Community Classes

Community Classes are an opportunity for local residents to take advantage of Arrowmont’s quality art instruction in professionally equipped studios. Classes are fun and a great way to meet new friends in a creative learning environment. Classes are taught by Arrowmont’s Artists-in-Residence, and local and regional artists and offer a wide selection of media for all ages and ability levels. Students have access to their studio on class days from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Registration for Holiday and Community Classes opens October 3, 2016 by phone.  865-436-5860. 

General Information

Most classes welcome students at all levels however a few require experience or specific skills. That information is included in the class description. Those with more experience are welcome to join any class with the understanding that they will participate in class projects and use the materials and equipment provided within the format of the class.

All classes require special materials, most are available in Arrowmont’s Supply Store. A materials list is provided to students with their registration confirmation. Students are responsible for the cost of materials. Some shared materials will be provided and that cost is included in the class fee.

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-registered basis. Class size is limited – early registration is recommended. Registration is by phone 865-436-5860.

A limited number of scholarships based on financial need are available for adult and children’s classes. Please submit a letter at the time of registration explaining why you or your child should be considered for a scholarship.

2016 Holiday Classes
December 10th | 9am-3pm | $35
Materials Included

Festive Platters – Richard W. James
Handbuilding Studio | Adult; Child 13 and up; Adult with child, ages 10 & up
Everyone needs that extra serving platter during the holiday meal, or special cookie platter for Santa. This class can help you obtain one! Through the use of patterned slabs and coil building techniques, students will make hand-built platters to use in the upcoming holidays. Work will be fired and available for pick up the following week.

Hand-printed Holiday Cards – Grant Benoit
Painting Studio | Adult; Child 12 and up; Adult with child, ages 8 & up
Want to have the best holiday card? Hand-printed holiday cards are the answer. Students will carve and print their own holiday images out of soft linoleum for prints. Students will add color using stencils, chine colle, and collage to create the perfect card. Students will also have the opportunity to go low tech with potatoes print gift bags that are sure to be the envy of any Christmas gathering.

Cookie Cutter Wonderland – Maia Leppo
Metals Studio | Adult; Child 12 and up; Adult with child, ages 8 & up
Learn to cut, file, and sand strips of copper for the perfect cookie cutter! Students will learn to bend metal strips, use shape forming tools, how to solder, and add handles. Once we are finished in the metals studio, we will all roll out dough together and then use our new cookie cutters to cut out and bake cookies for everyone to enjoy.

¡Feliz Navidad! – Emily Schubert
Glass Studio | Adult; Child 12 and up; Adult with child ages 8 & up
Turn discarded and overlooked materials into beautiful works of art! Create your very own up-cycled ornaments inspired by Mexican Tin Folk art using match boxes, aluminum cans and pie pans, cut paper, and more. Students will learn about the history of Mexican Tin art and explore multiple designs involving pop up paper cut shadow boxes, metal embossing techniques and lots of color. Students will complete at least one ornament to give as gifts or hang on your tree for all to enjoy.

Hot Chocolate Mugs – Austin Riddle
Pottery Studio | Adult; Child 12 and up; Adult with child, ages 8 & up
This class will focus on basic wheel throwing techniques to create the perfect hot chocolate mug! We will discuss mug theory while exploring different mug shapes and handles, and how they can improve the hot chocolate experience. Students will have a chance to decorate their work with slips and glazes before they are fired in a kiln. Work will be available for pick up the following week.

Rolling Pin Express – Heather Ashworth
Woodturning Studio | Adult; Adult with child 13 and up
Look out kids, the Rolling Pin Express is coming to town! Hop on board to turn your own cookie rolling pin. Once rolling pins are finished, we will move on down to the kitchen where we’ll put our pins to good use rolling out cookie dough for some afternoon snacks.

Embroidered Boughs and Bows – Nick DeFord
Fibers Studio | Adult; Child 12 and up:
This class will introduce several basic embroidery stitches so that students will be able to stitch a small representation of their favorite holiday sprig of holly, mistletoe, or decorative bow. The embroidery will be created in small hoops that can immediately be hung for decking halls or decorating pines.

Sew a Stocking – Kelly Hider
Textiles Studio | Child 10 and up; Adult with child ages 7 & up
In this class, students will learn how to make their own fabric holiday stocking. After choosing from a selection of holiday-themed fabric, students will add trim, a hanging hook, and sparkly accents! Basic sewing machine skills will be taught, including how to thread the machine, how to wind a bobbin, and a basic stitch. Each student will be allowed to make up to two stockings

Deck the Halls – John Allen
Drawing Studio | Adults; Child 14 and up; and Adult with child 10 and up
Create your own unique holiday wreath or other holiday decoration using a zen-doodle inspired pattern! Utilizing pre-cut forms of thin wood, students will focus on surface decoration resulting in low relief decorative objects. Students will have the opportunity to create holiday themed items on paper using the same patterning method sure to bring that extra festive flare to your home for the season.

Woodturning: Elegant Ornaments – Dave Hankey             
Woodworking Studio | Adult; Child 13 and up
Starting with the basics of safety, students will create simple but elegant forms on the mini lathe. We will have fun making lots of wood shavings while you learn the basics of woodturning and finish with an elegant ornament.

2017 Adult Community Classes
2017 Wine Nights
January 13 | 6-9 pm, Friday | $35 | 21+
One complimentary glass of wine per student and materials provided

Rings Galore – Maia Leppo
Metals Studio 
Learn how to make thin stacking rings to adorn as many fingers as you choose! Students will learn how to make multiple rings using an easy and quick method. Exploration of a few different kinds of metals, textures, and designs will leave you with an adorned hand of rings by the end of the night!

Sip and Stitch – Emily Schubert
Fibers Studio
Sip and stitch the night away with this one night class focusing on the basics of hand sewing and embroidery. After a few demonstrations we will create a miniature stitched “painting” full of wildflowers. Thoughts of spring, good drink, and good company will warm our souls against the chill of the winter night!

Monoprinting and Merlot – Grant Benoit
Painting Studio
Enjoy painting but want to broaden your art repertoire? Try monoprinting with a side of merlot! Monoprinting utilizes similar aspects of painting and printmaking. It’s unrepeatable and therefore unique. Students will build up textures and patterns using gelatin plates, stencils, transfers and use pre-exposed silkscreens to create their own patterned papers and images. Using the paper you printed in the first half of the class, you will bind a simple journal.

Cabernet  Compositions – Bob Biddlestone
Drawing Studio
Composing a masterpiece can be difficult, but with a little help from existing images and a glass of cabernet, this class is sure to jumpstart your creativity. Students will focus on several image transfer techniques during this evening workshop to help compose graphite and/or charcoal drawings. Students will use their own photos, images, or designs from home to be modified, combined, or directly transferred into compositions.

2017 Wine Nights
February 24 | 6-9 pm, Friday | $35 | 21+
One complimentary bottle of wine per class and materials provided

Rings Galore – Maia Leppo
Metals Studio 
Learn how to make thin stacking rings to adorn as many fingers as you choose! Students will learn how to make multiple rings using an easy and quick method. Exploration of a few different kinds of metals, textures, and designs will leave you with an adorned hand of rings by the end of the night!

Sip and Stitch – Emily Schubert
Fibers Studio
Sip and stitch the night away with this one night class focusing on the basics of hand sewing and embroidery. After a few demonstrations we will create a miniature stitched “painting” full of wildflowers. Thoughts of spring, good drink, and good company will warm our souls against the chill of the winter night!

Monoprinting and Merlot – Grant Benoit
Painting Studio
Enjoy painting but want to broaden your art repertoire? Try monoprinting with a side of merlot! Monoprinting utilizes similar aspects of painting and printmaking. It’s unrepeatable and therefore unique. Students will build up textures and patterns using gelatin plates, stencils, transfers and use pre-exposed silkscreens to create their own patterned papers and images. Using the paper you printed in the first half of the class, you will bind a simple journal.

Cabernet  Compositions – Bob Biddlestone
Drawing Studio
Composing a masterpiece can be difficult, but with a little help from existing images and a glass of cabernet, this class is sure to jumpstart your creativity. Students will focus on several image transfer techniques during this evening workshop to help compose graphite and/or charcoal drawings. Students will use their own photos, images, or designs from home to be modified, combined, or directly transferred into compositions.

2017 Wine Nights
March 17 | 6-9 pm, Friday | $35 | 21+
One complimentary bottle of wine per class and materials provided

Sip and Stitch – Emily Schubert
Fibers Studio
Sip and stitch the night away with this one night class focusing on the basics of hand sewing and embroidery. After a few demonstrations we will create a miniature stitched “painting” full of wildflowers. Thoughts of spring, good drink, and good company will warm our souls against the chill of the winter night!

Cabernet  Compositions – Bob Biddlestone
Drawing Studio
Composing a masterpiece can be difficult, but with a little help from existing images and a glass of cabernet, this class is sure to jumpstart your creativity. Students will focus on several image transfer techniques during this evening workshop to help compose graphite and/or charcoal drawings. Students will use their own photos, images, or designs from home to be modified, combined, or directly transferred into compositions.

St. Patrick’s Wine and Watercolor – Nick Deford
Painting Studio
Spend a relaxing St. Patrick’s Day evening in with a glass of wine as we explore the wonderful and intricate shades of watercolor.  This three hour workshop will teach the basics of working with water media, all while you create a small abstract watercolor for you to take home, framed and ready to hang.  It may not be a pot of gold, but it will be a treasure!

2017 Adult Long Sessions
January 17 – February 16 | 6-9 Pm
Tuesday and Thursday – 5 weeks

Sculpting the Face – Richard W. James
Handbuilding Studio | $200
Explore beyond the surface of the face. This class will give an in-depth guide to each bone and muscle that comprises the human face. Through building each component with clay, students will have a greater understanding of how and why we look the way we do. Classes will be accompanied with printouts and additional information. The finished pieces will be fired and keep at the end of the class.

Multi-surface Silkscreen – Grant Benoit
Painting Studio | $200
Everything is fair game in this studio course. Learn the basic techniques of silkscreen that you have always wanted to learn. Students will learn reductive drawn stencil techniques, as well as photographic emulsion techniques to print multiple color prints on paper and fabric. Whether you are looking to be the next Andy Warhol or just looking to up your quilting game with hand-printed cotton, this course will prepare you with all the information to get there. Class will culminate with a print portfolio swap between class members.

Intro to Jewelry – Maia Leppo
Metals Studio | $200
Have you always wanted to learn how to make your own jewelry? Maybe you have dabbled a bit, but want to improve your skills. The first week will start with some exercises in basic jewelry construction, sawing, piercing, riveting and soldering. The next four weeks will focus on a different kind of jewelry: earrings, rings, necklace, and brooches.

Wheel Throwing and High Fire Glaze Application – Austin Riddle
Pottery Studio | $200
In this five week course, students will learn the basics of making wheel thrown pottery and high fire glazing. Students will learn techniques to build unique surfaces through stamping and glaze application. As the class progresses students will be encouraged to create more complex forms, which will utilize techniques in the class.

The Power of Narrative: A History of Story Cloth – Emily Schubert
Textiles Studio | $200
This class will focus on three specific historic and cultural techniques of imparting narrative imagery onto cloth. The class will culminate independently designed projects combining the learned techniques and a personal narrative from the student’s past or imagination.

The techniques covered will include:
Hmong Story cloths- Delve into embroidery learning about the ways in which Refugees from Laos kept their culture alive through needlework imagery and creating a craft industry in Thailand.
Mola cloth- Learn the beautiful layered reverse appliqué technique used by the Kuna Indians of the Coral Islands off the coast of Panama and Colombia. Story quilts- Learn about the famous story quilters of our nation and about the additive textile techniques they used to tell their stories.

Veneer Patterning – Bob Biddlestone
Woodworking Studio | $225
In this project based class, students will create two-dimensional panels, coasters, or trivets. Students will apply these activated surfaces to boxes and small cabinets. Students will become familiar with, and establish safe and comfortable use of standard woodshop equipment such as the jointer, planer, table saw and router.

2017 Adult Short Classes – Session 1
January 30th – February 1st | 6-9pm
Monday and Wednesday | Materials Included

The Human Head – Richard W. James
Handbuilding Studio | $70
Using a mixture of techniques, students will explore the basics of composing the head out of clay. Proportions, scale, expressions, and thoughtful mark making will be covered in this two day workshop.

Paper Marbling Stationary – Grant Benoit
Drawing Studio | $60
Participants will learn about paper marbling traditional patterns and free formed patterns over the course of two sessions. Students will use marbled paper to create gift (pamphlet bound) jotters and thank you card stationery.

Embellished Bangles – Maia Leppo
Metals Studio | $70
Learn how to make bangles over the course of two days! The first will teach you how to size and solder and the second class you will learn how to add embellishment, texture and patina to create unique, finished pieces of jewelry.

Mending Do’s and Don’ts – Emily Schubert
Textiles Studio | $60
In this two day workshop, learn multiple techniques to mend and embellish your clothing and cloth wares. We can swap stories about the importance of history in cloth and save that favorite sweater of yours from the landfill; every bit counts! Techniques covered will include: darning, patching, sashiko, and basic embroidery techniques. If you have a personal item that needs mending or something you would like to embellish, bring it to class!

Applying for Juried Exhibitions  – Kelly Hider
Fibers Studio | $40
This two-night, 6-hour professional development course will provide information about researching and applying for juried exhibitions, as well as what to do once your work has been accepted. Guidance will be given about where to search for exhibition opportunities and how to determine if they’re appropriate for your work. Tips on compiling an exhibition resume, writing a brief artist statement, and understanding the terms of an exhibition contract, and packing and shipping your work to the gallery will be covered.

2017 Adult Short Classes – Session 2
February 20th – February 22nd | 6-9pm
Two and Three-day offerings | Materials Included

Bookbinding Bootcamp: Three bindings in three days – Grant Benoit
Drawing Studio | 3 nights – Monday to Wednesday | $90
Bibliophile? Cry at the sight of a dog-eared library book? Love that old book smell? If these apply to you, trying your hand at bookmaking could be a logical next step. In this course you will learn bookbinding basics, as well as variations on the 3 bindings to take your book game to the next level. All levels welcome.

Statement Cuffs – Maia Leppo
Metals Studio | 3 nights- Monday to Wednesday | $100
Students learn how to add texture to sheets of metal with a rolling mill, other hammers, and texturing tools. Knowledge of how to shape and form cuffs to make a truly unique wearable piece of art will be the goal by the end of this three-day course.

Glaze Theory 101– Austin Riddle
Pottery Studio | 3 nights – Monday to Wednesday | $90
In this class, students will learn about glaze recipes and formulas. By understanding glaze make up, students will compile a wider color pallet and surface understanding through one tried and true glaze formula. Students will create a set of color runs on test tiles made in class and have a chance to see results on bisque. Students must provide bisqueware prior to the start of class.

Millinery Basics – Emily Schubert
Textiles Studio | 3 nights – Monday to Wednesday | $90
Learn the basics of traditional hat making in this quick three-day workshop! All students will create the same style of hat, a flat crowned, brimmed hat. However, there is plenty of room for personal touch and flair! Depending on timing there may be a chance to show off our final creations at a small tea party celebration. Please bring any fun fabrics or elements you might like to incorporate into your final design.

Crafting a Conversation: Critique and Self-Assessment – Nick DeFord
Fibers Studio | 2 nights – Monday and Wednesday | $40
Sometimes “critique” can be a dastardly word in the art world – but that is a misunderstanding.  Critical dialogue about your artwork can help you to better understand your strengths and weaknesses, but it also leads to your own comprehension about your process.  In this two day workshop, we will host a welcoming critique space to provide multiple viewpoints and assessment of your artwork in order to craft a well-rounded artist statement.  All media, all experience levels welcome!

Block Printing Party – Kelly Sullivan
Painting Studio | 2 nights – Monday and Wednesday | $60
Want to create a range of printed items? Love printmaking but need to brush up on your technique? Block printing is one of the most versatile forms of printmaking and this class will show a range of techniques and skills. Students will learn to create original blocks as well as how to use them on just about everything!

2017 Children’s Community Classes
January 21 – February 18 | 9am-12pm
Saturday – 5 weeks | $100

Comic and Zines: Printmaking unleashed! – Grant Benoit
Drawing Studio | Ages 12-17
Students will look at classic comics and learn printmaking techniques to create their own narratives. By using mono printing, relief, and silkscreen techniques, students will find their own super identity as well learn pamphlet style binding to create their own comics and zines. Students will learn hands on techniques and creative thinking by creating stories, characters, and collaborative practices. Students will leave the course being exposed to printmaking techniques, but also several cool class collaborative zines and comic book spreads that they can share with their friends and family.

Charm Situations – Maia Leppo
Metals Studio | Ages 11-17
Charms can reflect a memory, situation or just be a fun way to share something with others. During this workshop students will focus on a different type of charm process the first four weeks, with the final week making a chain to hold them all on. Piercing and sawing out a shape, riveting a found object, setting a found object, and soldering on a constructed shapes will be covered. A chain and a clasp method will also be taught so students can wear their finished product.

Exploring Acrylic, Oil, and Watercolor Techniques – Ed Lockett
Painting Studio | Ages 10-17
This creative class will use acrylic and oil paint media on canvas panels. Each student will be able to focus on his/her individual area of interest – landscape, portrait, nature or fantasy. In acrylics, students will explore different patterns and textures of paint. In oils, students will learn to layer and blend the paint on the canvas. Participants will also use tube and cake paints to learn exciting techniques in creating transparent watercolor paintings. An open, creative attitude is the greatest asset for this class.

Wheel Throwing Basics – Kelly Sullivan & Kevin Leiva
Studio | Ages 9-14
This class will be an opportunity for kids who have taken wheel throwing to improve on their current skills as well as a chance for those that are new to the medium to learn basic wheel throwing. This will include teaching basic trimming techniques, hand and finger techniques, and glazing techniques to create decorative surfaces. All skill levels welcome!

The Five W’s of Handbuilding – Amy Hand
Clay Handbuilding Studio | 9 and up
Handbuilding in clay offers many possibilities and poses a lot of questions. Using the five W’s: Who What When Where & Why, each week students will learn a new handbuilding process. Both sculptural and functional works will be created.

Art Explorer – Bev Gwinn Jones
Glass Studio | Ages 6-9
Our journey through the art world will explore artists, art mediums, and illustrators you know like Picasso, Pollock, pointillism, pastels, paint and Potter, that’s Beatrix – some will be familiar and some not. We will keep an art journal to remind us of our expedition! We will also make trading cards about our adventures to share with others. Each week, we’ll create amazing new and extraordinary art.

Press Repeat – Jon Hendricks
Textiles Studio | Ages 6-10
How many funny cat pictures have you seen on the internet? A lot? This class will explore aspects of duplicating a chosen image using many medias and exploring the many ways in which they can alter or change. Students will produce up to 10 unique pieces of mixed media art work.

Festival of Lanterns – Heather Ashworth
Woodworking Studio | Ages 14-17
Do you have a corner in your room that’s a little dim? Could you use a lamp to brighten things up? How about making your own wooden lantern that will give you extra light anx also make a beautiful piece of art for years to come.

Turning Wood Crafts – Jacki Proffitt
Woodturning Studio | Ages 13-17
In this class, students will hone their woodturning skills to lean about art processes found in a wood shop. Working with native woods, students will create some traditional crafts that have been in these mountains for generations using various types of wood turning processes.

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