Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Jewelry Camp

It has been one of those weeks around here, and that's all I'm going to say.

I recently got the new Art Jewelry magazine. I can't tell you how much I love this magazine. I love the way it is arranged, the very interesting articles, and most especially, the gallery. In case you haven't read it, you should.

This month, they had an article on jewelry retreats. Summer camp, if you will, for jewelers.
There are several held around the country, and I'm quite sure there are more than they listed. The article focused on what to expect when you go to one of these retreats. It is very similar to the summer camp you went to as a child. The differences are that you focus on a single class, and now that you are grown, you have a drivers license.

I have always wanted to go to one of these retreats, but various things seem to get in the way. A week or two week intensive study is the best way for someone, a stay at home mom, to study when there aren't any local classes to take. I don't mind sharing a room with 13 others. I have two, Penland School of Crafts and William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, that I am particularly interested in. Both of these schools offer intensive one week classes, but they each offer very different courses in study. I could probably stay the whole summer at William Holland and not take all the classes I would like, but Penland also offers scholarship programs. This year I don't think it is a possibility, but maybe next year.

Here's the other schools that the article mentioned in case you are interested in finding one near you:

John C. Campbell Folk School(offers classes in painting, photography, and other points of interest)
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
MAKER: Metal Art Workshops and Educational Retreat


stilettoheights said...

what a wonderful idea...I have never been away to any camp, but often dreamed of going to a artist colony one summer....

oh the beauty of escape.

gilfling said...

I just love the fact that we can continue learning as adults and I think I appreciate it so much more now than I would have when I was young - choosing exactly the thing you want to do, meeting people with like minded interests. I hope you manage to choose, I can imagine there are so many that would appeal.