Saturday, August 6, 2016

eureka springs school of the arts

My first teaching experience at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA) was in 2005.  The school had been active for many years, teaching classes in artists studios and now owned a building  outside of Eureka Springs, AR on Hwy 62.  I was asked to include in my class proposal a list of resources ESSA should provide: water, electricity and table space as well as a list of the equipment I would bring: blenders, vats, buckets, beater, press, etc for students to use in my papermaking class.  They had a building and nothing else.

In July 2016, I taught at ESSA for the sixth time.  Each time I am there I notice the improvements and expansions.  I am excited to witness their growth and am proud to have been a tiny part of it.

Eureka Springs School of the Arts main classroom building.
Today, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts has grown to include a jewelry building, a metals  studio, a fibers studio, an administration building, an artist-in-residence studio and a cottage for out-of-town instructors.  A wood studio is planned and fund raising is underway.

The Eureka Springs School of the Arts administration building
next door to the main classroom building.

Groomed paths invite you to stroll the property and enjoy the
beauty of this special place nestled in the Ozark mountains.

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