Artist in Residence: Kelsey Smith

Spring 2021


In the Studio: Creativity & Printmaking

March 11 – May 27

Thursdays  |  10 a.m.

Calling creatives of ALL ages! Finding new ways to stay creative can be a challenge. Join us each Thursday at 10 a.m. as Discovery Center’s Artist in Residence, Kelsey, teaches us about finding new ways to unleash and utilize our creative muscles. Each week we will dive into different techniques and skills using printmaking with a special focus on creativity. Activities vary weekly and may include some outdoor exploration, inspiration gathering, and creating indoors in The Studio. Included with admission.

Artist in Residence Studio Hours

Visit us Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see our Artist in Residence during her open studio hours. You’ll find her outdoors or in The Studio. Included with admission.

In the Studio schedule (subject to change)

Please wear weather-appropriate clothes that can get dirty. We also have art smocks available to wear as needed. Note: Programs subject to change based on weather and resourcing supplies outdoors.

Eco-Friendly Printing (April 8th-29th)

This month we will be using all things recycled and sustainably sourced to explore our creativity through printmaking.

  • Pencils & Erasers
    Create the perfect stamp set with items already on your desk; pencils and erasers!
  • Cardboard Printing
    We will be using different types of cardboard to create one-of-a-kind monoprints.
  • Block Printing
    Repurposing wooden blocks we just don’t seem to play with as much anymore, we will print unique “block” prints.
  • Fruit Printing
    Some fruit that is just past its prime will be making its way to the Studio for this eco-friendly print session!

Altogether Now (May 6th-27th)

  • Building on the techniques and skills we learned in previous classes, join us to make uniquely wonderful works of art! (Please feel free to join whether or not you attended our earlier classes.)
  • Stencil & Stamp
    We will combine two of our favorite artmaking techniques to create some of our furry friends.
  • Build A Bug
    Using a drawing game known as the “exquisite corpse method” we will be creating stamps to compile for a new and exciting bug on every print.
  • Textile Block Printing
    See how the professionals print some of your favorite clothing designs and leave with some wearable art you printed yourself!
  • Will It Print?
    Scissors, cups, and root vegetables; we are going to try and print it all! Be ready to get messy and leave with a very special monoprint.

Artist Bio

Kelsey Smith, the owner of Hilo Studios, is a functional potter and artist native to Middle Tennessee.  Kelsey is a lover of all art practices and helping people along their creative journeys. She graduated with her BFA in ceramics from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014. Since then, she has honed her passion for helping others create by teaching at several art education institutions including Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum, The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, and her own studio.  Her work has been in a number of honorable shows and publications including Cummins Station Student exhibits, North South East West: What Grew us, and Murfreesboro Magazine. After years of working as an art educator Kelsey is currently creating functional ceramics full-time in her home studio. You can find her work at Oaklands Mansion, Steadfast Flowers Urban Farm, and at

About the Artist In Residence Program

Discovery Center’s Artists in Residence Program focuses on sustainable practices in Middle Tennessee. The project provides an opportunity for children and families who visit the Center to observe and interact with a professional artist and culminates in an artist creating an installation that is produced with materials like wood, recycled materials, or any other responsibly sourced materials of the artist’s choice. The installation will be on exhibit at the Discovery Center and will encourage visitors to have a better appreciation of natural areas like the wetlands.

Want to be our next Artist In Residence?

The AIR program provides an opportunity for children and families who visit DC to observe and interact with a professional artist. The conclusion of the program would include the creation of an outdoor installation that is produced with materials like wood, recycled materials, or any other responsibly sourced materials of the artist’s choice. The artist will take residence in the Center for a total of approximately 75 hours over the course of 16 weeks. Apply Here!


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Learn about Discovery Center’s 2018 artist in residence: Abby Hirsch Reish

Learn about Discovery Center’s 2019 artist in residence: Carolyn Beehler

Learn about Discovery Center’s 2020 artist in residence: Stacy Verner