Arts Education for All

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


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!

Current Exhibit


Leah Thompson

February 6-April 30, 2024

Opening Reception
Friday, March 1, 2024

5-6:30 pm

Explore the dynamic work of artist Leah Thompson in The Color of Movement. Thompson works in layers of expresseive color, showcasing the human figure in movement and action. This exhibition highlights the bold breadth of Thompson’s works through her lyrical use of color and form.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am-2:00 pm (or later by appointment), with occasional exceptions when the Gallery is in use for a class or event.

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.