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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The usual Winter Stitching Class has been cancelled due to Folk School Construction beginning for a new accessible bathroom and entry ramp.  However, the group is meeting informally at another location.
Please Call 906-884-4340 or e-mail if interested.

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CANCELLED – NOT ENOUGH STUDENTS

Saturday’s April 26, May 10, 17, 31 from 12 – 3pm ET

Watercolors: Beginner’s Level I

Instructor Judy Hiltunen

$110 Class Fee + $25 Materials Cost = $135 Total Fee

Friends Members: $105 Class Fee + $25 Materials Cost = $130 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is April 12, 2014

Trademark photoThe class will include introduction to color, contrast, complements, value, composition, perspective, different ways to add texture and negative space painting, as well as appropriate supplies to use. Students will paint a still life, a landscape, and plein air, weather permitting.

Judy will supply all the materials needed for the class.

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

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail


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Friday, May 2 from 6pm – 9pm , Saturday, May 3 from 9am – 5pm, and Sunday, May 4 from 1pm – 4pm ET

Lampworking: Glass Bead Making

Instructor Sherrie McCabe

$103 Class Fee + $35 Materials Cost = $138 Total Fee

Friends Members $93 Class Fee + $35 Materials Cost  = $128 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, April 25, 2014

P1050839 (2)Learn the old Italian methods of Lampworking to make glass beads in a torch.  Students will be provided detailed instruction about the tools and methods used to manipulate hot glass to produce wound glass beads.  Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, each student will use age-old techniques to create beads with a variety of shapes and patterns. No skill necessary;15 years old min. with strong interest.
This is a 12 hour class offered over 3 days (3 hours Friday 6-9pm, 6 hours Saturday plus 1 hour lunch 10am-5pm, and 3 hours Sunday 1pm-4pm) and all materials are provided. 

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

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Saturday, June 7 from 1pm – 3pm ET

Glass Fusing

Instructor Beth Cox

$40 Class Fee + $10 Materials Fee = $50 Total Fee

Friends Members $35 Class Fee + $10 Materials Fee = $45 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 30, 2014

blk fused pin[1] SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA monarch pin[1]Each student, using the fused glass method, will create jewelry or sun catchers.  This is a beginner class.  No glass cutting experience is required.  Instruction will include a quick overview of glass compatibility, design, and firing process.  The assembled pieces are kiln fired off-site and then returned to each student at a later date.

 To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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June 7, 2014 from 10am – 1pm ET

Needle Felted Journal Cover

Instructor Donna Thurston

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

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

Registration Deadline: May 30, 2014

needle felted journal cover 1 needle felted journal cover 2Students will make a small (approx. 5×7 in.) journal cover for lined or unlined pages.  The journal may incorporate beads, various yarns, embroidery floss, buttons, and whatever you 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

 Please call 906-884-7663 to register or e-mail

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Sunday, June 8 from 1pm – 5pm ET

Vintage Silverware Wind Chime*

Instructor Darlene Marczak

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

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

Registration will remain open until the start of class


GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHave you heard those wind chimes and looked over and seen a bunch of silverware?  What a great way to re-purpose some old utensils.  Join the class to complete your very own vintage silverware wind chime.  Supplies and tools will be provided.

You can bring your own beads to decorate as well.

5 spaces available

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

*This class has been sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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Friday, June 13 from 5pm-8pm and Saturday, June 14 from 9am – 4pm ET

Shaker Style Bench Class*

Instructor Don Chastan

$32 Class Fee + $20 Materials Cost = $52 Total Fee

Friends Members: $47 Class Cost + $20 Materials Fee = $47 Total Fee

Registration deadline – June 6, 2014

 Bench2 (2)The instructor will assign supplies including hand tools and will provide and supervise the construction of a shaker bench using 1×12 pine pre-cut to proper lengths.  Step-by-step instructions to assemble and prepare the bench prior to painting or varnishing (student will paint/varnish 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.

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

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

* This class has been sponsored by an anonymous donor.

 

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June 21, 2014 at 6:51pm
Summer Solstice

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Friday, June 27, 2014 from 5pm – 8pm ET

Viking Knit Bracelet*

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

$30 Class Fee + $15 Materials Fee (payable to the instructor) = $45 Total Fee

Friends Members $25 Class Fee + $15 Materials Fee (payable to the instructor) = $40 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, June 20, 2014

vikingknit2 (2)Viking knit is an exciting wire weaving technique that produces a flexible tube chain with a knit appearance. The chain is woven around a dowel and then drawn down through a die plate to the desired diameter.  The possibilities for using this chain are endless, but we will make a bracelet and finish it with a handmade clasp.  Materials fee is included in class fee and covers instructions and all supplies.  Students are asked to bring any jewelry pliers they have.

15 spaces available; Minimum 4 students to hold the class.

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

* This class has been sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10am – 2:30pm ET

Wet Felted Woven Placemats

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

$65 Class Fee + $20 Materials Fee (payable to the instructor) = $85 Total Fee

Friends Member $60 Class Fee + $20 Materials Fee (payable to the instructor) = $80 Total Fee
Lunch is included; please note any dietary restrictions when registering

Registration Deadline is Friday, June 20, 2014

felted placemats mediumStudents will use wool roving, in their choice of a combination of natural colors, to finger weave a design.  It can be plain weave, plaid or something of your imagination.  You can choose to make the mats identical or make a coordinated set.  We will then traditionally wet felt our pieces to make an attractive, useful set of placemats.  These mats are not only beautiful but extremely functional because the wool acts to insulate the plate and protect the table.  They are a great way to showcase your talent.  Materials fee included and  covers instructions, all wools, a felting mat and all other supplies.  Students are asked to bring an old bath towel.

15 spaces available; Minimum 4 students to hold class.

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 11:30am – 4pm ET

Needle Felted Chickadee

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

$60 Class Fee + $15 Materials Fee (payable to the instructor) = $75 Total Fee

Friends Member $55 Class Fee + $15 Materials Fee (payable to the instructor) = $70 Total Fee
Lunch is included; please note any dietary restrictions when registering

Registration Deadline is Friday, June 20, 2014

NeedleFelted Chickadee 2014Students will use a felting needle to create a realistic chickadee entirely from wool.  This technique, also known as dry felting, uses a barbed needle which allows you to form and sculpt the wool and add fine detail.  We will finish our birds with onyx beads to make the eyes sparkle with life. The completed bird will be approximately life size and sit on a small branch.  Supplies included in class fee.

15 spaces available; Minimum 4 students to hold class.

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 12n00n – 3pm ET

1-day Watercolor Class

Instructor Judy Hiltunen

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

Friends Members: $5 Class Fee + $20 Materials Cost = $25 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Trademark photoDo you love color? Have you ever thought you would like to paint? Come and join us to learn how to express your self through color, texture and form. This is a 1 day workshop introducing participants to color, composition, and perspective.  Also specifics on water-colors.  Experimenting with color and texture.  Supplies included.

Appropriate for all ages, 8 and under must have a parent/guardian with them.

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

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 10am – 4pm ET

Creating Well-BE-ing by Crowding Out Stress*

Instructors Shelley Roy and Andrea Christopher

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

Friends Members $50 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $50 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is July 4, 2014

“I found the class relaxing and at the same time energizing. It was a wonderful day for taking the time to reflect on self.” Barb B, 2013 class participant

AndreaHHSo what are you creating? Every year thousands of Americans report an increase in their stress levels.  This is odd since people are innately designed to experience wellbeing.  In fact our systems are excellent at letting us know when we are not perceiving wellbeing and lousy at signaling when we are experiencing wellbeing.  This course will help participants make small intentional shifts that will help them crowd out stress, and increase wellbeing.  Based on the latest science of human behavior, Perceptual Control Theory (PCT), and proven healthy practices, participants will learn to virtually eliminate stress in both their personal and professional lives.
Open to all ages 10 years and up.
25 spaces available; need 5 students to hold the class.

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail

* This class has been sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 9am – 4pm ET

Handspun Landscape in Tapestry

Instructor Ruth Manning

$65 Class Fee + $15 Materials Cost = $80 Total Fee

Friends Members $50 Class Fee + $15 Materials Cost = $65 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Thursday, July 3, 2014

Handspun Landscape ExampleUse your unique handspun yarn and roving to create the landscape that surrounds you. Students will weave a small landscape in tapestry technique using handspun yarns to contrast with a variety of commercial spun yarns. We will discuss loom set up, basic tapestry weaving technique, and explore the effect of handspun in landscape design. The instructor will provide all yarns and bobbins, frame looms if desired, and discuss finishing of tapestry, and show examples of her work. Students should bring small amounts of their handspun or purchased roving. All levels of experience are welcome.

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

To Register or Questions call 906-884-7663 or e-mail
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Saturday, July 26

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.

*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

*This class sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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Friday, August 1, 2013 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

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

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Saturday, August 2, 2013 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

 *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
* 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

*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

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1-day Acrylics Workshop

Instructor Judy Hiltunen

$15 Class Fee + $10 Materials Cost = $25 Total fee

 Friends Members: $10 Class Fee + $10 Materials Cost = $20 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

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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

 * 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

*This class sponsored by the instructor.

 
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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

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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

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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

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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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.