SMITHVILLE – Registration for summer workshops at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft is now open. The ACC is continuing its long tradition of offering hands-on workshops throughout the summer.
“The Appalachian Center for Craft has offered summer workshops for as long as the Craft Center has been in existence. We have even found some of the actual workshop flyers dating back to the 1990’s in storage at the Craft Center,” Bevin Butler, assistant professor of art history, said.
Workshops are offered for a variety of skill levels in blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, metals, and wood. Classes range from three-day weekend events to six-day weeklong events.
“This is our normal number of offerings for summer, though we have offered fewer the past couple of summers due to COVID. We are excited to offer the full slate of workshops this summer,” Butler said.
Workshops are available to individuals who want to learn a completely new skill as well as those who want to clarify their current skills.
“Workshops are open to anyone over the age of 18 and there are options for all interests and skill levels,” Butler said.
Artists from across the nation and Tech’s own campus conduct workshops in expertly equipped studios throughout the summer. Some participants also travel great distances to attend the workshops.
“We have participants from all over the country, especially across Tennessee. Sometimes we even have participants from abroad, Spain comes to mind for a couple of participants,” Butler said.
To reserve a seat in a workshop, pre-registration and a deposit are required. Participants can register for multiple workshops at the same time.
Room and board are offered to participants at an additional fee. The ACC has cabins on the premises that can house 20-30 participants at a time, according to Butler.
For questions about the summer workshops, contact the ACC at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to register, visit https://epay.tntech.edu/C20205_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=166&SINGLESTORE=true.