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.

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. Attendees select arrival and departure times. 

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

Up to 80 students can participate on eachCooperPendants scheduled day. Each student selects from one of eight, hands-on workshops. All materials, tools and equipment necessary for the activities are supplied. 

Workshops are offered in blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, metals, painting and wood. Please visit online registration page for details. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Invitations are emailed to high school teachers in August of each year. Registration is online. 

Students MUST wear closed-toe shoes for all activities. Cotton clothes are required for blacksmithing and glass workshops. Old clothes or those that may get dirty are recommended for all workshops. 

Students take home completed projects. Clay is glazed and fired on our campus and teachers return to pick it up unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Registration: Teachers reserve dates and workshops online. A teacher or adult chaperone must be present for each workshop (i.e., if 8 workshops are selected, 8 adults should be present - one for each workshop).

Fees: The fee for this program is $20 per student. STS_Info_applPayment 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 cover the cost of fees AND transportation to the program with awards up to $3,000. To apply for a STS grant, visit the Tennessee Arts Commission site for complete information, registration and an application.  

Dates available: Most program dates are available on Fridays. Teachers are encouraged to register early - dates are taken quickly.

2020 - September 18, October 16, October 23, October 30, and November 6

2021 - February 19, February 26, March 5, March 12, March 26, April 16, April 23, May 7, and May 14

Required are completed indemnification and photo releases for each student, teacher and chaperone: Teachers will receive a confirmation letter from the Craft Center. The letter will have the Indemnification and Photo Release form attached. 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.

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.