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The McKinney Center and Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts will host a Carnival themed Fall Open House on Saturday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The McKinney Center announced their fall schedule of classes of experiential learning opportunities for both children and adults earlier this summer.  Registration is now underway for all upcoming classes.

The Fall Open House will be an opportunity for the public to preview fall classes available, and faculty will be present for questions and demonstrations. There will also be Carnival games for kids.

The Early Bird discount for classes, which is $10 off each class, will end that day as well.  Individual class costs vary. Registration will run through Saturday, August 21 for most classes.  Students can register online at

“The Open House is a good time to meet your instructor and to really see what you will get out of taking a class here at the McKinney Center,” stated McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons. “There is something for everyone here at the McKinney Center.  Most of our classes are for beginners, but one of the great things about our offerings is that the class sizes are small, usually no more than 8 to 10 students. If you are more or less skilled, the instructor has time to work with you one on one.”

Art, music, writing, crafts, and dance will be offered this fall for students of all ages.  For children, the program offers instruction for young artists who are ready to explore the world of art.  Students receive an introduction to art skills where activities and projects are organized to develop the understanding and experimentation with a wide variety of media, techniques, and process.  For older elementary aged students, courses are taught to build their skills as artists including drawing and painting skills that will be taken to the next level.  Classes in writing, film, music, and dance are also available for this age range including Art Adventures, Creative Construction, Homeschool Art, Kids N Clay, Young Potters, Let’s Make a TV Show, Mosaics, Tap, Watercolor and Guitar.  Offerings for teens and adults include a wide range of courses in pottery, painting, drawing, paper art, jewelry, mosaics, writing, dance, music and various workshops.

The one-day workshop options for fall semester are extensive and include Introduction to the Zentangle Method of Drawing, Glass Fusion workshops, several ceramic wheel workshops, several ceramic decorating and design workshops.  Students with a group of six or more can schedule a private workshop.

Scholarships are available for students Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Students or parents can fill out applications online at or email Hammons for more information.

The McKinney Center is open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Staff encourage all visitors to be at home at the McKinney Center; take a class, participate in an exhibition, come to a lecture, volunteer your time, attend a workshop, or set up an easel on the grounds and paint.  Please check the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School Facebook or Instagram pages throughout the year for information about exciting programs and events.