Past Workshops

WORKSHOPS OF THE PAST:

2015 Classes

* Some class instructor fees have been sponsored in full or part to keep our prices down for our students.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

wrapped gemstoneWire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

$50 Class Fee + $15 Material Fee (payable to the instructor) = $65 Total Fee

Friends Members $45 Class Fee + $15 Materials Fee = $60 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015

Students will wrap gorgeous flat oval gemstones to create links for a bracelet. They will then make beaded spacers and connect these links to form a stunning bracelet.   Students will choose from a variety of stones to wrap in copper wire. (Silver wire will be available for an additional cost.)   They will finish this lovely bracelet with their own hand made clasp. This class teaches the basic techniques of wire wrapping needed for any level of the art. Lunch will be provided by the instructor.

15 spaces available, 4 students needed to hold the class.

Register for Class:

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

* This class has been partially sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Heidi GoldfinchNeedle Felted Goldfinch

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

$50 Class Fee + $15 Material Fee (payable to the instructor) = $65 Total Fee

Friends Members $45 Class Fee + $15 Materials Fee = $60 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015

Students will create a life like goldfinch entirely out of wool. 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. Students will start by creating the basic shape of the bird. They will then add color and detail, finishing it with black onyx beads for the eyes. Lunch will be provided by the instructor.

 12 spaces available, 4 students needed to hold the class.

Register for Class

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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solstice background2Sunday, June 21 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET

Summer Solstice Celebration

Hosted by the Solstice Committee of the Friends of the Porkies

FREE EVENT

Walk-ins welcome

The Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park invite you to join us on Midsummer Eve Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 7:00 PM to celebrate the Summer Solstice. This is a FREE Family Event held at the Porcupine Mountains Folk School. The school is located next to the Union Bay Campground, on the Lake Superior side of Engineers Memorial Highway 107.

 The program will include a bonfire with a short program and a short presentation on the history of Solstice celebrations. It will feature the Kivajat Finnish-American Folk Dance group, children, ages 8-16, who will provide color and joy as they dance fully costumed in their Finnish American version of Finnish peasant attire. The Friends will provide refreshments and music in the Folk School building.

 Directions to the Porcupine Mt. Folk School: Go  to Silver City using Highway M64 west from Ontonagon or Highway M64 North from Bergland. Turn left on Engineers Hwy 107.  Go west to the Park and turn right at the driveway for the Union Bay Campground. The Folk School driveway is the first right turn.

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

* This event has been partially sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation.

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Shibori samplesSaturday, June 27, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

Stitching and Dyeing the Shibori Way

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

$70 Class Fee + $15 Material Fee (payable to the instructor) = $85 Total Fee

Friends Members $60 Class Fee + $15 Materials Fee = $75 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015

Shibori is the Japanese word for stitching and binding techniques used to create patterns in dyeing. In this country we might call it fancy tie-dyeing. Students will learn a variety of stitches and tying methods to produce different effects. They will do this while creating attractive sampler pieces of high quality cotton sateen fabric that measure approximately 18” square. The last step will be a dip in a traditional indigo dye bath. Lunch will be provided by the instructor.

14 spaces available, 4 students needed to hold the class.

Register for Class

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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kubbSaturday, June 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Make a Kubb Game

Instructor Dave Rasmussen

$45 Class Fee +  $40 Materials Cost = $85 Total Fee

Friends Members $40 Class Fee + $40 Materials Cost = $80 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Saturday, June 13, 2015

Participants will learn a little history and how to play the Scandinavian game of Kubb. Then, as an individual or family, they will make the complete set of game pieces for Kubb. Bring a sack lunch. 

10 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class.

Register for Class

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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needle felted journal cover 1Saturday, June 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ETneedle felted journal cover 2

Needle Felted Journal Cover

Instructor Donna Thurston

$40 Class Fee + $0 Material Fee = $40 Total Fee

Friends Members $35 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $35 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Saturday, June 6, 2015

Students will make a small (approx. 5×7 in.) journal cover for lined or unlined pages. The journal cover may incorporate beads, various yarns, embroidery floss, buttons, and whatever students may choose to add. I will provide all materials needed. Students may bring materials of their own choosing. They should bring a picture or an idea of what they would like on their journal.

10 spaces available, 1 student needed to hold the class.

Register for Class

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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blk fused pin[1]Saturday, June 13 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ETmonarch pin[1]

Fused Glass Creations

Instructor Beth Cox

$23 Class Fee + $25 Material Fee = $48 Total Fee

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAFriends Members $20 Class Fee + $25 Materials Fee = $45 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Saturday, June 6, 2015

Students will have the opportunity to create sun-catchers, jewelry, buttons and more. This is a beginner class; no glass cutting experience is required. Instruction will include a quick overview of glass compatibility, design, and the kiln firing process. The assembled pieces are fired off-site and then returned to the students.

15 spaces available, 4 students needed to hold the class.

Register for Class

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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Acrylics 2014Friday, June 5 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

1-Day Acrylics Workshop

Instructor Judy Hiltunen

$5 Class Fee + $10 Material Fee = $15 Total Fee

Friends Members $2 Class Fee + $10 Materials Fee = $12 Total Fee

This class is now closed.

Have you ever wanted to try painting to see if you like it? Now is your chance. This will be a low stress, fun filled day, of experimenting with acrylics. All the supplies you need will be provided. As you experiment, you will learn about color, composition and perspective.

12 spaces available, 3 students needed to hold the class.

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

* Judy Hiltunen is donating her services to the Folk School.

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Shaker 6-board chestFriday, June 5 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET and
Saturday, June 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Six Board Shaker-Style Chest

Instructor Don Chastan

$30 Class Fee + $33 Material Fee = $63 Total Fee

Friends Members $25 Class Fee + $33 Materials Fee = $58 Total Fee

This class is now closed.

 Students will cut and assemble pine boards to make a small Shaker-style chest. Bring a sack lunch on Saturday.

8 spaces available, 4 students needed to hold the class.

 

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

* This class has been sponsored by an anonymous donor.

 

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cutting boardTuesday, May 26, Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28 (optional) from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. ET

Create a Cutting Board

Instructor Dave Rasmussen

$45 Class Fee +  $25 Materials Cost = $70 Total Fee

Friends Members $40 Class Fee + $25 Materials Cost = $65 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 Participants will glue a 12” x 18”straight stick design cutting board which they will sand, router and finish in 2 classes. For those who prefer, a herringbone cutting board design can be completed in 3 classes for the same fee.

20 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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sg stuffSaturday, May 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm. ET

Class 1: Introduction to Stained Glass

Instructor Laura Hamlett

$40 Class Fee Includes Materials =  $40 Total Fee

Friends Members $37 Class Fee Includes Materials = $37 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, May 15, 2015

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Students will learn the basics of the copper foil method of stained glass made famous in the 1800’s by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Students are asked to wear older clothes and closed toed shoes and to remember their eyeglasses if needed for close work.

10 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class.

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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sg stuffSaturday, May 23 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm. ET

Class 2: Stepping Stones in Stained Glass

Instructor Laura Hamlett

$40 Class Fee Includes Materials =  $40 Total Fee

Friends Members $37 Class Fee Includes Materials = $37 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, May 15, 2015

Save with Early Bird Specials: See Details Below

Students will learn the basics of the copper foil method of stained glass made famous in the 1800’s by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Students are asked to wear older clothes and closed toed shoes and to remember their eyeglasses if needed for close work.

12 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class.

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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sg jewelrySaturday, May 23 from 3:00 m. – 5:00 pm. ET

Class 3: Jewelry Making in Stained Glass

Instructor Laura Hamlett

$40 Class Fee Includes Materials =  $40 Total Fee

Friends Members $37 Class Fee Includes Materials = $37 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, May 15, 2015

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Students will make earrings and a pendant in stained glass. Students are asked to wear older clothes and closed toed shoes and to remember their eyeglasses if needed for close work.

12 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class.

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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sg stuffSunday, May 24, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm. ET

Class 4: Advanced Stained Glass

*Students must have taken Laura’s Class 1 or Class 3 to qualify for this class.

Instructor Laura Hamlett

$75 Class Fee Includes Materials =  $75 Total Fee

Friends Members $68 Class Fee Includes Materials = $68 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, May 15, 2015

Save with Early Bird Specials: See Details Below

Students will make a larger stained glass piece to challenge the skills they learned in working in stained glass in previous classes.  Students are asked to wear older clothes and closed toed shoes and to remember their eyeglasses if needed for close work.

8 spaces available; 3 students needed to hold the class.

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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sg jewelrySaturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24sg stuff

Memorial Day Weekend Stained Glass Classes

Instructor Laura Hamlett

EARLY BIRD SPECIALS for multiple classes! Register and pay for the classes before May 7th, 2015 and receive these savings:

*Plan A: Two Classes – 1 and 2 or 1 and 3: $70 (savings $10), $65 Friends (savings $11)

 

* Plan B: Classes 1, 2, & 3: $90 (savings $25), $85 Friends (savings $27)

 

* Plan C: Classes 1 & 4 (Advanced): $90 (savings $25), $85 Friends (savings $27)

 

*Plan D: All four classes: $175 (savings $10), $169 Friends (savings $10)

All students should wear older clothes and close-toed shoes. Bring eyeglasses if needed for close-up work.

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

All classes are held at the folk school right next to Union Bay Campground in the park. A recreation pass is required for vehicles entering the folk school area and can be purchased through the Michigan State Park system.

Friends of the Porkies: www.porkies.org  PO Box 221 × Ontonagon, MI 49953

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bat houseSaturday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET

Porkies Bat Duo

Instructor Dave Rasmussen

$32 Class Fee +  $15 Materials Cost = $47 Total Fee

Friends Members $27 Class Fee + $15 Materials Cost = $42 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Saturday, April 11, 2015

This individual or family class will give participants the opportunity to learn many interesting bat facts from Park Ranger Bob Wild.  Participants will then assemble their own bat house using a kit provided by the instructor.

 20 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class.

Register for Class

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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