Appalachian Center for Craft

High School Field Trips

Focus on Fine Craft Field Trip Program

Registration has closed for this academic year. We are full!

During the 2017/2018 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 in middle Tennessee and takes place in the professionally-equipped studios on the campus of ACC in Smithville.

Dates Available


  • 2017
    • September 29
    • October 6, 13, or 27
    • November 3
    • December1
  • 2018
    • February 16 or 23
    • March 2, 16, 23 or 30

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, 2 1/2 - 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; complete program evaluations; and sign thank you letters to their legislators. Professional artists and their assistants lead workshops and tours for up to 80 students each day. The fee per student is $10.

Workshops offered include:

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

Register On-line

You may register on-line by clicking the following link:

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

Special Note

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.