The Monthaven Art and Culture Center is the perfect place to explore your creative side and develop your artistic skills. Our classes provide students with an opportunity to express their imagination and hone their craft, no matter their level of experience. We offer courses that delve into the career options available to art history students, job preparation, graduate applications, and the ethics of collecting, scholarships, conservation, and the art market. We also look into the historical and philosophical foundations of art history as a modern discipline, as well as the various interpretive methods used by art historians.
The Appalachian Center for Craft is located in Smithville, Tennessee and is part of the nationally accredited Craft & Design School of Art within the College of Fine Arts. Here, students can explore narrative art from many cultures and time periods, with a focus on the Southern United States. We will discuss the ethics of collecting, the origin and the various laws in force to prevent artifacts from moving across borders in both Eastern and Western countries. We also offer courses that explore the use of computers in relation to concepts of art and design in two-dimensional and three-dimensional media.
Students will create works of art in response to a critical question that will be presented in a group exhibition at the end of the course. An intensive course on the history of photography is also available, which will analyze how the medium emerged, its struggle to be recognized as an art form and the challenges of photography today. We also cover the cultures and societies of the region in terms of prehistory, history, geography, politics, art, languages and literatures. We focus on the materials, iconography, style and historical context of art and architecture produced in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean region from the 3rd to the 11th century.
We also look into topics such as therapeutic properties of artistic media and techniques for engaging participants in artistic practices. Finally, we offer a course on individual expression and perspectives of art history for those who have taken ART 2710. For her master's thesis, Jennifer considered the possibility of being interactive spectators in media studios, emphasizing the intersection of video art and photography. At Monthaven Art & Culture Center and Appalachian Center for Crafts you can unlock your creative potential with our wide range of workshops. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist looking to expand your skillset, our classes provide an opportunity to explore your imagination and develop your artistic abilities. From exploring career options available to art history students to learning about historical foundations of art history as a modern discipline or creating works of art in response to a critical question - we have something for everyone!.