Traditional Arts Workshops 2017!

Our 16th year of offering unique learning opportunities

taught by regional artists!

Whether it be baskets, fibers, music, finely-crafted arrow points or just a better understanding of days gone by, we hope you will find something to learn and keep with you forever.    A Traditional Art is a skill worth preserving!

To hold your place in a workshop, pre-registration and payment is required.

Please register early by calling 423-543-5808 to ensure a spot in the class!

 

JANUARY

Watercolor Painting: Winter Landscapes

Instructor: Barbara Jernigan

Saturday, January 14

9 am – noon

Cost: $12 (plus supplies) or $20 (includes supplies)

Min: 5       Max: open

Learn and practice watercolor techniques and style.

 

Know Your Sewing Machine  

Instructor: Donna Horowitz

Sunday, January 15

1 pm – 4 pm

Cost:    $25.00

Min:     1            Max: 6

Have a sewing machine but don’t know how to use it? This class will teach you basic machine operations (Embroidery machines and sergers are not included). Please bring – Sewing machine, sewing machine manual and accessories , small scissors. Instructor brings fabric & thread.

 

FEBRUARY

Beginning Sewing                                                       

Instructor: Donna Horowitz

Saturday, February 4, 11, 25 and March 4

1 pm – 4 pm

Cost:    $80.00 for all 4 classes- plus supplies

Min:    2            Max:    6

Learn to sew an easy starter project! Class is designed for true beginners. Topics covered : pattern layout, importance of grain line / seam allowances, pattern terminology and many much more . Student will sew a bathrobe as their project . Please bring – sewing machine & manual, basic sewing supplies , fabric & pattern. Instructor will provide a supply list at the first class. Bring your machine to class #1.

 

Watercolor Painting: Mixed Media Valentines

Instructor: Barbara Jernigan

Saturday, February 11, 2017

9 am – noon

Cost: $20 (includes supplies)

Min: 5       Max: 15

Learn some interesting ways to begin paintings and introduce texture using fluid acrylics, inks, and other water-soluble media while creating valentines using mixed media techniques.

 

MARCH

Vegetable Gardening                                                  

Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday, March 4

9 am – Noon

Cost:    No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session

Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.

 

Dance with History

Meeting at the Pine Room behind Sycamore Shoals Hospital

1501 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN

Sunday, March 5

1 – 5 pm

Join us at the 1st meeting of the Sabine Hill Social Society for an informal English Country dance with beginning lessons taught by instructor Bob Thompson. This event celebrates the kickoff of this new group and is comprised of dedicated volunteers whose focus is on educational events, social activities, early 19th century period clothing assistance, and home tours of Sabine Hill representing the Federalist period of time in America -1790 to 1820. (Note: Sabine Hill is not yet open to the public)

Cost at the Door: $7.00.   Light refreshments will be served. Wear casual/comfortable clothing.

 

Watercolor Painting: Spring Flowers – Still Life

Instructor: Barbara Jernigan

Saturday, March 11, 2017

9 am – noon

Cost: $12 (plus supplies) or $20 (includes supplies)

Min: 5       Max: 15

Learn and practice watercolor techniques and style.

 

Beginning Knitting

Instructor: Margaret Crouch                                                             

Saturday, March 11, 2017

1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $25 (includes supplies)

Min: 2     Max 6

Knitting is really big right now, and if you haven’t learned yet this is the class for you! You’ll probably finish your project at home, but in class we’ll start at the very beginning and you’ll learn both the knit and purl stitches, as well as how to cast on the yarn for your next project!

 

APRIL

Inkle Weaving

Instructor: Ronnie Lail

Saturday,April 1

10 am – 3 pm

Cost: $60 includes loom (to keep!) & all supplies

$20 thread only

$10 instruction only

Min: 3 Max: 8

Learn how to weave wide sashes, narrow bands, and shoelaces on a loom that is light-weight and easy to carry around! You can create wonderful patterns through varied placement of colorful thread. Bring scissors.

 

Handspinning for Beginners                                                                           

Instructor: Margaret Crouch

Sunday, April 2

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost:   $35.00 includes wool roving

Minimum:   2    – instructor will supply spinning wheel

Additional   2 – student will supply spinning wheel

Have you always wanted to learn to spin?  This class is meant for those who have never used a spinning wheel before.  You’ll learn the basics of drafting wool and using the wheel to make yarn.  If you have a spinning wheel, plan to bring it, along with your spare bobbins.     Cost of $35 includes prepared wool roving ready to spin.

 

Watercolor Painting: Landscape Painting and Sketching Outdoors

Instructor: Barbara Jernigan

Saturday, April 8, 2017

9 am – noon

Cost: $12 (plus supplies) or $20 (includes supplies)

Min: 5       Max: 15

Learn and practice watercolor techniques and style. 

 

Basketry – Basil and Thyme

Instructor: Candy Alexander

Saturday, April 29

9 am – 4 pm

Cost: $28.00

Min:     4            Max: 10

Create a traditional Appalachian herb basket with a wrapped handle. Learn to weave a God’s Eye. A variety of  woven patterns will be offered for the hoop. Dimensions: 12″ rnd. x 10″ high. Bring garden or kitchen shears, an old hand towel, pencil, small measuring tape, small spray bottle of water, and strong clothespins.

 

MAY 

Watercolor Painting: Figure Painting                         

Instructor: Barbara Jernigan

Saturday, May 6, 2017

9 am – noon

Cost: $12 (plus supplies) or $20 (includes supplies)

Min: 5       Max: 15

Learn and practice watercolor techniques and style.

 

Learn to Play the Pennywhistle                              

Instructor: Martha Egan 

Saturday, May 13

10 am – Noon

Cost: $25(includes Clarke or Walton  pennywhistle in Key of D, book, and CD)

$15 if you bring your own instrument

Min: 1             Max: 12

Popular in the British Isles in the 1800’s, this class includes the fundamentals of holding and sounding your pennywhistle, learning the first notes, and playing a song—or come and advance the skills you already possess. Music and other supplemental materials provided.

 

JUNE

18th Century Eastern Cherokee Style Trade Necklace  

Instructor: Gary Stevens

Saturday, June 10

10 am – Noon

Cost: $25 includes materials

Min: 1             Max: 15

In this class you will make an early trade necklace using authentic 150 to 200 year old beads. You will also add bone spacers, and/or coyote or buffalo teeth.

 

Flint Knapping – Making Stone Tools                                  

Instructors: Bob Estep & Friends

Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25

10 am – 4 pm

Cost: $80 (includes supplies)

Min: 4                         Max: 12

Make stone tools such as the arrow point using only traditional techniques. Please be sure to register no later than 1 week prior to the class. Adults only.

 

 

AUGUST 

Fall Gardening                                                                                   

Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday, August 5

9 am – noon

Cost: No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session

It’s not too early to be planning & building your spring garden. Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.

 

Learn to Play the Pennywhistle                                  

Instructor: Martha Egan

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017

1:30 pm – 3 pm

Cost: $25(includes Clarke or Walton pennywhistle in Key of D, book, and CD)

$15 if you bring your own instrument

Min: 1 Max: 12

Popular in the British Isles in the 1800’s, this class includes the fundamentals of holding and sounding your pennywhistle,  learning the first notes, and playing a song—or come and advance the skills you already possess. Music and other supplemental materials provided.

 

Know Your Sewing Machine  

Instructor: Donna Horowitz

Sunday, August 20

1 pm – 4 pm

Cost:    $25.00

Min:     1            Max: 6

Have a sewing machine but don’t know how to use it? This class will teach you basic machine operations (Embroidery machines and sergers are not included). Please bring – Sewing machine, sewing machine manual and accessories , small scissors. Instructor brings fabric & thread.

 

Basketry – Candy Jar Basket

Instructor: Candy Alexander                          

Saturday, August 26

9 am – 4 pm

Cost:  $25.00

Min:    4            Max: 10

Learn how to weave over a jar, making a beautiful and functional piece! It has a wood base and a wood lid.  Choice of colors offered.  Dimensions: approx. 4″w x 6″h. .  Bring garden or kitchen shears, an old hand towel, pencil,  small measuring tape, small spray bottle of water, and strong clothespins.

 

SEPTEMBER 

Inkle Weaving

Instructor: Ronnie Lail

Saturday,September 9

10 am – 3 pm

Cost: $60 includes loom (to keep!) & all supplies

$20 thread only

$10 instruction only

Min: 3 Max: 8

Learn how to weave wide sashes, narrow bands, and shoelaces on a loom that is light-weight and easy to carry around! You can create wonderful patterns through varied placement of colorful thread. Bring scissors.

 

Hand Quilting for Beginners

Instructor: Margaret Crouch

Saturday, September 30

9 am – Noon

$25.00 (includes all materials)

Min: 2       Max: 6

Most quilts are made of 3 layers: the quilt top, the batting, and the back. Quilters call this the “quilt sandwich” and it can be stitched together by hand or by machine. This class will concentrate on quilting the 3 layers by hand. You’ll practice stitching in a straight line as well as following a curve. You won’t take home a finished project, just the record of your practice and the confidence to continue.

 

OCTOBER

Get Ready for Spring – Winterizing Your Garden      

Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday, October 14

9 am – noon

Cost: No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session

It’s not too early to be planning & building your spring garden. Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners. 

 

Creating Your Own Gingerbread Houses – Lecture/Demo                             

Instructor: Margaret Crouch                         

Saturday, October 14

1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $5.00      13 to Adult

Min: 10            Max: N/A

In the 1980’s, Margaret went to a demonstration at the Smithsonian presented by Patti Hudson, “The Gingerbread Lady” of Lancaster, PA. Since then she’s used Patti’s recipes, patterns, and instructions to make & decorate many gingerbread houses for the children in her life. This demo will walk you through the process of assembling & decorating a gingerbread cottage, following Patti’s methods. You won’t leave with your own gingerbread house, but you’ll almost certainly be inspired to make one when you get home! 

 

Sycamore Shoals Fall Watermedia Painting Workshop

Instructor: Barbara Jernigan

Saturday, October 21

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 22

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $40 (bring your own supplies) or $50 (supplies furnished) Min: 5     Max: 15

All Students bring a sketch book or plain paper, pencil, eraser, & digital camera, if available.

On Saturday we will be planning the painting by taking a photo of the subject (weather permitting) or choosing from some printed ones, preparing a thumbnail and a value sketch, and setting up the composition.  Initial preparations in the afternoon will include transferring the sketch to the larger size paper (minimum size is a quarter sheet of watercolor paper or a 9×12 stock size, though a half sheet (11×22) would be preferable.)  We will then proceed with laying in the background and starting on the basic washes of color for the subject while focusing on saving the whites (even if using acrylic). Students will need to print their photos after the class for use at home and on Sunday. Sunday will be finishing the composition and a critique.

 

Indian Corn Basket                                                    

Instructor: Jane Doan

Sunday, October 29, 2017

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $30

Min: 3           Max: 6

Create three beautiful ears of corn from basket reed. Please bring the following supplies: Sharp Scissors, 8 to 12 small clips or clothes pins.

 

NOVEMBER 

Handmade Journals                                       

Instructor: Margaret Crouch

Saturday, November 4

1 – 4 pm

Cost: $25.00 includes mat’l

Min. 2              Max: 8

Make your own book!  These little journals can be anything you like – a unique sketchbook, a special diary, a baby shower keepsake. We’ll use professional book-board and a variety of cover papers.  The finished book is 5” by 6½” and has 20 pages.  The Coptic stitch binding means the book lies flat when open. Cost $25 covers all materials and tools  EXCEPT — bring an awl if you have one.  We’ll use it to make holes in the covers and the inside pages.

 

Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday

Closed Mondays

Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.

Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.

 

For more information contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808