Many of us are familiar with John Muir’s historic quote, paraphrased above. Muir’s full quote, contained in an 1873 letter to his sister Sarah, offered a compelling insight into his passion for the mountains: “The mountains are calling and I must go, and I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.” We invite you to come to the Appalachian Mountains to take a deeper exploration into our region’s culture, landscape, and lore in a Folk School class.Read More
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Embellishing adds texture and intricate design to your favorite forms and foundations. Experiment with new materials and learn intriguing techniques to adorn and enhance your craft projects. Gain creative inspiration and explore the art of embellishing in these Folk School classes.Read More
Do you love designing on fabric and playing with color? Experiment with techniques, materials, tools, and dye to create vibrantly colored fabrics. Bring your designs alive by adding rich texture and patterns. Discover the world of dyeing, surface design, and fabric printing at the Folk School.
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.
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.
Here at the Folk School, we’ve been playing beautiful melodies on handcrafted instruments for almost a century. When you build that instrument with your own two hands, creating that music takes on a special significance. Come craft your very own instrument in our Woodworking Studio. Or, try your hand at writing your own songs and tunes. …Read More
Travel the world via a Folk School learning vacation. Explore the crafts, food, and music of diverse cultures during a weeklong or weekend class. Enjoy these upcoming class picks that provide a window to the world – and you won’t even need a passport. …Read More
Here at the Folk School, we’ve found that using small-scale tools, materials, and perspectives often brings amazing results. Smaller tools like the mini-lathe or inkle loom, materials like glass seed beads and fabric scraps, and small-scale camera views can help unlock our creativity. Enjoy these class picks that celebrate the smaller side of things. …Read More
Appalachia has always been a land rich in culture, imagination and community, rooted in a remarkable landscape. Since 1925, the Folk School has helped to preserve the traditions, techniques and tools of mountain life, and share them with the world. Check out these amazing class picks honoring the living traditions of Appalachia!
A feast brings to mind a congregation, community, and celebration with a delicious meal. Imagine the satisfaction of using a tool, table setting, or furniture piece you made at the Folk School, to share food with your family and friends.
The woods are a special place for many of us. In folklore, the forest is a place of enchantment, magic, and wildness. To hikers and naturalists, it is a place of curiosity, retreat, and adventure. For creative spirits, the woods provide a bounty of materials, and often serve as an artist’s muse. Enjoy these upcoming class picks that draw inspiration from the woods.
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.
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!