The weather will soon be crisp and cool and Piedmont Arts has plentiful opportunities to learn a new creative skill to carry you through winter. Classes at Piedmont Arts span numerous mediums with talented and dedicated teachers. Sign-ups can be taken at PiedmontArts.org and at the museum. Classes all take place in the Piedmont Arts classroom unless otherwise specified.
A new offering, Piedmont Arts will be hosting a Senior Studio on Tuesday afternoons through the end of Sept. at 1 p.m. Seniors are invited to craft and create together in the Piedmont Arts classroom. Sessions are self-guided and provide a space to socialize while creating artwork. Bring your own supplies. Free to members and $5 for non-members.
Busy Bee’s Craft Meet will take place on Sat. Sept. 2, Oct. 7, and Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. in the classroom. An informal circle to socialize, learn and share with fellow crafters. Bring your lap-sized hand-craft, such as cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, paper crafts, hand sewing, needle felting, etc. Free to members and $5 for non-members.
Bob Ross Painting Class with certified instructor Naomi Hodge-Muse will meet once a month on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Learn Bob Ross’ famous painting technique. Students should bring a roll of paper towels, all other supplies provided. Advanced registration is required. Participants on Sept. 7 will learn to paint “Night Light,”, Oct. 5 will be painting “Wetland,” and Nov. 2 will be painting “Soft Mountain Glow.” The cost of this class is $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers.
Chix with Stix will meet two times a month on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Dates include Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24, and Nov. 14 and 28. Knitters are invited to work together in the Piedmont Arts classroom on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Sessions are self-guided and provide a space to socialize while creating. Bring your own supplies. Free to members and $5 for non-members.
On Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Art Garden, watercolor artist Jim McIntosh, PhD, will be teaching Introduction to Plein Air Painting. McIntosh will provide a 30-minute demo on how to be active during the painting process. He will then lead students in starting in a project, from concept to sketching to beginning a painting. Registration is not required. Bring your own supplies. This class is free and open to the public.
Yoga in the Galleries will take place with instructor Ally Snead on Sat. Oct. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants will enjoy a relaxing yoga session surrounded by the art work in the galleries. Bring your own mat and equipment. Classes are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Payments are cash only and will be made to the instructor.
Piedmont Arts is a nonprofit art museum in Martinsville. It is located at 215 Starling Ave., Martinsville. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Learn more at PiedmontArts.org.