Lessons & Classes 2013-2014

New this year!

Culinary Arts Workshop

Grades 7 - 12
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 7 p.m.
Charles Myers, CSA alumnus and Culinary Institute of America graduate

Thanks to a grant from the Mount Rest Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation, we're able to offer a series of Culinary Arts Workshops for ages 12-18 each Quarter. Classes will be held on consecutive Tuesdays from 4:30-7 p.m. for a five-week period each Quarter, and will be taught by CSA alumnus and Culinary Institute of America graduate Charles Myers. Each week, students will create a complete meal from prep to clean-up, learning basic kitchen skills, cooking techniques, terms, etc. Because space is extremely limited, we will rotate enrollment every Quarter so that everyone has the opportunity to participate at least one month during the year.

Voice Class

Grades 9 - 12
Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Amy Porter

After a long hiatus, voice teacher extraordinaire Amy Porter will be teaching an hour-long voice class. Students will work on vocal basics, singing techniques, and solo repertoire as well as occasional ensemble numbers.


Brass Lesson

Private Lessons

Weekly private lessons (30 minutes to 1 hour) are offered in beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels for the following instruments. All disciplines include instruction in music theory and composition. Instruments are provided for students who do not have their own.

  • Piano
  • Violin, Cello, Bass, Traditional Fiddle
  • Trumpet
  • Guitar/Mandolin

Percussion Arts Ensemble

Grades 6 - 12
Mondays, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Nathan Barrett, Director

Inspired by “Stomp!” this 90-minute class focuses on all aspects of percussive arts, including basic rhythm fundamentals, classifications of instruments, and ear training. Students learn to compose complex rhythms, improvise, work as an ensemble, and incorporate the rhythms of everyday life into formal compositions.

Percussion Arts Ensemble ("The Beat Addiction") Performance at Market Square

Modern Dance

Creative Movement Class

Creative Movement Class

Grades 1 - 6
Mondays, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Jamie Webster, Director

This 45-minute class is designed to enhance coordination, listening skills, balance, music interpretation, creative movement and motor development in the youngest dancers. Students also learn improvisational and partnering techniques and the basics of choreography.

Explorations in Art I

Visual Arts

Explorations in Art I

Grades 2 - 4
Tuesdays, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m..
Claxyton Moultry, Instructor

Students learn the fundamentals of art, such as color, texture, and composition, in this weekly class for beginners. Projects include self-portraiture, silhouettes, mask making, and lo-tech printmaking.

Explorations in Art II

Grades 5 - 8
Mondays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Jessie Kennedy, Instructor

Explorations in Art II

Grades 5 - 8
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Jessie Kennedy, Instructor

Master Class Raku Firing

The class focuses on developing intermediate techniques such as drawing skills and 3-D design and execution. Projects include self-portraiture, painting, basic clay hand-building, and found-object sculpture.

Master Class

Grades 9 - 12
Thursday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Jennifer Willard & HGTV/Scripps creative design/digital media staff, Facilitators

Visiting guest artists conduct 6- to 12-week residencies for high school students who are well-versed in the basics and have extensive classroom experience. Mediums include printmaking, life drawing, raku hand-building, and mixed media.

Independent Studio Study

Independent Studio Study

Jennifer Willard, Facilitator

As part of the School’s developing Career Center for Creative Media, funded in part by the Mount Rest Fund, middle and high school students interested in pursuing careers in applied art, graphic design, or film production are able to design their own curriculum, set their own schedules, and work independently in a supervised studio setting. Goals include creating effective portfolios for admission into higher education programs and taking their work “to the next level.”