January Jubilee


We are back at it folks.

Kindergarten-First grade

Second-Third grade

Fourth - Fifth grade

Sixth-Eighth grade

Ninth-twelfth grade


Along with facilitating our weekly TOSSafter studio sessions, the TOSSAiRs (Artist's in Residency) are hard at work generating creativity in their studios. Here is a little more info on these ladies.

Kirksey Lowther


Kirksey co-founded TOSS in 2015. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Arts Education degree. Her current AiR focus is on weaving and painting. She is also a full time mom (incase you didn't know she is a busy lady).

Which would you rather: eat a crayon or lick a dirty TOSS paintbrush? I'd lick a paintbrush.

What master artist are you most inspired by? Gustav Klimt and Henri Matisse

Where is the most extreme or unusual place you have created art? On the back porch of a family's house in Thialand amidst much laundry.

If you had to eat only one meal for a year what would it be? Chicken pot pie.



Hannah Thrower


Hannah joined TOSS in 2016 as a studio director and AiR. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Arts Education degree; her current focus is on ceramics and printmaking.

Which would you rather: eat a crayon or lick a dirty TOSS paintbrush? I'd eat a crayon.

What master artist are you most inspired by? John Singer Sargent

Where is the most extreme or unusual place you have created art? Grace Village, Ethiopia. I taught art for a week to children in an orphanage as well as partnering with them to painting a sign for their village.

If you had to eat only one meal for a year what would it be? Steak, potatoes, and broccoli...well seasoned.

Follow Kirksey on instagram, here.


Stills from an animation in collaboration with Courtney Marie Andrews  for her song, Woman of Many Colors. View the video here.

Kathryn Ervin



Kathryn co-founded TOSS in 2015. She graduated from East Carolina University with a Studio Arts degree; her current focus is on site specific art and storytelling.

Which would you rather: eat a crayon or lick a dirty TOSS paintbrush? What! Neither. Who made up these questions?!

What master artist are you most inspired by? The cave painters of Lascaux.

Where is the most extreme or unusual place you have created art? One time I made a glass house in an abandoned lot in a tiny Southern town called Lake City.

If you had to eat only one meal for a year what would it be? Oatmeal. Just oatmeal.



You can follow her on instagram here or view her website here.

Meet our Neighbor!


Nysie Hurst rolls up her sleeves as she gets down to business in her new studio on College Street! Nysie is a mixed media artist who often works with TOSS on various projects (most recently bookbinding with our middle school students). She will be using her new studio to perfect her paper making techniques, work on paintings, and develop community art collaborations with TOSS and beyond! We are so glad to have her as a neighbor! 


A special thanks as always to the BAC for their support. We are also SO excited for the awesome paper making frames that John Ferguson has made and donated to our middle school class. WHAT! THANK YOU JOHN!

Melinda Davis and Samuel Kuehnert. We love you. Thank you guys for making Thursday the best day of the week.

And Now November


November has been a month of exploration. As our students hone their skills we collectively develop a language of design. Harnessing the creative process through exploration allows us to make discoveries (and mistakes) awaking our everyday potential. Check out a few examples of how our students do just that.

Kindergarten-First grade

How does one transform a mental image into a two-dimensional form... then bring it into three dimensional space? Our first graders can tell you a bit about that in the making of sculptures which emphesize line and shape.


There is nothing as agonizing as a multi-step project...or wonderful: Layers of paint are like layers of thought. We are impressed with our students for executing projects which require extended attention with layer after layer, design and redesign. 

Fourth - Fifth

Abstract art is sometimes equated with haphazard. The synthesis of orchestrated abstraction is what you will find 4th and 5th graders learning as they carefully plot their weavings.


Middle schoolers take techniques, such as drawing with one or two point perspective, to TASK. Here, everyone raises an eyebrow when Hannah says, "Now, use this principle to draw a wild animal and its house."


Sometimes we don't know the destination until we have arrived. This is often the case when we explore new mediums or set about breaking a preconceived idea. Whether we are making art about dreams employing color theory, creating a volcanic mirage of color with glue, or starting our career as illustrators (just saying, Jaylen), we are excited to be on the journey.


At TOSS, one of our goals is to give artists opportunities to make alongside students in the form of an Artist in Residency program (AiR). We see the beauty of this model as we work alongside the students, develop our own making practices and share our experiences with the broader community through community collaborations or TOSSafterhours classes. This month we have been doing just that: Hannah shared a new medium she has been exploring, hosting a macrame class. Kathryn began investigating a few avenues of figurative interpretation. ahm... and doing other stuff.


A special thanks to the Burke Arts Council for their support. We are also so so thankful to Melinda Davis and Samuel Kuehnert for their help in the studio. We love seeing them every week!

Featured Partner

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Burke County Literacy Council is a non-profit organization committed to helping adults in our community learn to read and/or improve their literacy skills. In addition to adult reading classes, the Council has classes to train parents in how to better help their children in school. In addition, the Council offers English classes for those wanting to learn the language. They also train volunteers to tutor adults who need help with reading. All training, classes and materials are free, and you are invited to join the classes at any time.

This fall TOSS has been hosting weaving workshops for those participating in Project FLOWER. This is a program that we will continue into the Spring. We are so thrilled to be partnership with the BLC!

We love our College Street studio and part of that is having great neighbors doing incredible work in Burke County. For the next few months we are going to highlight a partner that we have had the privileged to work with, starting with our neighbors in the Old Junior High School.


Programs include:

One on One Adult is private and confidential tutoring.
Reach Out and Read is a partnership with Mountain View Pediatrics to provide free books to children at each well check visit from ages 0-5.
Motheread/Fatheread teaches parents how to help their children learn.
Project FLOWER is for adults who do not speak English.
Project Citizenship is for immigrants who need help to prepare for the INS (citizenship) test.


Thank you for all your love and support! We couldn't do it without you. Come see us in a few weeks at the Snowball TOSSing!

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An Ode to October

With each day feeling more blustery than the last, TOSSafter students have been hunkering down. We are stretching our minds, considering new approaches to art-making. We are learning new skills in order to bring our imagination to life. Check out what the TOSSafter students have been learning and the teachers, too!


Kindergarten-First grade


Fourth - Fifth




Hannah, Kirksey, and Kathryn are staying busy: We have enjoyed our collaboration with Project FLOWER sponsored by the Burke Literacy Council, supporting the Burke Arts Council at the October Oyster Outing, working on weaving commissions, designing TOSSafterhours classes, and participating in conversations about the integration of education and art with others at AiR Serenbe in Atlanta. To hear about more about any of our projects or collaborations, drop us a line!


We are so so grateful for the love and support we receive from each of you. If you woud like to here about ways to get involved or volunteer with our students, we would love to make that happen.

A special thanks as always to the BAC for their support, and to our generous sponsors who are helping to build our scholarship fund: Grace Episcopal Church, Sherry Lindquist, Sevan and Keri Topjian.

Thanks are also due to Elizabeth Gould, Elizabeth Williams, and Lucille Hartman for their generous donations this month. We are so grateful for more yarn, paint, and drawing materials!

Would we really be able to get anything done without Melinda Davis and Samuel Kuehnert helping on Thursday? Unlikely. Thank you guys for lending a hand and being such a fun part of that day.

Thank you all so much for helping to support our little school of artists! We are so thankful to you! Happy Fall ya'll.



Engineering Imagination

Greetings from our College Street studio!

A new term as begun for our TOSSafter students! There is still room in our k-1 and 2-3 grade classes. Register here, today! Interested in sponsoring a student to attend our studio? Find out more here.


September has kicked our year of art-making into high gear. This fall, we are focusing on two themes: Engineering our imagination and personalizing our creative expression. Stay tuned to hear more about how we are accomplishing this. In the meantime, enjoy a few progress shots of our studio hour below!

TOSS Teachers

KIrksey Lowther has been the most creative team member thus far this year, giving birth to her second son, Peter Merrifield Lowther! Congratulations Lowther family! This has hardly kept her from making other art creations, you can follow her on instagram @kirksey.lowther. We miss her in the studio, but are so excited about this new member of the family!

Hannah Thrower, amid leading our 4-12 grade classes, has started her school year teaching art at New Dimensions, participated in downtown Morganton's Tour d' Art, hosted a printing class at OSuzannah's, AND just bought a house with her husband, Brandon. She is awesome!

Kathryn Ervin, back from her residency in Maryland, is jumping back in as TOSS' k-3 teacher. She started her graduate studies through Fuller Seminary this fall and is working with a non-profit consultant, Grady Powell, in Greenville, SC, on a community engagement project. She has been really enjoying a collaboration with the Burke Literacy Council leading a weaving workshop for the participants of Project Flower.


As always, thanks is due to the Burke Arts Council for their love and support!

We would like to say a special thanks to Burke Primary Care, Don and Susan Haugen, and Dotty Ervin for sponsoring TOSSafter students this term. Thank you so much for making creative opportunities available for everyone!

Thanks is also due to Teresa Reep, and Dan and Cindy Kuehnert for their generous donations this month. We love our new shelves!

A shout out to our fierce volunteers, Melinda Davis and Samuel Kuehnert. Thank you guys for all your help!


Many thanks and much love!

The TOSS team


World of 3-D

First week of SUMMER ART CAMP!! It was a blast! Here are some pics!!!