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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Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET

Porkies Bat Duo

Instructor Dave Rasmussen

$40 Class Fee +  $15 Materials Cost = $55 Total Fee

Friends Members $37 Class Fee + $15 Materials Cost = $52 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is April 11, 2015

bat houseThis individual or family class will give participants the opportunity to learn many interesting bat facts from Park Ranger Bob Wild.  Participants will then assemble their own bat house using a kit provided by the instructor.

 

20 spaces available; 5 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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Tuesday, May 26, Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28 (optional) from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. ET

Create a Cutting Board

Instructor Dave Rasmussen

$67 Class Fee +  $25 Materials Cost = $92 Total Fee

Friends Members $62 Class Fee + $25 Materials Cost = $87 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is May 19, 2015

cutting board

Participants will glue a 12” x 18”straight stick design cutting board which they will sand, router and finish in 2 classes. For those who prefer, a herringbone cutting board design can be completed in 3 classes for the same fee.

20 spaces available; 5 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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Friday, June 5 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET

1-Day Acrylics Workshop

Instructor Judy Hiltunen

$0 Class Fee + $10 Material Fee = $10 Total Fee

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

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, June 2, 2015

 

Acrylics 2014

Have you ever wanted to try painting to see if you like it? Now is your chance. This will be a low stress, fun filled day, of experimenting with acrylics. All the supplies you need will be provided. As you experiment, you will learn about color, composition and perspective.

12 spaces available, 3 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.

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Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Make a Kubb Game

Instructor Dave Rasmussen

$80 Class Fee +  $40 Materials Cost = $120 Total Fee

Friends Members $74 Class Fee + $40 Materials Cost = $114 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is June 13, 2015

kubbParticipants will learn a little history and how to play the Scandinavian game of Kubb. Then, as an individual or family, they will make the complete set of game pieces for Kubb.

 

10 spaces available; 5 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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Friday, June 26, 2015 from 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET

Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

$50 Class Fee + $15 Material Fee (payable to the instructor) = $65 Total Fee

Friends Members $45 Class Fee + $15 Materials Fee = $60 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015

wrapped gemstoneStudents will wrap gorgeous flat oval gemstones to create links for a bracelet. They will then make beaded spacers and connect these links to form a stunning bracelet.   Students will choose from a variety of stones to wrap in copper wire. (Silver wire will be available for an additional cost.)   They will finish this lovely bracelet with their own hand made clasp. This class teaches the basic techniques of wire wrapping needed for any level of the art. Lunch will be provided by the instructor.

15 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.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

Stitching and Dyeing the Shibori Way

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

$70 Class Fee + $15 Material Fee (payable to the instructor) = $85 Total Fee

Friends Members $60 Class Fee + $15 Materials Fee = $75 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015

 

 Shibori samples

Shibori is the Japanese word for stitching and binding techniques used to create patterns in dyeing. In this country we might call it fancy tie-dyeing. Students will learn a variety of stitches and tying methods to produce different effects. They will do this while creating attractive sampler pieces of high quality cotton sateen fabric that measure approximately 18” square. The last step will be a dip in a traditional indigo dye bath. Lunch will be provided by the instructor.

14 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.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Needle Felted Goldfinch

Instructor Heidi Bukoski

$50 Class Fee + $15 Material Fee (payable to the instructor) = $65 Total Fee

Friends Members $45 Class Fee + $15 Materials Fee = $60 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015

 Heidi Goldfinch

Students will create a life like goldfinch entirely out of wool. This project is an excellent opportunity to learn, or perfect the art of sculpting with a felting needle.   The technique, also known as dry felting uses a barbed needle and has many applications which we will discuss. Students will start by creating the basic shape of the bird. They will then add color and detail, finishing it with black onyx beads for the eyes. Lunch will be provided by the instructor.

 12 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.

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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 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Beginning 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

 Trademark photo

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

Please 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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Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 4 p. m. and Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Tapestry Sunset at the Porkies

Instructor Ruth Manning

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

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

Registration Deadline is Monday, July 20, 2015

manning photo1Students 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.

15 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 sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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Saturday, August 1 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

Pine and Barks: A Fusion of Two Traditions

Instructor Jean Koon

$85 + $0 Material Fee = $85 Total Fee

Friends Members $80 Class Fee + $0 Materials Fee = $80 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jean Koon basketStudents 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 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.

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

1-Day Watercolors

Instructor Judy Hiltunen

$0 Class Fee + $10 Material Fee (payable to the instructor) = $10 Total Fee

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

Registration Deadline is Saturday, August 1, 2015

Trademark photoIn 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

 

 

Please 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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Sunday, August 9, from 1 pm – 5 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

 

windchimesHave 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

 

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 sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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

Adirondack Chair

Instructor Don Chastan

$32 Class Fee + $33 Material Fee = $65 Total Fee

Friends Members $27 Class Fee + $33 Materials Fee = $60 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015

 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.

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

8 spaces available; 3 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.

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Friday, September 18, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Making a Greenland Paddle

Instructor Dave Rasmussen

$67 Class Fee +  $25 Materials Cost = $92 Total Fee

Friends Members $62 Class Fee + $25 Materials Cost = $87 Total Fee

Registration Deadline is September 11, 2015

Greenland paddleParticipants will learn the history of the Greenland kayak paddle. They will then use power and hand tools to shape and finish their own paddle.

 

20 spaces available; 5 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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Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and Sunday, September 27, from 9 a.m. – 12 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

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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.

 

 

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.