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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! The Arbutus Folk School proudly welcomes students of any race, color, gender and national or ethnic origin.   At this time, students must be 18 years or older for the blacksmithing classes.

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CURRENT AND UPCOMING CLASSES 



Contemporary Tapestry Weaving

Instructor: Annette Harrison
Dates: Jan 12 & 19
Times: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $188
Registration Closes: Jan 9
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Hand weaving images with fiber is one of the world’s most ancient art forms, yet the endless possibilities continue to inspire artists worldwide. In this class, you will learn all of the basic building blocks for getting started in weft-faced tapestry weaving: warping a frame loom, techniques for transferring designs, building shapes, color blending, and some of the many ways to finish and display your woven art.  

During the first session, we will talk about the basic structures of tapestry, and each student will get started weaving a practice tapestry using a copper frame loom. You will take your work in progress home and keep weaving over the course of the intervening week – even five minutes a day can yield surprising amounts of progress! When we come back together in the second session, there will be more demos guided by the class’ interests, we’ll do some more weaving together, and we will finish our pieces for display.  

If you grow attached to your borrowed tapestry loom, they will be available for purchase at the end of the class (we’ll even re-warp it so you’re ready for tapestry #2!). All weaving yarn and tools will be provided, and we will have some discussion about what to look for when shopping for yarn for weft-faced weaving.  



Introduction to Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Rigg
Date: January 19, February 9, March 16, April 13, May 4, June 8; each day is a separate workshop
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Cost: 
$150
Registration closes: 1 week prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 6, max. 6
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Durable, close-toed shoes, long pants

Please note, students must be 18 years or older for all blacksmithing classes.

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.

NOTE: Blacksmithing classes are now being held at Kelly’s studio.  The address is 6305 Rich Rd. SE, Unit C, Olympia, WA 98501. Click here to open location in Google Maps:https://goo.gl/maps/zkjq9giZWgq (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. The studio contact is kelly@olymetal.com. For enrollment questions, contact Arbutus at info@arbutusfolkschool.org.



Shaker Boxes

Instructor:  Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: January 19 & 20
Time:  10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: 
$99
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 2, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Nothing
Age Group: 16 and up

Class Description: In this class students will make their own bent wood Shaker box. Each  student will be provided with pre-milled material, from there we will go through the heating and bending process, riveting with copper tacks, and making and fitting the tops and bottoms with pegs. We wont apply finishes in this class, but examples of different finishes will be shown and discussed. All materials will be provided by the instructor.



Wheel Throwing: Try It – See if You Like It!

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Date: January 20
Times: 1:30 – 4 pm
Cost: $46
Registration Closes: Wednesday before class
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8

Class Description: Have you ever wanted to try wheel throwing but you’re not sure if you’re ready to commit to a 6-week class? This is an opportunity to spend a couple of hours throwing to see if you like it. Demonstrations in centering and throwing basic forms will be given and students will have time to try it out to see if they like it. There will be no trimming, glazing or finishing of pieces.


 Embroidery Circle

Arbutus is hosting an “Embroidery Circle” for those who want to meet up with other stitchers in the community.  We meet on a Sunday each month for 2 hours, from 10:30am – 12:30pm. If you have questions, need guidance, or just want to come share – this is the group for you!  All levels of experience are welcomed!  While the group will have a knowledgeable “guide,” we will all learn from each other!  Bring in your ideas and projects: let’s talk Embroidery!!  There is a minimal charge of $5 for each session to help with Arbutus overhead. Upcoming 2019 dates:

January 20
February 17
March 10
April 14
May 12
June 9

Drop-ins are welcomed as space allows. However, we strongly recommend registering in advance: if there are no advance registrations, that month will be cancelled.  Also, space is guaranteed for those who register in advance.



Make a Krenov-Style Smoothing Plane and Block Plane

Instructor: Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: January 26 & 27
Times: Saturday 9 am – noon, Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $256
Registration Closes: January 17
No. of Students: Min. 2, Max. 6
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate

Class Description: In this class we will make two wooden Krenov-style hand planes and learn about (and practice!) the use of each. We will outfit our planes with new Hock blades, and cover sharpening with water stones. Students will leave with an understanding of plane and blade geometry and know how to sharpen both straight and cambered blades. We will use the jointer, planer, bandsaw, drill press, and hand-tools, to make our planes.  All materials will be provided by the instructor.


Play with Yarn

Instructor: Annette Harrison
Dates: Feb 1
Times: 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $57 (includes frame loom & yarn!)
Registration Closes: Jan 30
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Join us for a fun evening of weaving and yarn play. In this class, youll learn all the basics you need to create one of a kind woven wall hangings. Well start with the basics: warping a frame loom, starting out with weaving, and planning out your design. There will be demos for ways to accomplish interesting shapes and textures, ways of getting experimental, as well as techniques for finishing and displaying your finished piece. Yarn will be provided, and well have a discussion about different yarns and how they behave when woven. The simple frame loom is yours to keep and use again!  

On the first Friday of each month from 6 pm -9 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 3 hour Play with Yarn class. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.



Play with Clay: Set of Wall Pockets

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: Feb 1 & 15
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: Jan 30
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

The wall pockets will hold just about anything. Personalize yours for the office, kitchen, bathroom or studio.

Each month on the first & fourth Friday from 6 pm -8 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project. However, experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects, working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline. Students will glaze and fire their projects at the second class. $49 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.



Colors of Love

Instructors: Marja Eloheimo
Dates: February 2 & 3
Times: Sat, 9:30-4:30; Sun 9:30-11:30
Cost: $150
Registration Closes: January 31
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Ages Welcome: 12 +

Class Description: In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, we will produce beautiful CORAL, PURPLE, PINK, AND MAGENTA DYES using brazilwood, logwood, avocado, and cochineal — an insect! Then, we will DIP-DYE TWO SILK SCARVES AND CREATE ECO-PRINTS as well as dye FOUR SMALL SILK GIFT BAGS THAT WE CAN FILL WITH CHOCOLATES! We will also DIP-DYE GREETING CARDS,and CREATE FIBER SAMPLES (including wool yarn) to record our dye adventures. In the process, we will learn about the dye organisms themselves, along with the basic techniques we’re using so that we can continue dye and eco-print explorations at home. Colorful, informative handouts will help with remembering what we learned. On Saturday, when we meet all day, WE WILL MAKE GUACAMOLE WITH OUR AVOCADOS TO SHARE AT LUNCH (along with chips and salsa). On Sunday, when we only meet in the morning, we will open our eco-print scarves, which will have processed overnight, and optionally paint our cards. Surprise a friend with hand-dyed gifts on Valentines’ Day. Or bring your special Valentine to share in the fun. ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED – INCLUDING CHOCOLATES!   

NOTE: This class is held at Marja’s Olympia studio.  Address will be made available to registered students.



Make a Wooden Stool

Instructor: Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: February 2 & 3
Times: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: $294
Registration Closes: January 26
No. of Students: Min. 2, Max. 4
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate

Class Description: In this class we will make rustic stools using hand tools. Students will rely on the drawknife for the shaping of the seat and the legs, rounding planes to make their tenons, and drills and reamers to make their mortises. Much of the class will be spent on the shaving horse! By the end of class students will have glued up their stools and can take them home to finish



Knitting from the Beginning

Instructor:  Emily Gray
Date: Wednesdays,  February 6, 13, 20 
Time:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Cost: 
$84
Registration closes: February 3
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: one set of wooden double-pointed needles, size 8; one 16” circular needle, wooden, size 8; two skeins of worsted weight wool, each at least 200 yards

Class Description: Calling all beginner knitters and interested persons! Join us for a complete introduction to knitting.  In this supportive environment, you’ll learn to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and cast off, and we’ll learn on a combination of needles–circular, double-pointed, single-pointed.  Not sure what those words mean? No problem! By the end of this hands-on class you’ll be comfortable knitting terminology, be able to read a knitting pattern, and know your way around needles and yarns. We’ll talk about what to look for in patterns, we’ll knit practice swatches, and you’ll leave class with a road-map for successfully knitting a project of your choosing. 

 Please purchase and bring to the first class the following: 

    • one set of wooden double-pointed needles, size 8 
    • one 16” circular needle, wooden, size 8 
  • two skeins of worsted weight wool, each at least 200 yards


Make Leather Backpack or Messenger Bag

Instructor: Peter Yencken
Date:  February 8, 9, 10
Time:  Friday, Feb 8 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Saturday, Feb 9 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday, Feb 10 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: 
$238
Registration closes: January 25
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Bring notebook to take notes if you’d like. $50 to be paid to instructor for leather. 

Class Description: Using vegetable tanned cow leather, students will make a back pack or messenger bag to their own measurements. These bags are made for everyday use and big enough for an overnight hike or stay. They will be strong and durable and if looked after will last indefinitely. 

See Peter’s Webpage Here



Bow Making

Instructor: Peter Yencken
Date:  February 9, 10
Time:  Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: 
$196
Registration closes: January 25
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:Bring notebook to take notes if you’d like. $30 to be paid to instructor for materials.

Class Description: Bows have been used in many ways including: survival (both food gathering and protection), sport and meditation, and spiritual practice (Zen meditation). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices. You will learn the skills to build a long bow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to finish the wood, and make strings. By Sunday, the bow will be ready to shoot. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method. You will leave the class with a finished bow, one arrow, and enough understanding to be able to build a bow on your own. Please bring $30 at the start of class to pay the instructor for materials. 

See Peter’s Webpage Here


Basic Woodturning

Instructor:  Larry Miller
Date: February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14 – 2019 Dates (each a separate class)
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm Full day workshop
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
Ages Welcome: 13+

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 either a wooden carving mallet, a spurtle (wooden Scottish kitchen tool, dating from the fifteenth century, that is used to stir porridge, soups, stews and broths), or a garden dibble (helps plant bulbs, seeds, or transplants at the proper depth) in the morning and a small bowl in the afternoon, 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 .

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


Knife Making

Instructor: Peter Yencken
Date:  February 10
Time:  Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: 
$98
Registration closes: January 25
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:Bring notebook to take notes if you’d like. $15-20 to be paid to instructor for materials.

Class Description: In this class you will make a handle to suit your own hand and the sheath.  The instructor will supply blades or you can supply your own. There will also be a selection of woods ranging from hard which will be Hickory or Osage Orange to softer which will be Juniper commonly called Eastern Cedar.  

There will be a choice of blades and a choice of prices of these blades. Please bring $15-$20 (depending on which blade is chosen) at the start of class to pay directly to the instructor.  

See Peter’s Webpage Here



Warp a Floor Loom; Weave a Scarf

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: Feb 9 & 10
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Cost: 
$226
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Sock yarn-Look for yarn that is around 420m/100g or 460 yds/3.5 oz. This weight yarn may also be called fingering weight or sport weight. You will need a total of 800 yards— 400 yards for the warp and slightly less than that for the weft. Choose a solid and a multi-colored or two different colored solids or all one color. This yarn is readily available at local yarn stores. ***Important–Do not bring any other type of yarn for this project. You may also want to bring along:  lunch/snacks/drinks, pillow for the loom bench, pocket folder or notebook, page protector sheets, scissors, pencil/pen, tape measure.

Class Description: In this fast-paced 2-day class, students will learn how floor looms are set up and discover the wonder of creating their own cloth. The instructor will guide students through all the basic steps of weaving from preparing a warp and dressing a loom to reading a weaving draft and finally, weaving their scarf. Students will purchase yarn as directed in the supplies list and leave class with a woven scarf. (Final finishing of the scarf will be done at home.)

This is a great opportunity to make something for your sweetie, just in time for Valentine’s Day!


Beginning Embroidery

Instructor: Bobbi Chase
Dates: Feb 10, 24, & Mar 3
Times: 10 am to 12 pm
Cost: $84
Registration Closes: Feb 6
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: bring 5″ screw-type embroidery hoop, small embroidery scissors. Kit fee (pay to instructor) is $6.00. (You may purchase a good quality 5″ embroidery hoop for an additional $8.00, if you wish.)

Class Description: For those of you that have either never done embroidery (and would like to try it) OR would like a “refresher course”, this is the class for you! We will talk about threads, needles, fabrics, and designs. We will make a sampler of basic stitches for surface embroidery.  Once you are comfortable with this group of stitches, you can do simple things – or complicated things – and anything in between!

The stitches we will practice and put onto our sampler include a running stitch, double running stitch, stem (or outline) stitch, back stitch, blanket stitch, French knot, chain stitch, and detached chain stitch.  With time (and group interest) we could go into further versions of the previously mentioned stitches.  I’m there to teach and am happy to follow your interest!

Students bring $6 to first day of class for embroidery materials which include fabric, a variety of threads, needles, and written instructions. This will be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.  Instructor will also bring good quality hoops available for purchase if needed for $8.

Please note: this is not a cross-stitch class.



Wheel Throwing: Try It – See if You Like It!

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Date: February 17
Times: 1:30 – 4 pm
Cost: $46
Registration Closes: Wednesday before class
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8

Class Description: Have you ever wanted to try wheel throwing but you’re not sure if you’re ready to commit to a 6-week class? This is an opportunity to spend a couple of hours throwing to see if you like it. Demonstrations in centering and throwing basic forms will be given and students will have time to try it out to see if they like it. There will be no trimming, glazing or finishing of pieces.


Youth Craft Class

Instructor: Hilary Morris
Dates: Thursday afternoons, Feb 21 – Mar 28
Times: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Cost: $225
Registration Closes: 1 day before class
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 9
Ages 8-12

Class Description: Arbutus Folk School is delighted to continue offering our youth class! Hilary Morris will teach a variety of skills such as pottery, bookbinding, leather work, felting, paper crafts and more! Six-week sessions allow the opportunity to create within several mediums, with at least 5 take home projects. Students are encouraged to return for future sessions to create more! Ages 8-12 are welcome; we look forward to sharing these beautiful handcrafts with our young community!


Youth Pottery: Ages 9 – 16

Instructor: Meghan Hopkins
Dates: Friday afternoons: Feb/Mar class, Feb 22 – Mar 29,
or Apr/May Class, Apr 19 – May 31 (skips April 26 for Arts Walk)
Times: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Cost: $197
Registration Closes: 2 days before class
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 6

Class Description: This class is intended to introduce the beginner to basics of clay work and to allow the more experienced student to practice both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. With a primary focus on vessels, there is a lot of room for creativity. Mindfulness exercises will be incorporated into the instruction. Students must be able to follow complex directions and focus on their work. Ages 9 to 16 years old.


Play with Yarn

Instructor: Annette Harrison
Dates: March 1
Times: 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $57 (includes frame loom & yarn!)
Registration Closes: February 27
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Join us for a fun evening of weaving and yarn play. In this class, youll learn all the basics you need to create one of a kind woven wall hangings. Well start with the basics: warping a frame loom, starting out with weaving, and planning out your design. There will be demos for ways to accomplish interesting shapes and textures, ways of getting experimental, as well as techniques for finishing and displaying your finished piece. Yarn will be provided, and well have a discussion about different yarns and how they behave when woven. The simple frame loom is yours to keep and use again!  

On the first Friday of each month from 6 pm -9 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 3 hour Play with Yarn class. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.



Play with Clay: Flower Bricks

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: March 1 & 15
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: Feb 27
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

There is nothing nicer than some flowers to brighten up these winter days! The guided project for this month is flower bricks. We will create simple flower bricks that will brighten up your dinner table or office, adding a homemade touch to your flower arrangements. 

Each month on the first & fourth Friday from 6 pm -8 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project. However, experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects, working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline. Students will glaze and fire their projects at the second class. $49 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.



Intro to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: March 2 & 3
Time:  9 am – 4 pm 
Cost: 
$226
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
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.



Beginning Stained Glass

Instructor:  Bill Hillman
Date: Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23
Time:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Cost: 
$50
Registration closes: February 27
No. of Students: 
min. 5 max. 5
Skill level: 
Beginner

Materials provided by student: $50 in addition to registration cost, for materials, to be paid directly to instructor.

Class Description: The class will discuss the history of stained glass and will learn glass cutting, leading techniques and color theory.  Students will complete a simple project that would go through the stages of making a small window.  

 This class will take place at the Mansion Glass studio at 117 Washington St. NE, Olympia, WA 98501.

 The material fee for this class is not included in the registration. Come to class prepared to pay the instructor directly about $50 for glass materials.  



Spinning from the Beginning

Instructor:  Emily Gray
Date: Thursdays, March 7, 15, 21, 28
Time:  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 
Cost: 
$130
Registration closes: March 4
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Age Group: 12 and up
Materials provided by student: Drop Spindle

Class Description: Whether you’d like to learn spinning basics for that wheel you found, or you’d like to spin on the go with a portable spindle, Spinning from the Beginning will introduce you to the basic techniques of spinning fiber.  We will learn on drop spindles; the skills you develop will carry you from spindle to wheel and back again.  If you already have a spindle, bring it!  If not, you may purchase one for $15 from the instructor at the first class.  If you’d prefer to purchase a spindle prior to class, we recommend any of the spindles available through Paradise Fibers in Spokane (here and here) or the beginning spindles through Pacific Wool and Fiber (here).  A good beginning spindle needn’t cost more than $15 – $20.    

In addition to spinning, we will explore fiber types, preparations, and resources in our area.  As a participant, you will take home fiber each week to practice between classes.  By the end of this interactive class, you will have spun and plied your own yarn, have an introduction to the fiber community, and have a solid understanding of spinning fundamentals. 

*Please note: Spinning from the Beginning is a prerequisite for The Wheel Deal: Making Yarn on a Spinning Wheel. 


Winter Wheel Throwing

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Dates: Sunday afternoons, March 10 – April 14
Times: 2 – 5 pm
Cost: $281
Registration Closes: March 6
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8

Class Description: Come and develop your tacit knowledge of clay through learning the basics of throwing clay on a wheel. We will practice centering, pulling and trimming techniques using 1-3 pounds of clay while workshopping challenges that arise as a class. Demonstrations will include throwing basic shapes, attaching handles and glazing as well as other ideas as the class progresses. All skill levels are welcome in this relaxed and supportive environment!



Introductory Leatherworking and Carving

Instructor:  John Wickstrom
Dates: Thursday, March 14
Time:  6-9 pm
Cost:
 $42
Registration closes: 10 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 6
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: $25 for Kit to be paid directly to instructor. 

  • Utility Knife
  • Wide Mouth Pint Jar
  • Sponge
  • Cutting Board
  • Plastic 12” Ruler

Class Description: In this class, students will make a change purse with leather carving (tooling). The class starts with an introduction to primary tools needed for beginning leather work and carving. The students will learn the different ways of making tooling patterns. Students will be provided with a pattern, leather, hardware (snap), needles, thread needed. 

If students have tools for leatherworking or leather carving, please bring them to class.  The instructor will have a variety of tools for students to share.  

 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner to Advanced

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tuesday eves March 19 – April 23
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $281
Registration Closes: March 17
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 9
Skill Level: All levels

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 1-3 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.


Art Tiles from Clay – Four-Week Version

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: Thursday eves March 21 – April 11
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $196
Registration Closes: March 19
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: All levels

Class Description: Create colorful and artistic tile imagery from wet clay! Beginning with a drawing of what they would like to make, each student will design and create a hanging art piece or a stepping stone from their own handmade tiles. We will work through each process to explore how our use of line, texture and surface design works together to create visually interesting tile art. 

Outline of class schedule:
Week 1- Finalize drawings, image transfer and cutting clay.
Week 2- Mapping, numbering and texturing tiles.
Week 3- Organizing and glazing tiles.
Week 4- Organizing, setting and grouting tiles. 

Along with learning shape and color composition, multiple glazing & underglazing 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. If you have other ideas for using your finished piece, please let me know how I can work with you to achieve your idea.
Please bring a 15” by 15” drawing of what you would like to make on the first day! 

Suggested homework – Go check out my newest public project in Tumwater
at Deschutes Valley Park, T street and Whitehawk Lane: https://www.google.com/maps/place/600+T+St+SE,+Tumwater,+WA+98501/@46.9962712,- 


Ribbon Embroidered Pin Cushion

Instructor: Bobbi Chase
Dates: March 24
Times: 10 am to 1 pm
Cost: $42
Registration Closes: March 20
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: bring 5″ screw-type embroidery hoop, small embroidery scissors. 

Class Description: Here is a little project class that will leave you with something “useful and beautiful”.  Using silk over-dyed ribbons, you will learn some basic ribbon embroidery skills to embellish your silk pincushion.  Stuffed with clean wool fleece, you will learn how to construct this traditional tufted “pumpkin” pincushion.

Students Bring to Class:  5″ screw-type embroidery hoop, embroidery scissors plus $18 to be paid to the instructor in class. Kit will include silk fabric, silk ribbon, threads, needles, buttons, wool fleece, needles, and instructions.

Please note: this is not a cross-stitch class.


Sculpting the Self: Ceramic Bust Portraits

Instructor: Joelle Montez
Dates: Wed. eves, April 3 – May 22
Times: 6 – 9 pm
Cost: $360
Registration Closes: March 28
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: Pictures for reference

Class Description: In this class we will explore the Self through portraiture in clay. Using photos for reference, we will sculpt busts focused on proportion and realistic representation of our models (us!). We will cover basic skeletal and muscular anatomy of the head, face and neck, learning to map out facial features using simple and effective sight-sizing techniques.  Along with realism, we will add personal elements to our sculptures that bring more content and symbolism to the portrait. This class is a great way to learn about 3D ceramic figure sculpture as well as an exercise in getting to know yourself!
This eight week course will cover armature building for working with solid clay, hollowing and reconstruction, and multi-media surfacing techniques. Every skill level is welcome; working in clay can be equally forgiving as it is challenging, so projects can be set to your ability.  

  


Play with Yarn

Instructor: Annette Harrison
Dates: April 5
Times: 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $57 (includes frame loom & yarn!)
Registration Closes: April 3
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Join us for a fun evening of weaving and yarn play. In this class, youll learn all the basics you need to create one of a kind woven wall hangings. Well start with the basics: warping a frame loom, starting out with weaving, and planning out your design. There will be demos for ways to accomplish interesting shapes and textures, ways of getting experimental, as well as techniques for finishing and displaying your finished piece. Yarn will be provided, and well have a discussion about different yarns and how they behave when woven. The simple frame loom is yours to keep and use again!

On the first Friday of each month from 6 pm -9 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 3 hour Play with Yarn class. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.


Play with Clay: Fermentation Accessories

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: April 5 & 19
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: April 3
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

In honor of spring, we’ll make functional and decorative inserts for Fermentation.  Suitable for 32 oz. Mason jars, this “pusher downer” will help keep your vegetables sealed in liquid while fermenting. As a bonus we’ll have a variety of fermented products to taste!

Each month on the first & fourth Friday from 6 pm -8 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project. However, experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects, working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline. Students will glaze and fire their projects at the second class. $49 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.


Weaving a Rag Rug

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: April 6 & 7
Time:  9 am – 4 pm 
Cost: 
$206
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Students will bring  CLEAN, freshly laundered, unwrinkled clothing to be cut into strips for weaving–please see class description for further guidance, sharp scissors, Rotary cutter and cutting mat if available, lunch/snacks/drinks, cushion to sit on loom benches

Class Description: One of the most useful and historically the most common ways of recycling used clothing is to weave rag rugs with it. Sturdy rugs to cover our floors and decorate our homes. This class is designed so that students can recycle some of the clothing they haven’t quite been able to give away. Day one will have us preparing for weaving on Day two. We’ll cut our “saved” clothing into strips, roll them into balls and get ourselves ready to weave our rag rugs. Students will bring CLEAN, freshly laundered and unwrinkled clothes, ready to be cut up. These can be blue jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, shirts, pajamas, etc. They just need to be ALL the same kind of fabric. If using jeans, it all has to be jean-type cloth. If using finer cloth (like shirt/blouse/dress fabric), it all has to be finer cloth. The same with T-shirts. It all has to be T-shirt type cloth. How much?? Pants–4-5, Shirts–7-10. Day two will be dedicated to weaving our fabulous rag rugs.


Wool Preparation Workshop

Fiber Corriedale Wool Spinning Wool Combs

Instructor:  Emily Gray
Date: April 20 
Time:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
Cost: 
$55
Registration closes: April 17
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Age Group: 12 and up

Materials provided by student: Curiosity!

Class Description: Join us for an afternoon of wool.  Come learn the difference between combing and carding, and how each preparation can create a different kind of yarn!  We’ll start by visiting about different animal fibers and breeds, and what to look for in a good fleece.  From there we’ll talk a little bit about the washing process, and then work with different tools for carding, combing, and blending fiber.    

 Whether you’re a budding spinner trying your hand at your own fleece preparation or a knitter curious about how that sheep’s coat becomes the yarn you’re used to, you’ll have the opportunity for hands-on learning.  At the end of the class, you’ll be able to take home prepared fiber that you can use for spinning, needle felting, or simply admiring.  Bring your curiosity and your fiber knowledge — my goal is to cultivate a community where we can all learn from each other!  


Intro to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: May 4 & 5
Time:  9 am – 4 pm 
Cost: 
$226
Registration closes: Two weeks before 1st day of class
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.


Intro to Stonecarving

Instructor: Keith Phillips
Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25
Times: 10 am – 2 pm
Cost: $250
Registration Closes: 2 weeks before class
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 5
Age: 18 and older

Class Description: Tenino is the home of three 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, including the Old courthouse across from the capitol as well as the old Federal building in Olympia, WA. Tenino has maintained its stonecarving tradition – this class is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the masters. 

For those who are interested in working with Tenino sandstone we offer a 4-day workshop that covers the basics of carving with mallet and chisel. Students are encouraged to design their own project for a 12”x8” block of Tenino sandstone and may include letter carving or decorative relief. Students, as beginners, should start with plain and simple uncomplicated bas-relief designs. This class also includes a field trip to the Hercules #1 Quarry and the Tenino Depot Museum. The workshop will take place on 4 consecutive Saturdays from 10am – 2 pm at the Shed in downtown Tenino. Bring comfortable shoes and, depending on the season, dress for possibly cold weather as the Shed is an unheated workshop with large open doors. Safety equipment is provided. Street parking and nearby restrooms are available. This class is instructed by Tenino Stone Carver Keith Phillips. 

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 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner to Advanced

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tuesday eves May 14 – June 18
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $281
Registration Closes: March 12
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 9
Skill Level: All levels

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 1-3 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.


Art Tiles from Clay – Four-Week Version

Instructor: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tuesday eves May 16 – June 6
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $196
Registration Closes: May 14
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: All levels

Class Description: Create colorful and artistic tile imagery from wet clay! Beginning with a drawing of what they would like to make, each student will design and create a hanging art piece or a stepping stone from their own handmade tiles. We will work through each process to explore how our use of line, texture and surface design works together to create visually interesting tile art. 

Outline of class schedule:
Week 1- Finalize drawings, image transfer and cutting clay.
Week 2- Mapping, numbering and texturing tiles.
Week 3- Organizing and glazing tiles.
Week 4- Organizing, setting and grouting tiles. 

Along with learning shape and color composition, multiple glazing & underglazing 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. If you have other ideas for using your finished piece, please let me know how I can work with you to achieve your idea.
Please bring a 15” by 15” drawing of what you would like to make on the first day! 

Suggested homework – Go check out my newest public project in Tumwater
at Deschutes Valley Park, T street and Whitehawk Lane: https://www.google.com/maps/place/600+T+St+SE,+Tumwater,+WA+98501/@46.9962712,- 


Play with Clay: Weed Pots

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: June 7 & 12
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: June 5
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

Put all those beautiful flowery weeds in your very own weed pot!  Another PWC project inspired by a wonderful student. 

Each month on the first & fourth Friday from 6 pm -8 pm, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project. However, experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects, working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline. Students will glaze and fire their projects at the second class. $49 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.


Open Ceramics Studio – Handbuilding

Instructor: Sarah Farley
Dates: Monday evenings, except every 2nd Monday of the month
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $18 per night
Registration: Drop-ins welcome
No. of Students: 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    – $10- $13 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.


Continuing Embroidery

Instructor: Bobbi Chase
Dates: Spring dates TBD
Times: TBD
Cost: $84
Registration Closes: TBD
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 8
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Provided by Student: 5″ screw-type embroidery hoop, small embroidery scissors. Kit fee (to instructor) is $8.00.  (You may purchase a good quality 5″ embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00, if you wish.) 

Class Description: This class is for those of you that have at least some embroidery experience and want to (a) add some new stitches to your knowledge and/or (b) brush up on the ones you know.  We will do a quick review of stem stitch, french knots, fly stitch, blanket stitch, and any you feel you would like to review.
We will quickly move to additional stitches including the coral stitch, cretan stitch, herringbone, and whipped spider stitch.  In addition, we will begin discussion and practice on Satin Stitch (and Long-and-short, time allowing).  While this stitch strikes fear into many embroiderers, I have many tips and techniques that will get you on the road to success!  And there is no substitute for practice, so get startedd now! With this group of stitches, you can tackle just about embroidery project out there!  During class we will try and talk about different aspects of embroidery – threads, needles, designs, fabrics, and transfer techniques. I’m here to teach and you will be encouraged to tell me what you want to learn.