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 


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  


 

 

 

 

 

TRY THE WHEEL

with Ashley Pegram

Saturday, January 12, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., 

OR 

Tuesday, January 15, 6:00 – 8:30 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. Participants are encouraged to wear clothing that can get muddy. 

Special pricing for members and nonmembers: $25

Registration deadline: January 6


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THROW A SHUTTLE! (INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING) 

with Ray Snyder and Marie Clingan

Saturday, January 19

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Are you drawn to the idea of weaving on a loom, but you’re not quite ready to invest in a long-term class? This is your chance to find out if weaving is a craft you want to pursue. Long-time weavers, Ray Snyder and Marie Clingan will have table looms warped and ready for weaving in this one-session class. Students will learn what’s involved in the process and weave with a shuttle to make at least two mug rugs to take home with them. 

Warning: most people who throw a shuttle and create something beautiful on the loom are hooked and want to sign up for a longer class! This class is open to students 17 and up. Students should bring a lunch.

Earlybird Cost: $30 members, $40 nonmembers. After January 5: $40/50. Class fees include all materials.

Registration deadline January 12  


HANDBUILDING WITH CLAY

with Janet McCracken

Mondays, January 14, 21, 28 & 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


 

 

 

 

 

 

SOY CANDLE

with Abby and Nancy Shedden

Saturday, February 9

10:00 a.m.–noon OR 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Everyone loves a great soy candle, whether it’s for you to keep and enjoy or to give as a gift!  If you’ve ever wanted to learn to make your own soy candles then this class is for you!

This class will be instructed by Nancy & Abby Shedden, both of whom have been making candles for several years. In this class, participants will be guided through the candle making process, from melting the soy wax, to adding their desired fragrance and pouring into the jars of their choice.  Every participant will get to make multiple candles, choose their fragrance, pick from a variety of jars (such as cut wine bottles, mason jars, and decorative glass jars) and add decorative trimmings to make their candles unique. 

The day of the class participants can choose to make two (2) large candles (approx. 10oz.-12oz.)  or four (4) small candles (approx. 4oz-8oz.).  If supplies permit then additional candles can be made for a prorated fee.

When signing up please choose the time slot you prefer and your preference of candle sizes (large or small).

Earlybird Cost: $35 members, $45 nonmembers. After January 26, cost: $45/$55.

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

Registration deadline: February 2  


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.  


FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLORING HAND-STITCHING AND SASHIKO

with Aaron Head

Saturday, February 23

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Participants will learn the basics behind hand-stitching, as well as the stitches and patterns of Sashiko stitching. After learning the basic rules of Sashiko, participants will then be encouraged to bend those rules and develop their own stitching voice. Participants will learn the meditative and mindful properties of hand-stitching, and learn to read Sashiko patterns. Students are provided with naturally dyed fabric for stitching on, along with Sashiko thread and other naturally dyed thread for stitching with, and students will leave with at least 4 stitched swatches. Students are also encouraged to bring a textile, home good or article of clothing that could use some hand-stitched embellishment or mending. Denim clothing, linen accessories and any medium-weight home good are perfect for this. 

PROVIDED BY INSTRUCTOR: Naturally dyed fabric, naturally dyed thread, needles, thimbles, threader, snips, and all sewing materials, and rulers and marking pens.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS PROVIDED BY STUDENTS: Clothing or home good for embellishment

Earlybird Cost: $50 members, $60 nonmembers.

After February 7, Cost: $60/$70.

Registration deadline: February 15.

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

Aaron Sanders Head is a curator, writer, and traveling, teaching artist based in Nashville, TN. He has worked for The Arts Company as Gallery Associate, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment as Gallery Coordinator/Curator, and the Kentuck Museum Association as Artist Liaison. His curatorial work focuses on presenting honest depictions of the complex southern cultural climate through the lens of its artists, while his personal work investigates, restores, and reinterprets historical textile practices, with a focus on natural dyes, hand-mending, and hand-stitching.


FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP SERIES!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FELTED BAG WITH FLOWER LIGHTS

with Geri Forkner

Saturday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

and Sunday, March 3, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Start the day by making a small resist Nuno felted bag. Then embellish it with lights and flowers. Just for the fun of it, we’ll encase a string of battery-powered fairy lights into a felted cord for an eye-catching bag handle. Then we’ll fast felt some small flowers to be stitched on when everything dries out. Some felting experience helpful.

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

Students to bring: small bubble wrap 12 inches x 1 ½ yards, towel, ½ length pool noodle, stocking or elastic for ties, 3 to 4 oz merino wool roving, any favorite felting tools you own.

Supply fee: $3 for electronics and misc. supplies + cost of wool if purchased from instructor.

Earlybird Cost: $70 members, $80 nonmembers. After February 16, Cost: $80/$90.

Registration deadline: February 23.

Geri Forkner creates felted and woven works of art from her studio in Tennessee. Geri teaches fiber arts classes regionally, nationally, and internationally to both children and adults, and is the recipient of an Artists-In-The-Schools grant. A member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, she cherishes the old traditions and skills while using fibers in innovative ways to push the boundaries of weaving. After graduating with a BS degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Geri continued her education with weaving and surface design classes at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.  


 

 

 

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 101

with Kelli Thompson

Saturday, March 30 (rain date 4/6)

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Do you have a digital camera, SLR preferably, that you want to learn how to take better photographs?  Kelli Thompson will teach you basics of photography, such as how to shoot in manual mode, set your shutter speed, aperture and more.  We will also learn about how to compose better photographs, eliminate unwanted clutter and noise in your photos, and capture special moments in time.  We will take an excursion to Norris Dam State Park during the class, then discuss editing software to develop your photographs.  We will also talk about techniques to capture better photos with the digital camera available on your smartphone and apps that edit and enhance these photographs. 

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

Registration deadline: March 23 


PAINTING – DOGWOOD

with Melanie Fetterolf

Sunday, April 7

2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

All skill levels are invited to come paint a beautiful “Dogwood” 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. 

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

After March 24, cost: $50/ $60

Registration deadline: March 31 

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.