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 


 

 

 

 

 

 

TRY A POT

with Ashley Pegram

Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.,

OR

Saturday, November 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Ever wanted to try a pottery wheel? If so, this class is for you. During this introduction to wheel throwing, you will be able to practice centering and throwing small forms without actually finishing the forms. If after taking this class you want to learn more about wheel throwing, you can register for a future wheel class where you will be able to continue learning the process from start to finish. The Center also regularly offers handbuilding classes.

Special pricing for members and nonmembers: $20

Registration deadline: November 11 for 11/13 class and 11/15 for 11/17 class


 

BURLAP POINSETTIA WREATH MAKING

with Abby Shedden

Sunday, November 25

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

It’s Christmas time, and what better way to spruce up your front entrance than with this beautiful burlap poinsettia wreath! The 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 on Facebook as Cotton Blossom Décor.

In this class, we will cut yards of burlap to construct the leaves and petals and then piece together our poinsettia. Once assembled the wreath is approximately 28 inches in diameter. Participants will have the option to make a poinsettia wreath with green leaves; red or white petals; and a gold, red or brown center. When selecting your color for the petals and center of the poinsettia please make a 1st and 2nd color selection (for both the petals and the center) in case one color happens to be out of stock. Please note that the colors in the wreaths may vary as not all the burlap is from the same dye batch.

Earlybird Cost: $45 members, $55 nonmembers.

After November 11, cost: $55/ $65.

Materials fee to be paid to teacher day of class: $35

Registration deadline: November 18


FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP!

SHIBORI SILK SCARVES

with Pat K. Thomas

Sunday, December 2, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

and Monday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn to manipulate silk fabric and scarves to create pattern, texture, and color. We will first dye silk. And then different techniques of shibori will be applied to the dyed silk to create amazing results! You should be able to complete 6 to 8 scarves during this class. Bring kitchen gloves. Wear old clothes & shoes.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Earlybird Cost: $45 for members, $55 nonmembers. 

After November 18, Cost: $55/$65. 

Extra materials cost: $50.00 payable to instructor first day of class.

Registration deadline: November 25

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 Brasstown, 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.


FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LET’S MAKE A GNOME WITH WOOL

with Karen Bills

Sunday, December 9

2:00 – 5:30 pm

In this workshop, students will learn this fun craft by making an adorable Santa gnome or another gnome for décor or a gift.  Needle felting, or sculpting with wool, is the art of creating 2-D or 3-D items with wool by using a barbed needle. Karen Bills and assistant Nancy Shedden began needle felting while their children were raising and showing sheep in the Knox County 4-H Sheep Project.  Karen’s and Nancy’s children are college graduates now and on their own.  However, Nancy’s youngest daughter continues to raise prize-winning Oxfords and keeps these artists with a steady supply of good needle-felting wool.  In this class, participants will learn this fun craft by making an adorable gnome for a gift or Santa gnome for holiday décor.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Earlybird Cost: $30 members, $40 nonmembers. 

After November 25: $40/$50. 

NOTE: A multi-needle tool will be available for an additional $12. 

Registration Deadline: December 2. All Levels.


FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LET’S MAKE A GNOME WITH WOOL

with Karen Bills

Sunday, December 16

2:00 – 5:30 pm

In this workshop, students will learn this fun craft by making an adorable Santa gnome or another gnome for décor or a gift.  Needle felting, or sculpting with wool, is the art of creating 2-D or 3-D items with wool by using a barbed needle. Karen Bills and assistant Nancy Shedden began needle felting while their children were raising and showing sheep in the Knox County 4-H Sheep Project.  Karen’s and Nancy’s children are college graduates now and on their own.  However, Nancy’s youngest daughter continues to raise prize-winning Oxfords and keeps these artists with a steady supply of good needle-felting wool.  In this class, participants will learn this fun craft by making an adorable gnome for a gift or Santa gnome for holiday décor.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

 Earlybird Cost: $30 members, $40 nonmembers. 

After December 2: $40/$50. 

NOTE: A multi-needle tool will be available for an additional $12. 

Registration Deadline: December 9. All Levels.


STAINED GLASS LANTERN

with Mary Lee Keeler

Thursday, January 3 and Friday, January 4

10:00 am. – 2:00 p.m.

Make a stained glass panel insert to fit in the door of a metal lantern.

 

Instructor will provide lanterns to purchase along with a choice pattern that will fit the lantern. Prepare a pattern, cut glass, grind to fit, copper foil, and soldering will be required. 

Student will provide safety glasses and apron. Long pants and comfortable, close-toed shoes are required. Be prepared to stand!  Bring your readers if you need them!!! 

Earlybird Cost: $115 members, $125 nonmembers.

 After December 20 Cost: $125/ $135. 

Materials fee: $20 to $30 depending on lantern chosen to be paid to teacher the day of class.

Registration deadline: December 27 


BUILDING CLAY FORMS FROM TEMPLATES

with Pat Herzog, Pat Clapsaddle, Marion Schlauch, & Rikki Taylor

Saturday, January 5

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This class is presented by four members of the Terra Madre Women in Clay. Come learn several new techniques as each artist will show several methods of constructing 3D forms from a slab. In this hands-on workshop, you will build a slab box, cast and bend a slab to create a tray, create “foam pots”, and build from slabs a templated vase.

Students will need to bring a variety of pre-rolled slabs wrapped in plastic on ware boards to transport finished projects, medium weight Pellon (1/3 yard of medium weight fabric stiffener), clay tools for cutting and texturing, pony roller, bevel cutter if you have one, a knife for cutting slabs, (like a Dolan knife), clay sponges, plastic bags, a “slop” bucket, some clay slip and a banding wheel (if you have one). Slabs will range in size and thickness per project:

1.  12”-14” square slab about 1/4” thick

2.  7”-7” slab 1/4” thick and one larger rectangle approx. 5”-12”

3.  3 or 4 small slabs of clay, 3/8″ thick, not too wet-  sizes, 8×6, 10×8, 10×12, 9×9, 11×11, 9×11

4.  3/8 thick slabs – 1/4-3/8″ slabs 12″ x14″ slabs (3) still somewhat flexible

An in-depth material list is available if you register at AACC. If you register by phone you can email AACC at appalachianartscenter@gmail.com after registering and the list will be emailed to you.

Special Pricing through a partnership with Terra Madre: $50

Studio Fees apply. Non-members: If you want to use AACC studios for glaze and firing, please email AACC in advance of class to make arrangements and costs.

Registration deadline: December 28  


HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY

with Janet McCracken

Mondays, January 14, 21, 28, and February 4

10:00 a.m. 1:00 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 January 3, 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: January 8


HAND BUILD CLAY BOTTLES

with Pat Hurley

Saturday, February 2

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Learn how to make small clay “sake bottles” using hand building techniques. Participants will form shapes from clay slabs and construct small bottles. These forms can be the basis for more advanced designs. Some experience with clay required. Experience with sake is optional. Bring a light lunch.

No teacher fee, $30 class fee, and $10 materials fee includes needed clay. Non-members will need to make arrangements for glazing at a later date.

Earlybird Cost: $30 members, $40 nonmembers.

After January19, cost: $40/ $50

Materials fee: $10 materials fee for class includes needed clay. Non-members will need to schedule a future time for glazing.

Registration deadline: January 26


FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEEL THROWING

with Ken and Melody Shipley

Saturday, February 16

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

and

Sunday, February 17

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This wheel-throwing class is open to all levels, beginner to advanced. We will begin by demonstrating, and then work individually with students to learn and improve throwing skills to include mugs, bowls, plates, pitchers, and teapots. We will also demonstrate throwing large pieces. 


Earlybird Cost: $100 members, $110 nonmembers. After February 2, Cost: $110/$120. Bring your lunch.

Registration deadline: February 8

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Ken Shipley is a Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.  He has worked in ceramics for over 30 years and began his career as an apprentice to both Charles Counts in Rising Fawn, GA and Bill Ashley in Chattanooga, TN.  Ken’s work covers many aspects of ceramics, from production pottery to large one-of-a-kind pieces, both wheel thrown and hand built.  He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

His work can be seen in galleries in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Georgia, and has been exhibited widely in the United States, Italy, Germany, Japan, France, China, and England.

Melody Shipley completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, in 1996. She finds her strength, peace, and inspiration from the beauty of nature, and in recreating her vision of that beauty in the forms and surfaces of the pots she makes. She hand carves her pieces and applies several different layers of glaze to achieve the rich textures of her surfaces. Melody’s work has been sold and exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. She also conducts workshops and teaches classes through programs at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Artist in the Schools and the Community School of the Arts in Clarksville, TN.  


Coming Soon:

Intro to Weaving in January

Fiber with Geri Forkner in March



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.