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

Phone: (865) 494-9854

All classes are handicap accessible.

Saturday, April 13 & Saturday, April 27

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Ceramic wall pockets have many uses both inside and outside the home. In this two-part class, students will learn in the first session hand-building techniques, how to use a slab roller and how to make clay beads. During the second session, students will learn how to glaze and finish their two completed projects. All supplies including clay, texturing tools, and glazes will be provided. All levels welcome. No pottery/clay experience is needed.

Join Jennifer Hoolihan, the Ceramic Technician from Highwater Clays, for a day full of ceramic immersion. We will have an in-depth discussion on cone 6 glazes while touching on the benefits of both commercial and homemade glazes. Firing schedules and clay/glaze interaction will be covered. Bring some small pieces of bisque, there will be time to test out a few cone 6 glazes from Amaco and Mayco.

In addition, we will explore the possibility of extruders as an everyday tool in the studio-tips on how to use them effectively and create your own dies. We will cover how to make a few different types of hand tools and also discuss the best way to take care of your trimming tools so they provide years of service.

The workshop will be a mix of hands-on and lecture with plenty of time for questions. There will also be a small selection of tools and books available for sale. Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook or sketchbook, apron and cash or check if they wish to purchase items. Brushes for testing glazes will be provided. Bring a dish to share and your own drinks for our lunch break.

Special Pricing through partnership with Terra Madre: $40

Studio Fees: If you want to use AACC studios for glaze and firing, please email AACC in advance of class if you are not an AACC member to make arrangements for clay purchase and studio fee costs.

Registration deadline: April 7

MAGNOLIA WREATH MAKING

with Abby Shedden

Sunday, April 28, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Enhance your home’s Southern Charm with a beautiful Magnolia Wreath. These magnolia wreaths are perfect for indoor or outdoor display and can be used year round. In this class, participants will construct a 14” magnolia wreath from artificial magnolia leaves. Each leaf will be individually placed and secured so it is sure to last for years to come. In addition, participants will be able to adorn the magnolia wreaths with a variety of farmhouse inspired elements (such as cotton, lemons, flowers, and more). Finally, participants can add a bow for an eye-catching, seasonal flair.

Earlybird cost: $40 members, $50 nonmembers. 

After April 14, cost: $50/ $60.

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

Registration deadline: April 21

Exploring Indigo & Shibori

with Aaron Head

Saturday, May 4

11:00 AM -3:30 PM

Join Aaron Head, Nashville-based visual artist, for an exploration of Indigo and Shibori. Participants will learn basics of dyeing with a plant-based indigo vat, along with various approaches to Shibori dyeing. Students will learn about the components that create an indigo vat, and how to create one in their home studio. We will focus on Itajime (shape resist) and Kumo (twist resist) techniques, as well as more experimental techniques. Students will leave with dyed cotton fabric, dyed home goods or clothing, and the knowledge to continue dyeing at home.

A yard of cotton fabric along with all dye materials will be provided. Students are highly encouraged to bring small goods to dye. Cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie) accept the color the best. Vintage linens, pillowcases, dishtowels, and clothing are all perfect for this. Pre-wash in hot water before the workshop.Wear old clothing and shoes that can be stained. The dye will splash.


Earlybird Cost:
 $100 members, $110 nonmembers. After April 20 Cost: $110/$120 

Registration deadline: April 27.

BEGINNER WIRE WRAPPING

with Ashley Bur

Sunday, May 5

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Join artist Ashley Burt in our beginner’s wire wrapping class! Students will learn how to create pendants with gemstone beads. All materials are provided; however, if students have their own jewelry pliers they are encouraged to bring them.

Earlybird Cost: $30 members, $40 nonmembers.

After April 21 Cost: $40/$50 

Registration deadline: April 28.

THROW A SHUTTLE! (INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING) Ray Snyder, Marie Clingan, & Lou Ann Robinson

Saturday, May 11, 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 ages 17+ Students should bring a lunch. Class fees include all materials.

Earlybird Cost: $30 members, $40 nonmembers. 

After April 27: $40/50. 

Registration deadline: May 4.

Saturdays May 11 – June 1

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


This class is designed to introduce students to the joy of creating paintings from start to finish. Students will learn different types of brushes, brush control, how to choose a painting subject and compose a painting. Students will walk away with a painting at the end of each class, completing a total of 4 paintings!

Classes are designed for beginners (no experience needed), fun, and lighthearted! Claudia will provide demonstrations and individual help to each student. Students will finish the class with the ability to paint at home with confidence.

All supplies are included in the cost of registration. A list of supplies will be available to students that want to purchase supplies to paint at home.

Earlybird Cost: $155 members, $165 nonmembers. 

After April 27: $165/$175. 

Registration deadline: May 4

MEMBERS ONLY

LEARN THE SECRETS OF PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY

with Polly Bacon Sunday

May 19, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Want to take professional grade photos of your work? You already have the lovely wood/pottery/fiber craft/painting/photo/ jewelry… now learn to show it off in pro-quality photos. This class will teach you how to stage your product, how to read light, color and angles, how to watch out for bugs and strings, how to suggest scale, and how to edit. Bring one of your items to photograph, and your camera or smartphone. Hands-on tutorials and how-to.

AACC Members Only: Early Bird Rate: $30. After May 5 Rate: $40 Registration Deadline: May 12.

June 3, 5, 10, & 12

12:30 PM – 3:30 PM (4 total sessions)

During this two-week class, students will learn how to use the potter’s wheel to create plates and bowls. This class is designed for students with some wheel experience.

Earlybird Cost: $90 members, $100 nonmembers.

After May 22, Cost: $100/$110.

Studio fees to be paid to teacher day of class: $40 (includes 25lbs of clay, studio glazes, and firings). Students will have the option to purchase additional materials if needed. Registration deadline: May 29

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM & Sunday, June 9

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 

In this two-day workshop, students will explore the colorful world of mixed media mosaics to create their own unique decorative birdhouse. Students will learn hands-on mosaic techniques using various materials including ceramic tiles, stained glass, mirror, broken dishes, figurines, and other found objects.  During the first day of the workshop, students will explore cutting, tiling and gluing to decorate their birdhouse. The following day, students will complete their designs with grout. Materials are included, but feel free to bring your own personal objects to add to your mosaic. This class is suitable for all levels.

Earlybird Cost: $80 members, $90 nonmembers. 

After May 25: $90/$100. 

Registration Deadline: June 1All Levels Welcome.

Build a Terrarium Workshop

with Sarah Brobst

Tuesday, June 11

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Join us for a fun hands-on terrarium building workshop where you will make your own mini-world come to life! We will be using a variety of materials such as mosses, succulents, natural decor and maybe even some figurines to bring a little pizzazz to your masterpiece. All supplies are included in this workshop and there will be a variety of containers to choose from. Create a world that is all your own! No experience necessary. All Levels Welcome.

Earlybird Cost: $35 members, $45 nonmembers.

After May 28 Cost: $45/$55.

Registration deadline: June 4.

Saturday, June 15, 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.

All skill levels are invited to come and paint a beautiful “Sunflower” 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: $45 for Members, $55 for nonmembers.

After June 1 cost: $55/ $65

Registration deadline: June 8.

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. 

SOY CANDLES

with Abby and Nancy Shedden

Saturday, July 20

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. OR 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

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 select your preference of candle sizes (large or small).

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make soy candles then this class is for you! In this class students will be guided through the candle making process completing multiple candles: melting wax, choosing a fragrance, pouring the wax into a variety of jars (such as cut wine bottles, mason jars and decorative glass jars) and adding decorative trimmings to make their candles unique.

Earlybird cost: $35 members, $45 non- members.

After July 6: cost: $45/ $55.

Registration deadline: July 13.

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

Saturday, August 17, 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.

All skill levels are invited to come and create a Sea Turtle painting. 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: $45 for Members, $55 for nonmembers.

After August 3 cost: $55/ $65

Registration deadline: August 10.

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. 

ANIMAL SCULPTURES

with Nan Jacobsohn

Saturday and Sunday, November 9 – 10

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Human Beings have been fascinated with animals from primitive times. We have discovered images painted on cave walls and sculpted on ancient pottery. Even today we name cars after horses, cougars, antelopes, etc. There is an unselfconscious beauty that we admire in the creatures we share the planet with. In this workshop, the participants will create the animal of their choice in clay. Emphasis will be put on proportion, gesture, texture, and attention to detail as well as the technical aspects of sculpting in clay. An armature system will be utilized for creating standing figures.

Earlybird Cost: $165 members, $175 nonmembers. 

After October 12, Cost: $175/$185.

Studio fees to be paid to teacher day of class: $40 (includes 25lbs of clay, glazes, and firings).

Registration deadline October 19.

Jacobsohn’s educational background includes a BA from Pasadena College in Art Education and a MLAS from Vanderbilt University. She spent the early part of her career as a high school art teacher in California, Massachusetts, and Georgia. She served as an art instructor at Cheekwood before becoming the director of education over both the art and botanical programs. In 1996 she made the decision to dedicate full time to her career as a sculptor. Her work has been successfully exhibited in galleries across the US and is in the collection of the Tennessee State Museum. She enjoys sharing her expertise through workshops at Arrowmont, Pecosin, Appalachian Craft Center and arts organizations in the US and Canada. Visit Jacobsohn’s website: Theclayhorse.com

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 Ashley Pegram, 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.

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