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 the Center at 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 out monthly newsletter with class listings and other information and $10 off class fees. See our membership page.

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).

 CURRENT CLASSES (as of 3/26/2014)

 LEARN TO SEW, PART 1, with Janet Donaldson

Sunday, March 30, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

OR Monday, March 31, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Don’t feel confident using a sewing machine? In this class, a sewing machine will be used to make a simple grocery bag dispenser. Simple hand sewn (hem and buttons) techniques will be taught. Bring your machine (loaners available). Starter class. No experience necessary.

Registration deadline: March 23.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by March 16 and the cost is $25 for Craft Center Members, $35 for nonmembers. After March 16: Cost: $35/$45.

 

FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOPS SERIES! Tennessee Arts Commission
NUNO FELTING FOR WEAVERS, with Geri Forkner
Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..

 

The fabulous textures that can be crea by laminating wool fibers to cloth – AKA nuno felt-are all the rage these days. Now you can combine weaving and felting in a great new process. We will begin by loom weaving a loose web of cloth, carefully remove it from the loom, add luxurious merino wool fibers and wet felt everything together.
Registration deadline: Call Center for information
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by March 17and the cost is $85 for Craft Center members, $95 for nonmembers.  After March 17, Cost: $95/$105.
Supply fee for both days: $25 or less for fleece weighed per student and students bring their own warp yarns. This class is in the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshop Series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Geri Forkner creates felted and woven works of art from her studio in Tennessee. Geri teaches fiber arts classes regionally, nationally, and internationally to both children and adults, and is the recipient of an Artists-In-The- Schools grant. A member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, she cherishes the old traditions and skills while using fibers in innovative ways to push the boundaries of weaving. After graduating with a BS degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Geri continued her education with weaving and surface design classes at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

 

FIRST LINE – FIRST PAGE – FIRST CHAPTER, with Kathleen Fearing,
Tuesday, April 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Are you interested in getting started with a writing project, but don’t know how to begin? Have you dabbled in writing but would like a little expertise to spur you on? Would you like a published author to give you some input on your writing? This workshop is for you. Published writer and poet Kathleen Fearing will talk about writing techniques and tricks of the trade to get you motivated and to improve your writing. This will be an interactive class between the teacher and the students. Students are welcome to bring a piece of writing, but this is not necessary. Kathleen Fearing is a teacher and the author of several children’s books and books of poetry. Beginner.
Registration deadline: April 15.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by April 8 and the cost is $20 for Craft Center
Members, $25 for nonmembers. After April 8 Cost: $25/$30.

 

FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOPS SERIES!Tennessee Arts CommissionINTRODUCTION TO WET FELTING, with Tone Haugen-Cogburn
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

In this workshop you will be introduced to the ancient art of wet felting, while using some “modern” tools. With the help of soap, water and your hands wool rowing will become a very tough textile which can be used for many practical purposes, as well as decorative ones. Several techniques and types of wool will be tested. You will be able to make a mug rug, some wooly flowers, a glass case (or small pouch), and if time permits start a needle case. The instructor will bring wool rowing in many colors for you to use. This class is in the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshops Series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Registration deadline: April 19.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by April 12 and the cost is $40 for Craft Center Members, $50 for nonmembers. After April 12, Cost: $50/ $60. Materials fee: $12 to be paid to instructor on 4/26. Also, bring your lunch and 2 small towels to be used during class. Beginner.
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.

 

LEARN TO SEW, PART 2, with Janet Donaldson
Sunday, April 27, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
OR Monday, April 28, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Improve your sewing machine skills. Learn to cut out a pattern and complete a barbeque apron. Bring your machine (loaner machines available if needed). Materials to bring to class: Pattern # 2233 and 1 3/8 yards of material, thread, 11/2” pins, large and small sewing scissors.
Registration deadline: April 20.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by April 13 and the cost is $25 for Craft
Center Members, $35 for nonmembers. After April 13: Cost: $35/$45.

 

INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY, with Bob Stephenson
Saturday, May 3, May 10 and May 17, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

After a brief review of basic photography, we will cover more advanced optics including focal length, depth of field, and perspective. We will cover intermediate camera technique for several common situations, including close up photography. We will study intermediate color theory, the characteristics of light, color temperature, lighting techniques, and composition. By the end of the course, the student should be fluent in the use of photoshop, be able to correct common problems, and make excellent prints.
Registration deadline: April 26
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by April 20 and the cost is $50 for Craft
Center Members, $60 for nonmembers. After April 20 Cost: $60 / $70. Intermediate.

 

PLAYING WITH FIRE! with Renee Mathies
Sunday, May 4, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

 

Learn how to melt glass rods to make beautiful one-of-a-kind glass beads! It’s fun and you get to play with fire! Covers glass and fuel theory, hands on glass beadmaking and safety. All materials included. Beginner Lampwork.
Registration deadline: April 27.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by April 22 and the cost is $55 for Craft Center Members, $65 for nonmembers. After April 22: Cost: $65/$75.

 
LEARN TO SEW, PART 1, with Janet Donaldson
Sunday, May 25, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
OR Monday, May 26, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Don’t feel confident using a sewing machine? In this class, a sewing machine will be used to make a simple grocery bag dispenser. Simple hand sewn (hem and buttons) techniques will be taught. Bring your machine (loaners available). Starter class. No experience necessary.
Registration Deadline: May 18
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 12 and the cost is $25 for Craft
Center Members, $35 for nonmembers. After May 12: Cost: $35/$45.

 

FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOPS SERIES!Tennessee Arts Commission
DEMONSTRATION – THROWING OFF THE HUMP, with Peter Rose
Saturday, May 31, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

In this one day workshop Peter Rose will demonstrate throwing off the hump to include the parts to put together a sculptural animal, bowls, cups and small vases. A piece from the thrown parts and molds will also be demonstrated. This class is part of the Featured TN Artist Workshops Series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Earlybird Cost: $35 for Craft Center members, $45 for nonmembers before May 21. After May 21: $45/$55. All levels.
Australian by birth, Rose came to East Tennessee in 1985 by way of Japan and England. Rose is affiliated with the Southern Highland Craft Guild Asheville, Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, Piedmont Craftsman Guild, John C. Campbell Folk School.

 

STAINED GLASS SUNCATCHER, with Teresa Arrington
Saturday, May 31, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Learn basic stained glass by making a suncatcher. You will cut sheet glass, learn copper foiling and solder it all together. Then clean and patina your sun catcher. All glass an tools will be provided. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring your lunch. Beginning.
Registration Deadline: May 24
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 17 and the cost is $90 for Craft
Center members, $100 for nonmembers. After May 17, Cost: $100 for Craft
Center members; $110 for nonmembers. Prices include all materials and use of
tools.

 
FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP S SERIES!Tennessee Arts Commission
THE ART OF HANDMADE BOOKS, with Bob Meadows
Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

In this workshop, students will complete a couple of basic hardback books using Oriental papers, bookboard, archival glues and linen threads. They will leave with the skills and knowledge to create two styles of books. All Levels.
Registration deadline May 31.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 24 and the cost is $55 for Craft Center members, $65 for nonmembers. After May 24, Cost: $65/$75. This class is in the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshop series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

 

Bob Meadows of Knoxville has a background in graphic design and has been making books since discovering the craft at the John C. Campbell Folk School in 2004. He now teaches at the Folk School and other venues. He says it is the perfect medium for combining a love of words, calligraphy, watercolor, photography, graphic design and general crafting. Students do not have to have any experience with book building, but basic craft skills help. Students need to bring scissors, pencil, ruler, craft knife, cutting mat and lunch. All other materials will be supplied.

 

MARKET BASKET, with Sheri Burns
Monday, June 9, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

Make a market basket with a filled bottom in this class. Choose from a variety of ways to decorate the basket handle. Bring to class: mop bucket, towel, and scissors. Beginner.
Registration deadline: June 2.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay before May 29: $60 for craft center members, $70 for nonmembers. After May 29: $70/$80. Materials fee: $15 to be paid to instructor the day of class.

 

BEGINNER DROP SPINDLE, with Kathleen Marquardt
Saturday, June 14, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Learn how to use a drop spindle, Learn to ply your yarns together whether from two or more spindles, bobbins, or paper-roll bobbins, Learn to Navaho ply on your drop spindle. Beginner or Intermediate.
Registration deadline: June 8.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by June 1 and the cost is $20 for Craft Center Members, $30 for nonmembers. After June 1, Cost: $30 /$40. Materials fee: $16 to be paid to instructor the day of class includes one drop spindle and 2 oz. of fiber or you may bring you own spindle and fiber ( at least 3″ inches or longer).

 

KIDS’ CAMP, with Kat Havercamp
June 23 -27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Take a grand adventure through art in the Appalachian Arts Craft Center’s week long art camp for kids ages 7 to 12! Each day will be an exciting journey through the many different fields of the arts. Kids will try their hands at sculpture, painting, fiber art, printmaking and more. They will explore a wide variety of materials, techniques and see how art impacts our world and communities. Held at Norris Community Building, 20 Chestnut Drive, Norris, TN.
Cost is $95 per child. The adventure begins on June 23. And sadly ends on June
27. Camp is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day. Bring a sack lunch each
day.
Registration deadline: June 17 but register early to save your place.

 

POTTERY FOR KIDS: WILD THINGS WITH CLAY, with Shelley Mangold & Caitlin Seidler,
Monday – Friday, July 14-18
6-9 year olds from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
10 & up from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

 

Using your imagination and combining features of real creatures, we will explore different clay techniques to create things that crawl, run, swim, or soar! Work completed at camp will be fired and ready for pick up in two weeks.
Cost: $100 for members, $110 for nonmembers.
Registration deadline: July 7 but register early to save your place.

 

ONGOING CLASSES:
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.
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.
Make your own class
To be scheduled
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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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.)

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