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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
Memory Locket

Instructor: Meredith Middleton
Two session class on consecutive Sundays from 9:30 am - 4 pm
Session one is August 12th
Session two is August 19th
Tuition: $165, $150 Members
Materials fee: $35.00

Pendants come in all different varieties but none is as special as a locket; for they keep memories safe.
In this workshop we will construct a simple swinging hinge locket which will feature space for a special photo or memorable token such as a concert ticket or portion of a note.
Intermediate silver fabrication and solder skills are required for this class. A photo of the locket will be shown on Facebook and is an example and not the precise project.
Variations will occur based on preferences.

Bouquet Dorset Button

Instructor: Carolyn Fogelman
Saturday, August 18, 2 to 3:30 pm
$35, $30 members, $7 materials fee

Dorset buttons were originally handmade for clothing in Dorset County, England, in the 1600's. With the availability of mass-produced buttons, the cottage industry declined, and the buttons are a novelty rarely seen. In this class you will learn to cast, slick, warp, and weave thread on a ring to create colorful wearable art.

Clay and Mixed Media Animal Masks

Instructor: Nan Jacobsohn
Saturday & Sunday, August 25th & 26th 9 AM-4 PM
Tuition: $185, $175 Members
Studio Fee: $25
Firing Fee: $25

Since prehistoric time, humans have used animal images for inspiration. We sought to borrow those attributes that we admired: courage, strength, and beauty. In this workshop we will create sculptural animal images that reference the traditional mask and totem tradition. Students are encouraged to consider the attributes they find appealing or interesting and the animal that might symbolize them. Pictures of the animal of your choice will be helpful in class. We will gather and plan the additions of metals, found objects, beads, fiber, wood and other materials to enhance the ceramic image created during this session.

Pinch Pot Sculpture

Instructor: Mike LaLone
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 & 16, 9 am - 4 pm both days
Tuition: $145, $125 members,
Firing fee: $25

Master teacher and clay artist, Mike Lalone has been working with various forms of clay work for many years. Currently the master potter at John C. Campbell Folk School, Mike has developed several methods to create objects building on basic clay techniques. In this way, students can progress into more forms of construction like sculpture without advanced techniques and separate types of armature. This class will focus on figurative work and building portraits using pinch pots as the armature. Students will render at least one or more pieces during the workshop.

Holiday Card Workshop

Instructor: Dawn Slover
Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 - 3 pm
Tuition: $75, $65 members

Lets explore stamping techniques—specifically, triple time stamping—while making cards for the holiday season or special events. Learn to make multiples for cards, gifts or holiday decorations. Students will leave with completed cards ready for sharing with their friends and families. A materials list will be available at registration.

Underglazing and Newspaper Transfer

Instructor: Jane Cartwright
Saturday, October 13, 9 am - 4 pm
Tuition: $75, $60 members
Materials Fee: $3

Materials List available at registration
This one-day hands-on workshop is for those eager to add fresh and dynamic underglaze designs to their work. The process is simple and extraordinarily fun! Should you choose, you can also embellish with sgraffito and/or slip trailing. Come explore new ways to make your work pop! Students should bring their own underglazes (so you can choose your own colors and type of surface), and leather hard tiles or other types of work on which to create. For other items, and to get the most from this workshop, please be sure to carefully read the materials list for important information.

Dichroic Glass for Jewelry

Instructor: Ruth Prince
2 options: Saturday, Oct. 13, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm or Saturday, November 17, 9:30 - 3:30 pm
Tuition: $65, $50 members
Materials fee: $30

Create dazzling dichroic fused glass for pendants, earrings, or other jewelry applications. Learn to cut glass and layer to create your desired effect. Pieces will be fired by the instructor for pickup up at a later date. Material fee includes glass for pieces to fill a 3"x3" box. Students may purchase additional boxes to fill.

Pen & Ink with Color Wash

Instructor: Rex Redd
Saturday, Oct. 14 , 9 am - 4 pm
Tuition: $100, $80 members with a $40 Materials fee

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.


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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