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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
Beginning Jewelry Making: Earrings

Instructor: Ruth Prince
Date: April 23rd, 1:00 PM to 4 PM
Tuition: $40, $35 members
Materials Fee: $20 (for 4 pairs of earrings)

A first step in jewelry making, students will design and make their own earrings in 2 basic processes - beading and wire. Each student will make 2 pairs in each process before attaching to ear wires. The wire earrings may be silver-filled or copper or a combination of the two. We will discuss different types of earring findings, styles, and techniques before beginninghands-on work. Demonstrations will get students started. Tools will be available for use in the class and all materials will be furnished.

Layering & Transferring Underglazes to Create a ‘Quilted’ Vase

Instructor: Jane Cartwright
Date: Saturday, June 24th, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Tuition: $60, $50 for members
Studio fee: $15
Material fee paid to the instructor: $5

This one-day underglaze and handbuilding workshop is designed for pottery students who would like to learn more about underglazes and expand their surface decoration techniques. Students will layer and transfer underglazes using newsprint and a variety of textured surfaces. These will then be rolled onto both sides of a slab which will then be used to create a small “quilted” vase.

Students will need to bring their own underglazes, and clay for slab work (details in the Materials List.) To get the most out of this workshop please be sure to carefully read the Materials List well before the workshop for important underglaze information!

Beginning Precious Metal Clay

Instructor: Ruth Prince
Date: May 20th
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Tuition: $90, $75 members
Materials fee: $50 to be paid to the instructor

An introduction to the exciting medium of silver clay. Pieces will be torch-fired and finished before the end of class. The materials fee will include 16 grams of metal clay, which should make two or three items, depending on size as well as use of other forms of clay. Students should bring any texturing tools, rubber stamps, etc. they have and their imagination. The intsructor will provide tools for the day. Fees must be paid by Friday May 12th, to provide adequate time for supplies to be ordered and shipped.

Put a Ring on It

Instructor: Kathy Bradley
Date: July 1st
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Tuition: $80, $60 members
Materials fee: $20 to be paid to the instructor

Let's make rings. Students will make rings from wire, tubing, and textured sheets. You will learn anticlastic techniques to make spinner (worry) rings. You will use wire in varying sizes, shapes, and colors and/or textured sheets. Students will learn how to make a bezel set ring. Students MUST HAVE SOLDERING EXPERIENCE to enroll in the class. Bring your own beads or gemstones to incorporat into your ring if you desire. We will work with copper - if you prefer sterling silver or brass you may bring your own.


Wonderful Wire

Instructor: Kathy Bradley
Date: Aug. 5th
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Tuition: $80, $60 members
Materials fee: $20 paid to the instructor

Another edition of working with wire to make links that can be used for neck chains, earrings, bracelets, etc. No requirement for previous classes is necessary. We will construct links that were not covered in the previous 3 classes. We will use round, square, and half-round copper wire. If you prefer sterling silver or brass, you may bring your own. Bring your own pliers if you choose - but all tools will be available for use.


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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