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Learn Something New

Take a class, learn a new skill — go on, get your hands dirty!  One of the best ways to tap into your inner artist and let your creative spirit fly is by taking a class either at the John C. Campbell Folk School or with a local area artist.  You can spend an hour, a day or a week learning how to carve a bowl, spin wool into yarn, play the dulcimer, shape clay into a vase and so much more. See how much fun it can be to learn something brand new, or to sharpen your existing talents, or take up a new hobby. It’s all right here in our little corner of the mountains. 

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."

- Leonardo DaVinci



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. You’ll find deep satisfaction in the development of creative skills in a supportive, hands-on learning environment at the Folk School. We offer adults more than 800 week-long and weekend classes year-round in traditional and contemporary craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. Friendly, knowledgeable instructors teach our small-sized classes.


Address: 10956 Old Hwy 64, Brasstown
Phone:       828-835-9413

The Silva Gallery has become something of a landmark destination for art and creativity here in our little corner of the mountains.  Artist Pam Silva has collected the works of many talented artists from all around the area. Pam is a fiber artist who hand-weaves tapestries, knits, spins, felts and also likes to work in mixed-media.  But the gallery is not just a place to shop—Pam also offers classes in many different media, from painting to weaving and more.  Call or stop in the gallery and learn about upcoming classes and demonstrations. Get directions.

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