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Other Arts

Art of Kokedamas Workshop


with Grace Viola-Pearson

Calendar Apr 14, 2023 at 6 pm

Ages 16 - Adult

This two-hour course will teach the steps used to create beautiful and sustainable live kokedamas plants for the home or office.  The class will discuss the soils used, proper mixing techniques and then move into how to place the plant within the soil and then cover with dried moss, as you use decorative string to hold it together.  Once the kokedamas is complete, it will be decorated using a wide variety of accents, colors, and ideas to make this living work of art an expression of each student's character and inner beauty.  Along with this, the class will discuss proper care and handling of the plant and a quick history of the techniques used and where they originate from.

6:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday, April 14.

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 1 payment of $79.00, paid every two weeks.

Traditional Cherokee Finger Weaving


with Nola Pina

Calendar Apr 15, 2023 at 10 am

Grade 9 - Adult

In this three hour workshop students will learn a traditional diagonal pattern of finger weaving from Nola Pina, a Cultural Specialist at the Museum of the Cherokee, on the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina, and home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee.  Nola will discuss the history of fingerweaving, what resources or materials were historical used, and what clothing items and functional items were made using fingerweaving.  Students will take home a finger woven bookmark or key chain that they make during the workshop.

This class is sponsored by the Berea College Appalachian Fund, Folk Arts & Cultures Initiative Grant.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 15. There will be a small break. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or snack!

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Fairy Garden Cottage - 2 Day Workshop


with Kay Grogg

Calendar May 6, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 2 weeks

Grade 9- Adult

Create a magical fairy garden this spring by learning how to make mini houses using flower pots, paint, and natural elements. Each participant will make at least one fairy house and will learn how to decorate other areas of a fairy garden using sticks, pinecones, and found items. This will be a fun and magical class that is sure to please the fairies who visit your garden this spring.

10:00 am - Noon, Saturdays, May 6 and 13th.

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