Residencies

Woodworking residencies provide novel enrichment programs for classrooms and community arts programs. 

We currently provide residencies throughout Tennessee, and out of state by request.

What is a residency?

Our residency programs typically consist of 3-5 days of woodworking classes, centering around one focused theme. Residencies are often grant-funded, and provide unique arts opportunities to students with special needs.  

How do you get a grant?

There are a variety of grants available for schools and community groups, depending on the situation and needs of your particular group of students. 

 

In TN, we frequently work with the TN Arts Commission and Borderless Arts TN to bring these exciting residencies to new areas. 

Learn more about Grant Requirements and the Application Process through TN Arts Commission

Contact Jennie for help obtaining a grant through Borderless Arts TN. 

Residency Theme Examples

The theme of your residency classes may be one of the following popular examples, or a customized theme based on certain grant requirements or a current classroom focus. 

Intro to Woodworking

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In this hands-on course, students will be guided through the safe and effective use of hand tools to build their own woodworking projects (examples include a boat, a bed, an airplane, and a creature).

 

Each project gradually introduces new challenges, as students develop confidence with different tools and techniques.

 

The curriculum provides novel and engaging opportunities for students to learn skills related to math (measuring, geometry), science (physics, botany), and art (drawing, painting, sculpting), while increasing independence and creative problem solving skills. 

Little House Woodworking

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In this course, inspired by the Little House in the Big Woods and Farmer Boy books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, children enjoy hands-on opportunities to learn skills related to math, science, art, history, and literature.

 

Students are guided through the safe and effective use of woodworking hand tools to create multi-media projects inspired by the Little House books. This fun, back-to-basics program helps children learn and appreciate some of the basic skills that people used in the Victorian Era. 

Woodworking: Building Cars

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This engaging course provides students the opportunity to design and build their own functional wooden car and racetrack. Students are guided through the safe and effective use of hand tools, and learn how to install wheels on their vehicle.

 

After completing the woodworking projects, children put their cars into action and experiment with racing their cars on the track to determine which factors effect speed. This course provides an exciting integration of hands-on learning with skills related to math, science, art, and creative problem solving. 

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