As we prepare for the vibrant colors of fall, we begin to think about holidays and gifts giving. Handmade gifts are always the best.  Make something special for that special person in one of our fall classes.

There is still room in these September classes….
·       Kip Powers wood turning workshop on 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 ancient art of Bobbin Lace  with  JoMichael Stoddard  – September 19-20
·       John Van Orman will be returning to teach you how to Construct a Mountain Dulcimer September 22 – 26.
·       Have you ever seen these  intricately designed  Russian Easter Eggs?
100_4411.JPGThis is the Ukranian folk art form of PysankyThese 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.
  •  Maureen Skinner’s crocheted hats defy description.  Alternately zany, fun, inspired, and irreverent, the hats are conceived in Maureen’s brain, and then translated into custom, wearable head toppers.  In this class, students will gain tips from Maureen on how to take an idea, and end up with a tangible object – a hat – without the need to follow a pattern. Adventures in Advanced Crochet Hat MakingOctober 4 & 5
  • If horses could talk, they would tell you why mohair makes them so happy. Besides being strong and dirt resistant, mohair wicks off moisture and, when properly fitted, will not chafe or pinch. The longer a horse wears a mohair cinch, the better it feels, because over time, the back felts to a soft, smooth finish. In this three day workshop, students will learn the basic techniques in the art of traditional cinch-making. All tools and materials needed to complete your cinches, including the 100% mohair that makes these cinches so special, will be supplied by your instructorPop Wagner, who  has quite the reputation as a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet, and downright funny guy. October 10 – 12:  Mohair Saddle Cinches with Pop Wagner
  • October 10 – 12: Introduction to Papermaking with Debbie Jolly  A fun introduction to this easy craft gives students the basic skills required to expand their creativity with the use of repurposed paper. Blenders are used to pulp the recycled paper, which then is placed in a vat of water, creating a slurry from which a sheet of paper is drawn. Each student will become familiar with using a mold and deckle, and with the drying processes necessary to create fine hand-made papers. The end results create standard size sheets of artisan paper (8 1/2’” by 11”), and also continue the life of a tree.
  • October 17 -19 Wood – Easy Hollow Forms & the Ogee Bowl w/ John Keeton  This wood turning class will provide the student with an understanding of proper form, the need for continuity and flow in design, and considerations of color, texture and finish. Class participants will complete at least one hollow form turned without the need for a hollowing system, and complete at least one bowl in the classic ogee form. Techniques used will include detail work with various tools, and developing precision in execution of various assembly processes. If time permits, we will explore finials, pedestals, and various forms of embellishment. Students should have some turning experience with basic tool control and technique.
Classes coming up in November…
§  November 1 & 2:  Basic Digital Photography with Ed Alexander
§  November 7 – 9:  Basic Blacksmithing with Bob Patrick
§  November 14 – 16:  Magical Mosaics with Mary Patrick
The Alash Ensemble will be coming back to perform at Ozarka College Mountain View on October 23, 7:00 PM 
 The members of Alash are master throat singers from Tuva, a tiny republic in Siberia, located at the geographical center of the Eurasian continent. The ancient art of throat singing, by which a single singer produces multiple notes simultaneously, developed among the nomadic herdsmen of the region. Alash are virtuosi of this amazing vocal technique who accompany themselves brilliantly on a variety of fascinating instruments from their homeland.
            In addition to performing traditional music of their native Tuva, they have collaborated with such diverse groups as the bluegrass/fusion/jazz band Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, the jazz ensemble Sun Ra Arkestra, and the classical Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Student Producers Program.  Their recordings include Buura (recorded in Nashville during a previous American tour) and Alash.  Alash Ensemble has toured extensively in Europe, Russia, and America.  They performed at Carnegie Hall in 2012. 
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 870 269 8397 to reserve your seat.
Our Arkansas Craft School Fundraising Gala set for Thursday, November 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Angler’s Restaurant, on the beautiful White River. Mark your calendars for the social event of the season! The Gala will feature dinner, cash bar, live music, and  silent and live auctions of hand-crafted items.
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All classes run from 9am to 4pm. Cost and locations vary. For more information 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 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.