Three classes will finish out the Craft School’s regular season classes in November.


November 1 – 3, Bob Patrick will be teaching “Basic Blacksmithing” in his home studio in Everton, AR. Beginning blacksmithing students will receive an introduction to basic blacksmithing techniques, using a forge fired either with blacksmith coal or coke; will learn fire management and basic forging techniques with anvil, hammer tongs and other tools; and will have the opportunity to make their own punches and chisels. For students with prior blacksmithing experience, the class will be small enough for them to continue from their present skill level. Tuition for the three day class is $425.00, with a $50.00 materials fee payable to the instructor.

During the same weekend, Bob’s wife, Mary Patrick will be offering a class entitled “Magical Mosaics” at her studio next to Bob’s. Inspiring examples of mosaic art adorn the interior and exterior walls of Bob and Mary’s countryside home. Students will create a framed glass window piece, ready to hang. You may bring your own simple design or choose one when you arrive. Students will discuss and practice how to cut the glass pieces, the fusing of glass, types of glue, concrete, and methods of grouting. Tuition is $175.00, with an $85.00 materials fee. Directions to Bob and Mary’s studios will be provided to students upon enrollment, and they offer possible lodging and meal provisions for class participants.


November 2 & 3, Ed Alexander will finish out our regular season of class offerings with “Basic Digital Photography.” What better way to enjoy the upcoming fall foliage than with photography sojourns in beautiful Stone County, followed by instructions on optimizing your photos? Students will be provided knowledge in the basic elements of digital photography, including subject selection, composition, use of light, depth of field, and color. Tuition is $125.00 for the two day class.


Community craft classes will begin October 12. Session I dates and class offerings are now posted on the website, and feature “Pottery” and “Kid’s Ceramics and Art.”


Visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website, for more information on these and other upcoming classes, as well as registration forms and scholarship applications. Students may also sign up for classes by calling Terri Van Orman at (870) 269-8397. 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 and Pulaski Technical College, who offer Continuing Education credits for all Craft School 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.