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Appalachian Center for Craft

Educator Workshops

Educator Workshops are open to 9th-12th grade educators currently teaching in Tennessee. These immersive workshops make fine craft accessible to teachers in typical 9th-12th grade classrooms. Educators will not only acquire new skills, gain valuable resources, and learn to source and prepare materials, they also gain the ability to borrow (for free) kits of tools, equipment and materials necessary to teach these workshops to 8 of their students or peers.

To keep everyone safe and out of an abundance of caution, Educator Workshops 2020 will be presented in an online platform with live Zoom demonstrations and interaction and online resources and demonstrations.

This project is made possible by a grant received from the William N. Rollins Fund for the Arts and the Robert K. and Anne H. Zelle Fund for Education of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee received by Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee.

The program will take place August 14-23, 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 select one of the following workshops:

    • Material Bonanza: Printing and Drawing on Fabric for the Classroom: Learn to fearlessly design and print on a variety of fabrics and wearables. Gain experience, skill, and confidence in block carving and printing, plus supplemental creative approaches that include background washes, overprinting, resists and drawing. All printing is done with high-quality water-based textile pigments with infinite color mixing options. The pigments remain soft on the fabric and once heat set, are permanent. Create wearables with your own unique imagery, colors and layering techniques.  Instructor: Jeanne Brady is a fibers artist with an MFA in surface and textile design. She recently retired as professor of Fibers at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft. Jeanne continues to lead workshops and exhibit nationally.
    • Introduction to Metals for the Classroom: Chains, Texture and Patina: Learn a variety of traditional and not-so-traditional chain making techniques using colorful anodized aluminum jump rings and brass and copper wire. Gain skill texturing and stamping copper shapes and adding color with patina. Create your choice of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more as you gain knowledge and confidence in these basic metalsmithing techniques. Instructor: Brie Flora a professional jeweler with a BFA in metalsmithing/jewelry and art education. Brie currently resides in Cookeville, Tennessee, exhibits nationally, creates a line of production and commission jewelry and has taught courses in college, high school and community settings.

  • Benefits for Educators

    While participating in the Educator Workshops, educators receive:

    • Instruction from professional artists through Zoom meetings and an online learning platform provided through Tennessee Tech University.
    • 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 to complete projects in the medium of participant's choice.
    • Access to tools, equipment and materials to lead sessions for 8 students of colleagues-through an online lending library.
    • Sessions on best practices in Hybrid Learning from Tennessee Tech University's art education profession.
    • Ample opportunity to network and exchange ideas with colleagues.

  • Registration

    Registration fees are $100 per person and include everything listed under "Benefits for Educators" above. 

    REGISTRATION

  • Schedule

    Workshops are scheduled from August 14-23, 2020.  Educators MUST be available during all of the Zoom meetings and are expected to complete assigned "homework" and view online demonstrations throughout the week. Schedule may be downloaded here:

    High School Art Educator Workshop Schedule, August 2020

    Friday, August 14

    • 6:30-7:00 p.m. – ZOOM - brief introduction to artists and overview of learning platform
    • 7:00-7:30/8:00 p.m. – ZOOM – break out into a new ZOOM meeting with either fibers or metals instructors
    • 8:00-9:30 p.m. – Homework!

     

    Saturday, August 15

    • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – ZOOM – meet in Fibers or Metals class as a group for demonstrations, discussions, and more
    • 10:30 -11:59 a.m. – ZOOM – breakout sessions for individuals with Fibers or Metals instructor while working on assigned projects
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch break
    • 1:01 – 2:00 p.m. – ZOOM – meet with Fibers or Metals class as a group for additional demonstrations, questions, discussion.
    • 2:01-4:00 p.m. – AT HOME OR YOUR CLASSROOM – complete assigned projects
    • 4:00-5:00 p.m. – ZOOM – meet in Fibers or Metals class as a group for discussion, questions, critique and assignments

     

    Sunday, August 16

    • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – ZOOM – meet in Fibers or Metals class as a group for demonstrations, discussions, and more
    • 10:30 -11:59 a.m. – ZOOM – breakout sessions for individuals with Fibers or Metals instructor while working on assigned projects
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch break
    • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – ZOOM – meet with Fibers or Metals class as a group for additional demonstrations, questions, discussions…
    • 2:01-4:00 p.m. – AT HOME OR YOUR CLASSROOM – complete assigned projects
    • 4:00-5:00 p.m. – ZOOM – meet with Fibers or Metals class as a group for discussion, questions, critique and assignments.

     

    Monday, August 17 - Thursday, August 20

    • Completing projects, viewing video demonstrations, reviewing handouts, chatting online via platform, etc. AT HOME OR YOUR CLASSROOM at any time that is convenient for you!
    • Tuesday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 19
    •       6:30-7:30 p.m. – Zoom meeting with Jeremy Blair, art education professor from Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft and Design
    •       Overview, discussion and suggestions of best practices for Hybrid Learning (in person, online, links, resources).

     

    Friday, August 21

    • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – ZOOM with Fibers or Metals class as a group for review of the week’s projects, questions, suggestions, “showing off” projects and looking ahead to the next processes
    • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – ZOOM demonstrations, discussion, new content

     

    Saturday, August 22

    • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – ZOOM – meet with Fibers or Metals class as a group for demonstrations, discussions, and more
    • 10:30 -11:59 a.m. – ZOOM – breakout sessions for individuals with Fibers or Metals instructor while working on assigned projects
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch break
    • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – ZOOM – meet with Fibers or Metals class as a group for additional demonstrations, questions, discussion.
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m. – AT HOME OR YOUR CLASSROOM – complete assigned projects
    • 4:00-5:00 p.m. – ZOOM – meet with Fibers or Metals class as a group for discussion, questions, critique and assignments

     

    Sunday, August 23

    • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – ZOOM – meet with Fibers or Metals class as a group for demonstrations, discussions, and more
    • 10:30 -11:59 a.m. – ZOOM – breakout sessions for individuals with Fibers or Metals instructor while completing assigned projects
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch break
    • 1:01 – 2:00 p.m. – ZOOM – meet with Fibers or Metals class as a group for final critiques, wrap ups, suggestions for offering these courses in a classroom vs. online in video format, and more!
    • 2:00 – 2:30/3:00 p.m. – ZOOM – as a total group to discuss next steps – filming yourself teaching these processes (one or two) in your classroom AND exhibitions of your students work completed as a result of this workshop! Evaluation of the course and suggestions for next time. Discussion of lending library, timing of requirements and future offerings.

     

  • Requirements

     Each participating educator must:

    • Teach at a school within the state of Tennessee.
    • Have access to a computer with a reliable network. Download the Zoom meeting app (it is free) prior to the first class meeting.
    • Agree to be present during all scheduled Zoom meetings.
    • Complete an indemnification and release form prior to participating in the virtual workshops. This document may be downloaded here Indemnification and Release.
    • Agree to complete assigned projects and share them during the appropriate Zoom meeting.
    • Participate in the final "fashion show" and critique.
    • Complete an evaluation of the program.
    • Provide an address where their equipment/tool/material kits may be delivered or agree to pick them up at the Appalachian Center for Craft.
    • Return all equipment and tools contained in the kit to the Appalachian Center for Craft with only expected wear and tear. Tools and equipment MUST BE POSTMARKED BY AUGUST 31, 2020. Participants may keep excess material/consumables.
    • Agree to lead workshops on at least one of the processes/techniques learned to 8 of their students or peers AND take video of the session(s). We do not expect professional quality here, just proof that the lessons are shared.
    • Film/video of the session must be shared with the Appalachian Center for Craft.
    • Agree to exhibit the work produced by students/teachers who complete the workshops taught by educators.
    • Provide video or images of the exhibition to the Appalachian Center for Craft. 

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