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Appalachian Center for Craft

Educator Workshops

Educator Workshops are open to 8th-12th grade educators currently teaching in Tennessee. These immersive workshops make fine craft accessible to teachers in typical 8th-12th grade classrooms. Educators will not only acquire new skills, gain valuable resources, and learn to source and prepare materials, they also receive all the tools, materials and equipment necessary to teach these workshops in their own classrooms. Workshops take place on the campus of Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, August 14-16, and August 21-23, 2020.

  • Mission

    To empower art educators to:

    • Lead fine craft workshops in their own classrooms with provided tools, materials and equipment
    • Affordably acquire and/or create and process materials and tools
    • Align lessons to curriculum standards
    • Apply for grants and exhibit student work in their communities
    • Share this knowledge and skill with other teachers, students, and the community.

  • Workshops 

    Educators participate in two workshops during this program. 

    • Material Bonanza: Printing and Drawing on Fabric for the Classroom: Learn a variety of fabric surface printing techniques applicable to typical art classrooms. Receive tools, instructions, tips and handouts on design development, block carving, various mono-printing methods, and drawing on fabric using non-toxic, water-based pigments with infinite color mixing options. Gain experience and skill in carving, various printing techniques, color overlays, and drawing on a range of fabric surfaces from T-shirts to tote bags to scarf blanks to ... the options are endless. Whether a planner or an improviser, the goals of this workshop are to learn, build skills, be fearless in designing on fabric and learn ways to bring these methods into the classroom. Instructor: Jeanne Brady - retired professor and fiber artist.
    • Introduction to Jewelry and Metals with a Pop of Color: Learn basic jewelry and metalsmithing techniques, studio safety, and how to design wearable art jewelry. Begin by creating a mini rocking chair while learning cold working techniques including piercing metal, texturing, fold forming and riveting. Move to soldering techniques while creating stacker rings with a bezel setting. Finally, utilize all those skills and more to create an earring and pendant set. In addition, learn about patinas and powder coating techniques to add color to your pieces. All processes learned are applicable in the classroom with tools and equipment provided! Instructor: Brie Flora - professional jeweler


  • Benefits for Educators

    While participating in the Educator Workshops, educators receive:

    • Instruction from professional artists in well-equipped studios on the campus of Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft.
    • Directions on preparing and sourcing materials, tools and equipment.
    • Knowledge to complete projects and confidently instruct their own students
    • Resources and materials lists
    • Materials, tools and equipment used during the sessions
    • Two complete kits of materials, tools and equipment to take back to the classroom enabling teachers to lead these workshops for 10 students or educators in their own classrooms or districts.
    • An overview on applying for grants
    • Sessions on current curriculum standards
    • Ample opportunity to network and exchange ideas with colleagues

  • Room and Board 

    Educators may choose to stay on campus in the cabins/dorms at the Appalachian Center for Craft. A limited number of rooms are available, so early registration is recommended.

    Each room has two twin beds, private bath, in-room air conditioner/heater, complete bedding, towels and washcloths, walk-in closet, dresser and bedside lamps.

    Meals are included in workshop fees for everyone and are available on campus in the Blue Water Grille on the Hill. 

  • Registration

    Registration fees are $200 per person and include everything listed under "Benefits for Educators" above and meals. 


  • Schedule

    Workshops are scheduled for two consecutive weekends. The sessions will take place as follows:


    • 4:00-5:30 p.m. – check-in
    • 5:30-6:00 p.m. – light dinner and orientation
    • 6:00-9:00 p.m. – workshops


    • 8:00-9:00 a.m. – breakfast
    • 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – workshops
    • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – lunch
    • 1:30-5:30 p.m. – workshops


    • 8:00-9:00 a.m. – breakfast
    • 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – workshops
    • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – lunch
    • 1:30-3:30 p.m. - workshops