MFAC was developed by W James Taylor and his daughters Geneva and Briana Taylor to provide Knoxville-area young people ages 6 through 14 with instruction in fine art disciplines and materials, and to provide area artists and art students the opportunity to experience working with our underprivileged communities here in East Knoxville.
MFAC is modeled after a Washington, DC-area fine art camp organized by Millie Shott that he Geneva and Briana attended prior to his return to Knoxville. Taylor was inspired by Shott’s approach, which led to Geneva winning Best in Show in a fine art show at age six for a work she completed using gold leaf when she was four. Geneva died one month before the 2019 opening of the camp.
MFAC is housed at Overcoming Believers Church, 211 Harriet Tubman Street, Knoxville, Tennessee. We provide 18 students with instruction in color theory; acrylic painting, water color painting, environmental art and Chinese brush painting, portrait and Zentangle drawing, collage construction, photography, pastel landscape painting, clay sculpting and much,much more. Three rotating 45-minute classes covering the various art disciplines are presented daily from 9:30am to 12:30pm for a total of 15 different subjects during the weeklong camp. In addition to Taylor, the instructors are area artists and art students practicing in the Knoxville area. Snacks and acoustic guitar breaks with camp singalongs led by Taylor are also provided.
The creation of MFAC is my way of sharing the many blessings bestowed on me that have enabled my evolution and success as a fine art artist,” said Taylor. “I am extremely grateful to all those who are similarly motivated and have contributed their time, energy, and financial support to enabling MFAC to continue to provide Knoxville young people with exposure to fine art.”
A $250.00 donation will get you a 2024 camp mug
plus secures tuition for 2 students
Tuition is $125.00 per student
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