AL Folk School at Camp McDowell – Sample the Arts – Grand Opening Special!!!

February 3-6, 2009

Join us for the “grand opening” of the Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell!  As a way to welcome friends to our new school, a limited number of adult students will be allowed a rare opportunity to Sample the Arts.  Choose as many as three of the following classes during this one-of-a-kind workshop: quilting, carpentry, photography, pottery, and old-time music (classes for each: fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass).
Whether you have experience with these types of folk art or none at all, you are welcome to join us in sampling these unique 3-hour classes.  You will leave with a project that is well underway and you will be amazed at what you have learned.
Beginning with a late afternoon wine and cheese on Tuesday, the workshop will feature nationally and locally recognized folk artists sharing the traditions of their crafts.   Class instructors include NEA National Heritage Fellow, quilter Bettye Kimbrell; renowned musicians Herb Trotman & Kathy Hinkle (of the Herb Trotman Band), and Joyce & Jim Cauthen (of Red Mountain and Flying Jenny); potter Sandra Heaven; professional photographer Kenneth Boone; and carpenters Mark Johnston (Camp Director) and Clyde Pearce.  You can choose to work on:

  • a leaf-pounding technique and trapunto hand-quilting,
  • fiddle, banjo, guitar, or bass instruction, and a slow jam and singing workshop,
  • composition and landscape photography sessions,
  • hand-formed pottery with botanical impressions,
  • framing a small rustic cabin, Clare’s Cottage, which will be a retreat house at Camp McDowell

Concluding with a student art exhibition and lunch on Friday, this workshop is offered at a very low, introductory rate of $175.  A typical 4-day session at the Folk School costs $450.  This rate includes meals, lodging, tuition, and art supplies.
Please call Danielle Dunbar, at 205-563-9990, to register or for more information–or visit our website at  Call soon as space is limited.

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