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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
Lost Wax Casting for Jewelry

Instructor: Dawn Sherrill
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 & 24
9 am - 5 pm, Sat. & 9 - 4 on Sun.
Tuition: $195, $175 members
Material fee: $40, paid to the instructor
Sunday will begin at Dawn's Studio before returning to the Art Center.

Want to add a new dimension to your metal smithing or sculpting skills? Like to melt things? This is the class for you. This class is an introduction to the remarkable process of lost wax casting. We will sculpt, sprue, invest and vacuum cast wax models into bronze objects or jewelry. We will be working with soft wax in additive wax sculpting. Students should expect to cast 2-4 items. We will spend the first day creating and investing our soft wax models and the second day casting and cleaning the cast objects. If time permits we will address casting stones in place. Sawing and filing skills are recommended. Students MUST bring magnification as this is very small and detailed work. Optivisors are recommended. Also please bring any tools that you might like to use or just show off.


Amaco Glaze Series

Instructor: Jennifer Hoolihan
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 1 2, & 3, 2019
Tuition: $120, $100 members with a
$25 firing fee

Fees for this class must be paid by January 10th due to the ordering of supplies for participants.
Hands-on workshop testing and trying many glazes from Amaco. Call for Wait list

Unique Spirit Figures Instructor : Leslie Whitaker Evans
Saturday, March 9, 9 am to 4 pm
Tuition: $75, $65 members

Celebrate your life's journey by creating a unique Spirit Figure using personal, small representational keepsakes. These may include lockets, thimbles, rings, coins, charms, and dream imagery like bones, string, yarns, feathers, batting, and natural objects. Dig into your jewelry or keepsake box for childhood trinkets, and "can't throw away" pieces. Bring your hot glue gun and consider whether you would like to make a "figure" or some other shape base to represent your life. A hot glue gun and/or needle and threads are suggested tools to bring. Come share your life's experiences while we create a life journey figure.


Silver I (Beginning Silversmithing)

Instructor : Morning Sherrod
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17
9 am - 4 pm
Tuition: $245, $230 with materials

This two-day silver class for beginners will cover safety in the studio, basic tool use, sawing, hammering/texturing, sweat and pick soldering. Different types of solder will be demonstrated and students will practice prior to the project. Students will make a sterling silver chain, pendant, and ring! The class fee includes three projects and all consumables. Extra silver for purchase if you advance beyond the projects will be available. A stress-free friendly environment will help develop your skills with ease. Long hair should be worn back, closed toe shoes, and Opt-visors can be helpful.

Emotional Healing: Loss Workshop

Instructor: Leslie Whitaker Evans
Saturday, April 27, 9 am-4 pm
Tuition: $75, $65 members

Everyone suffers loss. This workshop is for those who have wounds suffered from illness, disease, anger, depression, death, assault, divorce, menopause, jealousy and many others. All require work to be processed and heal. Join in the healing process by creating an art piece of nurturing, comfort, wholeness, and integration between your subconscious and conscious. In this workshop we will create a Spirit piece to help guide your journey of healing. Bring personal mementos, keepsakes, and ephemera to add to your "figure." Your art piece can become your positive spiritual companion in your journey to wellness. Come join us for a
hands on art therapy workshop.

Bouquet Dorset Button

Instructor: Carolyn Fogelman
Saturday, March 23, 1 to 4 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.

Alternative Casting Techniques-Rock Salt & Broom Straw

Instructor: Jyl Walker
Saturday, April 13, 10 am-4 pm
Tuition: $125
Materials Fee $45 + casting grain (used to combine with Sterling when melting) Cost based on current market price.

For beginning skill level but all levels welcome. No experience is necessary to be successful. Experiment with alternative casting techniques! Learn preparation skills and explore ways to cast silver objects using broom straw and rock salt with a goal of creating two pendants. Basic Soldering skills preferred but not required. Items to bring if you have: Sterling Silver scrap, safety glasses,
Items required: Closed Toe Shoes.
Available for purchase: Prepared Crucible, Extra Casting Grain.

Alternative Casting Techniques-Water and Soldering

Instructor: Jyl Walker
Saturday, May 11, 10 am-4 pm
Tuition: $125
Materials Fee $45 + casting grain (used to combine with Sterling when melting) Cost based on current market price.

For beginning skill level but all levels welcome. No experience is necessary to be successful. Experiment with alternative casting techniques! Learn preparation skills and explore ways to cast silver objects using water with a goal of creating two pendants. Basic Soldering skills preferred but not required. Items to bring if you have: Sterling Silver scrap, safety glasses,
Items required: Closed Toe Shoes.
Available for purchase: Prepared Crucible, Extra Casting Grain.

 

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.

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

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