The Folk School plays a vital role in developing and supporting the next generation of culture bearers and practitioners of traditional Appalachian craft. To help students understand, recognize, and more widely practice traditional Appalachian skills and techniques, we are offering a limited number of scholarships for designated traditional Appalachian classes. Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, housing, and meals and are aimed at students who would not otherwise be able to attend the Folk School due to financial need. Applications are now available through Slideroom here. Space is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in a scholarship for a traditional class not listed below, please contact or visit our website for more information.


March 14–20: Cherokee Split Oak Purse, Betty Maney and Carl Esquival

March 21–26: Appalachian Broom Making and Beyond, Marlow Gates

June 11–13: Traditional Bark Basketry, Mark Hendry



January 17–23: Forge an Axe or Tomahawk, John Scroggin

February 7–13: Forging Woodworking Tools, Terry Sheridan



March 21–26: Traditional Cherokee Pottery, Merina Swimmer


Cooking/Nature Studies

April 18–24: Appalachian Ethnobotany, Marc Williams

June 27–July 3: Mountain Flavors—Traditional Appalachian Cooking, Tipper Pressley



January 10–16: Beginning Rag Rug Weaving, Kathy Tinsley

February 7–13: From Sheep to Shawl, Martha Owen

May 30–June 5: Beginning Bobbin Lace, Elaine Chock and Robin Lewis-Wild



March 28–April 3: Appalachian Wonder Tales, Adam Booth



February 19–21: Clogging 101, Annie Fain Barralon

February 28–March 5: Traditional Dulcimer Tunings and Playings, Jim and Phyllis Gaskins

March 14–20: Beginning Southern Clawhammer Banjo, Riley Baugus

April 11–17: Continuing Autoharp: The Carter Family Legacy, Leah Dolgoy

May 21–23: Beginning Appalachian Clogging, Emolyn Liden



January 10–16: Build and Learn to Play a Mountain Dulcimer, Mark Edelman

February 7–13: Build a Bracket-style, Open-back Banjo, Patrick Heavner and Adam Sacora

John C. Campbell Folk School
About John C. Campbell Folk School

The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.