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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:

October 26, 2018
with instructor Helen Gibson
2 spaces available

How many times have you carved a character and put his or her hands in the pockets? In figure carving, hands are often ignored unless they're holding something. But think of how many ways we express ourselves with just hand movements! Join us to demystify the complexity of hands and learn how to create hand positions of interest to better express emotion in your carvings. All levels welcome, though some carving experience is helpful.

October 28, 2018
Glass Beads for Advance Beginners with instructor Marjorie Langston
2 spaces available

Enhance your skills to make your glass beads more detailed and mesmerizing. We'll start with a review of safety, studio set-up, and proper use of tools and equipment, and then proceed to winding the glass, annealing, and a variety of surface-design techniques to create beautiful beads. This class is for those with a bit of glass-beadmaking experience and comfort at the torch.

October 28, 2018
Woodcarving - Old World Santas and "Thumbkins" with instructor Bart Mitcham
2 spaces available

Carver's choice! Carve Santas in Old World style with personal touches, and/or try Thumbkins - thumb-size characters that may resemble kinfolk or people you know. Beginners will learn to use a flat-blade knife to carve in the round, while experienced carvers focus on improving techniques and gain from discussion of marketing carvings. Safety is emphasized, but the atmosphere is fun and laid-back, allowing you to explore your creative side. Leave with at least one finished and painted figure.

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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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)
828.837.2775 • (fax) 828.837.8637
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John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

Office Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

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Sun. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

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