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Appalachian Center for Craft

Summer Workshops



The Appalachian Center for Craft offers hands-on workshops on our campus nestled in the woods on Center Hill Lake in Smithville, Tennessee. Throughout the summer participants may find workshops for a variety of skill levels in blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood. Workshops are accessible to those who want to learn an entirely new skill as well as those who want to refine their existing skills. Artists from across the country and our own campus lead workshops in our professionally equipped studios throughout the summer. Browse through the tabs below and you’re sure to find a workshop that interests you. 


  • COVID Policies During 2021 Summer Workshops

    To borrow a frequently used phrase, “We are all in this together,” so let’s work together to keep everyone safe! We ask that you read through this document and plan to follow all guidelines while you are present on our campus. We will all need to cooperate to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
    Basic Personal Safety and Responsibility
    Everyone – instructors, participants, staff – will be required to wear a face mask in all communal indoor spaces and in outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. Face masks must fully cover the nose and mouth and extend below the chin. Following CDC Guidelines, we are requiring fabric masks with at least two layers. Face masks with valves or face shields allow virus particles to escape and are not acceptable. Social distancing of 6 feet or more will be followed. Face mask requirements and social distancing are not required inside each participant’s personal bedroom.
    Each studio on our campus has been equipped with increased ventilation. Each studio has a hand-sanitizing station with hand sanitizer dispenser, alcohol wipes and face masks. Before entering studios, everyone is expected to utilize hand sanitizer.
    Each studio has been arranged to allow a minimum social distance of 6 feet apart for work stations. Class sizes have been reduced. Video cameras and monitors are available for use in each studio to make demonstrations easier to view. Where shared equipment is utilized, guidelines for use, sanitizing wipes and alternatives will be offered. Participants may also wish to consider bringing their own equipment if they are not comfortable sharing. We will note shared equipment on materials lists.
    All meals will be catered by an outside vendor. Meals will be served in disposable containers by masked attendants. To minimize potential exposure during meal times, all meals will be grab and go. Additional seating will be available outdoors at picnic tables, at benches and in cabins.
    Cabins have two or four bedrooms, each with a private bath. Each bedroom will house only one participant (family members may room in the same room). Cabins are set up with two or four bedrooms opening onto a common space with a refrigerator, stove, kitchen sink and chairs. Common areas will be deep cleaned and sanitized between workshop sessions. During sessions, it is up to the individuals staying in the cabin to keep common touch surfaces disinfected. We will do everything possible to keep everyone as far away from each other as possible.
    Each studio, all equipment and restrooms are sanitized according to CDC Guidelines. Deep cleaning of each studio, cabin, bedroom and public spaces occurs between each workshop.
    Instructors and participants must this sign an agreement to abide by face mask and social distancing guidelines. Any participant not abiding by the agreement will be asked to leave campus without refund.
    All TTU faculty, staff and students perform a COVID self-evaluation screening before arriving on campus. We ask each workshop instructor and participant to do the same. If an instructor or participant has tested positive for COVID less than 10 days from check-in, they should stay home – no exceptions. Contact us. We can arrange for refunds or substitutions. DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU HAVE COVID, if you feel sick or if you have symptoms.


    Complete workshop descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the links for each medium.


    • Pre-registration is required to reserve a seat in a workshop.
    • A minimum of a 50% deposit is required to reserve a seat in a workshop. If paying by check, the registration will be effective the day the check is received in our office.
    • Participants can register for multiple workshops at the same time.
    • Discounts MUST BE TAKEN DURING REGISTRATION. The Craft Center cannot issue refunds for missed discounts 


  • AGE 

    Workshop participants MUST be a minimum of 18 years of age or older.


    • Please note that discounts apply to workshop fees only.
    • 20% Discount – for anyone who registers before April 1, 2021, anyone who is 60 years of age or older, Tennessee Tech alumni, AND K-12 educators.
    • 50% Tennessee Tech Discount – available to employees and students of Tennessee Tech University. 
    • Discounts MUST BE TAKEN DURING REGISTRATION. Discounts cannot be applied retroactively.


    Skill levels are listed after each workshop description to enable you to select a workshop that fits your abilities.
    • Beginner – little or no experience, no developed skill.
    • Intermediate – have some knowledge of medium, possess skill set, know tools and equipment in the medium.
    • Advanced – well-versed in medium, can operate equipment and tools with ease.


    Room and board is available during summer weekend and week-long workshops.
    • Participants stay in cabins on the grounds of the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee.
    • Room and board is a package. If you register for a room, you must also register for board.
    • Persons electing not to stay in housing may purchase meals a la carte.
    • Meals are served in the Craft Center's on-site cafe. For summer 2021, meals will be grab and go only. 
    Cabins have two or four bedrooms sharing a common living space.
    • Each bedroom has a private bath, two twin beds, a large walk-in closet, night stands, dressers, lamps, air conditioning and a full set of linens and towels.
    • To keep everyone as safe as possible, ALL rooms will be single occupancy for summer 2021.
    • If spouses or partners wish to room together, registrants may make roommate requests during the registration process. Spouses should also be enrolled in a workshop (while COVID precautions are in place).
    • Cabins are within walking distance of studios. 
    • Room and board is open to any workshop participant while enrolled in a workshop.
    Room and Board Fees
    • Weekend workshops - include 2 nights of lodging and 6 meals – dinner, Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner, Saturday; and breakfast and lunch, Sunday - $220.00
    • Week-long workshops - include 5 nights of lodging and 15 meals – dinner, Sunday; breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday – Thursday; and breakfast and lunch, Friday - $550.00


    Transfers: Those registered for a workshop may transfer to another workshop if the Craft Center is notified at least 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop. Payment of another $50 non-refundable processing fee is required.
    Cancellations: If the Craft Center cancels a workshop, participants may choose to receive a full refund or transfer to another workshop without payment of a second processing fee.
    Refunds: If a participant withdraws from a workshop more than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop, the Craft Center will grant a refund less the $50 non-refundable processing fee. If a participant withdraws from a workshop less than 30 days prior to the first day of a workshop, the Craft Center cannot issue a refund due to contractual obligations with workshop instructors and food service contractors.


    Weekend Workshop Hours
    • 1-2 p.m. - check-in the main lobby of the administrative building at the Craft Center
    • 2-2:30 p.m. - orientation in the cafe - instructor introductions and policies
    • 2:30-8:30 p.m. - workshops in studios
    • 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - workshops in studios
    • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - workshops in studios
    • 2 p.m. - studios MUST be clean and vacated
    • 4 p.m. - housing MUST be vacated - turn room keys in main lobby

    Week-long Workshop Hours
    • 1-2 p.m. - check-in the main lobby of the administrative building at the Craft Center
    • 2-2:30 p.m. - orientation in the cafe - instructor introductions and policies
    • 2:30-8:30 p.m. - workshops in studios
    • 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - workshops in studios
    • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - workshops in studios
    • 2 p.m. - studios MUST be clean and vacated
    • 4 p.m. - housing MUST be vacated - turn room keys in main lobby


    All workshops take place in the professionally equipped studios on the Appalachian Center for Craft's campus in Smithville, Tennessee. Participants will have access to all equipment deemed necessary by the workshop instructor in their chosen studio. See below for a description of potential supply, material and equipment requirements.
    • At least two weeks prior to a workshop, enrolled participants will receive, via email, a complete listing of supplies that they should bring.
    • The list may contain a "materials fee." All materials fees are payable directly to the workshop instructor for materials that he or she will provide to participants.
      In some cases,  a range is listed and the final amount is dependent upon type and amount used. In other cases TBD is listed because the market value of some materials fluctuates widely and will not be final until just prior to the workshop.
    • Steel, clay and select sizes and gauges of non-ferrous metal as well as some other materials will be available for purchase from our on-site gallery store. Items that may be purchased on-site will be designated on materials lists.

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