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.

Blacksmithing, Enameling, Kaleidoscopes, Metal, Metalwork

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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. Enjoy our interview!

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

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Embellish

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.

Wood, Woodcarving, Woodturning, Woodworking

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Make It, Play It!

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. ...

Beads, Enameling, Glass, Hot & Cold Glass

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Clay

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Quest: Pottery, Printmaking & Family Vacations

I met Tom Quest over meatloaf dinner in the Dining Hall on Sunday night. We quickly discovered that we were enrolled in the same class: Jim Horton's "Great American Poster" printmaking class. I discovered Tom is a professional potter and he got his start in clay years ago at the Folk School. He and his family often come here for vacation. This particular week, his wife and daughter were taking felting & dyeing together. I sat down with him to learn a little bit more about his pottery, our class, and why the Folk School is a great place for a family vacation. Enjoy our interview!

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

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Traces of Beauty: Rust Printing with Lauren Koch

Expand your ideas about printmaking with found objects in a new weekend class taught by artist Lauren Koch: Traces of Beauty: Rust Printing. Rust printing is a unique way of mark making that utilizes steel and iron to create images on paper and cloth. I recently talked to Lauren about her work, rust printing, and her relationship with the Folk School. Enjoy our interview!

Dance, Dance

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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.

Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts

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Fantastic Recycled Plastic Art: An Interview with David Edgar

Imagine transforming your trash into treasure by creating fantastic plastic creatures and whimsical designs with recycled plastic. David Edgar, an artist who sculpted in steel for 30 years, now creates stunning pieces in plastic and he can teach you to do it too in his upcoming class: Fantastic Recycled Plastic. Lets get to know David a little more and discover the world of plastic art. Enjoy our interview!
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Music

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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.

Gardening & Homesteading, Nature Studies, Outdoors

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Appalachian Mountains Are Calling

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.

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.

Leather, Soap, Stone, Sculpture & Mosaics, Unique Offerings

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Current Catalog


Embrace your creative potential, and join us for a life-changing Folk School experience. Our 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.

Request a Catalog, or view the current eCatalog now. You can also search and register for all classes here.

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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