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Youth Folk Camp

July 30, 2022 - August 2, 2022

Join us for Youth Folk Camp - our only Alabama Folk School workshop designed just for rising 5th-12th graders. Youth Folk Camp is a unique combination of summer overnight camp and folk school instruction in music, pottery, painting, and more! Campers may choose one major and minor class for the workshop, all taught by master musicians and artists. Some experience with violin, guitar, or banjo is required for music class majors. Beginner students may select music classes as their minor.

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Farming with McDowell Farm School

Campers who major in farming are able to make connections about the foods we eat and how it comes to our plates. Sustainable agriculture, team-work, and hands-on caring for our gardens and farm animals are some of the experiences students take with them. Whether it be milking a goat or harvesting a carrot, students create connections and a deeper understanding of their involvement in food systems. This is an eye-opening experience of enlightenment that will impact the campers for their entire lives.


Banjo with Bailey Hill

Playing the banjo is hands down, the most fun you can have. In the Clawhammer Banjo class, we will be diving into the technique that makes the banjo dance, and the tunes that make the banjo sing. We will be learning old fiddle and banjo tunes, in a style that was being played way before recorded music existed. We will also spend time learning how to actively listen to old tunes, and the banjo in general. This class will give students the tools to go home and continue their banjo adventures after the workshop is over.


Acrylic Painting with Susie Caffey

Have fun with color, shape, symbol and line as you explore expressing yourself in non-traditional ways through art. No experience necessary! We will start with a series of small exercises to get our creative juices flowing. All materials will be supplied, but students are invited to bring boards or other found objects to paint on if they like. We will be painting on a variety of surfaces.

With 25 years of experience as a public school educator, Susie Caffey has worked with elementary, high school, and most recently 4th and 5th grade students at Vestavia City Schools. Recently retired, Susie is living a new life as an artist, exploring drawing, painting, and fiber arts. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Furman University and a M.A. in Art Education from the University of Montevallo. A long time Youth Folk Camp instructor, Susie is excited to be back for acrylic painting this summer!