Upcoming Workshops

2014 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, July 26, 10am – 12pm ET

Beach Art Class*

Instructors Tina Davidson, Debby and Henry Kisor

$5 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $5 Total Fee

Friends Members $4 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $4 Total Fee

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

No experience required.

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.

REGISTER:  call 906-884-7663 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.  When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

*This class sponsored by the instructor.

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Friday, August 1 from 1pm – 4pm ET

Children’s Workshop
Build a Birdhouse*

Instructor Don Chastan

$5 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $5 Total Fee

Friends Members $0 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = FREE

Registration Deadline is Friday, July 25, 2014

BirdhousesBuild a simple wooden birdhouse with all supplies furnished by the instructor.  Smaller children can paint a completed birdhouse as their project; older kids and adults will construct their birdhouse, and if time permits, decorate theirs. (Younger children  who will be painting should bring an old shirt or apron to protect their clothes.)

Parents should attend for children 10 and under.

The class will only be 2 hours for those who are just just painting an assembled birdhouse.  Please arrive at 2:30pm.

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

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

*This class sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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Friday, August 1, 2014 from 7:30pm—8:30pm ET

A Midsummer’s Eve Storytelling*

Instructor Tracy Chipman

$15 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $15 Total Fee

Friends Members: $10 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $10 Total Fee

Children 6-10 years = $5
Children 5 and under = Free

Registration deadline is July 23, 2014

Tracy Chipman Tainter CUAn evening of story telling in the woods, at the Folk School

50 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class

Please call 906-884-7663 to register 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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Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 10 a.m.—4 p.m. ET

Storytelling 101 – An Introduction to the Power of Storytelling*

Instructor Tracy Chipman

$60 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $60 Total Fee

Friends Members $55 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $55 Total Fee

Registration deadline is July 23, 2014

Tracy ChipmanFor thousands of years humanity has used storytelling to record its histories, to entertain, to commemorate and to explain the mysteries of the universe. Please join storyteller Tracy Chipman for a daylong foray in the wide and wonderful world of storytelling.

We will explore a variety of stories, folktales, myth & personal narrative through telling, listening & imagining. This is a great class for anyone who wants to tell a better joke, spin a good yarn and/or simply share stories from their own life.

 Participants will bring pen or pencil and paper or notebook and a sack lunch.

 50 spaces available; 5 students needed to hold the class

 Please call 906-884-7663 to register 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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 Friday, August 8 from 5pm-8pm and Saturday, August 9 from 9am – 4pm ET

Adirondack Chair*

Instructor Don Chastan

$35 Class Fee + $30 Materials Cost = $65 Total Fee

Friends Members: $30 Class Cost + $30 Materials Fee = $60 Total Fee

Registration deadline is Friday, August 1, 2014

Adirondack Chair Build a traditional, comfortable Adirondack chair from prepared pine. Instructor will guide the student in measuring, cutting, construction and fastening. Tools, fasteners, and wood will be provided at class. The chair will be ready to paint or varnish by the student 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.

Space available for 8 students; 4 students needed to hold the class

To Register or 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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Friday, August 15 from 10am – 4:30pm ET (with 1/2 hour lunch break)

Cedar Bark Twill Basket*

Instructor Dawn Walden

$45 Class Fee + $30 Material Fee = $75 Total Fee

Friends Members $40 Class Fee + $30 Materials Fee = $70 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, August 8, 2014

cedar tech. folded rinm cedarStudents will weave a Twill Cedar Basket with folded rim.
Students may bring their own small scissors and large-eye needle if they have them.  Tools will be provided by the Instructor.

10 spots available; 3 needed to hold the class

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

*This class sponsored by the instructor.

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Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, 8am – 5pm ET (with a 1/2 hour lunch break BYO)

Birch Bark Container

Instructor Dawn Walden

$138 Class Fee + $25 Materials Fee = $163 Total Fee

Friends Members $125 Class Fee + $25 Materials Fee = $150 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, August 8, 2014

Birch bark wkshopParticipants will learn to stitch birch bark with roots using an awl and apply a simple ash rim.  The minimum size of the container will be approx. 3”high x 6”l x 3”d.  Materials provided include split and prepared cedar roots, prepared birch bark, and prepared cedar bark.

Participants, please bring these tools, if possible:  small water bucket, scissors, sharp kitchen type knife, small awl.  Dawn will have tools available to use, including knives and awls.
Picture: The smallest Birch pieces are the workshop project but I will have larger sizes available in the workshop for an added cost if anyone would be interested.

12 spots available; 6 needed to hold the class

To Register or 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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1-day Acrylics Workshop

Instructor Judy Hiltunen

$7 Class Fee + $10 Materials Cost = $17 Total fee

 Friends Members: $5 Class Fee + $10 Materials Cost = $15 Total Fee

 Registration Deadline is August 20, 2014

Acrylics 2014Students will be introduced to the facets of acrylic painting such as color, complement, brushes and supplies while  painting a simple still life.  All supplies are included.

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

To Register or 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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Thursday, August 21, from 6:00 p.m. –7:30 p.m. ET

Artist in Residence Public Presentation: Tapestry

Instructor:  Jenny Schu, Artist-in-Residence

Join artist Jenny Schu as she demonstrates her tapestry-making process and shows samples of her weaving’s.  This will be an informal setting allowing for questions, and Jenny will encourage those who attend to try their hand at weaving on her small tapestry loom.  Walk in traffic is encouraged. The presentation will be held at the Folk School.

When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

 FREE CLASS

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Friday, September 5 from 5pm-8pm and Saturday, September 6 from 9am – 4pm ET

Portable Outdoor Chair*

Instructor Don Chastan

$35 Class Fee + $30 Materials Cost = $65 Total Fee

Friends Members $30 Class Cost + $30 Materials Fee = $60 Total Fee

Registration deadline – August 29, 2014

Portable Outdoor Chair (2)Students will be guided in building a 2-piece slatted slide-together wooden chair that folds compactly for storage when not in use. Tools and materials will be provided at class. The chair will be ready to paint or varnish at home by the student.  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.

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

To Register or 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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Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10am – 4:30pm ET

Viking Knitting/Bracelet

Instructor Kathy Waid

$35 Class Fee + $10 Materials Cost = $45 Total Fee

Friends Members $30 Class Fee + $10 Materials Cost = $40 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, September 5, 2014

Viking BraceletWeaving with wire to form a round chain for bracelet or necklace.  Please see description for June 27th class.
Special Note:  Students may bring beads for ornamentation of their bracelet.
8 spaces available; 3 needed to hold the class

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

*This class sponsored by the instructor.

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Saturday, September 27, from 10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m. ET

Artist in Residence Public Presentation: Printmaking

Instructor:  Stephanie Berry, Artist-in-Residence

Join artist Stephanie Berry as she discusses the importance of stewardship of the land and the effects of invasive species. After Stephanie’s presentation, participants will then be encouraged to use natural found objects to make a Cyanotype (Sun Print) as a memento of their visit to the Porcupine Mountains. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Space is limited for this free workshop. Call 906-884-7663 to reserve your spot. The presentation will be held at the Folk School.
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

FREE CLASS

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Saturday’s September 27, October 4, 11, and 18 from 12pm – 3pm ET

Beginner Series Acrylics

Judy Hiltunen, Instructor

$120 Class Fee + $30 Materials Cost = $150 Total Fee

Friends Members: $105 Class Fee + $30 Materials Cost = $135 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, September 19, 2014

Acrylics 2014Students will be introduced to color, complements, contrast, value, composition, and perspective. They will learn about paint, brushes, paper and canvas. They will paint still life, , landscapes, seascapes, and ( weather  permitting ) plein air.

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

To Register or 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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Sunday, September 28 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm ET with bonfire to follow

Traditional Finnish Folk Dancing
with bonfire to follow

Instructor Kay Seppala

$15 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $15 Total Fee

Friends Members $12 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $12 Total Fee

Ages 12 and under = FREE

Registration deadline is Friday, September 19, 2014

DSC00906edSpend a delightful late Sunday afternoon learning Finnish folk dances.  The dances are done in circles or sets using simple walking and skipping steps.  No previous experience is needed.  All ages are welcome; young children will need to have a dancing buddy.  We will conclude our evening with an enchanting chain dance around the bonfire and an opportunity to roast a bite of sausage (makkara) in the fire.  (Makkara is called the national “vegetable” in Finland in summer.)

Participants should wear shoes they can dance in.

24 spaces available; 8 needed to hold the class.

To Register or 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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Saturday, October 18 from 10 am—12pm ET

Artist in Residence Public Presentation: Soft Foam Printing

Instructor:  Anna Marie Pavlik, Artist-in-Residence

Artist Anna Marie Pavlik will lead workshop participants in the process of soft foam printing. This activity is ideal for children and adults; all ages are welcome. Using textured objects and simple tools, participants will press images into soft foam plates. The plates will then be pressed to create multiple and lasting art prints.

Space is limited for this free workshop. Call 906-884-7663 to reserve your spot. The presentation will be held at the Folk School.
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

FREE CLASS

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November 1

Soap Making

Instructor Katherine Cocciarelli

Registration deadline is Friday, October 24, 2014

More info to follow

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Saturday, December 6 from 12 noon – 3 pm ET and Sunday, December 7 from 12 noon –3 pm ET

TWINING – The Ultimate Way to Recycle

Instructor: Cherri Allen

            $65 Class Fee + Twining frame cost = Total Fee to be determined

Friends Members: $60 Class Fee + Twining frame cost = Total Fee to be determined

Registration Deadline is Friday, November 28

Rag Rug 4-2012 Blue Green Beige II Rag Rug 7-2012 Light Blue Beige White II Rag Rug 12-2012 Table Runner  RAG Red Green BlueOn Saturday, students will make a twined hot-pad.  Fabric will be provided.  Twining is a cross between braiding and weaving.  The possibilities for color and material choices are endless.  This is recycling, reusing and re-purposing at its best. Students may choose to attend Sunday’s class to practice the craft while Cherri is available for assistance.

8 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class

Please call 906-884-7663 to register or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

On Saturday, participants may bring two non-stretchy fabrics of their choice prepared in 2 inch strips about 3 feet long wrapped into a ball that will fill your hand. On Sunday, participants can twine with anything non-stretchy, fabric, leather, yarn, ribbon, rope, plastic bags — almost anything that can be cut or ripped into strips.  Fabric may be purchased for $5 for Sunday’s class.

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Saturday, December 13 from 9:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m. ET

All Seasons Birch Twig Wreath

Instructor Wayne Walma

$20 Class Fee +  $23 Materials Cost = $43 Total Fee

Friends Members $17 Class Fee + $23 Materials Cost = $40 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is December 1, 2014

wayneWalmaStudents will assemble a birch twig wreath utilizing a wire frame and the one step, foot operated clamp machine.  Size choices include a 12”, 14”, or 16” wreath.  Various design possibilities will be presented.  Twigs will be selected by the student to achieve the look and size desired.

Students may bring safety glasses, gloves, and anvil pruner or snips.  (Safety glasses are available at the Folk School.  Snips will be available to share.) The class is open to students who are sixteen years old or older.  Younger students must come with a parent or other adult. Wayne will provide all materials needed to make the wreath.

10 spaces available; 6 students needed to hold the class.

 To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 to register or e-mail
When registering, please include your complete name, mailing address, phone number and email address.

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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.