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Jonesborough's McKinney Center offers art class preview

Contributed • Dec 31, 2017 at 11:33 PM

Do you have a child who is interested in art, music, dance, or film? Are you interested an art form and don’t know where to begin? Join the McKinney Center and Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 13 for their annual Spring Expo.

“The Expo is a way parents and students can meet our talented faculty and learn more about our classes,” McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons said.

The annual Spring Expo provides an opportunity to learn about the dozens of classes and workshops offered at the McKinney Center. Each faculty member will set up a table in the auditorium with information and examples of the classes they will teach this spring. Many of the instructors will give demonstrations, including clay, watercolor, bucket drums, guitar and more.

“The expo is great way for potential students to learn more about the classes they are interested in, get to know the instructors and test the waters,” Hammons added. “We hope that by coming to the Expo that you’ll meet our staff, tour the building, and feel at home here at the McKinney.”

The last day to register for spring classes will be Jan. 20, but registering as early as possible is highly encouraged, as classes are filling up quickly.

“We pride ourselves in having small classes so that each student receives personal attention. Over the past year we’ve seen a huge increase in enrollment. It’s great problem to have, but some of our classes are already full. So it’s important to register early,” Hammons said.

Since the fall of 2014, student enrollment has increased by 170 percent, and Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts has provided arts education to nearly 1,000 individuals over the past three years.

New to this season’s class selections are: “Let’s Make a TV Show: History Mysteries” (grades 3-6), “Homeschool Beginning Guitar” (grades 5-9) and “Introduction to Art Journaling” (adults 18 and older).

Popular classes returning this season include: “Kids N Clay” (grades 1-3), “Young Potters” (grades 4-6), “Hand-Building with Clay” (adult), “Functional Pottery 101” (adult), “Art Adventures” (grades K-2), “Creative Construction” (grades 3-6), “Homeschool Art-Time” (grades K-5), “The Potter’s Wheel Series” (grades 7-adult), “Studio Art” (grades 9-adult), “Watercolors” (adult), “Charcoal Portraits” (grades 9-adult), “Adventures in Drawing” (grades 9-adult), “Bucket Drums” (grades 5-adult) and “Hip Hop” (grades K-adult).

In addition, the McKinney Center is also offering ten different one-day workshops in which participants create a work of art in one session. These include glass fusion, beading, glaze workshops, paper art, Zentangle and T-shirt Rug making.

This spring promises to be an exciting, artful adventure at the McKinney Center. Most classes begin the week of Jan. 29. Registration may be completed at the McKinney Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by mailing a registration form to the McKinney Center at 103 Franklin Ave., Jonesborough, TN 37659.

The Expo is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Find a complete catalog of classes at mckinneycenter.com.

For more information, contact McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons at 423-753-0562 or email at theresah@jonesboroughtn.org.

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