WCA Announces School for Arts & Crafts

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Not far from the birthplace of David Crockett is what’s known as the Mother School of Tennessee. Washington College Academy has been sitting on the same sprawling campus since 1780. Over the centuries both the school and the land around it have gone through many transformations. Through it all, “the college” as it is known locally has been a center of learning and community. 

The Board of Trustees for Washington College Academy have voted to offer the public the chance to walk this historic campus once again and to participate in the next chapter of this storied and beloved institution.

The Washington College Academy School for Arts & Crafts will offer a slate of three new classes where students may learn new forms of expression from master artisans.

“We want to be able to offer something you can’t get anywhere else,” said Heather Jones, WCA trustee.“We are getting this new program off the ground and everyone is working very hard to provide a great learning experience for students.” 

Beginning Saturdays in May, the initial slate of classes for the new program will include:

Ikebana Oriental Flower Arranging

This is not your grandmother’s flower-arranging class. Ikebana is a traditional Asian art form dating back to the 7th century. It involves the placement of individual flowers, branches, and leaves in specially chosen vessels designed to showcase off the arrangement.

“Like most visual art, Ikebana is about balance and flow,” said George Blanks, instructor for the course. “The arrangements can be simple and elegant or complex and visually stunning. It is a fascinating art form. Each session students are going to take home something very special.”

The class will consist of four three-hour sessions each Saturday, beginning June 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Pence-Graybeal Building. Tuition is $260 which includes all the flowers and all materials except for containers for the arrangements and clippers, which students must provide.

Blanks began practicing the art when he lived in Taiwan, Taipei taking lessons for more than a decade and says Ikebana is enjoyed by men and women, young and old alike.

Jewelry and Metalwork for Beginners

Have a great idea for a piece of jewelry or a small personal art object that can be made out of metal? This class will instruct participants in techniques for making belt buckles, rings, bracelets, dog tags, and other decorative items out of metal.

“Once you understand how design and craft simple objects, then all it takes is practice to create more complex and elaborate items,” said Dwight Bennett, master metalworker and instructor for the class. “We’ll learn how to cut copper and brass sheet, elemental 3D forming, piercing designs through metal, surface embellishing, small tool making, riveting, twisting wire, making chain, silver soldering, and how  to mount stones or found objects.”

The class will consist of four three-hour sessions on Saturdays beginning June 2 1 to 4 p.m. in the Pence-Graybeal Building. Tuition is $260 which includes all materials, but students may need to purchase a starter kit of tools, which the instructor will have pre-arranged through supply companies. 

Bennett, who lives in California, holds an MFA in metalsmithing and plans a series of more advanced courses for interested metalworking artisans. 

Creative Soldering for Stained Glass

If you work with glass at all in your art, you need to consider taking this one-day workshop on creative soldering. Richard Donoho, stained glass artist, will instruct participants on how to take their soldering work to the next level — creating decorative objects, patterns, and designs with a soldering iron. 

“Details like these add a new creative level to your work with glass,” said Donoho, who owns the Artistry In Glass studio in Limestone. “You’re going to learn how to add depth and decoration to your stained-glass pieces.” 

The one-day workshop will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at the Pence-Graybeal building. Tuition is $140. Materials will be provided. Students will need to supply your tools. A list of tools will be provided when you register for classes.  

Getting Registered 

Washington College Academy is a non-profit educational institution in Limestone, Tenn. Established in 1780 and first chartered in 1795. For more information about these and other classes at Washington College Academy, visit WashingtonCollegeAcademy.org, email info@washingtoncollegeacademy.org, or call (423) 257-5151. 

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WCA Offers Fall Art Classes

Washington College Academy announces a slate of fall classes for artists of nearly every skill level.

In “Drawing and Color Mixing for Beginners” students will practice techniques that build skills necessary for drawing and sketching, including the use of a variety of drawing materials, contour drawing, shadowing in shading, and perspective. The four sessions will be offered 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays beginning October 28 in the art room at Washington College Academy. The cost is $20 which includes all materials.

Heirloom Holiday Ornaments” will offer participants the opportunity to create handmade ornaments, cards, and gift wrap using a variety of techniques.  Classes meet Mondays 9 a.m.-noon, beginning October 23 in the art room at Washington College Academy. The cost is $20 which includes all materials.

Dr. Fran Church, an artist/teacher with decades of experience in art education, will be the instructor for these courses. If you’re interested in registering, email churchfran1@bellsouth.net or call 423-620-9008.

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WCA Offers Slate of Summer Art Classes

848422f03ce85f28a3cf3563275d3951Washington College Academy announces a slate of summer classes for artists of nearly every skill level.

In “Drawing and Color Mixing for Beginners” students will practice techniques that build skills necessary for drawing and sketching, including the use of a variety of drawing materials, contour drawing, shadowing in shading, and perspective. The class will be offered 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays in July beginning July 8 in the art room at Washington College Academy. The cost is $20 and is open to teens and adults.

Students taking “Batik and Tie Dye” will learn an ancient Indonesian process for dying fabric. It uses melted wax and cold-water pigments to layer colored patterns on the fabric. The course will cover designing the fabric, color mixing basics, application of wax, use of color dyes and mordants, and removal of wax from the fabric. Students will also learn the tie-dye process and can experiment with combining the techniques. The class meets 9 a.m.-11 a.m. June 19-22, in the art room at Washington College Academy. It is open to teens and adults. The cost is $35, which includes a $15.00 materials fee.

Finally, “Art Projects for Homeschooled Students (and their parents)” is open to students age seven to adult. It will include instruction on art projects that teach elements and principles of design that can be made using inexpensive or free materials. Projects include painting a landscape, crayon resist, papier-mâché sculpture and puppets, tie dye, collage, color mixing and painting techniques, printmaking, sculpture from free materials, relief sculpture, and portraits with various materials. Classes meet 10 a.m.-noon, July 17-20, in the art room at Washington College Academy. The cost is $20 per student.

Dr. Fran Church, an artist/teacher with decades of experience in art education, will be the instructor for these courses. If you’re interested in registering, email churchfran1@bellsouth.net or call 423-620-9008.

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Washington College Academy Offers Spring Class for Lovers of Local History

The Celebration

“The Celebration” by Caroline Blanks depicts the joyful celebration at Mt. Pleasant following the release of John Sevier from jail in Morganton, North Carolina after being arrested for treason during the State of Franklin dispute. The class will visit the site where the home once stood. 

“Pics and Trips” will feature field trips to seldom-seen historic sites

If you’re a lover of local lore, you’ll want to sign up for “Pics and Trips,” a new course to be offered by Washington College Academy. “Pics and Trips” will be held 11:00 a.m. at the Greeneville/Greene County Museum on Saturdays beginning May 27 and running through June 17. The museum is located at 101 West McKee Street in Greeneville. The cost of the course is $40.

Each class will examine a painting depicting a historical event that took place in Greene or Washington counties. Participants will discuss the event and the significance of it to local history. Then everyone will drive out to the location for a closer examination of the places depicted in the paintings.

“We are so fortunate to have had so many interesting historical events take place in our area,” said Dr. George Blanks, Washington College Academy trustee and instructor for the course. “Some of the places we’ll explore are very difficult to find and few people have seen them.”

Blanks said that he and former WCA President Dr. Robert Orr made a study of the locations and spent a great deal of time seeking them out as part of Orr’s research.

“The paintings we’ll examine were created by students of the ‘Historic Painting’ classes at WCA,” Blanks said. “They are on loan from the school to the Greeneville/Greene County History Museum.”

Following each class there will be an optional lunch at a local restaurant, giving participants further opportunity to explore the community.

Washington College Academy is the “Mother School of Tennessee.” Established in 1780 and first chartered in 1795. It is located near Limestone, Tennessee.

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WCA Will Host An Open House This Sunday

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WCA Offers Workshop for the Family Historian

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Do you have family artifacts, old photographs, and stories about your ancestors you’d like to preserve for future generations? Washington College Academy will offer a series of workshops for amateur genealogists, historians, and archivists covering the best practices for researching, collecting, and protecting your irreplaceable family treasures. 

Beginning 10 a.m., Saturday, February 18 at Washington College Academy in Limestone, Tenn. and continuing each Saturday through March 11 — the historic school will offer “Protecting the Past: Best practices for the family historian.” These four two-hour workshops will cover the basics of genealogy research, collecting oral histories, and preserving family artifacts.

Sessions one and two will teach participants how to research, record, and preserve oral histories, using industry standard nomenclature and methods. Session three will teach how to get started on genealogy research and the final session will discuss archival methods for documents, fabrics, and other artifacts.  

The workshops will be led by Dollie Boyd, director of museums at Tusculum College and Jim Wilson, chairman of the Watauga Association of Genealogists NE Tennessee. It will be held in the President’s House at Washington College Academy, located at 116 Doak Lane, Limestone, Tenn.

“I talk to lots of people who are very interested in learning about their family histories and preserving old documents and family heirlooms,” she said. “This workshop will provide good information on methods used by professionals to collect and preserve these treasures.” 

The cost for the four workshops will be $60 per person and class size is limited. To reserve a space, please contact Washington College Academy at (423) 257-5151 or email info@washingtoncollegeacademy.org.

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WCA Establishes GoFundMe Campaign

The WCA Board of Trustees has established a GoFundMe Campaign to help pay for restoration efforts, building maintenance, and material supplies for Washington College Academy.

“Our goal is to raise $100,000 for the school,” said Dr. Robert Cupp, president of WCA. “With those funds, we can perform much-needed repairs to the buildings and grounds as well as purchase equipment and materials to support our continuing educational programs.”

Those wishing to contribute can do so at:
http://www.gofundme.com/restore-washington-college-academy

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