We have an incredible lineup of instructors that will be here for our Traditional Craft Mentorships. If you’d like to learn more about what they’re doing in the studio, join us for a virtual demonstration with them while they are here. These hour-long programs will feature a demonstration by the instructor in the studio followed by a Q & A. These programs will cost $10 to attend via Zoom. For more information, contact Darcy Holdorf, Program Director.

Basketry

September 23 • 5-6 p.m.
Traditional Split-oak Basketry with Mary Ann and Bill Smith

Learn about traditional split-oak basketry from two celebrated basket makers who have been teaching at the Folk School for more than 20 years.
Register on Zoom.

 

October 7 • 5-6 p.m.
Canon County Style White Oak Egg Basket with Sue Williams
Learn about the quintessential Appalachian egg basket from a Tennessee Governor’s Folk Life Award winner who weaves in a traditional style from Canon County, TN.
Register on Zoom.

 

October 14 • 5-6 p.m.
Cherokee Basketry with Betty Maney

Learn about traditional Cherokee basketry from a second-generation, renowned Cherokee artist.
Register on Zoom.

Music

September 22 • 5-6 p.m.
Traditional Song and Dance and the Folk School Model with Annie Fain Barralon
Learn about the Folk School model and the place of song and dance within from an instructor with a degree in Appalachian studies, who is a multi-instrumentalist and teacher and performer of traditional dance. Tap into her Brasstown beginnings, accented by a life-changing experience at a Danish folkehøjskole.
Register on Zoom.

 

September 29 • 5-6 p.m.
The History of African American Music in Appalachia with Dr. Kathy Bullock
Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the many African American musical contributions to Appalachia through the music of genres including spiritual, ragtime, blues, and gospel.
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October 6 • 5-6 p.m.
Clawhammer Banjo Then and Now with Riley Baugus
Learn about the traditional clawhammer banjo style from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. Hear about banjo history from a world-renowned, old-time guitarist, banjo player, fiddler, singer, and instrument builder.
Register on Zoom.

 

October 13 • 5-6 p.m.
Playing, Dancing, and Singing Appalachian Style with Aubrey Atwater
Learn about freestyle flatfoot clogging and play-party dances, traditional songs, and instruments – all as a means to explore the cultural history and heritage of Appalachia, north and south.
Register on Zoom.

Weaving

September 24 • 5-6 p.m.
Weavings of the Settlement Schools with Pam Howard
Learn the history of the settlement schools that played a significant role in the economic development of the Appalachian region.
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September 30 • 5-6  p.m.
Appalachian Textile Treasures: Overshot Patterning with Susan Leveille
Learn about Colonial Overshot, the woven cloth that women in Appalachia fell in love with. Historical patterns, old mountain coverlets and local culture might all be discussed.
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October 8 • 5-6 p.m.
Tapestry: The Weaving Style of Alice Tipton with Tommye Scanlin
Learn about the work and life of Alice Tipton, a first-generation Folk School weaver. Alice started as a student and stayed for decades as an integral part of the school, both managing the kitchen and weaving beautiful mountain landscapes.
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October 15 • 5-6 p.m.
Appalachian Rag Rugs with Kathy Tinsley
Many Appalachian homes had looms and many Appalachian weavers used recycled fabric to create unique and colorful pieces of fiber art for their home. Discover Appalachian lore as you learn about the history and techniques of weaving rag rugs, runners, placemats, and more.
Register on Zoom.

Blacksmithing

November 5 • 5-6 p.m.
Traditional Ironwork and Tools of Appalachia with Jim Kennady
Learn about traditional Appalachian blacksmithing including making tools, cooking utensils, and farm and mining equipment.
Register on Zoom.

 

November 11 • 5-6 p.m.
Incorporating Tradition – Old Processes/New Projects with Susan Hutchinson
Learn about the community role of smiths in pre-industrial rural areas and how traditional techniques can be used in modern approaches.
Register on Zoom.

 

November 19 • 5-6 p.m.
Forge an Axe or Tomahawk with John Scroggin
Learn from a blacksmith who specializes in reproduction and early restoration, and explore several methods to create a fine, functional tool.
Register on Zoom.

Chairmaking

Appalachian Chairmaking with Lyle Wheeler
November 17 • 5-6 p.m.
Learn about Appalachian chairmaking from a maker who specializes in chairs featuring traditional tools and styles from the late 1800s in native Appalachian hardwoods.
Register on Zoom.

Fiber Arts

October 29 • 5-6 p.m.
Eco-prints: Botanical Fun with Pat Armstrong
Discover how natural dyes, the tannins in leaves, and iron water interact to create unique contact prints on silk fabric.
Register on Zoom.

 

November 10 • 5-6 p.m.
From Sleeping Beauty to the Industrial Revolution with Martha Owen
See how a simple spinning tool created great change.
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November 18 • 5-6 p.m.
Warp Speed with Beth Ross Johnson
Using traditional Scottish and Japanese methods to wind a warp with multiple threads.
Register on Zoom.

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.