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, painting 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. This form will be emailed to each teacher who registers and MUST be completed for each participating student.

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

Dates available: teachers are encouraged to register early - dates are taken quickly

2019 - September 20, October 4, October 18, October 25, November 1, and November 8

2020 - February 21, February 28, March 6, March 13, and March 27

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.