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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.

June 16-22
Dance Caller's Workshop with Instructor, Diane Silver
2 spaces available

This class is intended for contra dance callers who have already done some calling and are experienced dancers. Emphasis is on program planning, teaching techniques, working with beginners, and effectively using live music. Individualized instruction can also include calling squares and English country dances, as well as calling for family dances, schools, camps, weddings, etc. Two daily practice sessions with a group of dancers and nightly public dances ensure plenty of microphone time. Limited to 6 students.

Help wanted. The Dance Callers workshop for contra, square, and English country dance callers this week provides a unique opportunity for dancing! Join the Dance Callers for two practice sessions of contra and square dancing each day, with wonderful live music. No previous dance experience is necessary. Callers, class members will welcome your participation and will teach you everything you need to know. The best times for dancers to attend is 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

It's fun and great exercise, too! Contact Ted Cooley for more information, 837-2775 or ted@folkschool.org.

June 23-29
Cherokee Heritage - Natural Resources for Craft, Food, & Medicine with Instructor, Ila Hatter
2 spaces available

Before the Trail of Tears, Cherokees and white settlers made good neighbors, sharing their skills and knowledge of fishing, gardening, medicine, cooking, and crafts. "Ga du gi" (help each other) was the code of the mountains. Rediscover the heritage of both cultures with visits to a mountain farm and a recreation of Cherokee village life. Then use foraged plants for dye, medicine, and a traditional meal.

June 30-July 5
Colonial Hearth Equipment with Instructor, Jerry Darnell
2 spaces available

Colonial hearth equipment is the focus of this fast-paced class for intermediate blacksmiths. If you have experience in other forms, but have never explored Colonial ware, this is the opportunity. Emphasis will be on forging techniques for roasters, broilers, andirons, cranes, trammels, and other traditional equipment. Endeavor to complete a different project each day. Students must be able to manage a forge fire and have solid forging skills.

June 30-July 5
Bottles to Art with Instructor, Steve I. Smith
2 spaces available

Millions of wine bottles are discarded every year - but their thickness and color variety make them perfect for an array of recycling projects. Learn how to cut bottles and melt glass in a kiln. Then use it to produce a variety of artistic glass pieces: add jewelry findings to create pendants; arrange on a backing, adhere, and grout for mosaic tiles; and design wind chimes and garden ornaments for outdoor charm. Beginners welcome.

June 30-July 5
Beginning Drypoint and Monotype with Instructor, Katherine Liontas-Warren
2 spaces available

Enjoy the direct method of creating original prints using drypoint and monotype techniques. Use a scribe to create realistic and abstract subject matter on acrylic, and then print to paper. The monotypes will include additive and subtractive painting methods using a brush, paper towels, and a variety of objects (lace, feathers, plants, stencils, and textures) - mark making that yields interesting, inventive images. No experience is needed, just curiosity.

June 30-July 5
One-slat Side Chair with Instructor, Lyle Wheeler
2 spaces available

Embark on chairmaking by constructing a one-slat ladderback side chair in red oak. Shape parts on the shaving horse with drawknife and spokeshave and assemble with a brace & bit and mortise chisel. History of the trade, discussion of green woodworking techniques, and a demonstration of splint bottoming are included. Expect to complete a chair frame. Students should have moderate hand strength and some physical endurance.

July 5-7
On the Hunt-Identifying Mushrooms with Instructor, Paul Roche
2 spaces available

Do you notice mushrooms along your path and wonder about them? Join us for short hikes to find both edible and inedible mushrooms, which will be identified by methods including spore prints. Recipes for the edibles will be shared; we will saute and sample a panful at the end of class. Maybe we'll find those nutty, meaty gems - chanterelles! Ability to traverse moderate trails is needed to find the greatest variety.
Am I Local?
Folk School Local Students are people that are part- and full-time residents of the following counties:
  • North Carolina: Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Swain, Transylvania counties, and Qualla Boundary
  • Georgia: Fannin, Gilmer, Rabun, Towns and Union counties
  • Tennessee: Polk and Monroe counties

Students must present a valid driver's license, voter registration card, or tax bill showing their local address.
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