AUGUST 14 and AUGUST 16: DAVIDSON COLLEGE STUDENTS are volunteering at AZULE, working on a stone wall and clearing a pass with Christopher Jayne, Lorrie Jayne, Kevin Duckett and Andrew Hesed.
A TEACHERS' RETREAT
This is the first of a series of Professional Development Retreats for school teachers and other educators.
Starting FRIDAY after 3pm with Meet and Welcome Activities, including a STORY CIRCLE led by Camille SHAFER.
The CORE CURRICULUM will be on SATURDAY with:
- "The School Community" by Frank MARTIN (from USC/SCSU) and Omari Fox: Presentation of the Collaborative Models; Mental Health of Students; Environment Influence; Civic Learning and multiple intelligence strategies; Guidance and Counseling.
- "Curriculum Development / Art Integration" by Michelle SUTTLE and friends: Workshops by a poet, a visual artist and a musician. Integration of the four components of the arts - visual art, music, theatre and dance - throughout curriculum is the focus of this presentation.
The SkillShare will include hands on experimentation with art and curriculum and conversation on the traditional Montessori principles.
SUNDAY will be the time to brainstorm for the next retreats and see Azule as a necessary exchange space for teachers (classes, skillshares or retreats).
RETREAT IS OPEN TO PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND SKILL LEVELS RETREAT FEE, $50-$90 (choose a price that makes you feel good), includes Workshops and all Meals (Friday Dinner; Saturday Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner; Sunday Breakfast & Lunch). It is HALF PRICE for Madison County residents.
OVERNIGHT STAY is $20 a NIGHT. See www.AZULE.org Payments arrangements are possible. EVERYONE DESERVES ART!
E-MAIL to AZULEart@gmail.com, ATTN TEACHERS' RETREAT or CALL Omari at 803.378.2616or Gwylene at 843-607-5811
"Before the frosty breath of the freezer exhaled into kitchens everywhere, humans had developed countless methods for preserving food without the modern convenience of electricity. In this class, we will delve in to topics including fermentation, root cellaring, and drying of food. Come learn about gardening and harvest techniques for best storage potential, how to create delicious effervescent drinks like mead, cider, kefir, and kombucha, and how to fill all of those crocks in the antique stores with something besides utensils! Everyone will go home with a pint jar of sauerkraut that we will make in class. Just in time for your own fall garden, orchard, and nut harvest!"
CLASS IS OPEN TO PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND SKILL LEVELS
CLASS FEE is $15-40 (choose a price that makes you feel good) and HALF PRICE for Madison County residents. Bring your own lunch.
OVERNIGHT STAY is $20 a night.
Payments arrangements are possible -
E-Mail to AZULEart@gmail.com, Attn: APPALACHIAN
or call Camille at 828-622-3533
Next APPALACHIAN HOMESTEAD SKILL in the Fall: "Hog Processing on the Farm" with Andrew Hesed.
EVERYONE DESERVES ART, A LEARNING EXPERIENCE OR A REST!
In this issue, photographs are by Lynda Wheelock, Lorrie Jayne, Gwylene Gallimard, Amy Horton, Cindy Michaud, Manoj Sepiastory and participants to the Portrait Project. The picture below is from the Appalachian Skill Class "SET IN STONES", building a stone wall to hold the ground for future campsites.
FREEDOM SUMMER SCHOOL, a skillshare
"The combination of unique architecture, breathtaking scenery and kind souls that welcomed me will not soon be forgotten. As a writer and workshop facilitator I found Azule to be a space that afforded me the opportunity to both teach and learn simultaneously. I presented a workshop on mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, a subject that I’d spent the bulk of my graduate studies dissecting and analyzing. Aside from sharing horrifying statistics that accentuate the peril poor men and women, mostly people of color, endure I also guided activities that spawned insightful dialogue about the root causes and potential solutions to ending mass incarceration. The information I shared was greeted with the same open minds and willing hearts that later taught me about abolitionism, the history of hip hop, and African drumming. This mutual exchange of expertise and information amidst a constant stream of dialogue with people from all walks of life acted as a stark reminder that I am a life-long learner first and teacher second. Thanks for the reminder Azule." Connie Johnson
"1- I feel that my HipHop workshop opened the minds of people who may not have liked HipHop. 2- It bridged the generational gap. 3- It was interesting watching people put lyrics together." Omari Fox 2.
"I offered an interactive percussion ensemble for all experience levels rooted in Afro-Cuban rhythm. Participants began by focusing on the rhythm that beats within them and transposed it to an instrument of their choice (conga, cymbal, cowbell, shakers, etc...). By the end of the class participants where able to walk away with the rhythm "Guaguanco" (wa-wan-co), and the rejuvenating feeling of performing with others, sharing the spirit of the moment." Alex Fahad
============================= Participants in the Portrait Project
AZULE, situated in the Appalachian Mountains of Western Carolina, has been running a residency program for artists, educators and activists, or anyone in need of a retreat or a special gathering since 2010.
“My sister and I, looking for a retreat from everyday demands and inspiration for a joint artistic endeavor, found Azule to be the perfect place. Camille and Gwylene inspired us with stories of their own pasts, and provided helpful feedback as we worked through nascent ideas. The space they have created is a work of art that models the creative process. It reflects thoughtful consideration of what artists need and want: solitude, light, beauty, nature and community. As a bonus, it was alive with the comings and goings of people committed to its mission of nurturing the arts. As we work during the coming year on our poetry and paintings, we know our time at Azule will be a touchstone of motivation to dig deep while having fun.” CINDY, a painter and her sister AMY, a poet, spent last week at AZULE designing a collaborative project related to memories of their early lives.
Coming in September are sculptor THADDEUS BREJWO and THE ASHEVILLE WRITERS IN THE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY
"Down a winding two lane road in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina is an artists' retreat that is considered a work of art in itself..." Azule Imagine... follows the development of this new concept in artist's residencies that serves not only the artist but the surrounding community.
The DAVIDSON COLLEGE BACKCOUNTRY ODYSSEY program comes every year to AZULE, for service work and to learn from AZULE founder/builder Camille Shafer and Board member, landscape architect Christopher Jayne,. See what the students have to say at:
And thank you toALL DONORS, thank you so much for helping AZULE board members and volunteers to move AZULE on its necessary journey. Come, visit and participate. Invite your friends!
AZULE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible from your income.
AZULE's Mission is "To provide an environment where artists and community meet, learn and work together through the arts in their many forms."
For a visit call Camille 828-622-3533 For information on AZULE's programs, to make any proposal, to apply for a residency or retreat, to book AZULE or to register for any of our offerings, visit AZULE website www.AZULE.org or e-mail us at AZULEart@gmail.com
You are all invited! Azule may bring you the opportunity to meet great artists, attend a SkillsShare or workshop, experience a rejuvenating space for artists' residencies, retreats, staff or wellness meetings. Come and visit, give us a call.