Our new Multi-Studio classes combine the experience of two or more subjects in a weeklong Folk School class.

Over the years, we’ve heard students talk about their desire to try a variety of classes. By creating “A Taste of the Folk School,” we’re offering just that – a taste of four different studio experiences in one week! For those who want a hint of what they might learn at the Folk School and who might only be able to join us once a year, this class is a perfect fit. We hope to continue this very special week in years to come, offering a different mix of studios and program areas in the future.

We’ve also been talking with our Resident Artists and Studio Coordinators about their interest in finding ways to bring multiple media together in the class experience. This already happens in some classes that meet in one studio but adding the multi-studio experience promotes creativity among our diverse program areas and offers students the chance to experience more of what the Folk School has to offer.

July 25-30

A Taste of the Folk School

Subjects: Basketry, Cooking, Jewelry, Marbling
Instructors: Tony Stubblefield, Krista Margies, Jim Richardson, & Judith Beers

Sample some Folk School magic by making four different projects in four studios! Create an everyday tote basket, perfect for your trip to the farmer’s market or as a place to store magazines or books by your reading chair. Tickle your taste buds by making the dough and filling for traditional hand pies from scratch, a skill you can take back to your home kitchen. Explore basic techniques used to make a variety of jewelry pieces as you craft two different styles of sterling silver rings you can wear the same day. Experience the wonder of marbling and create your own supply of beautiful papers, along with ideas on how to use them. Leave with a one-of-a-kind Folk School experience!

Folk School Cooking Studio

Marbled Paper by Judith Beers

Silver Rings by Jim Richardson

Tony Teaching Basketry in Rock Room

Aug 8-14

Words on Paper and Clay

Subjects: Writing, Clay
Instructors: Donna Glee Williams & Laurey-Faye Dean

Delve into the sound, meaning, emotion, and power of words through creative writing and pottery. Spend mornings exploring your inner and outer landscape through writing. In the afternoons, step into the Clay Studio and engage with hand-building, texture, and surface design to bring your words into the world of physical objects. Many of the week’s adventures will be outdoors on the Folk School’s beautiful campus. No experience in writing or pottery required, just a willingness to experiment with the creative process in a friendly community with other explorers.

Writing Outside of Orchard House

Turing a Clay Vessel

Aug 22-28

Leather Books and Silver Clay Clasps

Subjects: Book Arts, Jewelry
Instructors: Dea Sasso & Pam East

This class is for binders who love bling! Spend half of the week in one studio creating small books from scratch or in another crafting a silver clay clasp and small embellishments. Then switch! Use paper, board, and leather for your soon-to-be-bound book and silver clay for your clasp and décor. By spending time in two studios, you will learn both processes and merge your creations into final projects. No experience is required for this unique week of creativity. Note: Additional materials fee is estimated from $120-$170.

Leather Book with Triangle Clasp

Leather Book with Square Clasp

Aug 29-Sept 4

Double the Magic

Subjects: Kaleidoscopes, Glass
Instructors: Scott Cole, Marjorie Langston, & Terry Hale

Join us for this dual-studio class! Spend half of your week constructing a kaleidoscope, and the other half melting glass to produce the magical images you’ll see inside. Craft a sophisticated, heirloom scope worthy of the intricate, torchworked glass pieces you will create. Beginners will explore the basic skills needed to work with hot glass while experienced students will design more complex components.

Making a Glass Bead

A Look Through a Kaleidoscope by Scott Cole

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.