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.
Laura (Des Moines, IA) has an interest in many different art forms, and has taught classes at her coffee shop and art studio – Two Sisters and Me. Laura loves to encourage and challenge her students to use their imaginations and open their minds to the endless possibilities papier mache offers.
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.
Sarah (Deer Isle, ME) creates jewelry for galleries and private clients and teaches workshops around the country including Penland, Peter’s Valley, Arrowmont, Metalwerx and Idyllwild. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Arkansas Art Center. The bulk of her time is devoted to teaching art at two rural Maine elementary schools.
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.
Dawn (Holiday Island, AR) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work combines photography, printmaking, painting, encaustic, sculpture and found objects. She received her Ph.D. in Arts Education and a MA in Printmaking from New York University and has been a university art professor for the past 20 years teaching art history, design and studio courses. Dawn has been the recipient of several grants for advanced study including a recent workshop on Digital Printmaking in Santa Fe, NM.
Sally (Bella Vista, AR) teaches felting classes in both Arkansas and Texas. She is a local fiber artist who uses a combination of spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing and embroidery in the creation of her works of felted art.
Kimberly (Cookville, TN) is an Associate Professor of Art with a BFA in Ceramics and an MFA in Furniture Design. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Art Center, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and the Appalachian Center for Craft.
Donna (Eureka Springs, AR) is a self-taught sculptor in a variety of mediums – sand and snow, sugar and clay. She has taught art at Clear Spring School in Eureka Springs and is a popular past instructor at ESSA. Donna has helped others express their creativity through many mediums, clay being a favorite.