Category: Class Subjects

From Basketry to Writing, you can choose from over 860 weeklong and weekend classes each year in over 50 different subject areas. You can search for a class on our website and browse by date, instructor, or subject. Below our blog post entries are organized by subject genre. Whether you are a novice or an expert, you will find the class that's right for you. Come explore your creative side in our non-competitive, hands-on learning environment.

Dolls & Bears, Dyeing, Felt Making, Fiber, Lace, Needlework & Thread Art, Quilting, Rugs, Sewing, Spinning, Surface Design, Weaving

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Into the Blue: Indigo Plant Dye Powder Extraction Study by Sally Blankenship

I find joy in the color blue... more specifically, I find joy in dyeing with indigo. Each time I pull a piece out of my dye vat, I am in awe of the magical transformation. Like many avocational dyers, I order my natural, processed powdered indigo for my dye vats from a supplier. Then I learned that indigo can be grown in this region, and that one type, Japanese indigo, grows especially well here. How wonderful to learn that Farmer Teddy, the Folk School gardener, was planning to grow indigo in the school's new dye garden for upcoming classes.
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Cooking, Recipes

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Summer Soup Recipe: Gazpacho

Enjoy a recipe from The Folk School Cookbook. Cool soups are an invigorating meal and a great drink of juice. Tomatoes around here are so bountiful that the whole place turns red for weeks. Gazpacho is a cold soup is ideal for warm summer days and nights when the bounty of ripe tomatoes is at its peak.

Music

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Dance Musicians’ Week Instructors Host Virtual Events

Dance Musicians’ Week is a weeklong summer class devoted to learning and improving techniques of playing and arranging music for traditional contra, square, and couple dancing. Our wonderful instructors have taken the initiative to keep the spirit alive virtually this year. Celebrate and reconnect all this week with online programming hosted by the instructors.

Gardening & Homesteading, In the Garden, Nature Studies, Outdoors

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Naturals

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Appalachian Broom Making with Marlow Gates

Whatever your abode, castle, or cottage, you most likely have a broom in your home or hanging on your hearth. From besoms and cobweb brooms to more modern flat brooms and whimsical sculptural objects, brooms are important cultural symbols used for decoration and ritual, as well as functional tools.
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Blacksmithing, Enameling, Kaleidoscopes, Metal, Metalwork

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Embracing Appalachian Home Life with Jason Lonon, Blacksmith & Woodworker

Jason Lonon is a professional woodworker and blacksmith. Since 1997, he has studied, practiced, and taught traditional woodworking, carving, and blacksmithing and is a regular instructor at the Folk School. In his blacksmith shop, Jason specializes in making traditional woodworking tools, and for fun he carves wooden bowls and spoons. On August 17, 2020, Jason will be the panelist for our next Appalachian Traditions Discussion. Enjoy our interview!
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Wood, Woodcarving, Woodturning, Woodworking

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I Made a Classic Appalachian-style Ladderback Chair with Lyle Wheeler

Lyle Wheeler, a longtime Folk School instructor in both Woodworking and Blacksmithing, is a treasure of the Folk School. The week I spent years ago, building a ladderback chair with Lyle, changed the way I think about craft and my own capabilities as a maker. I am excited that later this month Lyle will be giving a Zoom presentation on June 15 as part of the Folk School’s Appalachian Traditions Discussion series. I encourage you to tune into his talk, and learn from this wonderful self-proclaimed “all-around "good ol' boy" from Millers Creek, North Carolina."
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Beads, Enameling, Glass, Hot & Cold Glass

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Bead Addict! The Magic of Bead Making with Terry Hale

I met Terry Hale in the Folk School Enameling Studio where she teaches bead making several times a year. We talked about the joys of craft addiction and how she got hooked on moving glass into beads, what she likes about teaching, what she loves about the Folk School, and more. Enjoy our interview!

Clay

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Rob Withrow Featured on “At Home with FLONC”

Check out this recent video of longtime Folk School instructor and Brasstown local Rob Withrow. The mini-feature was created by local photographer Nathan Baerreis for the "At Home With FLONC" series for First Lady Cooper.

Book Arts, Book Arts & Paper, Calligraphy, Marbling, Paper Art, Printmaking

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Hand-cut Stencils & Screen Printing with Jen Swearington

We are excited to have two Surface Design & Printmaking classes coming up this month with Jen Swearington. Learn to create Hand-cut Stencils for Surface Design (June 7-9)  or techniques for Screen Printing on Fabric (June 9–15).
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Dance,

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A Look Back at Folk School May Day Celebrations

Wishing you a happy May Day! We're looking forward to dancing around the May Pole together again, but until then, we put together this post filled with photos of years past, a video from 2011, and an excerpt by Nanette Davidson about May Day from The Folk School Cookbook. Enjoy!

Drawing, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts

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Follow the Red-Railed Walkway by June Rollins

Watch a video slideshow to see how June Rollins created her beautiful watercolor of our iconic red-railed walkway. June also writes about this special place on campus. Whatever your path of creative discovery, the red-railed walkway is waiting.

Jewelry

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Rags to Riches with JoEl Levy LoGiudice

Rag rug weaving embraces the folk art tradition of using everyday, readily available materials to build aesthetically beautiful, yet functional art: textiles made from the things we have, can forage, or acquire. With the craze du jour surrounding KonMari, now is a good time to think about new options for all those clothes you may be putting into the “Thank you, goodbye” pile. Rag rug weaving might be your perfect option!

Folklore, Genealogy, Storytelling, Writing

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Writing Memories into Family Histories: An Interview with Robin Edgar

When you take a Folk School class, you never know who you will meet. Last fall, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Robin Edgar in the herbalism class during Shaker Week. I learned that she and her husband, David Edgar, have been teaching classes at the Folk School since 1996! Robin teaches writing and David teaches the unique craft of turning recycled plastic into fantastic creations. This year, they are both teaching during Earth Week, April 19–24, 2020. In her upcoming class, Turning Fond Memories into Family Histories, students will discover how to use sights, sounds, and even smells to recall and record meaningful memories.

Current Catalog


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Our Top Priority: Health and Safety

As we prepare for 2021 programs, the health and safety of our students, instructors, staff, and community is our top priority. We recognize COVID-19 will likely continue to be a public health concern in 2021, and there is much more to learn about it in the coming months. Read detailed information on safety measures and what you can expect to find at the school on our blog, or on page 9 of the eCatalog.

The Folk School Cookbook

Author Nanette Davidson meticulously collected, curated, and adapted over 200 delicious recipes for The Folk School Cookbook. 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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