Family programs at the conference

2017 Family Programs

Classes are available on a first come first serve basis. The class fee includes any related materials fee, is payable in advance, and is non-refundable. Use the PayPal link below to register and pay for the specific class you want to attend. NOTE: Available class slots are updated on Friday evening.

If you cannot register online, contact Clair Guy at (706) 206-2449 to reserve a class and submit payment.

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Mark Hendry: Historic Broom Making Class - $37 ($15 materials fee is included in price)

Mark Hendry is a full time artisan and instructor, specializing in Historic Handcraft such as baskets and brooms with a focus on using natural materials. With over 30 years experience as a professional teacher of fine and performing arts in private, public, and magnet schools, Mark travels across the country as a master instructor, teaching all levels of students from age 3 to 93. He teaches regularly for the John C. Campbell Folk School, is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and is the director and resident artist for Mountain Heritage Handcraft, located in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Class Description: Learn all about 18th Century Artisan Broom Making using just a foot treadle and your hands; No Machinery Needed. Students will learn how to hand plait brooms by making an Appalachian Cobweb broom on a rustic handle of their choice from the materials provided. Mark will demonstrate how these techniques can be adjusted to make fireplace hearth sweepers on forged handles, discussing how to best prep forged handles for brooms. Moderate hand strength required.


K) Friday May 19th - 8am to noon - spaces available = 11


I) Friday May 19th - 1pm to 5pm - spaces available = 6


L) Saturday May 20th - 8am to noon - spaces available = 12



Paul Roche: Fun with Copper - $47 ($25 materials fee is included in price)

Paul Roche is the enameling and hot and warm glass resident artist for John C. Campbell Folk School. He teaches enameling around the country. He has a home studio in Brasstown, NC where he produces enameled art. Paul is also a blacksmith and teaches the art of smoking meats. He has appeared in Glass on Metal Magazine. His motto: learn to burn.

Class Description: Work with flat copper sheet and pipe to fold form and "air chase" one of a kind bracelets. Plus, learn to scroll copper and the "swirl" technique on a torch fired pendant. No experience necessary, except the willingness to have some fun and take home some copper goodies!


M) Friday May 19th - 9am to 11am - spaces available = 8


N) Friday May 19th - 2pm to 4pm - spaces available = 10


O) Saturday May 20th - 9am to 11am - spaces available = 7



Adventures in Painting & Collage with Billie Shelburn - $42 ($20 materials fee is included in price)

This class starts with the creative use of watermedia by painting a landscape or ocean scene, or even a still life. We will enhance the painting with fiber art papers to add beauty and excitement to the work. We will learn to use the elements and principles of design to create exciting and fun paintings. You'll leave with new insights and a painting to take home for your own enjoyment. This is a "no fear" kind of class for all levels of experience – beginners to advanced.


R) Friday May 19th - 9am to 11am - spaces available = 12


S) Friday May 19th - 2pm to 4pm - spaces available = 12


T) Saturday May 20th - 9am to 11am - spaces available = 11



Pattie Bagley: Basket Weaving - $52

Pattie has been weaving baskets since 1993 and has taught basket weaving at events across the USA. She is currently in charge of the basketry program at John C. Campbell Folk School as its Resident Artist for Basketry, Brooms and Chair Seats. Pattie is also a hobbyist blacksmith at Barbie's Dream Forge and a member of The Brasstown Blacksmiths, Alex Bealer Blacksmith Association and Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths.

Class Description: I will teach two 4 hour classes of the "Market Basket" and two 4 hour classes of the "Tote Basket" that are described below. I will provide all materials and tools. Classes are suitable for teens and older.

Material Fee for each student is $35. Class size limited to 12 students.

Market Basket Weave an 8" x 12" x 6" Market Basket with an oak handle. Students will set up the base, weave the sides and finish with a sturdy rim. Students will have their choice of several colors for accent weaving.

Tote Basket Weave a 4" x 10" x 8" tote with Cotton Shaker Tape straps. Colors available for accent weaving and handles are blue, red and green. Students will set up the base, weave the sides and finish with a sturdy rim.


V) Friday May 19th - 8am to noon - spaces available = 11


W) Friday May 19th - 1pm to 5pm - spaces available = 11


X) Saturday May 20th - 8am to noon - spaces available = 11


Keith Turnstone: Prehistoric Pottery Techniques - $32

Keith Turnstone is a product of the Back to the Land movement and has had close ties to many Native communities from an early age. Knowing that our ancestors made their living from the land, Keith started making stone tools represented in the rich archaeological record of Tidewater, Virginia. He has been teaching "earth skills" since 1987. Keith is passionate about making usable simulations of prehistoric cooking pots, complete with all ancient methods of design and adornment, but still somehow catches a knap here and there.

Class Description: Students will modify wild clay bodies through sculpting and firing like peoples of the past did. This class combines hands on clay working and onsite demonstration firings to show what you need to repeat the process on your own - especially with clays near or even under your home!


Z1) Friday May 19th - 9am to 11am - spaces available = 10


Z2) Friday May 19th - 2pm to 4pm - spaces available = 19


Z3) Saturday May 20th - 9am to 11am - spaces available = 10


Green Coal Blacksmith Classes - $20

This class is a must for beginning blacksmiths, and no skill is required. The class will be hands on, and students will be one-on-one with an instructor. All students will take home their own "masterpieces". Expect to leave with printed handouts as well as a better understanding of the techniques of the trade. Sign up for one or more classes and sign up early!

The minimum age to take a Green Coal class is 12. Youths between the ages of 12 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult for help and supervision. Some of the classes require the use of sharp objects and manual dexterity. The SBA will provide workstations, tools and materials. Bring your own safety glasses if you have them; if not, the SBA will offer some for sale. If you have a hammer or other tools that you prefer to use, you may bring them.

A) Thursday May 18th - 2pm to 3:30pm - spaces available = 10


B) Thursday May 18th - 3:30pm to 5pm - spaces available = 10


C) Friday May 19th - 8am to 9:30am - spaces available = 12


D) Friday May 19th - 9:30am to 11am - spaces available = 8


E) Friday May 19th - 1:30pm to 3pm - spaces available = 11


F) Friday May 19th - 3pm to 4:30pm - spaces available = 12


G) Saturday May 20th - 8am to 9:30am - spaces available = 12


H) Saturday May 20th - 9:30am to 11am - spaces available = 10


J) Saturday May 20th - 3pm to 4:30pm - spaces available = 12