Winter 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.

To register for classes online and pay by credit card click on the register_button button.


At the time this brochure is being produced, we are not requiring masks but encourage everyone to be respectful of their fellow classmates safety. Please 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

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, Patti Kapral 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).

Classes for Children & Teens

Abstract Animalswith Patti Kapral This class is full
Ages 5-9 • Tuesdays, January 17–February 7 (four classes) • 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. • $100 (all supplies included)
Come and explore art with animals for four fun classes where we will learn how to draw animals using shapes, and then using lots of different media, we will add abstract backgrounds focusing on the process of artmaking.. At least 2 finished works suitable for framing by the end of the class. All supplies are included for this class, so no need to bring anything but your art loving kid! Classes fill up and space is limited, so register early! Makes a great gift! Click Here to contact Patti with questions.

Painted Valentine Cardswith Patti Kapral
Ages 8-14 • Saturday, February 11 • 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. • $45 (all supplies included)
In this one afternoon workshop, students will create Valentine”s Day cards using acrylic paint, oil pastel, and some fun things like glitter and heart stickers. I will have some examples for students to view, and by the end of the class, they will have several handmade cards to use for Valentine’s Day. All supplies are included in this workshop. These workshops are very popular, so register early to secure your child’s spot! Click Here to contact Patti with questions.register_button

Beginner Gouache Techniques for Kidswith Patti Kapral
Ages 10-14 • Tuesdays, February 14–March 7 (four classes) • 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. • $100 (all supplies included)
Gouache is a watermedia similar to watercolor, but it definitely does not behave like watercolor! In this class, we will learn basic techniques in gouache, experimenting with the ways gouache can be used, and ultimately creating a nice painting with shadow, highlight, and rich color. Students will make choices on subject matter and will end up with a nicely developed and finished gouache painting. All supplies are included in this class, and space is limited, so register early! Makes a great gift! Click Here to contact Patti with questions.register_button

Classes for Adults


Better Oil Paintings in Six Stepswith guest artist, Brett LaGue
6 classes: Fridays, January 6–February 10 • 9:30 a.m.–Noon • $230
Now that you’ve learned the basics of oil painting, take that ability to the next level. In this six-step class, Brett covers skills needed for getting better results. Classes alternate between provided images and still life setups, each chosen based on the week’s topic. If you’re ready to bring your oil paintings to life, this class is for you.Taught using the wet on wet technique, also know as alla-prima, lessons can be applied to other styles of oil painting as well. Good for abstract artists, too. Some oil painting experience is recommended. register_button


Let’s Call the Class: Drawing 102with guest artist, Mark Shepheard
7 classes: Mondays, January 9–February 20 • 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. • $230
My meaning, it’s not absolute beginner; however, nor is there an expectation of accomplishment; instead familiarity. To dash any fears, I’ll speak basics toward creating a practice, with a looser mind and hands. In a search for our creativity, we’ll use mark makers from pencils to brushes; materials from graphite to ink, and paint; explore shape as positive and negative, as well as edge and surface. Materials to begin: larger sketch pad, loose drawing papers, any drawing instruments you have. Some experimental materials provided with a $10 materials fee. register_button

Drawing, the Sketcher’s Waywith guest artist, Brett LaGue
3 classes: Saturdays, February 4, 11 and 18 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $135
Struggling to get your paintings started? Intimidated by drawing? Here’s a quick class to help you get going. Brett’s a lifelong sketcher who doesn’t worry about erasers, straight lines or fussy details. No matter your experience level, he’ll show you how to get images down quickly and easily without worry. Along the way you’ll discover that pretty much everything in life is sketch-worthy! Great for ages 16 and up! No drawing experience required. brett@brettlague.comregister_button


Watercolor Bootcampwith Robin Poteet
7 classes: Wednesdays, January 4–February 22 (No Class February 1) • Morning class: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Morning class is full • Also offered afternoons: 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $230
No matter how long we’ve painted, there are things we forget or overlook.The new year is the perfect time to sharpen our painting skills, so this class focuses on many of the “how to’s” that will lead you to brighter, more engaging watercolors. Brushwork, allowing colors to mingle on the paper, water/paint ratio, color mixing, lifting, glazing, fixing, building strong values, even ways to work through the stage when you think “all is lost.” Bring photos of your favorite subjects and Robin will help you turn them into great paintings. Suitable for folks with some watercolor experience to seasoned painters that want to take their skills to the next level. Click Here to contact Robin with questions.register_button

Beginners—Welcome to Watercolor!with Robin Poteet This class is full
5 classes: Saturdays, January 21–February 18 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $165
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? This portable and expressive media is ideal for travel journals 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, PLUS, you’ll complete paintings each week.This is a no-pressure class that encourages making mistakes and having fun. Sign up and begin your creative journey. Click Here to contact Robin for suggested materials and questions.


Working Your Ideas Into a Series (Painting Basics and Beyond)with Tracy Budd
8 classes: Mondays, January 9 – February 27 • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. • $250
“The mystery of painting…what to leave in, what to leave out. How do I better portray my feelings about this idea? Is it fueled by color, value, texture or line? My shapes…how do they relate to each other? Do they move across the page, interact or overlap? Less is more, but not always. Hulling the idea, over and over until clarity emerges, there it is…like a dance, a promise, my focus complete…my reason.” Tracy Budd

Sometimes working an idea in a series of paintings will help you develop and organize your feelings about the subject in unexpected ways.We will work on multiple smallish paintings, from beginning sketches to sophisticated surfaces, always concentrating on value, composition, color and content. Layered acrylics/watermedia. Demos weekly. Click Here to contact Tracy for a supply list and questions.register_button

Open Studios and Critique (experimental watermedia)with Tracy Budd
8 classes: Mondays, January 9–February 27 • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • $250
Join an enthusiastic group of artists that share their work weekly, which will make you paint more regularly! There are weekly critiques at the beginning of class, with plenty of painting time after.Tracy will meet you right where you are with your painting projects. We learn so much from each other in this class as we discuss each other’s processes and painting journey. It’s in the sharing that art is made! All mediums welcome. Stay for the afternoon demo and class if you’d like a full day of painting! A $50 discount if you take both classes.Click Here to contact Tracy with questions.register_button

Light and Shadow: Drama and Depthwith Vera Dickerson
8 classes: Tuesdays, January 10–February 28 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • Thursdays, January 12–March 2 • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. • $250
Defining spaces, setting a mood, creating the warmth of sunlight and cool shade; the observation and rendering of light and shadow can add so much to our paintings.We will look at artists over the centuries to see how they understood this element and then translate our understanding into a personal application as we paint. Here is an opportunity to use those beautifully illuminated landscape photos you have, although any subject matter may be used. Acrylics on paper or canvas. Demos and critiques. Click Hereto contact Vera with questions.register_button

Painting—Independent Studywith Jane Winders Frank
6 classes: Thursdays, February 2–March 9 • 9:00 a.m.–Noon • $195
Bring your ideas for new work and get help finishing old pieces. Jane begins class by sharing work from art history, and contemporary artists, and introducing new materials and techniques. She helps you set goals and how to achieve them. Students work in Watermedia and add mixed media if desired. Bring painting supplies to first class. Experimentation is encouraged.Click Here to contact Jane with questions.register_button

Stamp and Stencil Makingwith Tracy Budd
1 class: Monday, March 6 • 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. • $75
Ever wonder how to make your own stencils and stamp designs? Making our own shapes and symbols into our design make the work that we use these in more personal and authentic.Tracy will supply the plastic for the stencils and board for the stamps. Bring your ideas and an exacto knife! A fun mindless project that will keep on giving when you use your own stencil/stamps. Lunch break if needed. Click Here to contact Tracy for a tiny supply list and questions.register_button

Mixed Media and Printmaking

Independent Studies in Mixed Media and Collage and Open Studiowith Gina Louthian-Stanley
6 classes: Thursdays, January 5–February 2 • 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. • $225
In this class, we will use various mixed media and collage techniques to create art. Gina will begin each class with sharing art from various artists, past and present as guides to inspire. She will introduce new materials and ways to incorporate them in your work.We will also explore elements of art and composition. Gina will introduce many ways to collage and use mixed media, demo and will offer individual feedback, critiques, and guidance. Bring your own collage materials (ephemera, decorative papers, etc), mixed media of choice (watercolor, acrylic, inks, etc), brushes and gel medium. Gina will also have some materials to share. All levels welcome! Click Here to contact Gina with questions and to confirm registration.register_button

Cold Wax Alchemy and Open Studio Workshopwith Gina Louthian-Stanley
2 days: Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 • 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • $295
Explore the endless possibilities of painting with cold wax and oil! Take an intuitive approach into the many uses of luminous cold wax with oil paint, pastel, mark-making tools, brushes, scrapers and more. Composition, color and contrast will be addressed, along with an exploration of visual elements such as line, shape, pattern, texture, form and depth. We will create original pieces and explore effects possible with the oil and cold wax medium by using it as a surface treatment to create completed paintings, collages (including copied photos), and incorporate mixed media by adding oil and cold wax with various ‘found’ tools. All skill levels would benefit from this class, especially beginners. For previous cold wax participants, Gina will offer critiques, and be there to assist in developing your visual journey. Lunch breaks included. (Needs 4 to make) All levels welcome! Click Here to contact Gina with questions, materials list and to confirm registration.register_button

2023 Summer Workshop with Iain Stewart

We are fortunate to have Iain Stewart, award winning watercolor painter, as our guest instructor for the 2023 Summer Workshop. The dates are Tuesday, June 13 – Friday, June 16 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Iain will lead participants from sketchbooks to finished paintings in watermedia.

Easel Society members may register early on December 1, 2022, other students on January 1, 2023.
$200 deposit secures your spot. Balance of $250 due on April 10, 2023.

If you register and then withdraw you must find a replacement, unless there is a waiting list; otherwise you forfeit your deposit.
Please make your $200 deposit check out to The Studio School and mail it with your name, address, email address and phone number to:

Jane Winders Frank
3040 McVitty Forest Dr., #207
Roanoke, VA 24018

Iain Stewart is a Scots born watercolor artist and architectural illustrator who’s work has earned him signature membership in both the American and National Watercolor Societies along with numerous awards in international competitions. He has also been inducted into the Whiskey Painters of America. In his own words—I do my best not to think about the actual “things” I’m painting but how they combine to create a strong visual statement. Painting only what you see can become problematic.We can get too focused on some part of a scene only to miss opportunities that may lie just below the surface.

The ebb and flow, the back and forth, are what I find important and are my motivation for all of my work.

View additional information at including images of his works.