Summer Programs for High School Educators and Students

Summer High School Programs


The Appalachian Center for Craft invites Tennessee 8th-12th grade educators and students to join us for the High School Art Intensive (HSAI) Week. These immersive workshops are designed to make fine craft accessible to the classroom. Educators may attend a workshop alone or bring up to two students from their school. The students and educators will attend separate workshops throughout the week - the students will attend two different workshops and the educators will attend a single workshop. Students must be 15-18 years of age to attend.

Save the date! 2024 HSAI is June 9-14 and June 23-28


Registration for HSAI must be completed by the participating educator. Students will not be allowed to attend without their teacher and 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. The fee per educator is $100; the fee per student is $50. These fees include all materials and tools needed, 5 nights of lodging, and 15 meals. 

  • 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.

    Each cabin has two or four bedrooms with a central common area that includes a sitting area, stove, refrigerator and sink.

    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.

    Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included and will be served in the cafe. Participants can notify us of dietary restrictions during online registration. Please bring any additional snacks or beverages you may want throughout the week.

  • Required Forms

    Educators and students' legal guardians MUST complete indemnification forms and mail to the Craft Center by June 6, 2022 (ACC, ATTN HS Program, 1560 Craft Center Drive, Smithville, TN 37166)


  • Schedule


    • 3 - 5 p.m. - Check-in the main lobby of the administrative building at the Craft Center
    • 5 - 6 p.m. - Orientation
    • 6 - 7 p.m. - Dinner
    • 5 - 9 p.m. - Workshops


    • 8 - 9 a.m. - Breakfast
    • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Workshops
    • 12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch
    • 1 - 4 p.m. - Workshops 
    • 4 - 5 p.m. - Free time
    • 5 - 6 p.m. - Dinner
    • 7 - 10 p.m. - Evening activities


    • 8 - 9 a.m. - Breakfast
    • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Workshops
    • 12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch & Exhibition
    • 1 - 2 p.m. - Check out
  • Policies
    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.
      1.  Teachers residing in housing may park in available parking spots in front of their housing units.
      2. 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.
      1. 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.
      2. 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.
      1. 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.
      2. 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.
      3. 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.
      4. 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:
      1.  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: 615-597-6801 or 931-372-3051 (office staff)
      2. 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. 
  • Packing Checklist

    Required Workshop Apparel

    • All participants must wear closed-toe shoes before entering any studio on campus
    • Leather or canvas shoes are recommended
    • Cotton or natural fiber clothing must be worn in the blacksmithing and glass studios. Synthetics materials will melt when exposed to higher temperatures. 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 - some studios have powerful air conditioning!


    Please review the recommended packing list below. Please note that the Craft Center provides all necessary tools, materials, and equipment for workshops.

    • Cotton clothes, casual clothes, clothes that can get dirty, extra socks, extra undergarments
    • Sweater, sweatshirt or light coat 
    • Closed-toe shoes - you will be denied access to studios if you are not wearing closed-toe shoes
    • Snacks and additional beverages you may want during the week. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is provided in the cafe. Each cabin has a stove/oven, refrigerator and sink, however kitchens do not have pans, plates, cups or utensils.
    • A reusable water bottle
    • Toiletries
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Running/hiking shoes
    • Prescriptions or medicine
    • Umbrella or raincoat
    • Cash or some form of payment for souvenirs
    • The Craft Center provides sheets, towels, blankets, washcloths and a pillow. If you prefer your own, feel free to bring these.

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