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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...

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Prussian Blue and White illustration of a cyanotype process using flowers

Botanical Cyanotypes

Join us for a hands-on experience in creating cyanotypes, developed by the sun! The class will begin by collecting botanicals which will serve as the subjects for our cyanotypes. Next, we will prep our paper and develop our prints outside. Student...

Beekeeping Hives and Tools

Beekeeping Hives and Tools is a fun and instructive 4-week course designed for individuals who are interested in knowing the requirements for starting a honeybee apiary. Prior knowledge about honeybees or beehives is not required! Subjects covered...

The Organic Indigo Vat

During this one and a half day workshop, we’ll dye sample fabric and silk scarves in indigo, using different resist techniques to create designs. You’ll also learn the fundamentals of starting and maintaining an organic indigo vat, and go home...

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Prussian Blue and White illustration of a cyanotype process using flowers

Botanical Cyanotypes

Join us for a hands-on experience in creating cyanotypes, developed by the sun! The class will begin by collecting botanicals which will serve as the subjects for our cyanotypes. Next, we will prep our paper and develop our prints outside. Student...

Click on a class to learn more and register

Realistic Drawing of the human eye.

Portrait Drawing

Learn the basics of portraiture including the proportions of the face, how to draw individual facial features and how to add the illusion of form. Each week we will focus on drawing the facial features then end the course by drawing an accurate portrait....

An open book with clear white pages.

Short Story

This short story workshop is for all levels of writers and helps emphasize new ways to approach writing and creativity. The course is reading and writing intensive. It includes participating in weekly writing exercises, reading short stories, and...

Reaslistic drawing of a human eye

Introduction to Drawing

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...

Hand spraying stencils for a large scale and intricate design.

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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Chef Knife with red handle on brown granite background

Chef Knife

This 3-day class. Students will be instructed on how to construct a Chef Knife, including handle material selection, and forging techniques. Materials and supplies will be provided to make a finished Chef Knife

American Bladesmithing Society Logo

ABS Introduction to Bladesmithing

This class is for beginning knifemakers, students will be introduced to the concepts and techniques needed to make a knife. Students are taught metal selection; blade function and different blade design will be discussed. Hand forging to shape, normalizing,...

American Bladesmithing Society Logo

ABS Introduction to Bladesmithing

This class is for beginning knifemakers, students will be introduced to the concepts and techniques needed to make a knife. Students are taught metal selection; blade function and different blade design will be discussed. Hand forging to shape, normalizing,...

Metalworking

Handwrought Classes for 2022 Fall

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...

Side view of print being made with ink and paper.

Budget Friendly Printmaking

This course introduces the endless possibilities of low-budget printmaking! We will incorporate everyday objects to create unique prints. Students will learn basic printmaking techniques and processes such as stamp-making, block printing, and monotypes!...

Hand spraying stencils for a large scale and intricate design.

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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Our WNC Wooly Friends

Our Western North Carolina animals are celebrated in this folk art wool applique and embroidered project. This project looks complicated but works up quickly using simple shapes. Embroidery stitches and trims then embellish raw edges and ramble overall....

A Mountanous Scene made entirely from scraps of fabric, hand sewn into a quilt.

Photos to Fiber Art

Have a photograph of a special memory or vacation spot? Bring your photos to class, and we’ll crop, study and apply design elements to produce art that captures great memories. We’ll collage fabrics, trims and trinkets to a stiff base to produce...

A chair being upholstered by a woman holding needle and thread. The chair is green with a floral seat cushion.

Upholstery: Fall of 2022 Courses

This course provides hands on experience in tool use, various equipment, and techniques of the upholstery profession. Class work begins on the first day of class so bring a dining room chair(s), a chair with a back and/or bottom, or a footstool as...

A detail shot of a red Coiled bowl.

A Neater Coiled Basket

Fabric covered clothesline baskets have been popular for a few years, but in this class, we’ll learn a technique for making a neater basket. Baskets, coasters, placemats and even purses make great gifts, and a woven look can be achieved thru fabric...

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Strings Class 1

Strings Class 1 is for students with little to no strings experience! During this course, you will learn proper instrument position and finger placement in addition to plucking and bow articulation. Violin, viola, and cello are welcome. Together...

Strings Class 2

Students must be placed into this course by either having completed String Class 1 or by preparing a piece. Violin, viola, and cello are all welcome in this class. During this session, we will continue the physical & theoretical music skills from...

Cello and Violins stacked on top of each other against a stark white background.

Spring 2022 Violin & Cello Workshop

Please join us for this 1-Day workshop for Violin and Cello! Spring 2022 Violin & Cello Workshop is an Introductory workshop now being offered for those interested in learning how to play violin or cello. Students are welcome to bring their own...

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A patterned light blue and dark blue quilt.

Winner's Bouquet

Great pattern to master curves. Many different designs from only 3 pattern templates. Large blocks make this quilt go together very quickly. Lots of tips for conquering curves and after producing a lap quilt from this pattern, repetition provides...

Quilting

This project-based course is designed for individuals interested in learning the art of quilting. You will choose a project incorporating all the major quilt techniques, and learn to sandwich, quilt, and bind your masterpiece. It’s the perfect...

Quilting

This project-based course is designed for individuals interested in learning the art of quilting. You will choose a project incorporating all the major quilt techniques, and learn to sandwich, quilt, and bind your masterpiece. It’s the perfect...

Quilt being made by sewing machine.

Quilting

This project-based course is designed for individuals interested in learning the art of quilting. You will choose a project incorporating all the major quilt techniques, and learn to sandwich, quilt, and bind your masterpiece. It’s the perfect...

A colorful quilt made up of strips of fabric.

Quilters Strip

We’ll strip the old-fashioned way–applying random width strips to a foundation. Very traditional since used clothes scraps, feedsacks, or any fabric available can be utilized. Great way to use up scraps or recycle clothing. Very easy traditional...

A Mountanous Scene made entirely from scraps of fabric, hand sewn into a quilt.

Photos to Fiber Art

Have a photograph of a special memory or vacation spot? Bring your photos to class, and we’ll crop, study and apply design elements to produce art that captures great memories. We’ll collage fabrics, trims and trinkets to a stiff base to produce...

Hands moving a quilt through a sewing machine.

2022 Fall Quilting Classes

This Project based class is designed for individuals to learn quilting from cutting and sewing basic squares. Choosing a project figuring fabric yardage, and different quilting methods including using one of our three long arm quilters. Also a great...

A detail shot of a red Coiled bowl.

A Neater Coiled Basket

Fabric covered clothesline baskets have been popular for a few years, but in this class, we’ll learn a technique for making a neater basket. Baskets, coasters, placemats and even purses make great gifts, and a woven look can be achieved thru fabric...

Click on a class to learn more and register

Click on a class to learn more and register

Wooden Eagle Sculpture

Creative Art from Nature

Free your creative side by reawaking and deepening your innate connection to the natural world. This course will guide the participant in creating art from items found in nature. This could be anything from abstract to realistic as you are only limited...

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...

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Woman upholstering a green chair.

Upholstery

Have a sofa that’s old and worn out? Or a chair that has lost its beauty? If so, come and make it look new again. This course provides hands-on experience in tool use, various equipment, and techniques of the upholstery profession. You will learn...

Woman upholstering green chair

Upholstery

Have a sofa that’s old and worn out? Or a chair that has lost its beauty? If so, come and make it look new again. This course provides hands-on experience in tool use, various equipment, and techniques of the upholstery profession. You will learn...

A chair being upholstered by a woman holding needle and thread. The chair is green with a floral seat cushion.

Upholstery: Fall of 2022 Courses

This course provides hands on experience in tool use, various equipment, and techniques of the upholstery profession. Class work begins on the first day of class so bring a dining room chair(s), a chair with a back and/or bottom, or a footstool as...

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...

Hand spraying stencils for a large scale and intricate design.

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,...

Intro to Painting

Painting is lots of fun and using acrylic paint is one of the best ways to introduce you to creating colorful art. We are going to demystify color theory by exploring the elements of color and how colors relate to each other. You will discover how...

hand painted canvas of birds and sunflowers

Introduction to Painting

Painting is lots of fun and using acrylic paint is one of the best ways to introduce you to creating colorful art. We are going to demystify color theory by exploring the elements of color and how colors relate to each other. You will discover how...

Painting of a dolphin in the open sea with a boat in the background.

Story Art

This art class encourages and guides you to create a visual art piece depicting a meaningful event from your life experience or a fictional story from your imagination. The task posed to you is to think about what would make a dynamic book cover....

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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...

Small Wooden box made of two different types of wood that is hinged with wooden pieces on the sides.

Woodworking for Beginners: Small 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. Instructor: Bill Weinert

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