Category: Featured Classes

Enameling Days Are by Far My Favorite Days: An Interview with Ashley Gilreath

Don’t miss this special opportunity to study with an incredibly talented new instructor in our Enameling Studio. Ashley Gilreath describes herself as a metalsmith, enamelist, and time traveler. Ashley hand fabricates all of her work using high quality precious metals and vitreous glass; sometimes utilizing heirlooms or found objects that she scavenges from the dark and secret corners of antique stores. In her upcoming class, learn all about the process of champlevé, a specialized process in which enamels are inlaid and fired into recessed areas of a metal surface. Spaces are created by piercing a design with a jeweler’s saw, then soldering the design onto a flat background. Enjoy our interview!CP: What can students expect in your upcoming class, “Enamel Like a Master: Saw & Solder Champlevé”?

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Learning about the Shakers with Becky Soules

Every year in the fall at the Folk School, we have a special week celebrating the Shakers contributions to American crafts and culture. This year, Shaker Week took place during November 3–9. In the studios, students took inspiration from the Shakers to craft brooms, baskets, pots, boxes, bowls, culinary delicacies, herbal beverages and more. We had a special visitor, Becky Soules, Interpretation Manager from Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire, who spent the week with us to provide a better context about the Shakers, answering questions and sharing knowledge.

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The Modern Asian Kitchen with Patrick O’Cain

I met with chef Patrick O’Cain at his popular Asheville restaurant, Gàn Shān Station, to interview him about his upcoming class at the Folk School, The Modern Asian Kitchen. We are excited to have him return to Brasstown, April 12–18, 2020, to share his knowledge of Asian cooking. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a renowned and celebrated Asheville chef and immerse yourself in the cooking cultures of China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and beyond.

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Winter Dance Week: Dance in the New Year at the Folk School

Ring in the New Year at the Folk School! This popular year-end traditional dance and music celebration will feature American contras & squares and English country dancing with glorious live music. This lively week also offers rapper and long-sword dance workshops, group singing, jam sessions, and more. Winter Dance Week offers a unique combination of top-notch callers, teachers, and musicians.

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Learn to Call Dances in Our Dance Callers’ Workshop

Have you always wanted to learn to call? Join Gaye Fifer for a week, (June 21–27) of all-day, hands-on, calling experience and mentorship. The Dance Callers’ Workshop emphasizes program planning, teaching techniques, working with beginners and effectively using live music. Individualized instruction can also include various styles of traditional square dance calling.

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Celebrating Shaker Style

The Shakers continue to be celebrated for their contributions to American crafts. The Shakers’ diverse pieces combined beautifully simple design and exceptional function, culminating in remarkable works that remain relevant today. During our upcoming Shaker Week, set for November 3-9, 2019, we invite you to gain inspiration from these dedicated craftsmen, and create works that honor this distinctive style.

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Shaker Herbs, Roots, Barks, and Lore with Jamie Sparks

Have you always been drawn to the idea of using herbs to make your own products, teas, drinks, and food? Immerse yourself in weeklong class, Shaker Herbs, Roots, Barks, and Lore, taught by herbalist Jamie Sparks during Shaker Week, November 3–9. Explore how Shakers used plants to be self-reliant and to connect to the natural world. Jamie has a lot of wisdom to share, so let’s learn a little more about her experience and what’s in store for the class.

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Talking Old Time with Riley Baugus, Banjo Instructor

We are honored to announce that Riley Baugus, renowned old-time musician, will be our first featured artist in the new Appalachian Master Artist Series. Next week. October 14–18, Riley will celebrate old-time music at the Folk School and in our community. Riley’s visit marks the first of a four-part grant-funded series for Fall 2019. These collaborations are focused on perpetuating Appalachian craft and handing down mountain traditions.

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A Unique Connection: Scrimshaw, Crankies, Pysanky, Puppets, and more!

Here at the Folk School, our quirky “Unique Offerings” category includes classes that each have their own distinctive flavor. In fact, they’re so unique that they don’t quite belong anywhere else. If you’re ready to explore a delightfully different course, browse these one-of-a-kind classes, and prepare to get your creative juices flowing.

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Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. Our 2019-2020 Folk School Catalog is now available, and all classes are open for registration. Choose a class and come join us in Brasstown this year.

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The Folk School Cookbook

We are so excited about The Folk School Cookbook. Nanette Davidson, cookbook author, meticulously collected, curated, and adapted over 200 delicious recipes. These include some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall and at seasonal celebrations over the decades. Bring the Folk School’s culinary traditions into your own kitchen and order your copy today!
 

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