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McKinney Center: Spring Open House

January 15, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The McKinney Center and Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts announces their Spring schedule of classes of experiential learning opportunities for both children and adults.  Registration is now underway for all upcoming classes. A Spring Open House will be held at the McKinney Center on SaturdayJanuary 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faculty will be present for questions and demonstrations.

The early bird discount for classes, which is $10 off each class, will end that day as well.  Individual class costs vary. Registration will run through SaturdayJanuary 29, for most classes.  Students can register online at mckinneycenter.com.

The Spring Open House will give visitors a look into what classes will be offered this semester.  Visitors can socially distance while viewing class information and displays.  The McKinney Center faculty will be present for any questions potential students may have about their classes.

“The Open House is a good time to meet your instructor and to really see what you will get out of taking a class here at the McKinney Center,” states McKinney Center Executive Director Theresa Hammons states, “There is something for everyone here at the McKinney Center.  Most of our classes are for beginners, but one of the great things about our offerings is that the class sizes are small, usually no more than 8 to 10 students. If you are more or less skilled, the instructor has time to work with you one on one.”

Art, music, writing, crafts, and dance will be offered this spring for students of all ages.  For children, the program offers instruction for 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 the understanding and experimentation with a wide variety of media, techniques and process.  For older elementary aged students, courses are taught to build their skills as artists including drawing and painting skills that will be taken to the next level.  Classes in writing, film, music and dance are also available for this age range including art adventures, creative construction, homeschool art, Kids N Clay, young potters, “Let’s Make a TV Show”, anime, mosaics, ballet, tap, drawing and guitar. Offerings for teens and adults include a wide range of courses in pottery, painting, drawing, paper art, jewelry, mosaics, writing, dance, music and various workshops.

The one-day workshop options for Spring semester are extensive and include Introduction to the Zentangle Method of Drawing, Zentangle – Working with Tan Tiles; glass fusion workshops including Pendants, Garden Stakes, Sun Catches and Spring Plates; several ceramic wheel workshops including bowls,  casserole dish and mugs; several ceramic decorating and design workshops including mushrooms, trays and bird houses. There will be a fairy garden cottage workshop, a workshop on constructing mandalas, alcohol ink, acrylic painting, crocheting sculpted vessels, healing soap making and a casting and mold making workshop.

The McKinney Center has made changes to their schedule of classes again this semester, giving 30 minutes between classes to provide ample time for students, faculty and staff to clean up and disinfect before the next class.  To do this, a few classes had to be eliminated from the schedule, but were replaced with more one-day workshops. Other changes will include providing supply kits for individual students when possible rather than using shared supplies, breaks in classes to wash hands, continuing a strict regimen of disinfecting and cleaning the building and providing video options for students who miss a class due to feeling ill.  To read the McKinney Center’s complete list of policies and procedures please go to mckinneycenter.com.  A hard copy catalog is available inside the McKinney Center or from the green mail box outside of the office doors.

Scholarships are available for students: Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Students or parents can fill out applications online at mckinneycenter.com or email Hammons for more information at theresah@jonesboroughtn.org.

The McKinney Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Staff encourages all visitors to be 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 the exciting programs and events.

Full descriptions of Spring classes are found at www.mckinneycenter.com or those interested can visit the McKinney Center, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to pick up a catalog.  For additional information contact McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons at theresah@jonesboroughtn.org or call 423.753.0562.


About the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington: The mission of the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington is to provide a comprehensive program through Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts which teaches various art skills to all participants through a quality program of instruction open to all segments of Jonesborough’s population. In addition, a primary mission of the Center is to enhance minority participation in the planning and implementation in all activities in Jonesborough while specifically celebrating the contribution of the African-American community in the growth and development of the Town. The activities of the McKinney Center are designed to enhance the quality of life of all Jonesborough residents.

About the Town of Jonesborough: A unique 18th century town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Tennessee, Jonesborough’s natural beauty, charming architecture, and storytelling heritage have attracted visitors worldwide. Stay a day, a week or forever, and create your own stories in beautiful Historic Jonesborough. Visit www.jonesborough.com for more information.


January 15, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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McKinney Center
103 Franklin Ave
Jonesborough, TN 37659 United States
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