People enroll at Arrowmont to be immersed in art away from the pressures and responsibilities of daily life. Partnered with exceptional faculty and quality instruction, the housing, meals, evening programs, and access to well-equipped studios provide an environment for stimulation and inspiration. Students may choose never to leave campus during the workshop session. However, if an outing is desired, Gatlinburg is just down the driveway. Located on a 13-acre wooded hillside in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee at the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Arrowmont offers both a secluded retreat experience and a busy tourist center.
A typical one-week workshop session begins on Sunday with check-in between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. Classes begin at 7:30 pm following dinner at 5:30 pm and a Welcome & Orientation Program at 6:30 pm. Classes continue Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and studios are generally open until 1:00 am for students who wish to continue to work. Studio clean-up is Friday afternoon with departure on Saturday morning. Two-week classes follow the same general schedule but students may work in the studios through the weekend in between weeks of instruction. Weekend classes begin on Thursday evening and continue through Sunday at 3:00 pm.
Arrowmont studios and housing facilities are accessible on a campus that is considered moderate mountain terrain. A gradual walk up a short hill to most facilities is necessary. If special housing or other requirements are needed, please discuss this with the registrar at the time of registration so we can best accommodate these needs.
The Marian G. Heard Resource Center houses an extensive collection of books and periodicals available to use on-site. Four iMacs and one PC computer enable instructors and students to access the Internet for additional research and to print from a connected black & white and color copier. Most of the campus is wireless for those who bring a laptop.
Shuttle Service is available from Knoxville McGhee-Tyson Airport. Call Rocky Top Tours (877-315-8687 and ask for Linda Hall) to make reservations for arrival and departure at least two weeks in advance.