Folk School coming to Dahlonega this fall

  • Watercolor artist Oscar Rayneri teaches students at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
    Watercolor artist Oscar Rayneri teaches students at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

This October will mark the inaugural premier of the Chestatee Artists Folk School Dahlonega
This new event aims to provide unique experiences in selected arts and craft categories for participants with all levels of skill.
Lumpkin County Parks & Rec will be the location for these learning experiences beginning Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m. through Sunday, October 13 at 11:30 a.m.
Registration is now open with a deadline of September 27. Visit
Classes will be provided in several categories with experienced instructors guiding participants to complete works in each medium.
All of the instructors are members of Chestatee Artists.
Painting in two different mediums will be available.
• Oscar Rayneri has worked in watercolors for over 35 years and is a Georgia Watercolor Society signature member. He has taught watercolors at John C Campbell Folk School and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. He will teach participants how to paint in watercolors with vibrant colors through a guided step by step method.
• Beth Stull has been working in acrylics for 12 years. Stull will teach folks to paint in acrylics as they learn important techniques in color, mixing, perspective, and value.
• Dan Tomberlin will teach drawing. He has 40 years of experience in this medium, as well as teaching at various art institutes across the country. Tomberlin will teach drawing techniques of line, perspective, form, value, and composition.
Thomas Geckler will teach Jewelry. He learned his skills at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts.  He will teach students some basic wire wrapping techniques in copper or silver filled wire.  Participants in his class will produce several projects such as a bracelet, earrings, a ring, and a pendant.
• Tom Slavicek (Folk School Director) has been creating unique leather pouches and bags for many years and teaching his “art” at John C. Campbell School Folk School, Camp Mikell Folk School, and many other learning venues across the region. He adorns his leather bags with free-hand designs that he paints with vibrant colors. No two bags are the same. Tom will instruct participants in creating two or three leather projects, such as a bag, belt, phone belt pouch, and wallet, depending on size and complexity.
A second folk school weekend is planned for March 27-29, 2020.
For more information visit and click on the Folk School tab.
Details are provided on hours, program cost and meals included, as well instructor’s information. Most instructors will provide some or all materials needed with a fee that is specific to each class.
Chestatee Artists is a non-profit art organization which supports the arts in Lumpkin County schools through fundraisers such as the Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival each May.
For more information email