Upcoming Classes

2017 Classes

* Please note that the Porkies Folk School is in the Eastern time zone. All class times are Eastern time.

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



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Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.–noon  ET

Create a Simple Landscape with Watercolor

Donna Lenard

$51 Class Fee +  $10 Materials Cost = $61 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, July 24, 2017

Paint from landscape photos, pulling out shapes and simplifying the image to create a pleasing painting. The instructor will provide all materials needed, and students are welcome to bring a landscape photo they would like to use.

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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Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Lake of the Clouds: a Stained Glass Creation

Laura Hamlett

$53 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $53 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, July 28, 2017

Use your own color scheme to create a large (8 inch by 10 inch) sun catcher of the iconic Lake of the Clouds overlook view. As you create your sun catcher using approximately 20 pieces of stained glass, you will learn techniques for assembling stained glass scenes. No prior experience is necessary. Teens through senior citizens are welcome.

 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.

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Friday, August 11 from noon–6:00 p.m. ET

Blacksmithing Demonstration with Ross Jagears

FREE walk-in event

FREE Blacksmithing demonstration at the Porcupine Mt. Folk School/Old Carpenter Shop on Friday, August 11 from Noon to 6 p.m.. Watch Ross Jagears from Wichita, Kansas, as he blends function and artistry to create a piece utilizing various Blacksmithing techniques. Come when you want and stay as long as you wish. Refreshments will be served

 

 

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

 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Everyone Can Write Poetry

Marlene Broemer

$33 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $33 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Saturday, August 5, 2017

Walk ins are welcome.

Explore poetry as song and story-telling before learning how some major poets that can be used as models for writing your own poems. You will use park surroundings as writing prompts.The class will highlight Native American (Joy Harjo), Michigan (Jim Harrison) and Nature poets. 

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

Bring a notebook, laptop or tablet for writing. the Folk School does not have WiFi. Please bring a lunch and a beverage. 

Writers of all ages, 12-120, are welcome. Grandparents, bring your grandchildren!

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 MadePerfect

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Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Lake of the Clouds: a Stained Glass Creation

Laura Hamlett

$53 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $53 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017

Use your own color scheme to create a large (8 inch by 10 inch) sun catcher of the iconic Lake of the Clouds overlook view. As you create your sun catcher using approximately 20 pieces of stained glass, you will learn techniques for assembling stained glass scenes. No prior experience is necessary. Teens through senior citizens are welcome.

 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.

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Thursday, August 17 from 6:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m. ET

Beach Combing and Stepping Stones

Brittany Sides, Jane Rasmussen and Marilyn Knuteson

$3.00 Class Fee +  $0.00 Materials Cost = $3.00 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017

Join the Park Interpretive Assistant, Brittany Sides, for a brief beach combing hike to find treasures and then use those treasures to make your own garden stepping stone. All ages are welcome! Meet at the Folk School.

 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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Friday, August 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. ET

Basketry Petals and Stars

Karen Tembreull

$30 Class Fee +  $55 Materials Cost = $85 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017

img_1160Form a lovely white pine bark petal basket stitched and rimmed with split spruce root, and weave two Scandinavian birch bark stars. This class is a basketry deal! Each student will take home three pieces of basketry art.

 12 spaces available; 4 students needed to hold the class.img_2930

Students age 12 and older and all skill levels are welcome.

Please bring a lunch.

  

 

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.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Weave a Willow Tension Tray and Suet Holder for Birds

Poppy Hatinger

$20 Class Fee +  $10 Materials Cost = $30 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Saturday, August 5, 2017

(This date is firm because the willow needs to be soaked for a week before it is used.)

  1. IMG_20150805_21Popp5455Construct a tension tray in the morning and a suet holder that your birds will love in the afternoon. Both projects use sustainable harvested upper peninsula willow. The instructor will lead a class discussion of willow growing and harvesting and other uses for this natural material in your home and garden.Bring a sharp, by-pass hand held pruners and an old bath towel.suet-feeder

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

Please bring a lunch.

Questions? Call 906-884-7662 or e-mail



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

This class has been sponsored.

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Tuesday, September 5, Wednesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. ET

Create a Cutting Board

Dave Rasmussen

$36 Class Fee + $20 Materials Cost = $56 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, August 29, 2017

cutting-boardChoose your woods; then glue a straight stick cutting board, sand and edge with a router. Take all three sessions to create a chevron design cutting board (pictured) at no extra cost.

Any routers, palm and belt sanders you bring will speed up the process by decreasing the wait times for shared equipment.

8 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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Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Lake of the Clouds: a Stained Glass Creation

Laura Hamlett

$53 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $53 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, September 22, 2017

Use your own color scheme to create a large (8 inch by 10 inch) sun catcher of the iconic Lake of the Clouds overlook view. As you create your sun catcher using approximately 20 pieces of stained glass, you will learn techniques for assembling stained glass scenes. No prior experience is necessary. Teens through senior citizens are welcome.

 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.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 14 from 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. ET

Adventure: Navigation in the Wilderness

Jeffrey Ward

$85 Class Fee + $15 Materials Cost = $100 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Start with basic compass work and continue to build your skills by incorporating use of  a topo map and UTM coordinates with advanced compass skills.  Then take the leap to direction finding by navigating by using the sun and other navigation stars along with using nature awareness to maintain direction while moving. Shift your thinking about “lost” by learning to say: “Camper not lost….campsite lost…camper right here.”

If  you have used a map and compass before, then you qualify. Wear hiking footwear and appropriate clothing for the Porkies in October and bring rain wear, a a plastic baseplate compass with orienting arrow and lines inside a rotating capsule, a 12 “ plastic ruler, and food, snacks and water in a day pack. The instructor is a navigation master. See his biography on our “Instructors” page.

Ages 15 and older are welcome. Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

20 spaces available; 12 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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Tuesday, October 24, Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. ET

Create a Cutting Board

Dave Rasmussen

$36 Class Fee + $20 Materials Cost = $56 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, October 17, 2017

cutting-boardChoose your woods; then glue a straight stick cutting board, sand and edge with a router. Take all three sessions to create a chevron design cutting board (pictured) at no extra cost.

Any routers, palm and belt sanders brought you bring will speed up the process by decreasing the wait times for shared equipment.

8 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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Days, Dates and Times ET

Class Title

Instructor Name

$ Class Fee +  $ Materials Cost = $ Total Fee

Registration Deadline is date/year

Class description

 spaces available; 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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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.

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