Arkansas Craft School is offering 8 crafty summer workshops for kids of all ages!
Most workshops are free, but some are asking a low material fee. That means the instructors are teaching at no charge because they love to share their knowledge to our young ones.
Call the school at (870) 269-8397 to register.
Other available classes
Ozark Summer Schedule
Students will hand build a couple of pieces to keep.
June 6 and 13
· 9-10 am, ages 6-12
· 11 am-12 pm, ages 13-18
· 1:30pm, adults
$15 Material fee
Students will learn how to weave with or without a loom.
June 8 and 15
· 10 am-12 pm, ages 6-18
Students will make a macreme bracelet to wear home or give a gift.
· 1:00—2 pm, grades 3rd-6th
$20 Material fee
Students will paint rocks and hide them in the picking park when they dry.
June 10 and 17
· 9-11 am, ages 5-13
Students will forge their own hook from a piece of steel, very hot.
· 10am-2 pm, ages 10-18 (with parent)
$20 Material fee
Cartooning and illustration
Students will create a character and build their world through illustrations from Fort Smith Regional Art Museum.
· 1-2 pm, all ages
Students will paint with acrylics and MORE once a week for 6 weeks.
Starting June 22(Wed.)
· 10-11 am, Grades 3-5
Starting June 24 (Fri.)
· 9-10:30 am, Grades 6-8
· 11am-12:30 pm, Grades 9-12
Students will be making glass beads with a flame.
June 23, July 7, 21
· 9-10:30 am, grades 5-6
· 11 am-12:30 pm, grades 7-8
· 1:00-2:30 pm, grades 9-12
Call (870) 269-8397 To Register
Cathy Drew is a lifelong resident of the region that she loves to promote. As a matter of fact, she was born in downtown Batesville in the late ’60s, which is in one of the eight counties she now enjoys encouraging people to visit.
She has two sons, Jonathon (Jon) Drew, his wife Devyn Stewart. Drew is also grandmother to Jon and Devyn’ s son, Jase Drew. Corey Richardson, and is grandmother to his three sons Nathaniel. Zane and Jaxson.
However, Drew can’t skip the other part of her family: the pets! Lady Bird, Bullet and of course, Howard
Drew, became associated with the Ozark Gateway Region in 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.). The agency handled marketing for the regional association where she along with her co-workers produced an annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region In June 2000.
After Drew became director, she took the region to the next level by helping the tourism organization create a new website and moved it from the old newspaper paper tabloid publication to a color magazine format.
Over the years Drew has helped the organization meet new marketing goals, such as in- and out-of-state marketing, assuring that all 105,000 copies of their magazines are distributed each year.
Drew also helped the region create a heritage trail map that is still on posters in many establishments across the region and Arkansas. She oversaw development of a motorcycle route map that folds into a credit card format for riders, as well as those seeking scenic routes to enjoy the beautiful Ozark Mountains.
She helped open a visitor center for the Ozark Gateway, allowing visitors to pick up information from across the entire state 24/7.
In 2016, she assisted creating the first Ozark Gateway Region Golf Classic and the tournament continues to grow each year, allowing the organization to grow its co-op program, helping each county have dedicated promotion. Drew stays busy at Ozark Gateway as the ad sales manager, magazine editor, day-to-day office operations, trade show representative, as well as magazine distribution representative all while making sure that the region is represented all over Arkansas and southern Missouri.
Drew has been featured in several local and statewide publications over the years as well as the 1997 cover of the Ozark Gateway Region tabloid along with her then 4-year-old son, Jon. She has received several awards such as the Batesville Rotarian of the Year in 2010 as well as a three-time Paul Harris Fellow.
She also has served as an Independence County election commissioner for several years and now serves as their co-election coordinator, helping with behind-the-scenes management of voting equipment, day-to-day election deadlines as well as poll worker training.
Drew serves on the Arkansas Travel Council Board of Directors, Batesville Rotary Club Past President and is the Rotary Clubs current publicity chair.
In March of 2018, Drew was honored with induction into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame for her many years of dedicated service to the tourism industry.