Summer Programs for High School Educators and Students
The Craft Center offers two high school summer programs - one for educators and one for students. Educators may attend alone; students MUST be accompanied by an educator. Complete details may be found by accessing the tabs below.
- Educator Week Workshops
Educator Week Workshops are open to 8th-12th grade educators currently teaching in Tennessee. Educators may select one of the workshops featured each week. 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.
- July 3-8, 2022 - Block Carving and Printing on Fabric: 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. Learn to easily apply
these techniques in the classroom.
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.
- July 10-15, 2022 - Intro to Sawing, Riveting and Power Coating: Learn introductory level skills for jewelry and metalworking while turning a flat
sheet of copper into a three-dimensional object - a scale -model rocking chair. Focus
on sawing and piercing followed by filing and sanding to clean up edges. After forming
the chair, learn to add decorative elements by riveting metal onto metal using cold
connections. To complete the chair, learn to apply liver of sulfur to add a black
patina and use power coating to add brighter colors. Gain skill at applying each of
these techniques in the classroom.
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.
- July 3-8, 2022 - Block Carving and Printing on Fabric: 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. Learn to easily apply these techniques in the classroom.
- High School Summer Art Intensives for students
Educators select 2 of their high school students to attend the High School Summer Art Intensive. 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. Maximum age is 18. Each workshop is taught by an artists-in-residence at the Craft Center or a professional community artist. 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. Students MUST be accompanied by their high school art educator.
- July 3-8
- Introduction to the Glass Hot Shop with Damon MacNaught - Learn to safely and creatively work with hot glass. From gathering from the furnace to adding color, creating pattern, sculpting and, if time allows, blowing simple cups or vessels, you'll learn all about this versatile medium.
- 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 10-15
- Joinery Techniques for Wood with Surface Embellishment with Lexie Moore - learn to utilize miter-joints with splines to create wood boxes. Then learn a variety of surface embellishment techniques to personalize your boxes.
- Sculptural Ceramics with Ian Mabry - learn basic handbuilding techniques to create a variety of small, hollow forms to join together into a larger, dynamic, abstract sculpture of your own. Bisque fire and, if time allows, fire pieces in a sawdust firing!
- July 3-8
- Evening Presentations
Craft Center art faculty and alumni will give demonstrations, presentations and workshops Monday-Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for both educators and students. This is an opportunity to gather and explore additional craft techniques and learn about educational opportunities and careers in fine craft.
- 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 locked bedrooms with a central common area that includes a sitting area, stove, refrigerator and sink. Bedroom lock from the outside with a key - persons staying in the room can leave the room without unlocking the door, however, no one can enter without a key.
Each bedroom 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.Room assignments:
- Each cabin with 4 bedrooms will house:
- 4 students - 2 per room (from the same school if possible)
- 2 educators - 1 per room (from the same school as the students if possible)
- Each cabin with 2 bedrooms will house:
- 4 students if they are 18 years of age OR
- 2 teachers if they do not bring students.
At this time, we plan to have meals in the dining room. We will have a caterer who provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meal schedules are listed under the "Schedule" dropdown menu below.
The caterer cannot accommodate special dietary needs this year. Each cabin has a full kitchen. Please bring snacks and special beverages or food suitable for your special diet (if you have one).
- Each cabin with 4 bedrooms will house:
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 $300; 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. - orientation and 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
- Departure / check out in cafe (An authorized parent/guardian/adult MUST sign a release form for each minor/student.)
- Parents/guardians are welcome to attend mini-exhibition during this time.
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)
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. PLEASE LIST EDUCATORS IF THEY WILL TRANSPORT THE student to and from the Appalachian Center for Craft.
- 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 - THIS IS A MUST FOR ALL STUDIOS. ENTRY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO ANY STUDIO WITHOUT CLOSED-TOE SHOES!!!!
- Snacks, beverages, meal supplements - the cafe cannot accommodate special dietary needs. please plan to bring extra food if you need it. Each cabin has a stove/oven, refrigerator and sink. Kitchens do not have pans, plates, cups or utensils. Please plan accordingly.
- 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.
Funding for the High School Art Educator Workshop program is provided by the Robert K. and Anne H. Zelle Fund for Education of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Funding for the High School Summer Intensive program for students is provided in part by an Art Education Community Learning grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.