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Music

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Instruction in Piano, Voice, Flute, Guitar Ukulele. 

All ages, all levels! 

Pottery

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Pottery classes with Virginia Hurley, Wednesdays - 6:00-8:30 pm 

Art

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Learn from master artisan and instructor Clay James

Workshops

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Glass Sugar Skull Painting Class 

Saturday October 26th~ 10 am to 12 pm 

Welcome

The NewArt School of Art & Music is comprised of individual studios that emphasize the art of pottery, painting, drawing, piano, guitar, flute, voice, and ukulele. Each instructor comes to the NewArt School of Art & Music with solid backgrounds in their art and instrument. Instructors provide a customized private lesson  to suit the needs of each individual student. The NewArt School cultivates creativity and enriches the community by offering quality visual,  performing, and cultural arts education for all ages and abilities.


Our Mission

  • Develop imaginative programming in response to the needs and desires of the community;
  • Contracts top quality artisans and instructors for its faculty, and supports them in their creative endeavors;
  • Pursues the goal of offering scholarships and grants for a need-blind admissions policy;
  • And provides an outreach programs to reach the underserved areas of the Catawba Valley.



We are looking for instructors in fused glass, alcohol inks, guitar, flute, voice, violin, viola, and cello. If you teach one of these or another not listed please contact our Executive Director, we would love to speak with you about teaching at NewArt Art & Music School!  ExecutiveDirector@NCAuditorium.com or (828) 464-8100

Instructors

Cheryl Weldon - Piano, Voice, Flute, Ukulele

Mrs. Weldon received her Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina  University with concentrations in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy,  and her Master of Music Degree from Western Carolina University. While  at Western, she completed Orff Schulwerk Levels I and II. As an adjunct  faculty member of Catawba Valley Community College, Mrs. Weldon teaches  piano, voice, woodwinds, and music appreciation. She also directs the  renaissance recorder ensemble. Mrs. Weldon has taught band, chorus and  elementary music in the public schools. Her sacred music experience  includes directing church choirs, handbells, and serving as a guest  clinician for workshops. She has written materials for use with young  children using Orff techniques.

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Micah Randolph - Guitar

Micah Randolph is a singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist, including guitar, mandolin, bass guitar and dobro. He is based in Hickory, North Carolina with his roots in the mountains of North Carolina where he was born and where he spent the early years of his life. His greatest experience can be found in the house of God as a musician and worshiper in several local churches, as well as with local artists. He incorporates folk and bluegrass into his alternative, country and rock music that creates a very Americana vibe that always has a message that he feels strongly about in his heart. He is a graduate of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Associate in Fine Arts of Music program. Micah. is available on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for lessons. 

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Kelcie Weldon - Piano, Voice, Ukulele

Kelcie is an aspiring music educator from Newton, North Carolina. Kelcie began taking piano lessons when she was five years old and took until age fifteen. In college she has taken many music classes including piano, theory, aural skills, and private voice instruction. Kelcie has been teaching private lessons to students for almost two years and is currently the choir director and pianist at Liberty United Methodist church. Kelcie is a classically trained pianist and has skills in both classical and musical theatre repertoire in voice. Her goals as a teacher are to encourage students to be confident in themselves, their talents, and inspire her students to give their all to anything and everything that they set their mind to doing! Kelcie is available for lessons on Mondays and Fridays. 

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Virginia Hurley - Pottery

Currently lives in her home town of Bethlehem, North Carolina. Raised in a small town she was always attracted to art and creation. She had a strong interest in architecture and engineering from a young age wishing to make things that would endure for future generations. In high school she had an introduction to ceramics that led her to seek out more knowledge about the medium. With help from her family she she was running a public casting studio and ceramic shop at the age of 16. She learned much about firing and casting in this time along with a strong understanding of small business ownership. 

She was accepted into the UNC Charlotte College of Architecture though changed her major after finding her love was in creating more than designing for others. She focused on Ceramics with a close interest in glaze and throwing in her program and completed her studies with a BA in Ceramics in 2008. 

Prior to Graduation she was invited to teach ceramics at the local YMCA working often with underprivileged and special needs youth and the Deaf Community. This passion for working with those that may otherwise have missed out on art followed her to Salt Lake City Utah while she worked in the Public School System as an Art instructor for extended education programs and with special needs work aacilities. 

Once she returned to North Carolina she was able to take the experiences she had gathered to assist in opening a small studio with a family member along with building her own personal studio, and offering classes through the Hickory Museum of Art. She was able to receive a grant to assist and educate local middle and high school teachers on safe and effective firing method and the use of their kilns for the betterment of students. 

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Clay James - Art

I have been working in the Art Field for many decades. Whether it be as a scenic designer, a scenic artist, a graphic designer, or a studio artist, I have been involved with the process of creativity in some form or another. I have worked as a freelance artist, with a variety of companies, as a teacher in many different situations and in many different age levels. I have had the opportunity to both sell and show in a variety of venues across the country. My strongest assets are theatrical design, theater technology, scenic painting, fine art painting and drawing, and visual design. I am an experienced instructor in both theater technology, stage design and the fine arts. My own art work includes both abstract and representational work in watercolor and acrylic.


Education:

- Academy of Art University, 2004     San Francisco, CA   MFA     Fine Art and Painting

- Lenoir-Rhyne University, 1978    Hickory, NC    BA     Theater Arts

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Art & Music Scholarships

Your support and contributions will enable us to provide classes and instruction to underprivileged children throughout Catawba County. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

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