15 August 2010
John C. Campbell Folk School
Last weekend I taught "Creating Picture Books" at the John C. Campbell Folk School. I do this once a year, along with occasionally teaching "Beginning Drawing" as well. If you don't know about John C. - it's in beautiful Brasstown, North Carolina just south of Murphy in the heart of the Appalachians. Many of the buildings are old farm houses, or 1920's gathering halls. The place feels camp, which it is - camp for adults. They offer everything from blacksmithing to quilting to creating metal chickens. It's a very cool place and I love my annual escapades. Not to mention my classes.
The writing class is small, just eight students and we really dig in and get to work. All the students show up with a story, so everybody in the class is quite serious about being there - any teacher's dream.
The drawing class is a little more laid back but equally fun. I basically teach the way I was taught and I love seeing my students' work improve.
Either way, I've got that teaching bug and I don't get to express it enough. It's why I love speaking at conferences too. But my fave will always be the John C. Campbell Folk School.
Read about some of my classes here:
Creating Picture Books 2009
Creating Picture Books 2008
My next classes:
I will teach Beginning Drawing in August 2011.
I teach Creating Picture Books again in December 2011.