Summer Workshops

Summer workshops: Workshops are available for all skill levels in all of our media - blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood. Policies and descriptions for workshops may be viewed on the tabs below.

  • REGISTRATION

    • 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.
    • Participants can register for multiple workshops at the same time.
    • Discounts MUST BE TAKEN DURING REGISTRATION. They cannot be applied retroactively.

    ONLINE REGISTRATION

     

  • AGE 

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

  • DISCOUNTS

    • 20% Discount – for anyone who registers before April 1, 2018, 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. 
    • 50% Educator Week Discount - 5th-12th grade educators who register for an "Educators' Week" workshop qualify for a 50% discount on those workshops.
    • Discounts MUST BE TAKEN DURING REGISTRATION. Discounts cannot be applied retroactively.

  • SKILL LEVELS REQUIRED

    • Novice – have not touched the medium before, no prior experience.
    • Beginner – some knowledge of medium, little experience, no developed skill.
    • Intermediate – have 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_&_BOARD

    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 Blue Water Grille on the Hill, the Craft Center's on-site cafe.
    • Weeklong workshops includes 15 meals: Sunday, dinner; Monday-Thursday, breakfast, lunch and dinner: Friday, breakfast and lunch.
    • Weekend workshops include 6 meals: dinner Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday; and breakfast and lunch Sunday.
    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.
    • Cabins have double occupancy.
    • Registrants may make roommate requests during the registration process.
    • Registrants may also request a single room - we cannot guarantee single occupancy due to the limited number of rooms on our campus.
    • Cabins are within walking distance of studios. 
    Eligibility
    • Room and board is open to any workshop participant while enrolled in a workshop.
    • If space is available, workshop participants may bring a guest to share a room. Guests pay the full room and board fee.
    • All guests must be 18 years of age or older.
    • Guests not enrolled in a workshop may take meals in the dining hall and attend workshop instructor presentations.
    • Guests are not permitted to attend or observe workshop sessions unless registered for the workshop.
    • Room and Board Fees
      Weekend workshops - include 6 meals – dinner, Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner, Saturday; and breakfast and lunch, Sunday - $196.00
    • Week-long workshops - include 15 meals – dinner, Sunday; breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday – Thursday; and breakfast and lunch, Friday - $490.00

  • REFUNDS, TRANSFERS & CANCELLATIONS 

    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 participants cancels his/her registration in 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 cancels registration 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.

  • WORKSHOP

    Weekend Workshop Hours

    Friday
    • 1-2 p.m. - in the main lobby of the administrative building at the Craft Center
    • 2-2:30 p.m. - orientation in the cafe - instructor introducations and policies
    • 2:30-8:30 p.m. - workshops in studios
    Saturday
    • 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - workshops in studios

    Sunday

    • 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
    Weeklong Workshop Hours
    Sunday
    • 1-2 p.m. - in the main lobby of the administrative building at the Craft Center
    • 2-2:30 p.m. - orientation in the cafe - instructor introducations and policies
    • 2:30-8:30 p.m. - workshops in studios
    Monday-Thursday
    • 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - workshops in studios
    Friday
    • 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

  • MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT 

    All workshops take place in the professionally equipped studios on the Appalachian Center for Craft's campus in Smithville, Tennessee. See below for a description of potential supply, material and equipment requirements.

    • At least two weeks prior to a workshop, enrolled participants will receive 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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