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New Art Classes for 2018!

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Spring Term  2018
Jan 6th- May 26th

We are gearing up for our Winter/Spring 2018 term, which begins Saturday, January 6th! We have some returning classes as well as some brand new ones for you to check out!

*All of our art classes and Open Studio sessions now require advanced registration unless otherwise noted.

Open Studio will be back in a limited schedule of select dates and times. Pre-registration is required for all school year Open Studio Sessions. Sessions will continue to be open to all ages.
Sessions are $10 per artist or $35 for 4 artists.

Coffee & Creative Play will be Friday Mornings from 9:00-10:30

Family Crafternoons will be offered select school holidays, in-service days and select Saturday/afternoon dates. Please click on the title above to view the online store for upcoming dates!

*Space is limited for all Open Studio Sessions so register early for your date.

We will no longer hold Open Studio Sessions on Wednesday mornings or Wednesday and Friday Afternoons as it conflicts with our class schedule. I am sorry for any inconvenience. Extended open studio sessions and walk in hours will return in the summer months when school is out.

Messy Baby is Back! (Ages 6-36 mo.)

Messy Baby Art will be returning Mondays at 11:00-11:45. 
Instructor: Jennifer MacIsaac

This sensory based art class is open to babies and toddlers 6-36 months. 
*Caregiver participation is required*
Your baby/toddler will use non-toxic kid's tempera paint with a variety of different tools, exploring color and texture.
You and your baby will likely get very messy so dress for a mess! Babies are encouraged to explore in their diapers or an old onsie. Adult smocks are available.
There is a sink onsite for cleanup, please bring a washcloth and a towel.
$10/ per week.

Register in advance for the date you wish to attend!


Preschool Art Club (Ages 3-6)

Creative Explorations is a Reggio Emilia inspired, process based art enrichment program for preschoolers to age six. 
This program will be offered twice per week and you can register for one or both days!
$85 per month for one day a week (additional day only $40!)
Instructor: Jennifer MacIsaac
Your child will work with both traditional and non-traditional materials as they explore their own creativity. Projects will follow the interests of the class and will focus on sensory exploration and self expression through art. We will experiment, play, and create together each day. We will also seek to incorporate story, movement, and song in our creative explorations. 

Save when you register for multiple days!

Parents feel free drop your child off while you enjoy one of the lovely cafes or shops in the area! Parents who wish to stay for the class are welcome to do so, and they will be considered volunteers and may be asked to assist as needed.

REGISTER HERE Please note the day of the week you want to attend at checkout.

Coffee & Creative Play is the perfect time for mom groups, play groups and homeschoolers to enjoy open access to the studio supplies. This is a time for you and your child to explore the studio materials and make anything you wish! There is no lesson or set project during this time.
$10 per artist or 4 for $35, complimentary coffee is available!
Fridays 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Please preregister to reserve your spot!


Kids Art Classes (Age 6 & up)

Beginning Clay this is a new class series that will be offered for ages 7 and up. This class will meet each Tuesday for 5 weeks beginning on January 16th from 4:00-5:30.
Instructor: Mimi Knight

We will explore the basics of handbuilding by pinching, coiling, and using slabs as we create our very own artwork with a Valentine theme! Students will work on a variety of projects from charms to small bowls. All projects will be glazed during the Feb 6th class and our class will culminate with an art show and Valentine party during the Feb 13th class! All clay materials and glaze are included, as well as the firing fee.

*There is a 3 student Min. for this class, if min is not net a refund will be offered.

After School Art Club, Kids 6 & up. This fun art based program meets Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 4:00-5:30. Choose one day or all three!
Instructor: Jennifer MacIsaac

Each day your child will experience art enrichment activities based on the interests of the group. We will combine traditional art projects with creative play. Your child will participate in art games, creative challenges, art experiments, and traditional art projects inspired by various cultures, artists, and art movements. We will combine structured lessons and projects with unstructured creative free time where your child will exercise their own creativity. They will have plenty of opportunities to explore the many materials in the studio for their own creative expression. Each day will look a little different depending on the interest of the group.
$85 per month for one day a week (additional days only $40 each!)
Register Below for the day/days you wish to attend:

Save when you register for multiple days!

Please note the day/days you wish to attend at checkout.

Homeschool Mixed Media Art, for Kids Age 7-11. Fridays from 12:30-1:30.
Instructor: Jennifer MacIsaac
We will explore traditional 2D mediums including drawing, painting, and collage techniques. We will focus on the elements and principals of design as we work through techniques within each medium and explore new ways to combine and layer the various mediums together in thoughtful ways. $65 per month. 


Meet the Masters is an art class for kid's age 7-11. Class meets Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Karen Byars

Class Description:
We will be inspired master artists like, Helen Cordero (2 weeks), Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Klee. The workshops will include a small 3D sculpture, accordion book making, drawing, and painting. Individual expressive creativity will be encouraged. If a student is absent they may complete their work upon return that month.

*There is a 3 student Min. for this class if min. is not met you will be notified and issued a refund.
$105 (4 weeks)


Teen Art (Age 12-18)

Teen Experssive Art Journaling for ages 12-18 Mondays 4:00-5:30
Instructor: Karen Byars

Class Description:"The source of your voice is your true self" -Julia McCutcenWe will be combining writing, drawing, painting, collage and stenciling as we experiment with supplies to explore the intuitive process of creating and layering. The goal is to get in touch with your inner positive voice and enjoy the creative process which can be a bridge to self-guided art making.

*There is a 3 person Minimum each month for this class. If Minimums are not met you will be notified and your money will be refunded. $110


Teen Independent Art Study for ages 12-18.
(You choose which days you come!)

$85 per mo (Come as many days as you want throughout the month)*Please note studio closures on our calendar.

Independent Art Study means teens may come in and work independently on their own art, and explore various Mediums. This is a perfect time to work on portfolio building!I will be on hand for consultation and basic direction but this time is intended to be largely self guided. There is no planned lesson or instruction during this time.


Adult Art Classes (18 and up)

Adult Intuitive Painting is a new class this term for adults 18 and over. This class will meet weekly on Mondays from 2:00-3:30.
Instructor: Karen Byars

This adult workshop will be using expressive painting techniques along with relaxing breathing, and writing activities to help get in touch with our heart centered energy and positive voice.
This process allows experimenting with color, texture, layering, even collage and text on canvas. 
Canvas and other materials will be supplied.

*You may want to bring a mixed media journal to work in as well due to layering and drying
times and or a journal for writing. 
Please note there is a 3 student Min for this class.

$130 (All materials included)


Adult Expressive Arts Journaling for adults 18 and over
This class meets weekly on Saturdays from 12:00-1:30 (Feel free to pack a lunch!)Instructor: Karen Byars
Class Description:

"The source of your voice is your true self" -Julia McCutcen

We will be combining writing, drawing, painting, collage and stenciling as we experiment with supplies to explore the intuitive process of creating and layering. The goal is to get in touch with your inner positive voice and enjoy the creative process which can be a bridge to self-guided art making.

$115 per mo. 
*There is a 3 person Minimum each month for this class. If Minimums are not met you will be notified and your money will be refunded.


Zentangle Club is a monthly group that meets to practice the art of meditative doodling.
Instructor: Amy Broady, CZT

This is a guided group led by a certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) will teach a new tangle (design) each month. Though these tangles look difficult, they are really quite simple once they have been broken down into their basic steps, and the results are both beautiful and relaxing. The Zentangle motto is, "Anything is possible, one stroke at a time." This group is for both experienced tanglers and those who are just starting out!

Please click the link for specific dates.


Creative Self-Care is also a monthly class for adults.
Instructors: Gayle Browne-Guided Meditations & Jennifer MacIsaac- Visual Expression

The focus of this class is on taking time out to care for yourself through a practice based in mindfulness and creative self expression. Each month we will focus on a different theme for the class. We will be led in a guided mindfulness style meditation on the theme by an experienced and trained guide. We will then respond with a visual exploration of the same theme. For our purposes a "meditation" is anything we reflect on and "art" is anything we create. There is no need to be experienced in either meditation or art to participate in this class, though experienced participants are always welcome! We are not affiliated with any religion or sect though participants are encouraged to bring their own spirituality to their practice.

Cost for this monthly class is $35 and it is open to both Men and Women.
Please click the link for specific Dates.


The Basement Community Art Studio has also teamed up with Creating Mindfulness to offer a companion to the Creative Self-Care series. This monthly group is geared just to women. It will meet monthly at varying locations around Knoxville. It is intended to be a safe space for women to come together for support and self-care through both mindfulness and creative expression.
The Women's Circle operates strictly by donation and a $10 donation is suggested, however we understand that some months  you may not be able to pay. We wish for you to come anyways, the group is stronger with you!
Space is limited depending on the location hosting so please email us at creatingmindfulnessretreats@gmail.com to let us know if you plan to come. We will confirm your spot via a return email. Please be sure to let us know if you plan to bring a friend so that they can be added to the list as well!

Group Facilitators: Dorothy Verbick and Jennifer MacIsaac

See our online store for Special Events & Guest Artist Workshops!

Throughout the year we offer special events such as school holiday camps, workshops led by guest artists, and other special one time or limited series classes. These specials are different each month so check back often! 
If you are an artist interested in teaching a class or workshop for either children or adults, please email us at thebasementartstudio@gmail.com with your idea!

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