Back to School? You bet! The Arkansas Craft School has some awesome and amazing workshops coming up next month.


There’s still room for a few more woodturners in Gene Sparling’s Natural Edge Bowls and Vessels August 29 – 31 Gene is a professional wood turning artist who lives, and has a studio and gallery in the Ouachita Mountains, just outside Hot Springs National Park Arkansas. He is a wonderful teacher and his art is magnificent!


On September 6 & 7 wood artist Alan Carter will show you how to create Split and Suspended Vessels. You must see his work to understand the elegance of this work. His art is exquisite!  This craft form steps away from functional  into pure sculptural beauty.


Local hero Dave Smith was highlighted in the recent issue of  Stone County Living magazine, for his off the grid life style in his log home. He is offering a workshop on Dove-tail Log Construction September 12 – 14 at his Bear Pen Farm near Fox.


The same weekend, back in tow , Kip Powers will be turning some wood and showing a lucky few how to construct beautiful Boxes using a Two Piece Approach to Hollow Vessels… September 12-14


Rug Hooking can be folksy or contemporary. The style is up to you. Aileen Anderson will be sharing her skills on September 13-14.


The art of Bobbin Lace began in 16th C Itally and provided a lucrative income for women throughout 17th C Europe.  JoMichael Stoddard will be offering a workshop on this historic art form September 19-20


Master bladesmith Jim Crowell is offering 3 students personalized attention in Introduction to Knife Making at his studio in Timbo September 19 – 21


Do you love the sound of a dulcimer? Have you ever wanted to make your own? The very popular John Van Orman will be returning to teach you how to Construct a Mountain Dulcimer on September 22 – 26.


Have you ever seen the intricately designed Russian Easter Eggs? This is the Ukranian folk art form of Pysanky. These magical eggs were used to protect households from evil spirits and keep the world safe from  the havoc and destruction of a horrible evil serpent. Join Bob Byers in saving the world by learning  this wax-resist technique of egg dying September 27 $ 28.


!OH BOY! even more fun in OCTOBER…

October 4 & 5: Crochet Hat Making with Maureen Skinner

October 10 – 12:  Mohair Saddle Cinches with Pop Wagner

October 10 – 12: Introduction to Papermaking with Debbie Jolly

October 17 -19 Wood – Easy Hollow Forms & the Ogee Bowl w/ John Keeton


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All classes run from 9am to 4pm cost and locations vary. For prices and  more information on these and other upcoming classes, as well as registration forms and scholarship applications, visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website,  Students may also sign up for classes by calling Lucia Vinograd 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.