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John C Campbell Folk School

John C. Campbell Folk School – If you’re looking to add a little creativity, fun and sense of community spirit to your stay in the cozy North Carolina mountains, we highly recommend the John C. Campbell Folk School.  For more than 90 years, the school has been welcoming locals and visitors to learn about a vast range of different artistic endeavors. Just about every kind of visual and performance art and craft is on offer at the John C. Campbell Folk School, all in a friendly and warm environment.

We certainly think there’s something about Hayesville and the surrounding area that inspires creativity. Perhaps it’s the sight of the mountains, the fresh air or the sound of the babbling creek – whatever it is, why not channel your inspiration into creating something beautiful? The John C. Campbell Folk School will definitely help you do that!

John C Campbell Folk School

History of the John C. Cambpell Folk School  
The John C. Folk School has a long history dating back more than a century. Its namesake, John C. Campbell, was inspired by the traditional arts and handicrafts of the Appalachian mountain people. He wanted to help keep these traditions alive and also promote education through lifelong learning.  John had seen folk schools in the countryside of Denmark, and how they fostered community spirit and happiness. He and his wife, Olive, discussed the idea of bringing a similar school to beautiful Appalachia. Unfortunately, the school did not happen in John’s lifetime, however Olive decided to start one in his memory. Working in collaboration with a friend, Marguerite Butler, and the local community, the John C. Campbell Folk School opened its doors in 1925.  Almost a century later, the folk school is still going strong!

John C Campbell Folk School

Classes at the Folk School
The John C. Campbell Folk School promotes learning in a non-competitive environment. This means there are no grades or complicated assignments – just a fun environment to try your hand at new things and meet new people. The school has a calendar simply brimming with short courses on a range of topics. They are generally either weekend or week-long courses, and the array of activities is nothing short of spectacular. From basket weaving to photography to woodcarving and everything in between, there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy. Best of all, people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the courses.  The quality of teaching is excellent, so experienced creatives are sure to be inspired by new techniques, ideas and approaches. On the other hand, even the absolute beginner is sure to feel supported and welcomed, and go away having learned a new skill.

Events at the John C. Campbell Folk School
One of the aims of the school is to foster community spirit, so it frequently holds fun events where everyone is welcome. The calendar changes regularly so it’s best to check their websites, but these often include dances, music concerts, art auctions and various charity events as well. Like with the school, everyone is welcome and there’s no minimum or maximum age to participate! Who not see if something is on during your stay, and drop by?

Museum and Craft Shop
If you’d like to see the school but aren’t sure about doing a class or attending an event, then the museum or craft shop may be perfect! Of course, they’re also worth a visit even if you are doing a class too.  The museum, or history center, is free to enter and traces the history of the folk school. There are various photographs, documents and videos of the school over the years, showing what has changed, and what has stayed the same. It’s an interesting insight into the school, and also how it has shaped the community. There’s also a fantastic craft shop on the premises, which sells some of the best examples of the crafts made at the school. Most of them are traditional Appalachian crafts, but with a modern touch. You can find everything from beautiful jewelry and homewares, to souvenir postcards and shirts from the folk school.

If you’re inspired to do some crafts at home (or perhaps back in your cabin or cottage!) then you can also pick up some high-quality art and craft supplies. It’s definitely a great place to find a beautiful souvenir of your stay in our little corner of the mountains.

Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction

Come to the Blacksmith & Fine Craft  Auction at the John C. Campbell Folk School – Saturday, Nov. 3rd from 1pm-4pm
Join us for a memorable afternoon fundraiser on SaturdayNovember 3from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In silent and live auctions, you can bid on craft, art and unique items donated by artists and other supporters of the Folk School. Admission is free.

Bidding on well-crafted ironwork, textiles, jewelry, pottery, paintings, woodturnings, and other handmade items is a fun way to help us provide our year-round creative-learning classes and community outreach programs.

We appreciate each of the artists who have contributed creative work. We couldn’t do it without their generous support.

Emcee: Jerry Jackson, Executive Director
Auctioneers: Tim Ryan and Bob Grove

Event Information
Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction
November 3, 1-4 p.m.

John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

 Learn more…
The John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.

Folks come together in this haven, tucked in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains, to have creative and fun learning experiences. The Folk School’s motto, ‘I sing behind the plow’, reflects our desire to find joy in our daily lives.

John C Campbell Folk School
John C Campbell Folk School

John C. Campbell Folk School Intergenerational Week

Pottery wheel

Intergenerational Week will soon be here at the John C. Campbell Folk School.  The Folk School is happy to announce its line-up of classes for their “Intergenerational Week”. As their newsletter explains: “Here at the Folk School, we’re excited to introduce younger generations to enriching art, music, and traditional mountain crafts. Our annual Intergenerational Week, set for July 15-21, also brings families together as youths 12-17 take classes with a parent, grandparent, or other special relative or guardian. We invite your family to join us for this rewarding summer experience.” Below you’ll find some of the classes being offered.

WOODSPIRITS, WIZARDS, & SPOONS 
Date: Sunday, July 15 – Saturday, July 21, 2018

Learn to carve a one-of-a-kind spirit face, with special attention given to eyes, nose, and hair. Get some basic safety techniques down, and then work on anything you like – woodspirits on a walking stick, Santas, wizards, spoons, or even gnome homes carved in cottonwood bark. We’ll also cover tool sharpening. All levels welcome, but moderate hand strength is needed. 

Women woodcarving
Biscuits

GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF BOOT CAMP 
Date: Sunday, July 15 – Saturday, July 21, 2018
Join an avid home baker to find out why baking has once again become a favorite pastime. Learn basics like weighing ingredients for the most accurate results, then have fun baking a wide variety of British and European classics – delicious cakes, tarts, breads, and biscuits (cookies). Though not really a competition, challenge yourself to create new flavor combinations and share the rewards. Scones, shortbread, pies, cakes, and puddings…get baking! All levels welcome.

 

WEAVING WITH RAGS: T-SHIRT RUGS & TOTES 
Date: Sunday, July 15 – Saturday, July 21, 2018

Join the upcycling craze! Take your old T-shirts and turn them into woven treasures. This class will cover everything from dyeing shirts, making T-shirt yarn, setting up floor looms, and learning to weave small floor rugs or funky tote bags. Beginning students will love how fast and easy it is to weave unique, colorful creations!

Weaving sign
paper art

MAKE YOUR OWN KUDZU MURAL 
Date: Sunday, July 15 – Saturday, July 21, 2018

Plan a place in your room (wall, headboard, or other) for a wonderful paper mosaic mural made from the invasive kudzu vine. Choosing your own design and color scheme, cover a thin piece of plywood with paper you’ll make from kudzu leaves – first retting them, and then using dyes for color. You and your partner will work together, making many sheets from which your designs will be cut and pasted. You’ll each make your own mural, putting something into each other’s piece, so you can always keep them close. 

John C. Campbell Folk School
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902
1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724) — 828-837-2775