McKinney Center, Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts announce spring lineup | Sunday Stories

JONESBOROUGH – The McKinney Center and the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts have announced the spring schedule for children and adults.

Registration is now open and there will be an open day on January 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to give interested community members the opportunity to find out more about the spring courses. Faculty members and McKinney Center staff will be in attendance for questions, exhibits, and demonstrations. The early bird discount of $ 10 per course ends on that day.

“Open House is a great time to meet your teacher and really see what it takes to take a class here at McKinney Center,” said Theresa Hammons, Executive Director. “There’s something for everyone here at McKinney Center. Most of our courses are for beginners, but one of the great things about what we offer is that class sizes are small, usually no more than eight to ten students. When you are more or less experienced, the teacher has time to work one-on-one with you. “

The McKinney Center offers over 70 courses and workshops in the spring semester. There are several new classes and new instructors in the line-up, including day classes, which are good for home students and adults looking for creative opportunities. All courses are led by experienced and supportive instructors. The class sizes are small and the places are booked up quickly. The costs for the individual classes vary.

The spring program includes arts, music, drama, crafts and dance for students of all ages. The last filing date is January 29th at 5 p.m. Students can register online at

For children, the program offers classes for young artists ready to explore the world of art. Students are introduced to Artistic Skills, where activities and projects are organized to develop understanding and experimentation with a variety of media, techniques, and processes.

For older elementary school age students, courses are taught to develop their skills as an artist, including drawing and painting skills that are taken to the next level. Writing, film, music and dance courses are also offered for this age group, including creative building, homeschool art, Kids N Clay, young potters, “Let’s Make a TV Show”, anime, mosaic, ballet, tap dancing, drawing and Guitar.

“I’m looking forward to our entire spring semester because we have so many new offers and many new teachers,” says Hammons.

The one-day workshop options for the spring semester are extensive and include “Introduction to the Zentangle Drawing Method” and “Zentangle – Working with Tan Tiles”; Glass melting workshops including pendants, garden stakes, sun catchers and spring plates; and several ceramic wheel shops including bowls, casseroles, and cups; and several ceramic decoration and design workshops, including mushrooms, trays, and bird houses. There will be a fairy garden cottage workshop, mandala building workshop, and others on alcohol ink, acrylic painting, crocheting shaped vessels, healing soap making, and pouring and mold making.

The McKinney Center has changed its lesson schedule to include 30 minutes between lessons to give students, faculty, and staff ample time to clean up and disinfect before the next class. To take account of the change, some classes have been deleted. However, they have been replaced by more one-day workshops. Other changes include making supply kits available to individual students when possible instead of using shared materials, class breaks to wash hands, continuing rigorous disinfection and cleaning of the building, and providing video options for students who miss a class because they do feeling sick . For the full list of the center’s policies and procedures, visit

You can find detailed descriptions of the spring courses online at A printed catalog is also available from the McKinney Center or from the green mailbox in front of the office doors.

Scholarships are available for K-12 students with a financial need. Scholarship applications are available online at

The McKinney Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Updates are available year-round on the McKinney Center Facebook page at Booker T. Washington School. To learn more, contact Hammons via email at or call them at 423-753-0562.


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