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Ancient Arts Camp at Chimney Rock

Hands On Arts Summer Camp for Children will offer the Ancient Arts Camp at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area in partnership with Gregory Woods on Aug. 1 and 2.

Kids will learn how to make an ancient Puebloan bowl using the same techniques and materials as the Ancient Ones.

Woods will instruct the class and Ms. Lisa and Ms. Tessie will be his hands-on assistants.

Gregory Wood has worked with clay for more than 35 years. As a fifth-generation Colorado native, his ongoing work and research with archaeologists, museums and on-site in the Four Corners region has taken on special meaning. He blends his intense interest in archaeology with ceramics, producing “true,” near-flawless pottery replicas that speak for themselves. A strong commitment to using only prehistorically available native material, tools and techniques has earned him a reputation for archaeological authenticity. 

This two-day class will be available to 20 students entering fourth to seventh grades next school year.

Cost is $70 for two days; a one-day class is available for $35. Tuition includes transportation, instruction, materials and a tour of Chimney Rock.

The classes take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

On Thursday, parents are invited to attend a tour of Chimney Rock at 2:30 p.m. with their child. A special firing for all the pottery pieces made by children will take place on Sunday, July 5, providing there is not a fire ban.

Sign up early; this special class will fill up fast. Enroll by going to or call Tessie, (970) 769-4212.   

This event is sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Assn., Inc., in partnership with the Gregory Woods, Hands On Arts Camp, USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, and the Pagosa Ranger District.

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