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McKinney Center

Spring 2023

Performance Poetry


with Jasmine Henderson

Calendar Mar 4, 2023 at 10:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

Ages 15 - Adult

This class is for writers and performers interested in exploring the dramatic and rhythmic world of performance poetry.  Also known as spoken word, this form of poetry concentrates on techniques that bring a poem to life.  Students will have the opportunity to create original spoken word material and practice performance exercises in a welcoming environment.

Over the course of six weeks, students will discuss traditional elements of poetry and study notable spoken word performances.  Students will learn how to identify and creatively write about the emotional themes in their lives.  Eventually, performers will incorporate vocal techniques (volume, pace, strategic pauses, etc.), facial expressions, body movements, and memorization as added performance tools.  The course will end with a in-class poetry slam where students will share their original pieces.

10:30 am - Noon, Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25.

Zentangle from A to Z


with Kay Grogg

Calendar Mar 7, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Grades 9 - ADULT

The Zentangle Method of drawing is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  In this course, we will start with the beginning steps and move each week to a more advanced project, building on the previous week's lessons.  We will work with a variety of Zentangle supplies throughout this class.  The instructor, Kay Grogg, is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) and will guide the class to greater understanding of this method of drawing and how you can use it in your everyday creative practice.

6:00 - 8:00 pm, Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 2 payments of $53.00, paid every four weeks.

Canning Basics


with Robin Castania

Calendar Mar 11, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 4 weeks


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.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Saturdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1.

Glass Fusion - Garden Stakes Workshop


with Karen Hitchcock

Calendar Mar 14, 2023 at 6 pm

Grade 9- Adult

A two-hour glass fusion workshop making decorative glass stakes for your garden or house. Each student can make up to five garden stakes.  All materials are included and fired projects will be available two weeks after class.

6:00 - 8:00 pm, Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

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.

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.


Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 2 payments of $78.50, paid every four weeks.

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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.


Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 4 payments of $44.50, paid every four weeks.

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.

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