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The Art Center is supported under an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Arts Commission for their support.

Workshops offer students of all experience levels opportunities to try new techniques or to expand their command of those that are familiar.   Typically workshops are set-up to concentrate on a very specific set of skills, giving students focused and accelerated instruction.   Early enrollment is recommended.

Call the Center for information, 865-482-1441, about our latest workshop offerings or to pre-register for workshops. If you would like to register for a workshop on-line, EMAIL US at the Art Center. PLEASE read our education policy for information on tuition, deposits, refunds, etc.

Upcoming Workshops
Pen & Ink with Color Wash

Instructor: Rex Redd
Saturday, July 20, 9 AM-4 PM
Tuition: $100, $80 members
Materials fee $40

Explore the fun and versatility of pen & ink with colored wash! Participants will use a variety of drawing techniques, tools, and mediums- including watercolor, acrylics, traditional and acrylic inks, and water soluble dry mediums. Drawing materials provided will vary from traditional dip pens to modern technical pens. This is a very hands-on workshop, interspersed with demonstrations from the instructor. Along with a new skill set, students will leave with the materials necessary to continue exploring this versatile art form! Open to all skill levels.

Torch Fired Enameling

Instructor: Anne Havel (Visiting National Enamelist)
July 12 through 14th, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuition: $375 $350 members
Materials fee: $30

Using a torch, various method of line creation and imagery within your enamel piece will be demostrated. Demostrations and instructions will includeapplying succesive layers of liquid, acrylic, transparent and opaque enamels; techniques such as sgraffito, graphite, sifting, firescale, acid-etching, and painting will be covered. Under/ maturity/& over-firing are utilized to build and preserve drawings and layers in the final piece. No matter the student's skill level, there will be opportunity to immerse oneself in new ideas and principles. Use of studio tools is included. There is a required list of student supplies you will need to come to class with. There are limited seats in this 3 day workshop. Ages 18 & up only.

Potential students may look up Anne's work on her website, annehavel.com. From her site, "Anne is an enamelist, metalsmith, and lampworker. Her work is inspired by many of the abstract painters, space objects, and creatures from her imagination, molecular level shapes, geometry, clay artists, building structures, flowers, etc. The wirld is imperfect and that is reflected in much of Anne's work--not a perfect cirle or square--rough around the edges. Even nature, which is the closest anything comes to perfection, manifests its "perceived flaws" in the imperfect flower, decaying tree bark, or the mold-ridden fence post. All of these beautiful "flaws" drive her work."



Instructor: Ruth Prince
Saturday, August 1o, 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Tuition: $90, Members $75
Materials Fee $35

Mention enameling and many people immediately think 'Cloisonné!' This ancient enamel technique inlays enamel into shapes, called cloisons, defined by tiny metal strips adhered to a metal surface. We will look at the special design considerations dictated by the technique, then execute pieces, first in copper then in fine silver. Pieces will be kiln fired. Experience working with enamel is necessary.

Silver II (Stone Setting)

Instructor: Morning Sherrod
Saturday & Sunday, August 17th & 18,
9 am to 4 pm
Tuition: $255, $240 members
Materials fee: $50 (Includes 3 stones, silver, and all consumables)

Morning will challenge you to expand your skills with stone setting of 2 different types. You will learn to design, fabricate, and set standrd and uncommon cut semi-precious stones.Different types of bails will be introduced. We will be stamping and sawing your silver. A fun, laid backclass, you will gain lots of knowledge to go home with, plus your completed projects. Morning provides everything you need with the exception of optivisors. Magnification is helpful with detailed work, so pleasebring them if you have them or magnifying glasses. Closed toed shoes and long hair worn up is a must for safety. If you have any questions please feel free to email matinnasdesigns@gmail.com

Introduction to Metal Clay: Fine Silver

Instructor: Judi Talley
Saturday, August 24th
9 AM-4 PM (with a lunch break)
Tuition: $115, $100 members
Materials Fee $40

In this one-day workshop, learn about metal clay while making either a pendant or earrings. You will learn about different metal clays ad their properties/challenges, which tools are needed, how to work with the clay, how to fire the clay, and how to finish a piece. Each student will receive 7 grams of fine silver metal clay, findings for your finished piece, and an extensive list of resources. All tools will b provided for use in the class. NOTE FOR SAFETY: no open toed shoes in the studio. There are sharp and hot things used in this class. Please bring whatever eye magnificationyou prefer for close-up work and a dust mask. A limited amount of additonal clay and tools will be available for purchase. This clay is a prerequisite for further metal clay classes.

Painting Real People in Watercolor

Instructor: Kate Aubrey
4 day workshop - 2 weekends in a row Saturday, September 14th & 15th and 21 & 22nd, 9 am - 4:00 pm each day
Tuition: $340, $315 members

Individuals are facinating. Their moods, their quirks, their private loves These are things one should try to capture with paint and brush. Accomplishing this depends upon what is left out at least as much as what is included. In this 4 day workshop, students will learn not only how to create a likeness, but to creat a portrait that goes farther than a simple likeness. Students should come prepared to paint with the required supplies and photographs. These will be outlined in the materials list available when registering for the class.




Open Studios
We have periodic open studios (no instructor) for jewelry, printing, painting, and drawing. Art Center members are welcome to attend!
For a schedule, see our Art Center Calendar.

The Oak Ridge Art Center is open to the public seven days a week. Admission is free, but donations are very welcome.

Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Monday: 1-4 p.m.

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