SUPPORTING ARTS AND CRAFTS IN APPALACHIA THROUGH EDUCATION, SALES, AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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


Sunday September 15 from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

It’s Fall Y’all, and what better way to spice up your front entrance than with this festive burlap pumpkin wreath! The class will be instructed by Abby Shedden. She has been making hand crafted 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 non- members.
After September 16, cost: $45/ $55.

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

Starting September 18, concluding October 23 (6 sessions)
from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Students will learn the basics of creating forms out of clay covering pinch pots, the slab roller, coil pots, creating textures and more! This class is suitable for those who have never taken a class in clay and for those with some clay experience who would like to continue to explore the many facets of working with clay.

Cost: $80 members, $90 nonmembers.
After September 4 Cost: $90/$100.

All students must also pay a $30 studio fee to the Pottery Department on the first day for clay, glaze and firing and $40 each for bags of clay thereafter.

Registration deadline: September 11

Thursday & Friday September 19 & 20
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Students will use the copper foil technique to create a stained-glass panel insert to fit into the door of a lantern. Instructor will provide a black metal lantern and students will have 4 patterns to select from.

Students will prepare a pattern, cut glass, grind glass to fit, copper foil and soldering as a part of the process. Students must be able to stand and are required to wear closed toe shoes and long pants. Students should bring an apron to protect their clothes, safety glasses (don’t forget your readers if you need them) and a lunch. Please watch and respond to an email from the instructor a week before class!

Earlybird Cost: $115 members, $125 nonmembers.
After September 5 Cost: $125/$135.
All students must also pay a $25 material fee (cash/check) to the instructor at the beginning of the class.
Registration deadline: September 12.

Learn the Secrets of Product Photography
with Polly Bacon

Several Sunday dates to choose from:
September 22, October 20, November 17 and December 15

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Want to take professional grade photos of your artwork? You’ve created the beautiful wood/ pottery/fiber craft/painting/photo/jewelry…. now learn how to show it off with 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, your camera or smart phone, and a USB connector for your device so we can show your practice shots on a large computer screen during class.

AACC Members Only | Rate: $30

Registration Deadline: 1 week prior to class date

Tuesday, September 24, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Create a custom lanyard on the inkle loom! Students will choose their own colors and learn the process from start to finish.  All materials will be provided. No experience required.

Registration Cost: $30 members, $40 nonmembers. 

Registration deadline: September 21.

Sunday, September 29, 2:00 PM–5:30 PM

All skill levels are invited to come create a fall leaf painting. Melanie will guide students to create an acrylic on canvas painting using a variety of brushes and painting techniques. All supplies are included. 

Early Bird Fee: $35 for Members, $45 for nonmembers.

After September 15 Fee: $45, $55

Registration deadline: September 22.

Thursday October 10, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The kaleidoscope has been delighting viewers since its invention by David Brewster, a Scottish physicist, back in 1816. Smiling students will leave this workshop with a sturdy, 12-inch tube, filled with glass, mirrors, and lots of colors, inside and out! Joy, jubilation, and success guaranteed!

The class is open to students age 10 and up (but younger students welcomed with teen or adult supervision). This class will be a good parent or grandparent/child activity. Students are encouraged to bring a lunch. 

AACC Members: $30 for one student or $55 for two students in the same household.

Non-Members: $40 for one student or $75 for two students in the same household.

Registration Deadline: October 9.

Saturday October 19, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Students will be using seed beads, a needle, and beading thread for the first bead weaving project.  Students will learn about the different stitches used in bead weaving along with the different kinds of beads used.

AACC Members: $40
Non-Members $50
Registration Deadline October 12.

Friday October 25 | 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Students will learn how to hand dye fine merino wool and hand dye silk together to create a beautiful light weight winter scarf! Beginner to intermediate.

For just over 45 years Christal Yost has been painting, sculpting, and working with textiles and fiber.  Degrees and work in the area of Biochemistry and Big Data Analytics, inform her work in the arts.  International travel and a deep respect for cultural diversity are also important influences.  Christal’s training in the arts over the last 40 years have included courses at universities, regional art schools and private lessons.  Works include paintings, sculpture in clay and Tennessee marble and fabric and fiber works.  Christal operates Fearless Fiber Studio in Knoxville TN.

Member Rate: $75
Non-Member Rate: $85
Material Fee: $20 (paid to instructor)
Registration Deadline: October 24 

Stained Glass Star Suncatcher
with Mary Lee Keeler
Thursday October 24

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Students will use the copper foil technique to create a 6-inch stained glass star/snowflake suncatcher! Students will prepare a pattern, cut glass, grind glass to fit, copper foil and solder- ing as a part of the process.

Students must be able to stand and are required to wear closed toe shoes and long pants. Students should bring an apron to protect their clothes, safety glasses (don’t forget your readers if you need them) and a lunch.

Earlybird Cost: $50 members, $60 nonmembers.

After October 10 Cost: $60/$70.

All students must also pay a $15 material fee (cash/check) to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

Registration deadline: October 17.

Saturday October 26 & Sunday October 27
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Experience Required!

Can you cut glass, grind glass to fit pattern, apply copper foil, solder? This is an intermediate class for folks with some experience.

This class will refresh you on the all those copper foil techniques! You will create a panel that has rigid zinc framing with hooks and chain. You will choose your pattern in advance – there are several to choose from! Overall size, number of pieces and the detail of the design all play a factor in your success in this intensive 2-day class! You will shop for and purchase your own glass in advance.  I will give you a couple of places to shop in Knoxville and I will help you along the way via email or phone. If you really get stuck, we can arrange a time to shop. 

Your materials fee will cover cost of consumables including–copper foil, patina, wax, cleaning supplies, flux, Solder, Zinc channel framing material, Wire hangers, chain, pattern copies, gloves, etc. 

Long pants and comfortable closed toe shoes required. Be prepared to stand! Students also provide safety glasses and apron. Bring your readers if you need them!!!  Please provide accurate email and phone numbers as we will need to communicate!!  Note -The extra early deadline will allow each student to choose their pattern and shop for their glass!!!

Earlybird Cost: $160 members, $170 nonmembers.
After September 24 Cost: $170/$180.

All students must also pay a material fee (cash/check) to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

Registration deadline: October 1.

Friday November 1 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Students will make a fun felt neck warmer by creating their own hand carded art bats with hand dyed fine merino wool, silk, bamboo viscose and more. This introduction to felting will allow students to create something beautiful and fun for themselves or as a gift. Beginner to Intermediate.

For just over 45 years Christal Yost has been painting, sculpting, and working with textiles and fiber.  Degrees and work in the area of Biochemistry and Big Data Analytics, inform her work in the arts.  International travel and a deep respect for cultural diversity are also important influences.  Christal’s training in the arts over the last 40 years have included courses at universities, regional art schools and private lessons.  Works include paintings, sculpture in clay and Tennessee marble and fabric and fiber works.  Christal operates Fearless Fiber Studio in Knoxville TN.

Member Rate: $60
Non-Member Rate: $70
Material Fee: $12 (paid to instructor)
Registration Deadline October 31 

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

Saturday, November 16

2:30 PM–5:30 PM

All skill levels are invited to come paint a red owl with us! Melanie will guide students to create an acrylic on canvas painting using a variety of brushes and painting techniques.  All supplies are included. 

Early Bird Fee: $35 for Members, $45 for nonmembers

After November 2 Fee: $45/$55

Registration deadline: November 9. 

Christmas Santa
with Karen Bills
Saturday December 7

1:00 – 5:30 pm

Needle felting (or sculpting with wool) is the art of creating three dimensional items with wool using a barbed needle. In this class participants will make an adorable 6 to 10-inch character to give as a gift or add to their own décor. Students will use foam, needles and wool supplied by Karen. At the end of class students may buy supplies if they plan to continue needle felting. Students need no previous experience or supplies.

Earlybird Cost: $40 members, $50 nonmembers.

After November 23: $50/60.

Materials Fee: $5 payable to the teachers at class. NOTE: A multi-needle tool will be available for additional $12.

Registration Deadline: November 30. All Levels.

Felting an Adorable Deer
with Karen Bills &Nancy Shedden
Sunday, December 8
1:00 – 5:30 pm


Deer bring fond memories to Christmas time. In this class we’ll needle felt or sculpt with wool to create a three-dimensional deer with wool using a barbed needle. We’ll wrap a wire armature for legs, body and head. In this class participants will learn by making an adorable deer to give as a gift or add to their own décor. Students need no previous experience or supplies.

Earlybird Cost: $40 members, $50 nonmembers.

After November 24: $50/$60.

Materials Fee: $5 payable to the teachers at class. NOTE: A multi-needle tool will be available for additional $12.

Registration Deadline: December 1. All Levels.

Saturday, December 14, 2:30 PM–5:30 PM

All skill levels are invited to come paint Snowy Night with us! Melanie will guide students to create an acrylic on canvas painting using a variety of brushes and painting techniques. 

All supplies are included. 

Early Bird Fee: $35 for Members, $45 for nonmembers.

After November 30 Fee: $45/$55

Registration deadline: December 7. 

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.

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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