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At the McKinney Center: New one-day workshops perfect for all ages

The McKinney Center in Jonesborough has an all new series of one-day art classes. The classes, which are spread out through the spring semester, provide an opportunity for folks of all ages to create an original piece of art in a short period of time.
“The one-day art classes are geared toward those who want to do something creative, but who may not have room in their schedule for weekly lessons,” McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons said. “These particular workshops are also filled with a sense of fun, as light refreshments are served and included in the cost of the class.”
There will be several one-day workshops in glass fusion taught by Karen Hitchcock. Each workshop will focus on one project, which include creating a square plate, a window pane, a sushi plate and a picture frame.
Sharon Squibb will offer her popular print-making class as a one-day workshop and art party. No experience is necessary, as students learn step-by-step techniques that are easy to follow and encourages self-expression.
“Squibb will also hold a painting party, where students create a frame-worthy picture by the end of the evening,” Hammons said. “And, no experience is necessary for the students. Squibb will guide them using techniques that are easy to follow.”
There will also be one-day workshops for young people. Kara Bledsoe will teach a family clay class for students from grade five through adult to come in as a pair, and work together on the potter’s wheel, creating several small projects. Projects will include cereal bowls, mugs and fun animal vases.
Clay Play for Toddlers, a one-day workshop for children from 18 months to four years old, allows students to poke, roll, pull and create.
“The goal of Clay Play for Toddlers is to foster creativity. It is a great sensory experience, and helps develop hand and wrist muscles and fine motor skills,” Hammons said. “Students will be able to sharpen and develop their motor skills all while having fun and creating a piece of art.”
Registration for all one-day classes are going on now through Friday, March 11.
All courses are part of Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts. To register for classes come by the McKinney Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or download an application online at
For more information on classes, dates and times, contact McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons at [email protected] or 753-0562.
“Spotlight on the Arts” is a column contributed by the Town of Jonesborough.