Welcome to the Alabama Folk School


The setting for the Alabama Folk School is Camp McDowell, which is the official camp and conference center for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. Situated on over 1,100 acres of lush forest and fields, Camp McDowell has breath-taking scenery that includes waterfalls and canyons. 



We offer workshops of varying lengths, from 2 to 4 days with sessions ranging from 12 hours for a weekend workshop to 15 hours for a 3-day workshop and 21 hours for a 4-day workshop. Our small class size allows students to fully engage with their instructor in a meaningful way. 

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During your visit at the Alabama Folk School, you will stay in comfortable, air-conditioned, hotel-style lodges and enjoy 3 delicious meals a day. You will be kept busy with the classes of your choice, but there will still be plenty of time to explore the beautiful surroundings and interact with the artistic communities that develop during each workshop. 

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Truly enjoyed the instruction and hospitality at this first-rate folk school.
Memorable experience that has inspired me to continue to study folk art.”
— Allison (Southern Living Magazine), Birmingham, AL