Get Crafty: App State’s Craft Enrichment Program is Open to the Public, Register Now!

Published Friday, May 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm

By Kaitlan Morehouse

Check out App State’s craft enrichment program and its new opportunities for community members of the High Country.

The almost 20-year-old craft enrichment program at Appalachian offers a wide variety of classes at an affordable rate, flexible schedule and small class sizes.

Act fast! Registration is already open.


Register for pottery classes at on May 1!

The program was started by Director Emeritus Eric Reichard and was named for Michael R. Patricelli, whose wife sponsors the program in his memory. Click here for more information on the honoree.

The classes will offer community members 16 years and older the chance to learn a new skill, many of which will require equipment and tools not readily available to the public, like the pottery studio. The program also offers the opportunity to advance an already learned skill, be taught by professionals in the field of study and meet people who share common interests.

“It’s a great deal,” ASU Craft Enrichment Director Kathy Copley said. “We offer excellent classes at wonderful registration fees.”

The program offers summer classes that are shorter and in workshop form to accommodate more schedules.

Day time classes will include parking passes. Evening classes, which will be in Katherine Harper or Edwin Duncan Hall, will include free parking after 5 p.m.

Classes come at affordable prices, and most include all of the materials you will need.

“It’s an affordable way to learn or advance a skill that you’re already involved in,” Copley said

Because of the smaller class sizes, there will even be time to not only get individualized attention from the instructor, but time to work on personal projects.


Register for a jewelry class on May 1 at!

You can also check out or follow Craft Enrichment on Facebook — Posts are generally daily.

For more information, contact Copley at [email protected].

“We’d love for people to visit us and learn more about the program,” Copley said.

Program Details

Registration opens at noon on Sunday, May 1 for the summer classes in the Michael R. Patricelli Craft Enrichment Program at Appalachian.

Craft Enrichment offers a variety of classes for novices, advanced students or individuals ready to explore a new hobby.

There will be three new classes this summer: bead weaving, intermediate pottery, Photoshop for beginners and sewing fundamentals, as well as four new instructors.

Here is the complete list of all of the 22 classes (for all skill levels) offered in the craft enrichment program:

Classes offered this summer:

  • Basket making (Back to Basics With Baskets)
  • Batik Fundamentals (Perennial favorites)
  • Drawing (Beginning Drawing Techniques)
  • Glass (Beginning Stained Glass, Fusing and Slumping and Bead Making)
  • Jewelry (Beginning, Intermediate/Advanced and Bead Weaving: Earrings, Bracelet and Pendant)
  • Painting (Beginning Oil Painting and Adventures in Acrylics)
  • Photography (Beginning Digital Photography and Photoshop for Beginners)
  • Pottery (Pottery: Decorating With Images From Nature with Jimmy Savely, Advanced Open Studio, Beginning Pottery: Focus on Fundamentals, Beginning Pottery with Tara Belk and Intermediate Pottery: Developing More Skills)
  • Quilting and Sewing (Beginning Quilting and Sewing Fundamentals)
  • Video Production
  • Weaving (Beginning Weaving)

Classes not offered this summer:

  • Basket Making (Paper Basket Making)
  • Craft Sampler
  • Landscaping
  • Make It, Take It
  • Painting (Watercolor Landscapes for Intermediate Painters and Beginning Watercolor)
  • Welding/Metalworking (Introduction to Welding)
  • Pottery (Beginning and Intermediate Pottery with Maggie Black, Beginning Pottery with Dottie Baker and Surface Design and Decorating Techniques)

Classes offered this fall:

  • Electronics (Introduction to Arduino)
  • Woodworking (Beginning Bowl Turning and Advanced Bowl Turning

Classes not currently offered:

  • Biodiesel Production Workshop
  • Drawing (Drawing Landscapes and Still Lifes)
  • Fly Tying
  • Glass (Intermediate Stained Glass)
  • Mosaics (Magic and Mystery of Mosaic)
  • Photography (Intermediate Digital Photography)
  • Spinning (Fiber Spinning)
  • Woodworking (Introduction to Woodworking Techniques)

Class cost will range from $135 to $190. For most classes, the class fee covers the cost of materials, and for weekday classes, it includes parking passes. Free, convenient parking will be available for evening and weekend classes.

This summer, there will be weekend classes, week-long morning or afternoon workshops, and 4-, 5-, 6-, 8-, and 10-week courses.

Professional-level equipment will be available and participants have time to see where an idea leads in studio-based classes that promote the development of artists at all levels.


Class size will be limited, so early registration is encouraged. Online registration begins Sunday, May 1 at noon at

At noon on May 1, all of the “click here” links will be active. Registration cannot be in advance.

Contact Teri Reddick at [email protected] or 828-262-2530 for more details about registration.




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