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

All classes are handicap accessible.

Phone (865) 494-9854 



with Karen Bills

Sunday, March 17, 1:30 – 5:00 pm. 

Delightful spring fairies by needle felting and sculpting with wool.  We’ll use a barbed needle for felting, wool wrapping for legs and arms, and curly locks for hair.  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 by making an adorable fairy to give as a gift or add to their own décor.  Students need no previous experience or supplies. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

Earlybird Cost: $30 members, $40 nonmembers. 

After March 3: $40/$50. Materials Fee: $5 payable to the teachers at class. 

Registration Deadline: March 10All Levels.

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


with Sheri Burns

Saturday, March 23

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This class will feature a basket made with a classic Williamsburg handle. Williamsburg baskets start square, and end with a round top, giving you lots of room to store your springtime goodies. Dyed reed in a variety of colors will be available to personalize your basket. Tools and supplies provided by the instructor. This basket is appropriate for beginners as well as more advanced weavers


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


with Ellie Kotsianas

Thursday, April 4

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Spring is here! Join Ellie, owner of Bug Pottery, as students create ceramic garden markers to hang outside. Students will learn how to form clay slabs, create templates for a variety of vegetables and/or herbs and use underglazes to finish a variety of ceramic garden markers. No clay experience necessary. Registration includes all materials needed.

Earlybird Cost:
 $105 members, $115 nonmembers.

After March 21 Cost: $115/$125 

Registration deadline: March 28.


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. 

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.

After March 24, cost: $50/ $60

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

Registration deadline: March 31 

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.

Earlybird Cost: $35 members, $45 nonmembers. 

After March 30: $45/$55.

Registration deadline: April 6.


with Michelle Durham

Saturday, April 13

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Design your own framed succulent “living picture” to decorate your outdoor vertical spaces.  We will use low care succulents that survive East TN winters (perennial) and are suited for vertical gardening.  Class includes a handmade Framed 5×7 vertical planter, soil and locally grown succulents to complete your customized look.  Class taught by Michelle Durham Owner of Succulents Go Vertical who has been creating these unique living art pieces for 10 years and has been selling them at local craft shows, garden centers, and farmers markets.  She will share all her experience and guide you in other vertical succulent designs you may be considering.

Earlybird cost: $50 members, $60 nonmembers.

After March 30, cost: $60/ $70.

Registration deadline: April 6


with Jennifer Hoolihan

Sunday, April 14 

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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


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.


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

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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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