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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
Silver I (Beginning Silversmithing)

Instructor: Morning Sherrod
2 separate workshops available: Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26,
9 am-4 pm
Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21,
9 am-4 pm.

Tuition: $245, $230 with materials fee of $35.

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 materials 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.  This class may be taken multiple times for students to familiarize themselves with metalsmithing and to become comfortable with tools and skills. 

Intro to Enameling

Instructor: Ruth Prince
April 27th, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Tuition: $90 $75 members
Materials fee: $30
This one day workshop is designed to introduce beginning students to the basics of enameling on copper using the kiln and/or torch. We will produce designs on small copper blanks. The fundamental techniques of preparing the surface, applying the enamel and firing will be covered. All tools and materials will be supplied to produce at least four pieces.


Beginning Acrylic Painting

Instructor: Rex Redd
Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5th
9 AM -5 PM
Tuition: $140, $120 Members includes all materials
New students will learn the basic techniques of painting with an emphasis on understanding the essential nature of paint, painting tools, and grounds. Instruction will include color mixing and mediums and will be followed by paintings with intentional color schemes. Students will leave the class with at least 2 complete paintings. A great primer for those who have never had instruction in painting or who are in need of a refresher. All levels welcome.

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.

Cart Wheel Dorset Buttons

Instructor: Carolyn Fogelman
Saturday, May 18, 1 to 4 pm
$35, $30 members
Materials fee: $7
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 in the cart wheel design.

Painting Trees in Waterolor

Instructor: Kate AubreySaturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2
9 AM-4 PM
Tuition: $170, $150 members

Trees. They're thick east of the Mississippi, and they are So Green! If that's not enough to make you give up and just paint florals, there are thousands of leaves in every vista. What to do? This workshop will help you conquer those problems. Learn how to paint interesting tree shapes close up and far away; how to mix exciting, believable greens and simplify shapes in this hands-on workshop. Improve your brush handling, color choices, while exploring aerial perspective, when to have edges, when to lose them, and more. Above all, come prepared to paint.

Fireworks Bracelet

Instructor: Nikki Ferrara
Saturday, June 15, 12 noon-3:30 pm
Tuition: $35, $30 members
Materials Fee: $5

This beginner friendly one afternoon class will teach you the basic skills to make a fun cluster bracelet just in time for your next patriotic get together. No prior experience required. We will go over basic loop making, how to use a 1-step looper, and proper opening and closing of jump rings. All materials will be provided. Students should be able to complete this bracelet in just a few hours, and leave class with a finished bracelet bursting with beads. Great for non-artists and artists alike.

Pen & Ink with Color Wash

Instructor: Rex Redd
Saturday, July 20, 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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