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

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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HAND SEWING with Janet Donaldson

Sunday, August 23, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. OR Monday, August 24, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Learn to hem pants and skirts, sew on buttons, finish seams. This course will also include an introduction to basic embroidery stitches and English smocking. No experience necessary. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by August 9 and the cost is $25 for Craft Center Members, $35 for nonmembers. After August 9 Cost: $35/$45. Registration deadline: August 16.

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FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP!

THE MAGIC OF MARBLING, with Pat K. Thomas Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.ETF logo

In this workshop, students will learn to float colors on thickened water, comb and rake designs with simple tools, then print their original marbled papers.

Patterns will range from historic to con- temporary and can be used for book-arts, mixed media collage, scrapbooking, home décor and many other projects. She will also discuss how the process can be applied to fabric. This workshop is for beginners and those with some experience who would like to work further with this marbling expert. Students should bring a lunch. Pat K. Thomas of Sevierville has been demonstrating marbling and conducting workshops for many years at such venues as the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brass- town, NC. She’s co-owner of the Cliff Dwellers Gallery in Gatlinburg and a member of the Foothills Craft Guild and the International Society of Marblers.

This workshop is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Registration deadline August 10.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by August 8 and the cost is $30 for Craft Center members, $40 for nonmembers. After August 8, Cost: $40/$50. All students must also pay a materials fee of $20 to the teacher at the class. Beginning-Intermediate.

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TOTE BASKET with Sheri Burns

Tuesday, August 25, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In this class, students will make a basket with woven cloth handles that will be the perfect tote to carry all your essentials. Basket will be approx. 12″ long, x 4″ wide x 10″ tall. To customize your basket, pink paisley and green paisley straps will be available, along with dyed reed to match the straps. Expect to have a blast, and leave with your finished tote to wow your friends!

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay before August 11: $60 for craft center members, $70 for nonmembers. After August 11: $70/$80. Materials fee: $20 to be paid to instructor the day of class. Registration deadline: August 18. Beginner.

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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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HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY with Janet McCracken

CHOICE OF: Mondays, September 14, 21, 28

OR October 12, 19, 26 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. Registration deadline: One Week Prior to Class Start.
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 for Craft Center members; $60 for nonmembers. All students must also pay a $30 studio fee to the Pottery Department on the first day for clay, glaze and firing

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FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP!

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Saturday, September 19, 1:00–4:00 pm.

 

ETF logoDo you have that drawer or box filled with single earrings, broken necklaces, old watches, stuff you just don’t wear anymore? I am sure you do… and this class is for you. In this class you will learn how to dismantle, demolish, reconstruct, reattach, and rearrange old and worn pieces of jewelry to make some truly one-of-a-kind masterpieces. All ages. All tools, enamels, old jewelry pieces, and epoxies are supplied… feel free to bring your old worn pieces that you would like to transform into new accessories. This workshop is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Earlybird cost: Register and pay by September 5 and the cost is $25 for Craft Center members, $35 for non-members. After September 5, cost: $35/$45.
Registration deadline: September 12. Class offered again on Thursday, October 15.

Brobst showcased work in art shows during college, but took a break to travel and do work in her field of study. After moving back to Knoxville she started back into creating art–paintings, salvage jewelry, mixed media sculptures, etc. focusing on bring- ing new life to old, discarded objects. She works full time at a nature center in Knoxville, where she talks about the importance of recycling and repurposing to the public, and she strives to bring that lesson through in her art. Her works have been show- cased as part of the Tennessee Crafts Art Fairs, LEAF Festival, Bele Chere, and just recently made her first two shows as a RAW artist in Nashville, TN and Brooklyn, New York.

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MOSAIC BIRDBATH WORKSHOP with Jessica Kortz

Saturday, September 26, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

and Sunday September 27, 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.This workshop is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation.
Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by September12 and the cost is $70 for Craft Center members, $80 for nonmembers. After September 12, Cost: $80/$90.Registration deadline: September 19.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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FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP!

SALVAGE JEWELRY with Sarah Brobst

TAClogoThursday, October 15, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Do you have that drawer—one that is filled with single earrings (the other one lost), broken necklaces, old watches, stuff you just don’t wear anymore?? I am sure you do… and this class is for you. In this class, you will learn how to dismantle, demolish, reconstruct, reattach, and rearrange old and worn ETF logopieces of jewelry to make some truly one-of-a-kind masterpieces. All ages. All tools, enamels, old jewelry pieces, and epoxies are supplied… feel free to bring your old worn pieces that you would like to transform into new accessories. This workshop is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Earlybird cost: Register and pay by October 2 and the cost is $25 for Craft Center members, $35 for nonmembers. After October 2, cost: $35/$45.

Registration deadline: October 8. Class also offered Saturday, September 19.
Brobst showcased work in art shows during college, but took a break to travel and do work in her field of study. After moving back to Knoxville she started back into creating art–paintings, salvage jewelry, mixed media sculptures, etc. focusing on bringing new life to old, discarded objects. She works full time at a nature center in Knoxville, where she talks about the importance of recycling and repurposing to the public, and she strives to bring that lesson through in her art. Her works have been showcased as part of the Tennessee Crafts Art Fairs, LEAF Festival, Bele Chere, and just recently made her first two shows as a RAW artist in Nashville, TN and Brooklyn, New York.

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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.

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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.)