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Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University

Contact Name: Gail Gentry

Address:

1560 Craft Center Drive
Smithville, Tennessee 38505
United States

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Phone: (931) 372-3051

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The Appalachian Center for Craft (Craft Center) opened in December of 1979 and is a campus of Tennessee Tech University (TTU) located in Smithville, Tennessee. This 87,000 square-foot facility offers five Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs and public programs including a retail gallery, four exhibition spaces, hands-on craft workshops for adults, educational outreach programming for high school students and a café.

Within the College of Fine Arts and part of the School of Art, Craft and Design, the Craft Center houses National Schools of Art, Craft and Design accredited programs in clay, fibers, glass, metals and wood. Students completing these programs are prepared for a variety of careers in visual arts.

The Craft Center’s retail gallery features the work of over 100 regional and national artists including faculty, resident artists and students. Additionally, approximately 25 artists’ work are showcased in rotating exhibitions each year.

The Craft Center offers weeklong, weekend, one-day and evening hands-on workshops in blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, fine metals and wood throughout the year. Artist instructors are renowned experts in their media. Workshops are open to anyone 18 years of age and older and registration is online.

High school students from across the state may participate in the Focus on Fine Craft Program or the Summer High School Art Intensives. High school students and their teacher/parent chaperones travel to the Craft Center on Fridays to participate in the Focus on Fine Craft Program selecting one of eight, hands-on intensive 3-4 hour workshops. High school teachers bring one or two students to stay at the Craft Center for a week during the High School Summer Art Intensives. Each teacher/student group participates in one craft medium during the day, another during the afternoon and rotate through 4 media in the evenings.

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Program Title: Focus on Fine Craft - Blacksmithing

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

This is one of eight options within the Focus on Fine Craft Program. Typically up to 80 students participate in eight different workshops requiring 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 hours on one Friday. In this workshop, students, 8th-12th grade, will learn the process of forging steel using the heat of a coal forge, a hammer, a vice, tongs, hardy tool, clamp and steel brush. Students will learn how to safely and effectively use a coal forge and anvil. They will learn how to care for and treat the tools and equipment so that results are clean and tools and equipment can withstand repeated use. Students will make decisions about length and design of their hook based upon its intended use. Students will take home at least one steel hook with a twist and/or steel bracelet with a twist. ($20 per student)

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Program Title: Focus on Fine Craft - Glass Bead Making

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

This is one of eight options within the Focus on Fine Craft Program. Typically up to 80 students participate in eight different workshops requiring 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 hours on one Friday. In this workshop, students, 8th-12th grade, will learn how to safely create glass beads of various colors utilizing an oxygen/propane torch, mandrels, glass rod, rake, tweezers, pick, mashers, and other assorted tools. Students will learn how to make a symmetrical round bead first. Students will then learn a variety of decorative techniques including making stringers, forming dots, reducing colors, stripes, swirls, and raking. Students will select and utilize the appropriate techniques to create beads of their own design. They will learn the reasons for annealing glass. They leave with several beads of assorted colors. ($20 per student)

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Program Title: Focus on Fine Craft Program - Copper Fabrication

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

This is one of eight options in the Focus on Fine Craft Program. Typically up to 80 students participate in eight different workshops requiring 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 hours on one Friday. During this workshop, students, 8th-12th grade will learn to safely use tools including hammers, stamps, files, jewelry saws and the rolling mill to create texture and patterns on copper. They will learn to drill holes, use files, and how to add color to the pieces with various methods of patination. Students will design and create a layered pendant or pendants. They will make decisions about design, appropriate tool usage and color based upon information received in this workshop. Students will leave the studio with at least two completed textured and patinaed copper pendants. ($20 per student)

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