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

 

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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SALVAGE JEWELRY with Sarah Brobst 

Saturday, September 19, 1:00–4:00 pm.

Earlybird cost: ETF logoRegister 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.

Do 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.

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BASIC WIRE WRAPPED RINGS

with Kathy King

Tuesday, September 22, 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 yourself! All levels welcome; for ages 15 and up. Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by September 8 and the cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. After September 8: Cost: $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Prices include all materials. All levels. Registration deadline September 15.

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ETF logoFEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP!   MOLD MAKING FOR POTTERS with Peter Rose

Saturday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (bring a lunch).

In this one day workshop, Peter Rose will teach simple one- and two-piece molds. They will be simple forms to use for everyday use.

This class is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation and The Tennessee Arts Commission. Earlybird Cost: $45 for members, $55 nonmembers before September 12. After September 12: $55/$65.

Registration deadline: September 19.

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.

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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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PAPIER MACHE…AN ART MEDIUM FOR ADULTS!

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Saturday, October 10, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Papier maché has long been thought as a craft medium used only by school children. Wildlife artist, Sharon Webb, teaches the “art” of taking the medium to the next level.  The class will consist of hands on construction of a papier maché piece with tips and hints about how to complete a sculpture. All materials are provided and attendees are asked only to bring their enthusiasm.

This workshop is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by September 26 and the cost is $10 for Craft Center members, $20 for nonmembers. After September 26, Cost: $20/$30.

Registration deadline October 3

Webb of Maryville, TN has a degree in graphic design and is a papier mache artist. Papier mache is a very old product that originated with the invention of paper and throughout the centuries has been used to make everything from armor to knick knack boxes collected by royalty. Papier mache is finding a renewed life with folk artists and especially with artists who desire to use eco-sensitive materials as the commercial product is made completely from recycled paper. As a papier mache artist, Webb focuses on realism and is challenged to create animal figures and give them form and character.

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GLASS FUSING WORKSHOP

with Kathy King

Tuesday, October 13, 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 October 2 and the cost is $45 for Craft Center members, $55 for nonmembers. After October 2, 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 October 8.

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SALVAGE JEWELRY with Sarah Brobst

Thursday, October 15, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.ETF logo

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 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 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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LET’S CREATE PUMPKINS AND WITCHES WITH WOOL!!

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with Nancy Shedden and Karen Bills

Sunday, October 18, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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 pumpkins and witches, which students will be able to take home whimsical figures. Materials $20 payable the day of class. Optional multi-needle tool for additional $10. All Levels This class is funded in part by the East Tennessee Foundation.

Earlybird Cost: Register and pay by October 5 and the cost is $30 for Craft Center members, $40 for nonmembers. After October 5: $40/$50. Registration Deadline October 11.

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 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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EARRING EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!

with Kathy King

Tuesday, October 27, 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 holiday gifts!! All materials will be provided! Class fee includes the cost of 1 pair of earrings (can be Swarovski Christmas Tree 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 Trees. 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 Trees $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: October 20

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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.)