At first I was not sure what I thought about the folk school. I always wanted to attend a class at John Campbell. It was on my bucket list. When I arrived I had a private room which was nice but not extraordinary. However it was extremely clean with a very modern bathroom. The house sat up on a hill overlooking the valley. The view was outstanding. After I got use to the silence I fell in love with my room and the location. I was in the Hillhouse room 601.
I took a glassblowing class. There were two instructors Alex and Tony. I have had the blessing to attend many classes across the country and these two are some of the best instructors I've ever had. They were organized methodical and very patient. They have what I call a good spirit about them. It takes a lot of energy to be an instructor.
The equipment provided by John Campbell was up-to-date and every tool needed was available. That was nice, very nice. I have taken some classes where you needed to share tools and it held you up in production and creativity.
The food was really good most of the time. They also were able to provide special diets for those who needed it. I personally appreciated the vegetarian options.
And there is square dancing in the evening. Never in a million years would I think of trying square dancing. But I did and it was a blast! I might even try it at home. If you can try this, it is fun.
John Campbell folk school is a peaceful place that I highly recommend.
a traveler Wisconsin
Looking to expand your knowledge in folk art? Then this may be the school for you! My wife and I each took a week long course and loved everything about the program. We stayed on site and our accommodations were as advertised. The food was excellent as were the instructors. We highly recommend this program.
This is a must for all wannabe artisans! Classes cover every dream, from cooking, quilting, wood working, painting, pottery to whatever you want. You dream it, they offer it. Tucked away in the Appalachian mountains, it is still close to restaurants and shopping. It is truly a wonderful experience. Come and see for yourself.
A week in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains would have been gift enough, but to also be in a learning environment with excellent instructors and a non-competitive approach to acquiring a new talent made the experience a treasure.
a traveler Cincinnati
The John C Campbell Folk School is unique in its approach. Anyone can sign up for week long classes (there is a charge for room, board, materials, and instruction) to learn and produce what is being taught in a non-competitive environment. It's a great stop for visitors as well. A visitor can go into any class (could be basketry, blacksmithing, clay, dyeing, or many more) and be informed by the students what they are doing and what the final product will be. If you visit later in the week, you can see the student's finished or almost finished products. The students are willing and enjoy sharing what they have accomplished. Every Friday evening, there is also a free Folk Concert to enjoy.
a traveler Georgia
This is the place to go to PLAY! That's right, play, learn, explore, relax and discover. I have taken classes here, attended the Fall Festival and sometimes come to simply visit. This place is so peaceful and non-judgemental. You come to discover your artistic potential, even if you have none. If you ask any kindergartner if they can draw, they will shout "YES, I'm an artist!" And as an adult, that's what you will discover and uncover at JCCFS. My highest rating ever.
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