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Area residents can spend a week, part of a week or weekend developing or improving their artistic sides at the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University.

The Center for Craft’s summer workshop series will begin May 16 and run through the beginning of August. This year, workshop attendees will be able to not only pick the medium they want to explore, but also the tone of their exploration with workshop themes.

“Center for Craft workshops give our guests a number of opportunities to discover unique expressions as they forge new pathways within the arts and crafts,” said Center for Craft director Jeffrey Adams. “Our workshops offer a wide range of possibilities to be explores for the beginner and advanced artisan. Our studios and stunning grounds serve as both inspiration and as a point of departure for your journey.”

Workshops will be held in each of the five studios – wood, clay, fibers, glass and metals. For the first time, there will be half-week workshops for those seeking to explore their artistic sides for longer than a weekend but who are unable to commit to a full week. The courses begin Wednesday evening and end Sunday afternoon.

Each of the nine workshop weeks has its own theme: play and humor, intuition, design, figure and form, tradition, exploration, interdisciplinary, process, and technology.

Several discounts are available. Participants aged 55 or older receive a 10 percent discount and TTU alumni are eligible for a 25 percent discount. TTU students, faculty and staff pay half price. All K-12 educators who register for the July 11 weekend workshops will also receive a 25 percent discount.

Room and board packages are available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the summer. The cabin-like units have small decks overlooking Center Hill Lake and meals at the on-site café are provided. There are also four hiking trails, horseshoes, volleyball and basketball courts, and a scenic overlook. As with the rest of the TTU campus, the Center for Craft is tobacco free.

For more information and to register, call (931) 372-3051 or visit

The Center for Craft is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at exit 273, Smithville/McMinnville. Go south on state Route 56 and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Center for Craft.