Appalachian Center for Craft

High School Field Trips

Focus on Fine Craft Field Trip Program

During the 2018/2019 academic year, Tennessee Tech University's (TTU) Appalachian Center for Craft (ACC) presents the Focus on Fine Craft Program for high school students. This hands-on workshop program is designed to serve high school students throughout Tennessee. The program takes place in the professionally-equipped studios on the campus of ACC in Smithville.

Dates Available

  • 2018
    • September 21, 28
    • October 5
    • November 2, 9, 30
  • 2019
    • February 15, 22
    • March 1, 22, 29
    • April 12

Program Goals and Information

The goal of this program is to give high school students hands-on studio time and face-to-face access to working, professional artists. It showcases the rich craft tradition of this region. It is also designed to allow students to have access to professionally-equipped craft studios and fine craft activities that are not available in a typical high school art programs.

Throughout the day spent on the Craft Center's campus students participate in one of eight pre-selected, 3 - 3 1/2 hour, hands-on craft workshops. Participating students also tour ACC's studios, gallery, and exhibition spaces; discuss career and education options in professional craft with working artists;  and complete program evaluations. Professional artists and their assistants lead workshops and tours for up to 80 students each day. The fee per student is $10.


  • Glass beadmaking
  • Handbuilt, lidded vessels in ceramics
  • Shibori resist dyeing with indigo
  • Enameling copper pendants
  • Blacksmithing hooks
  • Book Making
  • Woodcarving


Our workshop instructors will lead critiques at the conclusion of each workshop. Instructors will guide students in methods of constructive and productive critique. Students will select one piece from each workshop for an exhibition at the Craft Center. The Focus on Fine Craft Exhibition will be featured during our annual Celebration of Craft. Celebration, Saturday, April 6, 2019, is a free-to-the-public open house with narrated craft demonstrations, live music, hands-on craft activities for kids, gallery discounts and more. The Focus on Fine Craft Exhibition will be on display from March 30 - April 13, 2019.

The goal of the critiques and exhibition are to guide students in thoughtful design and execution of their projects, to enable students to evaluate art from an objective perspective, and to gain appreciation for their own work.  

Registration for Focus on Fine Craft Program

If you have questions, please email Gail Gentry at

Required Indemnification Agreement and Photo Release for Minors

Due to University Policy and Procedures, you MUST collect a completed Indemnification Agreement and Photo Release from each student BEFORE they can participate in this program. Please bring these completed forms with you the day that you participate in this program. The forms may be downloaded here: Indemnification Agreement and Photo Release for Minors . Students who present completed Indemnification and Release forms may participate in the program; those who do not, may not participate and may be sent home.

Special Note of Thanks

The Exploring Careers in Fine Craft Program receives funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission through a 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.