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The Winter 2014 Classes are Listed Below
Explore your creative side with CCA classes!

CCA continues its offering of classes during the winter months to get you in touch with the arts. Learn a new skill, take the next step in an art you know, or just satisfy your curiosity. Check this page frequently for new classes that we will be adding. 

Classes take place at the CCA World Headquarters at 6309 Church St. The cost for the class is listed next to the class date and time.  Some classes may have a small additional materials fee

Register via the CCA web site with a credit card or register in-person (cash or check only) at Sundial Books on Main St.


Make a three dimensional Butterfly Table Ornament while learning these good, basic stained-glass skills: glass cutting, glass grinding, copper foiling, soldering (both assembly and decorative,) and wire work.  You will get to take your butterfly home with you!
Ages 18 and up

Tuesday, February 18 and Tuesday February 25, 6:00pm-8:00pm Cost $50  plus $20 materials fee
Instructor: Elizabeth Dook
No experience required, but students must be willing to work carefully with sharp glass and hot irons. 
The classes are sequential and the registration is for both classes.  Class size is limited.


Creative greeting card making using exciting paper manipulation techniques such as hot and cold embossing, stamping, foiling, and cutting. Participants will leave with 8 beautiful, professional cards.
Ages 18 and up

Friday, February 21, 9:00am-12:00pm Cost $35  plus $10 materials fee
Instructor: Sue Karch
No experience required.  Students should bring a pair of sharp scissors.


Sea Glass as jewelry.  Students will learn to make wire-wrapped jewelry from found glass.
Ages 14 and up

Wednesday, February 26, 10:00am-12:00pm Cost $25 plus $5 supplies
Instructor: Sandy Gifford
No experience required.  Class size is limited.


This demonstration class is designed for several types of people:

           1) Artists who want to have images of their work available on the web but who don’t want to have to pay
                for and maintain a website.
           2) Individuals who want to share videos and still images with friends and family in a convenient way
           3) Small business owners who want to use youtube as a free marketing tool.

The demonstration class will show how to:

1) Create a youtube channel for yourself or organization,
2) Use freeware programs to create a movie of the content you want to make available on Youtube,
3) Employ techniques of pan, zoom and animation to make youtube presentations lively,
4) Include background music or narrations on youtube presentations.
5) Load the final content draft onto a Youtube channel.

The exclusive goal of this demonstration class is to show how to make professional quality presentations of existing
visual and audio content for placement on Youtube.  Handouts showing the demonstrated procedure will be available along with a listing of free resources for creating Youtube content.  This course does not include any instruction in creating or editing original video, musical or still image content.

Thursday, February 27, 7:00-8:00pm    Cost $15
Instructor: Bill Troxler


This course sweeps through folk music, art music, blues, rock and roll and other music styles as it explores how
rhythm, melody, harmony and timbre combine and make music a transformative art. The goal is to provide listeners
with the tools to appreciate, not necessarily like, all forms of music. No musical knowledge required. The class
provides many listening and discussion opportunities.

Thursday March 6 and Thursday March 13 7:00-9:00pm   Cost $50
Instructor: Bill Troxler
The classes are sequential and the registration is for both classes.


In a relaxed, playful way we will experiment with a variety of writing genres including fast fiction, poetry, dialogue, and essay. Each class will involve writing and sharing, as well as consideration of examples of good writing by writers famous and
not-so-famous. Lots of warm-up exercises to loosen the imagination.
No age limit

Thursdays, March 6, March 13, March 20, and March 27, 3:00pm-5:00pm   Cost $100
Instructor: Lisa Cannon

The classes are sequential and the registration is for four classes.  No experience required.  Bring pencil or pen and paper.  No computers because we have no printer.


In this beginner's course, learn the building blocks of carving, including how to research projects and patterns and how to use carving tools properly. Finish your duck decoy by learning how to apply color using rudimentary painting techniques. By learning the basics from one of the best, you will get a glimpse of the incredible artistry and talent that are embedded in award-winning contemporary carvings.
Ages 18 and up

Tuesday March 11 and Tuesday March 18 1:00pm-3:00pm Cost $50
Instructor: Arthur Leonard
No experience required. 
The classes are sequential and the registration is for both classes.


Learn to mix any color you need from a limited palette using principles of color.  Applicable to any media.
Ages 16 and up

Wednesday March 12  10:00am-12:00pm    Cost $25 plus $5 materials
Instructor: Nancy Richards West
No experience required.  


A demonstration class in preparing healthy and sustainable meals from your garden or local farmer's market.
Ages 16 and up

Tuesday March 18 7:00pm-9:00pm   Cost $25
Instructor: Gail Parsons Beard
No experience required.  


FREE Art Classes for Kids
10 a.m. to 12 noon
Each 2nd Saturday of the month

CCA World Headquarters
6309 Church Street

Kids must bring a parent.  This program is NOT day-care






About the Instructors

  • Gail Parsons Beard was raised on a farm, and did not know a grocery store until she was 12. Her passion is food and farming. She is interested in sustainability and eating healthy, and has gone from her garden to her kitchen for years. She has not had formal training in this area, except for having worked alongside her mother in a restaurant some years ago. She  opened "Woody"s" in Chincoteague in 2007.
  • Andrea Canfield is a web consultant. She has published several blogs.
  • Lisa Cannon is the author of the Chincoteague and Assateague History Plays.  She says: Writing has alwaysbeen part of my life. It just seemed to insinuate itself from the moment Ibegan reading childhood books and listening to stories. It doesn't feel like a choice so much as a need. I have written professionally in jobs ranging from speech writer to policy analyst to high school English teacher, teaching (and taking) creative writing classes along the way. Since moving to Chincoteague, I've begun writing historical drama and gotten back to writing poetry, my first love. An English major, of course, I've done graduate work at the Breadloaf School of English in Vermont and at the University of Maryland.
  • Elizabeth Dook  has been working with stained glass for her own pleasure and for sale since 2000. She has created window panels, lamp shades, sun catchers and three dimensional ornaments. Some of her pieces are on display and for sale at the CCA headquarters. 
  • Sandy Gifford is a local jewelry maker and has been making wire wrapped sea glass for 3 years.  She sells her jewelry locally.
  • Sue Karch,  is a card maker who says: Crafting with paper, making cards, and using glitter, that is how my days are filled.  Now....I did teach math for 35 happy years and retired.  Folding paper, embossing, glittering, and tying bows to share with friends....maybe I have another 35 years to make them happy.  Let's do that!
  • Arthur Leonard has been carving wooden duck hunting decoys in the "traditional way" with a hatchet, spoke shaves, and hand tools for over 30 years.  He learned to carve from watching other carvers as they worked-- Cigar Daisey, Tom Savage, Reggie Birch, and Roe Terry, to name a few.  He's won multiple "Best of Show" awards at the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival, Ward Museum's Chesapeake Challenge, and Chincoteague Easter Decoy Festival, as well as numerous other awards for individual carvings.  He is a two-time featured craftsman at the Smithsonian Institute's Folklife Festival.  Noting his passion for hunting and its integral connection to duck decoys, he says, "Carving is a lifelong passion I can't get away from.  It began at an early age, as a baby, with my mother holding me up to look out the back window at the ducks in the creek.  It continued with my father taking me hunting as a kid on our farm.  I've been carving ducks and hunting on the marsh ever since."
  • Bill Troxler has taught music and engineering for more than thirty years. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, he is a gifted teacher and performer, having taught at Augusta Heritage Center, the Swannanoa Gathering, Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival and Common Ground on the HIll. He has studied bodhran in Ireland with some of the greatest contemporary players.
  • Nancy Richards West has been painting professionally since the 1970's, taking her inspiration from the marshes and shorebirds of our area. She is known for her paintings of egrets and herons and is the first artist chosen to be Resident Artist at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Formally trained since the age of 10, Nancy brings her years of experience to the classroom.  She delights in helping artists learn to 'see' and in giving them the confidence to move forward with their art. Nancy's paintings can be seen at  Island Arts at 6196 Maddox Boulevard or online at



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 Chincoteague Creative Alliance Programs and events are supported in part by grants from:

Virginia Commission for the Arts
 •  National Endowment for the Arts 
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