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Little Middle Folk School

Every summer the Folk School opens its doors to young folks ages 7-17 for Little/Middle Folk School, an opportunity for youths to discover Appalachian culture and take part in hands-on programs in various arts and crafts. Participants are divided into two groups. "Littles" are rising second graders to rising sixth graders and "Middles" are rising seventh graders to rising twelfth graders.

Little/Middle is scheduled for June 21-25, 2021.

Due to the overwhelming number of applications Little Middle is now CLOSED. If accepted, you will receive a confirmation email with your material list by May 3rd.

Click here for 2021 Little Middle Volunteer Form.

In light of COVID-19, our 2021 schedule has been modified. Masks will be required for all students, instructors, and volunteers, and we will not offer afternoon or evening activities. To help maintain safety in numbers, Littles will take one group of two classes with the same students all week. Preferences for first group choice, second, etc., can be listed in the application. Middles will take one class from the current offerings, again with the same students during the week, and spaces are limited.

A nonrefundable fee of $5 is required to complete the online application. Tuition for Little/Middle is $150 per child and the balance is due no later than May 20th. If accepted, you will receive a confirmation email with your material list by May 3rd. Applicants who are not accepted will be placed on a wait list. You may contact us at any time to remove yourself from the wait list. Due to COVID-19, no on-site housing or campground facilities for students, parents, or volunteers will be provided. All students should bring a lunch and a drink.

Class begins at 9:05 am and ends at 3:30 pm. All students must be picked up no later than 4:30 pm. No aftercare program is available. Drop-off and Pick-up locations are as followed:

* Drop off is located at the Festival Barn.
* We have 3 pick-up locations this year. If accepted, you will receive your pickup location, classes, and material list by email.

Little/Middle Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be made after May 20th, 2021. If a student must be removed from the program due to a discipline problem, no refund will be given.


A limited number of Little/Middle scholarships are available based on financial need for Cherokee and Clay county residents. For a scholarship, you can apply directly on the Little Middle application. Please contact Tammy Godfrey for more information at 828-837-2775.

Please read our Little Middle Folk School COVID-19 Safety Guidelines & Procedures. These guidelines may be amended at any time at the sole discretion of the Folk School. Updates will be posted on the Folk School's website and reasonable efforts will be made to notify students and instructors prior to their class date.

Class Descriptions - Little Folk School 2021

Group 1:
Basketry: Baskets and Boxes - Nancy Hinds - Create several different, colorful baskets and boxes using a variety of materials like cereal boxes, painted paper, fabric, and beads.
Recycled Critters and Creations - Shari Shifrin - Learn how to repurpose everyday materials into mountain critters! Create a rainbow trout, hedgehogs, and even your very own totem pole using ordinary household items.

Group 2:
Clay: Let's Get Dirty! - Ken & Melody Shipley - Learn to make painted cups, bowls, animals, or any creature you can think of out of clay!
Weaving: Spin a Rainbow, Weave a Story - Geri Forkner - Make lots of fun things with fibers like the ones in your clothes. Spin, dye, and weave them the way your ancestors did, make jump ropes, tell Appalachian stories, and sing work songs.

Group 3:
Drawing: Working with Pen and Pencil - Pattie Bagley - Would you like to learn how to draw like a real artist with a pen or pencil? Come spend the week with Ms. Pattie and learn how to make your drawings come to life.
Gourd Art: Magical Gourd House -Linda Vanderlaan - Learn how to make a gourd house that doubles as a night light. You will be able to paint and decorate your very own hobbit or fairy house.

Group 4:
The Magic of Puppets - Claire Ritzler - Learn how to be a puppeteer by making your own moving mouth hand puppet. Create a character and participate in a performance.
Book Making Magic - Annie Fain Barralon - Making your own handmade books is kind of magic. Some are made from a single page, some have origami star shaped pages, some fold like an accordion and others are stitched together with a needle. Embellishments can be added using decorative papers from around the world, found images, pressed flowers and even ribbons, buttons and beads. Make a different kind of book each day and go home with a collection of magical creations.

Group 5:
Nature Ninjas -Joel Zachry - Learn and explore outside. Find clues in nature's goofy, slimy, and gross things. Animals, bugs, flowers, and trees will be teachers in the field for a safe and educational experience.
Ukulele and Percussion - Marvin Daniels & Jackson Foerster- Learn to play a few easy songs on the ukulele and to keep rhythm with egg shakers, brush drums, and other fun instruments.

Class Descriptions - Middle Folk School 2021

Blacksmithing: Magic Metal - Able Allen - Magic is the only way to explain the way heat and steel work together. Learn to manipulate metal and create useful items for your home. Leave with a strong foundation in ironwork and several pieces of art.

Dulcimer and Drama - Jennifer Rose Escobar - This class is where music and theater meet the Folk School. Learn some tunes on the Appalachian Dulcimer (you don't have to bring your own - you can borrow mine if you need to) and work through some fun drama activities, including possibly creating some of our own material to present to each other. Our classroom has a stage, so let's use it! The room and the class have plenty of space for personal expression.

Knitting: Knitting Ninjas Textile 3D Craft and Design - Emolyn Liden - Learn the skills to knit anything you can imagine. We will start with the basics to gain a strong foundation and then discuss how to create 3D artistic forms with knitting and textile techniques.

Mixed Media: Finding Your Superhero - Pam Beagle-Daresta - Explore superhero stories before creating your own heroic character. Use drawing, painting, and comic illustrations to give your superhero superpowers and abilities. You'll build a world for them to inhabit.

Paper Art: Origami - Malachi Brown - Explore the secret life of paper. Learn how to make animals and toys with this handy material.

Photography: Capture Nature Through the Lens - Liz Domingue - Discover more about the natural world and improve your photography skills as you explore flora and wildlife. Learn techniques and improve your skills of observation and your enjoyment of nature.

Woodturning: Wood Wizards - Steve Cook - Spend a fun week making a variety of cool projects on the lathe. Learn how to make colorful spinning tops, yo-yos, Harry Potter wands, and even a gift. Move at your own pace and turn a block of wood into a piece of art.

Woodworking: Creative Designs - Brian Cunfer - Come make saw dust! Try your hand at woodworking, America's fastest growing hobby. We will lay out and assemble a tool tote and step stool.


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

Main Office Hours:
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Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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