Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to plan a trip to Mountain View for a week-end or week-long get-away and a craft experience at the Arkansas Craft School. The following classes will be offered through August 23, 2013:

· July 5 & 6: “Beginning Rug Hooking” with Aileen Anderson. Students will work with a kit, completing a small mat while learning the basics of this age-old craft.


· July 8 – 12: “Glass Bead Making” with Beau Anderson. Beginning glass bead-making students can learn the fundamentals, while more experienced glass bead makers can improve their skills or learn new techniques.


· July 13 & 14: “Ceramic Glaze Calculation” with Paul Lewing. Paul, a former NCECA “glaze doctor” will show ceramic and pottery students sure-fire ways for formulating their own glazes.


· July 16 – 19: “Native American-style Baskets Turned on a Lathe” with Jim Adkins. You won’t believe these ‘baskets’ are actually wood turned on a lathe, and then wood-burned and colored.


· July 22 – 26: “Construct Your Own Ukulele” with John Van Orman. Students can learn the fundamentals of instrument construction, as they create their own ukulele.


· August 2 – 4: “Woodturning” with Jimmy Clewes. World-famous wood-turner Jimmy Clewes returns to teach his design techniques and turning methods. Although this class is currently full, you can call to have your name added to the waiting list.


· August 5 – 9: “Rigid Heddle Weaving” with Felicitas Sloves is a great introduction to the art of weaving, or a way of making weaving more portable than with traditional floor-looms.


· August 6 – 10: Boat building class “The Stitch-and-Glue Flat Bottomed Canoe” with John Van Orman rescheduled for this week in August.


· August 16 – 18: “Beginning Bowl Turning” with Gene Sparling. Wood-turning students can focus upon this specific area of turning, while learning Gene’s techniques for bowl making.


· August 23 – 25: “Mohair Saddle Cinches” with Pop Wagner. Find out why horses love mohair saddle cinches, and make a few to take home.


· August 23 – 25: “Carving Spirit Faces” with Denny Maynard. The traditional and ever-popular ‘spirit face’ is a great jumping-off point for learning to carve wood.


Visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website, for more information on these and other upcoming classes, as well as registration forms and scholarship applications. The Arkansas Craft School, located in Mountain View, Arkansas is dedicated to the education of aspiring and practicing craft artisans for success in the Creative Economy. The Craft School partners with Ozarka College which offers Continuing Education credits for all of its courses. Support for the Arkansas Craft School is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment of the Arts.