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Creative Arts

Art of Walking


with Jon Henry

Calendar Mar 19, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

This course will look at the prevalence of Walking within contemporary art. It will be part theory and making. The course will culminate in the formation of an art walk by each participant. We will be begin the course by examining what is walking: perfection of falling? sculpture? performance? time travel? movement? dance? etc. The class will be dependent on weather as we hope to venture outdoors to engage in creative movements. Other classes will be indoors with slide lectures and group discussion. The discussions will center around Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking, which can be read fully before class begins or in parts over the course. Skills are open-ended. Movement abilities are open: some walks may be less than 10 feet.

Note: It is recommended that each participant read Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit.  Other suggested books include The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, and Literature of Pedestrianism by Geoff Nicholson, The Art of Walking: A Field Guy by David Evans, and A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Reccan Solnit.

Jon Henry grew up in Rappahannock Co and moved to urban centers to pursue degrees at University of Richmond (BA), New York University (MA), and James Madison University (MFA). He is currently based in the Shenandoah Valley managing the Old Furnace Artist Residency and the vegetarian products of Jumpin Run Farm. Henry has received grants and fellowships from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Shenandoah Valley Arts Council, and Mildred's Lane. He is currently a Critical Collaboration Fellow for New York University.

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Floral and Foliage Tablescape Workshop


with Jen Perrot

Calendar Apr 14, 2018 at 10 am

Workshop participants will create a tablescape design with seasonal flowers and foliage along with foraged natural materials on site at Flourish Root floral studio.

Note: There is a $55 materials fee.  All tools and materials are provided.  Participants should dress appropriately to be outside and working with flower and plant materials.

Jen Perrot of Flourish Root - floral & events - owns and operates a floral studio in Sperryville.  Her floral studio creates nature-inspired custom designs for weddings, events, everyday and commercial spaces.  

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Intermediate Quilting


with Charlotte Laing

Calendar Mar 22, 2018 at 9 am, runs for 9 weeks

Charlotte Laing and Kathleen Hutcheson will help students build on skills of basic quilting to create a sampler quilt. This quilt will be the perfect size for a baby quilt, lap quilt, or a good-sized wall hanging.  Each class will include extensive information and work on as many as three blocks.  Extra help will be available to any who need it.

Note: There will be added costs for fabrics and the instruction booklet which will be discussed at the first class.


Charlotte Laing has been sewing by hand and machine for 70 years and quilting for 20 years.  She has led quilting classes for Extension Offices and in Waterford. She is known for her sense of color and intricate designs.  The majority of her quilts have been hand-quilted.

Kathleen Hutcheson is relatively new to quilting but has been working with fabric and fibers most of her life.

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Learn to Knit


with Rebecca Abecassis

Calendar Apr 6, 2018 at 2 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Each participant will learn the knit and purl stitches, how to cast on, and how to bind off.  The instructor will provide needles and yarn that participants can take home and practice the stitches.   They will also have the option of learning the Continental method or the English method of holding the needles and yarn.  At the final session, the participants will be given the opportunity to purchase a “kit” for a beginning project of their choice (scarf, washcloth, hat) and assistance in getting started on their projects.

Rebecca Abecassis grew up in the area and has owned the Knit Wit Yarn Shop in Sperryville for 10 years. She learned to knit Icelandic sweaters in 1988 while living in Iceland and has enjoyed knitting ever since.  Connie Dwyer, as co-instructor. is an excellent knitter who lives in Rappahannock County and knits beautiful lacework, socks, and sweaters.

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Lettering in Stone


with Pete Bracken

Calendar Mar 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Students will be introduced to stone carving in general (historical and modern) and lettering in particular with an emphasis on tools and techniques.  Within the first session, students will choose a practice stone, trace a few letters, and get some practice with mallet and chisel.  By the second session students should have a project in mind (alphabet stone, garden poem, etc.).  Another stone will be chosen and the project begins.  Subsequent sessions will be used to move the project toward completion.

Note: Tools and stones will be provided.  Students should wear clothing and shoes they don't mind getting stone dust on and should bring dust masks if preferred.  The amount of stone removed while lettering is minimal, and as such there will be no clouds of dust present.

Pete Bracken is a professional stone carver specializing in memorials and lettering.  He began carving stone as a hobby in 2000 and had his first professional commission several years later.  At around that time he also began an informal apprenticeship with Master Stone Carver Malcolm Harlow in Berryville, VA which continues to this day.  More information can be gotten at and

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Living Wreath Workshop


with Jen Perrot

Calendar May 12, 2018 at 10 am

Workshop participants will create a living wreath with flowering & foliage plants on-site at Flourish Root floral studio.

Note: There is a $75 materials fee.  Participants should dress appropriately to be outside and working with flower and plant materials.

Jen Perrot of Flourish Root - floral & events - owns and operates a floral studio in Sperryville.  Her floral studio creates nature inspired custom designs for weddings, events, everyday and commercial spaces.  



with Michael McLeod

Calendar Mar 19, 2018 at 3 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Storytelling for visual media is a special skill and requires specific insights into how the film and TV industry functions. This class provides an overview of exactly what the screenwriter’s job is.  It covers how and why screenplays look the way they do, what goes in them and what gets left out, and how a script is formatted.

Students will create a short screenplay (5 to 10 pages) over the course of the class and will participate in critiques of screenplays written by other students.

Note: Each student will need access to word processing or specialized screenwriting software, and a printer. There will be a suggested reading list, but the purchase of books is not mandatory.

Michael McLeod has been a working writer for 40+ years. His background includes being senior staff writer for a Fortune 500 company and a story analyst* at one of the big three networks. He is the author of three screenplays, four stage plays, and multiple published short stories. Michael recently moved here from Los Angeles, was invited to join the Virginia Screenwriters' Forum, and is loving Virginia.

*Story analyst: a person who is paid to evaluate incoming scripts and/or make suggestions about how to fix problems in, or enhance, existing or in-production scripts.


Storytelling for the Fun of It


with Peter Hornbostel

Calendar Apr 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

This course will help you to dig out the stories that are buried within each of us, develop and organize those you want to tell (with a beginning, body and an end),  and learn how best to tell these stories to the people you want to tell them to, be they your kids, extended family, friends, neighbors, the sheriff, or anyone else. Neither memorizing nor writing your stories will be required.

While no special equipment is needed (though a sense of humor helps), students may want to obtain and read a copy of Donald Davis's book Telling Your Own Stories sometime before the course begins.

Note: This class is for new students as well as folks who participated previously.  For the latter, we will work on stories which we did not write, tell, or listen to before.

In addition to the five regular classes, one more date will be announced.  We may also prepare a story show to be presented to the community by any students who would like to participate.

Peter Hornbostel is the Artistic Director Emeritus of the RAAC Community Theater where he has frequently been an actor or a director. He is also a novelist. He is one year older than he was a year ago. He has often told stories to both friends and enemies (one sometimes became the other), in Rappahannock County (including the county jail). and elsewhere. 

Now, he says, there's a good start for a story.

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