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Creative Arts

Haywood Community College offers continuing education courses in fiber, clay, metals/jewelry, hand wrought metals, woodcarving, wood furniture construction, stained glass, basketry, seasonal floral design, painting, music, computer design, photography and so much more. Check back often for updated schedules and class offerings.  Please click on class titles for more information.

About Creative Arts

Western North Carolina is fertile ground for craft arts and artists. Over the last 50 years, the area has blossomed into an internationally recognized destination for working artists, craftspeople, shops, galleries and craft education.

Haywood Community College’s Creative Arts programming offers an innovative, affordable, groundbreaking craft education.

  • The HCC Craft programs draw students from across the United States and beyond.

  • The college’s state-of-the-art, LEED certified, green building is a model for art and craft education.

  • The Creative Arts Facility is over 40,000 square feet in size containing both studio and gallery space.
  • Class sizes are small, with teacher-student ratios designed for an optimal studio education.

We welcome students from next door to across the country.  We have individuals that make our campus their vacation destination to participate in workshops and classes, or are lucky enough to have this amazing resource in their backyard.  Continuing education classes vary in price depending on class length and cost of materials, but remain the same for each participant regardless of residency.

Advanced Open Studio

Perfect for those that have already taken Beginning or Intermediate Wheel Throwing. Learn More

Basics of Handbuilding

During the course we will learn about the properties of clay and techniques for joining, refining, and surface patterning. Learn More

Beginning Wheel Throwing

Through demonstrations and one on one coaching, we will learn all the steps to create simple forms such as bowls, cups, and bud vases. Learn More

Creating Ceramic Lanterns

Students will learn a variety of lantern sculpting and fundamentals. Learn More

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Want to take your wheel throwing to the next level?  This class is perfect for students who have already taken my beginning pottery class. Learn More

Make a Mug

This class is available to artists of all different skill levels. Each week students will learn about and work with different hand building techniques. Learn More

Backyard Bee Keeping Workshop

The one day workshop will introduce Backyard Beekeeping basics to individuals considering the possibility of maintaining a honeybee apiary. Prior knowledge about honeybees is not required! Learn More

Backyard Bee Keeping

Backyard Beekeeping is a fun, but intensive 15-week course designed for those individuals who are seriously interested in maintaining a honeybee apiary. Prior knowledge about honeybees is not required! Learn More

Canning 101

You will complete two simple canning projects to take home and enjoy while gaining skills of food preservation that have been passed on among local people for generations. Learn More

Cultivating the Future: Seed Starting

This is a one-day class on seed starting which will teach students how to select seeds for their taste, experience level, and local climate. Learn More

Drawing 101

Let’s unleash and nurture your creative side together. Learn to visually interpret what you see and capture this on paper. Learn More

NC Flora Trading Cards

In the class we will learn the basics of relief printmaking by native North Carolina flora as our subject matter. Each student will select a flora species to depict in a print, carve a block, print it, and trade with fellow classmates. Learn More

Painting 101

Using acrylic paint is one of the best ways to be introduced to creating colorful art. Demystify color theory by exploring the elements of color and how colors relate to each other. Learn More

Pet and Animal Portraits

Capture your lovable pet or your favorite animal in graphite pencil drawings. The student will work from photographs and explore composition, texture, blending, value as well as other intermediate drawing skills. Learn More

Sculpture From Nature

Create 3D and relief sculpture from ordinary items foraged from nature. Free your creative side by reawaking and deepening your innate connection to the natural world. Learn More

Blacksmith Knife Creation

Throughout this course, students will learn the basic skills of forging and hone those skills into creating their own simple blacksmith’s knife. Learn More

Bringing in the heat

With basic skills behind us and an ability to create metal jewelry, we move on to joining metals with heat and cold connections with rivets. Students will explore, practice, and develop a love for joining metals with solder and heat. Learn More

Get Fired up with Color: an Intro to Vitreous Enamel

During this course students will explore various ways to create designs with transparent and opaque enamel on copper. Learn More

Hatchet Creation

Throughout this course, students will further hone their forging skills into creating their own hatchet. Learn More


Come learn about different options for adding hinges to bracelets, pendants, brooches or boxes. There are many ways to use hinges in your jewelry designs. Learn More

Introduction to Metal Smithing

This 8-week level 1 beginning course introduces you to the world of metalsmithing.  Students will begin learning and using skills for basic tool usage; light torchwork (annealing), hammering (texturing), piercing (sawing), shaping, coloring with patinas, Roller Mill texturing, and more. Learn More

Reticulation Silver- Adding Texture

There are many ways to add interest to your work - Texture is a great way. In this intermediate class you learn about heating Reticulation Silver to create a unique texture. Learn More

Rings Rings Rings…Beautiful Rings!

You will start with a set of stacking rings, then you will create a wide band ring that has texture. Your final project for this class will be an adjustable ring with a bezel set stone of your choice. Learn More

Looking Glass with Lead Panels

In this class, you will learn the basics of stained glass in the lead came method. You will create two or more pieces to take with you. Learn More

Vision Boarding

If you want to bring more fun, truth, creativity, and intention into your life in 2024, this is the workshop for you! In this class, we will be questioning where our goals come from and exploring our deep truths. Learn More

Beginner Natural Dyes

In this two-day course, we will take a hands-on approach to dyeing vibrant colors with natural dyes. We’ll learn the natural dye process and how to achieve reliable results when naturally dyeing solid fabrics. Learn More

Dyeing with Indigo

During this 1-day workshop, we’ll dye fabric in a premade indigo vat using various resist techniques to create blue and white designs. Learn More

Mending Club

Join Deanna as she teaches a hands-on mending workshop where you’ll learn essential techniques to repair and revitalize your clothing and textiles. Learn More

Weaving 101 with Rachel

In this six-week course we will learn every step of beginning weaving on a floor loom including designing a warp with multiple colors, dressing the loom back to front, and exploring weaving in both plain weave and twill structures. Learn More

Beginners Violin & Cello

Through music we learn to become storytellers! This introductory course welcomes students with little to no strings experience for both violin and cello. Learn More

Intermediate Violin & Cello

This course is for violin or cello students that have either completed the beginner class, have prior experience, or have submitted a brief audition file to the instructor. Learn More

Speak with your Finger Tips

This workshop is focused towards actually playing & exploring how to use the instrument, body, and mind to play without sheet music, cheat books, or chord charts. Learn More

Learn to Waltz, Tango, and Foxtrot
An introduction to the 3 primary dances in American and International style dance (waltz, tango, and foxtrot). Students will learn the first 4 patterns in each dance and the elements of rhythm, timing, proper hold, frame, and footwork to give students comfort and confidence on the social dance floor. Learn More

Quilting 101 and Beyond

Come learn the basics of choosing and project-cutting with a ruler and rotary blade. Sewing will take place on one of our babyloc machines. These classes are for beginners and accomplished quilters. Learn More

Quilting Alchemy

This two-day workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to creative quilting techniques. Learn More

Upholstery Mornings

You will dive right in on your first day of class. Students should bring a simple desk or dining chair with a seat bottom or a footstool for their first project. Learn More

Upholstery Nights

You will dive right in on your first day of class. Students should bring a simple desk or dining chair with a seat bottom or a footstool for their first project. Learn More

Advanced Fiction

Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop provides the space for a writer to write. Students will take their writing to the next level, submitting their work for close-reading and review by their peers and the instructor. Learn More

Beg. Woodworking-Keepsake Box

Students will be guided through the construction of a Keepsake box of their own design, using basic woodworking tools that are easily accessible. Learn More

Beg. Woodworking-Small Table

This course will build on skills students have learned in the beginner class and guide them through the construction of a small table of their own design, using basic woodworking tools that are easily accessible. Learn More


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