Quality Art and Creative Writing Workshops
in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS offers exceptional Workshops in Mixed Media, Painting, Ceramics, Book Arts, Printmaking, and Creative Writing. Our distinguished faculty, with national and international reputations, provide a weeklong immersion in their topic supplemented with lectures, demonstrations, portfolio talks, and readings. Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is committed to supporting the personal and professional development of every artist and writer, whatever their level, by providing the setting and facilities for intense learning, art making and writing, shared in community. We believe that the ARTS enliven community life and that in a supportive community ARTS thrive best. Our programs include the annual CMA Summer Faculty Exhibition at the WCU Fine Art Museum, summer faculty presentations and youth art camps. 

Come. Learn. Create. Collaborate

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS' 2016 programs include an exciting range of Visual Art and Creative Writing Workshops. Imagine yourself in a studio where artists are exploring innovative, multi-media printmaking methods, experimenting with paint and cold wax medium, forming exquisite ceramic dinner ware, learning plein air painting surrounded by majestic mountains and summer botanicals, or being prompted to go further with writing while in the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Imagine that you will be sharing ideas, meals, and outings with other artists from around the country. At Cullowhee Mountain ARTS you will find a like-minded community of passionate learners, energized by wonderful instructors where daily concerns are left behind. More... 

Creativity Nurtured in a Mountain Setting

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS Summer ARTS Series of Art and Creative Writing Workshops are held on  the campus of Western Carolina University, in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Cullowhee is located  45 miles west of Asheville, the thriving arts community with downtown galleries, the Asheville Art Museum and  the River Arts District, where artists' working studios mingle with galleries and cafés housed in the old warehouse  district. Nearby in Black Mountain is the site of the famous Black Mountain College, whose memory is kept alive  at the Black Mountain College Museum in downtown Asheville. Cullowhee Mountain ARTS  is also 25 miles from  the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, only 17 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 20 miles to the   Cherokee Heritage Center, Cherokee, North Carolina. More...

Art Trips and Retreats Combine Rich Experiences with Learning

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS offers two additional opportunities that enhance the workshop experience: The Art + Trip with options in Taos & Abiquiu, New Mexico - for artists and writers, and the Lake Logan Retreats + Workshops for Artists and Writers in Canton, North Carolina, 45 miles West of Asheville.

Imagine taking a trip to the top cultural getaway in New Mexico, meeting up with other artists from around the country and beyond, and having the opportunity of taking a specialized workshop with a nationally recognized artist-instructor in their own studio. Then consider the addition of private gallery tours, museum trips, and studio visits. We call it an "Art Immersion Trip." More... 

Every artist needs time for reflection. Cullowhee Mountain ARTS has located the perfect place for artists and writers to escape the demands of life and learn in a picturesque setting. Lake Logan is surrounded by acres of pristine wilderness in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina - approximately 40 miles west of Asheville. Here you can meet with other artists to further develop your creative experience. The retreats combine workshops with stellar instructors, movement and mindfulness sessions, music and fire circles, guided wilderness walk and other nurturing experiences. More...

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