Asheville on the Cheap

In this fast-paced course, we’ll talk about fun things to do that are free or almost free. We will discover a less expensive way to be involved in the arts, outdoors, shopping, and eating. Everyone will be able to add to the discussion. Participants must be able to use email to receive instructor information.

Beginning Crochet

For this course, participants will learn basic crochet stitches and terminology needed to follow a pattern. We will make a simple hat or scarf, and members will be able to take home the pattern for both.  Instructions for fingerless mitts or a shawl or afghan will be given using the same pattern.  Participants will need to bring two skeins of worsted-weight yarn of their choice, and a size I or J crochet hook to the first class.

Painting Water in Watercolor

This is a course for watercolor students who have some watercolor experience, as opposed to absolute beginners. We will paint assorted landscapes that feature water as the subject matter, including beaches, lakes, waterfalls, etc.   Some drawing skills are assumed. We will use YouTube watercolor tutorials and demonstrations as our “text book.” Cost of materials: $50, depending on materials needed to purchase.  Please see the course webpage at for a materials list.

Get Organized on Your Windows Computer

1st four weeks

Have you saved things to your computer only to have trouble finding them later? Are you confused about the difference between files and folders?  Do you want to be able to use your photos on your computer but don’t know how to get them off your camera? This very basic hands-on course will cover these topics and more.  Bring your own Windows-based laptop or practice on one of ours, which runs Windows 7 and 8.  This course is for users of the Windows operating system and NOT for Mac users.

Art and Idea at Black Mountain College

Black Mountain College (1933-1956) was created as an experiment in education, with the idea that creative arts and practical responsibilities are equally important to intellectual development. While it existed for only twenty-three years, it has exercised a tremendous influence on the development of art in the United States.  This course will examine the unique educational experiment of Black Mountain and the artists and writers who conducted it.  The last class will be a trip to the Asheville Art Museum to explore the Museum's Black Mountain College collection of art.