Lady of the Auction

Traditional craft and fine art items are essential elements of the Benefit Auction. In the painting category, this year’s selected poster art is an original watercolor by local Murphy artist, June Rollins.

The star of our auction poster this year is none other than Lady Amethyst, a stunning watercolor by June Rollins. June’s love of irises started in her grandmother’s garden when the majestic flowers were taller than her. June has her own iris garden now where she gets plenty of inspiration for her watercolors. Love the lady? Bid on Lady Amethyst this Saturday at our Annual Gala & Benefit Auction.

See June’s watercolor painting process of Lady Amethyst on her blog where she has an art demo series chronicling the steps. 

Bid on fine crafts during our silent and live auctions, savor delicious food and drink, enjoy live music and, new this year, a raffle for door prizes. Continue reading Lady of the Auction

The Magic of Paper Cutting with Ingrid Lavoie


The intricate paper cuts of Ingrid Lavoie draw you into a fantastic world of whimsy, nature, and storytelling. We are so happy to have Ingrid come to teach her unique craft during Scandinavian Heritage Week, March 19-25. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) who fell in love with papercutting while on vacations visiting family in Denmark. Self-taught, she found her rhythm and style by using an X-Acto knife to “draw” images, instead of scissors. She enjoys unfolding a new work to reveal the paper’s transformation, and has been teaching others this delightful art form for several years. Enjoy our interview!

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Drawing in the Moment

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Lighting a still life with vase and grasses
Lighting a still life with vase and grasses

What’s better than a week at the Folk School? Two weeks, of course. That’s why after teaching the Science of Bread in May I stayed to take Drawing Techniques and Tools with Pebbie Mott and Pam Beagle-Daresta.
The first day we learned about the tools we’d be trying: drawing pencils (which range in darkness from the pale 9H to the black 9B), water color pencils (draw, then add water), charcoals (soft and hard, plus white to use on gray paper), ink with a brush and bamboo pen (Pam brought walnut ink she’d made in a previous class), and Micron pens. After trying the techniques, we’d pick one for a final project.

White vessel to practice values with light and shadows
White vessel to practice values with light and shadows

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Painting The World Around Us

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What do you love about spring? Have you experienced it in the mountains of North Carolina? The flowers have begun to burst open in joyful colors, the birds are singing, the air is fresh and the world is alive! Would you like to paint it?

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Come join us at the peak of spring for a fun class at the John C. Campbell Folk School! It’s a great place to celebrate life, to make new friends, experience all kinds of arts and crafts being created and to relax and try something you have always wanted to do.

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I’ll help you capture your chosen subjects on canvas to take home and enjoy for years to come. We will paint outdoors “en plein air” and in the studio, discovering ways you intuitively express your creative voice. We will use simple color palettes and learn to capture the essence of what you love in the world around you in spring, whether flowers, clouds, mountains, trees, the lovely spring landscape or the dew on wet grass (just to name a few….). The choice is yours and I will be there to help!

Any questions? Feel free to ask!   Come celebrate spring and enjoy painting it!

Mary Jane Volkmann

http://maryjanevolkmann.com

Register for the May 1, 2016  Painting the World around Us online or call registration at 1-800-FOLK-SCH.

Asia to Appalachia: Japanese Influence at the Folk School

Bonsai by Tim Ryan
Bonsai by Tim Ryan

Japanese aesthetic philosophy inspires us all the way from the Far East to the Folk School. Radically different from Western design, Japanese design principles mesh especially well with the Folk School due to an emphasis on simplicity, unobtrusive beauty, function, irregularity, weathered textures, nature, and tranquility. Cultivate a bonsai, write a haiku, try Ikebana flower arranging, learn about traditional Shibori dyeing, demystify Asian spices, create raku vessels for a Japanese tea ceremony and much more at the Folk School. Embrace Wabi-Sabi and Zen philosophy with these 2015 offerings focusing on Japanese design and techniques:

Beading by Judy Walker
Beading by Judy Walker

Beaded Kumihimo
with Judy Walker • February 1-6

Learn to do kumihimo – the beautiful Japanese braiding technique – with beads! Use a braiding disk for consistent results, starting with the easiest cords. Progress to more intricate designs and discuss the various results achieved with different materials and with the traditional marudai stand.

Haiku Poetry Writing Workshop
with Redenta Soprano • February 6-8 Weekend

Haiku Poetry by Redenta Soprano
Haiku Poetry by Redenta Soprano

Haiku is a traditional Japanese poem, consisting of 3 lines and 17 syllables. It is easy and fun to write, as well as an expedient, creative way to capture life’s special moments. Try your hand at it, using the winter beauty of the mountains as inspiration. Bring your powers of observation and depart with a:

Small book of haiku
At the end of the weekend
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