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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
The Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts is continuing its launch and expansion of new arts programming in the Town of Jonesborough.
Jonesborough’s Arts Program is designed to inspire area residents through appreciation for and participation in the various forms of art and expression. Although The Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts is housed out of the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School, the comprehensive program also includes other venues such as the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, Jonesborough Elementary School and the International Storytelling Center.
The Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts provides educational courses in visual and performing arts and is currently offering over thirty (30) courses including drawing, painting, music, theatre, acting, and dance. Some of the most popular classes include the various pottery courses, bucket drums, mosaics, and musical theatre. Classes are geared toward various ages from kindergarten to adult and range in skill level from beginning to advanced. The curriculum is based on a semester system with Fall classes held August through November, Spring classes held January through April, and Summer classes held during June and July.
The program faculty are known for their expertise and experience and have developed a multi-year curriculum in the visual arts. Student receive professional high-quality instruction. The faculty are featured periodically in local newspapers. Click HERE to see some Faculty and Artist Media Spotlights
Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts offers a full curriculum of fine arts programming that will teach comprehensive skills to individuals of all ages and abilities. The program uses the acronym ACTION to describe various age and/or skill concentrations available:
A - Adventures
For the young artist (ages 3-8) who is ready to explore the world of art, Adventures is an introduction to art skills where each activity and project is organized to develop the understanding and experimentation with a wide variety of media, techniques, and processes.
C - Construction
The Construction curriculum is developed for older elementary aged children (ages 8-10) who want to build on their skills as artists. Sculpture and ceramics projects will reflect the art of different world cultures.
T - Technique
The Technical aspects of drawing and painting provide each student with a solid foundation by which the student can confidently compose original works of art based initially in masterwork variations. This practice helps students to develop their own style: personal preference regarding subject matter, color, texture, shading, perspective and overall composition.
I - Imagination
The Imagination program is for the teen or adult who wants to individualize their skills as they explore various art styles and techniques from realism to abstraction. Students will experience a wide range of media and processes including drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture as they learn how to interpret subject matter with an artist’s eye.
O - Originality
For the high-functioning students with a portfolio-centered focus, students will select a package of projects that may take a semester or a year to complete. Classes may include architectural renderings, writing and illustrating a children’s book, designing a game or creating a deck of cards. This course is designed for the individual desiring a platform to display a brilliant culmination of skill, technique, and artistic expression.
N - Neighborhood
For members of the adult community who wish to pursue their interest in art regardless of skill level, participants will join with their neighbors in artistic endeavors such as paintings, ceramics, non-sewn fabric quilt blocks, digital photography and more.