Appalachian Arts Craft Center

Promoting the Appalachian artist through education and sales!

Classes

The Craft Center is always adding new classes in such areas as pottery, weaving, quilting, jewelry, and others. To get a list of current classes, email appalachianartscenter@gmail.com, call the Center at 865-494-9854, or stop by 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, one mile east of I-75 Clinton/Norris Exit 122, across from the Museum of Appalachia.

If you would like to receive occasional email updates about classes or other events at the Center, please email appalachianartscenter@gmail.com or consider becoming a member and receive our monthly newsletter with class listings and other information and $10 off class fees. See our membership page for more information.

To register for a class, stop by the Appalachian Arts Craft Center at 2716 Andersonville Highway, Norris, TN, or call 865-494-9854 or email appalachianartscenter@gmail.com. Please note that your registration is not complete until you have paid for the class (see class policies below).

 

Testimonial from Needle Felting Class, May 17, 2015.

I LOVE those classes all the tips and tricks I learn.  As we were leaving someone mentioned making a WITCH this fall.  Maybe we (like this “we” business) can make one before Halloween in late September or early October.   Can’t WAIT for the next class …..  THIS FALL.
Maxwell Rabbit from May 17 needle felting class

CURRENT CLASSES

POTTERY FOR KIDS with Nancy Adams

Monday – Friday, July 13-17,

Rising 3rd – 5th grade, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Rising 6th – 8th grade, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Explore all methods of hand building while creating functional pieces for your favorite foods, beverages and more. Introduction to the wheel with interactive demonstration. Cost: $100 for members, $110 for nonmembers. Some scholarships may be available. Registration deadline: July 3. Check if after deadline to see if space remains

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POTTERY FOR KIDS with Nancy Adams

Monday – Friday, July 13- 17

Rising 3rd – 5th grade, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and rising 6th – 8th grade, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Explore all methods of hand building while creating functional pieces for your favorite foods, beverages and more. Introduction to the wheel with interactive demonstration. Cost: $100 for members, $110 for nonmembers. Some scholarships may be available. Registration deadline: July 3. Check if after deadline to see if space remains.

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WRITING WORKSHOP with Kathleen Fearing  

Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you’ve ever thought about writing but didn’t know where to start, or if you’ve written something and it just doesn’t seem right to you, this beginner writing workshop is a chance to learn a few writing skills from a published author. The workshop will focus on the opening lines and first chapter of your story and what techniques writers can use to grab and keep the reader’s attention. Bring your story with you to class.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by July 5 and the cost is $40 for Craft Center Members, $45 for nonmembers. After July 5, Cost: $45/$50.

Registration deadline: July 10.

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 POTTERY FOR TEENAGERS with Katie Cottrell

Monday – Friday, July 20-24

Ages 13-17, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Introduction to clay on the potter’s wheel which will include preparing the clay, centering and basic shapes with an introduction to glazing during the last class. Cost: $115 for members, $125 for nonmembers. Some scholarships may be available. Registration deadline: July 10. Check if after deadline to see if space remains.

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PREPARING YOUR BOOK FOR SELF-PUBLICATION with Kathleen Fearing 

Thursday, August 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Have a story or book you want to publish yourself? Curious about how to go about it? Let award-winning self-published author Kathleen E. Fearing take you through the steps toward self-publishing your book. The class includes taking a look at story continuity, self-editing, formatting, and other steps necessary to get your book ready for publication. Bring your work or laptops with you and be ready to share.

For those who take this class, one-on-one sessions with the instructor to finalize your work will be available for an additional cost of $100.00.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by July 30 and the cost is $40 for Craft Center Members, $45 for nonmembers. After July 30. Cost: $45/$50.

Registration deadline: August 6

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POTTERY ON THE WHEEL, ALL LEVELS, with Katie Cottrell Saturday, August 15, 22, 29, and September 12 & 19 (no class on September 5) 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Class will be geared to the ability of the students and glazing will be covered toward the end of the classes. Bring a lunch. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by August 2 and the cost is $100 for Craft Center Members, $110 for nonmembers. After August 2, Cost: $110/ $120. Studio fees which include glazing and firing are included in the price of the clay. Clay may be purchased on the first day of the class, price is $30 for the first bag and $40 for each bag after that. Registration deadline: August 8.

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FELTED BAG WORKSHOP with Tone Haugen-Cogburn, Saturday Aug. 29, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wet felting is an ancient craft where you take wool roving, add soap and water to make a solid fabric. The wool fibers will lock together and while it is wet you can shape it into various practical and useful items. Soap, water, bubblewrap and your two hands are the simple tools you will use to make a bag, or two, in this one day workshop. All levels are welcome, though some physical stamina is needed, as you will be on your feet most of the time. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that can get wet. Supplies to bring to class are: Bubblewrap–the one with the small bubbles, about 12″ – 14″ wide by 7″ – 8″ long – can be bought at Dollar Store, Walmart etc. (If you have a piece that is 24″ x 24″, bring it, otherwise we will tape the skinny piece together with duck tape), 2 towels and lunch. Materials fee of $ 10.00, payable to the instructor at the day of the class, will cover all wool roving that you need to make a small and a medium size bag. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by August 15 and the cost is $45 for Craft Center members, $55 nonmembers. After August 15,Cost: $55/$65. Registration deadline: August 22. This class is in the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshop Series and is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation. Haugen-Cogburn was born and raised in Norway, but has lived in Tennessee since 1987. She has 20 years of experience in traditional and contemporary quilt design and teaches experimental techniques nationally and internationally. Pictorial and architectural elements are her favorites. Tone has exhibited all over the world and finds lots of inspiration from her travels.

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COMING SOON:

MIXED MEDIA BIRDBATH WORKSHOP

REPURPOSED JEWELRY

BASKETS

HAND-BUILDING – September and October classes

MARBELING

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 ONGOING CLASSES:

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 WEAVING with Carol Pritcher

Tuesdays, 10 am to 2 pm (six classes)

For anyone interested in gaining knowledge of the loom and beginning weaving. Classes can be scheduled on an individual basis by calling Carol on Tuesdays at 494-9854.

$125 members ($135 non-members) plus a small materials fee. Beginning-Intermediate.

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HAND-SEWING DAY with the Quilting Department

Wednesdays, 10 am to 2 pm

Bring your hand-sewing project or help out with the group quilting project with a wonderful group of ladies which

meets each Wednesday to quilt, laugh, and enjoy lunch together. No need to call ahead; just bring your lunch.

No Cost.

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MAKE YOUR OWN CLASS

Got a craft you want to learn? The Craft Center has access to numerous talented craft teachers in a variety of subjects.

Gather up your friends and let’s plan your own class. Five or more students are needed. For more information or to just get ideas, call Katie Aloi, Center Director at 865-494-9854.

Price to be determined.

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BIRTHDAY PARTY

Schedule your school age child’s birthday party and choose from pottery, weaving, drop spindle, painting, basket making and more. Classes are individually designed and range in price from $200 and up. Cake and party supplies may be brought.

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HOME SCHOOL GROUPS

Call 494-9854 and schedule your art class. Choose from pottery, weaving, drop spindle, painting, basket making and more. Classes are individually designed and range in price from $200 and up.

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CLASS POLICIES:

1. Anyone signing up for a class must pay for the class to be considered registered.

2. People signing up for a class should not pay the materials fee at the time of registration (unless it is included in the fee). Materials fees are generally paid to the teacher or studio on the first day of class.

 3. Each class has a minimum and a maximum number of students. If the minimum number of students is not reached by the registration deadline, the class may be canceled and all fees refunded. If a student must cancel after paying, a refund will be given if it is two weeks (14 calendar days) or more before the class; otherwise we cannot give a refund. This is necessary due to the amount of work involved with class registration, set up, and publicity and fairness to others in the class.

 4. If classes are held over the lunch hour, students should bring a lunch with them.

 5. If Anderson County schools are closed due to bad weather, or bad weather occurs on a weekend classes MAY not be held. The decision to cancel is up to the teacher. In that case, please call the Center at 494-9854.

If you’d like to receive our monthly newsletter with updates on classes and other happenings at the Center, please consider joining. There are a lot of opportunities here for artists, crafters, or people interested in the arts. Members receive $10 off all our classes, get the monthly newsletter, have access to our studios, and are part of a wonderful group of people who support local artists in East Tennessee. It’s not expensive to become a member.

 

To join, stop by the Center at 2716 Andersonville Highway, Norris, TN, or call 865-494-9854. (Since all memberships are due January 31 of each year, if you join during a month other than January, your first payment will be prorated. Ask for more details.)