If you are thinking about studying a new art form, or your current art form, you should try Penland. (www.penland.org )
I have studied pottery there several times. Located in the NC mountains ,45 min. from Asheville, this "compound" allows you to immerse yourself in your art, have all your meals planned (WONDERFUL), tour studios, meet new artists, explore the galleries...What a great learning vacation.
I just saw this picture in their on-line catalog ( "kiln-talk").
Hmmmmmm....who is that blonde headed lady?!@#!