Arts Education


Getting Started with Photography w/ Julian Charles

Two-session workshop March 25 & April 1, 6:30-8:30 pm

This two-session workshop is intended for anyone who is a complete beginner, or needs a refresher on how to get started with a camera. Students will learn step-by-step how to take control of their camera, shoot manually, and become creative photographic artists by starting to understand light and exposure, composition and photographic styles. We will also cover equipment choices and preparation.

Ideally, students should have a DSLR camera to bring to the workshop, though this is not essential. If bringing a DSLR, students are required to bring their user manual. Though most cameras essentially work the same, interfaces between cameras are all very different.

Tuition $50

Photography Workshop Weekend w/ Julian Charles

A weekend dedicated to the art of landscape and nature photography with Julian Charles; mountain guide and photography instructor. Based at the beautiful Frog Holler Cabins in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 2-night workshop is ideal for beginner to advanced photographers.

Friday May 31

5 pm Welcome briefing, dinner and beverage included

7.30 pm Workshop; Photography 101

Saturday June 1

6 am Optional sunrise shoot

8.30 am Morning at Stone Mountain, NC

2 pm Afternoon workshops within the grounds of Frog Holler Cabins

5 pm Sunset shoot, evening in Elkin, Q & A + troubleshoot workshop

Sunday June 2

6 am Optional sunrise shoot

8.30 am - 3.30 pm Photography on the Blue Ridge Parkway

What’s included?

photography instruction, transport during the workshop, welcome evening meal and beverage on the Friday evening.

$365 pp without lodging

$535 pp with lodging at Frog Holler Cabins, based on 2 sharing a cabin.

Registration: Limited to 14

Fitness level: Some light hiking, to suit the group.

More information and equipment list, contact Julian by email,

Important information - please read before registering for photography workshops:

This workshop is focused on the skills of the outdoor photographer. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Trip runs rain or shine. Registration to photography expeditions is non-refundable, unless cancelled by the organizers. Travel insurance that provides reimbursement for cancellation and curtailment is recommended. Students will be required to sign a liability waiver. The workshop schedule has a degree of flexibility and may change to suit the weather or requirements of the group.

Yadkin Valley Fiber Center at the FAC

With the guidance of program director Leslie Fesperman, The Yadkin Valley Fiber Center brings top-notch fiber instructors to the Foothills Arts Council from across the country and introduces the love of weaving and fiber arts to a new generation of enthusiasts.

Summer Art Camp 2019 w/ Jan Gilliam

July 15-18

Rising 1st & 2nd graders 9-11 am

Rising 3rd through 5th graders 1-3 pm

Rising sixth graders and up 4-6 pm

Summer Drama Camp & Kidshop Theatre 2019

Camp: June 10-28 Monday-Friday 9 am until noon. Foothills Arts Council 129 Church St. Elkin.

Performances: June 28 & 29 at the Elkin High School Dixon Auditorium

Tuition: $150 (Camp limited to 25 kids)

Yadkin Valley Clayworks Studio

For information about joining the clayworks studio or inquiries about lessons contact Marianne Luther at

Foothills Quilters

Always open to new members and visitors the Foothills Quilters meet three times per month at the Arts Council. For their calendar click HERE.

Music Lessons



Teacher Keary Reid
• Wednesday afternoon
• $80 per month (plus books) • beginners welcome, all levels
• Ages 5 and up

About Keary: Keary has been playing piano since age 7. He took private lessons locally from age 7-18, then studied music/piano at WCC and Appalachian State University from 1997-2001. He holds a major in music industry studies from App State. 

Keary is on break for the summer, but will accept new students in the Fall of 2017!


Beginner Guitar

Teacher Cory Myers
• Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
• $15/30 minutes
• beginners welcome, all levels
• age 7 and up
• must have guitar

About Cory: Cory plays several instruments, has played in several bands locally, and recently released his own album, “As the Crow Flies.”

To schedule a lesson contact Cory Myers at: 336.816.0869


Advanced Guitar & Beginner Mandolin

Teacher Luke Mears

Email for rates or to schedule a lesson.


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