McKinney Art Center Announces Fall Art Classes

Contributor Photo • The fall schedule for more than 30 art classes and workshops at the McKinney Center in Jonesborough has been announced.

From staff reports

The McKinney Center and Jonesborough Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts announced its fall schedule of over thirty classes and workshops. Registration is ongoing for all upcoming courses. All classes and policies can be found at

The Fall Open Day on Saturday, August 13, of 10am at 2 p.m. will give visitors an overview of the courses that will be offered this semester.

“Open House is a great time to meet your instructor and really see what you’ll get out of a class here at the McKinney Center,” said Theresa Hammons, director of the McKinney Center. Teachers will give demonstrations while prospective students can visit classrooms, ask questions and register for classes.

For children, the program offers classes for young artists ready to explore. Younger students can take general visual arts courses such as Art Adventures and Creative Constructions, or more specialized courses such as Pottery, Mixed Media, Drawing, Metals, Theatrical Makeup, Guitar, Discover Dance and more .

For teens and older adults, choices include an array of courses in Pottery, Mixed Media Drawing, Zentangle, Drawing Adventures, Online Watercolor, Color Mixing Basics for Oil and acrylics, brush and palette knife workshops, various courses in mosaic, metals, acoustic guitar, Tap Workshops, Gyrokinesis, Story Collecting, Basics of Theater Make-Up, Creative Writing and Glass Fusion.

McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons said the McKinney Center had a record number of student enrollments last spring. “We had 236 registrations during our spring semester. We had so many people on waiting lists for certain classes that we had to add classes to the schedule,” Hammons said. Early registration for classes is recommended due to popularity and limited class sizes. When asked what some of the most popular classes are, Hammons said pottery classes are always popular. Pottery classes are offered for all ages, starting with children as young as five years old.

Most classes take place on a weekday, evening or Saturday, but there are also daytime options, including two classes specifically designed for homeschoolers; Artistic adventures for K-2n/a Grade and Creative Constructions for 3 gradesrd – 5e. There are also daytime pottery classes for Grade 5 – Adult. The Creative Writers Group also meets during the day for students ages 14 through adult.

“There’s something for everyone here at the McKinney Center. Most of our courses are aimed at beginners and classes are small. So if you’re more or less qualified, the instructor has time to work with you one-on-one,” Hammonds said.

Save money and register early. Early bird registration guarantees a spot in class plus a $10 discount until August 13. Individual lesson costs vary and the early bird discount ends Saturday, August 13 at 3 p.m. Faculty will be present for questions and demonstrations. The last day to register for classes is Sunday, August 21 at 5 p.m.

The McKinney Center also offers scholarship opportunities through the Ernest L. McKinney Memorial Scholarship Fund for K-12 students.e grade who have a financial need. Scholarship applications can be found at

Staff welcome all visitors to the McKinney Center, take a class, participate in an exhibit, attend a lecture, volunteer their time, attend a workshop, or set up an easel in the grounds and paint. Please check the Booker T. Washington School McKinney Center Facebook page throughout the year for information about our exciting programs and events.

Full descriptions of course offerings are available online at or by stopping by the McKinney Center, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to pick up a catalog. For more information, contact McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons at[email protected] or call 423.753.0562.