McKinney Center offers summer camps, workshops for all ages | sunday stories

JONESBOROUGH — Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts is accepting applications for summer camp workshops and classes for all ages at the Booker T. Washington School’s McKinney Center.

The programs take place in June, July and August with different offers. Early bird registration is now through May 14th, with an additional $10 discount on any camp or registered student. Use promotional code EBSU2022 when registering online. Scholarships are available for K-12 students who have financial needs.

The registration fee includes all materials, supplies, snacks and a camp t-shirt. Payment plans are available. Register and get more information at

Class sizes are small with 6 to 16 spots available depending on the camp or workshop. Early registration is therefore strongly recommended. The students spread out as far as space allows and take breaks outdoors depending on the weather.

Classes include:

• Artsploration Camp (June 6-10): Students in grades K-6 will spend the week exploring the colorful diversity of the world through art projects from many cultures. Classes will cover a wide range of art techniques and mediums, including painting, sculpture, clay and drawing, while exploring each culture’s rich visual traditions. Students will also learn about world customs, music and festivals, making the week a wonderful experience for both novice and experienced young artists.

• Pottery Studio 101 (June 6-10): This fun and chaotic class teaches K-6 students craft techniques and the use of the potter’s wheel. The goal is for each student to create five projects to take home to enjoy or give as gifts. Projects take time to dry and are fired in a kiln; Final projects can be picked up approximately two weeks after camp.

• Art of Kokedamas (June 10th, July 13th or August 10th): This 2-hour workshop for ages 16+ teaches the steps to create beautiful and sustainable live Kokedamas plants for the home or office.

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• Play-In-A-Week Camp (June 13-18): Can you stage a play in a week? Students ages 11-17 work with professional theater makers to create an original performance in just one week. Participants will develop a range of performance skills and learn technical theater skills by working alongside practicing artists. A complimentary Lunch Club will be held from 12:00pm to 12:30pm, offering attendees the opportunity to hang out and have lunch with directors, designers, choreographers, poets and musicians. The program is limited to 16 students. The camp is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Wild Women of Jonesborough.

• Cyanotype Printing/Solar Printing Workshop (June 18): Participants aged 16+ are introduced to cyanotype printing and create their own images using found objects. Invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842, cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic processes.

• Flower vase/spatula (July 16 and July 23): Have you always wanted to try oil painting or learn to work with a palette knife? Adults learn palette knife techniques using oil paint on an 11″ x 14″ canvas. Bring your own refreshments; bring a friend All supplies will be included.

• Gyrokinesis Workshop (July 23): Gyrokinesis is an exercise system that moves the body through all three dimensions. Through the use of the breath, adult students (18+) build coordination and flexibility to create a global sense of well-being. The movements focus on plasticity and spinal support to support overall function of muscles and organs. Students must come to class with comfortable clothing and a yoga mat. The student will be barefoot or in socked feet.

• Awesome time! Metals (June 20-24): Students in grades 7-12 will learn techniques for working wire and sheet metal, as well as cold joining including riveting and joining. Participants gain a new understanding of the properties of metal, project planning and strategy, and select the processes best suited for planning and three-dimensional paper sketching for jewelry and sculpture.

• Mosaic Pendant Workshop (July 16): – Adult students will have fun creating a keepsake mosaic pendant.

• Pottery Studio 202 (June 20-24): In this fun and messy class, students in grades 7 through 12 learn craft techniques and how to use the potter’s wheel. The goal is for each student to produce five projects to take home to enjoy or give as gifts. Projects take time to dry and are fired in a kiln; Final projects can be picked up approximately two weeks after camp.

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