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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:

April 22 - 27, 2018:

Unique Offerings, Nature Studies, Woodworking ~ Bamboo Fly Rod Making
with instructor Doug Hall
2 spaces available

Make your own split-cane rod that incorporates heritage, tradition, and craftsmanship. Learn how to select top-quality Tonkin cane, heat treat, taper, and assemble a one-tip, two-piece fly rod. Leave with a hand-planed rod ready for finishing, complete with all components. (See following weekend's class on finishing.) Note: Additional materials fee is estimated at $325.

April 29 - May 5, 2018:

Music ~ Continuing Autoharp–Taking the Next Step
with instructor John Hollandsworth
2 spaces available

If you desire to improve your musical skills on the autoharp, please join us! With a strong emphasis on melody playing, we'll also cover rhythmic and picking variations that can be applied to your type of music. There should be time for some individual instruction for everyone. Reading music is not a requirement, but handouts will be provided. Also get comfortable with basic maintenance of changing strings and refelting bars yourself. (Level 2, for those who can play a few tunes slowly.)

May 13 - 18, 2018:

Nature Studies, Basketry, Woodcarving ~ Southern Appalachian Ethnobotany
with instructor Rebecca Beyer
2 spaces available

Let's make stuff and do things with plants, appreciating the practical uses of our local fauna. We'll make coiled baskets, carve spoons and utensils, and harvest wild food - all the while learning about the folklore and history of Appalachia's unique botanical heritage. No experience in any of the art forms is needed, just nimble fingers and a curiosity and love for natural materials.

Woodturning, Jewelry ~ Turned Wooden Jewelry
with instructor Joe Ruminski
2 spaces available

Transform scraps of wood into elegant necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and brooches. Starting with the off-center turning fundamentals of making these items, we'll venture into playing with design, color, segmented turning, and shape. Everyone will leave with several completed pieces ready to wear or share. The small project size makes this a great class for beginners, and it's an open door to exploration for more advanced turners wanting to make something different.

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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