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Art of Kokedamas Workshop
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Art of Kokedamas Workshop

$107

with Grace Viola-Pearson

Calendar Aug 10, 2022 at 6 pm

Ages 16 - Adult

This two-hour course will teach the steps used to create beautiful and sustainable live kokedamas plants for the home or office.  The class will discuss the soils used, proper mixing techniques and then move into how to place the plant within the soil and then cover with dried moss, as you use decorative string to hold it together.  Once the kokedamas is complete, it will be decorated using a wide variety of accents, colors, and ideas to make this living work of art an expression of each student's character and inner beauty.  Along with this, the class will discuss proper care and handling of the plant and a quick history of the techniques used and where they originate from.

Wednesday, August 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Conversations That Matter August 2022

Free

with Skye McFarland

Calendar Aug 11, 2022 at 7 pm

The system will ask for your birthdate- you can put any year in that you would like, this is a built-in part of our registration because we have kids' classes, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Conversations That Matter will host another event in their series this August. In this upcoming “Conversation,” hear from Dr. Daryl Carter and Ken Mijeski, both have taught at ETSU. This conversation will be moderated by McKinney Center Advisory Board Members and friends of the McKinney Center, Michelle Treece and Brittany Butler. It will take place via Zoom on August 11, at 7pm. Register at McKinneyCenter.com.

Dr. Daryl A. Carter is Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion for the College of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Carter is also the director of Black American Studies and a professor of history. He has been at ETSU since 2008. During his time here Dr. Carter has been a graduate coordinator, interim director in the Office of eLearning, Tennessee Board of Regents Maxine Smith Fellow, ETSU Presidential Fellow, and an emerging leader for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Dr. Carter is an expert in American political history. Brother Bill: President Clinton And The Politics of Race and Class, published by the University of Arkansas Press, is his well-regarded first book. Currently, he is working on an examination of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and American liberalism. Dr. Carter holds a B.S. in Political Science and M.A. in History from East Tennessee State University. He earned his Ph.D. in American history at The University of Memphis.

Ken Mijeski was born and raised in Miami, Florida where he attended public schools from elementary through high school. He graduated from Florida State University (1966) with a BA in International Affairs. Earned a PhD in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1971). Joined ETSU in Fall 1971 until his retirement in 2010. He taught a variety of courses, although his primary area of research and publication was in Latin American politics. He has served as president of the Tennessee Political Science Association and president of the South Eastern Council of Latin American Studies. His last publication was a co-authored book, Pachakutik and the Rise and Decline of Ecuador’s Indigenous Political Movement, Ohio University Press, 2011. Ken is currently president of the Alliance for Continued Learning, an organization dedicated to bringing lectures/presentations by experts on a wide variety of subjects to a general audience.

Supported by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation, “Conversations that Matter” is a monthly series produced by the McKinney Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. In each “Conversation” two local guests from different backgrounds (age, race, religion, culture, etc.) explore their own culture and perspective, and talk to each other about what makes them unique, discover their similarities, and explore their differences. They will look at where their lives might intersect personally and in the community. The goal of each “Conversation that Matters” is for guests and participants to hear real stories, from real neighbors. This month will feature personal experiences along with real history questions about local Black History and Black History throughout American history.

This monthly series is inspired by the Diversity & Equity Subcommittee at the McKinney Center, and their desire to highlight the experiences of all voices in Washington County, Tennessee, with an intention to include marginalized groups. By showcasing these conversations, the Diversity & Equity subcommittee hopes to open doors to new ideas and perspectives amongst our very own neighbors. Questions such as, “What was your experience in grade-school and how did that make you feel?” or, “Have you experienced exclusion or racism?” For many of us the answers are different and unique. The McKinney Center believes it is time to talk about our experiences and share them.

There is value in uplifting these stories so that we may learn from one another. Then, after hearing from one another our moderators and guest conversationalists will give insight on how to move forward.

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Creative Constructions

$134

with Donna Bird

Calendar Aug 31, 2022 at 4:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Grades 3-6

Creative Constructions is designed for students who have taken Art Adventures or have the basic art skills needed to create more complex activities and projects. This class will allow young creatives to construct original pieces of art and to learn more about painting, drawing, mixed media, narrative art, and printmaking. Creative Constructions student will be introduced to a variety of art materials and learn new artistic techniques while reinforcing the basic elements of art. For example, students will work with scratchboard, learn perspective drawing, try their hand at watercolor and acrylic painting, and learn about master artists. Small class size allows for individual attention in a fun and inviting environment!

4:30 - 5:30 pm - Wednesdays, August 31, September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, and November 2.

Acoustic Guitar - Private Lessons - September- Adult

$128

with Jonathan Edens

Calendar Sep 1, 2022 , runs for 4 weeks

Adults

These private lessons are for beginners or those with little to no past experience who are looking for an easy-going, fun environment. Students will learn basic terminology and foundational aspects of playing the guitar, chords, and melodies. Class is less theory and more practical application but can also be adapted to the needs and wants of each student. Students will need to supply their own guitar, strings, and picks. Four one-hour classes, one per week. Sessions will re-start every 4 weeks. You may register for additional sessions at your leisure.

Once you register for the class, you will receive an email or phone call to schedule your day and time for lessons. Four lessons/dates will be scheduled in this series. Lessons will restart each month through November. Please read the terms and conditions regarding rescheduling lessons and missed lessons.

September 1, 8, 15, 22.

 

Acoustic Guitar - Private Lessons - September- Kids & Teens

$128

with Jonathan Edens

Calendar Sep 1, 2022 , runs for 4 weeks

Ages 7 - 17

These private lessons are for beginners or those with little to no past experience who are looking for an easy-going, fun environment. Students will learn basic terminology and foundational aspects of playing the guitar, chords, and melodies. Class is less theory and more practical application but can also be adapted to the needs and wants of each student. Students will need to supply their own guitar, strings, and picks. Four one-hour classes, one per week. Sessions will re-start every 4 weeks. You may register for additional sessions at your leisure.

Once you register for the class, you will receive an email or phone call to schedule your day and time for lessons. Four lessons/dates will be scheduled in this series. Lessons will restart each month through November. Please read the terms and conditions regarding rescheduling lessons and missed lessons.

September 1, 8, 15, 22

 

Homeschool- Art Adventures

$134

with Donna Bird

Calendar Sep 1, 2022 at 9:30 am, runs for 10 weeks

Grades K-2

This class introduces your child to basic art skills and gives them an opportunity to grow as a young artist. Art Adventures has been designed for 5 to 7-year-old children to strengthen their knowledge in art and further develop art vocabulary and skills. With activities such as painting, drawing, mixed media and printmaking, students explore their creativity with exciting and fun projects each semester. Both new and returning students will continue to work on developing their skills with individualized instruction in a small group setting. Small class size allows for individual attention in a fun and inviting environment!  

9:30 - 10:30 am - Thursday, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, and November 3

Mini Hand Building Session

$118

with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar Sep 1, 2022 at 10:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

Grades 5 - Adult

In this beginner class you will learn the basic clay building techniques needed to form pottery without the need of a wheel. Using minimal tools and most importantly your hands, you will learn to make coils, roll out slabs, and pinching techniques. Students will make many functional items such as bowls and serving plates, as well as fun, decorative pieces. Perfect for those new to clay and for the experienced thrower looking to expand their working knowledge of the medium. All clay, glazes, tools, and kiln firing time will be provided.

Thursdays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, September 1, 8, 15, 22.

 

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 1 payment of $93.00, paid every two weeks.

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Homeschool- Creative Construction

$134

with Donna Bird

Calendar Sep 1, 2022 at 11 am, runs for 10 weeks

Grades 3-6 

Creative Constructions is designed for students who have taken Art Adventures or have the basic art skills needed to create more complex activities and projects. This class will allow young creatives to construct original pieces of art and to learn more about painting, drawing, mixed media, narrative art, and printmaking. Creative Constructions student will be introduced to a variety of art materials and learn new artistic techniques while reinforcing the basic elements of art. For example, students will work with scratchboard, learn perspective drawing, try their hand at watercolor and acrylic painting, and learn about master artists. Small class size allows for individual attention in a fun and inviting environment!

11:00 am - Noon - Thursdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3.





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