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Special Class Opportunities

Occasionally, we will offer complimentary classes to local residents. These classes are posted on this page on our website as they become available. We encourage you to check this page often.

  • Each person may only enroll in one of these classes within a 12 month period.
  • You must be "local." Read below in the Am I Local? section to see if you qualify.
  • Tuition is FREE, but each student will be required to pay a $25 registration fee and any additional materials costs. If there is space available and you choose to stay on campus, regular housing and meals rates apply.
  • These are available on a first-come first-serve basis and may not be used on a class for which you are already registered.
  • If you choose to register, you must do this by phone or in person - no online registrations, please. Call our Registration Staff (828-837-2775 or 800-365-5724) and be sure to mention that you are inquiring about the special complimentary class and the $25 registration fee to the person answering your call.

Classes Currently Available:

August 19, 2018
Music: Traditional Rhythms & Runs: Continuing Guitar
with instructors Steve and Penny Kilby
2 spaces available

Enjoy a class rich in content as we explore the progression of traditional rhythm guitar through several different styles and famous players. With five days together, we'll have time to journey through traditional country music, old-time, folk, bluegrass, and western swing and study the styles of players like Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Lester Flatt, and Tony Rice. Bring your guitar, capo, and picks, and join us on the trip. (Levels 2 & 3 - can play a few tunes slowly or not quite at tempo.)

August 19, 2018
Painting: Intermediate Watercolor
with instructor Betty Brown
2 spaces available

If you're comfortable with the medium of watercolor, but searching for improvement, join us. We will look at ways to push each artist, expanding your search for individual creativity. Work from personal photographs, or still lifes can be arranged. You are also welcome to bring some of your original pieces for critique or to share with the class. Recent watercolor experience is a must, so that we may move you forward.

August 19, 2018
Stone, Sculpture & Mosaics: Mosaic Boot Camp
with instructor Linda Panullo
2 spaces available

"Reboot" broken china into unique garden decorations, turning a pair of rubber boots into planters! (You will need to provide the boots, but clean thrift-store finds work well.) In class, you'll first mosaic a terracotta pot to learn the basics - design, cutting techniques, adhesives, and more. Inspired, it's time to convert the boots into one-of-a-kind, whimsical garden pieces. Students of all levels are welcome; only moderate hand strength is needed.

August 19, 2018
Quilting: It's Positive, It's Negative, It's Both
with instructor Jane Oliver
2 spaces available

Design a unique quilt using positive and negative images created in class. These images may be taken from an image/shape in a fabric, drawn freehand, or chosen from samples provided. Size of the project will be your choice - traditional square blocks, a wholecloth piece, or a diptych or triptych "panel" design. You'll be encouraged to experiment with a variety of stitches and threads for machine appliquéing the images in place. All levels welcome, but comfort with basic machine skills is necessary.

Am I Local?
Folk School Local Students are people that are part- and full-time residents of the following counties:
  • North Carolina: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain and Qualla Boundary
  • Georgia: Fannin, Gilmer, Rabun, Towns and Union
  • Tennessee: Polk

Students must present a valid driver’s license, voter registration card, or tax bill showing their local address.
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If you'd like to receive notices about Local Scholarships and other benefits for local students, please check back on this page often, or you may sign up for our eNewsletter (look in the left-hand navigation for the sign-up area).
Make sure you check the LOCAL list when subscribing. (You may also sign up for our regular eNewsletter at this time if you like, which contains different information and is emailed once monthly.)

1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724)
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John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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