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Woodcarving Traditional Craft Mentorship John C. Camp­bell Folk School

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Please note: this opportunity has expired!
Join us for the second install­ment of our Tradi­tional Craft Mentor­ship program! These two-week series are an oppor­tu­nity for emerg­ing artists to spend time at the Folk School in Brasstown, learn­ing from master artisans.
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Join us for the second install­ment of our Tradi­tional Craft Mentor­ship program! These two-week series are an oppor­tu­nity for emerg­ing artists to spend time at the Folk School in Brasstown, learn­ing from master arti­sans. Small groups of partic­i­pants will join in focused sessions that enhance their inter­ests, knowl­edge, and skills in tradi­tional Appalachian craft, music, or dance. We hope this program will inspire the next gener­a­tion of tradi­tional crafters to keep these time-honored practices alive.

Students will receive housing, meals and a $450 stipend for travel and class mate­ri­als. Mentees will stay on campus during their two-week session with unlim­ited access to their given studio. Struc­tured teach­ing and mentor­ship time will follow our stan­dard class sched­ule (9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:304:30 p.m.).

We have commit­ted through this program to serve the Appalachian region, and are actively recruit­ing appli­cants from Central Appalachia. We strongly encour­age BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists to apply.

Folk­lore & Wood­carv­ing – Carving Tradi­tions of Western North Carolina with Helen Gibson & James Bud Smith

July 10 – 232022

Explore the connec­tions between two cultur­ally distinct wood­carv­ing tradi­tions: The Brasstown Carvers and The Eastern Band of Chero­kee Indians. Study with master artists who have spent their lives immersed in their local carving heritage. Prac­tice knife work to better grasp the intri­ca­cies of forms, tools, and tech­niques that distin­guish these carving styles. Field trips will help students under­stand how carvers have drawn inspi­ra­tion from the geog­ra­phy and wildlife of the Blue Ridge Moun­tains. Carving projects in both tradi­tions will be explored, includ­ing figurines and masks.

Students will enjoy a unique oppor­tu­nity to expand their under­stand­ing of the cultural impor­tance of craft in Appalachia while gaining prac­ti­cal woodcarving skills.

Appli­ca­tions will close for our Mentor­ship program on Wednes­day, Decem­ber 1. To apply for a mentor­ship session: https://folkschool.slideroom.c…

For more infor­ma­tion on classes and instruc­tors, visit the Folk School blog: https://​blog​.folkschool​.org/20