Welcome to the Arbutus Folk School

Enriching lives and building community through joyful, hands-on learning with master artisans.


We offer classes in ceramics, fiber arts, stone carving, woodworking, music, metal smithing and more!

Join us for this FREE “Get-Out-the-Vote” activity!

Friday, Sept 14th, 7pm at Nova Middle School,

2020 22nd Ave. Olympia, WA 98501


Customized gift certificates available

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The Arbutus Folk School, located in historic downtown Olympia, is the heart of Pacific Northwest craft and community education. We provide professional instruction from world-class artists and a wide range of community-based learning opportunities to people of all ages. Our focus is  supporting skills individuals seek to actively meet their own needs and interests and the needs of their communities.  Students come to Arbutus to make useful and beautiful crafts, seek personal enrichment, community connections, advance artistic skill and knowledge or historic preservation arts.  We support many local businesses that provide sustainable, locally-grown materials for use in our classes.

We proudly welcome students of any race, color, gender and national or ethnic origin.   Please contact us with questions or comments at: info “at” arbutusfolkschool “dot” org.

 The Arbutus Folk School brings together highly skilled teachers and artisans to offer rich, positive experiences that inspire lifelong learning.  Students will be able to explore the richness and variety of the Northwest’s unique cultural and craft heritage through activities which have served Northwest communities from one generation to the next.  Read about our Craft Philosophy here.

To stay informed on our upcoming classes and events sign up for our newsletter by entering your email address in the box on the right.  Classes currently scheduled are listed on the “Current Classes” page.

The Arbutus Folk School is a 501(c)3 tax deductible non-profit.  Registration fees pay for instructor’s time and our facility.  However, we depend on individuals, local businesses and grants to support our programming and operations.  Becoming a Donor is the best way to ensure the vision thrives!  Additional ways to support the school can be found on the “Support” page.

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