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General Studio Support

Experience the awe-inspiring Painting Studio located on our campus’s north end—a spacious and light-filled haven for artists of all backgrounds. Here, we offer a diverse range of classes, including painting, drawing, calligraphy, and mixed media, providing a nurturing environment for artistic exploration.

Our studio is meticulously equipped with top-notch supplies, featuring a demonstration area, sinks for convenience, and a well-stocked library. Moreover, the expansive covered patio offers breathtaking views, beckoning artists to translate the beauty of the surroundings onto their canvases. With your support, we can sustain and enhance this vibrant space, fostering creativity and empowering artists to unleash their potential. Join us at the John C. Campbell Folk School and become an integral part of our artistic community by donating to our Painting Studio today. Together, let’s ignite imaginations and leave an indelible mark on the world of art.

Week or Weekend Scholarships

Our scholarship program helps those who would otherwise be unable to attend have joyous and enlivening learning experiences. Examples of recipients might be young people without deeper financial resources, people burdened by the weight of medical debt, or those challenged by a significant life event who need respite. Imagine helping a passionate, burgeoning creative who’s poised to become a professional artist.

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Support Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media

Spacious and light-filled, this studio on the north end of campus hosts painting, drawing, calligraphy, and mixed media classes. Well stocked with equipment and supplies, a demonstration area, sinks, a library, and a large covered patio with scenic views just waiting to be rendered, you’ll never want to leave this studio.

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Painting Studio Assistant

Virginia Urani

Virginia studied art at Wichita State University before moving to Kansas City, where she worked as an artist for Hallmark® cards. She attended Kansas City Art Institute and studied with numerous artists. In addition to teaching at the Folk School, she gives private classes in her studio, as well as in Italy. She works in several media, but loves watercolor and considers it perfect for capturing the beauty of mountains and wildflowers. In 2016 she received a NC Arts Council grant to paint studies of trees in the bonsai garden at the NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC. She also received a residency from the Wildacres Retreat Foundation in 2017 to create a book using her paintings. Virginia lives with her husband, John, near Hayesville, NC, and is the Folk School’s Studio Assistant for the Painting program.

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Book & Paper Arts, Printmaking, Marbling, Calligraphy, Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Photography, Writing Coordinator

Rachel Watson

Rachel is an interdisciplinary artist working in alternative and traditional photography, printmaking, jewelry, woodworking, book arts, textiles, and installation. After completing her MFA at the University of Georgia in 2020, she digitized the 7,000-piece collection at Newcomb Art Museum in New Orleans.  Originally from Northeast Georgia, Rachel has traveled the world learning alternative photography processes and participating in photography and printmaking conferences. She is currently renovating Elf School, a historic school in Hayesville, NC, where she plans to build studios and continue her art practice while sharing her passion, skills, and experience with others at the Folk School.

Images from the Studio