Sunday, April 29, 2012
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in the mountains of TN. Expect to spend around $1300 for tuition, room and board for a week. Class prices do vary. And you will want to have materials and some tools to work with also, so work that into your budget. They do have a pretty good supply store there and a fun bookstore too! Arrowmont also offers work/study and scholarship opportunities. I have attended Arrowmont workshops twice, learned to solder at Arrowmont! I volunteered for an enameling conference held there in 2005 and I assisted Marlene True in a workshop there in 2006. Arrowmont began as a mountain school founded by the Pi Beta Phi fraternity. My grandmother was one of the first twelve teachers brought in in 1934 to teach mountain children there. The school later became a crafts school in the 60's. Both sets of my grandparents lived in Gatlinburg, so I remember being taken to Arrowmont for visits as a child all through the 70's as it blossomed into a haven for creativity. I can say with confidence that Arrowmont really is responsible for my being the artist I am today.