Intergenerational Cooking students explore the Folk School Herb Garden.

We’re excited to introduce younger generations to enriching art, music, and traditional mountain crafts. Our 2022 Intergenerational Week, scheduled for July 17-23, invites youths 12-17 to take classes with a parent, grandparent, or other special relative or guardian. This rewarding experience brings families together, and has proven to be great fun for all who participate.

To register, call the Folk School Office at 1-800-365-5724 (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST.) Tuition: $693.00. Youths will receive a $100 discount on tuition. Tuition does not include material fees.

Please note the following guidelines:

  • Youths age 12 to 17
  • Only one youth may be registered per attending adult
  • Adult and youth must register for the same class
  • In order to offer as many spots as possible for youths, we cannot accept registrations for additional adults in classes.
  • Additional adults may register as guests.
  • Please read our Health & Safety Guidelines.

Full Classes

Classes often fill quickly, so we recommend you register as soon as possible to get your class of choice. You can register to be on the waitlist for any currently full class. Cancellations do happen, and you may be able to get into a class at the last minute. Please don’t hesitate to call to check on availability.

Intergenerational Week 2022 Class Offerings


Colorful Basketry Sampler

Joanne Howard & Tony Stubblefield

Learn to weave colorful, functional baskets – with an emphasis on fun! Use oak hoops and handles along with multi-colored, space-dyed reed to make unique creations that can hold your treasures. A variety of techniques will be introduced and students will make baskets in many shapes and sizes. Instant coffee and tea will be used to stain baskets if time permits. All levels welcome.


Starting with Fire

Kenneth Thomas

There are foundational skills every aspiring blacksmith must know: how to start and tend a coal forge, followed by basic hammer control and forging techniques. Gain comfort with these introductory steps, then create small utilitarian items catered to your skill level and available time. Additional start-up information and resources will be discussed. No experience is necessary, just the desire to try blacksmithing.

Calligraphy, Paper Art

Paper, Pen, and Prose: Layout and Design for Impact

Sharon Coogle

Have you always wanted to learn how to combine words and handmade papers to create a cohesive work of art? Are you interested in modern calligraphy and colorful ways to express your words? Discover how to use color theory, text layout, and design principles to communicate your message. Create multiple works of art combining lettering (any style or form you want) and handmade paper scraps to create unique pieces suitable for hanging, wearing and sharing. Bring your creativity, love of color, and an attitude excited about having fun! All levels of lettering skills are welcome, so join us to share in the inspiration.


Traditional Cherokee Pottery

Merina Swimmer

Utilizing natural tools, including seashells, corncobs, and design paddles, learn the fundamentals of traditional Cherokee pottery. Explore hand-building techniques and use your imagination to create individual designs. Discover how different types of wood determine the color outcome of your pottery after firing in an open pit. All levels are welcome, but strong hands are necessary.


French Pastry Boot Camp

Kelly Patkus & Ellen Duke

Learn some of the most common techniques used in creating classical French pastries. Make puff pastry for treats like napoleons and palmiers, and pâte à choux for delicacies like eclairs and cream puffs. Explore delicious custards, including crème brulée, pastry crème, and crème anglaise. Finish the week with a showcase of scrumptious treats. Beginning and intermediate students welcome.


Your Comic Strip Life

Jack Cassady

Learn about the art of cartooning and how to create your own comic strip! Discover how to harness your ideas and transform them into amusing visuals. Although you’ll be studying with a master cartoonist, you don’t have to take yourself too seriously and will have fun drawing humorously. No previous art experience required.


Enameling Sampler

Terry Hale

Discover ways to form metal, apply enamel (ground glass), and fire in a kiln to fuse enamel to copper. There are endless possibilities and surprises in color, texture, and clarity. Enjoy making jewelry, bowls, wall art, and sculpture. Gain an understanding of enameling and have fun playing with color and copper! All levels welcome.


Leather Molding & Sculpting

Cathy Wiggins

Leather is the perfect material for creating one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Explore the process of molding and sculpting different types of leather into flowers, vessels, masks, sculptures, and more. When the molded pieces are dry, use paints and dyes to make them uniquely yours. Choose from a variety of patterns, from horses and dragons to roses and sunflowers. You’ll have time to make multiple pieces and will leave with the knowledge you need to continue creating with leather at home. All levels welcome.


Tin Can Art

Trish Nicholas

Marvel at how tin cans and found objects can be transformed into folk art “FObots” or fun and functional items such as boxes, scoops, notebooks, clocks, yard art, and collages. Practice or learn soldering, riveting, crimping, and other techniques to join elements. This class is full of creative energy, whimsy, and humor! Beginners are welcome and experienced students may do advanced work.

Music, Storytelling

Shadow Puppetry

Channing Showalter & Annie Schermer

Spend the week creating original shadow puppet shows in collaborative teams! Explore ways to tell a good story using sound, light, and shadow to bring it to life. We’ll cover construction techniques for detailed, articulated shadow puppets and unique ways of using lighting and naturally created sound effects. For those who wish, there will be an emphasis on creating original songs to accompany our performance. All levels welcome.


Smart Shot

J. Warren Berry

Have fun while learning photographic composition in this hands-on course. Discover how to take exceptional pictures with your phone and how to process pictures on your computer. Develop your personal photographic style while capturing scenes around the Folk School campus. Share your work with the group and take home knowledge to further develop your skills. Students should be familiar with the photographic features of their phones.

Surface Design, Dyeing

Botanical Printing

Sandi Cirillo

Explore eco-printing using various natural botanicals – flowers, leaves, bark, roots, etc. – that we will find and forage from the Folk School gardens and campus. Become a fiber scientist as we discover how plants interact with each other on fabric and how applying these simple materials directly to textiles alters and colors fabric to create beautiful and striking designs. All levels welcome.

Woodturning, Woodworking

Share a Chair

Wyatt Severs

Learn the fundamentals of woodturning while building a chair. Use the lathe to make shapes such as coves, swells, flats, and beads, creating a wooden mallet to fit your hand. Build on your knowledge by designing and creating chair legs, stretchers, and spindles, then attach those parts to a seat using a wedged-through mortise and tenon joint. We’ll discuss how to sand for a smooth finish that reveals the uniqueness of each piece of wood. We’ll also learn different methods for assembling and clamping and review different types of glues and finishes.

Learn about our other summer youth programming week: Little/Middle Folk School.

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.