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McKinney Center

Adult Classes & Workshops

Creative Circle Writers Group


with Jules Corriere

Calendar Feb 23, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

Ages 15- Adult

This writers group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the McKinney Center. The group this year will focus on developing and generating stories for possible use in the monthly radio show “StoryTown Radio Show and Podcast” which performs at the McKinney Center and airs on WETS 89.5 FM. The group will also develop stories and pieces for other special story-based programs that are part of the StoryTown Initiative. In addition, members are encouraged to bring creative works to develop for their own purposes. Techniques in writing for radio and the stage are regularly discussed. 

10:00 am - 11:30 am, Thursdays, February 23, March 9, 23, April 13, May 11, 25. (No class on April 27). Class will meet every 2nd and 4th Thursdays.

Floral Painting Workshop


with Donna Bird

Calendar Mar 28, 2023 at 10 am


Capturing flowers in all their glory is a worthy but often challenging task.  This one day class will teach students how to approach this subject by learning to see flowers as abstract shapes in order to achieve realistic results.  Topics will include:  mixing color to achieve more vibrant results, flower arranging, brushwork, lighting and backgrounds.  We will also look at current floral artists as well as historical masters and their approach to floral painting.  This class is best suited for oil or acrylic painters.  Easels will be provided but students will need to bring their own supplies.  Supply suggestions will be sent to registrants.  Bring a lunch!

10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Tuesday, March 28, 2023.

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Springtime Handbuilding with Clay


with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar Mar 30, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 8 weeks


Winter is over and spring has sprung!  This special spring themed class will have you creating with clay using basic handbuilding techniques.  Expect to have several useful and decorative items to use around your garden and home.  All clay materials and tools will be provided.

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Thursday, March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18.


Full Course

Metals - Adult Class


with Linore Huss

Calendar Mar 30, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Adult 18 +

Students will go over multiple processes including wire wrapping, hammer textures, viking wire weaving, cold connections, and more.  This class is for curious adults who want to learn about or develop their jewelry making and metals skillset as we explore the possibilities together!

6:00 - 7:30 pm, Thursdays, March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4.


Full Course

Acoustic Guitar - Private Lessons - APRIL - All Ages - 60 Min.


with Jonathan Edens

Calendar Apr 1, 2023 , runs for 4 weeks

All Ages

These 60-minute private lessons are for individuals of all skill levels 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 May.  Go ahead and register for future months if you wish. There are no refunds or make-ups for missed lessons.  

Weeks of April 3, 10, 17, 24.

Potters Wheel Series - Level 2


with Jess Parks

Calendar Apr 4, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks


This class is designed for those wishing to develop their own skills on the potter’s wheel. This class is designed to build students’ skills in the foundational elements of clay, glazes, and terminology. Every class will demonstrate a different wheel throwing exercise. 

There are only 6 spots in this class to ensure that each student has wheel access.  The registration fee covers all materials including clay, glazes, tools, and kiln firing time.

6:00 - 8:30 pm - Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9.

Full Course

Mosaic - Happy Jar - 3 Day Workshop


with Beverly Thomas Jenkins

Calendar Apr 10, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week


Learn mosaics by creating a happy jar using Smalti Glass with the design of your choosing. The instructor will show students how to draw out their design, choose glass types and colors, and finish with a family keepsake.

9:00 am - Noon, Monday, April 10, Wednesday, April 12, and Friday, April 14.

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Story Collecting - ONLINE


with Jules Corriere

Calendar Apr 12, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Ages 15 - Adult

This four-part online class is designed for those interested in collecting oral stories from family members, neighbors, veterans, and community members. Participants learn how to conduct one-on-one interviews as well as how to hold story circles through a combination of class instruction and hands-on training, covering such skills as generating effective questions, finding potential storytellers, creating the best environment, as well as proper use of recording equipment. Participants each receive a PDF guidebook which follows the training course and Power Points. All who complete the course will be certified story collectors for Jonesborough’s StoryTown Programs. All Participants are encouraged to continue using the skills learned in this class by becoming a StoryTown Brigade member, and to collect stories from Washington County community members for use in Jonesborough’s StoryTown programs, which include a monthly radio show, podcast, annual play, and other projects.

6:00 - 7:00 pm, Wednesdays, ONLINE, April 12, 19, 26, May 3.


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