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School of the Arts

arts program

MUSIC

  • Serves students and the surrounding community to provide music education and cultural enrichment and experiences
  • Offers an Associate of Arts degree with a Music Specialization and an additional Advanced Studies Certificate in Music
  • Classes include music theory, music history, music appreciation, class piano, voice, piano and instrumental lessons, classic rock and country guitar, and jazz improvisation.
  • Ensembles include the SWCC Community Chorus, SWCC Jazz Vocal Ensemble, SWCC Jazz Ensemble, and Southwest Virginia Children's Choir.
  • Successful events include SWCC Band Day, Jazz-America’s Music program, and Chamber Music Institute.

Learn more about the Music Program...

CULINARY ARTS

  • Monthly Workshops in Pastry and Culinary Arts
  • Collaboration with Local Farm Products
  • Serve-Safe Certification

VISUAL ARTS

  • Credit classes in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, and Brick-Carving
  • Non-Credit classes with Visiting Artists
  • Community Outreach with local schools and arts organizations
  • Ellen Von Dehsen Elmes Gallery in the Charles R. King Community Center 
  • Appalachian Arts Center - High quality gallery featuring artists within 100 miles of SWCC
  • Recently Renovated Art Lab, Craft Lab, and new Brick Lab

THEATER

  • MAD Camp - Summer Camp for 3rd-7th Graders in Music, Art, and Drama
  • Collaborations with local high school drama programs
  • Traditional Music and Local History
  • CART collaborative events

DANCE

  • Opportunities for all ages and skill levels
  • Saturday Workshop Series - 8 Saturdays focused on technique development
  • Candy Cane Gala - collaborative event with area dance schools featuring Christmas dance routines
  • Summer Dance Camp

For more information contact Morgan Gilbert, Instructor of Art | Director, School of the Arts, 276.964.7216, morgan.gilbert@sw.edu


School of the Arts Events 2019-2020

December

Tuesday, December 3rd and 5th: 6 - 8:30 pm
Appalachian Arts Center
Precious metal clay jewelry making workshop with local artist Allison Street. All materials will be provided, and participants will make a bronze necklace and a pair of earrings. $95

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 2:00 pm
Piano Class Student Recital, Dickenson Hall

Thursday, December 5, 2019 
SWCC Jazz Ensemble to VCCS Hire Ed Conference at The Homestead

Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 2:30 and 4:00 pm
SWCC Christmas Concert, King Community Center, featuring SWCC Community Chorus, SWVA Children’s Choir, Orchestra

Monday, December 9, 2019 at 10:00 am and 12:15 pm
SWVA Children’s Choir and SWCC Jazz Combo and Jazz Vocal Ensemble King Community Center

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12-1:30 pm
Lunchtime Jazz @ SWVA Cultural Center featuring SWCC Jazz Combo and SWCC Jazz Vocal Ensemble

Thursdays: December 12th and 19th from 4-6pm:
Afterschool art class for children
Appalachian Arts Center

Saturday, December 14th at 2pm: 
AAC's Annual Handmade Christmas Market and Open House. The community is invited to meet our artisans, shop local and enjoy refreshments while mingling and browsing the galleries. Free and open to all.
Appalachian Arts Center


Upcoming

March 27
Art Portfolio Day for High School Students
March 6-13
Italian Highlights Trip: Venice, Rome, Florence
July 20-24
Mad Camp


 

The Festival of the Arts

April 16 - 26, 2020

The 2020 Festival of the Arts will celebrate the arts with the theme Spotlight on the Visionaries: Throughout Time, Around the World.

A complete schedule of festival performances and events can be found at the Festival of the Arts website.


 

Appalachian Arts Center

The center showcases local artisans and provides opportunity for residents to shop locally for beautiful and unique artworks to enjoy and share.

More information can be found at the Appalachian Arts Center website.