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Art of Kokedamas Workshop
with Grace Viola-Pearson
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.
6:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday, April 14.
Traditional Cherokee Finger Weaving
with Nola Pina
Grade 9 - Adult
In this three hour workshop students will learn a traditional diagonal pattern of finger weaving from Nola Pina, a Cultural Specialist at the Museum of the Cherokee, on the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina, and home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee. Nola will discuss the history of fingerweaving, what resources or materials were historical used, and what clothing items and functional items were made using fingerweaving. Students will take home a finger woven bookmark or key chain that they make during the workshop.
This class is sponsored by the Berea College Appalachian Fund, Folk Arts & Cultures Initiative Grant.
10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 15. There will be a small break. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or snack!
with Beverly Thomas Jenkins
Grades 9 - Adult
This 2-day workshop is for the person who wants to try painting without having prior knowledge of painting. Students will be creating a beautiful vase of flowers using water-soluable oil paint. The style is intuitive, casual, and abstract. The canvas is a 9"x12" flat board which will fit a frame of your choice (not included). This is a great workshop to take with family or friends!
You can also reserve a private workshop with a minimum of 6 guests! Please call the McKinney Center to make this reservation.
6:00 - 8:00 pm, Monday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 3, 2023.
Fairy Garden Cottage - 2 Day Workshop
with Kay Grogg
Grade 9- Adult
Create a magical fairy garden this spring by learning how to make mini houses using flower pots, paint, and natural elements. Each participant will make at least one fairy house and will learn how to decorate other areas of a fairy garden using sticks, pinecones, and found items. This will be a fun and magical class that is sure to please the fairies who visit your garden this spring.
10:00 am - Noon, Saturdays, May 6 and 13th.