Woven ornaments by Pattie Bagley

Our after-Thanksgiving schedule allows a once-a-year opportunity: a Long Weekend!

One day longer than our traditional weekend, this session features Wednesday afternoon arrivals and Saturday midday departures, giving you plenty of time to learn a new skill, make new friends, and enjoy the Folk School.

Woven Ornaments & Decorations

with Pattie Bagley

Learn to weave a wreath to accent your door; angels and/or snowmen to decorate your dining table; and snowflakes, reindeer, and bells to adorn your tree and packages. Work with reed, ribbon, and waxed linen in this lively class full of festive spirit, open to all levels.

Beginning Blacksmithing

with Lyle Wheeler

In this weekend class for beginners, learn to safely start and manage a coal fire and gain basic forging skills.Combine this knowledge to make simple and useful objects from hot iron.


Clay whistle by Catherine Cross Tsintzos

Amazing Clay Whistles

with Catherine Cross Tsintzos

Create an array of whistles in your choice of styles – traditional, historical, theme-based, or whimsical. Easy handbuilding techniques will be used, making this fun class appropriate for whistle aficionados of all levels. Pieces will be decorated with glazes and texture, and fired in an electric kiln.

“Tangles” on Glass

with Karen Reed

Imagine creating beautiful and detailed penned patterns on glass. This class reveals a step-by-step process to do just that! Create your own images in pen and paint. Permanently fired onto the glass, these unique patterns can be used in future stained-glass and fused-glass projects, are food-safe, and are fun to make! Open to beginners and up; only good eyesight or magnification required.

Try old-time, two-finger picking style banjo during our Long Weekend

Try old-time, two-finger picking style banjo during our Long Weekend

Try Old-time, Two-finger Picking Style Banjo

with Chip Arnold

Love the wonderfully expressive, old-time, two-finger picking style made famous by such players as Bascom Lunsford and Will Keys? Wish you could play waltzes easily? If you’re a somewhat experienced clawhammer or three-finger banjo player, apply your skills with new techniques and individual guidance to bring forth your inner two-finger player!  (Levels 2 & 3 – can play 10 or so tunes, slowly, in any style.)

Base Metal Clay Basics

with Lisa Barr & Barbara Joiner

Using powdered steel, bronze, and copper clays, learn to mix, mold, and fire clay elements and then use them to make a ring, pendant, or earrings. Discover how to create a silicone mold using natural objects such as shells, pebbles, and fossils. Come to learn and have fun – and return home with a conversation piece! All levels welcome; good eyesight or magnification needed.

Beginning Knitting

with Emolyn Liden

As a second-generation knitwear designer, this instructor is eager to share with you the fundamental knitting tips and tricks shared with her over the years. In this exciting starter class, experience casting-on, knitting, purling, and tensioning yarn – with plenty of guidance. Build from the basics without fear of tangling your ideas. Dream of scarves, shawls, hats, and bags, and then get those needles moving!

Rug hooking

Rug hooking

Rug Hooking to Decorate Your Home

with Linda Bell

Enjoy learning how to make items such as coasters, pincushions, table runners, hanging ornaments, pillows, and rugs for home décor and gifts. There will be Christmas and winter holiday patterns, as well as an assortment for year-round use – or create your own design. Use 100%, hand-dyed wool on a backing of linen to hook your own heirlooms. All levels welcome.

Painting Winter’s Blooms

with Annie Cicale

Flowers are tempting subjects at any time of year. Working with plants – blooms, twigs, and seed pods – as subjects, we’ll study basic botany and observe them carefully. Whether your work is botanically precise or loosely impressionistic, you’ll benefit from this focus. Watercolor techniques and color principles will be presented, enhancing your skills for painting any subject. Prior drawing experience is recommended for this intermediate class.

Sticks and Stool: Woodturning Basics & More

with Kimberly Winkle

This class will guide you through proper tool selection, sharpening, safety, technique, and will help you realize the possibilities of turning. Learn both spindle and faceplate turning to create candlesticks and a small footstool. Aspects of design and surface embellishment, such as paint and texture, will also be explored. Depart with basic skills to continue turning at home.

Lula's Brew

Lula’s Brew by Elizabeth Dulemba

Creating Children’s Picture Books

with Elizabeth Dulemba

Delve into the art of creating a strong story through plot, tension, characters, and delivery. We’ll discuss the difference in writing for children versus adults, and the marriage of images and text. Learn the rules of a good critique, then trade manuscripts. Also gain insight into the children’s publishing industry. All levels welcome, but students MUST bring one children’s story (maybe a holiday story) of 2000 words or less for critique.

Cory Marie Podielski
About Cory Marie Podielski

Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes.