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).

CURRENT CLASSES

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FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES!

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MARKET BASKET, with Barbara Holt

Sunday, March 29, 1:00 – 7:30 pm

Make this large market basket your first. It can store a small quilt, several throws, or lots of magazines. Perfectly suited for someone who has never made a basket, the project can be completed in 4-6 hours. Dimensions: 17″l x 9″w x 20″h.
Beginning. Register early to reserve your space. This class is a part of the Featured Tennessee Artist Workshop series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and supported by the Arts and Culture Alliance.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by March 15 and the cost is $55 for Craft Center members, $65 for nonmembers. After March 15, Cost: $65/$75. Includes two required tools.
Registration Deadline: March 22.
Barbara Holt has been making baskets over 20 years, and has taught in KY, TN, MI, NC, VA, and SC. When she and her husband moved to Bris- tol 16 years ago she decided to start a basketry guild. Soon named the Tri- State Basketry Guild, it has had as many as 80 members from TN, VA and NC, as well as other states. One year after starting the guild she called a group of Tennessee basket makers together, and the TN State Basketry Convention was started. She has chaired the convention 3 times, and is currently President of the Tennessee Basketry Association. Barbara has written over 70 patterns, but rarely makes the same basket twice. Her baskets are sold in Bristol, Johnson City, and Abingdon, VA. She is a retired college educator. She is married, and has one son, a daughter-in-law, and 3 granddaughters.
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SPLINT REED SEAT WEAVING, with Betty Newman Saturday, April 4, 1-5 pm

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 RAKU WORKSHOP, with Bill Capshaw, Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 (rain days April 18 and 19), 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.

Each student should bring six medium size (5 to 8 inches tall) bisque pots. Pots should be bisque at 08 or 06. Pots should be made with Raku clay or any clay that will withstand the raku process, such as stoneware clay cone 6 to 10. Two pots should be burnished, one pot should have Terra Sigillata applied before being bisqued. We will glaze pots the first part of the day so all pots begin to dry. All glazes and examples of the glazes will be furnished. Each student will get their pots fired in an orderly manner and will get all recipes in a handout. Ferric chloride will be used on one pot so bringing a respirator is optional. All students must have long sleeves to cover arms, long pants and something to tie long hair, and covered toe shoes. There will be no exceptions to these requirements. Students may bring: raku gloves to wear, apron, vapor mask, respirator for use with Ferric Chloride, a notebook, raku tongs, tools as needed, and a great attitude.  This class is in the Featured Tennessee Artists series and is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and is supported by the Arts and Culture AllianceEarlybird Cost: Register and pay by March 28 and the cost is $85 for Craft Center members, $95 for nonmembers. After March 28, Cost: $195/$105. Registration deadline: April 7.

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

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LEARN TO SEW, PART 1, with Janet Donaldson, Sunday, April 19, 2:00 –4:30 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. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by April 5 and the cost is $25 for Craft Center Members, $35 for nonmembers. After April 5: Cost: $35/$45. Registration deadline: April 12.

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PREPARING YOUR BOOK FOR SELF-PUBLICATION, with Kathleen Fearing, Wednesday, April 22, 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 April 8 and the cost is $40 for Craft Center Members, $45 for nonmembers. After April 8, Cost: $45/$50. Registration deadline: April 15.

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HANDCANING, with Betty Newman
Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 1-5 pm each day

In this two-day class, students will be introduced to the art of handcaning and will take home a woven footstool at the end of the class. Beginning. Register early to reserve your space.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by April 11 and the cost is $65 for Craft Center members, $75 for nonmembers. AfterApril 11, Cost: $75/$85. All materials and footstool are included.
Registration Deadline: April 18.
Betty Newman has been an artist and craftsperson for all of her adult life. She, with her husband Joe’s support, opened Newman Valley Studio in Kodak, TN, in 1990 to provide top quality craftsmanship through chair caning and wicker repair. This work- shop is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and supported by the Arts and Culture Alliance.

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HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY, with Janet McCracken
May 11, 18, 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This class will be suitable for those who have never taken a class in clay and also for those with some experience who would like to continue to explore the many facets of working with clay.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by 2 weeks before class start and the cost is $40 for Craft Center members, $50 for nonmembers. Within 2 weeks of class start, Cost: $50/$60. All students must also pay a $30 studio fee to the Pottery Department on the first day for clay, glaze and firing.
Registration deadline: One Week Prior to Class Start.

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FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES! LET’S CREATE A DELIGHTFUL RABBIT WITH WOOL!! Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Nancy Shedden and Karen Bills

Needle felting, or sculpting with wool, is the art of creating 2-D or 3 -D items with wool by using a barbed needle. In this class, students will learn this fun craft by making a bunny rabbit, which students will be able to take home a charming figure. Materials $20 payable the day of class. Optional multi-needle tool for additional $10. All Levels Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 1 and the cost is $30 for Craft Center members, $40 for nonmembers. After May 1: $40 / $50. Registration Deadline May 10.

Nancy Shedden and Karen Bills began needle felting while their children were raising and showing sheep in the Knox County 4-H Sheep Project. Their children are grown but they are still felting. Nancy’s youngest daughter continues to raise prize winning Oxfords and keeps these artists with a steady supply of good needle felting wool. Nancy also hand spins wool into yarn for knitting or crocheting, and Karen wet felts wool roving into art such as birdhouses and scarves. They have taught others how to needle felt at shows and other events. Nancy is archivist for the Tennessee Valley Hand Spinners and both Nancy and Karen are members of Foothills Craft Guild.

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BASIC WIRE WRAPPED RINGS, with Kathy King
Tuesday, May 19, 6-7:30 p.m.

In this class, students will learn how to make basic wire wrapped rings using non-tarnish plated wire (available in several colors) and single stone or crystal as the focal. Each student will make two rings in a choice of wire color and be able to choose from a variety of natural stones, pearls and Swarovski crystals. The instructor will bring plenty of tools for class use, so all you have to bring is your- self! All levels welcome; for ages 15 and up.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 5 and the cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. After May 5 Cost: $40 mem- bers, $50 nonmembers. Prices include all materials. All levels. Registration deadline May 12.

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FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES! MOSAIC BIRDBATH WORKSHOP, with Jessica Kortz, Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday May 24, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In this two day workshop, each student will create a fully functional mosaic birdbath suitable for an outdoor space. Students will learn hands-on techniques appropriate for outdoor mosaics while exploring different materials including ceramic tiles, stained glass and mirror, broken dishes, figurines and other found objects. Materials are included, but feel free to bring your own mosaic supplies and personal objects to add to your mosaic. This class is suitable for all levels. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 9 and the cost is $55 for Craft Center members, $65 for nonmembers. After May 9, Cost: $65/$75. Registration deadline: May 16.

Jessica has been creating mixed media mosaics and jewelry for 15 years. She started working with mosaics as a way to refinish furniture while she was a student at UT studying Interior Design. She creates her mosaics from a variety of materials including broken china, pottery shards, handmade ceramic, fused glass and cast resin tiles, stained glass, beads and other found objects. She is the former owner of Mighty Mud ceramic studio and is a current member of the Foothills Craft Guild, TACA, and A1 Lab Arts. She also teaches her mosaic and jewelry techniques at various workshop throughout the region.

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GLASS FUSING WORKSHOP, with Kathy King, Thursday, May 28, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

During this workshop, students will learn the basics of glass fusing and make pendants using dichroic glass. Students will learn how to cut the glass, and stack and glue their pieces. Information on the process of glass fusing will be discussed. The pendants will be fired after the class and work will be mailed to the students. The

materials fee includes enough glass for up to four pendants. Kathy King has been a jewelry-maker for many years and teaches several jewelry classes at the center.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by May 14 and the cost is $45 for Craft Center members, $55 for nonmembers. After May 14, Cost: $50 for Craft Center members; $60 for nonmembers. Students must also pay a $40 materials fee to the teacher at the class. Beginning. Registration deadline May 21.

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 EARRING EXTRAVAGANZA!!!! with Kathy King, Thursday, June 18, 6 – 9 p.m.

Come join us for an afternoon or evening of earring making! Learn how to make earrings – for yourself or they make great gifts!! All materials will be provided! Class fee includes the cost of 1 pair of earrings (can be Swarovski or any other) and then you can make more earrings at a rate of 8.00/pair for non-Swarovski or 10.00/pair for Swarovski. A variety of beads will be available for you to work with. Cost: $15.00 (includes 1 at pair of earrings), additional non Swarovski earrings $8.00/pair, additional Swarovski$10.00/pair. (when registering you must pay a minimum of $15.00, if you know you want to make more than the 1st pair you can pay more at registration, or you can wait and pay for any additional pairs the day of the event) Suitable for all levels and all materials will be provided. Registration deadline: June 11.

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KIDS’ CRAFT CAMP, June 22 -26, 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. with Sheri Burns and her assistant Kat Havercamp.

Take a grand adventure through art in the Appalachian Arts Craft Center’s week long art camp for kids ages 7 to 12! Traditional crafts such as basketmaking, weaving and hand sewing will be presented, as well as bookmaking, painting, and other crafty endeavors. Students should bring a lunch, and be prepared to get messy. Please register early to save your spot in the camp.

$95 per child (members); $105 for nonmembers.  Some scholarships may be available.  Call for more information.

Registration deadline: June 17. 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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 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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 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.)