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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Wednesday, July 1, Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3;
Monday, July 6, Tuesday, July 7,and Wednesday, July 8  from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Trademark photoBeginning Watercolor

Instructor Judy Hiltunen

$125 Class Fee + $25 Material Fee (payable to the instructor) = $150 Total Fee

Friends Members $115 Class Fee + $25 Materials Fee = $140 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, June 26, 2015

This will be a fun low stress class where students will learn about watercolors, paper, brushes, how to mix colors using the primary colors. Also they will learn how compassion, light and shadows work to make a painting come alive. They will learn the different ways to use texture to add interest to their painting. They will also do negative space painting, still life, and plein air, weather permitting.

 8 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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Jean-Andrew2Friday, July 10 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET

Life Is a Story: a Storytelling Concert

Performer: Jean-Andrew of STORYLORE

FREE EVENT

Walk-ins Welcome

When was the last time you heard a good story well-told? Join professional storyteller Jean-Andrew for tales of humor, heart and human nature. This family program engages audiences of every age with the magic of words and lively participation. A notch above campfire tales, it will take your imagination right into the stories.

Unlimited audience welcome / refreshments to follow.

Students who are interested in participating in the Folk School workshop on Saturday are encouraged to attend this storytelling concert.

Questions? Call 906-884-7663 or see: www.porkies.org/folk-school.

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Jean-Andrew1Saturday, July 11 from 10:00  a.m. – 1:00  p.m. ET

Life Is a Story: How to Tell the Important Episodes

Instructor Jean-Andrew

$45 Class Fee +  $0 Materials Cost = $45 Total Fee

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

Walk-ins Welcome

Our lives are worth telling about! Learn to turn personal experiences and memories into tellable tales through basic storytelling techniques. Crafted oral narrations get to the heart of an experience and bring it to life. Verbal storytelling also helps focus important story elements for writing.   Emphasis will be on the process and skills practiced in the workshop. Do not come with pre-developed material. Life is a story. Let’s celebrate the tales.

Students need to bring a notebook or writing paper and pencil or pen and a sack lunch.

24 spaces available; 10 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 Joy Ibsen.

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Jennifer TerpstraSaturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19, both days from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

 A Personal Atlas: Bookmaking Workshop

Instructor Jennifer Terpstra

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

Friends Members $17 Class Fee + $10 Materials Cost = $27 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, July 13, 2015

An artist’s book is one-of-a kind work of art that can be personalized to include photographs, quotes, collages, drawings, even tracings of your favorite hikes in the Porkies. This workshop will focus on book making techniques including map and accordion folds and basic binding, with an emphasis on creating a book as a personal memento or gift. Capture the essence of the Porkies from your own unique perspective. We will also work with waterproof ink, repurposed materials, and heated paint. Demonstration is followed by individual work with instructor feedback.

 Ages 8 to 13 must have an adult accompanying them to class. The adult does not need to be a student but should oversee their youngsters as we will be working with heat. Ages 14+ may work independently.

 Students should bring any photographs/photocopies of photographs they may have of the Porcupine mountains, journal writing, maps, etc., and their choice of drawing materials. The instructor will furnish paper for the finished product, wax and color, and other tools.

10 spaces available; 6 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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manning photo1Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p. m.;
Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Tapestry Sunset at the Porkies

Instructor Ruth Manning

$75 Class Fee + $15 Material Fee = $90 Total Fee

Friends Members $70 Class Fee + $15 Materials Fee = $85 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, July 20, 2015

Students will use unique handspun and hand dyed yarns to create a personal impression of the landscape at the foot of the Porcupine Mountains. They will weave a small landscape in a tapestry technique that includes details and a sunset or sunrise. The class will begin by observing the landscape around the Folk School to get ideas for  weaving. The instructor will discuss loom set up and basic tapestry weaving technique and will explore the effect of handspun in landscape design. The instructor will provide all yarns and bobbins, frame loom, discuss finishing of the tapestry, and show examples of her work. Students should bring scissors, a measuring tape, note taking materials and any small bits of special yarns they may have in their possession. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring a sack lunch both days.

15 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 partially sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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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 Friday, July 24, 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.