Appalachian Center for Craft

Programs for Teens & Teachers


Educational Outreach Programs

The Appalachian Center for Craft provides educational outreach programs to more than 3,500 children in the Upper Cumberland Region each year. These programs host students in the Craft Center facilities for lecture/demonstrations and hands-on projects in the studios.

High School Summer Art Intensives (9th-12th grades - students must be 16 years of age or older) - a week-long, hands-on set of workshops for high school students and their teachers to immerse themselves in glass blowing, jewelry fabrication, fabric dyeing techniques, and furniture fabrication. Evening options include blacksmithing, screen printing, book making, and more!

High School Teacher Training Opportunities high school teachers can attend day-long, intensive workshops in a variety of media including clay, fibers, glass, metals, and/or wood. Teachers receive letters documenting their studio hours and build new skills, knowledge, and resources in one or more craft media.

Focus on Fine Craft Program (8th-12th grades) - Students may select one of six, intensive, 3 1/2 hour craft workshops including: book making, wheel thrown or handbuilt ceramics, blacksmithing, copper fabrication, glass fusing, glass bead making, woodworking, and Shibori dyeing.

The Focus on Fine Craft Program receives funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission through its Rural Arts Project Support grant. You can help support the Tennessee Arts Commission through its Specialty License Plates Program. The Arts Commission receives 80% of its funding through sales of these specialty plates. You can also give the gift of a specialty tag through the Gift-a-Tag program at the Arts Commission.

Support the Craft Center's educational outreach programs by joining us on the first Saturday in April for the Annual Celebration of Craft.