EUREKA SPRINGS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
In the belief that art is vital to the human spirit, we are committed to cultivating, promoting and encouraging artistic expression by providing art education opportunities in a unique environment of beauty and creativity.
When ESSA began in 1998, we were a school without walls, with passionate local artists offering up their studios to support workshops. A few years later, ESSA moved into a small campus with one building and an acre of land. Today, ESSA has grown into a 55-acre campus with seven teaching studios located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas.
|Date: March 28-May 2, 2019|
Billy (Jenkins MO) is a second-generation white oak basket maker from the Ozark hills of southwest Missouri. Billy teaches the Ozark traditions of white oak basket making in conventions and workshops all over the country.
Preston (Eureka Springs, AR) has many years of experience in all types of welding, having set up and run his own welding business, as well as a welding shop in Kansas City area for a large manufacturing facility.
William (Waltham, MA) is a Boston based artist working who utilizes traditional silversmithing to create strictly unusual jewelry. William earned his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2012, and his MFA in 2016 from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth.
Kurt (Henrietta, NY) has 20 years of woodturning experience, 175 internationally published articles, and has delivered 100s of demos and classes. He enjoys the entire continuum of woodturning. A frequent instructor on all facets of woodturning, he’s well known for pens, ornaments, and lidded boxes.
Charles (Brasstown, NC) has taught woodworking at the John C. Campbell folk school since 2008, and teaches workshops nationwide on timber framing as well as woodworking. He started woodworking on his grandparents’ back porch and it has been his passion ever since.
Eli (Eureka Springs, AR) is a self-taught, award-winning, and highly published photographer with over 25 years of experience. He is a regular presenter and judge for camera clubs and art groups and offers workshops at Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of The Gods, and the Ozarks Natural Science Center. He is a certified workshop facilitator and makes his workshops engaging, interactive, and fun.
Kip (Rogers, AR) has been turning for over 30 years, currently making small to moderate scale vessels from domestic woods. He is a co-founder of the Stateline Woodturners and has taught at ESSA and the Arkansas Craft School.
Kate Koprowski (Lexington KY) is a self-taught fiber artist with a background in education. She has taught felting workshops locally in Kentucky and is a member in good standing of the Berea Arts Guild of KY. Her work has been featured many times on-line by sites like Bored Panda, ThinkGeek, Geekology, Fashionably Geek and others.
Wayne (Hot Springs, AR) has been a self-taught sculptor since 1970. His steel sculpture is often functional – tables, stools, and chairs; but he truly enjoys creating unique “people” and larger works that are inspired by music. Wayne’s work can be seen at the Hot Springs Civic and Convention Center, Hard Rock Café in Miami, and the Hot Springs Sculpture Garden. He has also been featured in “Southern Artist” and “Active Years” magazines.