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 



 

BURLAP PUMPKIN WREATH

with Abby Shedden

Sunday, September 30

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

It’s Fall y’all, and what better way to spice up your front entrance than with this festive burlap pumpkin wreath! Abby 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 it can be found on Facebook as Cotton Blossom Décor. In this class, we will use pre-cut yards of orange burlap to construct the body of the pumpkin. Once the body is complete we will move onto the top section of the pumpkin where participants will have the option to use either green or brown burlap to construct the top of the pumpkin. Finally, we will add the finishing touches with a chicken wire stem, a few curly-cue tendrils made from grapevine wire and beautiful raffia bow. Once assembled the wreath is approximately 16 inches in diameter. Participants will get to select if they wish to use green or brown burlap for the top section of their pumpkin. Please note that the colors in the wreaths may vary as not all the burlap is from the same dye batch.

Earlybird cost: $35 members, $45 nonmembers. After September 16, cost: $45/ $55.

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

Registration deadline: September 23


PAINTING PUMPKINS

with Melanie Fetterolf

Friday, October 5

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

All skill levels are invited to come paint a beautiful fall pumpkin 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.

Earlybird Cost: $40 for Craft Center members, $50 for non-members. After September 21, cost: $50/ $60

Registration deadline: September 28

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.


PET COLLAGE

with Betsy Julian

Saturday, October 6

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Create a whimsical, colorful collage of your pet! A project for all ages, led by ACHS’s art teacher. Come for a fun, relaxing day of artistic exploration and leave with a one of a kind artwork of your best friend! Bring a lunch and a photo of your pet!

Cost: $50 members, $60 nonmembers.

Registration deadline: October 1


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WHEEL THROWING

with Ken and Melody Shipley

Saturday, October 13, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 14

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 October 2, Cost: $110/$120. Bring your lunch.

Registration deadline: October 6

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 then 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.


HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY

with Janet McCracken

Mondays October 15, 22, 29,

and November 5

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 October 2, 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: October 8


BEVELED GLASS ANGELS

with Mary Lee Keeler

Thursday, October 25

10:00 am. – 2:30 p.m.

Create 4 Ornament -size Sun catcher Angels from Clear Beveled glass using copper foil and solder.

No Glass cutting or grinding for this class – Just applying copper foil and patiently soldering them together!

Closed-toe shoes required, bring an apron to protect your clothes, don’t forget your readers if you need them! Bring your lunch.

Earlybird Cost: $45 members, $55 nonmembers. After October 11, cost: $55/ $65. Materials Fee: $20 to be paid to teacher the day of class.

Registration deadline: October 18


FELTED SLIPPERS

with Tone Haugen-Cogburn

Saturday, October 27

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Felt is a very strong and durable material that also is soft and comfortable to wear. Make a pair of slippers for winter that will fit your feet. Choose colors and add personal decoration from Tone’s stash of wool and accessories. Previous wet felting experience is required for this workshop. 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 Bubble wrap (24″ x 36″, thinner pieces can be taped together), 3 towels,

We will use merino wool for the inside and a courser wool for the outside (C1, Blue-faced Lester, etc). If you have your own you can bring that to use.

Earlybird Cost: $65 for Craft Center members, $75 nonmembers. After October 13, Cost: $75/$80.

Material fee, paid to the instructor, $10 for wool roving & template material.

Registration deadline: October 20

Haugen-Cogburn was born and raised in Norway but has lived in Tennessee since 1987. She has over 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.


VIKING KNIT WIRE WEAVING

with Angela Snow

October 28

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Learn how repeatedly looping a small wire can form an intricate looking piece of jewelry. No previous experience necessary. Each participant will be able to take home a completed bracelet for a holiday gift or to enjoy for themselves. All materials and tools will be supplied by instructor.

Earlybird cost: $45 for Craft Center members, $55 for nonmembers. After October 14, cost: $55/ $65.

Materials fee: $25

Registration deadline: October 21


STAINED GLASS SUNCATCHER

with Mary Lee Keeler

Sunday, November 4

1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Clear Bevels and colored glass combine to make a beautiful 8 ½ inch star/snowflake sun catcher.

Copper Foil Technique. Closed-toe shoes and long pants required. Bring an apron to protect your clothes. Don’t forget your reading glasses if you need them.

Earlybird Cost: $60 members, $70 nonmembers.

After October 21, cost: $70/ $80.

Materials fee: $14 to be paid to teacher the day of class.

Registration deadline: October 28


AMISH PIE BASKET

with Sheri Burns

Saturday, November 10

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This generously sized round basket has a sturdy wooden base and leather side handles. Dyed reed compliments your holiday table. Several colors will be available, including red, green, brown and blue. The basket is 10 inches in diameter and about 5 inches high.

Earlybird Cost: $50 members, $60 nonmembers. 

After October: $65/$75. 

Registration deadline: November 3


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


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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.


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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 additional $12. 

Registration Deadline: December 2. All Levels.



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.

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