Special Classes

You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, and have health insurance to take classes at the Crafts Center.

Classes are available in varying session lengths as an ongoing study in a specific studio. For classes that are 15 hours and over, students will have access to the studio in which they are enrolled for the duration of the semester. For classes less than 15 hours, students have the option to sign up for other classes and/or purchase a membership.

Workshops are focused sessions that are held for several consecutive days. Workshops do not include additional studio access; however, students will have access to the studio during the time in which the workshop is being conducted.

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.

Class Prerequisites:

Each class is designed specifically for a designated level of experience. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR AN INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COURSE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED EXPERIENCE.Please refer to this key, which designates each class level:

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Open to all_blue circleBike Repair and Maintenance

Instructor: Alexis Mitchell

Say goodbye to expensive bike repairs and learn to properly maintain your own bike. Whether a competitive racer or a casual rider, this class will provide you with the necessary skills to replace/repair flats, lubricate drive-trains, tune brakes and derailleurs, true wheels, and much more. Please bring your bike. [Participating NC State students will receive access to our repair facility for their entire college career!]

Thursdays [2 weeks], September 20 & 27: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $25   II – $40   III – $45    Register for this class»


Open to all_blue circleHandmade Natural Body Care: Lotions, Soaps, and Lip Balm [Workshop]

Instructor: Angel Cruz

Handmade Natural Body CareMake your own body care products in a casual and fun setting, including organic lip balm, body butter, Castile soap and goat’s milk soap! You will be able to take home plenty of products to try, as well as enough for gifts for family and friends. Most supplies included. Students need to bring their own 4- to 6-quart stainless steel pot to melt ingredients in and a few additional items; a supply list will be furnished following registration.

Friday, October 26: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Saturday, October 27: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:I – $65   II – $85   III – $95    Register for this class»




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Leather Journals [Workshop] 

Instructor: Gina Fry

Hemingway was never without his. Frida Kaho’s are widely reproduced. Make your very own leather journal and learn to do leather sewing, dyeing and stamping to personalize to your taste. Using a premium 6” x 8” x 0.5” journal with acid-free, archival paper you will create a leather cover that is reusable for many journals in the future! Your legacy…secured!  Supplies included.

Thursday, October 11: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $35   II – $45   III – $45 Register for this class»


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Kodiak Leather Tote [Workshop] 

Instructor: Gina Fry

Our last leather tote class was such a hit, we are offering it again! Enroll for this special opportunity to make a premium leather tote bag from top-quality Kodiak hides that will last a lifetime. This workshop will cover sewing, pattern making, dyeing and constructing a leather shoulder bag with tooled hardware. Leather, dye, thread and hardware are included in the class fee. Students can decide on the relative size and proportion. The final custom-made product will be worth much more than the cost of the workshop!

Friday, September 28: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Saturday, September 29: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I – $90   II – $115   III – $120    Register for this class»


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Master Class in Calligraphy/Lettering

Instructor: Carol Fountain Nix

Master Class in Calligraphy


The Crafts Center is proud to announce its new Master Craft Program. This program is designed for students who have a goal and desire to explore their craft on a deeper level. It is an ongoing study designed to provide students with support and resources outside of the standard class experience in order to broaden their skillsets towards reaching a master level of competency and knowledge. Each program will be customized for the specified art medium and level of study. The Calligraphy Program is our inaugural offering, and will be followed by studies in additional media.

The class will be directed by the Director of the Crafts Center, Carol Fountain Nix. Additional instructors may be brought in to conduct sessions as well. Hands-on instruction and personal attention are part of this study.

  • Beginning Wednesday, August 29, class will meet every other Wednesday ending on November 7 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Students will be expected to bring their own supplies while some additional supplies will be available for sale or provided at no cost as a perk for the class.
  • Students will be expected to make the commitment to attend the class and practice regularly.
  • This type of instruction is progressive. Your instructor will monitor improvement and provide you with as many resources as possible to reach successful outcomes. Students will be expected to practice on their own in between sessions and demonstrate progress in each class session.
  • The maximum class size is limited to 10 students to optimize for individual attention and consultation.


  • Auto enrollment: students will be automatically enrolled into each semester without having to re-register.
  • Access to the Crafts Center’s diverse range of programming, events and speakers
  • Special discount pricing on calligraphy supplies through the Centers various vendor connections
  • Access to digital and published resource materials
  • Multi-media class “bonus” experiences in other media offered by the Crafts Center.
  • Special guest instructors and presentations
  • Connection to local, national and international calligraphy events, conferences and resources
  • The benefit of “growing through learning” with the same instructor and class group
  • Special group sessions that enhance knowledge and awareness of the calligraphic arts
  • Access to Arts NC State resources such as the Gregg Museum and performances in theatre, dance, music and more.

Wednesdays [6 weeks], August 29; September 12 & 26; October 10 & 24; November 7: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Prerequisites: Must have demonstrated introductory level proficiency in calligraphy. Instructor will meet with prospective students to review work before student can be admitted to the program.

Class fees by level: I – $75   II – $125   III – $145

Please contact  Carol Fountain Nix for enrollment and details.


Register for classes

See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions »


Most of our classes fill quickly so there is often a wait list. Late notice cancellations require considerable processing and labor to try and fill the reserved seat. Therefore, cancellations under 10 days are not able to be refunded unless we can fill the space.
• If cancellation occurs 10 or more days prior to the start of a class, a 75% refund of payment will be issued; 25% of payment is assessed for processing charge.
• If cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of a class, a refund cannot be issued unless the space can be filled. If the space is able to be filled, a 50% refund of payment will be issued.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, you must drop the class via Reporter», our new online registration system.

Cancellation requests will not be accepted at the main desk or via phone or email.


To receive an optimal experience and get the most out of the class, attendance is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.

Wait Lists

Names are accepted on waiting lists via Reporter» after a class is full until the day the class begins.  Wait lists are only valid for the current semester’s class – wait lists are not carried over to the next semester.