One of the great parts about traveling is learning the
culture of the area you are visiting. Being able to get involved makes it even
better. In Gatlinburg, not only can you see the crafts and arts being made, you
can even take part and make your own.
School of Arts and Crafts is celebrating its 100th year of
education. This is a place where you can take weekend, one or two week
workshops in a range of mediums, including wood, photography, drawing, mixed
media, paper, ceramics, metals/jewelry and glass. The public is invited to tour
the 14-acre campus and see the artwork at the five galleries. There is a
resource center with materials for research and a store with artist supplies.
In 1945, the summer workshop program was started and
opened to people from all over the country. That has grown to spring, summer
and fall courses numbering more than 160 in arts and crafts. It doesn’t matter
your skill level; they accommodate beginners to accomplished artists. The
instructors are practicing studio artists and faculty from universities and
colleges around the world. The classes are small and there is housing on-campus
if you are staying for the one or two week class.
Arrowmont offers a unique experience for visitors to
the Smoky Mountains. You can literally get your hands dirty creating art that
reflects the culture of the area. If your inner artist has been wanting to get
out, here’s the perfect opportunity!