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 Summer 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

Drawing and Oil Painting, or Acrylics (mixed class)
Instructor: Gene Snowden (707-3992 or 924-2191))
Tuesday or Thursday or Friday 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

Ballroon Dancing for Couples
Instructor: Andy Hooper
Tuesdays (5 weeks), 6:30-8 p.m.
Classes begin: June 17
Fee: $75 - Contact Andy: call 642-4512

Country Line Dancing
Instructor: Dee Yeck
Monday evenings, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Classes begin June 9
Fee $5 per class - Contact Dee: 644-2222

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:


Martin Paschall will resume ceramics classes in the fall. Sign up now.
Available for private lessons in summer.

Fitness and Exercise

Instructor: Brittany Kalas
Classes are ongoing, join at any time.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Fee: $5 per class session

Belly Dancing

Classes are on-going
Friday mornings, 10:30 am - noon - Fee: $5 per session
Instructor: Jane Etheridge @ 707-0930

Exercise for Health and Style

Exercise to stay fi t, limber and graceful.
Full workout, but not strenuous.
Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.
Fee $5 Contact Suzy: 642-2494 E-mail:


Introduction to the iPad

Tuesday, June 17, 6-8:30pm. Fee $75
Instructor: Jessica Crews Garcia or 333-4811

Strictly a beginner's class to learn step by step the basics of using the iPad and learning its capabilities.
Bring your iPad, Apple ID and password.

Intermediate iPad

Instructor: Jessica Crews Garcia    or 333-4811
Tuesday, June 24, 6-8:30 pm. Fee: $75
Learn tips to get the most out of your iPad.  Discover great apps for organizing,reading, writing, communicating, and having fun. 
Bring iPad, Apple ID, and password.

 To enroll, call  (731) 881-7877 or e-mail Jessica


Basic Digital Photography: Camera Operations and Skills
Roger Hughes will resume photography classes this fall. So plan ahead.

Acting - Theatre Scene Study

(Ending with a performance.)
Instructor: Gioia Fazzini - email
Classes begin: June 10, 5-7 p.m.
Fee for 7 weeks: $75

Fiber Arts

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

Children Classes

Enrollment is continuous; classes start at your convenience.

Instructor: Jenifer Paschall @ (731) 234-7163
Monday-Friday afternoons and Saturdays (new option)
Fee: $15 per half-hour

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

Instructor: Gioia Fazzini Beginning and Intermediate private lessons.
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Classes begin: June 10
Fee: $15 per half-hour E-mail:

Piano Instructor: Jenifer Paschall @ (731) 234-7163
Monday - Friday afternoons and Saturdays (new option)
Fee: $15 per half-hour


Ms. Cornelia Link will resume classes in August.

Kindermusik With Amy Martin

Register on-line - Text or call Amy Martin at 901-491-9730 or e-mail

Fee: $60 per month for tuition and At-Home materials. Families enrolling more than 1 child receive a discount.

Enjoy A Special One-Week Class
Cost per camp (with materials): $65
Discount for more than 1 child per family.
No charge for children 0-6 months.

CAMP 1 :Monday-Friday, June 16-20

Monday-Friday, July 7-11
Ages 0-3 and families - 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Ages 3-4 - 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Ages 5-6 - 11:30-12:15 p.m.


Instructor: Janice Wright @ 731- 642-9697
Time: Monday, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, beginning January 6
Fee (including supplies) for 6 weeks, $75

Language Camp Children grades 1-5. Enroll for Spanish and French Day Camp June 12, 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $35 plus $10 supply fee To register: call UT Martin, 731-881-7092 Online:

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 Joan Shankle 731-642-9297.

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