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 Winter 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))
Thursday evenings, 5:30 to 8:30pm
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 Oils Painting
Instructor: Ann Stapp (644-7334)
Wednesdays, 2 to 5 pm, First class January 15
Fee: for 6 classes $125

Ann Stapp is also available for private lessons. Call her if interested. Fee: $25 per
3 hour lesson.

Stained Glass: A Hands-On Experience
Instructor: Sandee Green (644-2056)
Call Sandee if you are interested in a class or private lessons.


Beginning Ballroom Dancing
These Classes will be rescheduled.

Couples Dance Class
Instructor Andy Hooper
Begins February 18 at 7 pm
Fee $75 for 6 one-hour classes

Country Line Dancing
Instructor: Dee Yeck (644-2222)
Monday evenings, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
First Class January 20
Fee $5 per class


Classes begin the first full week in January 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 - Contact Martin to reserve a space.
Fee covers instruction, clay, studio/wheel time, glazes, and firing.

Times: Tuesdays, from 6 to 8:30 pm, beginning January 7 or
Thursdays, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, beginning January 9

Fitness and Exercise


Brittany Kalas from Paris YOGA offers classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. Remember, everyone can practice yoga.
 Classes are ongoing. Join at any time.
                Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings
                Time: 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
                 Fee: $5 per class session.
Instructor: Brittany Kalas

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

Instructor: Suzy Herron @ 731-642-2494
 Instructor Suzy Herron is not offering a regularly scheduled class this winter.  If you would like to join her as she exercises, just contact her.
Learn to be more limber, more graceful, more YOU.


 “How to Win Customers and Keep them for Life”
Students will learn, whys some people buy once and never return and what you can do about it, how to be the type of person customers like to buy from, how to turn your own unique personality into your greatest asset, why customers quit and how to get them back.

 Instructor: Michael Freeland
Saturday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 25
Fee: $39.95, satisfaction or your money back


Introduction to the iPad

Tuesday, January 14, 6:00 – 8:30 pm. 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, January 21, 6:00 – 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.

iPhone for 55+
Instructor: Jessica Crews Garcia
April 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
 Fee: $25 per person
 If you have an iPhone and don't understand all the features or if you are planning to   purchase an iPhone, then this class is for you.  Designed for age 55 and older, class 
will cover setting up the iPhone to work for you, using Facetime, taking and sharing photos and videos, organizing the iPhone, plus tips and tricks.

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


Basic Digital Photography: Camera Operations and Skills
These Classes will be rescheduled.

Advanced Digital Photography: Creative Photography Skills
These Classes will be rescheduled.

Basic Photoshop Elements
These Classes will be rescheduled.

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 is off to a good start.  If you would like to join,  call Jean Owens at 731-697-4334 or e-mail. New members are welcome.


Finding Your Family Tree's Roots

Learn how to search your family's roots. Classes will include basics of genealogy research with a variety of print and electronic sources. Included is a field trip to Henry County Archives. Learn documentation, genealogy software programs, and digital images and Internet postings.

Instructor: Mary Ann Claxton
Tuesdays, February 11, 18, 25, March 4, and 11, 6 pm to 9 pm - Fee: $95

To enroll contact Debbie Mount @ UTM (731) 881-7104 or Mary Ann Claxton (731) 642-2491

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 beginning the week of January 6, 2014.


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


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


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


Under the artistic direction of Ms. Cornelia Link
RegistrationJanuary 9 - Call 731-642-5465 or e-mail

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. Call or e- mail Amy for more information.


Kindermusik Village: (0 to 18 months)
Wednesday, 9:00-9:45 am January 15

Our Time: (18 to 36 months)
Tuesday 10:00 - 10:45 January 14 or
Wednesday at 10:00 - 10:45 January 15

Imagine That! ( 3 to 5 Years)
Wednesday at 12:30 - 1:15 pm January 15

      Kindermusik for the Young Child  (5-7 Years)
     Mondays,  4:00-5:00 PM January 13

       One-time materials fee of $75.00


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


Insturctor: Michael Freeland
Text: To Teach To Love Reflections Past and Present .
Students will read from Mr. Freeland's most recent book featuring student writings and learn to write non-fiction with an additional class on poetry.
First class: September 28, from 10 am to noon - Fee: $100 (money back guarantee)
If interested, contact Mr. Freeland

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