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Annual 2024 membership dues of $30.00 are now due and will be good for the summer and fall semesters.

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There are no classes on July 4th. 

You can view the summer courses being offered

but you can not register until May 27th.

Current Courses

    • May 24, 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • 862 Main Street, Young Harris - ICL Classroom
    • 8

    Course Instructor Barbara McMillan

    Course Fee $20.00

    Materials Fee $45.00

    We will be painting a 20"X20" hummingbird quilt board as shown.

    All supplies included for just $45.00 which is paid to the instructor the day of the class.

    Barbara has been teaching painting classes for about 7 years which includes watercolor and chalk painting.  She has been teaching quilt board painting for 4  years.  She has been a resident  of Murphy, N.C. for 12 years.


    • June 24, 2024
    • August 12, 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • ICL Classroom
    Registration is closed

    Course Instructor - Rick Sapp

    Course Fee - $30

    Everyone, it is said, has a story to tell. If that’s true, why not tell yours well! Discover the bones in your story ideas — fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction. Make the elements come to life and thrive in this interactive class.

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    Richard “Rick” Sapp grew up on a Florida island. Following military service, he completed a PhD in Cultural Anthropology (U.S. Air Force Academy, Catholic University and University of Florida). He was first published in a poetry anthology (about 1971) and has since worked for newspapers and magazines. As an editor and freelance writer, he has authored nearly fifty books for a variety of publishers and hundreds of fiction and nonfiction features in media as diverse as sailing, archery and governmental affairs. Rick and his wife make their home in Blairsville, Georgia.

    • June 24, 2024
    • July 29, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Wilson Lecture Hall in Goolsby Center (On Duckworth Drive)
    Registration is closed

    Course Instructor - Rabbi Yonatan Hambourger

    Course Fee - $25.00

    The rise of the internet and social media has completely changed the way we relate, interact, and communicate with one another—and it’s high time we reclaim the lost art of authentic communication.

    In Jewish philosophy, communication is more than just a tool: it is who we are. Humans are defined as communicative beings with a communicative soul, and aligning ourselves with this soul is our raison d’être.

    In Communication: Its Art and Soul, we contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize its powers to better ourselves, our relationships, and all of society.

    This course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any background in Jewish learning. A student workbook is required and may be purchased on Amazon or elsewhere, new or used… 

    Course Video Trailer

    Lesson 1--The Essence of Communication

    Lesson 2--Opening Up to New Perspectives

    Lesson 3--If Sticks and Stones Can

    Lesson 4--Context Matters

    Lesson 5--Influence

    Lesson 6--Conflict Resolution

    Rabbi Hambourger has taught extensively on all aspects of Judaism over many years, including three previous courses for ICL. “Now more than ever, we need to focus on our emotional and spiritual health,” he said. “There is no better way to do that than through authentic Torah (Old Testament) based study and learning. I encourage everyone to give it a try and see what it can do for you.”

    • June 24, 2024
    • July 29, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • YHC Art Annex
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Course Instructor - Mike LaLone

    Course Fee - $25.00

    Materials/Lab Fee - $25.00

    This class is for beginners as well as intermediate to advanced.

    Both levels will be able to produce functional or sculptural pieces as desired.

    An Intro to Working With Clay: We will use the pinch, coil and slab technique in forming clay items. We will go through the (cycle of clay) in forming and also decorating and glazing our pieces. Wheel work will be demonstrated as a technique. It is important to understand the stages that clay goes through in order to be successful in the whole process.

    Intermediate to Advanced: Students with prior wheel and hand building experience will be able to use the clay studio to further their work time and use the facilities to a higher degree. This section of the class will also use studio glazes and will be able to supply their own clay as long as it is cone 6 compatible. (NOT 06) 

    Lab fee will be paid to instructor of $25 for glaze material. Pinch Pot Portrait books will be available for $10 if desired. 

    Visit Mike's website for additional information.  

    Mike earned his Masters' degree in studio art at Western Carolina University in 1996. In addition, he has studied the art form at the prestigious Kansas City Art Institute and at Alfred University in New York State with such great American ceramists as Ken Ferguson, Val Cushing and Victor Babu.

    He has been honored with such awards as the Daniel Clark Foundation Award of Excellence in Teaching. Teacher of the Year at his school of employment three times, Who's Who of American High School teachers six times, and Walt Disney World's Excellence in Teaching Award.

    • June 25, 2024
    • July 16, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Art Studio - 1942 Old Hwy 64 W, Hayesville, NC
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Instructor - Billie Shelburn

    Course Fee - $25.00

    Materials Fee - $25.00 per class

    Your watercolor paintings can be enhanced easily with the method of collage using thin papers in certain areas creating a new level of expertise and excitement to your work.  Come and explore this creative process.  You will be learning all about creating  a new way to express and define areas with a simple method using thin papers and glue.  All materials will be provided for this class for a fee of $25 per class payable to the instructor at the start of the class.  


    Billie Shelburn is a contemporary studio artist and fine art instructor in painting, drawing and mixed media. Billie’s works are comprised of representational, impressionistic and mixed media styles.  Her paintings have won National, International and Regional awards.  Billie was inducted into the National Organization for Women in Arts in Washington, D.C. and has served on the Executive Boards of Georgia Watercolor Society.  Currently Ms. Shelburn is the Resident Artist at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. 

    • June 25, 2024
    • August 13, 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • 862 Main Street, Young Harris - ICL Classroom
    • 28
    Registration is closed

    Course Instructor - Dr. Adam Daniels

    Course Fee - $25

    An exploration of the life and teachings of Jesus through historical, critical analysis of the Gospels as well as discussion of interpretations of Jesus in the church and academy.