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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
Advanced Throwing Intensive Workshop

Instructor: Bill Capshaw
Date: January 12,13,14, 2018, 9am to 4pm each day
$195, $175 members with a
$25 materials fee and $25 firing fee

As we work we will concentrate on how you will finish the pieces you make. Intensive throwing class will improve your throwing skills through hard work and repetition. Learning to listen and feel your work as you shape and expand your walls. You will explore form, texture and design and be more skilled at individualizing your pots. Discovering how to add line, volume, and texture to take your cylinders and bowls to the next level. Learn to throw with much less water, so the pots are dry, strong, and easily altered right after coming off the wheel. You should bring 100 pounds of your favorite clay. A short video on throwing will be shown each day during lunch (one hour).

I Want to Try It!

Instructor: Rex Redd
Date: January 27, 9 AM-4 PM
Tuition: $100, $80 Members
Materials fee: $50

For the person who is interested in and would like to try their hand at making art, but has no idea what medium they would like to work in, this is the class for which you have been waiting. The class will consist of at least 4 distinct material/technique trials. Each phase will feature a demonstration by the instructor, some basics of the technique, and a step-by-step how-to creating a piece. All materials will be provided for each medium, so students will be able to try a method without great expense or effort to collect all the materials needed. Once the class is over, the goal is to have an idea of the type of material the student would like to pursue so you will be able to take a class specifically for that medium and dabble in .

Alternative Firings with Bill Capshaw

Instructor: Bill Capshaw
Date: February 10 & 11, 2018,
Saturday 1 to 5 and Sunday 9 until complete
Tuition: $100, $80 members or Tierra Madre Members This day and a half workshop will focus on techniques to vary your fired surfaces in raku and how to increase your chances of getting the results you desire with each. Each person should bring five bisque pieces made of any high fire stoneware clay (preferably a clay with grog, Phoenix, Moonwhite, Raku, others) Techniques will include: high gloss copper, crackle, horse hair and ferric chloride. We will discuss the process before and after to discern what you are looking for and why you got the results you did in the kiln.


Beginning Stained Glass

Instructor: Rex Redd
Date: February 10 & 11, 10 AM - 4 PM
Tuition: $110 , $100 members
Materials of $20

An introduction to the materials and techniques of working in stained glass. You will be introduced to the various types of glass and how they are made. Basic design and pattern making will be covered, then the mystery of cutting glass will be demystified! You will assemble your projects using the copper foil method, a technique mastered by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Participants will be introduced to and use glass cutters, a grinding wheel, soldering iron, and other tools essential to crafting stained glass. An emphasis on safety will be maintained at all times. By the end of the weekend you will possess the basic skills to continue exploring the fascinating world of stained glass!

Figure Painting: Energized Start, Graceful Finish

Instructor: Seth Haverkamp
Date:February 17 & 18 , 9 AM-4 PM
Tuition: $305, $290 members
In this workshop, students will work from a live model to vigorously apply paint in simplified blocks to capture the gesture of the pose. Using a limited palette, students will paint with both thin and thick paint, in conjunction with wiping paint out, to achieve a successful drawing. Students will then work on pushing values to paint in the fall of light and add a three dimensional effect. Using a grey toned canvas with paint scumbled over it, with thick paint in the lighter areas, a fully realized figure can be achieved. Paint manipulation and brush handling will be discussed and demonstrated. Seth will discuss how this leads directly into a multiple layered studio figure painting. Seth will also discuss the similarity between painting from life and from photos. A materials list is available at registration or by calling the Art Center.


Coming Soon...

Make plans and save the dates for
these new, upcoming pottery
workshops for 2018:

Throwing for Functional Oxidation
with Ricky Taylor
Saturday and Sunday, April 21 & 22,
9 am-4 pm both days

Pinch Pot Sculpture with Mike
Saturday and Sunday, July 14 & 15, 9
am-4 pm both days

Raku and Alternative Firings with
Charlie and Linda Riggs
Saturday and Sunday, August 11 &
12, 9 am-4 pm both days

Underglazing and Newspaper
Transfers with Jane Cartwright
Saturday, October 13, 9 am-4 pm

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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