All classes are handicap accessible.

Sign up for classes by calling the Center. The desk worker will help you sign up and pay.

Phone (865) 494-9854 



HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY

with Janet McCracken

Thursdays, May 24, 31, and June 7 & 14

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This class will be suitable for both 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: $55 members, $65 nonmembers. After May 10, Cost: $65/$75.

All students must also pay a $30 studio fee to the Pottery Department on the first day for clay, glaze, and firing. $40 for bags of clay thereafter.

Registration deadline: May 17


SLAB VISION BOX WORKSHOP

with Lisa Kurtz

Sundays, May 27 and June 16

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Get inspired and motivated in this 2 session clay workshop led by Knoxville potter Lisa Kurtz. Lisa will teach students to make their own clay slab vision box to depict goals and dreams in all areas of their lives, or in just one specific area that they are focusing on. They will create items out of clay to glue into the box as well as bring in mixed media found objects, pictures, and other handmade objects. In the first session, students will decide on a theme and plan for their boxes and create their slab clay boxes and other clay items to be put into their boxes. In between sessions, the boxes will be fired and at the next session students will paint and decorate their boxes with the items made out of clay and other found and homemade objects. Completed vision boxes can be hung on the wall or placed in a special place in the home as visual reminders of what you are working towards in your life. Whether you are a beginner with no clay experience, had some clay experience or are advanced, all are welcome to join this creative clay workshop. Lisa has a Masters degree in Ceramics and currently teaches clay at Pellissippi State in Knoxville Tn. She has been a professional potter for 40 years. To see more about Lisa and her work visit her website at LisaKurtzHigh-landPottery.weebly.com

Earlybird Cost: $80 members, $90 nonmembers.

After May 13, $90/$100.

Clay may be purchased on the first day of the class. The price is $30 for the first bag and $40 for each additional bag and includes studio fees.

Registration deadline: May 20


TIN CANDLEHOLDER

with David Drake

Saturday, June 9

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

During this workshop participants will lay out a pattern, cut, pierce (punch) a design, fold, form and solder a candleholder learning the basic use of hand tools. Participants will need some hand strength and dexterity to cut and punch tin. The goal is for everyone to leave with a completed candleholder. All supplies included.

Earlybird Cost: $50 for Craft Center members, $60 for nonmembers. After May 26, Cost: $60/ $70.

Registration deadline: June 2.


POTTERY DEMONSTRATION OPPORTUNITY WITH MASTER POTTER LARRY ALLEN

Sunday, June 10

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Potluck lunch break will be at noon. Bring a food item to share with the group.

This class is offered in partnership with Terra Madre of Knoxville and will be held at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center.

Larry will demonstrate his exceptional throwing skills – he is specialized in classical rounded forms.  While he is throwing, his assistant will be drying his pieces (heat gun).  After lunch, he will trim those pieces and demonstrate his carving technique.

Larry Allen has worked as an artist for over 35 years.  He received his BA degree in Art from Berea College in 1978. He has a studio in Leeds, Alabama where he and his wife, Linda reside.  Larry’s pieces are widely collected by ceramic enthusiasts.  He also travels to art festivals and is represented by art galleries.  His beautifully carved wheel thrown vessels are influenced by African and Native American Art.  Visit his website at www.la-pottery.com.

Cost: $40. Register early including payment to reserve your spot.

Registration deadline: May 27


BOUQUET DORSET BUTTON

with Carolyn Fogelman

Sunday, June 24

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Think of 18th century England on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution when cottage industries were the bread and butter of the poor. These were the heydays of Dorset buttons when young and old made and sold these colorful garment findings. Join this class to learn how to make a bouquet button to sew on a sweater or wear as a pin or pendant.
Earlybird Cost: $30 for Craft Center members, $40 for nonmembers. After June 10, Cost: $40/ $50.
Materials fee: $7 to be paid to teacher the day of class.
Registration deadline: June 17.

KIDS’ CRAFT CAMP

for ages 8 – 14

Tuesday – Thursday, June 26 – 28

9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Camp will be held at AACC. Join us for 3 days of crafty, artsy adventure! Tuesday will be hosted by Irene Weiler. Explore the Huichol culture art by learning painting techniques and a yarn craft. The Huichol or Wixáritari are an indigenous people of Mexico living in the Sierra Madre Occidental range. They are known for their beautiful yarn painting and beadwork. Wednesday will be hosted by Betsy Julian. Learn screen printing techniques as you print your own t-shirt! Thursday will be hosted by Sheri Burns. Learn basketry techniques with a unique material–paper! We’ll be painting #140 watercolor paper, cutting it into strips, and weaving a beautiful creation that can be embellished with beads, buttons or a fancy tassel. Space is limited so register early to save your spot in the camp.

Cost: $35 each day for members and $45 for non-members.

All 3 days: $105/ $120.

Some scholarships available.

Registration deadline: June 17 or until filled. Held at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center.


FELTING FLOWERS

with Christal Yost

Thursday,  July 12

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

All ages welcome, children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

In this beginner workshop, we will learn the basic techniques of wet felting, why wool felts to become fabric, and the differences in some commonly used fibers such as silk, and different types of wool. Participants will learn to make several handmade flowers both with and without stems.  These flowers can be used to embellish your hats, clothing etc.

Earlybird cost: $35 members, $45 non-members. After July 5, cost: $45/ $55.

Materials fee to be paid to teacher day of class: $10

Extra Materials will be available for purchase, for those who wish to take wool home. 

Please bring 1 bath size towel.

Registration deadline: July 10

Wool felt is an incredibly durable, beautiful, and useful fabric, and modern felted objects can be considered both art and craft.  Felt was an integral part of the everyday life of nomadic herding cultures, and examples of felted objects date back hundreds of years. Felt fabric can be used to make many items including decorative vessels, saddle pads, yurt walls, socks, boots, hats, bags,  coats, and scarves.

For just over 45 years Christal Yost has been drawing, painting and sculpting, and for the last 20 years, Christal has been working in three dimensions with textiles and fiber. Degrees in Biochemistry, International travel and a deep respect for cultural diversity are all important influences that inform her work in the arts.  Training in the arts has included courses at universities, regional art schools, and private lessons.  Christal’s portfolio includes oil paintings, clay and Tennessee marble sculptures, and fabric and fiber works.  She operates a fiber studio in Knoxville TN offering private and group lessons to children and adults. Christal has been involved over the years with state and regional organizations including the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, A-1 Lab Arts, AVA (Association for Visual Arts), Tennessee Craft East, and TAC (Tennessee Arts Commission). Christal has attended state and regional art conferences, and she has received grant funding for several projects as an Artist in Residence by the Tennessee Arts Commission.


STOMP RUGS

with Christal Yost

Sunday, July 29

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Come spend a day at the craft center and turn raw wool and alpaca fiber into a felted rug.  Students will get wet, soapy, and dirty.  Students may choose from two methods of felting so that they may either stand or sit while stomping and rolling the fiber stack.

Students should bring a change of clothes and water shoes, rubber boots or crocks to wear while stomping.

Bring a dish to share if you want to participate in a potluck lunch.

Earlybird cost: $100 members, $110 nonmembers.

After July 15, cost: $110/ $120.  Materials included

Registration deadline: July 22

For just over 45 years Christal Yost has been drawing, painting and sculpting, and for the last 20 years, Christal has been working in three dimensions with textiles and fiber. Degrees in Biochemistry, International travel and a deep respect for cultural diversity are all important influences that inform her work in the arts.  Training in the arts has included courses at universities, regional art schools, and private lessons.  Christal has been involved over the years with state and regional organizations including the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, A-1 Lab Arts, Association for Visual Arts, Tennessee Craft East, and Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). Christal has attended state and regional art conferences, and she has received grant funding for several projects as an Artist in Residence by the TAC.


YOUNG ARTISTS WORKSHOP

with Jana and Natasha Ghezawi

Wednesday – Friday, July 18 -20

10:00 am –2:30 pm.

Ages 8 – 12 will explore a variety of techniques including painting, sculpture, and weaving to explore science and action art inspired by Pollock, Van Gogh, Monet & more!

Space is limited so register early to save your spot in the camp. Bring your lunch each day.

Cost: $85 members/ $95 non-members for all 3 days of fun.

Registration deadline: July 11 or until filled.

Held at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center. To register: call 865-494-9854 or visit 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN 37716

Jana is pursuing a degree in studio art and Natasha has a degree in chemical engineering.


PAINTING – SILHOUETTE TREE

with Melanie Fetterolf

Friday, August 24

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

All skill levels are invited to come paint a beautiful “Silhouette Tree” image. Melanie will guide you to complete a 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas using a variety of brushes and painting techniques.  All supplies are included, BYOB.

Cost: $40 for Craft Center members, $50 for nonmembers.

After August 10, cost: $50/ $60

Registration deadline: August 17 

Melanie Fetterolf is the owner of Painting Your World Studio in Seymour, TN. She has displayed at the Davis Gallerias, Smoky Mountain Arts, The Emporium, and the Center for Peace.



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.


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

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.


BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Schedule your birthday party. 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.


HOMESCHOOL 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.

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, classes will likely not be held. Call the office to verify If it is a weekend, 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.