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Pottery Wheel - Casserole Dish - 2 Day Workshop


with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar Apr 20, 2021 at 10:30 am

Grades 5 -Adult

Enjoy a relaxing two-day workshop creating two beautiful casserole dishes! Students will spend the first day on the potter’s wheel creating the casserole forms. On day two, students will assemble dishes and learn decorating techniques. The goal is for each student to accomplish making two casserole dishes.  Masks will be required due to close contact during demonstrations and one-on-one instruction.

10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 22.

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Glass Fusion - Spring Plate


with Karen Hitchcock

Calendar Apr 20, 2021 at 6 pm

Grade 9- Adult

A two-hour glass fusion workshop making decorative spring plate for your home or for a gift.  Plates can be used for serving food or a decorative piece for everyone to see! Each student will make one plate.   All materials are included and fired projects will be available two weeks after class.

6:00 - 8:00 pm, Tuesday, April 20

Ceramic Garden Art Workshop


with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar Apr 23, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Grade 5- Adult

In this workshop, students will have the option to create a flower stake that can be used decoratively or as a bird feeder or bird bath. Be creative and use it in your garden or home. Projects will be built out of clay by hand and decorated in class. All projects will get a sealing coat of glaze and fully fired to withstand the outside elements. 


10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Friday, April 23

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Healing Soaps


with Angela Millan

Calendar Apr 23, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

9th Grade - Adult

In this class sutdents will learn how to make a magical, supercharged, artisan soap using herbs, essential oils, quartz or other stones, and love!  Students will learn the benefits of purifying your sking and learn which ingredients stimulate the skin to restore tone and texture. Students will also learn about healing properties of various essential oils and stones.  Each student will take home two soaps by using their choice of two oils and two stones.

6:00 - 9:00 pm, Friday, April 23

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Clay Buddies


with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar Apr 24, 2021 at 9 am

Grades K- 2

This entry level clay class is for the youngest of elementary school age children. Each class will be project based to introduce young children to different clay working techniques. Children will learn planning and decorating techniques to complete projects. Masks will be required due to close contact during demonstrations and one-on-one instruction.

9:00 - 10:30 am, Saturdays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15

Mixed Media Drawing - Session 2
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Mixed Media Drawing - Session 2


with Alice Salyer

Grade 6- Adult

Our new Mixed Media class builds upon a foundation of drawing, while expanding the possibilities with a multitude of mediums. Students will learn how to create varying degrees of line width using pen & ink; while also being introduced to brush pens -- creating smooth, flowing energetic lines. A world of color, texture and composition will be explored, using techniques from printmaking, painting and even textiles!  Students are encouraged to explore processes such as collage and abstraction.  All skill levels and ages are welcome! This class will transition to online if the need arises.

9:00 - 11:00 am, Saturdays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Casting and Mold Making with Plaster - Workshop
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Casting and Mold Making with Plaster - Workshop


with Jess Parks

Grades9 - Adult

Learn how to make a simple 2-piece plaster mold of a small 3-D, solid item. Each step of the process will be discussed and executed with the instructor’s assistance. After making the mold, wet plaster will then be poured into the cavity, to create your own unique cast. All materials and tools will be supplied. 

1:00 - 4:00 pm, Saturday, April 24


Useable Past: Achieving Inclusive Regional Development


with Jules Corriere

Calendar Apr 29, 2021 at 9 am

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 Over 100 million visitors come to Tennessee, in a non-pandemic year, and the State typically earns over 20 billion dollars in revenue from tourists. It’s important that visitors, whether they are families, couples, or individuals seeking adventure, feel safe and represented in the places they visit and stay. Heritage Tourism is a large part of why people travel, they want to know their history, but this is a field that has struggled to be inclusive and welcoming to folks of all backgrounds. From the 1940s to the 1960s, the Green Books provided a road map for African American tourists so they could feel secure while traveling. Today, there are several groups that continue this endeavor for multiple communities. How can we, as leaders in the field of tourism in Northeast Tennessee work to set an example for other areas as an inclusive region? Useable Past seeks to showcase efforts and examples in Northeast Tennessee when it comes to inclusive tourism, difficulties faced, as well as action steps we can all take to continue to move forward as a region.


This free workshop will take place online from 9:00 am – 10:30 am on Thursday, April 29th. Speakers include Alicia Phelps, Executive Director of Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, William Isom, Director of Black in Appalachia, and Dr. Candace Forbes-Bright, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Dr. Daryl Carter, Director of the Africana Studies program at ETSU and Jules Corriere with the McKinney Center will moderate the Q&A session following the presentations. Participants must register in advance to receive the Zoom link. The conversations from the April event will continue in a second Useable Past workshop on May 27th.


This workshop series is a collaboration between the McKinney Center, the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, the Langston Centre, and the Africana Studies program at ETSU. The McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School provides a comprehensive program through Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts which teaches various art skills to all participants through a quality program of instruction open to all segments of Jonesborough’s population. The Heritage Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences. The Langston Centre is a cultural facility that promotes multicultural awareness and workforce development through arts, education, and leadership activities. The Africana Studies serves a critical role for the College of Arts & Sciences and ETSU by offering high-quality academic course offerings, superb programming, and opportunities for personal growth through service. 

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