One of my regrets from my college experience is neglecting to take art classes. The College of William and Mary has an entire building devoted to the arts, yet I chose other electives instead. Perhaps I was a little intimidated. My dream now is to take art and craft classes when and where I can – even on the internet! A few years ago I had the opportunity to take wheel-thrown and handbuilding pottery lessons locally. When my daughter is old enough – and given the resources – I hope to travel and experience more art studios and schools. Fortunately, we have many available here in Huntsville, Alabama, and in the region.
My plan is to make “Art Schools Around The World” a series on this blog, featuring various places where I’d love to study. Sometimes it will be a more realistic spot for me, such as Arrowmont or the Appalachian Center for Craft in Cookeville, TN. Other times an international school will be featured – a pipe dream for me, maybe, but who knows! And, perhaps I will help you discover one that is nearby of which you were unaware.
I am somewhat familiar with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts because of our annual family trips to the Gatlinburg, TN area. If you have not been, I would recommend it! You can read my posts about the Arts & Crafts Community Art Loop and other things to do. Although Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge can be a little “tourist-y,” there are lots of attractions for the nature-lover, arts and crafts enthusiasts, and kids.
The school has a shop in Gatlinburg near Ripley’s Aquarium that we’ve visited several times over the years. We are always so impressed with the creativity and skill of the teachers and students.
About the School
The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts offers weekend workshops, as well as one-week and two-week workshops. Taught by both university faculty and practicing studio artists, there are classes for the beginner to advanced artist. The campus of 14 acres in Gatlinburg, TN holds professionally equipped studios and student housing. Residents of the local community also have the opportunity to take weekly classes.
The school offers education in the many fields, including:
- warm glass
- mixed media
- books and paper
Other offerings include the year-long Artists-in-Residence Program, conferences and symposia, exhibitions and galleries open to the public, and an art supplies store. In addition, the school provides a full day of art teaching to the students of Sevier County Schools each year.
Is there an art and craft school that you would like to see featured? Please contact me.
Text Copyright 2014 Kathryn Depew. Information source: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts web site. Images from flickr.com used under the Creative Commons license. Images credit: PunkToad: Ceramics and Studio.