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Pop in for McKinney Center classes

Contributed • Aug 10, 2018 at 2:47 PM


Get a free popsicle and a discount on classes Saturday from 2-6 p.m. at the McKinney Center, 103 Franklin Ave., Jonesborough, during its Fall Open House and class demonstrations.

Attendees will have the opportunity to do hands on activities such as working with clay, print making, dancing, guitar, etc. Faculty who teach at the McKinney Center will be present to lead you through short activities that demonstrate what you will learn from art classes. All activities will be geared for beginners, and  attendants will get a free popsicle after the demonstrations. 

This year the McKinney Center has several ways to save money when registering for classes. New this year, everyone who registers will get a class discount card – once you have taken five classes, your next one is on the house. There are several opportunities to bundle and save this year if you register for more than one class or if you register for fall and spring classes at the same time. There is also an Early Bird discount of $10 off each class you register before Saturday. Even after Saturday, the McKinney Center still offers a family or multi-class discount. The first class is regular price and each additional class is $10 off.

Scholarships are also available for students Kindergarten through 12th grade. Scholarships cover tuition all supplies for the class in return for 10 volunteer hours during the semester. 

Adults can earn 50 percent off classes by volunteering throughout the year 20 hours or more.

The catalog is full of choices for kids, teens, and adults this semester. For example, kids in grades Kindergarten through sixth can take Art Adventures or Creative Construction taught by Larke Foster. Foster has taught at the McKinney Center for six years and prior to that spent her artistic career teaching in the Sullivan County School system. She is still a practicing artist and enters exhibitions around the region. These art classes are fun and experiential sessions where kids make and take home paintings, drawings, and sculptures and also learn the foundations of art such perspective and shadowing. There are also age appropriate classes in clay, Hip Hop, Guitar, Ukulele, and film.

For creative teens, there are plenty of options like introduction to 2-D art, which is perfect for a teen who loves to draw and doodle but needs clear instruction and guidance. The class will also provide lessons in printmaking and painting so that students get to experience a variety of art forms and be able to find the one that they love the best. There are also sessions for teens in clay, painting, hip-hop, guitar, ukulele, film and creative writing.

Adults classes are also available this semester with a wide variety of options. hand-building with clay and the potter’s wheel are all classes for those who want to get their hands dirty. There are sessions for beginners and more advanced students. Drawing and painting are very popular with beginner and experienced students. The drawing series is a course divided into two sessions – students can take one or both of the classes and save money. For the aspiring painter, artist and long-time teacher Sharon Squibb is teaching introduction to 2-D art and Adventures in Watercolors. Ginny Walls is also teaching a daytime watercolor class for adults. Adults can also enjoy hip-hop, creative writing, guitar lessons, ukulele lessons and one-day creative sessions .

This semester’s creative sessions include: Wire sculpture, clay Jack-O-Lanterns, casting and paster mold making, paper art composition and glass fusion workshops.

The McKinney Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keep up with the center online at and on the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School Facebook page.

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