Arkansas Craft School Classes in Mountain View

As the autumn leaves begin to change and cooler weather arrives, it’s the perfect time to plan a trip to Mountain View for a week-long get-away and craft experience.  During the week of October 19 -23, 2009; the Arkansas Craft School will be hosting classes in both furniture making and quilting.
Owen Rein will be offering a class entitled “Introduction to Chairmaking”.   In this intensive five-day workshop, students will start with a log and make a chair-height bar stool using only traditional hand tools and techniques.  Along the way, the class will also cover basic chair design, timber selection, safety issues, and drawhorse construction.  The class requires some basic woodworking abilities.  Instructor Owen Rein began his career as a traditional woodworker in 1977. He specializes in making white oak baskets and chairs. He has been designated a Master Artisan by the Arkansas Arts Council who presented him with a Fellowship Award. His work is on permanent display at the Arkansas Arts Center where it was included in their exhibit “Year of the American Craft”. His articles regarding chair making have been published in magazines such as Woodwork, American Woodworker, and Popular Woodworking.  You can read more about Owen, and see a gallery of his work at his website,
Barbara Carlson’s quilting class, “Contemporary Quilting:  Portrait Quilts” will have students experimenting with various techniques such as fabric painting, raw edge appliqué, fabric fusing and more. The resulting fiber facial features will be translated into both brightly colored caricatures and realistic portrait quilts.  Students will need to have basic sewing and quilting skills, and be prepared to bring a sewing machine to class with them. BarbaraCarlson is a Fiber Artist specializing in whimsical art quilts. Her quilts have been included in the juried 2008 Great Arkansas Quilt Show II and the 2009 Governor’s Mansion Arkansas Artists Calendar. She is a member of the Arkansas Craft Guild and SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates), a participating artist in Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour in Mountain View, and a founding member of the Renegade Art Quilters.
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 the Arkansas Craft Guild, the Ozark Folk Center and Ozarka College; and offers Continuing Education credits for all of its courses.  Scholarship grants are available for most 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.  Visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website, for more information on these and other upcoming classes; as well as information on scholarship applications.