September 9-11, 2016

During this workshop students will pursue pottery, hand marbling paper, and photography in a beautiful, encouraging atmosphere while others fully immerse themselves in acoustic guitar, their days and nights filled with classes taught by master musicians, jam sessions, concerts and group performances.

Participants register for one class that includes four in-depth sessions in that discipline. 

Check-in for Acoustic Guitar & Crafts begins at 4 p.m. on September 9. The workshop ends after lunch on September 11. 

Guitar classes for all levels include...

Beginner: Teaching Fingers To Do What They Don't Want To DoJim Ohlschmidt

Advanced Beginner to Intermediate: Finderpicking Traditional Tunes, Pat Kirtley

Intermediate: Fiddling on the GuitarSteve Kilby

Craft and Art Classes include...

Hand Marbling Paper, Pat K. Thomas

Nature Photography, Kenneth Boone

Pottery Wheel, Scott Bennett

Teaching Fingers to Do What They Don't Want To Do
Jim Ohlschmidt

This class is for BEGINNING guitar students. No experience necessary. Basic right and left hand techniques will be taught, along with a little basic theory, chords, picking, and playing a song.

Class Prerequisite: Students should know how to tune their guitar. 

Required Materials: Guitar and tuner; a music stand will be helpful. A good attitude and willingness to learn are important.

Class Level: Beginner

Jim Ohlschmidt made his debut on acoustic guitar in 1977 with a self­-produced LP of solo instrumentals called "Behind The Eye." Since that time, Jim has been on a journey of musical discovery that has included serious forays into blues, rockabilly, country, folk, and Western swing. The heart of Jim's music has always been fingerstyle acoustic guitar. He has several stellar instrumental CDs, as well four collections of songs by Mississippi John Hurt, one of which he recorded with country blues guru, Stefan Grossman. Jim is also a songwriter. In 2013, he recorded an album produced by Milwaukee drummer Victor DeLorenzo, founding member of the Violent Femmes.

Fingerpicking Traditional Tunes
Pat Kirtley

In this class you will learn how to play some great tunes and also learn the process of adapting traditional melodies for fingerstyle guitar. We will cover right hand technique, dynamics, chord knowledge and more, in the context of learning great arrangements of some classic tunes. Printed materials will be provided to give you plenty to work on back home.

Class Prerequisite: Students should have the ability to play all the basic chord shapes, move between positions easily, and have right-hand skills to play alternating bass patterns and syncopation. 

Class Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Pat Kirtley is a guitarist, composer and writer from Kentucky who has toured the world performing and teaching guitar for over 25 years. Pat's time as a clinician for Taylor Guitars brought him in contact with thousands of guitar learners. He is a veteran instructor at top music camps, including Steve Kaufman Kamp, Swannanoa Gathering, Winfield, Accent on Music, and the Mediterranean Guitar School in Europe. As a class instructor, Pat is known for his patience, encyclopedic knowledge of guitar, clear explanations of difficult ideas, and taking the time to address the individual needs of each student. Pat has produced six acclaimed albums, as well as numerous books and instructional videos. His music is heard on Pandora internet radio. 

Fiddling on the Guitar
Steve Kilby

Explore the world of fiddle tunes on your guitar. We'll discuss the styles of Doc Watson and Norman Blake during our journey.

Class Prerequisites: Basic chord knowledge and the love of fiddle tunes.; should be able to play rhythm. 

Required Materials: Guitar, flat-picks, capo, extra strings, music stand

Class Level: Intermediate

Steve Kilby has taught guitar for 40 years. His specialty is flatpicking guitar on traditional fiddle tunes such as Black Mountain Rag, Alabama Jubilee, Sweet Georgia Brown, and about 2000 fiddle tunes. Steve has won several competitions throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Steve is the proud owner and manager of Kilby Music--originally formed as Alleghany Music in November 1999--with his wife, Penny Kilby. Their website is

Hand Marbling Paper
Pat K. Thomas

Students will float colors on thickened water, create beautiful patterns using ancient techniques, and print your own designs on many different weights and types of papers. These original marbled papers can be used in bookbinding, multi-media projects, cards, calligraphy, or art to be framed.

An additional supply fee of $30-40 will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the class.

Required materials: Students should wear old clothes & shoes.

Class Level: Beginner to Advanced

Art has been an avocation for Pat K. Thomas since the fourth grade. When she settled in Tennessee twenty years later, art became her vocation. She is now a full-time studio artist and partner in the historic Cliff Dwellers Gallery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Pat teaches private lessons, conducts workshops, and instructs marbling classes at locations including Arrowmont and John C. Campbell Folk School. Her work is represented and collected internationally. Her website is

Nature Photography
Kenneth Boone

A basic and intermediate photography class on making better images with DSLR and advanced point-and-shoot cameras. We will go over how and why to use different f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO settings, lenses, tripods and flashes/reflectors/light modifiers, as well spending lots of time on composition tips and techniques for making better photos. Topics will be covered in the classroom as well as in the field, as we head outside to photograph the fields, creeks, forests and wildlife around Camp McDowell. This will be a casual class, lots of time for asking questions and having fun shooting photos at Wonderful, Wonderful Camp McDowell!

Class Prerequisites:  You should have a basic working knowledge of photography and how your camera operates, as well as a good idea of what you’d like to work on.

Class Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Kenneth Boone is an award-winning commercial and editorial photographer who has taught “Golly Martha, Would You Look At That?” photography classes to journalists around the U.S. as well as teaching photography for Central Alabama Community College. He owns and serves as lead photographer for three magazines, including Lake, Lake Martin Living and Elmore County Living. He has won the Alabama Press Association’s Photo of the Year award and has shot numerous assignments for national and regional magazines as well as scores of public and private businesses including several Orvis hunting and fishing lodges. Kenneth shoots Nikon and Olympus gear, but the class will be beneficial to people shooting any type of DSLR or advanced digital point and shoot camera.

The Wheel: Our Greatest Invention
Scott Bennett

Students will learn the fundamentals of throwing on the Potters Wheel. We will focus on centering, throwing, forming, and trimming objects out of clay. In a follow up workshop, we will learn basic glazing techniques, which will be applied (literally!) to the object. 

Students are encouraged to trim fingernails short before the class. This class is not recommended for individuals with back problems. 

An additional supply fee of $30 will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the class. The supply fee covers clay and a tool kit. 

Class Level: Beginner to Advanced

Scott Bennett received a Masters of Fine Art in Ceramics at Ohio State University in 1989. He stayed in Columbus, Ohio after school, and was a prototype designer for Bath and Body Works and White Barn Candle Company for 7 years. He won the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 1998. He also exhibited his ceramic sculpture at galleries, museums, and art centers around the country. 

In 2004 Scott moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he opened Red Dot Gallery with painter, Dori DeCamillis. He continues to exhibit his work nationally, and won the Alabama Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in 2011. In 2012 he became the director of the Alabama Craft Council and was the director of the Alabama Clay Conference for 3 years. He is also a current member of Ceramic Monthly Magazine's advisory board.