224 South Trade Street

Matthews, NC  28105



Clay Classes

Whiterock Studio 


Classes are designed for people who learn in different ways. Unlike the public school system, there are no tests or written material.


We let the creative juices flow. Kids stuck in a regiment of school and homework or adults at work have little time to be in their creative mind. When they come to clay class, they are like a bottle of champagne when the cork is popped and the creativity explodes.


Make an original clay sculpture of a greenman

On-Going Classes In Clay Sculpture & Painting

Children: 4 to 6 PM Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays

Adults:    7 to 9 PM Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays

Cost is $95 for six (6) two (2) hour classes.

Learn to sculpt in clay using a variety of tools.

Our medium is clay. Lessons are visual, auditory, tactile, and therapeutic. Clay excites all of your senses.

Creativity alone does not achieve success. During clay class many people have many ideas at once.  Our goal is to focus that creativity and actually get the students hands dirty. All students see each project through to the very end and are proud to do so.

How to throw pots on the wheel
Sculpt a relative's image in clay
Paint a clay dragon sculpture made in class.
Learn how to paint animals based on research from books.
Throw a pot on the wheel and carve designs
Sculpture made with clay, a greenman
Art teacher and clay sculptor
Make a clay sculpture of a dog and a lamp
An original clay sculpture
Friends take classes
Rolling pins and clay wooden mallet

Drawing and Painting Classes

Whiterock Studio

On-Going Classes In Drawing & Painting

Home School:  1 to 3 PM Thursdays

After School:   4 to 6 PM Thursdays

Cost: $95 for six (6) two (2) hour classes.


About Classes


Classes are designed for people who learn in different ways. Unlike the public school system, the focus is drawing and building drawing skills. Classes are small and Joe is able to tailor his instruction to the needs of the student. Students can go as far as they want without being held back by their classmates.


Many high schools students come to Whiterock to build their portfolios for college admissions. Former students have completed art/design degrees from Appalachian State, East Carolina University, University of NC at Chapel Hill, and NC State University.






Students draw with H and B pencils, charcoal sticks, conte crayons, crayons, and ink pens. Colored pencils, watercolor pencils, permanent and water based markers and watercolor and acrylic paint are used depending on the project and interest of the student. We always have backup supplies so students can experiment with what we have and get what they want on their own.  Drawing pads also vary depending on the size and type of paper the student prefers.


Whiterock Studio has been in business since 1985. Joe Rock Edwards, owner, is a certified art teacher and professional sculptor. He has developed teaching techniques that insure the student will complete works of art they will be proud of with or without the benefit of previous artistic study.

Children who have difficulty in school because of learning or behavioral problems thrive at Whiterock Studio. Small classes insure students get the help they need at every stage of learning. Starting and completing projects improves self-discipline. Student’s ability to focus is improved by engaging their hands and mind simultaneously. Projects are designed to meet the needs of each student.


Single Sessions or New Groups


One class or a session of classes can be arranged for Home Schoolers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Church Groups, and Indian Guides. Schedule a Birthday Party and make art projects.


Home School Class: 1 to 3 on Thursdays



Hairy Dog was our mascot and loved to pose for drawings.


224 South Trade Street

Matthews, NC  28105