Textiles, books, jewelry, clay vessels, photographs, bicycles, songs, and more. If it can be made or enhanced by human creativity, the adults participating in Shakerag Workshops will be attempting it. Beginning its 13th season this June, Shakerag Workshops attract artists and aspirants from all around the United States for one-week sessions of creativity, instruction, artistic fellowship, and gourmet meals on the campus of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School. This year's sessions will be June 12-18 and June 19-25.
Classes are open to a wide range of participants; beginners and professionals take classes together. The inclusive atmosphere of Shakerag is one of the hallmarks of the program, and teachers over the years have commented on the vitality of classes which include students with a variety of experiences. "There is a sense of closeness among faculty and students," says director Claire Reishman, "and those who have attended classes say that they leave Shakerag feeling refreshed and energized to continue developing their artistic interests."
In addition to more traditional arts media, this year's workshops include the fundamentals of songwriting, custom bamboo bike construction, and interactive spatial media design. A full list of workshops is available at www.shakerag.org/workshops.
Workshop participants and the general public are invited to attend evening artists' talks and the Shakerag Lecture Series. This year's Shakerag lecturers will be the founders of Chattanooga's UNFoundation, an organization that cuts the red tape for funding entrepreneurial ventures, and Nancy Vienneau, food blogger, former restaurant critic for The Tennessean, and author of Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook. The lectures are held Wednesday evenings in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts at 7:30, followed by a reception in Simmonds Hall honoring the Shakerag faculty.
For more information or to register for Shakerag Workshops go to www.shakerag.org. Local applicants may receive a discount in tuition and meals.
In addition to Shakerag Workshops, the St. Andrew's-Sewanee School offers a variety of arts and sports day camps for children in 1st through 8th grade. Information about these camps is available at www.sasweb.org/summer.