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Folk Arts & Traditions

Clay - Hand-Building

$224

with Jess Parks

Calendar Mar 11, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Adult

Hand-building with pottery is another way of working with clay. The basic techniques are easier to learn and the range of forms you can produce is much broader. If you are interested in clay, but aren’t sure the wheel is for you, consider hand-building and begin creating wonderful functional pieces of artwork on your very first day. This class will give you the opportunity to create unique projects each week. Students will focus on the vocabulary of clay, slab construction, pinch pots, surface texture, clay impression and more. For students who are looking for a place to express their creativity, hand-building may be the experience for you. 

6:00 - 8:30 pm - Mondays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15.

Will run

Introduction to Growing Herbs for the Kitchen Garden

$43

with Christy Shivell

Calendar Mar 19, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Adult

Join instructor, Christy Shivell of Shy Valley Farm and learn how to grow, harvest, store, and cook with these beautiful and useful plants.  

*This class is sponsored by the Berea College Appalachian Fund, Folk Arts & Cultures Initiative Grant.

Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, March 19 and 26.

Full Course

Garden Art Bird Bath

$101

with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar Apr 2, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 3 weeks

Grade 7- Adult

This special spring class will be dedicated to creating a bird bath or pollinator pool. We will use several different techniques in clay to build a beautiful and sturdy pedestal style bath for your outdoor space. No prior clay experience is necessary only enthusiasm for the project.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16.

Will run

Canning Basics

$68

with Robin Castania

Calendar Apr 6, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Adult

This course will cover the basics of the two most popular ways of preserving food; water bath canning and pressure canning.  We will go over publications from the National Center For Home Food Preservation as well as from the University of Tennessee Extension Office that will address food safety concerns for home food preservation and processing.  Students will work hands on in the preparation and processing of a few different foods, however some preliminary preparation may need to be done by the instructor prior to class time.  Students will come away with a basic knowledge of canning, where to go for additional information and a jar of what they have helped to can.

*  This class is sponsored by the Berea College Appalachian Fund, Folk Arts & Cultures Initiative Grant.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20, May 4. No class April 27.

Full Course

Clay - Daytime Advanced Pottery

$246

with Jess Parks

Calendar Apr 9, 2024 at 2 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Adult

This class is a combination of both hand-building and wheel thrown techniques. Students will learn how to create functional and decorative wares from clay. We will make five projects with hand-building methods, and students will have opportunity to throw pots on the wheel. Decoration with surface textures, handles, and glaze examples will be discussed. Every class we will create different forms, and students will learn how to understand clay's versatility. You will have a chance to throw, trim, and modify a pot. We will explore slab-building, unique stencil form design, and surface decoration with the use of underglazes. After the fifth meeting, your pots will be bisque fired. The last night is left for glazing. If you're interested in taking a clay class and would like to explore your creativity using both hand-building and the wheel, this class may be for you. 

2:00 - 5:00 pm - Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 30, May 7, 14, 21. No class April 23. 

Clay - Advanced Pottery

$317

with Jess Parks

Calendar Apr 9, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Adult

This class is a combination of both hand-building and wheel thrown techniques. Students will learn how to create functional and decorative wares from clay. We will make five projects with hand-building methods, and students will have opportunity to throw pots on the wheel. Decoration with surface textures, handles, and glaze examples will be discussed. Every class we will create different forms, and students will learn how to understand clay's versatility. You will have a chance to throw, trim, and modify a pot. We will explore slab-building, unique stencil form design, and surface decoration with the use of underglazes. After the fifth meeting, your pots will be bisque fired. The last night is left for glazing. If you're interested in taking a clay class and would like to explore your creativity using both hand-building and the wheel, this class may be for you. 

5:30 - 8:30 pm - Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 30, May 7, 14, 21. No class April 23. 

Garden Art Flower Stake

$101

with Kara Bledsoe

Calendar May 7, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 3 weeks

Grade 7- Adult

This class will focus on making a beautiful and colorful flower for your garden space. This very popular class has been offered several times in the past with some amazing results. Participants will use clay slabs to build a flower of their choice one petal at a time and finish them up with bright and vibrant underglazes. Resulting in a bold and beautiful piece for your home.

10:00 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21.

Canning Basics

$68

with Robin Castania

Calendar May 25, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks

Adult

This course will cover the basics of the two most popular ways of preserving food; water bath canning and pressure canning.  We will go over publications from the National Center For Home Food Preservation as well as from the University of Tennessee Extension Office that will address food safety concerns for home food preservation and processing.  Students will work hands on in the preparation and processing of a few different foods, however some preliminary preparation may need to be done by the instructor prior to class time.  Students will come away with a basic knowledge of canning, where to go for additional information and a jar of what they have helped to can.

*  This class is sponsored by the Berea College Appalachian Fund, Folk Arts & Cultures Initiative Grant.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Saturdays, May 25, June 1, 8, 15. 

Full Course




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