The Arkansas Craft School

May 2015 –  Sustainability Week

In the full bloom of early summer we celebrate the Earth with Sustainability week. These wonderful workshops and lecture presentations are designed to offer practical affordable ways to live with a lighter footprint on our fragile ecosystem.  Each workshop can be purchased separately, or receive a 10% discount will be given for your second workshop and a 5% discount for every other workshop purchased.

May 23 – Homesteading Tour & Talk with Dave Smith

Dave Smith is living his ideal life, in the beautiful off-the-grid log home he built himself.  He and his wife Maria own Bear Pen Farm, situated on 80 acres in Fox Ar. Since 1973 when Dave bought his first 40 acres, he has been cultivating it into pastures, hay fields, gardens and orchards. His vast knowledge of  homesteading grew out of those 40 years of experience developing Bear Pen Farm.

This tour and talk was richly informative, delightfully entertaining and warm and fuzzy with donkeys, dogs, cats, cows in Dave and Maria’s beautiful home and property.


May 29-31 Sustainable Bee Keeping with Ed Levi



Ed Levi, a certified Master Beekeeper, started keeping bees in France more than 40 years ago and has not missed a season since.  Shortly after moving to the Ozarks, the Arkansas State Plant Board asked that he become the State Apiary Specialist and a Bee Inspector for the State.   Ed took that position and worked for the Plant Board for 25 years; while maintaining his own bees.  As the Apiary Specialist, Ed taught beginning and intermediate beekeeping courses all across the state and lectured throughout the U.S.  At the same time, contractors for the US Agency for International Development began requesting Ed’s assistance in developing countries.  To date, Ed has had more than 32 assignments teaching in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.  Throughout his career, Ed has been an advocate for sustainability in beekeeping and agriculture and has developed a modified approach of integrated pest management.  Ed continues activities as a member of a couple of national committees working to maintain honeybee populations.

Date: May 29 – 31 2015, during Sustainability Weekend

Location: Ed’s Farm

Tuition: $125.00

Materials fee (due at check-in): There will be a limited number of books available for purchase at $25.  Also, depending on the number of participants, Ed will have available a limited amount of protective clothing for people to use, but students should bring their own, if at all possible.

May 30 – Sourdough Bread & Pizza with Gin Brown 

2-16-2013 1;01;58 PMSourdough is akin to magic, and creates a distinctive and delicious bread and pizza dough.  In this one-day class, students will progress through all stages of working with sourdough – from nurturing the starter, to adding ingredients, then kneading, shaping, covering with toppings and baking in our wood-fired earth oven– and eating!  Class participants will work in groups of two, creating their pizzas, and will go home with a sourdough starter so that they can continue to bake their own sourdough at home.

Gin Brown recently retired as Campus Coordinator of Ozarka College, Mountain View.  She has a B.S. in Home Economics, and a M.S. in Home Economics Education.  Gin has been extremely active in community and academic work, having served as president of the Arkansas Association of Collegiate Registrars, president of the Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce, and as a board member for the Stone County Youth Leadership, the family and Consumer Science Advisory Committee for the Cooperative Extension Service, and the Ozarka College Foundation Board.  She is also a founding board member of the Arkansas Craft School, and an avid sourdough bread baker.

Date: May 30, 2015

Tuition: $75.00

Materials fee (due at check-in): $8.00

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The Arkansas Craft School is a center for craft education, dedicated to helping aspiring and practicing craft artisans gain the skills they need for success in the creative economy. Located on Main Street in Mountain View, in the beautiful and serene Ozark Mountains of North Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Craft School offers weekend and week long workshops in clay, glass, metal, fiber, wood, and other craft related media.  The School also offers workshops in marketing and management practices geared specifically for artisans, crafts for kids, and community craft programs

ACS - LOGO Arts Council    Support for the Arkansas Craft School provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment of the Arts.      

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