Upcoming Workshops

 

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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birdhouse2Friday, July 31 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET for Students Ages 9 and Older

Friday, July 31 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET for Students Ages 6, 7, and 8

Children’s Workshop: Build a Birdhouse

Instructor Don Chastan

$2 Class Fee +  $8 Materials Cost = $10 Total Fee

Friends Members $0 Class Fee + $8 Materials Cost = $8

Registration Deadline is Monday, July 27, 2015

Using simple, supervised construction methods, kids 9 and older will build a wooden birdhouse. All supplies will be furnished by the instructor. They will be joined by the younger (ages 6-8) children to paint and decorate completed birdhouses. Youngsters are asked to please bring an old shirt or apron to protect clothes.

Children are to be accompanied by an adult.

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

Register for Class
Age of Child

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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Jean Koon basketSaturday, August 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Pine and Barks: A Fusion of Two Traditions

Instructor Jean Poythress Koon

$20 + $0 Material Fee = $20 Total Fee

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

Registration Deadline is Thursday, July 30, 2015

This class is currently full. A second section is available on August 4 for full price.

 

Students will begin creating their baskets using a 4″ birch bark center. They will then use glycerin pine needles and sinew to create a six to eight inch diameter basket, and they will plait the rim of red cedar. This basket represents a fusion of Jean’s Virginia pine needles and birch bark with red cedar from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is the perfect combination of two distinct styles.

The instructor will provide all materials. Bring a lunch. Beverages will be available.

12 spaces available, 1 student 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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VortexBowl2Sunday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET

Create a Bark Vortex Bowl

Instructor Karen Tembreull

$53 + $65 Material Fee = $118 Total Fee

Friends Members $48 Class Fee + $65 Materials Fee = $113 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, July 27, 2015

This class is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please e-mail with your name, address, phone number and email.

THIS IS AN INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS, NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS.

Students will heat, fold and stitch a hexagonal bowl with split spruce root. Then they will add a spiraling liner of hexagonal to bias woven cedar bark . They will create a rim made of birch bark, willow or poplar bark, and spruce root, and stitch it using 7 ply waxed linen.

The finished piece will be 3 1/4″ high with a circumference of 18 1/2″ – about the size of large cereal bowl.

The materials are: birch bark, cedar bark, willow or poplar bark, spruce root, and waxed linen.

The instructor will provide all materials. Bring a lunch. Beverages will be available.

12 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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John and studentMonday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

Scandinavian Style Birch Bark Weaving

Instructor John Zasada

$67 + $35 Material Fee = $102 Total Fee

Friends Members $61 Class Fee + $35 Materials Fee = $96 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, July 27, 2015

This class is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please e-mail with your name, address, phone number and email.

Students will weave  a 7 inch by 7 inch basket from split birch outer bark using ash wood splints to maximize stability. The handle (around 11”) can be woven from birch bark or cedar bark. While some weaving experience is desired, beginners can also complete the class.

The instructor asks that students bring their own scissors, a knife and 5 to 20 clothespins or similar “clips.”

The instructor will provide all materials. Bring a lunch. Beverages will be available.

10 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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Jean Koon basketTuesday, August 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Pine and Barks: A Fusion of Two Traditions

Instructor Jean Poythress Koon

$20 + $65 Material Fee = $85 Total Fee

Friends Members $15 Class Fee + $65 Materials Fee = $80 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 

Students will begin creating their baskets using a 4″ birch bark center. They will then use glycerin pine needles and sinew to create a six to eight inch diameter basket, and they will plait the rim of red cedar. This basket represents a fusion of Jean’s Virginia pine needles and birch bark with red cedar from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is the perfect combination of two distinct styles.

The instructor will provide all materials. Bring a lunch. Beverages will be available.

12 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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Friday, August 7, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

1-Day WatercolorsTrademark photo

Instructor Judy Hiltunen

$5 Class Fee + $10 Material Fee (payable to the instructor) = $15 Total Fee

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

Registration Deadline is Saturday, August 1, 2015

In this low stress class students will learn about watercolor techniques, types of watercolor paper and types of brushes. The instructor will also touch on composition, perspective, value, color and hue. Students will paint a picture integrating the techniques described here.

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.

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

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windchimesSunday, August 9, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

Vintage Silverware Windchimes

Instructor Darlene Marczak

$20 Class Fee + $10 Material Fee = $30 Total Fee

Friends Members $15 Class Fee + $10 Materials Fee = $25 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, August 4, 2015

Have you heard the sweet sound of wind chimes and looked over to see a bunch of silverware? What a great idea for repurposing some old utensils. Join the class to complete your own silverware wind chime. Supplies and tools will be provided.

Students may bring their own beads for decorating your wind chime if they wish.

 12 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.

* This class has been sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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Adirondack ChairFriday, September 11, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET,
Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

Adirondack Chair

Instructor Don Chastan

$7 Class Fee + $33 Material Fee = $40 Total Fee

Friends Members $5 Class Fee + $33 Materials Fee = $38 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015

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.

Bring a sack lunch both days. Beverages will be provided.

8 spaces available; 3 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 sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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Greenland paddleFriday, September 18, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; 
Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Making a Greenland Paddle

Instructor Dave Rasmussen

$20 Class Fee +  $25 Materials Cost = $45 Total Fee

Friends Members $15 Class Fee + $25 Materials Cost = $40 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is September 11, 2015

Participants will learn the history of the Greenland kayak paddle. They will then use power and hand tools to shape and finish their own paddle. Lunch will be provided by On the Noggin beauty salon.

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.

* This class has been sponsored by On the Noggin beauty salon.

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620Saturday, September 26, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and
Sunday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

Letting Loose with Watercolors

Instructor Donna Lenard

$30 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $30 Total Fee

Friends Members $27 Class Fee + $0 Materials Cost = $27 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is September 19, 2015

Participants will be encouraged to explore the medium as they let watercolors help them create. 

10 spaces available; 3 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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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.