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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
Figure Painting: Energized Start, Graceful Finish

Instructor: Seth Haverkamp
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.

Dichroic Glass for Jewelry

Instructor: Ruth Prince
Saturday, June 23, 9:30 AM - 3 PM
Tuition: $65, $50 members
Materials fee: $30

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 a 3"x3" box. Students may purchase additional boxes to fill.

Pen & Ink with Color Wash

Instructor: Rex Redd
Saturday, July 14 , 9 AM-4 PM
Tuition: $100, $80 members with a $40 Materials fee
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.

Beginning Silver Precious Metal Clay

Instructor: Ruth Prince
Saturday, July 14,
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Tuition: $115, $100 members
(Rings were $90, $75 members with a $75 materials fee)

An introduction to the exciting medium of silver clay. Pieces will be kiln or torch-fired and finished before the end of class. Students will be given one 16 g. package of clay, which should make 2 or 3 pieces, depending on size. Additional clay and tools may be purchased through the instructor. Students should bring any texturing tools, rubber stamps, etc. they have and their imagination. The instructor will provide tools for the day. Call to register early because the metal clay will need to be ordered.

Casting Organics and Found Objects for Jewelry

Instructor: Dawn Sherrill
Friday afternoon, Saturday & Sunday, July 27, 28, & 29
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 metal smithing 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

Clay and Mixed Media Animal Masks

Instructor: Nan Jacobsohn
Saturday & Sunday, August 25th & 26th 9 AM-4 PM
Tuition: $185, $175 Members
Studio Fee: $25
Firing Fee: $25

Since prehistoric time, humans have used animal images for inspiration. We sought to borrow those attributes that we admired: courage, strength, and beauty. In this workshop we will create sculptural animal images that reference the traditional mask and totem tradition. Students are encouraged to consider the attributes they find appealing or interesting and the animal that might symbolize them. Pictures of the animal of your choice will be helpful in class. We will gather and plan the additions of metals, found objects, beads, fiber, wood and other materials to enhance the ceramic image created during this session.

Underglazing and Newspaper Transfers

Instructor: Jane Cartwright
Saturday, October 13, 9 am-4 pm
Tuition: $75, $60 members
Materials Fee: $3

Materials List available at registration
This one-day hands-on workshop is for those eager to add fresh and dynamic underglaze designs to their work. The process is simple and extraordinarily fun! Should you choose, you can also embellish with sgraffito and/or slip trailing. Come explore new ways to make your work pop! Students should bring their own underglazes (so you can choose your own colors and type of surface), and leather hard tiles or other types of work on which to create. For other items, and to get the most from this workshop, please be sure to carefully read the materials list for important information.

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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