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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.

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Hands and Fingers are shaping a small vase out of clay on a spinning wheel.

Clay. Throwing and Sculpting Pottery

Have you ever wanted to throw pottery on the wheel? In this course Cory Plott will gladly reveal techniques to help you understand the process of pottery. The first few weeks will cover a combination of throwing and sculpting techniques, followed...

A close up of a small vase being wheel thrown with two hands on a potters wheel.

Clay. Throwing and Sculpting Pottery

Have you ever wanted to throw pottery on the wheel? In this course Cory Plott will gladly reveal techniques to help you understand the process of pottery. The first few weeks will cover a combination of throwing and sculpting techniques, followed...

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A detail photograph of honey bees on honeycomb.

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! Subjects covered include: the importance of honeybees to...

A detail photograph of honey bees making honey in a honeycomb.

Backyard Bee Keeping

Backyard Beekeeping is a fun, but intensive 12-week course designed for those individuals who are seriously interested in maintaining a honeybee apiary. Prior knowledge about honeybees is not required! Subjects covered will include the science of...

A close up of the printing process with black ink on white paper.

Create Holiday Printed Cards and Wrapping Paper

In this one-day class students will create holiday-themed wrapping paper and greeting cards for gift-giving during the holiday season! Students will have knowledge in basic stamp and printmaking upon completion of this class as well as completed...

A woman is measuring a cheeta print to fit the back of her jean jacket, to create a rock look for the wild soul.

ReMake, ReUse, ReConstruct

Have clothes that are no longer wearable but love the pattern or fabric? Want to explore garment deconstruction and reconstruction? We will experiment with remaking unused garments into useful accessories, combining clothes to make new garments...

Upholstery Instructor: Lanie Hendrix Location: Oak Building, Downstairs Tuition: $173.00 This Hands on course begins the first class-Students should bring a simple desk or dining chair with a seat bottom or a footstool for their first project.   Instructor: Lani Hendrix  Course Code      Date                 Time Upholstery: Day Class CSP 4000 24825   1/9/23 – 3/27/23           Mondays, 10am-2pm Registration Deadline: 12/19/22  Course Code      Date                 Time Upholstery: Night Class CSP 4000 24826   1/9/23 – 3/27/23           Mondays, 5pm – 9pm Registration Deadline: 12/19/22

Upholstery

This hands on course begins the first class-Students should bring a simple desk or dining chair with a seat bottom or a footstool for their first project. Instructor: Lani Hendrix

A man fishing for salmon, casting his fly rod into a lake in a natural setting.

Fly Rod Making

Build or restore your own fly rod. The course reviews the methodology of rod building will consist of techniques that are well over 100 years old. All materials will be provided but students are welcome to bring a rod for evaluation and restoration.

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A vintage sign of the word

The Art & Language of Film

This class will examine the development of cinematic language over the decades by focusing on one film a week, each from a different time period & spotlighting a different approach to the challenges of telling a unique story through the medium of...

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Hand drawing of the human eye.

Introduction to Drawing with James Stilwell

Let’s unleash and nurture your creative side together. Learn to visually interpret what you see and capture this on paper. We will cover basic drawing fundamentals: line, contour, shapes, shading, controlling tones, proportion, perspective and...

A mixed media sketchbook with pencils, paint, scissors, and thread.

Art Journaling

Art Journaling is beneficial to artists, hobbyists, or anyone, who wants to be creative. An art journal is a form of visual record keeping. Record keeping of thoughts, memories, and emotions. It can also be used to develop and play with various techniques...

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Palmetto Memories jewelry necklace, part of a 2 Piece Set by Amy Pike. The necklace features 9 cut and shaped pieces of metal with some color treatment having a teared design on an assembled chain.

Metal Art jewelry for Beginners

Carry on the tradition of metal smithing practiced throughout history. You will learn in a well-equipped metals studio on our beautiful campus. Through a series of projects, you will become familiar with the basic tools and techniques used to make...

Detail image of hands using a jewelry tool to bend metal.

Jewelers Open Studio-Level 2 Metalsmithing

Have you taken some classes and just need a place to work with access to tools? Enjoy access to our well equipped studio with the guidance of Instructor Amy Pike. Amy is a graduate of HCCs Professional Crafts Metals program and an instructor at...

A metal necklace by artist Amy Pike.

Introduction to Metal Smithing

Carry on the tradition of metal smithing practiced throughout history. You will learn in a well-equipped metals studio on our beautiful campus. Through a series of projects, students will become familiar with the basic tools and techniques used to...

Cartoon illustration of a bearded man hammering hot metal on an anvil.

Make a Blacksmith’s Knife

Throughout this course, students will learn the basics of skills of forging and hone those skills into creating their own simple blacksmith’s knife. These simple and elegant knives have been hand crafted since the Iron Age and are a great starting...

The knife is an example of what will be made in the course, a polished handle with a well formed and sharp blade.

Camp/Hunting Knife

This 3-day class. Students will be instructed on how to construct a Camp or Hunting Knife, including handle material selection, and forging techniques. Materials and supplies will be provided to make a finished Camp Knife. Instructor: Ken Hall

A hatchet and knives plunged into a tree stump.

Make a Hatchet

Throughout this course, students will further hone their forging skills into creating their own hatchet. This project will include punching and drifting the eye of the hatchet, forging the cutting edge to shape, grinding the blade and making the...

An example of what is made in the course; a leather hand sewn knife covering against a green background. Knife is included in image.

Knife Sheath class

This 2-day class. Students will be instructed on how to construct a knife sheath, material selection, and techniques. Materials and supplies will be provided to make a finished knife sheath. Students need to bring a knife to make the sheath for...

A product image from Chichester Canada Inc of a knife made from a railroad spike against a white background.

Railroad Spike Forging: Knife or Hatchet

Throughout this course, students will learn the basics of skills of forging railroad spikes into either a knife or a hatchet. This course will place an emphasis on making the craft of blacksmithing an enjoyable and attainable hobby for anyone. Students...

A hatchet and knives plunged into a tree stump.

Open Project

Throughout this course, students will have open lab time to design and craft the project of their choice, under the guidance of our instructor. This course will place an emphasis on making the craft of blacksmithing an enjoyable and attainable hobby...

Cartoon Illustration of a Blacksmither working with a hammer and anvil.

Handwrought Morning Studio

This course covers ideas and techniques for designing, heating and shaping metal. Topics include hammer control, use of power tools and advanced techniques such as metal lamination. Upon completion, students should be able to use traditional and...

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A mixed media sketchbook with pencils, paint, scissors, and thread.

Art Journaling

Art Journaling is beneficial to artists, hobbyists, or anyone, who wants to be creative. An art journal is a form of visual record keeping. Record keeping of thoughts, memories, and emotions. It can also be used to develop and play with various techniques...

A close up of the printing process with black ink on white paper.

Create Holiday Printed Cards and Wrapping Paper

In this one-day class students will create holiday-themed wrapping paper and greeting cards for gift-giving during the holiday season! Students will have knowledge in basic stamp and printmaking upon completion of this class as well as completed...

An artist spraying a stencil design with a paint sprayer.

Paint, Stamp, & Stencil

Create a new piece each week! This course introduces the endless possibilities of designing and producing printed surface designs, patterns. Students will learn basic painting, printmaking techniques and processes such as free flow, stencil painting,...

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Woman weaving a blue and black scarf using a floor loom.

Beginning Weaving 101: Floor Loom

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. You will learn...

A detailed image of a quilt having wool sewn in shapes of animals into the fabric. The animals include a bear, sheep, bird, and other local Appalachain creatures.

Wool Applique and Embroidery

Slow-Sew. Wool applique and embroidery are soothing, portable and affordable. Blocks work up quickly. Students will explore working with and felting wool and discovering threads and multiple hand embroidery stitches. Three block patterns will...

A detail photography of a red, black, and yellow ball that has been made by coiling cotton in a have sphere, using fabric for color.

A Neater Coiled Basket

Coiled basketry can be produced by hand or machine. They can be left raw or covered with fabric. Students will learn methods to produce coiled baskets, coasters and even purses and vases. Students will learn to coil cord and stitch by hand and...

A landscape picture made with pieces of fabric. Landscape is of a mountain view.

Loose Landscape

This is a hand stitch fiber class that explores design elements and creative stitching. Bring in a favorite landscape picture and play with fabric and stitches to create a piece worthy of framing. We'll isolate a portion of the picture with good...

A woman is measuring a cheeta print to fit the back of her jean jacket, to create a rock look for the wild soul.

ReMake, ReUse, ReConstruct

Have clothes that are no longer wearable but love the pattern or fabric? Want to explore garment deconstruction and reconstruction? We will experiment with remaking unused garments into useful accessories, combining clothes to make new garments...

Click on a class to learn more and register

A violin and cello set of intruments that are stacked against a white background.

Violin & Cello for Beginners

Through music we learn to become storytellers! This introductory course welcomes students with little to no strings experience for both violin and cello. We begin the class with a tour of the instrument and bow. Together we will learn basic sight-reading...

A stack of instruments such as violins and cellos against a stark white background.

Intermediate Violin & Cello

Through music we learn to become storytellers! This course is for violin or cello students that have either completed the beginner class, have previous experience, or for those wanting more of a musical challenge. Students will learn various bow...

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A detailed image of a quilt having wool sewn in shapes of animals into the fabric. The animals include a bear, sheep, bird, and other local Appalachain creatures.

Wool Applique and Embroidery

Slow-Sew. Wool applique and embroidery are soothing, portable and affordable. Blocks work up quickly. Students will explore working with and felting wool and discovering threads and multiple hand embroidery stitches. Three block patterns will...

A detail photography of a red, black, and yellow ball that has been made by coiling cotton in a have sphere, using fabric for color.

A Neater Coiled Basket

Coiled basketry can be produced by hand or machine. They can be left raw or covered with fabric. Students will learn methods to produce coiled baskets, coasters and even purses and vases. Students will learn to coil cord and stitch by hand and...

A hand sewn quilt using a strip and block technique.

Quilting, Piecing and Applique by Hand

Great class to try quilting without a big investment. Develop a portable, creative and useful hobby which can also be used to provide warmth to family, friends and quilts for those in need. Students will learn template and rotary cutting methods,...

A landscape picture made with pieces of fabric. Landscape is of a mountain view.

Loose Landscape

This is a hand stitch fiber class that explores design elements and creative stitching. Bring in a favorite landscape picture and play with fabric and stitches to create a piece worthy of framing. We'll isolate a portion of the picture with good...

A woman is measuring a cheeta print to fit the back of her jean jacket, to create a rock look for the wild soul.

ReMake, ReUse, ReConstruct

Have clothes that are no longer wearable but love the pattern or fabric? Want to explore garment deconstruction and reconstruction? We will experiment with remaking unused garments into useful accessories, combining clothes to make new garments...

Hands taking a quilt and running it through a sewing machine.

Quilting

This 10 week session begins the first class learning the basics of choosing and project-cutting with a ruler and rotary blade. Sewing on one of our babyloc machines these classes are for beginners to accomplished quilters. Come bring the projects...

Quilting: Courthouse Square Impressionism

The Courthouse Square block is an old favorite variation of the Log Cabin block. By manipulating color and fabric pattern, we'll produce a quilt with an impressionistic, watercolor look. Riot of color reproduces a happy, free quilt. Limiting to...

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Click on a class to learn more and register

A vintage sign of the word

The Art & Language of Film

This class will examine the development of cinematic language over the decades by focusing on one film a week, each from a different time period & spotlighting a different approach to the challenges of telling a unique story through the medium of...

Upholstery Instructor: Lanie Hendrix Location: Oak Building, Downstairs Tuition: $173.00 This Hands on course begins the first class-Students should bring a simple desk or dining chair with a seat bottom or a footstool for their first project.   Instructor: Lani Hendrix  Course Code      Date                 Time Upholstery: Day Class CSP 4000 24825   1/9/23 – 3/27/23           Mondays, 10am-2pm Registration Deadline: 12/19/22  Course Code      Date                 Time Upholstery: Night Class CSP 4000 24826   1/9/23 – 3/27/23           Mondays, 5pm – 9pm Registration Deadline: 12/19/22

Upholstery

This hands on course begins the first class-Students should bring a simple desk or dining chair with a seat bottom or a footstool for their first project. Instructor: Lani Hendrix

An artist spraying a stencil design with a paint sprayer.

Paint, Stamp, & Stencil

Create a new piece each week! This course introduces the endless possibilities of designing and producing printed surface designs, patterns. Students will learn basic painting, printmaking techniques and processes such as free flow, stencil painting,...

A wood sculpture made from branches and twigs to make the 3-d shape of an eagle.

Creative 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. Your crafted art could be anything from abstract to realistic as you are only...

Click on a class to learn more and register

Upholstery Instructor: Lanie Hendrix Location: Oak Building, Downstairs Tuition: $173.00 This Hands on course begins the first class-Students should bring a simple desk or dining chair with a seat bottom or a footstool for their first project.   Instructor: Lani Hendrix  Course Code      Date                 Time Upholstery: Day Class CSP 4000 24825   1/9/23 – 3/27/23           Mondays, 10am-2pm Registration Deadline: 12/19/22  Course Code      Date                 Time Upholstery: Night Class CSP 4000 24826   1/9/23 – 3/27/23           Mondays, 5pm – 9pm Registration Deadline: 12/19/22

Upholstery

This hands on course begins the first class-Students should bring a simple desk or dining chair with a seat bottom or a footstool for their first project. Instructor: Lani Hendrix

Click on a class to learn more and register

Click on a class to learn more and register

A mixed media sketchbook with pencils, paint, scissors, and thread.

Art Journaling

Art Journaling is beneficial to artists, hobbyists, or anyone, who wants to be creative. An art journal is a form of visual record keeping. Record keeping of thoughts, memories, and emotions. It can also be used to develop and play with various techniques...

An open book with blank pages, awaiting to be written in.

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. Instructor: Andrew Peterson

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A young woodworker in a studio who is building a table or chair.

Woodworking for beginners: Simple Chair

This course will build on skills students have learned in the previous two classes and each student will design their own simple chair which they will construct using basic woodworking tools that are easily accessible. No prior woodworking experience...

A wood sculpture made from branches and twigs to make the 3-d shape of an eagle.

Creative 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. Your crafted art could be anything from abstract to realistic as you are only...

A man fishing for salmon, casting his fly rod into a lake in a natural setting.

Fly Rod Making

Build or restore your own fly rod. The course reviews the methodology of rod building will consist of techniques that are well over 100 years old. All materials will be provided but students are welcome to bring a rod for evaluation and restoration.

HCC Instructor Bill Weinert's box creation using two colors of wood.

Woodworking for beginners: Keepsake box

This course will guide students through the construction of a Keepsake box of their own design, using basic woodworking tools that are easily accessible. No prior woodworking experience is necessary. Student will be responsible for purchasing their...

A man working with carpentry tools to build a bench in a woodworking studio.

Woodworking on a Budget – Open Project

Throughout this course, students will garner a strong understanding of basic power tools, as well as expand their abilities with hand tools, while they work to craft a project of their choice (within reason). This course will place an emphasis on...

A man is working in a woodshop on a table.

Woodworking for beginners – Small Table

This course will build on skills students have learned in the previous class and guide them through the construction of a small table of their own design, using basic woodworking tools that are easily accessible. No prior woodworking experience is...

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Aubree Ross: 828-565-4152 or alross@haywood.edu