Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Clinton offers the following arts and crafts classes in March and April: Mosaic Tables, Carve Wood Chain and Cage Ball, Intro to Rug Hooking, Let’s Paint a Dragonfly, Start Building at handmade with clay, Demystify Glazes, and Mosaic Birdhouse, according to a press release.
Mosaic Tables with Penny James
Thursday March 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday March 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
In this beginner’s course, students will learn how to make a mosaic table top using several types of media: stones, glass, etc. The instructor will have a variety of patterns to choose from. No experience is required. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members and includes a $15 materials fee (paid directly to the instructor). The deadline for registration is March 17.
Carving the wooden chain and Ball-n-Cage with Don Tevault
Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The wooden link chain and ball cage has always been one of the whittler’s favorite tricks. This craft is sometimes called hobo art because a pocket knife and stick would almost always be available. In this class, students will be introduced to a technique for cutting the link chain and cage ball. Students should bring their favorite sharp knife, such as a sturdy pocket knife or carving knife with a small blade and medium point. The instructor will have knives available if needed and knife sharpening will be discussed. Some degree of comfort with the use of a knife would be desirable, but not required. The cost is $55 for members and $65 for non-members and includes a $30 materials fee (paid directly to the instructor). The deadline for registration is March 19.
Introduction to Rug Hooking with Lara Beard
Thursday, March 31 and April 7, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (two sessions).
In this beginner’s class, students will learn techniques for creating original works of art using yarns and textiles. Students will complete a small sheep-themed project and learn several ways to complete and display their piece. No experience is required. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members and a $35 materials fee (paid directly to the instructor) includes mat hook, non-slip hoop, wool strips, yarn, a burlap rug, and binding tape. The deadline for registration is March 24.
Let’s paint a dragonfly with Melanie Fetterolf
Saturday, April 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
All levels are invited to come and paint a Dragon Fly. Mélanie will guide students to create an acrylic painting on canvas using a variety of brushes and painting techniques. All supplies are included. Melanie received her BFA with a concentration in painting from Virginia Tech. Prints of his work can be found at the Ijams Nature Center, Davis Studio, and the Appalachian Arts and Crafts Center. Melanie exhibits regularly throughout the Knoxville area and her art can be found in private collections throughout the Southeast. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. The deadline for registration is March 26.
Start building by hand with clay with Janet McCracken
Fridays, beginning April 8 and ending April 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (four sessions)
Students will learn the basics of creating shapes from clay pinch pots, the slab roller, coiled pots, creating textures and more. This course is suitable for those who have never taken a clay course and for those who have some experience with clay and wish to continue exploring the many facets of working with clay. Beginners are welcome. No experience is required. The cost is $125 for members and $135 for non-members and has a materials fee of $30 (includes $25 pounds of clay, glazes and firings). The deadline for registration is April 1.
Demystifying glazes with Steve Hesser
Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This workshop demystifies and explains glazes from a potter’s perspective using a simple, kitchen-based approach. The workshop consists of several PowerPoint presentations and conferences to explain what an enamel is in theory and then in reality. Additional lectures and demonstrations include: the language of enamel characteristics and qualities, a simple enamel test method to develop your own enamel, how to adjust the surface quality of an enamel to obtain a brilliant surface quality , satin or matte, and how to raise or lower the firing temperature of the enamel. Questions are encouraged to help better understand glazes and how to achieve particular desirable results. No experience is necessary. Steve Loucks, a Jacksonville State University professor emeritus, full-time studio potter and ceramic artist, twice recipient of the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts, wrote “Glazes from a Potter’s Perspective “, gives lectures at the NCECA, organizes workshops, and exhibits his work throughout the country. Steve earned his MFA from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY and his BFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. The cost is $145 for members and $155 for non-members. The deadline for registration is April 2.
Mosaic birdhouse with Penny James
From April 27 to 29, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In this beginner’s course, students will learn how to make a mosaic birdhouse using several types of media: stones, glass, etc. The instructor will have a variety of patterns to choose from. No experience is required. The cost is $55 for members and $65 for non-members and a $30 materials fee (paid directly to the instructor). The deadline for registration is April 20.
For more information, call (865) 494-9854 or visit the website at appalachianarts.net.