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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Please note that your registration is not complete until you have paid for the class (see class policies below).
CURRENT CLASSES (as of 12/6/2013)
INTRODUCTION TO WET FELTING, with Tone Haugen-Cogburn, Saturday, January 25, 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. Beginner.
Registration deadline: January 19.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by January 13 and the cost is $50 for Craft Center Members, $60 for nonmembers. After January 13, Cost: $60 / $70. Materials fee: $12 to be paid to instructor on 1/25. Also, bring your lunch and 2 small towels to be used during class.
INTENSIVE THROWING WORKSHOP, with Bill Capshaw, Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This workshop is designed to enhance throwing skills helping you to navigate from cylinders to uniform vessels. Learn to listen to your work as you shape and expand your walls. You will explore form, texture and design and be more skilled at wheel throwing to individualize your pots. Discover how to add line, volume, and texture to take your cylinders and bowls to the next level. Learn to throw with much less water, so the pots are dry, strong, and easily altered right after coming off the wheel. We will have friendly critiques and lots of demos. You will need to bring clay tools, bats, bat pins, heat gun, plastic bags, texture tools, a small and large towel, note book , lots of energy, etc. Supply list of items to bring to class and additional details are available at appalachianarts.net or request a copy by emailing the center. Clay, etc. is available for purchase from the Center’s potters for an additional fee.
Registration deadline: February 1.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by January 28 and the cost is $90 for Craft Center members, $100 for nonmembers. After January 28, Cost: $100/$110.
This class is in the Featured Tennessee Artists series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Bill Capshaw is a ceramic artist and pottery instructor serving as Pottery Studio Chair of the Oak Ridge Art Center in Tennessee. He earned a BFA and MFA from East Tennessee State University, concentrating in ceramics and printing processes. He was named Artist of the Year in 1998 by the Arts Council of Greater Knoxville. He is a member of the Oak Ridge Art Center, Arts & Culture Alliance, the Foothills Craft Guild, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Tennessee Association of Craft Artists and the Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris.
COLLAGRAPH PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP, Taught by Emily Tuttle, Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
Have fun learning the basics of collagraph printing. Day 1 we will make 3 small printing plates by collaging textured items such as wallpaper, lace and string on a cardboard base. Day 2 we will print the plates using both oil-based inks and water-based inks. Drawing skills are not required for this class. The finished prints may be framed or used for handmade books or cards. Beginner.
Registration deadline: March 15.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay before March 9: $115 for craft center members, $125 for nonmembers. After March 9, Cost: $125/$135.
This class is part of the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshop Series funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Emily Tuttle is a graduate of the University of Tennessee/Knoxville. has continued her studies at many workshops including Arrowmont, Penland, Frogman’s Press and Nontoxic Printmaking in Santa Fe, NM. She has taught art at all levels ranging from kindergarten through adult. She recently retired from teaching to pursue her art full time. Tuttle has been a working printmaker and papermaker for the last twenty years. She is active in many art organizations, including the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, and the Foothills Craft Guild. Tuttle makes her home in Hendersonville, TN with her two cats, Velma and Theo, who provide her with inspiration.
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.
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.
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.)