Session III of Arkansas Craft School Community Classes To Begin

Session III of Arkansas Craft School Community Classes will begin the week of February 26, and will run through May 6, 2014.  Classes will be held at the Craft School’s Artisan Studios at 110-112 East Main Street; conveniently and safely located right off the Square and next door to the Arkansas Craft Guild, and at Ozarka College’s Mountain View campus.

Pottery classes will continue on Thursday afternoons, and will again be taught by local ceramic artist, David Dahlstedt.  Students learn to throw on the potter’s wheel, or improve techniques that they already possess.  Clay is available for purchase at cost to students, and completed work can be fired in the Craft School’s pottery kiln.  Pottery classes meet at the Craft School’s main studio at 110 East Main Street.  Classes resume March 6, will run through May 1, and will meet from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Tuition for the class will be $275.00, plus materials fees according to student use of clay and glazes.

Starting February 28 and running through April 25, Sage Holland will be offering a class on “Glass Bead Making.”  The class will be in session on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., from which students may choose a 3-hour time slot.  Materials fees will include glass use, and oxygen and propane use, payable directly to the instructor.  Tuition for the 9-week class will be $275.00, and the class will also be held at 110 East Main Street.

In keeping with our mission statement to “educate aspiring and practicing craft artisans for success in the creative economy,” John and Terri Van Orman will be teaching “Professional Practices for Artisans.”  The class will be held at Ozarka College in Mountain View on Tuesday nights from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. beginning February 26, and running through May 6.  The class will encompass the skills needed to be a successful artisan in 2014, covering such topics as creating a business plan, how to write an artist statement, how to deal with galleries and know which shows are worth your time, how to present professional images of your work, how to price your work, and how to market and promote your business.  The history of craft will also be covered, demonstrating the social forces that have shaped American craft since the Industrial Revolution.  This is an 11-week class, and will be worth 33 CEU credits, equivalent to 2 college credit hours.  Tuition is $275.00.  There will be no materials fee.

Scholarships for tuition are available to financially qualifying students.  Class registration forms, scholarship applications and further information on these and other class offerings of the ArkansasCraft School may be found on the website:  Students may also sign up for classes by calling Terri Van Orman at (870) 269-8397.

The Arkansas Craft School, located on Main Street in Mountain View is dedicated to the education of aspiring and practicing craft artisans for success in the Creative Economy.  The CraftSchool partners with Ozarka College and Pulaski Technical College, who offer Continuing Education credits for all 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.