FRANKFORT, Ky. – From Paducah to Berea, Kentucky offers an array of crafts workshops for aspiring artisans who want to learn how to mold clay, sew quilts, marble paper, print fabrics, create a journal and a host of other skills.

Louisville, Whitesburg, Hindman and other towns also figure prominently on the map of places to find top-notch instruction in traditional and modern crafts techniques in the Bluegrass State.

Paducah’s LowerTown Arts District offers the opportunity to engage with a colorful mix of resident artists who are eager to share their experience with students in workshops offered year round. In addition, the renowned National Quilt Museum and private quilters’ studios provide instruction by some of quilting’s most celebrated artists in classes and workshops most days of the year. For more information, visit www.paducah.travel or call 800-PADUCAH.

Berea, Kentucky’s folk arts and crafts capital, is also a year-round artisan teaching center.  Its newest opportunity for learning is the Berea Festival of Learnshops, where artisans from throughout the state lead classes in woodworking, painting, music, writing, culinary arts and many other subjects.

This year’s Learnshops, set for July 12-28, will include more than 100 sessions. A complete schedule, along with instructors’ bios and online registration, will be available in mid-February at www.berea.com. More information is available by calling 800-598-5263. 

In Hindman, a small town nestled in mountainous Knott County, the Kentucky School of Craft and the Appalachian Artisan Center feature workshops for adults and children throughout the year. Each spring, the artisan center offers the Artists Gathering, a day and a half of presentations and networking opportunities focusing on the business side of being an artisan. Each July, kids can take part in an Art Adventure Camp at the center. For more information, visit www.artisancenter.net or call 606-785-9855.

In nearby Letcher County, Whitesburg is home to Appalshop, the internationally known Appalachian media and arts cooperative. Its annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Arts Festival, June 7-8 this year, offers workshops in many crafts techniques. More information is available at www.appalshop.org or 606-633-0108.

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville is another option for adults and children to obtain crafts instruction, particularly in clay and ceramics techniques. For kids, the museum offers workshops conveniently timed for school breaks and during the summer. Schedules may be obtained by visiting www.kentuckyarts.org or calling 502-589-0102.


The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of nearly $11.7 billion, supports about 170,000 jobs and generates more than $1.2 billion in taxes.



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