Officials with the Washington College Academy School for Arts & Crafts announced today the names of instructors for the school’s second year offering classes in metalwork, glass, fiber, drawing, painting, sculpture, and continuing education.
“We want to offer the community a real opportunity to learn from some of the best local, regional, and national artists,” said George Blanks, head of curriculum for the program.
Metal, Glass, clay, and Fiber:
Dwight Bennett, a master metal craftsman from California, Dwight will teach both project-based courses, such as jewelry making, and craftsman courses on metalwork for interested students.
Richard Donoho, a master craftsman in stained glass for 49 years, Richard owns Artistry-in-Glass, a stained glass studio in Limestone, Tenn, where he and his son Bill produce both new work as well as restore and repair stained glass pieces. Richard will offer classes on working with glass for all all skill levels.
Jamie Tyree, a master craftsman and a full-time blacksmith for 27 years. He began forging at age 12 and will offer his expertise to some aspiring smiths by teaching a course on the basics of forging such as making simple tools.
Dr. Fran Church, Ed.S, has been teaching art to art teachers for more than 30 years. Currently, she teaches at Walters State Community College and will offer courses on mixed media sculpture, 3D design, and workshops in drawing and color theory.
Heather S. Jones, BS, artist, teacher, and entrepreneur.A graduate of Florida State University, Heather has been a high school teacher for the past 38 yearsand owner of Up The Creek Designs, EquiHart, and now , Up The Creek Studio for the past 20 years. .Versed in a variety of media using multifaceted approach to art.
Dr. Karen Fine, Ph.D., has been an art teacher for more than 28 years and has been teaching for Greeneville CitySchools for the last 19 years. She also teaches for Tennessee Online Public School High School. Her own personal artwork includes painting, sculpture and drawing. Her artwork is included in many different collections. She will offer a workshop on assemblages sculpture.
Dr. Anna Rae Dutro, Ph.D., is a master weaver and textile designer. She teaches at Carson-Newman University and will offer classes in weaving.
Drawing and Painting:
Mike Durham, MFA, has been teaching classes in drawing, painting, and printmaking at Walters State Community College for 22 years. He holds an MFA from ETSU and has a shows his work regionally.
Joe Kilday, MFA, has been a working artist for more than 50 years. He is a graduate of ETSU with concentration in painting and graphic design. Joe specializes in teaching drawing and painting, all media. He has been affiliated with WCA for more than five years as an instructor. His work can be seen in the form of murals in Greeneville, Tenn. and on Facebook.
Caroline Blanks, MS, teaches students K-8 at Greene County Schools. While experienced in many media, she currently prefers to work with oil paints. Painting en “plein aire” is a favorite past-time and she will offer sessions for outdoor painters.
Dr. George Blanks, Ph.D., took his first art appreciation course as a freshman in college and fell in love with art. He and his wife have since visited nearly every major art gallery and museum in the world. He brings this lifelong fascination to the classroom with a series of workshops on art appreciation.
Dollie Boyd, M.S., director of museums for Tusculum University, holds an MA in public history from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a public historian who will offer workshops on collecting and archiving oral histories, and how to archive family documents and heirlooms.
Additionally, the school will offer workshops on genealogy and history.
A full schedule of classes will be released in April with classes beginning in May. For more information visit WashingtonCollegeAcademy.org.