McKinney Center is accepting applications for Summer Camps, Workshops | life

Registration is open for summer camps planned by the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the Booker T. Washington School’s McKinney Center.

The art school is located at 103 Franklin Ave. at Jonesborough.

A variety of courses and workshops will be offered for all age groups, the organizers say in a press release.

“Early bird registration is through May 14th with a $10 discount on any camp or registered student. Use promotional code EBSU2022 when registering online. Scholarships are available for students K-12 when families have financial needs,” the release said.

“The classes are small, depending on the camp or workshop, there are six to 16 places available. Early registration is therefore recommended. Students will be spread out as space allows, with outdoor breaks depending on the weather,” the press release adds.

The registration fee includes all materials and supplies, snacks and a camp t-shirt. Payment plans are available.


Here are more details about the planned camps and workshops:

• Art Exploration Camp — 6-10 June (for 1st-6th graders up) – Students spend the week exploring the colorful diversity of the world through art projects from many cultures. Classes will cover a wide range of art techniques and mediums, including painting, sculpture, clay and drawing, while exploring each culture’s rich visual traditions. Students will also learn about world customs, music and festivals, making the week a wonderful experience for both novice and experienced young artists.

• Pottery Studio 101 — June 6-10 (for 1st-6th graders up) — Students learn craft techniques and the use of the potter’s wheel in this fun and chaotic class. Students will also experience the joy of creating in clay with their own hands and imagination. Our goal is for each student to produce five projects to take home to enjoy or give as gifts. Projects take time to dry and are fired in a kiln. Therefore, the final projects will be ready for pickup around 2 weeks after the camp.

• Art of Kokedamas Workshop — (Ages 16+) – This 2 hour class will teach you the steps to create beautiful and sustainable live Kokedamas plants for the home or office. The class will discuss the soils used and the correct mixing techniques, then move on to placing the plant in soil and then covering it with dried moss while using decorative twine to hold it together. Once the kokedamas is complete, it is decorated with a variety of accents, colors and ideas to make this vibrant work of art an expression of each student’s character and inner beauty. At the same time, the class will discuss proper care and handling of the plant and a brief history of the techniques used and their origin. There are three ways to attend this workshop, on June 10th, July 13th and August 10th.

• Match-In-a-Week Camp — 13-18 June (ages 11-17) – Starting from scratch, students work with professional theater makers to create an original performance in just one week. You will develop a range of performance skills and learn technical theater skills by working alongside practicing artists. The class is limited to 16 students. This camp is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Wild Women of Jonesborough.

• Cyanotype Printing/Solar Printing Workshop — 18 June (ages 16+) – Invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842, cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic processes. Cyanotype printmaking (also known as sun prints) is an exciting photographic printing technique. Sometimes results are predictable, sometimes not. The students work with the sun as a UV light source. Therefore, the weather at the time of the projects will determine the intensity and type of cyanotype prints produced. This is a weekend workshop where students are introduced to cyanotype printing and create their own images from found objects.

• flower vase — spatula — July 16 & 23 (Adults, 18+) — Students will learn palette knife techniques using oil paint on an 11″ x 14″ canvas. This workshop is designed to be relaxing and a wonderful evening with your friends or someone special. All supplies will be included.

• Gyrokinesis Workshop — July 23 (Adults, 18+) – Gyrokinesis is an exercise system that moves the body through all 3 dimensions. Through the use of the breath, students build coordination and flexibility to create a global sense of well-being. The movements focus on plasticity and spinal support to support overall function of muscles and organs. Gyrokinesis can be both dynamic and relaxing. This workshop will leave participants feeling lighter and more aligned. Students must come to class with comfortable clothing and a yoga mat. Gyrokinesis is performed barefoot or in socked feet.

• Awesome time! Metals – 20th-24th June (Grades 7-12) – This week-long camp will be a metal-forming extravaganza. Students learn techniques for working with wire and sheet metal, cold joining including riveting and joining, and gain a new understanding of the properties of metal. You’ll also go through project planning and strategy, choosing the processes that best suit your plan, and creating three-dimensional sketches with paper for jewelry and sculpture. Students will learn to create a series of technique-based projects over the first few days, and then apply these techniques to their own ideas, which they will develop throughout the week. All will leave with new skills in metalsmithing, planning, and creative problem-solving.

• Mosaic Pendant Workshop — July 16th (Adults, 18+) – This class is for anyone who wants to have fun while creating a keepsake mosaic pendant. Make a pendant for yourself or one to give as a gift. Each student also has the option to purchase an additional mosaic pendant if time permits.

• Pottery Studio 202 — 20-24 June (Grades 7-12) – Students learn craft building techniques and the use of the potter’s wheel in this fun and messy class. They will also experience the joy of creating in clay with their own hands and imagination. Each student produces five projects to take home to enjoy or give as gifts. The registration fee includes materials such as clay and glazes, supplies, snacks, and a camp t-shirt. The projects take time to dry and are then fired in a kiln. For this reason, the final projects will be ready for collection about two weeks after the camp. The McKinney Center and camp teachers will notify parents when the articles are ready.


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