Kicking off their sixth year offering arts education classes, The McKinney Center and Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts is announcing their fall 2019 schedule! You will not want to miss this year’s selection of creative offerings. Hands-on classes that teach various skills are led by experienced instructors and are fitting for various ages and ability levels.
For young children, the Art Adventures program offers instruction for your young artists who are ready to explore the world of art. Students receive an introduction to art skills where activities and projects are organized to develop their understanding and experimentation with a wide variety of media, techniques, and processes. Over the course of their class work students will get to take home paintings, drawings, sculpture, and more! For older elementary aged students, the Creative Construction courses are taught to build their skills as artists including drawing and painting skills that will be taken to the next level. Students will work with clay, paper mache, learn to draw 3D images, and try watercolor and acrylic paint. There are daytime options for these classes for Homeschool Families and Co-ops. New to this year’s line up is Sensory Art for toddlers ages 18 months – 4 years old, which is a parent/child class that introduces young children to art processes, materials, and creative exploration.
Ceramics is one of the most popular offerings at the McKinney Center. There are clay classes for young and old alike. Kids N Clay is geared for grades K– 3 and Young Potters for grades 4-7. Both of these classes provide basic instruction and students will get to take home 3-5 projects that they make themselves. Teens and adults have the choice of Hand-Building or The Potter’s Wheel Series. Hand-building is a great way to start working with clay and learn the foundational elements of the medium, glazes, and terminology while making beautiful functional and decorative pieces. The Potter’s Wheel Series is a two-part class that starts with the Level I for beginners and is designed to develop your skills on the wheel. After the Level I class the Level II class is a great choice to continue working on skills.
New to the curriculum this semester is a generous offering of dance classes for children, teens, and adults. Ballet Level 1 for grades 1 – 4 will be taught by Mauren Pickle. Zoe Hester will be teaching Grades 1 – 5 in Jazz and Tap. Teens can enjoy Beginning Ballroom taught by Emily Matney. Teens and Adults can choose from Jazz, Ballet, and Ballroom, all beginning level courses.
Music selections include the all-time favorite Bucket Drumming class for grades 5 – adult. Guitar is another option this semester. For beginners, the group classes are a great option to start with. Group classes for guitar include a kid and teen class on Tuesday nights and an adult group class takes place during the day on Tuesdays. Private guitar lessons will also be available this semester but times are limited and you are encouraged to register quickly! Additionally, Heidi Ehle will be offering private flute lessons for students of all ages.
Drawing skills are a fundamental aspect of the visual art world and there are several options this semester for teens and adults. The Basics of Drawing class is for beginners interested in learning the fundamental skills and techniques for making drawings of simple subjects. Mixed Media Drawing for grades 6 – adults will be a guided class in learning how to create a finished composition utilizing various mediums. Anime Art Club is back this semester for grades 5th – 12th which focuses on the Japanese originated comic style of Manga and Anime drawings. All the drawing classes are small in size and can be adapted to any level of experience!
If you have always dreamed about loosing yourself in painting then look no further than what is offered this semester. The Adventures in Watercolors is a great way to start your painting journey as you get to experiment with techniques that create amazing masterpieces. For adults who prefer a daytime class there is also a Beginning Watercolor Technique class and an Intermediate Watercolor class on Monday mornings. New to the painting curriculum this semester is Basics of Oil Painting taught by Sharon Squibb, which will explore the beauty of oil painting with step-by-step projects. And, don’t miss out on Allison Parker’s Plein Air Painting, which will include discussing trends found in art history and contemporary landscape paintings, as well as exploring strategies for simplifying the process of painting outside.
Mosaics is another popular class offered at the McKinney Center by artist Beverly Thomas Jenkins. This semester you can take the Mosaic Abstract class and/or the Pet Portrait class. Both of these fun classes demonstrate the basics of mosaics as students design their own pieces. Students will work from a drawing or photo and work step-by-step on how to create a beautiful work of art.
Let’s Make a T.V. Show is a great class for grades 8-12. If you have a kid interested in film making this is the class for them! They will learn how to write a script for their show, how to operate a video camera, work with lights, green screen backdrops, and learn the basics of acting for television.
Writers are also encouraged to participate in the Creative Writers Group. The purpose of this group is to allow members to share their work, explore ideas, feel supported, and build their portfolio. This is an intergenerational group starting with young writers as young as 15 years old through senior adults.
New this semester is a Shadow Puppet Theater class for grades K-4th and Homeschool Story Collecting for grades 5th – 8th. The Shadow Puppet Theater class will learn traditional folk tales and create their narrations and puppets working toward a final performance. The Home School Story Collecting class is a day time experience that teaches young people the art of interviewing their family and friends to capture stories of culture and heritage. Some stories may be chosen for the McKinney Center’s annual community play or monthly radio show.
Maybe you want to try a class but do not have the time to commit to an ongoing class. The fall semester does have one-day workshops including making clay Jack-O-Lanterns, Alcohol Ink, 2D Paper Composition, making a Clay Toad House, Pottery Glazing, Zentangle, and several Glass Fusion workshops.
You can save money if you register between now and August 11 with the Early Bird Discount. All classes are $10 off during this time. You can also save money if you bundle certain classes. Check the website www.mckinneycenter.com for more information.
A Fall Open House will be held at the McKinney Center on August 10 from 10am – 2pm. This will be an opportunity for the public to see what the fall classes have to offer. Faculty will be present for questions and demonstrations. The last day to register for classes is August 17.
The McKinney Center is open to the public Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm. Staff encourages all visitors to feel at home at the McKinney Center; take a class, participate in an exhibition, come to a lecture, volunteer your time, attend a workshop, or set up an easel on the grounds and paint. Please check the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School Facebook page throughout the year for information about our exciting programs and events.
Full descriptions of class offerings can be found online at www.mckinneycenter.com or by stopping by the McKinney Center, Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, to pick up a catalog. For additional information contact the McKinney Center at 423.753.0562.