It's about the ArtsStudents of local history and patrons of the arts are being presented with a rare opportunity to preserve local history while simultaneously
nurturing future generations in the performing and visual arts.

This is the Fall 2014 Lee Academy for the Arts
Adults and Children Classes Catalog.

Individual Topics are under Adult and Children Classes List.

Classes Registration Form is available above.

Register by calling 731-642-3411 and leave a message, send e-mail or contact the individual teacher by telephone or e-mail.

Lee Academy for the Arts offers:

Courses for adults and children are offered each semester

  • Music Arts
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Fiber Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Yoga
  • Photography

The Lunchroom is available for meetings and performances

Find Us...

Adult Classes

Visual Arts

Drawing and Oil Painting, or Acrylics (mixed class)
Instructor: Gene Snowden (707-3992 or 924-2191))
Tuesday or Thursday or Friday evenings 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Continuous enrollment. Call for availability
Fee: for 6 classes $125

Watercolor and Oil Painting (mixed class)
Instructor: Gene Snowden (707-3992 or 924-2191)
Wednesdays, from 10 to 1 pm.
Continuous enrollment. Call for availability
Fee: for 6 classes $125

Intermediate Oil Painting
Instructor: Ann Stapp (644-7334)
Private lessons.  Call Ann if interested.
Fee: $25 per 3 hour lesson.

Stained Glass: A Hands-On Experience
Instructor: Sandee Green (644-2056)
Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
    Dates: Jan. 19, 26, and Feb 2
    Fee: $150 plus $60 supply fee
    Pre-registration necessary by Jan. 12


Ballroon Dancing for Couples
Instructor: Andy Hooper
    Learn Fox Trot, Waltz, Rumba, and East Coast Swing
    Tuesdays (5 weeks) 6:30 to 8 pm
    Classes begin Feb. 3
    Fee: $75
    Contact Andy @ 642-4512

Country Line Dancing
Instructor: Dee Yeck
Monday evenings, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
First Class: January 12
Fee $5 per class - Contact Dee: 644-2222


Classes begin at the beginnig of the year for 6 weeks.  The fee of $125 includes materials needed for the class.  For first time students a set of Pottery Tools will be an additional $ 20.00.  Teachers are available at other times and classes will be added to the initial offerings, if there is demand.  Class size is 4 students.

The Studio is open daily for use by artists and independent students.  A fee schedule is posted, and you are welcome.  Studio times are subject to space availability.

Adult Wheel Throwing
Instructor: Martin Paschall e-mail
Fee covers instruction, clay, studio/wheel time, glazes, and firing.
Times: Tuesdays, from 6 to 8:30 pm, beginning January 6
Thursdays, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, beginning January 8
Contact Martin to reserve a space.

Fitness and Exercise

Instructor: Brittany Kalas from Paris YOGA offers classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 
Classes are ongoing, join at any time.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Fee: $5 per class session

Carmen Watkins offers daytime Yoga classes.
                Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings
                Time: 9-10:15 am
                Fee: $5 per session
                Instructor: Carmen Watkins []

Instructor: Jane Etheridge
Classes are ongoing, join at any time.
Tuesdays, 5:15-6:45 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Fee: $5 per class session Contact Jane: 707-0930 E-mail: >

Belly Dancing
Classes are on-going
Tuesday evenings, 5:15 to 6:45 pm
Friday mornings, 10:30 am - noon
Fee: $5 per session
Instructor: Jane Etheridge @ 707-0930

New Offering
Zumba Gold – choose a fitness program that brings the Latin and international
dance rhythms to the beginner, the active older adult, and other special groups
Thursday mornings, 10:30 – noon
Fee: $5 per session
Instructor: Jane Etheridge [] or 707-0930

Exercise for Health and Style
Instructor: Suzy Herron
Wednesday, at 11:30 and Saturdays at 11:30 am
Fee $5 per session Fee $5
Contact Suzy: 642-2494 E-mail:


General Use of your IPad
Instructor: Jessica Crews Garcia or 333-4811
Fee: $75
A general class to learn step by step the basics of using the IPad and learning tips to get
the most from your Ipad.
Bring your IPad, Apple ID, and password.
Jan. 20 at 6:30 pm or Feb. 3 at 6:30 pm



Basic Digital Photography: Camera Operations and Skills
Basic Digital Photography: Camera Operations and Skills
Instructor: Roger Hughes
Tuesdays, 6 to 9:00 pm: February 17 - March 10
Learn to make the most of your digital camera and use its advantages to improve your photographic skills.

Advanced Digital Photography: Creative Photography Skills
Instructor: Roger Hughes
Tuesdays, 6 to 9:00 pm
April 7 - 28
Follow-up for students from the beginning class, as well as for anyone familiar with digital camera skills and basic photography.

Bring camera and operations manual and tripod to all classes.
Fee for each class is $125.
To register call UT Martin at 731-881-7082 or register on line []
The Paris Photography Club has had a successful first year. If you would like to join, call Jean Owens at 731-697-4334 or e-mail.
New members are welcome.

Fiber Arts

Knitting for Children and Adults
Instructor Mary Lacey
For private instruction in Knitting, contact Mary at 731-641-0537
Fee: $10 per hour


Beginning Basket Weaving, ages 14 and up
Make a 6”x 6”x 5” basket
Fee: $30 including supplies

Intermediate Basket Weaving, ages 14 and up
Make a 8.5” melon/egg basket
Fee: $30 including supplies Basket

Weaving for Kids
Get started with a wood base
Fee: $30 including supplies
Instructor: Lisa Rhodes - email Lisa , 731-333-9725, or Facebook to set up a class with a minimum of 4 students.
Great for groups, friends, family members, and kids' parties.

Children Classes

Enrollment is continuous; classes start at your convenience.

Instructor: Jenifer Paschall @ (731) 234-7163
Monday-Friday afternoons and Saturdays
Fee: Flat rate of $80 per month

Instructor: Jim Merrell
Monday or Tuesday afternoons and evenings
Fee: $15 per half-hour
Call Jim Merrill at 731-336-9195

Instructor: Gioia Fazzini (Beginning and Intermediate)
Tuesday afternoons
Fee: $15 per half-hour E-mail:

Instructor: Jenifer Paschall @ (731) 234-7163
Monday - Friday afternoons and Saturdays (new option)
Fee: Flat rate of $80 per month


MARTIN DANCE STUDIO - Visit or call 731-642-5465

Under the artistic direction of Ms. Cornelia Link
Ballet  Pointe  Jazz  Tap
Classes begin January 8
New Students Welcome

Kindermusik With Amy Martin

Register on-line - Text or call Amy Martin at 901-491-9730 or e-mail
Classes begin in January. You may join a class at any time. 
There is a one-time charge for Home materials due at time of registration.

Kindermusik Village: (0 to 18 months)
Please contact Amy for class information

Our Time: (18 to 3 years)
Wednesday  10:00-10:45 am
Classes start January 13
Fee: $48/month plus Materials Fee

Imagine That! ( 3 to 5 Years)
Wednesday 12:30 - 1:15 PM
Classes start Jan. 14
Fee: $48 per month plus Materials Fee

Kindermusik for the Young Child  (5-7 Years)
Tuesdays  3:15 - 4:15 PM
Classes start January 13
Fee: $60 per month plus Materials Fee

New Classes

Theatre Basics and Games (grades 3 – 5 or grades 6 - 8)
 Intro to Improv (grades 6 -8)
Instructor: Marci Gardner-Edmonds
Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Classes begin Jan. 9
Fee: $45 for 4 classes
Contact Marci: or247-3819

      Creative Arts and Crafts
      Classes begin the week of Jan. 5.  Parents choose either Monday or Thursday
      “Mommy and Me” ages 2-4 Monday or Thursday 11-12:00 pm $30 plus $20 supply
“Lil' Hoots”grades K-2 Monday or Thursday 3:20 - 4:30 pm $40 plus $25 supply
“A Hoot and a Half” grades 3-5 Monday or Thursday 4:35-6:05pm $45 plus 30 supply
“What a Hoot” grades 6-8 Monday or Thursday 6:05-7:35 pm $45 plus $30 supply
    Instructor Lori Barrow
Tuition is due at the first of the month.  Email [] for registration


Course Costs and Scholarships

Financial assistance is available to cover fees and supplies.

Scholarship Application is available here.


Membership for period October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014. US Mail Membership Form is here.


Financial assistance is available to cover fees and supplies. US Mail Registration Form is here.

Register by calling 642-3411 and leave a message, send e-mail or contact the individual teacher by telephone or e-mail.


What is Lee Academy For the Arts? How a city school became a center for the arts

In 2001, a number of historically minded Henry County organizations formed a committee dedicated to preserving Lee School. By spring the Robert E. Lee School Association (RELSA) had filed a charter and begun soliciting funds to restore and find a purpose for the building. Their mission, 1) to restore and preserve this historic building and grounds; 2) to make Lee School a useful and viable part of our contemporary culture in Paris and Henry County. In 2002, the school building and land were deeded to RELSA. A feasibility study, funded in part by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was completed and possible uses for the facility were recommended.

Several capital projects have been completed including heating and air conditioning installations, classroom/restroom rehabilitation, window repair, landscaping and parking, wiring, and painting and restoration of the Bell Tower.

In 2003, the Robert E. Lee School Association Board chose an initial purpose for the historic building and the Lee School became a Center for the Arts.

The nonprofit Robert E. Lee School Association is dedicated to the restoration and renovation of the historic school building located near downtown Paris. With assistance from grants, donations, memberships and a special contribution of $10,000 to the Paris-Henry County Arts Council by an anonymous donor, three rooms are ready for the premier season of the Robert E. Lee Academy for the Arts.

The Academy offers year-round classes and workshops with an emphasis on visual and performing arts to citizens of all ages from throughout Paris and Henry County.

Lunchroom Calendar

The Lee Academy Lunchroom monthly activity calendar is available here. To schedule the Lunchroom for business or social activities, including food, contact Debbie Knowles   731-336-0404.

The Lunch room at Lee Academy is available as a Meeting Room or Performance Hall. The Lunchroom is excellent for wedding receptions, dances and private parties and features a caterer's kitchen.

For more information, call 731-641-3411 to leave message