Past Workshops

WORKSHOPS OF THE PAST:

2013 Classes

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**Saturday’s, January 11, 25, February 8, 22, March 1 and 15  from 11am to 2pm ET

Needlework Arts

Instructor Sherry Havela

$30 Class Fee; Friends Members $25 Class Fee

Registration Deadline is January 3, 2014

Helping beginners to knitting and crocheting or teaching newcomers to improve existing skills.  Providing ideas for projects or helping with ones they are trying to do.  Teaching them to read a pattern and also how to do the stitches the pattern calls for.  Showing hints and tricks that help make a better finished product.  Students who are interested in Cross Stitch, Embroidery, Crewel Work, Macramé, Beads, Latch Hook, etc., may also enroll in the class.  As students enroll, they should convey at registration which hand craft they are interested in learning or improving.

*Materials: Students are to  provide their own materials (yarn, cord, floss, etc) and tools (knitting needles, crochet hooks, latch hooks, etc). For beginners, advice on  materials and supplies is available prior to the class.

15 spaces available

Please call 906-884-7663 to register or e-mail

*”Materials, tools and supplies lists can be found on most patterns, usually at the very beginning of the pattern. A wide variety patterns for knitting, crochet, rug hooking, etc. can be found through any internet search.  Some are free downloads, some are through on line catalogs. Many of our students are willing to share patterns, and even some small tools like knitting needles or crochet hooks. If you have a project in mind and feel unsure of whether it would work for the class, contact Sarah at 884-2630, or visit one of our classes and talk to our instructor, Sherry Havela.”

**A continuation will be considered if the students and the weather lead us in that direction.

January 12, 26, February 9, 23 from 11am to 2pm ET

Needlework Arts

Instructor Sherry Havela

$30 for class; $25 for Friends of the Porkies Members

 

Helping beginners to knitting and crocheting or teaching newcomers to improve existing skills.  Providing ideas for projects or helping with ones they are trying to do.  Teaching them to read a pattern and also how to do the stitches the pattern calls for.  Showing hints and tricks that help make a better finished product.  Students who are interested in Cross Stitch, Embroidery, Crewel Work, Macramé, Beads, Latch Hook, etc., may also enroll in the class.  As students enroll, they should convey at registration which hand craft they are interested in learning or improving.

*Materials: Students are to  provide their own materials (yarn, cord, floss, etc) and tools (knitting needles, crochet hooks, latch hooks, etc). For beginners, advice on  materials and supplies is available prior to the class.

Please call 906-884-7663 to register or e-mail

*”Materials, tools and supplies lists can be found on most patterns, usually at the very beginning of the pattern. A wide variety patterns for knitting, crochet, rug hooking, etc. can be found through any internet search.  Some are free downloads, some are through on line catalogs. Many of our students are willing to share patterns, and even some small tools like knitting needles or crochet hooks. If you have a project in mind and feel unsure of whether it would work for the class, contact Sarah at 884-2630, or visit one of our classes and talk to our instructor, Sherry Havela.”

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2nd Saturday of each month from 7-9pm ET

Old American Folk and Celtic Music Jam at the Porkies Folk School              

Free of charge

2013 Schedule

January 12 ~ February 9 ~ March 9 ~ April 13 ~ May11 ~ June 8 ~ July 13 ~ August 10 ~ September 14 ~ October 12 ~ November 9 ~ December 14   

Music Jams are the 2nd Saturday of each month.Music Jam

If you are bringing music to play, please bring 10-15 copies.

Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

 

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Saturday, May 25 from 9am-1pm ET

Vintage Silverware Wind Chime

Instructor Darlene Marczak

$55 for Class; $50 for Friends of the Porkies Members

Have you heard those wind chimes and looked over and seen a bunch of silverware?  What a great idea to repurpose some old utensils.  Join the class to complete your very own vintage silverware wind chime.  Supplies and tools will be provided.
 
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To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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June 1 from 11am – 5pm and June 22 from 12pm-4pm ET

Beer Brewing

Instructor Scott Eversoll

$89 for class; $81 for Friends of the Porkies Members

Week 1 – All materials and supplies to brew your own beer, as well as a reference the book “Brewing Classic Styles” by Jamil Zainasheff.  Week 2 – There will be a demonstration of “kegging” and students will bottle their brews and take it home with them.
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Registration deadline: extended to May 23, 2013
Class is limited to 10 participants

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Saturday, June 8 from 9am-12pm ET

Bracelet Weaving Class

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

$64 for class; $60 for Friends of the Porkies Members

Registration Deadline is May 31, 2013

Use a jig to weave 8 strands of silver wire into a round, herringbone pattern bracelet.  Finish your beautiful piece with a sterling silver clasp.  Students should bring any jewelry pliers if they have their own.
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To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Saturday, June 8 from 1:30pm – 5:30pm ET

Felted Bowl Class

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

$71 for the Class; $66 for Friends of the Porkies Members

Registration Deadline is May 31, 2013

Why make a bowl out of wool?  Because we can!

Wool Bowl FeltedExperience the magic of traditional wet felting that transforms loose wool fibers into a dense, sturdy fabric.  Students will make an art piece, a bowl to hold holiday candy or decorations or even a very useful and attractive thermal warmer for serving a casserole.  Bring a round, mixing type bowl of your choice to work with (not larger than 8” in diameter).  We will use it as the form to make our bowl.  Then we will transform it from plain to outstanding by needle felting design on to and into it.  Finally we will complete it with a base.

Students need to bring their own towel and 8” diameter bowl.

 To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Sunday, June 9 from 10am – 2pm ET

Loony Loon

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

Cost is $55; $50 for Friends of the Porkies Members

Registration Deadline is May 31, 2013

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Students will create a life like loon entirely out of wool (How loony is that?) This project is an excellent opportunity to learn, or perfect the art of sculpting with a felting needle.   The technique, also known as dry felting uses a barbed needle and has many applications which we will discuss.    Your finished loon will measure approximately 7”x4”.  It will have garnet bead eyes and swim on a pond of blue wool.

 To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Saturday, June 15 from 9am-12pm ET

Beaded Pendant/Pin

Instructor Mollie Larsen

 Cost is $17; $15 for Friends of the Porkies Members

Registration Deadline is June 7, 2013

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For the beginner or intermediate, this wonderful pendant or pin uses the simplest of beading techniques (peyote stitch) to create a colorful, wearable piece of art.  You may bring your own special beads, but many will be provided during the class.

 To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Saturday, June 15 from 1pm – 5pm ET

Fused Glass Necklace

Instructor Beth Cox

Cost is $25; $22 for Friends of the Porkies Members

Registration Deadline is June 7, 2013

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Each student, using the fused glass method, will create a brooch and/or pendant.  The pendant may be used as a focal point for a stand-alone necklace or as part of a beaded necklace.  This is a beginner class.  No glass cutting experience is required.  Instruction will include a quick overview of glass compatibility, design, and firing process.  The assembled pieces are kiln fired off-site and then returned to each student at a later date.

 To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

 

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Friday, June 21 from 11am – 2pm ET

One-Day Water Color Class

Instructor Judy Hiltunen

Cost is $45; $40 for Friends of the Porkies Members

Registration Deadline is June 14, 2013

Do you love color? Have you ever wanted to learn to paint? Come and join us for a day of learning and fun.

This is a beginner’s class covering the following topics: Introduction to color, composition, and perspective.  Also specifics on water-colors and experimenting with color.

This Class is taking place during the Summer Solstice and FinnFest, so your painting will be in the spirit of either event.

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Friday, June 21 from 5pm-8pm and Saturday, June 22 from 9am – 4pm ET

Shaker Style Bench Class

Instructor Don Chastan

 Cost $92; $85 for Friends of the Porkies Members

Registration deadline – June 14, 2013

 

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The instructor will assign supplies including hand tools and will provide and supervise the construction of a shaker bench using 1×12 pine pre-cut to proper lengths.  Step-by-step instructions to assemble and prepare the bench prior to painting or varnishing (student will paint/varnish at home).  The instructor will provide all hand tools, fasteners, and lumber.  The student brings their own safety glasses and gloves.  Safety glasses can be provided if needed.

 To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

 

 

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Saturday, June 29 from 10am – 5pm

Bob Ross Painting Method

Instructor Vicki Kmiecik

Cost $111; $99 for Friends of the Porkies Members

Registration Deadline is June 21, 2013

Following a certified Bob Ross Instructor, Vicki Kmiecik, will take you step by step to a beautiful painting you will be proud of.  Students will paint a 16×20 canvas in oils - ”Misty  Mountain” is a very traditional Bob Ross painting as seen on TV – Mountains, lake, reflections and evergreen trees.
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To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 10am – 4pm

Creating Well-BE-ing by Crowding Out Stress


Instructors Shelley Roy and Andrea Christopher

Student Fee – $60; Friends of the Porkies Members – $54

Registration Deadline is July 4, 2013

So what are you creating? Every year thousands of Americans report an increase in their stress levels.  This is odd since people are innately designed to experience wellbeing.  In fact our systems are excellent at letting us know when we are not perceiving wellbeing and lousy at signaling when we are experiencing wellbeing.  This course will help participants make small intentional shifts that will help them crowd out stress, and increase wellbeing.  Based on the latest science of human behavior, Perceptual Control Theory (PCT), and proven healthy practices, participants will learn to virtually eliminate stress in both their personal and professional lives.

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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August 3, 9:30am – 12:00pm ET

Artist-in-Residence Presentation Workshop

Matt Assenmacher

Matt Assenmacher Painting
FREE WORKSHOP
There are 12 spots, so reservations are required

Matt will guide participants in the basics of sketching using the natural surroundings of the park for inspiration; discuss art with the students and then have them create a sketch that they would eventually color using colored pencils.  He will have the students create an image using the natural surroundings of the park for inspiration.

You may find more information on Matt and samples of his work here.

 To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Sunday, August 11 from 12pm – 3pm ET

One-Day Water Color Class

Instructor Judy Hiltunen

Cost is $45; $40 for Friends of the Porkies Members

Registration Deadline is Friday, August 3rd, 2013

Do you love color? Have you ever wanted to learn to paint? Come and join us for a day of learning and fun.

This is a beginner’s class covering the following topics: Introduction to color, composition, and perspective.  Also specifics on water-colors and experimenting with color.

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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August 17, 9:30am – 12:00pm ET

Artist-in-Residence Presentation Workshop

Katie St. Clair


FREE WORKSHOP
There are 12 spots, so reservations are required

stclair_2012_Rhododendron-126x100The workshop will start with taking a short collection walk  (easy walking, but uneven ground).
After discussing composition, proportion and simple tools to measure space the students will be guided in the use of ink, pencil and paint to render what they have experienced.  The composition will include information gathered using sight, sound, smell and feel.
You may find Katie’s profile and other samples of her work here.

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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6 Saturday’s starting September 21, 2013 from 12pm – 3pm

Beginner Series Watercolor Class – Level 2

Judy Hiltunen, Instructor

Registration Deadline is Friday, September 13

Class Fee is $150; Friends of the Porkies Fee is $135

This is an advanced class covering the following topics each week:

1st week – We will review color, complements, value, composition, perspective or point of view.  Also different ways to add texture. Each week we will spend some time on painting people. We’ll paint a still life of sunflowers.

2nd week – Paint plein air, (outdoors), of Lake Superior and fall foliage.

3rd week - Students will incorporate animals into their painting.

4th week – Paint a still life

5th week – Students will paint from their own reference

6th week – Students will incorporate people into their painting.

Students will provide their own supplies.

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Shaker-Style Bench with Don Chastan

Friday evening, Sept. 14, 2012 from 5 – 8 PM and Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 from 9 AM – 4 PM

$50 per student

(includes all tools and supplies except safety glasses and gloves, which student should bring)

The student will measure, cut, and assemble pieces of 1×12 pine with screws and glue to make a Shaker-style bench.  The bench will be ready for the student to take home and paint or finish after the completion of classes.

call 906-884-4886 to pre-register by September 12, 2012.

 

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Frances Kozamek, Artist-in-Residence

PHOETRY

Saturday, September 22, 2012

10am – 12pm

Teaching poetry through photography

FREE

However, you must reserve your spot with $20, which will be refunded at class

Please call 906-884-4886 to register

 

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Building a Musical Instrument, the Kantele, with Jim Lohmann

Students will be provided the parts needed to construct their own Finnish Folk Instrument, a kantele.  The kantele is a plucked or strummed string instrument of the zither family native to Finland and Karelia.  It has a distinctive bell-like sound.  The instrument is held in the lap while being played.  It has no frets for finger placement, and therefore, is easy for a beginner to make lovely music right away.  No musical experience is necessary which makes it a perfect instrument for children to experiment with making music.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 9a.m. to 5p.m. (ET) *

            Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 1p.m. to 5p.m.

Class Fee – $65

*When you register for the class you will be asked which size kantele you would like to make.

Materials Fee – Varies dependent upon which instrument you choose to construct

*Piccolo  (small 5-string kantele tuned one octave higher than the full size instrument)…$75

*5-string kantele (full size)…$125

*11-string kantele (full size)…$175

Register and pay all fees to Program Administrator: Angie Foley*

         PO Box 221, Ontonagon MI 49953

         Make checks payable to “Friend of the Porkies”.

Questions?  Angie: 906-884-4886 or e-mail

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Completed 2012 Classes

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  • Snowshoe Hike with Park Naturalist Bob Wild

Date:  Saturday, February 25, 2012

Time:  1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Fee: None

Equipment:  Bring your snowshoes or request to borrow a pair.

(See registration below.)

All ages and ability levels are welcome.

Description:  Bob Wild will lead the group at a leisurely pace along the Union River Trail.  He will make frequent stops to share information and answer questions about the area we are hiking in…the geology of the landscape, tree species, animal activity, and what it means to call the Porkies a “wilderness” park.

It will be especially interesting to hike with our very own expert.

Registration:  Please reserve your place and indicate if you would  like to borrow snowshoes, including shoe size, by contacting…

Angie Foley at 906-884-4886 or e-mail by Friday, February 24.

Parking:  We will meet at the junction of Park Headquarters entrance road and South Boundary Road.  You may park on the side of the entrance road.

Special Note:  Bob Wild also features a Lantern-lit Trail for the whole family to ski, snowshoe or hike every Saturday evening in February from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

What participants had to say about the snowshoe hike:

“My mom and I really enjoyed it and wow what a wealth of information that Mr. Wild has about the area!!…Thanks, I now have a new found love of snow shoeing!!” Roxy Kahn

“We had an absolute blast… really enjoyed it; not only the fresh air but also the information that Bob Wild talked about… there was also a group of us that went down the White Birch trial to the lake… the very first time that I have been up there snow shoeing and I can tell you it won’t be the last…really looking forward to hiking this summer too…Thanks so much for putting this out there for people to enjoy.” Mary Jo Bodie

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Earth Day Events

hosted by

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and

Friends of the Porkies

 

Please join the staff of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and the Friends of the Porkies in three activities commemorating Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

9 AM – Noon Eastern Daylight Time  (8 AM – 11 AM CDT):  Come to the Folk School in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for a “Spring Cleaning Work Bee”.  Bring your own rags, sponges, bucket, and work gloves.  We’ll provide the cleaning supplies to wash windows, screens, and floors; plus we’ll be vacuuming, sweeping, tidying up.

1 PM EDT (12 Noon CDT):  Meet at North Country Trail Parking on Gogebic County road 519 about 3 miles south of the Presque Isle Unit in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.   Join park staff for a guided hike into Lepisto Falls.  Very few people ever get to see this waterfall. This will be a 3 mile round-trip hike. Once there we will clean up litter, reclaim the natural beauty of the site, and take in the scenery of this beautiful waterfall during high water.  Bring hiking boots, a backpack, camera, leather gloves, plenty of snacks and drinking water. Garbage bags and tools will be provided.

Preregistration is not required.

 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT):   Cap off the day by coming to the Ontonagon Theatre of the Performing Arts (in the Township Building in Ontonagon) for a screening of the movie GREEN FIRE, which depicts the life and work of the great environmentalist, Aldo Leopold.  Refreshments and conversation begin from 7:30 until 8:00, screening of the movie from around 8:00 – 9:15.  This is a free event for families to enjoy together sponsored by Friends of the Porkies (free will donations gratefully accepted).

 

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On-going

Every Monday morning at about 10 a.m. you will see some women carrying their handwork bags into
Connie’s in downtown Ontonagon (across the street from Holiday Station).  It’s their time to stitch while they sip their coffee or tea and maybe have a fresh muffin.

When anyone has a question or a problem there’s always someone else who can offer advise, often from experience.  The group welcomes beginner as well as experienced stitchers because all of them remember when they were beginners themselves.  Come in when you can and enjoy an hour or two of uninterrupted “stitch time”.

  • Hand Craft Classes with Sherry Havela EXTENSION

Continued by popular demand!!

March 17, March 31, April 14, April 28

Note the times for session II are 11 am-2 pm EST.

Times: Saturday, January 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern time)

Saturday, February 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $30, a one-time fee for one or any number of sessions; $10 fee for returning 2012 students (scholarships available)

New Students are Welcome

Minimum number of students: 10 (maximum 10)

Students will learn or improve existing hand craft skills such as Knitting, Crochet, Cross Stitch, Embroidery, Crewel Work, Macramé, Beads, Latch Hook, etc.  As students enroll, they should convey to the contact person which hand craft they are interested in learning or improving. If there is interest in a hand craft not listed, that may be accommodated, Instuctor Sherry Havela has much skill and experience.

Materials: **Students must  provide their own materials (yarn, cord, floss, etc) and tools (knitting needles, crochet hooks, latch hooks, etc)**. For beginners, advice on  materials and supplies may be available if Folk School host is contacted ahead of time.

Registration: Please reserve your place and pay the fee by contacting Angie at the Ontonagon Friends Office, 906-884-4886, by Friday, February 17, 2012.

Questions?  If you have any questions please call a class host: Sarah Wagner 906-884-2630  or Karen Berg 906-884-4340.

Special Note: Winter is a great time to get out to the park and beat the winter blues. Snow shoe events may be leaving from the vicinity of the Folk School on some of afternoons when classes are held, and Cross country and downhill skiing is right next door!

 

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Glass Bead Making with Sherrie McCabe

Dates: Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6

Times: 9am – 4pm (Eastern Time); please bring your lunch.

Cost: $75 for the class and $30 for the materials ($105)

Class Description: Students will be provided detailed instruction in the safe operation of a torch and the traditional Italian methods used to melt glass and manipulate it to produce glass beads. You will use glass rods in a variety of colors to create designs and patterns. Techniques such as centering, shaping, applying dots and stripes, raking, feathering, and plunging will be demonstrated and practiced. There will also be an introduction to sculptural beads.

Because the class could have a combination of beginning and more advanced students, Sherrie will begin by introducing the basics, but is happy to add advanced techniques such as hollow beads and making murinni canes for those who have previously taken the class.

There will be an hour break mid-day for lunch, so please bring your own.  There is a refrigerator on site to store cold foods.

*NOTE – Please  wear cotton shirts, no cuffs, cotton pants (like denim jeans) and no open-toed shoes.

Number of Students: Minimum is 5 and the Maximum is 10.

Registration: Please reserve your place by contacting Angie at the Ontonagon Friends Office, 906-884-4886,or e-mail by May 1, 2012.

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WORDS & THE PORKIES WRITERS WORKSHOP

With Author Henry Kisor

Author Henry Kisor will instruct the second (2012) series of 4 creative writing workshops.  Students focus on writing about “The Porkies” in a broad choice of genres, whatever is comfortable for each student.  At the end of classes, a published book will showcase the best efforts of each student.

Optional short guided hikes and indoor activities will be offered to provide subjects for writing.   Casual clothes and suitable shoes are recommended for the outdoor activities.

The instructor, Henry Kisor, assisted by Deborah Abbott, will be available for private consultations (included in the class price) all weekend on those dates, either in person at the Folk School or via e-mail at e-mail

DATES & TIME OF CLASSES: 

4 Saturdays, 10 – noon:  May 12,  May 19, June 2, June 9    2012

Coffee, tea, water, and snacks will be provided.

STUDENT PROVIDES: 

1.  Meals and lodging if staying in the area.

2.  Student should bring their own laptop if they have one.  Some computers are available at 2 local libraries but must remain at the library.

3.  All assignments should be submitted electronically to the instructor in format discussed at first session – no hand-written assignments, please.

4.  WI FI is available at selected locations, but not at the Folk School.  Discuss WI FI and computer needs in advance of the first class.

COST:  $50 per student, for any or all classes, and includes one copy of published book.  $25 cost per student for those who would like to audit the class.

REGISTER:  Call Angie at 906-884-4886 to register by April 30, 2012.

Hike Schedule:            

May 12: Union Mine Trail (Dave Braithwaite) or Union Bay

May 19: Lake of the Clouds (Dave Braithwaite)

June 2:
June 9: Picnic (at Folk School if rain)

This is what students are saying about Henry’s class:

Karen Berg, student 2011

“Having taken many college courses to attain my BS and MS Degrees, as well as having been a teacher for 33 years I recognize an outstanding teacher when I have the opportunity to work with one.  Henry Kisor is one of the finest instructors I’ve ever had.  He successfully motivates all students to produce good work, no matter their skill levels.  He is honest and fair and always thoroughly prepared for each class.  His positive, constructive comments encourages students to become better as writers.

Anyone who loves to learn, and communicate well, will be delighted to experience Henry Kisor’s instruction.

Go ahead and Google “Henry Kisor”, and you will learn much about a humble man who has many talents.  We, at the Friends of the Porkies Folk School, are honored to have him as a dedicated supporter of our mission to bring people to the Porkies to experience and learn while in the beautiful Wilderness State of Michigan Park.”

 

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Beginner Oil Painting for Adults with Judy Hiltunen

 Date: June 16, 2012

Times: 1pm-4pm (Eastern Time)

Cost: $35

Class Description: Judy will teach some basics on how to use shape, color, lights and shadows, to create your painting. Also how to use color to create dimension. You will learn about complimenting and contrasting colors and how to use them to create exciting paintings. In this class you will also paint a picture. Remember oils stain so wear appropiate clothing.

 REGISTER:  Call Angie at 906-884-4886 to register by June 12, 2012.

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Create a Finnish Sauna Whisk with Dar Fredrikson

 DATE OF CLASS:   SUNDAY, June 17, 2012

TIME OF CLASS:     1 – 4 p.m.  (Eastern Time)

COST:   $35  (Fee for materials is included.)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:   Participants will have access to many aspects of the Finnish Sauna, including:  hearing Vainamoinens’ Bathing Words in Finnish and English, learning about cleansing techniques of sauna, making a saunavihta with the freshest leaves of summer’s trees, creating a kindling bundle (participants can design their own bundles with various ties and natural adornments provided), listening to the kantele played and a story told about its creation by Kay (Martin) Seppala, while enjoying Finnish Egg Coffee and homemade cinnamon rolls in the Folk School decorated for Midsummer.  Bring a couple of towels as your ticket to try your vihta in a sauna near Lake Superior after the session at 4 p.m.  Weather and bugs permitting, we will sit around an outdoor fire and learn about the Finnish tradition of the Midsummer Bonfire.  An excerpt from KALEVALA  will be read in Finnish and English at the beginning of the class.

Special Feature: Kay (Martin) Seppala (originally from Ontonagon) will bring a 5-string and 10-string kantele.  She will play songs on each of the instruments.  She will tell the story of the creation of the kantele according to Kalevala.

FOLK SCHOOL REGISTRAR:  Angie Foley  906-884-4886 or e-mail

Minimum Number of Students:  5

Maximum:  10

Note:  Dar will offer a source booklet called “Cleansing Sauna” if you wish to buy it at a cost of $10.

Try out your new saunavihta whisk – SAUNA EXPERIENCE TO FOLLOW; BRING YOUR OWN TOWELS (2).  DIRECTIONS TO SAUNA SITE WILL BE GIVEN AT THE CLASS.

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Everyone Loves Summer!

Join us on Midsummer Eve Wednesday, June 20,2012

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

A Family Event

At Porcupine Mountain Folk School!

 

TIME:  7:09 PM.   WHY 7:09?:   It’s the exact time summer begins in the North Woods – the longest day of the year!

WHERE:  Porcupine Mountains Folk School, next to the Union Bay Campground, on the Lake Superior side of Engineers Memorial Highway 107.

BRING:  Your own refreshments and something to share if you like

                   A lawn chair or blanket to sit on

                   Hand or acoustic musical instruments if you like

PROGRAM: 

 - A bonfire will be started and music provided by local talent (Dale Venema 7:30; Jim Jessup 8:00; Yvonne & Paige Blake 8:30; Margie Amos 9:00pm) – everyone is invited to line up with voices and instruments.

 - A short presentation on the solstice

 - Sharing:  What I love most about Summer! (kids invited to participate)

 - Murals from the Finnish epic “THE KALEVALA” by artist Wanda Pietras on display in the folk school

 - An evening of fun, music, celebration, and fellowship

Directions to the Porcupine Mt. Folk School:  Go West out of Ontonagon on Hwy M64 to Silver City; Follow Engineers Hwy 107  -  Keep going west;  Same driveway as Union Bay Campground

 

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Bob Ross Landscape Painting with Vicki Kmiecik

DATE OF CLASS      June 30, 2012

TIME OF CLASS      10AM – 4PM  (lunch provided 12-12:30 PM) EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME

Cost of Class              $85

CLASS DESCRIPTION:  Beginners welcome, as well as seasoned art students!    Vicki Kmiecik, CRI, will lead students in creating a 16×20” landscape oil painting using the Bob Ross painting method.  All supplies will be furnished by the instructor.  You bring your hidden talent and enthusiasm!

FOLK SCHOOL REGISTRAR:      Angie Foley 906-884-4886  e-mail

MAXIMUM # of  STUDENTS:     10                                                              MINIMUM:  9

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FUSED GLASS JEWELRY

            with Beth Cox

Date of Class:  Saturday, July 7, 2012

Time of Class:  10 a.m. – Noon (Eastern Time)

Student Fee:  $20

Materials Fee:  $20 paid to the Instructor

Class Description:  Each student, using the fused glass method, will create a brooch and/or pendant.  The pendant may be used as a focal point for a stand-alone necklace or as part of a beaded necklace.  This is a beginner class.  No glass cutting experience is required.  Instruction will include a quick overview of glass compatibility, design, and firing process.  The assembled pieces will be kiln-fired off-site and then returned to each student at a later date.

Folk School Registrar:  Angie Foley  906-884-4886 or e-mail

 

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Beach Art Class

July 11, 18 and 25

10am – 12noon

Comb the beach for “treasures” and then create your Beach Art Masterpiece.

 

 No experience required.

Class is targeted to youth, however, all ages will enjoy.

This 2-hour workshop will give families the rest of the day for other things while providing a fun, fast-paced, and attention-grabbing project to do together.

Participants can bring either their own beach finds (rocks, glass, driftwood) or use things provided by the instructor, to make a framed collage or small sculpture out of your treasures.  Students will use gorilla glue, grout, and work with small pieces.   Ages 10 and older are welcome but ages 10 – 14 MUST BRING an adult with them. 

REGISTER:  call 906-884-4886 the Monday just prior to the workshop to pre-register.  12 spaces per class.  Walk-ins will be accepted as long as the class does not exceed 12.

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Molas and the Kuna people of Panama

by Artist-in-Residence Peter Hoheisel

Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

Peter Hoheisel will show his collection of Molas and talk about

this traditional fiber art of the Kuna people of Panama.

 

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Beginner Oil Painting for Children with Judy Hiltunen

Date: July 19, 2012

Time: 1pm – 4pm (Eastern Time)

Cost: $35

Class Description:  Judy will teach some basics on how to use shape, color, lights and shadows, to create your painting. Also how to use color to create dimension. You will learn about complimenting and contrasting colors and how to use them to create exciting paintings. In this class you will also paint a picture. Remember oils stain so wear appropiate clothing.

 REGISTER:  Call Angie at 906-884-4886 to register by July 16, 2012.

 

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2-Day Cedar Bark Baskets with Dawn Walden

Dates: Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, 2012

Time of Class:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Porkies Folk School

Bring your own lunch.

Cost:  $80

Materials Fee: $15 is paid directly to the Instructor.

Class Description:  Participants will experience working with cedar and other indigenous materials to make a basket.  Dawn, who is Native American, will teach how to collect and preserve weaving materials from nature in respectful and sustainable ways. Techniques of 2- and 3-strand twining and cross warp will be taught.

Minimum number of Participants:  8

Maximum:  12

Things to Bring:  Please bring to class…scissors, spray bottle for water, old kitchen size towel, small grocery size plastic bag, and a small bowl or cup for dipping fingers into.

Registration:  Please reserve your place by contacting Angie at the Ontonagon Friends Office, 906-884-4886, or e-mail by July 1, 2012.

Special Note:  Dawn Walden will offer a second class (Bracelet) on Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2012.  The two classes are entirely separate.  Students may take either class or both of them.  (Bracelet  announcement below)

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Black Ash and Cedar Bark Bracelets

with Dawn Walden

 Date:  Sunday,  July 22, 2012

Time:  12 noon – 4 p.m.

Participant Fee:  $20

Materials Fee: $5 to be paid to the Instructor

Class Description:  Participants will make a bracelet of black ash and cedar bark.  If they are unable to complete the bracelet during class they may finish it at home.  (Written Instructions will be available for purchase.)

Number of Participants:

Minimum is 5 and Maximum is 15.

Things to Bring:  Please bring to class…scissors, spray bottle for water, old kitchen size towel, small grocery size grocery bag, and a small bowl or cup for dipping fingers into.

Registration:  Please reserve your place by contacting Angie at the Ontonagon Friends Office, 906-884-4886, or e-mail by July 1, 2012.

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Take a class before the Music Festival

Beginner Oil Painting for Children with Judy Hiltunen

Date: August 23, 2012

Time: 1pm – 4pm (Eastern Time)

Cost: $35

Class Description:  Judy will teach some basics on how to use shape, color, lights and shadows, to create your painting. Also how to use color to create dimension. You will learn about complimenting and contrasting colors and how to use them to create exciting paintings. In this class you will also paint a picture. Remember oils stain so wear appropriate clothing.

 REGISTER:  Call Angie at 906-884-4886 to register by August 10, 2012.

 

Beginner Oil Painting for Adults with Judy Hiltunen

 Date: August 23, 2012

Times: 9am-12pm (Eastern Time)

Cost: $35

Class Description: Judy will teach some basics on how to use shape, color, lights and shadows, to create your painting. Also how to use color to create dimension. You will learn about complimenting and contrasting colors and how to use them to create exciting paintings. In this class you will also paint a picture. Remember oils stain so wear appropriate clothing.

 REGISTER:  Call Angie at 906-884-4886 to register by August 10, 2012.

2011 Classes

• Cross-Country Ski Class (Wax or Waxless) with Jim Waters •

Time: Saturday, February 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $15, to be paid directly to Jim Waters at the time of class. All profits will be contributed to the Blake Helmet Fund.

Minimum number of students: 5. Minimum must be reached by Tuesday, February 1 for class to be held.
Maximum:
15

Students of all ages are welcome and will meet at the Folk School in the Porkies. For students with skis that need to be waxed Jim will instruct the proper procedures for various weather conditions. He will demonstrate techniques for cross-country skiing and will answer questions you may have. You will have the opportunity to practice on a groomed, level trail. Refreshments will be served at the end of class.

Materials: Students will need skis, boots, and poles. If you do not have your own equipment you may rent it from the Porkies Ski Shop at the ski hill. Please give your shoe size when you register for the class. Then your equipment will set aside for quick pick-up at 10:30 a.m. Rental fee: ?

Transportation: For those who would like transportation to the Porkies meet at the Library parking lot at 10:00 a.m. Kim Sims will pick you up, take you to the ski hill to get any equipment needed, and drive you to the Folk School by 11:00 a.m.

Registration: Please reserve your place and indicate if you need to have equipment reserved for you by contacting Beth at the EDC Office, 906-884-4188 by February 1, 2011.

• Snowshoe Hike with a Park Staff Member •

Time: Saturday, February 26 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost:
None

Any number of people (children and adults) are welcome.

A Porcupine Mountains Staff Person will lead the hike. He will provide snowshoes for those who do not have them. Please register for the hike by February 22 so that the leader will know how many pairs of snowshoes are needed. He will meet you at the Whitetail Cabin parking lot, just a short distance beyond the turn-off to the Ski Hill. You are welcome to take the hike whether or not you attend a Folk School class.

Registration: Please reserve your place, and indicate if you will need snowshoes, by contacting Beth at the EDC Office, 906-884-4188 by February 22.

• Writing Workshop with Henry Kisor “Words and the Porkies” •

Time: Four Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – Noon; May 14, May 21, June 4, June 11, 2011
Cost:
$25, a one-time fee for any number of sessions

Minimum number of students: 5
Maximum:
20

Students will focus on writing about “The Porkies” in a broad choice of genres, including the travel article, the essay, the journal, memoir, fiction, children’s story, and poetry ~ whatever is comfortable for the student. There will be readings of short passages about the wilderness by famous writers and poets as well as work by Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residents. Techniques of observation and fact-gathering, including interviewing, will be discussed. Basic assignments on subjects about The Porkies will be made in consultation with each student. Student work will be read and discussed and suggestions made, but no grading will be done.

Requirements: Students need to have a desire to write and the ability to use a typewriter or computer. It is hoped that students will have access to one or the other, as well as a printer. Some accommodation can be made for those who do not have such equipment.

Special Note: A choice among short guided hikes and indoor activities will be offered to provide ideas for writing. Casual clothes and suitable shoes are recommended for outdoor activities. The Instructor, Henry Kisor, assisted by his wife, Debby Abbott Kisor, will be available for private consultations all weekend of the class dates at the Folk School or by email.  e-mail

Registration: Please reserve your place and pay the fee by contacting Beth at the EDC Office, 906-884-4188, by Saturday, April 30, 2011.

• Introduction to Rustic Furniture Making with William Greene •

Time: Friday, June 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 p.m. until project is completed
Cost:
$30

Materials Cost: $45. Students will receive one slab for a bench or end table and four legs. When registering for the class the student must specify which project they wish to make. A student may choose not to buy materials and help someone else to build theirs. (The completed project is valued at $100.)

Minimum number of students: 4
Maximum:
10

Class Description:

Day 1 – Introduction to hole (mortise) and tenon system using hand and power tools. Instruction about hole (mortise) and tenon project designs. Selection of materials for the projectwhere and how to obtain. Basic tool skills and safety. Finishes.

Day 2 – Hands on instruction. Building project. Assembling tips. No projects will be lacquered in class. Lacquering is at the discretion of the student.

Special Note: Students must bring light work gloves, preferably leather, safety glasses, and notepad and pencil.

Registration: Please reserve your place and pay the $30 fee by contacting Beth at the EDC Office 906-88-4188 by Monday, June 6, 1012. The materials fee will be paid directly to the Instructor.

• Timber Framing with Steve Stier and David Suutala •

Time: Sunday, June 12 through Saturday, June 18 (7 days), from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT each class day
Cost:
$395 for all 7 days

Class Description: Students will finish a service project begun in 2010. Complete a timber frame in preparation for roofing. All skill levels are welcomed. Skilled framers with combined experience of over 40 years will guide participants through design, layout, boring and chiseling mortises, forming and pegging tenons, cutting wind braces and assembling bents for the 20-foot-by-20-foot timber-framed stage roof. The completed roof will be assembled at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area in preparation of the 2011 Porcupine Mountains Music Festival held August 26-28. The roof will be a welcome addition for musicians and performers who previously had performed under a blistering hot sun.

Provided by Folk School & Instructors: Hand tools, power tools will be shared between students. Safety helmets and safety glasses will be provided. Daily lunch, pop, water, coffee, tea will be provided and included in class price.

Student provides: Wear appropriate work clothing and protective shoes or work boots. Students are encouraged to bring their own safety gear they are used to wearing, work gloves, tools and supplies.

Registration: Call Beth at the EDC Office, 906-88-4188, by Friday, June 10 to register.

Local Accommodations: Call Susan Giesen, 906-885-5317, if you need a referral to lodging in the area.

• Mixed Media Art with Beth Cox •

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Time: Saturday, July 30, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT with 1 hour lunch break
Cost:
$20

Materials and Lab: $20 (paid directly to the Instructor)

Minimum number of students: 4
Maximum:
15

Class Description: Each student will develop a mixed media creation during this 4 hour class using the copper foil stained glass technique. Each project will be formed on a copper wire star and include embellishments of fiber, beads and polymer clay.

Special Note: Students may bring their own beads or fibers to be used for embellishments.

Registration: Please reserve your place and pay the $15 fee by contacting Beth at the EDC Office, 906-884-4188, by Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

• Cedar Bark Basket in Traditional Form with Dawn Walden •

Time: Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (1/2 hour for your sack lunch)

Optional Class Time: Friday evening, August 5, from 6:00–7:30 p.m. Participants may choose to attend the Friday evening orientation where Dawn will talk about collecting materials she uses to make her all-natural baskets. If you plan to attend, indicate that when you register. (There is no charge for this session.)

Cost: $60
Materials Cost:
$10 (paid to the Instructor).

Minimum number of students: 5
Maximum:
If more than 10 students register, the Instructor will be notified and will prepare more materials.

Class Description: Dawn will give instructions about gathering materials for the basket with respect for the history and culture of the art and for the environment. Participants/students will experience 2 and 3 strand twining techniques and a traditional folded, twined down rim, working with cedar, sedge and bulrush. The size of the basket will depend on how quickly the individual weaves. It wil measure 2 to 5 inches in width and height. The last two hours of the workshop will be spent learning techniques for making the rim. Students will leave class with a completed cedar bark basket. (For this class Dawn will have gathered and prepared materials. In a class of longer duration Dawn would discuss the gathering and processing methods of these natural materials.)

Optional Class Description: Participants may choose to attend the Friday evening orientation where Dawn will talk about collecting materials she uses to make her all-natural baskets. If you plan to attend please indicate that when you register. (There is no additional cost for the Friday evening class.)

Materials: Students will need a small scissors, spray bottle or small dish for water, and a kitchen size towel. (Optional: a small awl or large eye darning needle, a recycled plastic bag, a small sharp knife or x-acto knife or a single edged razorblade.)

Registration: Please reserve your place in the class and indicate if you plan to attend the Friday evening class by contacting Beth at the EDC Office, 906-884-4188. Pay the class fee by August 1, 2011.

Both classes will be held at the Porkies Folk School in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park of Michigan.

• Copper Bowl Making with Ed Gray •

Time: Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT with 12 hour lunch break
Cost:
 $65 plus $30 for materials (total cost $95)

Minimum number of students: 8
Maximum:
 20

Class Description: American Indians living in the U.P. discovered outcroppings of a very pure form of copper, the most pure in the world. They forged tools from the copper to fit their needs. This Ed Gray workshop will follow the same ancient methods. Workshop participants will form a copper bowl by using primitive tools. The copper bowl will be annealed by fire until the forming process has been completed. Then the bowl may be embellished with beads and/or found objects. The completed bowl will be about 6 inches in diameter.

Special Notes:

1. Embellishments will be provided, but students may bring their own beads or objects.
2. The class will be conducted outside at the Folk School, rain or shine, so prepare for comfort while working outside. (Suggestions: rain gear, hat, gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, etc.)

Registration: Please reserve your place and pay the $95 fee by contacting Beth at the EDC Office 906-884-4188 by Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

• How to Make Lake Superior Soap with Dar Fredrikson •

Time: Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Porkies Folk School
Cost:
 $20 (includes materials)

Minimum number of students: 5
Maximum:
 10

Class Description: From rendering tallow and dissolving lye, to stirring the mixture to complete saponification, you will learn how soap is made. A bar of soap molded by birch bark will be yours to take and cure at home. You will receive the recipe and put your know-how to work as you make your own soap.

Special Note: Traditional Finnish egg coffee made over an open fire will be served at 3:00 p.m. with homemade cinnamon rolls.

Registration: Please reserve your place and pay the $20 fee by contacting Beth at the EDC Office, 906-884-4188, by Monday, September 12, 2011.

Chainsaw & Handtool Sharpening with Bruce Ruutila and Brian Yaklyvich •

Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw, lawn mower blades and hand tools. Bring your scissors, hand planer, chisels, drill bits, and knives to learn how to sharpen and care for them.

• Bead Making (Lampworking) with Sherrie McCabe •

Students will be provided detailed instruction in the safe operation of a torch and the traditional Italian methods used to melt glass and manipulate it to produce glass beads. You will use glass rods in a variety of colors to create designs and patterns. Techniques such as centering, shaping, applying dots and stripes, raking, feathering, and plunging will be demonstrated and practiced. There will also be an introduction to sculptural beads.

Because the class could have a combination of beginning and more advanced students, Sherrie will begin by introducing the basics but is happy to add advanced techniques such as hollow beads and making murinni canes for those who have previously taken the class.

• Whistle and Flower Carving From Soft Maple Tree Twig with Pekka (Peter Olson) •

Pekka will guide participants through the process of carving whistles and flowers from freshly cut soft maple tree twigs. Participants who are 10 years old and older are welcome.

Basic Timber-Framing Class with David Suutala & Steve Stier–
Constructing a Stage Roof for the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival

Skilled framers with combined experience of over 40 years will guide participants through design, layout, boring and chiseling mortises, forming and pegging tenons, cutting braces, and assembling bents for the 20-foot by 20-foot stage roof. Participants will be shown/taught the basic information and hand skills of timber-framing that will enable them to progress to higher technology tools and machines and to build their own basic structure. All skill levels are welcome, but keen interest is necessary. This is a hands-on workshop, so come prepared to work hard, learn a lot and have a great time.

The two classes will be held at the Porcupine Mountains Folk School. The first session is designed for all skill levels. The second session will engage advanced wood workers, contractors, and graduates of the first session.

Homemade Lotion, Lip Balm, & Soap with Linda Montonati and Zona Wick •

Make & take home your own natural vegetarian-based products. Each participant will learn to make soap, face and body lotion, and lip balm; and will go home with recipes and samples of each.

• Felted Loon with Heidi Bukoski •

Students will learn to needle-felt, also known as dry felting. Needle-felting uses a barbed needle. This technique has many applications which will be discussed. Students will create a life-like loon made entirely of wool. The finished loon will measure approximately 7” x 4”. It will have garnet bead eyes and swim in a pond of blue wool.

• Wool Mitten Making with Mary Brownell and Roberta Chabot •

Students will make their own wool mittens with a flannel lining. They will receive instructions, a pattern and guidance about how to sew their mittens. All materials for the mittens will be provided.

• Fused Glass Jewelry with Ali Rogan (September’s Artist-in-Residence)

Students will work with specialty fusing glass to create glass jewelry. They will explore and discover the many glass textures/techniques in glass fusing, including dichroic and iridized glass.  The glass will be layered and kiln fired to fuse it into a solid piece of glass. The completed pieces will include pins, necklaces, and earrings, etc. plus jewelry findings. Hot glass raking will also be demonstrated to the students. Each student should be able to finish 2-3 pieces of jewelry, plus a raked glass pin.

• Reverse on Glass Painting with Ali Rogan (September’s Artist-in-Residence)

Students will create a beautiful image on a glass medallion ornament. They will use the “Porkies”  as inspiration for painting their favorite image or animal in the Park. This ancient technique of painting on the reverse side of the glass will be created by using the cold painting process with acrylic paints. Instructor will demonstrate the different styles of painting on glass, and students can use their own drawings to inspire their paintings. Other decorative metallic finishes can be used to finish this jeweled, beveled ornament. Completed work will be ready for display and boxed up for safe transportation home.

• Yoga, Not for Beginners, with Jackie McMullen •

This 2-day workshop will deepen postures, taking them to another level, by working with alignment and breath. The main focus will be spinal alignment but will also include partner yoga, adjustments, meditation, and ab-zen. In addition to the sun salutation, students will work on basic twists, warrior poses, triangle, and half moon. Back bends and headstands will be offered if time permits. An understanding of the basic poses and the ability to work on the floor is essential.

• Making Plant Medicines: Herbal Teas with Andrea Corpolongo Smith •

Learn how to create a personalized herbal tea blend that nourishes your specific body type, helps to heal chronic discomforts, and tastes wonderful! Participants in this class will discuss several ways to recognize patterns of health and disease in themselves and those around them. Everyone will be given the opportunity to determine his or her constitutional type, identify potentially unbalanced organ systems in his or her body, and finally create, taste, and take home a personal tea blend. Proper methods for brewing medicinal teas will be discussed and handouts will be provided. The herbs covered in this class will include Dandelion, Nettle, Red Clover, Chamomile, Damiana, Scullcap, Licorice, Peppermint, and Rose.

• Twig Wreath Workshop with Wayne Walma and Pam Beal •

Wayne and Pam have been making beautiful birch twig wreaths for years. The inspiration for the design came from old-fashioned birch brooms. The wreaths are extremely durable and need minimal care. They make wonderful Christmas decorations but look at home when displayed year-round, indoors or out. Participants will have the opportunity to make a 14- or 16-inch wreath. Each student will cut and assemble his or her twigs and learn to operate the foot crimping machine. The final wreath will be simple and rustic, and further decorating options will be discussed. These wreaths make excellent gifts!

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• Herbs for Stress Relief with Andrea Corpolongo Smith •

Learn to select and prepare common herbs to safely deflate some of the stress in your life. This class will introduce students to several readily available herbal teas and tinctures, such as catnip, lemon balm, chamomile, mint, motherwort, St. John’s Wort, sweet violet, kava kava, and more, that aid in sleep, reduce anxiety, or simply bring about calm deep breaths. Other safe and natural stress reduction techniques that complement the use of herbs will be discussed. Handouts and herb samples to taste and smell will be provided.

• Build Your Own Snowshoes with Jarrod Stone Dahl •

Participants will learn fundamentals of “green” woodworking skills while making these Ojibwe style snowshoes. Staves will be worked by the participants to rough size with final shaping by crooked knife or whittling knife. Steam bending the staves into jigs, nylon lacing, and finishing will follow. Handouts and in-depth discussion of styles, uses, history and stories will be shared during this four-day affair.

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• Build Your Own Toboggan with Jarrod Stone Dahl •

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For this two-day workshop, participants will spend the first day learning about the type of wood being used while preparing their staves for steam bending. For assembly the second day, participants will attach cross bars using hand-peened copped rivets along with the rope and any other final touches. Everyone will leave this workshop with a finished 8-10’ long toboggan of their own.

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• Wooden Spoon Carving with Jarrod Stone Dahl •

For this one-day workshop, participants will learn to make a spoon from a piece of firewood using axe, chisel, and knife. We will discuss form and shape while working with the grain and type of wood as several types of wood will be provided. Use of gouge and proper axemanship will be stressed. Spoon blanks are available to those with weaker hands or simply for a head start. Chip carving tools will also be available for those wishing to decorate their finished product.

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• Food Preservation Basics with Joanne Pihlaja and Lucia Patritto •

MSU Extension Regional Educator Joanne Pihlaja and Gogebic County Extension Director Lucia Patritto will demonstrate safe and efficient home canning and freezing and provide opportunity for hands-on learning. Participants will learn the basic techniques for sterilization of equipment, proper processing of preserves, sauces, fruits and vegetables, using the pressure canner, hot water bath and freezing methods, and how to prevent food-borne illness. Participants will make homemade salsa and freezer jam. Please bring your own apron if you are able to. All other materials will be provided. Adults are encouraged to bring a young person—at least 12 years old—to help promote these great food preservation methods among younger generations.

• Ukrainian Egg Decoration for Hobby and Fun with Jim Michie and Jody Maloney •

Learn the basics necessary for you to embark on lifelong enjoyment of decorating eggs in the Ukrainian style, also known as Pysanky. Jim and Jody will show you the basic tools and techniques for dyeing your own Ukrainian Eggs, and you can enjoy making several of your own in time for Easter. This class is for beginners, but experienced egg makers are always welcome to share knowledge and tips. Participants will receive their own kits, which include all of the necessary tools, waxes, and dyes. Eggs will be provided.

Felting with Heidi Bukoski •

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Choose to take one or both felting classes; both are suitable for beginning felters. In the first class, students will choose to make either mittens or slippers in black or white wool, embellished with bits of color. This will be accomplished using traditional wet felting techniques, starting with loose fibers, not knitted yard. In the second class, students will make a felted wool rose. This class covers both wet and dry felting techniques. The petals and leaves are wet felted and the flower is constructed using a felting needle.

• Encaustics with Melissa Hronkin •

Come and discover the sweetness and luminosity of working with the ancient and contemporary art of encaustics (pigmented beeswax) and beeswax collage! Participants will learn about the history of the medium and the honeybees that help create it. We will create several small-scale works in experimental encaustics, Xerox transfer, and mixed media collage. No experience required, just a sense of adventure! Check out the blog www.melissa-hronkin.blogspot.com for Melissa’s work and links to encaustic information.

• Soap Making For Kids with Cameryn Polkky •

• Copper Bowl Making with Ed Gray •

In the traditions of American Indians living in the U.P., artist Ed Gray will use ancient methods with primitive tools to teach how to create a 6-inch copper bowl annealed by fire.

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• Painting with Watercolors with Nancy McCabe •

Designed for both beginning and intermediate students. Instructor Nancy McCabe will teach how to paint with watercolors. Experiment with wet on wet, dry brush, the lifting of colors, washes, and some “just for the fun” painting techniques.

• Fruit Tree Care and Pruning with Jim Isleib from MSU Extension •

Learn where to plant, how to train new trees, and how to control pests that could harm them. We will end the class with pruning tips.

• Traditional Finnish Wood-Carved Evergreen Tree •

Students will leave class having learned some of the basic techniques of an ancient Scandinavian art form. Every participant will carve a traditional Finnish evergreen tree using skills passed down for centuries and mastered by instructor Pekka.

• Crocheting with Sherry Havela •

The Crochet Class welcomes all skill levels, from beginners to advanced. A simple scarf pattern and a limited supply of yarn and hooks will be available for practice. You may bring a project of your own choice. Come and enjoy 3 hours of uninterrupted time with friends.

We will discuss the latest in yarns and tools, places to obtain materials, and the history of crocheting.

• Winter Knitting with Sarah Wagner and Karen Berg •

The Winter Knitting Class welcomes beginners and experienced knitters alike. The informal 3-hour sessions are designed so that you may come and go as you wish. Beginners will be taught to cast on stitches and will learn the knit and pearl stitches. There will be a limited supply of yarn and needles available to practice with. You may choose to knit the scarf pattern we will provide. For that you will need 132 yards of super bulky yarn and size 17 needles. Whether you are a beginner or experienced knitter you are welcome to bring a project of your choice. Come and enjoy 3 hours of uninterrupted knitting time with friends.

We will discuss the latest in yarns and tools, places to obtain supplies, and the history of knitting.

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• Snowshoeing Hike with Bob Wild •

Bob Wild will lead a Snowshoe Hike. He will provide snowshoes. He will meet you at the Whitetail Cabin parking lot, just a short distance beyond the turn-off to the Ski Hill. Please register for the class by February 1 so that he will know how many pairs of snowshoes are needed. Of course you may bring your own snowshoes if you have them. You are welcome to take the Hike whether or not you are attending a Folk School class.

• Practical and Decorative Rope Work with Jared Smith •

Students will become familiar with rope and cordage. They will be instructed in basic and decorative KNOTS as well as splicing and rope whippings.

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• Above Ground Container Gardening with Carol Huntoon and Sherrie McCabe •

Learn to garden without a plot…garden made easy. Plant you seeds in containers/buckets, and move your garden to suit the sun and the weather. Be eco-friendly be saving soil (from year to year) and using recycled materials to make a “funnel bucket” to take home with you. In addition, you will receive written instructions.


See this page for current workshops and information on how to enroll.

The Porcupine Mountains Folk School is sponsored in cooperation with the Porcupine Mountains State Park and the Friends of the Porkies, whose mission is to promote and enhance the use of the Porkies. The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.