High School Field Trips

The Focus on Fine Craft Program 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.

Dates are scheduled on several Fridays throughout the fall and spring academic semesters. Each session typically lasts 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours.

The goal of this program is to make hands-on craft activities, working artists and professional tools and equipment accessible to high school students. Artist instructors teach contemporary craft in conjuction with traditional craft techniques emphasizing safety, craftsmanship, history and careers.

Up to 80 students can participate on each scheduled Friday. Each student selects from one of eight workshops. Workshops are offered in blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Invitations are emailed to high school teachers in August of each year.

Required are completed indemnification and photo releases for each student, teacher and chaperone before attending the program.

A special note of thanks: this program is funded through a Rural Arts Project Support Grant from 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 througfh sales of these specialty plates. You can also give the gift of a specialyt tage through the Gift-a-Tag program.