the heart of Winter, warm your paintings and soul with red; as under painting, major color way, or a dash as an accent. We will explore the use of neutrals and color contrasts in using this powerful and exciting color which pulls the viewer’ eye and makes a memorable work of art. Demos and critiques. Click Here to contact Vera with questions.register_button

Painting–Independent Studywith Jane Winders Frank
8 classes: Thursday mornings January 9–February 27 • 9:00 a.m.–noon • $230
Bring unfinished work or create new paintings with guidance from Jane. Each class begins with discussion of work from contemporary artists or art history, new techniques, or demo of new materials. Then students work at their own pace and set their own goals. Experimentation is encouraged. Joy is promised. Mixed media can be used as desired. Bring watermedia painting supplies to first class. Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Profiles in Paintwith Tracy Budd
3 classes: Tuesdays, January 14, 21, 28 • 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • $100
Working from photos, students will paint their subjects in profile, creating mood and atmosphere by the lighting, color, texture and value choices they make in layered acrylics. Students will learn the nuisances of temperature and edges while working on the figure. Pattern, layering and “style” will dictate the outcome of these masterpieces! Plenty of guidance and help along the way, so start taking photos of profiles with lots of light play now! Click Here to contact Tracy for a supply list or with questions.register_button

Mixed Media

Stamp Making One Day Classwith Tracy Budd
1 class: Friday, January 10 • 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. • $75
For all of you acrylic and mixed media artists, learn to make your own stamps and stencils. Tracy often emphasizes the importance of making our art our own. If we use machine made stamps and stencils we need to incorporate and mask the commercial element of these. Why not make our own stamps and stencils that come from the shapes and marks we like, unique to each one of us. Tracy will supply the materials and students will supply the creativity! Come join the fun! Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Wabi-Sabi Mixed Media Accordion and Bound Bookswith Gina Louthian-Stanley
Two Days: Saturday & Sunday, January 11 and 12 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $125.00 (plus 25.00 for supplies to make two books.)
This is a great way to create enchanting, mystical mixed media works and fold and bind them into small books or journals! The Wabi-Sabi aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Learn a new way to approach mixed media collage on the first day, and create small books from those collages on the second day! We will also learn three ways to create image transfers. Each participant will have access book binding tools to use, a variety of patterned, and fibrous papers, and two large base sheets to collage onto. Permanent waterproof pens, various inks, acrylics, and stains will be shared with the class. Please bring scissors, paper towels, and Wet Ones. If you have these on hand: vintage papers, ephemera, handwritten paper, laser copies with small images (3” or less.). You can never have enough paper! Beginners welcome. Click Here to contact Gina with questions.register_button

Memory Boxeswith Tracy Budd
3 classes: Tuesdays, February 11, 18, 25 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $100
Using paint, photo transfers, mementos, and treasured objects, create a meaningful piece of art that depicts a memory, time, place or person. We will draw, paint, glue and transpose our feelings onto panel boxes. A very intuitive way to paint, your ideas will flow from each other in this special project. A great project to make “Content” front and center and the importance of it in your art. Start collecting your ideas now! Click Here to contact Tracy for a supply list and any questions.register_button

And More…

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.
Please send a check, email address, and phone number to:
Jane Winders Frank
3040 McVitty Forest Dr., #207
Roanoke, VA, 24018