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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that your registration is not complete until you have paid for the class (see class policies below).
CURRENT CLASSES (as of 5/22/2013)
FABRIC PAINTING, with Diane Getty Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 2, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In this class you will use fabric paints, not to be confused with dyes. Fabric paints are easy to work with and colorfast. Using light-sensitive paints, students will experiment with color mixing and a variety of techniques to create colorful and complex fabrics. Sun-prints, salt-texture and a number of methods of patterning will be explored. Participants will work on cotton and silk fabrics that can subsequently be used in collage or other projects such as bags, pillow tops or scarves. Sunday will be an open studio day which can be used to continue work or get advise on other projects you may have started. Bring lunch on Saturday. Registration deadline: May 25. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 10 and the cost is $50 for Craft Center Members, $60 for nonmembers. After May 10 Cost: $60 / $70. Sunday Only: Open Studio day $25 for Craft Center Members, $35 for nonmembers. Stu- dents will need to provide their own fabric and a few other supplies (a list will be given to those who register), but paints will be provided for an additional $5 per person per day. Beginning.
KNITTING, with Victoria Nicely, Saturday, June 8 and Saturday, June 15,
2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Learn to knit your own dishcloth. You can be new or advanced at knitting to learn in this class. Come right in and pick up yarn and needles that are provided. You may choose
from many different colors of yarn (100% cotton). If you are not new to knitting, learn and share your experience and techniques.
Registration deadline: June 7
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by June 1 and the cost is
$35 for Craft Center members, $45 for nonmembers. After
June 1, Cost: $45/$55. All levels
KID’S CRAFT CAMP Monday – Friday, June 17 – 21 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. AGES 7-12.
The Appalachian Arts Craft Center has been teaching young people about crafts for more than 30 years. This camp teaches children about traditional Appalachian crafts as well as contemporary crafts. This year the camp will have pro jects like weaving, sewing, making baskets, making recycled paper, and other paper crafts. All crafts are suitable for boys and girls. Kids need to bring a packed lunch each day. $85 if registered by June 3; after June 3 $95. Some scholarships may be available. Call for more information.
BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY, with Bob Stephenson, Saturday, June 22, June 29, and July 6, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
During this course, the student will learn basic camera operation including shutter and aperture priority rather than depending on auto. We will learn how shutter speed,
aperture and ISO speed work together to determine exposure. We will cover the characteristics of light and beginning color theory. Each student will take a picture, upload it to the computer, process the image in photoshop, and make a print.
Registration deadline: June15
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by June 8 and the cost is $50
for Craft Center Members, $60 for nonmembers. After June 8
Cost: $60 / $70. Beginning
KNITTED BEAD CUFF BRACELET, with Mimi Kezer Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Get ready for a new addiction as you create a beautiful bracelet using simple knitting and beading techniques. We’ll discuss bead choices and a bit of color theory as well as stringing and finishing techniques to ensure enjoyment while you craft a professional-looking finished product. Beginning but should know how to knit. Registration deadline: July 8 Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by July 1 and the cost is $45 for Craft Center members, $55 for nonmembers. After July 1 Cost: $55/$65. Materials Fee: $15 to be paid to instructor at the beginning of class includes beads, floss, closure, beading needle and mat. Materials to bring to class: Size 1 double pointed needles.
JEWELRY MAKING: INTRODUCTION TO CHAINMAILLE, with Renita Andrews, Sunday, July 14, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Learn how to open and close jumprings, three chainmaille
weaves, complete at bracelet and leave with materials to complete another bracelet. Instructor will demonstrate the process of making and cutting jumprings in mass. Patina
with liver of sulfur will be illustrated. Tumbling will be used to finish each finished piece.
Registration deadline: July 7
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by June 22 and the cost is
$30 for Craft Center members, $40 for nonmembers. After
June 22, Cost: $40/$50. Materials Fee: $15 to be paid to
instructor day of class. Supplies to bring to class: Two pairs
of flatnose pliers. Beginning
WHEEL THROWN FUNCTIONAL TEAPOTS, with Katie Cottrell Saturday, July 20, & Sunday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This workshop is for students who would like to explore the consideration for making a functioning teapot and the many ways to achieve that outcome. The basics of lids, spouts, and handles will be discussed, along with tips for glazing later. Students will create the parts on the first day, trim, and assemble on the second day. Students should have experience working on the wheel. Bring lunch both days. Katie attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, but began her love for pottery 38 years ago at the Oak Ridge Art Center and the original Appalachian Arts Craft Center. Registration deadline: July 13. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by July 1 and the cost is $40 for Craft Center Members, $50 for nonmembers. After July 1 Cost: $50 / $60. If you need clay, you may purchase a bag for $30 the first day of class. Intermediate.
INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY, with Bob Stephenson, Saturday, July 27, August 3, and August 10, 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: July 20
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by July 13 and the cost is
$50 for Craft Center Members, $60 for nonmembers. After
July 13 Cost: $60 / $70. Intermediate
INTRODUCTION TO WET FELTING, with Tone Haugen-Cogburn Saturday, August 24, 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 roving 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 needlecase. The instructor will bring wool rowing in many colors for you to use. Registration deadline: August 17. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by August 10 and the cost is $45 for Craft Center Members, $55 for nonmembers. After August 10 Cost: $55 / $65. Materials fee: $12 to be paid to instructor on 8/24. Also, bring your lunch and 2 small towels to be used for use during class. Beginning.
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 yourlunch.
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 Kathy King (Interim Education Coordinator)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.
Individual membership, $40
Low Income membership (eligible for class scholarships), $10
Family membership (two persons same household), $65
Friend of the Center, $100 (this might be someone wanting to give extra support to the Center, a large family, or a small organization)
Lifetime membership, $1,000.
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.)