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Appalachian Center for Craft

High School Field Trips

The Focus on Fine Craft Workshop ClayProgram 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.


Program goals are to provide high school students the opportunity to participate in hands-on craft activities, and learn the proper techniques and equipment used by real working artists.  

Workshop For Students

Up to 40 students can participate on a scheduled day.  Each student selects from one of a variety of hands-on workshops.  Potential workshops include woodcarving, slab clay construction, Shibori fabric dyeing with indigo, and glass bead making.  All materials, tools and equipment necessary for the activities are supplied.  Registration is online. If you wish to receive an invitation, please email the Craft Center at

Dates Available

Sessions are scheduled on Fridays throughout the fall and spring academic semesters. Each session typically lasts 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Workshops start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Students and teachers can enjoy their brown bag lunch in our café dining hall before departing. Register via email at: Early registration is suggested as dates fill quickly.

Dates available are:

  • Spring 2023
    • January 27
    • February 24
    • April 21

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.


  • Open to high schools in Tennessee.

  • Students must be 9th-12th grade.

  • 2 Adults must accompany students in each workshop.

  • 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.

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