Current Classes

Many of our classes fill quickly. Arbutus Guild Members of all levels have the benefit of early registration. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can find more details here. Registration for classes is here: Register me! 
All classes take place at the Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501 (map) unless otherwise noted. Registering early helps us prepare and offer the highest quality experience for everyone and there is no risk: Full refunds are provided if classes are canceled.  The Arbutus Folk School proudly welcomes students of any race, color, gender and national or ethnic origin.  


 

Current and Upcoming Classes

Kaleidoscope World Fiddle Class

Instructor:  Deb Collins
Date:  Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Time:  6:30 pm – 8 pm
Cost: 
$ 111

Late enrollment is allowed for this class.  The price is prorated at $20/class for the remaining classes
No. of Students: 
min. 6 max 15
Skill level: 
Beginner / refresher

Materials provided by student: Students are required to provide their own violin and bow, in good playing condition.  Instruments must be looked at by a professional Luthier, or the instructor, prior to first day of class.  R.L. Violin Shop is offering a special 6 week rental arrangement for students who are officially registered in this class.              
Class Description: 
In this class, students will learn fiddle tunes, dances, songs and stories, from many varying genres, from all across the globe.  No previous violin experience is required.  Students will be taught the basics of how to play the violin, complete with ergonomic education.  Fiddle tab and/or musical notation and sound files will be provided.  Some music theory will be taught.

Students are required to provide their own violin and bow, in good playing condition.  Instruments must be looked at and approved by a professional Luthier, or the instructor, prior to the first day of class.  R.L. Violin Shop is offering a special 6 week rental arrangement for students who are officially registered in this class.

A camera or sound and/or video recording device may be used to record any part of the classes, in order to assist the student with home practice.  These recordings are not allowed to be shared with anyone else, or be put on social media without prior knowledge and consent of the instructor.


Open Ceramics Studio – Hand Building

 

Instructor: Emily Tant
Dates: Monday evenings Mar. 6, 20, 27, & Apr. 3 (Skips Mar. 13)
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $72 (4 sessions)
Registration Closes: March 4
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 6

Open studio time is unstructured time for students to practice independently to enhance their abilities. Participants are required to have basic pottery or hand building skill level and will be able to use the studio to work independently. This registration is for hand building techniques only; our wheels are reserved for students currently enrolled in wheel throwing classes at Arbutus Folk School. Instruction is not included in open studio time, though a studio aide will be on hand to answer questions. It includes use of the ceramic studio, tools, and equipment. Additional clay and firing fees will apply.

“A la carte” fees (bring cash or check to class):
Clay    – $9 per 25 lb bag
Firing  – See chart
Glazes included in firing fee

Students currently enrolled in classes pay only for open studio time and do not need to pay additional fees for glaze and firings to participate in the open studio.

 


Woodshop Open Studio

Instructor:  Terry Liberty
Dates:  Wednesday evenings:  March 8, 15, 22, 29, 5, & 12
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost:
 $108 

Registration closes: Mar. 7
No. of Students: 
max 4  
Skill level: 
Must have taken hand woodworking classes at Arbutus or have instructor approval prior to participation

Class Description: The Woodshop Open Studio will take place every Wednesday evening during the 6-week woodworking classes. The 1st priority for this studio time is to provide an opportunity for currently-enrolled students time to work on their class projects.  Past students, or instructor-approved participants, may join in as space allows. Studio time will also be offered first to students who enroll in the full 6 weeks of open studio.

The studio will provide participants access to hand woodworking tools but at this time, the larger machines (joiner, planer and band saw) will not be accessible to students. A knowledgeable woodworker will be on hand, but this is unstructured time and students should be skilled enough to work independently.

 


Handmade Felt Yardage

Instructor: Faith Hagenhofer
MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Date:  March 18
Time:  9 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: 
$114 ( includes $30 material fee)

Registration closes: March 14
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max. 12

Skill level: beginners
Materials provided by student: Dress to get wet.  Optional: Thread, yarn, silk gauze.
Class Description: New areas of Felt-making exploration have resulted in the creation of gorgeous material that drapes and flows.  No longer is a feltmaker limited to yardage that might be more appropriate for Arctic adventures. As a participant in this workshop you will be transforming wispy gossamer fleece into durable non-woven material.  In the process you will learn about color mixing and several methods for making yardage. Inclusions of alternate fibers will also be covered.  You and a partner will be designing and creating a piece of about 2 yards length.  Additionally you will make several samples of felt laminate fabric using a variety of underlayments—cotton gauze, yarn and silk. 

 


Songs of Struggle and Protest

Instructor: Monica Peabody, Emily Teachout, and Jennifer Witherspoon
Date: March 25
Time: 3 – 5:30 pm
Cost: Free, but we ask that you register to reserve a space
No. of Students: 18 max
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: Do you want to help galvanize and inspire your community through music?  Do you just feel like belting out some good old songs?  Do you wish you had more songs of protest in your hip pocket to use when needed?  Join the members of Yodelady (Monica Peabody, Emily Teachout, and Jen Witherspoon) for a song learning session focused on material covering various topics of resistence and struggle.  We’ll draw from the folk and old time repertoires of Woody Guthrie, Hazel Dickens and others.  No need to read music.  Lyrics and chords will be provided. Bring any acoustic stringed instrument you know how to play basic chords on, or just bring your voices.

 


Bomaki Shibori – Pole Wrap Dyeing

Instructor: Laura Hunter
Date: March 25
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $112
Registration Closes: March 18
No. of Students: Min. 4; Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: Wear clothes appropriate for working with dye, close-toed shoes, and scissors for snipping thread.

Bomaki Shibori is a Japanese form of binding and dyeing fabric on a pipe to create patterning and possibly texture. In this class we will explore variations of this method creating several samples which will then be dyed. Each student will make several items to take home. At least one large sample or finished scarf will be an intriguing pleated texture when finished. Don’t be intimidated! This is a clever method which creates a result that looks much more tedious than it actually is.


 

Intro to Stone Carving

This is a $99 Road Trip story for Travel cover. Stone cutter Keith Phillips of Tenino carves a celtic cross in his studio for a fundraiser for Christian Youth in Puyallup. When he cuts stone, he wears a tie, which is the traditional outfit for stone cutters. Shoppers, shopkeepers, diners, servers, artists, visitors and locals in and around Olympia and rural Thurston County. Story follows the Thurston Bountiful Byway, a 60-mile agritourism route pointing visitors to craft distillers, winemakers, farmers and family-owned businesses showcasing locally-sourced and produced culinary treats.Instructors:  Keith Phillips and Ed Salerno
Dates: March 25, April 1, 8, 15
Time: 10 am-2 pm, with the possibility of staying for open studio until 4:00 pm
Cost: $296
Registration Closes: Two weeks prior to start of class
Skill level: No carving experience required, however students should be able to lift up to
30 lbs.
Materials provided by student: Sketch pad and pencils, gloves (garden gloves are fine) and dress for the weather. Class will visit the stone quarry the carving shed is unheated
Class Description: For this class, students will be provided with a prepared 12”x4”x8” stone, about the size of a shoe box and weighing around 30 lb. Students will design their own projects, however the instructor will guide project designs to ensure they are feasible for beginners, given the skill and time required. This is a beginning class offered by Tenino’s living stonecarving legends. Class takes place at the carving shed in Tenino, 12 miles south of Olympia. Address is 147 Olympia St N, Tenino, WA 98589. Link to Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/PGz7eMSa8xt  Link to information about Tenino’s stonecarving history: http://www.historylink.org/File/10991

Tenino is the home of four sandstone quarries, which have been a vital source of industry and craft for over a century.  This industry centered on architectural structural stone which included artistic, carved ornamentation.  Many historically significant buildings and sculptures on the west coast, are carved of Tenino sandstone.  Tenino has maintained its stonecarving tradition and this class is a unique opportunity to learn from the masters. The instructors will supply the stone, eye protection, dust masks and all necessary tools.

 


Urban Foraging

Instructor:  Melany Vorass
Date:   Sunday, March 26th
Time:  Noon – 4 pm
Cost: 
$57 (includes $9 materials fee)

Registration closes: March 25th
No. of Students: 
min. 8 max 25
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: dress for elements
Class Description: It doesn’t get any more local than your own front yard! Fresh, highly nutritious, local and organic food is abundant and free for the taking! This class brings foraging right to your front door, making it easy, accessible, and fun for everyone — even in the middle of the city or suburbia.

Things you will learn in this class:

  • Benefits of urban foraging,
  • Nutritional value of foraged foods,
  • Where, when and how to safely collect plants in urban environments,
  • Proper identification, including recognizing poisonous look-a-likes,
  • How to process, store and preserve plant materials,
  • Hands on experience cooking and eating fabulous, healthy dishes made with yard weeds.

 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner to Advanced 

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22 Saturday afternoons.
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Cost: $179
Registration Closes: March 30
No. of Students: min. 3, max 8
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Materials provided by student: Towel and apron recommended

Class Description: I believe that throwing clay on a potter’s wheel is a beautiful practical science rather than an art. I also believe that pottery is a moving meditation with creative and functional benefits.  Please join me to explore these ideas on the wheel!  In this beginner through advanced pottery class, my aim is to help each student understand and master the physics of clay on the wheel.  Together we will discover the effects of momentum, water and pressure on clay bodies.  Each student will develop and strengthen their ability to center and throw clay in the 3-5 pound range. We will also focus on drying, trimming and finishing techniques with an emphasis on similitude and smoothness. We will glaze our works with similar motivations. I am sure you will complete this class with your best ceramic work and artistic mindset.


Ceramic Art Tiles

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: April 6, 13, 20, 27, Thursday evenings
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $168
Registration Closes: March 30
No. of Students: min. 3, max 8
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Materials provided by student: Sketch or image for design idea

Class Description: In this class students will create an 18″ x 18″ image using their own handmade ceramic tiles. They will learn the complete process of making art tiles that I use for my large projects. We will explore how our use of line, size, texture and surface designs work to create visually interesting tile art and will learn the correct timing and organization for applying the techniques to clay. Alongside learning shape and color composition, multiple glazing & under glazing techniques, slab rolling, and grouting, students will also learn how to kiln fire tiles to achieve minimal warping. This is a great class for beginners and advanced ceramic students alike!
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Bring a sketch or an idea of what you would like to make!
Suggested homework – Go check out my newest public project in Tumwater
at Deschutes Valley Park, T street and Whitehawk Lane.


Acoustic Open Mic

The Arbutus Acoustic Open Mic is the 2nd Monday of every month from 7-9 pm.  Arrive between 6-6:45 to sign up to perform.

The M.C. and organizer of the event is Mark
 Iler.  Mark started and ran the open mic for Victory Music in Seattle for over 20 years (Victory music organizes the open mics at Elliot Bay Books, Antique Sandwich Company in Tacoma and many more in the Puget Sound region).  Our goal is to support acoustic musicians on their journey of exploration and growth.  A small donation to Arbutus is suggested by non-performing audience ($2-$5).

2017 Dates: April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug 14, Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11

 


Basic Woodturning

Instructor:  Larry Millerlarry-miller
Date:    2017 dates- each is a separate class  Saturdays:  April 15, May 13,  July 8, August 26, October 14, November 11, December 9
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 
 
: $155
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: None needed, may bring turning tools and safety gear or use instructors

Class Description:  Class will cover basic lathe operation, safety, proper use of lathe tools, tool sharpening, how to prepare wood for turning, mounting techniques, and finishing.  This is a hands on class where students will turn a wooden carving mallet and a small bowl, both of which they’ll take home after the class.  For students interested in acquiring their own lathe or tools, the instructor will provide them with a catalog and go over different lathe options and tips on how to acquire equipment at reduced costs .The morning will be devoted to spindle turning during which students will make a wooden carving mallet.  Late morning and the afternoon will be devoted to making a small bowl.  All students should have completed both a mallet and bowl for them to take home.
NOTE: this class takes place at Larry’s shop, not at Arbutus.  Location: 4621 John Luhr Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516 (map: https://goo.gl/maps/PV7wC


Open Ceramics Studio – Handbuilding

Instructor: Emily Tant
Dates: Monday April 17 or Monday April 24, one night sessions
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $18 per night
Registration Closes: April 14
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 5

Open studio time is unstructured time for students to practice independently to enhance their abilities. Participants are required to have basic pottery or hand building skill level and will be able to use the studio to work independently. This registration is for hand building techniques only; our wheels are reserved for students currently enrolled in wheel throwing classes at Arbutus Folk School. Instruction is not included in open studio time, though a studio aide will be on hand to answer questions. It includes use of the ceramic studio, tools, and equipment. Additional clay and firing fees will apply.

“A la carte” fees (bring cash or check to class):
Clay    – $9 per 25 lb bag
Firing  – See chart
Glazes included in firing fee

Students currently enrolled in classes pay only for open studio time and do not need to pay additional fees for glaze and firings to participate in the open studio.

 

Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher – Tuesday Evenings

Instructor:  Mariella Luzmariella-throwing-class-3
Date:   April 25 – May 30, Tuesday evenings 
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$245

Registration closes: April 23
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 7
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: none

Class Description: This class will focus on the primary skills of wheel thrown pottery. We will work on the basic forms of cylinders and bowls. We will also cover other basics such as trimming and glazing. New students can expect to complete several small projects. More experienced students will be able to explore these basic forms further, and expand their scale with greater control to larger and more complex forms.

 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher – Wednesday Evenings

Instructor:  Mariella LuzCeramicsForMSM (7 of 27)
Date:   April 26 – May 31, Wednesday evenings
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$245

Registration closes: April 24                                    
No. of Students: min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: none

Class Description: This class will focus on the primary skills of wheel thrown pottery. We will work on the basic forms of cylinders and bowls. We will also cover other basics such as trimming and glazing. New students can expect to complete several small projects. More experienced students will be able to explore these basic forms further, and expand their scale with greater control to larger and more complex forms.

 


Beginning Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Riggphoto 3
Dates:  April 29, April 30 – each is a separate class
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Cost: 
 
: $121
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 6 max 6
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: Durable, close-toed shoes, long pants

Class Description:  This is an introduction to blacksmith class.  Students will make nails, decorative leaves or BBQ skewers to take home. Students will be introduced to tools and basic techniques.  This class will provide the experience needed for more advanced upcoming classes, such as Forge Building, Hand-Forged Hardware, Tool Making, Chest Hardware, Open-Project Forge, and Traditional Joinery. Students who have already taken the class are welcome and can work on previous projects or select from a few more advanced projects.   

IMPORTANT UPDATE: BLACKSMITHING CLASSES ARE NOW LOCATED AT KELLY RIGG’S STUDIO AT 6305 Rich Rd. SE, Unit C, Olympia, WA. Click here for Google map. (Yelm Highway to Rich Rd SE, 3/4 Mile (or so) on right hand side to “Arts Park” main entrance. Look for the “Studio 23” sign above the studio entrance.) Please bring a lunch or drive to food services nearby. Studio contact: kelly@olymetal.com. For questions about enrollment, contact Arbutus.

 


Harmony Singing By Ear– The Natural Way!

Instructor: Sue Thompson

Date:  Sun. April 23 (date was changed from April 29 due to ArtsWalk)
Time:  Morning session: 10 am -1 pm lunch break, 1-2 pm Afternoon session: 2 pm -5 pm
Cost: 
Half day (Morning or Afternoon): $40, All Day $70

Registration closes: April 19
No. of Students: 
min. 8 max. 20

Skill level: Morning beginners , afternoon “beyond beginners”. See workshop descriptions for details
Materials provided by student: none
Class Description: Do you love to sing with others? Wish you could easily sing harmonies both above and below the melody?  Come join us for a fun, high-energy day of singing and harmonizing with noted harmony teacher, Sue Thompson.  In this lively workshop, Sue will share her proven method for singing great-sounding harmony naturally and intuitively, without needing anyone else to teach you what notes to sing. Great for old time, folk, Americana, bluegrass, worship, and many other styles of music.

If you’re new to harmony singing, you’ll get the essential skills and confidence you need to figure out harmonies to hundreds of songs. If you’re an experienced harmony singer, you’ll get techniques you need to sing harmony on-the-fly—even the first time you hear a song—without needing to stop and work out your part note-by-note.

  • You’ll learn to harmonize the natural, intuitive way that the pros use.
  • No note-reading or bogging down in music theory.
  • Seminar will include small group practice with personalized coaching from Sue.

You’ll also learn how to:

  • Improve your vocal blend, even with singers whose voices are very different than yours.
  • Solve harmony problems that arise when men and women sing together.
  • Improve vocal power and projection without straining, especially on high and low notes.

Morning session, Beginners, 10-am-1 pm:
You’ll learn the essentials you’ll need to figure out harmony by ear with confidence, including the three notes every harmony singer should know instinctively, and useful tricks that harmony aces use unconsciously.

Afternoon Session, Beyond Beginners, 2:00-5:00 pm
We’ll solve the mysteries of harmony below the melody, of blending, and getting the “Buzz.” Lots of practice in small groups, with personalized coaching!

To get the most out of these workshops, it’s best if you can already sing a melody reasonably in tune (none of us are perfect!). The afternoon session will build on the morning session, so if you want to come only to the afternoon session, it’s best if you can already figure out simple harmony parts above the melody by ear.
If you’re comfortable playing guitar, mandolin or banjo while you sing, please bring your instrument with you, as it will be helpful and fun in our small group practice sessions.
Come alone or bring your singing buddies or your band!



Foundations of Artisan Woodworking

Instructor: Maddie Morgan
Dates: Tues. and Thur. evenings, Session 2 runs March 7 – April 13. Session 3 runs April 25- June 1.
Time: 
6 pm – 9 pm
Cost: 
$484 (includes 33 hrs of instruction, plus 18 hrs of studio time. All project materials are included)
Registration closes: March 1
No. of Students: 
min. 5 – max. 8 
Skill level: 
No prior experience needed
Materials provided by student: Students are encouraged to bring their own tuned and sharpened handtools, specifically: chisels, mallets and handplanes.  If you do not have tools, the school has some available to share.

Class Description: There is something deeply satisfying to most of us about craftsman-created things that are made from wood.  Whether they be as modest as a serving spoon carved from Maple or as elegant as a Queen Anne table fashioned from Mahogany, the delight we feel in them is tangible and grows immeasurably when the spoon or the table is something we have created ourselves with our own hands.  This comprehensive course will provide the novice or those with only modest experience an opportunity to begin practicing the skills that generations of artisan woodworkers have employed in order to make beautiful and useful things.  From instruction in sharpening and hand tool set-up through project conceptualization and planning, timber selection, wood milling, joinery and fabrication, and finally to the application of a variety of wood finishes, the course will equip you with both the confidence and the fundamental skills necessary to begin shaping timber to a handsome purpose.

Completing the project on schedule will require either working from home or in the open studio time.  If you do not have tools and workspace at home to work on your project, we strongly recommend taking advantage of the open studio option on Wed evenings 6-9pm. The fee for studio time is included for current students.

 


Introduction to Glaze Formulation

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: Thursday Evenings: May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15 (skips May 25)
Time: 6-8 pm
Cost: $272
Registration Closes: May 3rd
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Intermediate, students with prior experience working with clay and glaze in a typical classroom setting.
Materials Provided by Student: Apron, towel, at least 2 lidded plastic containers (32 oz yogurt containers work well, bring small ones as well if you wish to save small glaze batches).  At least 12 small containers for mixing glaze tests. Recommended: John Britt’s The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes, scale that weighs in grams, and an immersion blender. Bring apron to first class, we will discuss materials in first class.  
Class Description: This class will introduce students to the materials used to create glazes.  Through a series of labs we will become familiar with the constituent materials and then combine them to design our own glaze.  Through this process students will be introduced methods they can use to alter glazes to correct flaws, change color or adjust texture.  All labs will be fired to Cone 6 in an oxidation atmosphere.  Skills learned in this course can be applied to any firing temperature or atmosphere.
This class is recommended for Intermediate students with prior experience working with clay and glaze in typical classroom setting.
Students may also register for open studio hours (Wednesdays from 6-9 pm); registration for this option can be found in our class listings. Open studio hours provide a student-centered learning environment amongst individuals with a range of skill levels.
Note:
Student projects in this class will consist solely of test tiles for their glaze batches. If you wish to create additional ceramics, we encourage you to register for open studio; registration for this option can be found in our class listings. Open studio hours provide a student-centered learning environment amongst individuals with a range of skill levels.


 

Introduction to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  May 6 & 7
Time:  9 am – 4 pm with 1/2 hour lunch
Cost: 
$198

Registration closes: April 30
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: Consider bringing lunch, empty 3-ring binder with clear sheet protectors, and note-taking supplies, cushion to sit on benches                                
Class Description: 
In this class, students will learn basic weaving techniques using both stick and boat shuttles on pre-warped looms. They will also learn the parts of a loom and how they work, weaving language, how to read weaving drafts, wind a bobbin and stick shuttle, throw a shuttle, maintain an even weaving beat, keep neat selvedges and finish their completed projects. Students will take home a minimum of 4 completed handwoven pieces.

 


Seasonal Natural Dyes

Instructor: Faith Hagenhoferarbutus-dye-class
Date:  May 6
Time:  9 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: 
$119 (includes $35 materials fee)

Registration closes: May 2
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max. 12

Skill level: beginners
Materials provided by student: Good rubber gloves, a binder with plastic sleeve sheets, an apron, sharpie and scissors
Class Description:  We will be gathering dye materials from the neighborhood and acknowledging the treasures of our kitchens in this workshop, making plant materials into the dyestuffs of Spring.  Instructor will provide silk cloth and small wool skeins and participants will create a working sample book.

 


Intro to Stonecarving

This is a $99 Road Trip story for Travel cover. Stone cutter Keith Phillips of Tenino carves a celtic cross in his studio for a fundraiser for Christian Youth in Puyallup. When he cuts stone, he wears a tie, which is the traditional outfit for stone cutters. Shoppers, shopkeepers, diners, servers, artists, visitors and locals in and around Olympia and rural Thurston County. Story follows the Thurston Bountiful Byway, a 60-mile agritourism route pointing visitors to craft distillers, winemakers, farmers and family-owned businesses showcasing locally-sourced and produced culinary treats.Instructors:  Keith Phillips and Ed Salerno
Dates: May 13, 20, 27, June 3
Time: 10 am-2 pm, with the possibility of staying for open studio until 4:00 pm
Cost: $296
Registration Closes: Two weeks prior to start of class
Skill level: No carving experience is required, however students should be able to lift up to 30 lbs
Materials provided by student: Sketch pad and pencils, gloves (garden gloves are fine) and dress for the weather. Class will visit the stone quarry the carving shed is unheated
Class Description: For this class, students will be provided with a prepared 12”x4”x8” stone, about the size of a shoe box and weighing around 30 lb. Students will design their own projects, however the instructor will guide project designs to ensure they are feasible for beginners, given the skill and time required. This is a beginning class offered by Tenino’s living stonecarving legends. Class takes place at the carving shed in Tenino, 12 miles south of Olympia. Address is 147 Olympia St N, Tenino, WA 98589. Link to Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/PGz7eMSa8xt  Link to information about Tenino’s stonecarving history: http://www.historylink.org/File/10991

Tenino is the home of four sandstone quarries, which have been a vital source of industry and craft for over a century.  This industry centered on architectural structural stone which included artistic, carved ornamentation.  Many historically significant buildings and sculptures on the west coast, are carved of Tenino sandstone.  Tenino has maintained its stonecarving tradition and this class is a unique opportunity to learn from the masters.  The instructors will supply the stone, eye protection, dust masks and all necessary tools.

 


Itajime Shibori – Clamp Dyeing

Instructors:  Laura Hunter
Date: Sunday May 21, 2017
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $102
Registration Closes: May 14
Skill level: beginner                    
Materials provided by student: Old bath towel, paper scissors
Class Description:  Itajime Shibori is the Japanese form of folding, binding and dyeing fabric to create a repeating pattern.  In this class we will explore the fold and clamp method creating several samples using silk, which will then be dyed in an acid dye bath.  Each student will take home multiple swatches and one finished scarf which they have made.


Mosaic Mural Project

Instructors:  Jennifer Kuhns
Date: June 23-26: Friday 12pm-4pm, Sat  9am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm, Mon 9am-4pm.
Cost: $350
Registration Closes: June 9
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced                   
Materials provided by student: None
Class Description:  This is an intermediate to advanced level workshop involving hands-on instruction for fabricating exterior wall murals using both indirect and direct methods.  Students will work as a team to create a mural that is approximately 30 s.f. out of nipped and precision-cut stained glass on a tile backerboard, which will be installed at the hosting site. All tools and materials needed will be provided.  A lecture and handouts will be included on important factors for creating mosaic for exterior environments that are made to withstand weather. This is a very hands-on, labor-intensive workshop.  But it is also fun, invigorating, and very informative.  Students will leave with skills to create exterior mosaic projects on their own.

 


Greenland Paddle Carving

Instructors:  Don Beale & Joanne Barta
Date: Saturday, July 8th
Time: 9am – 5pm
Cost: $130
Registration Closes: June 24th
Skill level: beginner                
Materials provided by student: None
Class Description: Greenland Paddles are becoming more and more popular in sea kayaking. They are easy to make, relatively inexpensive, easy on the body while paddling, quiet, and versatile. Starting with a pre-made “blank” and using only hand tools, we will carve and finish a Greenland Paddle sized to fit the student.