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Well really, all weeks are special at the Folk School, but sometimes we feature a certain theme or offer something slightly different than usual. Join us for a special week.
Advanced Classes
Classes held during the first three weeks of January are, traditionally, for those of you with advanced skills in the areas we teach. In reading the class descriptions you’ll see that you’ll build on your existing skills as you tackle interesting and complex projects that will leave you more knowledgeable and fulfilled as craftspeople and artists. Browse class descriptions by date.
Scandinavian Heritage Week
This week is designed to honor the Folk School’s roots, inspired by the folkehojskole (folk schools) of Scandinavia. In the early 1920s, Olive Dame Campbell, her sister Daisy, and friend Marguerite Butler spent a year visiting folk schools in Norway, Sweden and Finland, but they were most influenced by the folk schools of Denmark. Olive was convinced that a Danish-style school should be tried in the mountains of the U.S., and in 1925, the John C. Campbell Folk School was founded. Join us this week in tribute to our heritage as we offer classes full of techniques and traditions of Scandinavia. Surround your senses with Scandinavian life as you enjoy music, food, stories, and dance from this fascinating part of the world. Browse Scandinavian Heritage Week class descriptions.
Earth Week
This popular week celebrating Earth Day on April 22 is back! Celebrate the richness of the Earth’s environment and become inspired by the world we live in to create. Grab a hunk of clay, gather twigs and leaves from your backyard, and get those rags out of your closet! Nature lovers, don’t forget to pack your journals, sketchpads and cameras so that you can capture this awe-inspiring week at the Folk School. Among other classes, spinners can explore a breadth of wildl fibers and gardeners learn the basics of organic gardening from how to build a healthy productive soil to pest control. Browse through the Earth Week classes for the full list
Little/Middle Folk School
Each summer (usually in June), young folks ages 7-17 storm the Folk School campus for the opportunity to discover Appalachian culture and to take part in hands-on programs. The youths take classes in two groups: "Littles" are rising second-graders to rising sixth-graders, and "Middles" are rising seventh-graders to rising twelfth-graders. Call us at 1-800-FOLK-SCH to get on the mailing list for Little/Middle Folk School.
Family Week: Intergenerational
The Folk School recognizes both the need to expose today’s youth to art, music and traditional mountain crafts, and give families much-needed time together in a place of calm amidst a hectic world. This special week is designed to give children, ages 12 and older, the opportunity to take classes side-by-side with a parent, grandparent or other special relative or guardian. So, ask your son if the class Understanding Pottery sounds interesting. Or see if your granddaughter might like exploring Beginning Blacksmithing. You can explore them together. Browse Family Week: Intergenerational class descriptions.
Scottish Heritage Week
Early Scots and Scots-Irish settlers were effective contributors to American culture, and nowhere has their influence been more strongly felt than in the Appalachian mountains. If you are of Scottish descent, or merely love the sound of bagpipes, come enjoy a "taste of Scotland" through fascinating history and stories, lively music and dance, beautiful craftsmanship, and, of course, savory food. Browse Scottish Heritage Week class descriptions.
Holiday in the Mountains Week
This week of classes is the perfect precursor to your time with family and friends later in the month of December. Don’t shop for gifts this year – make them! Learn to create spectacular holiday votives in our glass class, carve a Santa from wood, or pursue our Christmas Feasting class in the cooking studio. There are 14 classes to choose from, all of which will get you in the holiday spirit. Browse Holiday in the Mountains Week class descriptions.
Winter Dance Week
The Folk School’s popular year-end folk dance and music celebration will feature American contras and squares, English country dancing, rapper sword dancing, couple dances, singing, jam sessions and more. Talented instructors and musicians provide the week’s structure and sound. The week ends with a gala New Year’s Eve Dance Party and New Year’s Day breakfast. Browse Winter Dance Week class description.
"Week + Weekend" and "Weekend + Week"
For a deeper learning experience, some classes are conducted over eight days (Sunday – Sunday). Others last nine days, starting on a Friday and continuing through the next Sunday. You’ll love the total immersion into the creative fun and skill building that these extended classes provide. Browse class descriptions by date.
Weekend Classes
Can’t take a week off from work? Need just a little bit of the Folk School to get you through? Take a weekend class! Arrive Friday afternoon for Registration and Orientation, enjoy supper, then hit the studio that evening. Enjoy a weekend of laughter and learning culminating in the Student Exhibit on Sunday morning. Browse class descriptions by date.

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

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