Next time you drive down Brasstown Rd., take a gander at the field by the Painting Studio and you will see construction in progress for our new Book & Paper Arts Studio.
The Folk School is approaching the end of the campaign for the new Book & Paper Arts Studio. We have been able to raise $483,490 out of our $508,000 goal and we hope to finalize the funding needed for this project in the coming months. The School has already broken ground on the structure and we plan to have the studio completed in 2017.
“The new studio literally opens the doors to expanded class offerings, with increased light and physical space to spread out on new workbenches, with square footage for new equipment we have dreamed of for years. In fact, the FS was awarded a grant to buy much-needed new equipment, including a letterpress for printmaking, a pulp vat and Hollander beater for papermaking, and an industrial rack for drying all kinds of papers and prints, to name just a few! There is much more awaiting you in this new building, and we hope to be opening the doors next year. I would like to thank all of the campaign donors for your generosity and commitment to expanding our corner of this unique school.”
–Dea Sasso, Resident Artist of Book & Paper Arts, Printmaking, Marbling, & Calligraphy
Terry Chapman is one of our woodcarving students who recently took Carousel Horses with Ira Chaffin. Chapman has just posted an entry on Highland Woodworking Blog about his experience at the Folk School. Read his blog here.
Jan Davidson has been up to something this week- which is not unusual. Every Monday, Jan plays Morningsong and tells the history of the Folk School. This week he’s been visiting the Folk School students in their studios and he’s made a fantastic film about his adventures. What kind of adventures have Jan and the Folk School students been having? Find out here:
We’ve taken a peek in some of the classes at the Folk School this week. See what the students are up to!
Folk Harp with Lorinda Jones (that’s her class playing and singing in the video!)
Charleston Sweetgrass Basketry with Sarah Hammond
Blacksmithing 18th Century Tobacco and Smoking Implements with Jerry Darnell