There has been a renaissance in Paper Arts over the past 30 years. Students from across the country have come to the Folk School eager to learn the five areas of Paper Arts, books, paper, printmaking, marbling, and calligraphy. During this time, the Folk School has established an inspiring and energizing community of paper artists. The School began offering classes in marbling as early as the 1950's and has expanded its offerings to include a more diverse curriculum and additional classes in other paper-based disciplines. This program has become one of our premier study areas; offering 36 classes to over 200 students; however, due to limited space, the program is unable to expand any further.
To address this issue the School has decided to construct a new Book & Paper Arts Studio across from the Painting Studio. It will be approximately 2,800 sq/ft and will have an additional 850 sq/ft of outside workspace. The studio will be comprised of four separate work areas, the main studio room, the wet room, outside workspace, and the printmaking room. The main studio room will have 12 workbenches. Each of these stations will be movable and come equipped with an individual power supply and lighting. This will allow the main work area to be configured to best suit the needs of each individual class. The printmaking room will be home to several presses that were donated to the School in 2007 and allow the School to offer Letterpress classes for the first time. The wet room will be utilized for classes such as marbling, that need access to water and drainage to allow for easy cleanup. The entire studio will also have excellent lighting, handicapped accessible doors and ramps, safe and well ventilated work areas, updated equipment, dedicated space to permanently install large equipment, proper ventilation, restrooms, outside and inside drying racks, and vast amount of storage space.
We hope that you will consider making a donation to support this important project. If you would like more information please contact our development manager, Reed Caldwell, at (800)FOLKSCH or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. By supporting this endeavor you are helping the Folk School build a wonderful new studio, expand our paper art class offerings, and allow thousands of students to experience the joy of paper and book arts.