Summer Programs for High School Educators and Students
The Craft Center is excited to offer summer programming for high school teachers and students. During the summer of 2021 high school teachers will have the option to attend “Educator Week Workshops” alone or to bring two of their students who will attend “High School Summer Art Intensives.” The sessions will be offered July 4-9 and July 11-16. Programs are outlined below. PLEASE read all sections BEFORE registering! NOTE: In order for a student to participate, his/her teacher MUST register for Educator Week Workshops.
- Educator Week Workshops
Educator Week Workshops are open to 8th-12th grade educators currently teaching in Tennessee. Educators select from "Book Making, Design and History for the Classroom" or "Introduction to Metals for the Classroom: Chains, Texture and Patina." Workshops are one week in length. Participating educators will receive instruction; materials, tools and equipment for the week; sources of materials; instruction sheets and resources; and access to the Appalachian Center for Craft's Educators Lending Library to borrow, for free a kit containing the equipment and tools to lead a workshop (described below) for 10 students in the teacher's own classrooms. Teachers will leave the workshop with enough materials to teach these workshops to 10 of their students or colleagues.
- Book Making, Design and History for the Classroom: Class begins with a day for making decorative papers using a range of techniques, including stencils, crayon resists, Japanese paste papers (3 types), and spraying of color. Create a swatch book from these samples and also use the papers to make each book more special. Focus on 15 to 20 different bindings and make a prototype of each before designing and creating final books. As you approach each form, learn about its history and place in the world and the cultures from which each originates. Create Japanese, Chinese, Egyptian, European and contemporary universal books. The books vary from simple to complex, making them suitable for a variety of ages and grade levels. Discuss each book's pros and cons, how books can be used to teach a wide range of subject matter and/or provide a format for information on any subject. Each book is tied to a time and place as well as being an object of containment. At the end of the week, display all the books for a group critique. Instructor: Claudia Lee is a full-time paper and book artist and educator and two-time recipient of a Master’s Grant from The Tennessee Arts Commission. Her work has been published in more than 30 books and journals and she is the author of Papermaking from Lark Books. Lee's work can be found in many private and public collections.
- Introduction to Jewelry and Metals with a Pop of Color: 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. Gain comfort using and learn the proper function of chain nose, flat nose and ring nose pliers as well as a variety of hammers, texturing tools and patinas. Learn tips and tricks to make chain making more understandable and accessible to a variety of skill levels. 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.
- High School Summer Art Intensives for students
The High School Summer Art Intensives Program is open to rising 8th-12th grade students currently attending high school in Tennessee. Students will select two of four possible workshops to attend. They will attend a three-hour session in the morning and a three-hour session in the afternoon. Workshop options are outlined below. Minimum age is 15. Each workshop is taught by one of the artists-in-residence at the Craft Center. Goals are to allow students to immerse themselves in media offered at the Craft Center, to gain an understanding of those media along with craft artists and potential educational opportunities and careers in fine craft.
- July 4-9
- Introduction to Weaving on a Floor Loom with Rebecca Smith - learn to mix and utilize several forms of natural dye and pigments to design and add color to a variety of fabric. Use the fabric to create tote bags, scarves, pillows and more as time allows.
- Basic Blacksmithing Techniques to Construct a Coat Rack with Kevin Dotson - learn basic blacksmithing techniques and joinery methods to create several small projects and assemble them into a larger, fun and functional piece.
- July 11-16
- Joinery Techniques for Wood with Surface Embellishment with Lexie Moore - learn to utilize finger-joints and miter-joints to create wood boxes. Then learn a variety of surface embellishment techniques to personalize your boxes.
- Sculptural Ceramics with Ian Mabry - concentrate on creating a dynamic human form, seated or kneeling, that is table-top size. Build the form solid, cut it apart, hollow it, reassemble (using armatures where needed) and refine the form with surface decoration and expression. Pieces will be bisque fired.
- July 4-9
- Evening Presentations
Craft Center art faculty and alumni will give demonstrations, presentations and question and answer sessions Monday-Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for both educators and students. This is an opportunity to gather and to receive information about more advanced techniques and educational opportunities in the arts.
- Room and Board
Students are required to stay in housing on the campus of Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee. Educators who bring students are required to stay in Craft Center housing. Educators who attend without students have the option of staying in housing, but this is not a requirement.
Cabins have two or four rooms with a common area. Each room will be a single to allow social distancing. Each room has two twin beds, night stands, dressers, a walk-in closet and a restroom with shower. All buildings on campus are air-conditioned and within easy walking distance of each other.
Grab and go meals will be provided for all participants. You may wish to bring snacks or meal supplements. We cannot accommodate special dietary needs this year. Each cabin has a full kitchen. We hope to be able to provide a communal, while socially distanced, area for everyone to gather for meals.
Registration for both programs MUST BE COMPLETED BY AN EDUCATOR ATTENDING THE EDUCATOR WEEK WORKSHOPS. Students will NOT be allowed to attend without their teacher. Students MUST stay on campus. If an educator attends without students, they are not required to stay on campus. If an educator brings students, they must stay on campus with their students throughout the week. The fee per educator is $250; the fee per student, $100. These fees include all materials and tools needed, 5 nights of lodging (single accommodations) and 15 meals.
Weekly Schedule for Educator Weeks and Art Intensives
- 2:30-4:00 p.m. - check in the main office at the Appalachian Center for Craft
- 4:00-5:00 p.m. - campus tour
- 5:00-6:00 p.m. - dinner
- 6:00-9:00 p.m. - workshops (first session of afternoon workshops)
- 8:00-9:00 a.m. - breakfast
- 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - morning workshops
- 12:00-1:00 p.m. - lunch
- 1:00-4:00 p.m. - afternoon workshops
- 4:00-5:30 p.m. - sessions on curriculum standards, grants and cabin time
- 5:30-6:30 p.m. - dinner
- 6:30-8:30 p.m. - demonstrations and discussions with art faculty
- 8:00-9:00 a.m. - breakfast
- 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - morning workshops
- 12:00-1:00 p.m. - lunch, presentation of certificates and distribution of workshop kits to educators
- 1:00 p.m. - departure / check out in cafe (An authorized parent/guardian/adult MUST sign a release form for each minor/student.)
1. The possession or use of alcohol and other drugs, fireworks, guns and other weapons is strictly prohibited.
2. The operation of a motor vehicle by minors is prohibited while attending and participating in the program.
3. Motor vehicles may be parked on the campus of the Appalachian Center for Craft using the following guidelines.
a. Teachers residing in housing may park in available parking spots in front of their housing units.
b. Parents, guardians or authorized chaperones may park in the parking lot nearest housing or the main parking lot (first lot on the right) when dropping off or picking up students at the Craft Center.
4. Students (those 15-17 years of age) may not leave the property without express written consent from their parent or legal guardian. This consent must be received by the Program Manager before the student leaves the property.
a. Parents/legal guardians/authorized representatives must sign a check-out and release form before a student may leave the property except in cases of emergency.
b. Teachers should notify the program manager if one of their students wishes to leave the property. The program manager will contact the parent/legal guardian/or authorized individual listed on the emergency information form.
5. Students (those 15-18 years of age) are expected to be in classrooms and activities indicated on the schedule while participating in the program.
a. Students must travel in pairs when leaving their cabins after dark but before 10 p.m. Curfew is 10 p.m. Every student must be in his or her own cabin after 10 p.m.
b. Teachers will check their students' cabins to ensure that students are in each cabin by curfew. Entry of cabins is not permitted. A verbal roll call from the door is sufficient.
c. Students must travel in pairs and have permission of their teacher if they wish to jog, walk or hike on Craft Center property for any reason other than activities indicated on the schedule.
d. Students may NOT swim at the Appalachian Center for Craft.
6. No violence, including but not limited to sexual violence or harassment, will be tolerated.
7. No discrimination or harassment will be tolerated.
8. Hazing of any kind is prohibited. Bullying including verbal, physical, and cyber bullying are prohibited.
9. No theft of property, regardless of owner, will be tolerated.
10. No use of tobacco products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (vaping) will be tolerated.
11. Misuse or damage of Tennessee Tech property is prohibited. Charges will be assessed against those participants who are responsible for damage or misuse of Tennessee Tech property.
12. The inappropriate use of cameras, imaging, and digital devices is prohibited including use of such devices in showers, restrooms, or other areas where privacy is expected by participants.
13. Dorms are divided by gender.
14. Room assignments may not be changed without permission of the programs manager.
15. No one - teachers, Craft Center staff, program manager, or other students - are permitted to enter a bedroom except the student(s) assigned to that bedroom.
16. If a student requires prescription medicine, that medicine should be fully disclosed on the Participant Information and Release form.
17. Parents or legal guardians may visit their child(ren) in the following designated areas: the cafeteria, lobby or on the grounds of the Craft Center. Visits should be confined to breakfast, lunch or dinner, or 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. At no time may a parent or legal guardian enter a cabin or bedroom of any participant (since cabins are shared by two students).
18. Parents or legal guardians may not visit the studios without signing the Adult Consent, Representation, Release and Indemnification Agreement found under the tab of the same that appears next.
19. Students attending the program must be between the ages of 15-18.
20. Each teacher who participates in the program may bring up to two students from his or her own school.
21. Parent, legal guardians or teachers (with express written consent of parent or legal guardian) must sign a check-in form before dropping off their child(ren) and sign a check-out form before picking up their child(ren).
22. Check-in and check-out take place in the lobby of the Appalachian Center for Craft. The program manager must be present for check-in and check-out.
23. Each program participant is required to complete a Participant Information and Release Form. If a medical emergency, behavioral problem, or natural disaster occur, the person(s) listed on the form will be contacted by the Appalachian Center for Craft (program manager, financial analyst or administrative associate) in the order listed on the form.
24. In case of emergency, parents or legal guardians may call:
a. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: 615-597-6801 or 931-372-3051 (office staff)
b. 4:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.: 931-267-1086 (security)
c. 24 hours: 931-261-5301 (program manager)
25. Violation of policies 1-24 of the Program Rules and Policies will result in immediate dismissal from the program. The programs manager will contact persons listed on emergency contact forms to request that the violator be signed out and removed from Appalachian Center for Craft property.
26. Each member of the Appalachian Center for Craft who works in this program MUST pass a Tennessee Tech Background Check. Background checks must be renewed each year.
27. Minor participants may not be released to anyone other than individuals listed on their signed and notarized Participant and Information Release form.
- Required Apparel
- All participants MUST wear closed-toe shoes before entering any studio on campus - clay, fibers, glass, blacksmithing, fine metals or wood.
- Leather or canvas shoes are recommended.
- Cotton clothes are a MUST in the blacksmithing and glass studios. Synthetics melt. Long pants are strongly recommended in both the glass and blacksmithing studios.
- Wear or bring clothes that can get dirty and/or stained. We will provide protective non-latex gloves and aprons in the fibers studio, but spills/splatters happen.
- PLEASE also bring a sweater or light jacket for studios whose air conditioning is especially powerful! The studios can be COLD when it is hot outside.
- Checklist for Packing
This is a suggested checklist for packing to stay at the Craft Center. Note that it may not be complete for your circumstances. Also note that the Craft Center will provide all tools, materials and equipment needed for the workshops during the week.
- Cotton clothes, casual clothes, clothes that can get dirty, extra socks, extra undergarments
- Sweater, sweatshirt or light coat for cooler studios
- Closed-toe shoes
- Snacks, beverages, meal supplements
- A refillable drink cut to use at filtered drink fountain bottle fillers. These are no-touch and especially useful outside of blacksmithing and glass studios.
- Toiletries - soap, shampoo, conditioner, styling products, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc
- Insect repellent
- Running/hiking shoes
- Prescriptions or medicine - disclosed on Information and Release Forms
- Umbrella or raincoat
- Cash or some form of payment for meals/cafe and souvenirs
- The Craft Center provides sheets, towels, blankets, washcloths and a pillow. If you prefer your own, feel free to bring these.
- Snacks - fruit, vegetables, crackers, chips, nuts - whatever you like to eat between meals or to supplement meals.