Art School in Gatlinburg – Who Knew?


There is an art school in downtown Gatlinburg, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  The school is located on the parkway at stop light #5, on the left.  The school curriculum provides in -residence workshops one to two weeks in length, and night classes in the cold winter months.  I’ve not taken any of the courses but I will if I ever get to retire in Tennessee as planned!

English: The main entrance to the Arrowmont Sc...

The main entrance to the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts along the Parkway in the U.S. city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’ve been to Arrowmont for a fundraising event.  Every fall they host the “Souper Bowl” to raise funds for the school.  For 25 bucks we got to pick a hand crafted bowl from a table of student designs and could fill it up as many times as we wanted with homemade soups and breads.  We sat on rickety old chairs at long cafeteria tables with people we didn’t know, and had a really great time.  We got there a bit late but had pre-purchased tickets so we weren’t concerned about securing a spot. Apparently there is a line out the door an hour before they open to make sure the best bowl is available for the picking!

Labor Day weekend is also eventful at Arrowmont.  This year is the 8th Annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival at Arrowmont, August 31 to September 2nd.  Admission is free and there is ample room on the campus for the artists to display their wares and mountain musicians to entertain.  There will be demonstrations and an area for the kids to express their inner artist.

If you can’t make it to the Labor Day weekend festivities you can attend other events or tour the galleries any time of year.

Have you ever taken a class at Arrowmont?  Or would you like to?  Tell us about it…

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  1. Pingback: Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival – Supporting the Arts | Cotton Ridge Create!

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