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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
Lost Wax Casting for Jewelry Dawn Sherrill

Instructor: Dawn Sherrill
Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 21 & 22, 10 am-4 pm on Sat. and 9-4 pm on Sun.
Tuition: $195, $175 members
Materials 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 metal smithing or sculpting skills? Like to melt things? This is the class for you. This class is an introduction to the remarkable process of lost wax casting. We will sculpt, sprue, invest and vacuum cast wax models into bronze objects or jewelry. We will be working with soft wax in additive wax sculpting. Students should expect to cast 2-4 items. We will spend the first day creating and investing our soft wax models and the second day casting and cleaning the cast objects. If time permits we will address casting stones in place. Sawing and filing skills are recommended. Students MUST bring magnification as this is very small and detailed work. Optivisors are recommended. Also please bring any tools that you might like to use or just show off.

Throwing for Functional Oxidation

Instructor: Rikki Taylor
Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 21 & 22, 9 am-4 pm both days
Tuition: Before April 10: $105, $85 Members
After April 10: $125, $105 members

This workshop focuses on making functional ware. Hallmarks of Rikki's work are pattern and color. Currently she creates both functional and sculptural pieces in all shapes and sizes using white and earthenware clay decorated with brilliant underglazes. This workshop is a hands-on workshop focusing on improving your abilities and helping you reach the next level. For those who want to know more about centering, pulling tall cylinders, shaping vessels to your desire, making different types of bowls, trimming and designing your vessels, this workshop is for you. It is designed to benefit all levels of experience. Students should be able to center clay and have an idea of the type of work they wish to pursue. You will have the opportunity to discuss that aspect with Rikki and she will demonstrate how you can better achieve your goal. She has over thirty years of teaching experience and is known for her ability to improve student's work.

Beginning Stained Glass

Instructor: Rex Redd
Date: May 5 & 6, 10 AM -4 PM
Tuition: $110, $100 members
Materials Fee: $35, paid to the instructor

An introduction to the materials and techniques of working in stained glass. You will be introduced to the various types of glass and how they are made. Basic design and pattern making will be covered, then the mystery of cutting glass will be demystified! You will assemble your projects using the copper foil method, a technique mastered by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Participants will be introduced to and use glass cutters, a grinding wheel, soldering iron, and other tools essential to crafting stained glass. An emphasis on safety will be maintained at all times. By the end of the weekend you will possess the basic skills to continue exploring the fascinating world of stained glass!

Tube and Flush Settings in Silver

Instructor: Meredith Middleton
Date: Sunday, May 6, 9 am-4 pm
Tuition: $110, $95.00 members
Materials Fee: $25

Are you ready to take your foundational silver jewelry fabrication skills to another level? This one day workshop will focus on adding intermediate skills to your technique tool box. It will focus on tube and flush setting. While we will produce a simple project, the main goal of this class will be to build new skills. Learning to set stones will take you to a new level of creativity for your work. For intermediate students only.


Figure Painting: Energized Start, Graceful Finish

Instructor: Seth Haverkamp
Date: June 2 & 3, 9 AM-4 PM
Tuition: $305, $290 members

In this workshop, students will work from a live model to vigorously apply paint in simplified blocks to capture the gesture of the pose. Using a limited palette, students will paint with both thin and thick paint, in conjunction with wiping paint out, to achieve a successful drawing. Students will then work on pushing values to paint in the fall of light and add a three dimensional effect. Using a grey toned canvas with paint scumbled over it, with thick paint in the lighter areas, a fully realized figure can be achieved. Paint manipulation and brush handling will be discussed and demonstrated. Seth will discuss how this leads directly into a multiple layered studio figure painting. Seth will also discuss the similarity between painting from life and from photos. Materials list is available at registration or by calling 482-1441.


Coming Soon...

Make plans and save the dates for
these new, upcoming pottery
workshops for 2018:

Pinch Pot Sculpture with Mike
Saturday and Sunday, July 14 & 15, 9
am-4 pm both days

Raku and Alternative Firings with
Charlie and Linda Riggs
Saturday and Sunday, August 11 &
12, 9 am-4 pm both days

Underglazing and Newspaper
Transfers with Jane Cartwright
Saturday, October 13, 9 am-4 pm

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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