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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Adult Art Classes at City's Arts and Fine Crafts Center
Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center
1127B Broadway Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Phone: 865-523-1401
Fax: 865-523-1615
Complete Schedule of Classes Coming Up [PDF]
May 5, 2011 - The City's Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center offers several classes throughout the year for art, music, yoga and dance, photography and more!

Listed below are adult art classes that are coming up.


Pottery - Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Day and Evening classes are available
Classes: Monday, June 13- August 8, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
(No class July 4 holiday).
Wed., June 15 - August 3 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or,
Thursday, June 16 - August 4, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Cost: $210.00
Instructor: Jackie Mirzadeh
Designed for the intermediate student only. This class will emphasize more advanced throwing skills on the potter's wheel. Functional forms such as pitchers, lidded pieces, and larger forms will be taught. Glazing, texture and decorating techniques will also be covered. Class includes up to 50 pounds of clay, use of tools, glazing and firing. (For students who purchase additional clay from the instructor, there is a $45.00 fee per 25 pound bag to cover materials and firing fees).

Pottery - Beginner & Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Classes: Tuesday, June 14 - August 2, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Cost: $210.00
Instructor: Jackie Mirzadeh
Designed for the beginner or intermediate student, this class will emphasize throwing functional forms on the potter's wheel. Trimming, adding handles, decorative techniques and glazing will also be covered. Pieces are fired to cone 6 oxidation. Class fees include up to 50 lbs. of clay, use of tools, glazes, firing and independent studio time. (For students who purchase additional clay from the instructor, there is a $45.00 fee per 25 pound bag, which includes firing).

Sculpture Workshop

Classes: Saturday, June 11 & 18, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $75.00
Instructor: Anna Gundlach
Join well known sculpture artist, Anna Gundlach in this incredible two-day workshop. Anna will introduce you to the art of sculpture and design. Students will complete a beautiful three-dimensional wall hanging during the first class. The following class they will learn how to finish the piece by using a faux finish technique similar to a patina finish. All materials are included in the class fee.

Adult Oil Painting - Two sessions

Classes: Monday, June 6-July 18 6:00-8:00 p.m.
(no class July 4, holiday) or
Monday, July 25- August 29 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cost: $125.00
Instructor: Mark Smothers
This six-week course will be an introduction to oil painting, using traditional and contemporary styles. Students will learn to layer and create new colors. A 16" X 20" painting should be completed by the end of the session. All materials and use of brushes and canvas are included. Students should bring a picture from a magazine or photo for the first class for their subject matter.

Adult Drawing

Classes: Tuesday, June 7-July 12 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Cost: $90.00
Instructor: Susie Holt
Students will focus on mark making by using line. With pencil and charcoal, students will do thumbnail sketches, contour drawing, gesture drawing, value, scale and shadowing. This six-week class is both for the beginner and intermediate student who has had some drawing experience. All materials are provided.

Adult Watercolor

Classes: Tuesday, July 19-August 23 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Cost: $90.00
Instructor: Susie Holt
An adult approach to basic glazing with color, modeling form with color, and creatively learning basic design composition will be covered. Primary colors will be used to learn principles of mixing colors. A painting should be completed by the end of this six-week session. Students should purchase their own basic set of brushes.

Acrylic Painting (Three, six-week sessions)

Classes: Thursday, May 5-June 9 or Thursday, June 16-July 21 or Thursday, July 28-Sept. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $90.00
Instructor: Betty Fortenberry
Discover how to take your favorite photo or subject or scene and turn it into a work of art. Beginning and intermediate students will learn everything from the basics of drawing and composition to painting technique styles. Expect to finish a completed painting and have fun in the learning process. A 16" X 20" canvas, and use of acrylic paints are included. Students should purchase their own acrylic brushes. Bring a picture from a magazine or photo for subject matter.

Acrylic Painting Class, Rooster Theme

Classes: Friday, May 6-20 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.
Cost: $55.00
Instructor: Betty Fortenberry
Students will paint a decorative rooster on a 11" X 14" board. You will learn how to use gift wrap tissue or newspaper print for a textured back ground effect. The board and paints are included in the class fee. Students need to purchase their own acrylic paint brushes. Expect to finish a completed project and have fun in the learning process.

Adult Stained Glass

Classes: Saturday, July 9-30 (four weeks) 8:30-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $120.00
Instructor: L'Jon Papillion
Join the revival of stained glass! Whether you are a beginner or need a class to focus on the art, this informative class is for you. Students will meet for four weeks and should have a beautiful finished piece of art at the end of the session. All tools, work boards, and patterns are included. Students are responsible for purchasing their own glass and metal. Students will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 prior to the first class to choose their patterns from the instructor, prior to purchasing their glass.

Glass Fusing Workshop

Classes: Saturday, June 25 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $90.00
Instructor: Kathy King
During this one-day workshop, students will learn the basics of glass fusing. Students will make pendants and earrings using dichroic glass. They will learn how to cut, stack and glue their designs prior to firing. Following the firing, pieces will be mailed to the students within the week. The materials fee includes supplies to produce three or four pieces. Additional glass may be purchased from the instructor. If students want to have additional pieces fired following the class a $15.00 firing fee is available per shelf. Firing schedule must be approved by the staff.

Square Bottom and Melon Baskets

Friday, August 5 9:00-12:00 noon square or
Saturday, August 6 9:00-12:00 noon, melon
Cost: $30.00
Instructor: Nancy Roberson
Learn to weave a beautiful 12"-14" square bottom basket or melon basket using a variety of different colored reeds. During these classes students will learn to make their own basket handles and discuss the history of baskets and their many functions. All materials are included to complete. Information about purchasing materials for future weaving projects will be shared.

A Groovy Family Night Out, Tie Dye T-Shirts

Classes: Friday, June 3 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 for a family up to four, additional $5.00 per person.
Instructor: Nancy Roberson
Bring your own pre-washed white t-shirts and plan on having a groovy good time at the craft center. Nancy will demonstrate several folding techniques such as the spiral, swirl and according fold. Next students will add rubber bands to your shirts in the design of your choice. Last, students will use foam brushes to paint on permanent dyes in a variety of bright colors.

Date Night, Stained Glass Sampler

Ages 16 and older
Classes: Saturday, July 23 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25.00 per person
Instructor: L'Jon Papillion
Join us for a unique and fun experience with your best significant other. In this class students will learn how to cut and grind glass. Next, students will string the pieces and assemble into a beautiful stained glass wind chime. These beautiful pieces of art can be displayed outdoors and enjoyed all summer.

Digital Photography Workshop

Classes: Friday, June 17 5:30-7:30 p.m. and
Saturday, June 18 9:00– a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cost: $75.00
Instructor: Clay Thurston
This educational two day workshop is perfect for those who want to feel confident with their new cameras they received as gifts or those who need additional instruction on fine tuning their photography skills. The basics of how to use your camera more efficiently will be covered as well as how to improve the images that you are taking. You will learn about those numbers that are intimidating to some people, and make those numbers work for you. Students will also learn about composing photographs...how to put a photograph together. Clay is a wildlife photographer, who has been teaching classes and workshops for over twenty years. Students need to provide their own cameras and bring a sack lunch on Saturday.


Call the Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center at 865-523-1401. Registration may be made by phone or in person at the craft center. Payments are due at the time of registration or within five working days if registering by phone. Please note that no student's space will be held without full payment of all class fees. Cash or checks are accepted, no credit cards please.

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