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Appalachian Center for Craft

High School Field Trips

The Focus on Fine Craft Workshop Blacksmithing_ImageProgram for  High School Students is designed to serve high school students throughout Tennessee. The program takes place in the well-appointed studios on the campus of the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee.

  • Goals

    Program goals are  to present hands-on craft activities, working artists and professional tools and equipment in a manner accessible to high school students. The program provides students with opportunities to explore traditional craft techniques in a contemporary context emphasizing fine craft history, craft education and careers, and safety.

  • Workshop for Students 

    Up to 40 students can participate on a scheduled day. Each student selects from one of five, hands-on workshops. Potential workshops include Wooden Candlestick Carving, Sculpting Clay Slab Masks, Enameling Copper Pendants/Keychains/More, Shibori Dyeing with Indigo, and Sculptural Book Making. All materials, tools and equipment necessary for the activities are supplied. Invitations are emailed to high school teachers in August of each year. Registration is online. If you wish to receive an invitation, please email Gail Gentry at

  • Dates Available 

    Sessions are scheduled on several Fridays throughout the fall and spring academic semesters. Each session typically lasts 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours. During registration, teachers may select arrival and departure times that work for their schedules. Early registration is suggested as dates fill quickly.

    Dates available are:

    • 2022
      • February 18
      • February 25
      • March 4
      • March 25
      • April 8
      • May 13

  • Registration and Fees

    The fee for this program is $20 per student. Payment is not required to register. This program is eligible for a Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) grant through the Tennessee Arts Commission. The STS grant program provides funds for artist fees, tickets and transportation for students from Tennessee public schools to experience a broad variety of cultural opportunities, arts disciplines and artists. Awards are made directly to schools and cover registration fees AND transportation to the program, with awards up to $3,000. To apply for a STS grant, visit the Tennessee Arts Commission site.


  • Requirements

    • Open to high schools in Tennessee.

    • Students must be 9th-12th grade.

    • Teachers must provide a completed Indemnification and Photo Release for each student, teacher and chaperone. NOTE: this is a two-page document. You may access the form by downloading it here Indemnification and Photo Release. You MUST bring a completed form for each student when you arrive for the field trip. Students without completed forms will not be allowed to participate.

  • Appropriate Student Attire

    Students MUST wear closed-toe shoes!

    • Students participating in blacksmithing and glass bead making should wear cotton clothes - synthetics melt.
    • Long hair MUST BE TIED BACK!
    • It is suggested that students wear clothes that can get dirty/stained.

  • Tennessee Arts Commission Student Ticket Subsidy Eligible

     A special note of thanks: This program is supported by the Student Ticket Subsidy program through the Tennessee Arts Commission. You can help support the Tennessee Arts Commission through the Specialty License Plate Program. The Arts Commission receives 80% of its funding through sales of these specialty plates. 

Copper Pendants Book Making