Image of front of Clifton Forge School of the Arts main building at 518 Church Street in Clifton Forge, VA

Our current business hours are:
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm
​or later by appointment
(call 540-862-7275 or email

Support CFSOTA


The Alleghany Highlands Give Local event is Tuesday, May 21, 2024, and one of our goals this year is to encourage new supporters to join in on our campaign. As a part of this goal, we would like to invite all of our students and supporters to participate in a new, friendly competition!

To enter this competition, all you need to do is invite others to support CFSOTA this Tuesday, May 21 and be sure that they list your name with their online donation under the question “Were you referred to our campaign by someone?”

One prize will go to the person who refers the most donors, and one prize will go to the person who brings in the most money through referrals.

Each winner receives a free class at CFSOTA!

Regardless of whether or not you decide to join in on this new competition, we just want to say thank you to all of our students, supporters, and collaborators for supporting CFSOTA year round and making our school such a joyful and creative space!

To donate to our Give Local campaign, you can go to:


Sign Up for a Class

Scholarships Available- Click here for online application!

See all of our upcoming classes on the Sign Up For a Class page of our website. You can search for classes by category or instructor, find your next creative endeavor, and register online with a few clicks!

If you prefer a printed schedule, go to where you can view, download, or print the current schedule. We also welcome you to visit the School of the Arts to find out more about our classes and register in person!

Click on each flyer below to see classes in that category!

Next Side by Side Art is on May 23!

Clifton Forge School of the Arts
Arts Education for All!

Clifton Forge School of the Arts (CFSOTA) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to teaching the fine and applied arts to people of all ages and abilities in the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia. Located in the heart of downtown Clifton Forge, CFSOTA opened its doors in January 2011. The School is housed in two historic buildings  on Church Street with a nearly two-acre specimen garden between them.​

​Clifton Forge School of the Arts is funded by tuition fees, rental revenues, individual and corporate donations, and grants. Our arts education programs would not be possible without generous donations of private individuals and the support of the following: The Alleghany Foundation, the Town of Clifton Forge, Alleghany County, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, WestRock Corporation, Ingevity, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Richard S. Reynolds Charitable Foundation, the William Reynolds Foundation, the Nettleton Foundation, and local community organizations including the Covington/Hot Springs Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club of the Jackson River Area, and the Alleghany Highlands Kiwanis Club.

​Housed inside Clifton Forge School of the Arts, The Art Store is the only high-quality art store in the region carrying a wide range of supplies for professional and student artists. Please stop by during the School’s hours of operation or call proprietor Judith Sivonda at (540) 968-3639 to discuss your individual art supply needs. Store gift certificates available for the budding artists in your life.