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The Art Center is supported under an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Arts Commission for their support.

Workshops offer students of all experience levels opportunities to try new techniques or to expand their command of those that are familiar.   Typically workshops are set-up to concentrate on a very specific set of skills, giving students focused and accelerated instruction.   Early enrollment is recommended.

Call the Center for information, 865-482-1441, about our latest workshop offerings or to pre-register for workshops. If you would like to register for a workshop on-line, EMAIL US at the Art Center. PLEASE read our education policy for information on tuition, deposits, refunds, etc.

Upcoming Workshops
Pen & Ink with Color Wash

Instructor: Rex Redd
Saturday, Sept. 28th, 9 AM-4 PM
Tuition: $100, $80 members
Materials fee $40

Explore the fun and versatility of pen & ink with colored wash! Participants will use a variety of drawing techniques, tools, and mediums- including watercolor, acrylics, traditional and acrylic inks, and water soluble dry mediums. Drawing materials provided will vary from traditional dip pens to modern technical pens. This is a very hands-on workshop, interspersed with demonstrations from the instructor. Along with a new skill set, students will leave with the materials necessary to continue exploring this versatile art form! Open to all skill levels.

Introduction to Metal Clay: Fine Silver

Instructor: Judi Talley
2 options, either:
Saturday November 9, from 10 AM to 4 pm with a break for lunch
Tuition: $115, $100 members
Materials Fee $40

In this one-day workshop, learn about metal clay while making either a pendant or earrings. You will learn about different metal clays ad their properties/challenges, which tools are needed, how to work with the clay, how to fire the clay, and how to finish a piece. Each student will receive 7 grams of fine silver metal clay, findings for your finished piece, and an extensive list of resources. All tools will b provided for use in the class. NOTE FOR SAFETY: no open toed shoes in the studio. There are sharp and hot things used in this class. Please bring whatever eye magnificationyou prefer for close-up work and a dust mask. A limited amount of additonal clay and tools will be available for purchase. This clay is a prerequisite for further metal clay classes.



Jack-o-Lantern Pendant

Instructor: Nikki Ferrara
Friday, October 4 , 1-4 pm
Tuition: $35, $30 members
Materials Fee: $5
This beginner friendly one afternoon class will teach you the basic skills to make a fun and spooky pendant just in time to get you into the Halloween "spirit" (pun intended) for the season or get together. No prior experience is required. We will go over basic loop making, how to use a 1-step looper, and proper opening and closing of jump rings. All materials will be provided. Students should be able to complete this pendant in just a few hours, and leave class with a finished pendant. Pumpkin lovers are welcome! Great for non-artists and artists alike.


Silver II (Stone Setting)

Instructor: Morning Sherrod
Saturday & Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm on either October 12 & 13 or
November 2 & 3
9 am to 4 pm
Tuition: $255, $240 members
Materials fee: $50 (Includes 3 stones, silver, and all consumables)

Students must have taken 3 Silver I classes or be proficient in sawing, soldering and all other basics of Silver I and receive instructor approval to take this class. Morning will challenge you to expand your skills with stone setting of 2 different types. You will learn to design, fabricate and set standard and uncommon cut semi-precious stones. Different types of bails will be introduced. We will be stamping and sawing your silver. This class may be taken multiple times to build skills and each time a new project will be available. A fun laid back class, you will gain lots of knowledge to go home with plus your completed projects. Morning provides EVERYTHING you need with exception of optivisors. Magnification is helpful with detailed work, so please bring them if you have them or magnifying glasses. Closed toe shoes and long hair worn up is a must for safety. If you have any questions, please feel free to email via to: matinnasdesigns@gmail.com

Casting Organics and Found Objects for Jewelry

Instructor: Dawn Sherrill
Friday afternoon, Saturday & Sunday, October 25, 26, & 27
Friday, 1:30-4:30 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM-4 PM
Tuition: $225, $215 members
Material fee: $35, paid to the instructor, Sunday will begin at Dawn’s Studio before returning to the Art Center.

Want to add a new dimension to your metalsmithing or sculpting skills? Like to melt things? This is the class for you. In this class we will work with the remarkable process of lost wax casting. We will utilize small natural and found objects, coat well to preserve, create sprues, invest and vacuum cast into bronze objects or jewelry. Students should expect to cast 2-4 items. We will spend the first afternoon coating the objects before investing them and the second day casting and cleaning the cast objects. Sawing and filing skills are recommended. Please bring any plants, pods, or small found objects you would like to cast.

Magical Felted Woldorf Character

Instructor: Karen Bills
Saturday, November 16, 9 am -1pm (4 hours)
Tuition: $40, $35 Members

Needle felting, or sculpting with wool, is the art of creating three dimensional items with wool using a barbed needle. In this workshop participants will make an adorable small 6-inch character to give as a gift or add to their own décor. Students need no previous experience or supplies. All levels are welcome. A Tennessee Featured Artist and member of both the Foothills Craft and Southern Highland Guilds, Karen will lead you through this fun project. Students will leave with their own adorable felted character.


Christmas or Gift Cards in Pen & Ink with Color Wash

Instructor: Rex Redd
Saturday, November 23
9 am — 12 noon
Tuition: $50, $40 members with a $ Materials fee

Send them something special. Handmade gifts and greetings are always the most meaningful. Explore the fun and versatility of pen & ink with colored wash while making your own personal Christmas or Gift Cards! Participants will use a variety of drawing techniques and tools to create handmade cards for that special holiday greeting. To ensure your success, three designs with step-by-step instructions will be available and all materials needed will be included in kits available from the instructor. This is a very hands-on workshop, interspersed with demonstrations from the instructor. It should be a fun way to learn something new and a great start to the holiday season. Along with a new skill set, students will leave with the materials necessary to continue exploring this versatile art form! Open to all skill levels.

Dichroic Glass for Jewelry

Instructor: Ruth Prince
November 30, 10 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuition: $70, $60 members
Materials fee: $35

Create dazzling dichroic fused glass for pendants, earrings, or other jewelry applications. Learn to cut glass and layer to create your desired effect. Pieces will be fired by the instructor for pickup up at a later date. Material fee includes glass for pieces to fill one layer of a 3"x 3" box. Students may pay an additional materials fee for a second box to fill. Great items for gifting your friends and family.


Open Studios
We have periodic open studios (no instructor) for jewelry, printing, painting, and drawing. Art Center members are welcome to attend!
For a schedule, see our Art Center Calendar.

The Oak Ridge Art Center is open to the public seven days a week. Admission is free, but donations are very welcome.

Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Monday: 1-4 p.m.

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