Special Topics

Low Water Immersion Fabric Dyeing

In this course, students will learn the fabric dyeing art of low water immersion. Also known as scrunch dyeing or crackle dyeing, this fiber art uses as little water as possible to scrunch the fabric together to create unique resist effects. No prior fiber experience needed, all levels welcome.

Mixed Media 2D Compositions

Explore a different way to create 2D art. Make an interesting composition using paper, wire, and foam core. Each piece will be layered creating unique designs using depth. Students will learn new paper art skills and take home their own framed piece of work. Most materials will be supplied, but students will be encouraged to explore and purchase individual supplies to enhance their work.


This class will introduce the fundamental bookbinding techniques of measuring, cutting, gluing, and folding through basic book structures. No special equipment needed. Instruction is adjusted to the binding skill of the individual, so all skill levels are welcome. Intermediate students may continue on individual projects. Come and create a wonderful array of books, using both traditional and experimental book structures. Most materials will be supplied, but students will be encouraged to explore and purchase individual supplies to enhance their work.

Art Journaling: Planners, Altered Books and More

This class will provide a creative space for all those interested in the process of “art journaling”. All mediums are welcomed, including, but not limited to: altered books, happy planners, and bullet journals. If new to the art journaling community, the instructor will inform and provide examples of various mediums for the student to experiment and play with. Generalized prompts will be provided weekly for the class to play off of and expand on during the duration of the week. Each class will include a demo for participants to create alongside the instructor, some of which may include hand lettering, drawing, and collage. Students must supply journal of choice. All other supplies are included, but students are encouraged to bring more if they wish.

Mosaics: Abstract

This fun class will allow students learn the basics of mosaics as they design their own pieces. Students can design their piece as they go or draw out their perspective first. Learn to use pottery, Smalti, broken glass, even driftwood! Students will complete an 8×10 mosaic ready to frame. All levels welcomed!

Mosaics: Mosaic Pet Portraits

This course will cover basic mosaic instruction to capture the student’s favorite pet in glass form. Not only will participants be creating a memorable portrait of their beloved pets, but they will also learn the basics of mosaic art, including: glass cutting, shading, placement and much more. All skill levels welcomed and all supplies are included.

Mosaics: Nature Mosaic

In this class, students will have the opportunity to create a beautiful nature-inspired mosaic. All skill levels are welcome. Techniques such as color, shading, and cutting will be explored.

Mosaics: Crockery Rooster or Chicken

In this fun mosaic class, students will explore the use of broken china, pottery, found objects, etc. We ask that participants bring any colorful broken (and unbroken) plates, cups, etc. for use in this class for their project and to share with the class. The main objective will be the rooster or chicken with a simple background. Using beginner and intermediate level skills, students will be able to create a one of a kind piece of artwork to keep or to share.

Mosaics: Mosaic Flower Pot

In this class, students will decorate a clay pot with broken china and glass. Students will be able to use this outside or inside. Participants may work with the designs available or they may choose to use their own design. We ask that students please bring any china or bits and bobs they would like to use on their pot.

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The McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School is a multi-use facility providing arts education through Jonesborough's Mary B. Martin Program.


Phone: 423.753.0562

103 Franklin Ave.
Jonesborough, TN 37659