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

Mondays July 9, 16, 23, and 30

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: $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: July 2


CLAY BASKET MAKING

(Wheel and Handbuilding for beginners or advanced beginners)

with Lisa Kurtz

Wednesday, July 11Thursday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 25

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Bring lunch for 30-minute break)

Knoxville potter Lisa Kurtz will teach a 3-day clay basket making class. She will demo throwing clay basket forms and then altering and texturing them with different techniques. She will also demonstrate making coil, pinch and slab baskets if students would like to hand build or combine adding these techniques to their thrown baskets. Students will learn to pull, twist and roll out and texture clay handles to add to their baskets and will also have a chance to make dyed reed or grapevine handles to add to their clay baskets at the last class.

Earlybird Cost: $110 members, $120 nonmembers. After June 27, $120/$130.

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

Registration deadline: July 3.


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.


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.


Canceled. Will be rescheduled later in the fall.

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.


BURLAP FLOWER WREATH MAKING

with Abby Shedden

Sunday, August 12

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

 

It’s Summertime, and what better way to brighten up your front porch than with this beautiful burlap flower wreath!  This class will be instructed by Abby Shedden.  She has been making handcrafted wreaths and selling them at local craft fairs across East, TN for the past couple of years.  Her business has really taken off, thanks to social media, and can be found online as Cotton Blossom Décor.

 In this class we will cut yards of burlap to construct the leaves and petals and piece together our flowers; once assembled the wreath is approx. 28” in diameter.  Participants will have the option to make a wreath out of any of the colors listed (pink, yellow, white, teal, tan, gray, red, brown, black, orange, navy or green).  When selecting your color for the petals of the flower please make a 1st and 2nd color selection in case one happens to be out of stock.  Please note that the colors in the wreaths pictured may vary as not all the burlap is from the same dye batch.

Earlybird cost: $45 members, $55 nonmembers. After July 29, cost: $55/ $65.

Materials fee to be paid to teacher day of class: $30

Registration deadline: August 5


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.


CENTER POTTERS FIRST TUESDAY

QUESTION AND ANSWER

with Janet McCracken at

10:00 a.m. in June and July

Handbuilders (and others too) join Janet McCracken on the first Tuesday morning of the month at 10:00 a.m. Problem-solving, question and answer, show and tell and some socializing. Must be a Center Potter to attend. If you are interested in becoming a Center Potter, email appalachianartscenter@gmail.com for details.



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.