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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 

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 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.

 


 Play with Clay – Flower Power Flower Bricks

 
Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: January 5 & 19
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $40
Registration Closes: January 4
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Description: There is nothing nicer than some flowers to brighten up these winter days! The guided project for January 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.
The first Friday of each month from 6-8 PM, Arbutus offers an informal 2 hour “Play with Clay” class. There will always be a guided theme project but experienced students may design their own projects (working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline.) Students will glaze and fire their projects at a second meeting typically on the 3rd Friday of the month 6-8 PM. $40 class fee includes both meetings, clay, glaze and firing. Play with Clay is intended for adults. Beer and wine are available for purchase!

 


 Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher

Instructor: Ryan Lee
Dates: Wednesday nights, January 10 through February 21 (skips Valentine’s Day)
Times: 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $245
Registration Closes: January 7
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: Students will get their hands dirty while learning the basics of wheel thrown pottery. This class will focus on centering, throwing cylinders and bowls, trimming, and glazing pots. Students can expect to take home several small projects and a technical base for further exploration.More experienced students will build on the fundamentals and find support for special projects. The Instructor will demonstrate throwing plates, pulling handles, and making lidded vessels.

 


  Intro to Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Rigg
Date:  Jan 13, Feb 24, Mar 24, Apr 28, May 19, or June 23 (each a separate class)
Time:  10 am – 4 pm with 1/2 hour lunch
Cost: 
$150
Registration closes: 3 days before class
No. of Students: 
Min. 6, Max 6
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Durable, close-toed shoes and long pants

This is an introduction to blacksmithing 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.

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

Students must wear durable, close-toed shoes and long pants.  The class will have a 30 minute lunch break.  Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 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.


 Basic Woodturning

Instructor:  Larry Millerlarry-miller
Date:  January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 19, July 14, September 15, October 13, November 10
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 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

 


Taming the Hand Plane

Instructor:  Terry Liberty
Date: January 13
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $30
Registration Closes: January 9
No. of Students: min. 1, max 6
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Students may bring their own hand planes for evaluation. Arbutus will have enough for each student as well.

Class Description: For those of you who have been curious about or have struggled with the use of hand planes in your woodworking, this is the course for you. In “Taming The Handplane”, woodworker Terry Liberty will cover the basics of plane construction, function and technique, followed by demonstrations of their use. After that there will be plenty of time for coached, hands-on practice with the school’s sharp, well-tuned planes. Bench planes and block planes will be the primary focus with some discussion and brief practice using other types of planes.
Terry’s objective is to demystify these often misunderstood tools and improve comfort and familiarity with the use, setup and troubleshooting of hand planes so the student is ready to use a plane when the task requires it.

Students may bring their own tools for discussion although we prefer you use the school’s planes during the class in order to make the most of our time together.

We highly recommend students take this class before enrolling in Maddie Morgan’s 6-week class, Foundations of Artisan Woodworking.

 


 Embroidery Circle

Arbutus is hosting an “Embroidery Circle” for those who want to meet up with other stitchers in the community.  We will meet on the second Sunday of each month for 2 hours from 10:30-12:30. 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.

December 10, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
January 14, 10:30 am -12:30 pm
February 11, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
March 11, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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.

 


 Foundations of Artisan Woodworking for Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor: Maddie Morgan
Dates: Jan 16 – Feb 22, Tues. & Thur. eves with open shop on Wednesday eves.
Times: 6 – 9 pm
Cost: $496
Registration Closes: January 11
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 Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: Jan 20/21 (2018)
Time:  9 am – 4 pm with 1/2 hour lunch
Cost: 
$198
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.  Experienced students are welcome too!


Bays Family, Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones workshops

Both workshops are January 20, 2 – 4 pm at the NOVA School. Register for one as workshops take place simultaneously. Register here:  https://www.bookeo.com/arbutusfolkschool

Location for NOVA School: 2020 22nd Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501, Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/pVkcvMSqa622

Randal Bays Irish Tune Workshop: Do you ever play an Irish jig or reel and wonder why it doesn’t sound very “Irish”? That’s what this workshop is all about. I’ll be teaching one or two tunes by ear and then we’ll talk about phrasing, ornamentation, and style…or “how do you make it sound like that?” The workshop is meant for intermediate to advanced players and all instruments, but bear in mind we’ll be working on melodies and not chords (that will be another workshop 🙂

Erynn Marshall: Southern Old-Time Fiddle  Workshop – (Intermediate+)
This class will delve into Appalachian style fiddling which is the living tradition found in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina (and now all over the world!). Secrets of bowing and other characteristics of old-time fiddling will be explored as well as getting that “old-time sound.” We’ll also talk about heritage players of the South and their style. Questions encouraged. Please bring a recorder or phone to class and your adventurous fiddling spirit! In the last part of the workshop we’ll get together with the guitar players and play a few tunes!

and Carl Jones workshop: Old-Time Guitar Backup for Songs & Tunes – (Intermediate+)
In this session, I would like to explore a few ideas that can give your guitar playing a boost and make it more fun to boot. Playing with a pick and fingerpicking both will be discussed as we incorporate some basic music theory to raise our comfort zone on the entire fingerboard. Being able to utilize harmonized scales, partial chords, and just knowing the distance between the notes of a chord gives more variety to what the guitarist can offer. Simple concepts that are easy to incorporate and sound great. For old-time fiddle tune back up, I strive to enhance what the fiddle is doing and not overplay or get “in the way.” Mainly, I hope to inspire you and encourage you to appreciate and enjoy the guitar’s possibilities. In the last part of the of the workshop we’ll get together with the fiddle players and play a few tunes!

Join us for a concert in the evening following the workshops!

Concert ticket and information here.

 


Make a Leather Backpack, Shoes, or Boots

 


Instructor:  Peter Yencken
Date:  January 26, 27, & 28
Time: Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: 
$196
Registration closes: January 12
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Bring a notebook if you would like to take notes. Bring $60 for backpack materials, $30 for boot materials, or $20 for shoe materials

Class Description: Choose between the following projects

Make a Leather Backpack: Using vegetable tanned cow leather, make a back pack that fits your back, made for everyday use and big enough for an overnight hike. It will be strong and durable and if looked after will last indefinitely.

Make Leather Shoes or Boots: Come join master crafter Peter Yenken to craft your own leather shoe or boot that fits your foot perfectly! Imagine how amazing it would feel to walk in a hand-crafted shoe made exactly for you, by you!

In this class you will make a pair of Moccasin style leather shoes. As seen in the picture. Shoes are one of the most important things to learn to make. Our feet are so complex and individually shaped, thus our shoes should also be individually shaped to exactly fit the feet. Only handmade shoes are exact replicas of our feet and something we use every day.  How we make contact with the ground is so important to our well-being. The foot evolved to act as the foundation of our ability to balance as a shock absorber propulsion device,to be able to sustain enormous amounts of pressure, to be incredibly flexible and resilient. With modern shoes, the function of the foot atrophies thus causing loss of balance, mobility and shock absorption. Thus other parts of the body are asked to do the job of the foot, which causes structural problems further up the body, i.e knee, hip or back problems.  Nobody wants that!

COME AND MAKE A PAIR SHOES FITTED EXACTLY TO YOUR FEET AND ENJOY THE BENEFITS

 


 Make a Bow

Instructor:  Peter Yencken
Date: January 27, & 28
Time: Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: 
$192
Registration closes: January 12
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Bring a notebook if you would like to take notes. $30 for bow 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.

 


Arrow Making

Instructor:  Peter Yencken
Date: January 28
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: 
$96
Registration closes: January 12
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Bring a notebook if you would like to take notes. $10 for arrow materials

Class Description: In this class, students will make arrows in the traditional Welsh/British method using hand cut feathers which are wrapped onto the shaft rather than glued and field or target points. Different shafting material, feathers (from bought to found or foraged), and points will be discussed.

Students can make up to 6 arrows in the day.

 


 Beginning Embroidery

 

Instructor:  Bobbi Chase
Date:  January 28, February 4, 18
Time:  1 – 3 pm
Cost: 
$60
Registration closes: January 25
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: 5” screw-type embroidery hoop (or purchase from the instructor for $8), small scissors. Students bring $5 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

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, backstitch, 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!

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


Continuing Embroidery

Instructor:  Bobbi Chase
Date:  January 28, February 4, 18
Time:  10 am – 12 pm
Cost: 
$60
Registration closes: January 24
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 8
Skill level: 
Intermediate
Materials provided by student: screw-type 5” embroidery hoop, small scissors, threads, & needles

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 started 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.

The “kit fee” of $3.00 is to be paid to the instructor the first day of class.  If you would also like to purchase a good quality 5” embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00, please contact the instructor 7 days before class at:  Bibbi123 “at” aol “dot” com (interpret as a normal email address, it is written out this way to prevent phishing.)

 


Youth Craft Class

Instructors: Hilary Morris
Dates: Thursday afternoons, February 1 – March 8
Times: 3:30-5:30 pm
Cost: $200
Registration Closes: 3 days before 1st class
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Age Group: 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!

 


Play with Clay – Date Night: Matching Mugs

 
Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: February 2 & 16
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $40
Registration Closes: January 31
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Description: Whether you’re sharing coffee in the morning or having tea apart, feel close to your sweetie when you use one of two mugs you create together. Each participant will create a slab built mug and dates will work together to create a set. They might match exactly or they might complement each other, either way, they’ll be great! Each participant will pay an individual class fee.

The first and third Friday evenings of each month 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. $40 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Beer and wine are available for purchase.


 Native American Flute Making

Instructor:  Peter Ali
Date:  February 3, 2018
Time:  9 am – 4 pm
Cost: 
$124
Registration closes: January 27
No. of Students: 
min. 6, max. 15
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Fine point sharpies; Optional: Dremel tool, wood burning tool                              
Class Description: 
You will take a pre-bored, pre-tuned square piece of local Red Cedar and shape it using simple tools and sandpaper and bring it to life with your creative hands and your choice to carve, wood burn or paint a design that comes from your ancestors or from something that speaks to you that day. I will teach you how to make it sing (no musical experience is required) using your sacred breath and what comes from your Heart.

 


Body Butters, Candles, and Bath Bombs

Instructor:  Andrea Fender
Date:  February 4, 2018
Time:  10 am – 1 pm or 2 – 5 pm (two separate classes)
Cost: 
$61
Registration closes: January 31
No. of Students: 
min. 5, max. 12
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Please bring a glass jar with a tight fitting lid if you’d like to make the scrubs, a 3”x3” container or tin to carry your body butter, and something to carry your goodies home.

Class Description: Join us as we learn to make beeswax candles, bath bombs, salt and sugar scrubs, body butters and lip balm. Your instructor will provide all ingredients and tools. This 3-hour class will give you enough time to make all 5. Enjoy a group class on each project method, then you’ll be welcome to work on each project at your own speed. The instructor will be available during the entire workshop to answer questions and provide ideas. You’ll be able to select your own color and scent for each project, and you’ll make everything from scratch yourself. A wide variety of molds will be available for body butters, so you’ll be able to personalize to your heart’s content!

By the end of the class, you’ll learn how to:
– Formulate a body butter using a wide variety of oils and butters, including cocoa butter, illipe butter, kokum butter, shea butter, avocado oil, hazelnut oil, and raw beeswax
– Formulate a lip balm with the above ingredients
– Set up and pour beeswax candles, including a selection of pillar and votive shapes
– Create bath bombs
– Learn how salt and sugar scrubs work, and make your own personalized batches

All of the above will include your choice of a wide variety of essential and fragrance oils. Students will have the option to purchase gift wrapping supplies from the instructor at the class, including jars, tissue paper, gift boxes, sealing wax, tins, and metallic twine. Flat rate USPS mailing boxes will also be available free of charge, if students wish to wrap a gift and mail it themselves later.

 


 Spinning from the Beginning

Instructor: Emily Gray
Dates: Monday evenings: Feb 5, 12, 19, 28 (2018)
Times: 6-8 pm
Cost: $111
Registration Closes: Feb. 3rd
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: Drop Spindle

Class Description: Whether you’re interested in learning 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, excellent! If not, please arrange to purchase a spindle prior to class; Pacific Wool and Fiber down in Oregon carries a good variety of spindles:
https://www.pacificwoolandfiber.com/drop-spindles.html#_  we recommend any of  the spindles listed halfway down the page under “Other Spindles”.  There are also beginning spindles here: https://woolery.com/spindles/ashford-spindles/ashford-student-drop-spindle.html and here: https://woolery.com/spindles/schacht-spindles/schacht-3-hi-lo-drop-spindle.html

In addition to spinning, we will explore types of fiber and preparations, and welcome guests from the greater Olympia fiber community to present on various topics.  Participants will take home fiber and their spindles each week to practice between classes.  By the finish of this interactive class, participants will have spun and plied their own yarn, have an introduction to the fiber resources in our area, and have a solid understanding of spinning fundamentals.


Introduction to Western Papermaking

 

Instructor:  Jami Heinricher
Date:  Tue eves, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 (4 weeks)
Time:  6pm – 9pm 
Cost: 
$234
Registration closes: January 30
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max 6
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: warm grubby clothing, waterproof shoes/boot
Class Description: 
Come to WIND•EYE Handmade Paper Studio and learn the foundations of Western Papermaking! We will start by beating a variety of fibers in our restored Hollander beater, follow with preparing vats with the resulting pulp, and then learn to pull sheets using a traditional mould and deckle. We will couch (pronounced ‘coosh’) the sheets onto felts, press them in a hydraulic press, and place them in a dry box. By the end of the class you will have a small stack of papers you can use in craft projects, or hold on to them to use in my follow-up class on letterpress printing at The Sherwood Press. 
NOTE: this class takes place at the instructor’s home on Olympia’s westside:
Address: 811 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98502.
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/fDWhDQwiUTU2 
About the Sherwood Press and Wind Eye Handmade Paper: https://thesherwoodpress.wordpress.com/

 


 Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher

Instructor: Joelle Montez
Dates: Thursday evenings, February 8 – March 15
Times: 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $245
Registration Closes: February 5
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner

Class Description: In this class we will work on the wheel to create mugs and bowls. We will learn the basics of throwing while making cylinders and learn how to shape and trim for a well finished and unique look. The instructor will demonstrate various methods of making handles such as pulling, rolling and sculpting. We will then move onto bowls focusing on functionality and aesthetic. We will talk about form and function, exploring what attracts us to using hand-made vessels. Beginners and experienced students are welcome; each level will be accommodated with project options. Students will each take home a finished, glazed mug and bowl, and skills to further create with clay.


Warping a Floor Loom – Weaving a Scarf

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: February 10 & 11
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Cost: 
$194
Registration closes: January 27
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.)

 


Begin to Paper Marble

Instructor:  Karen Perrine
Date:  Feb 10 & 11
Time: Saturday 1-4 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: 
$111
Registration closes: One week before 1st day of class
No. of Students: 
min. 5, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Toothpicks, chopstick, old comb, notebook, & writing utensil                     
Class Description:
Marbling paper is an ancient craft, updated here with acrylic pigments and methylcellulose thickener in the tray of sizing.  Part of the fun is watching how the colors mingle and flow on their own….no two pieces are ever alike!
This class includes one short session, to cover the basics, show samples, and apply alum solution to paper, and the day following, a longer session, to mix the marble size and produce 8 to 10 marbled sheets.  Instruction covers all the steps and lots of examples.  A kit includes all the basic tools and supplies, and pre-mixed acrylic pigment is provided. Each student receives written instructions, trouble-shooting guide, and resource list.
The resulting paper may be suitable for framing, making cards, collage, decorating paper or wood objects, backgrounds for photos or other artwork, or use in art books.

 


Basic Ribbon Embroidery

Instructor:  Bobbi Chase
Date: February 11
Time:  1:30 – 4:00 pm
Cost: 
$30
Registration closes: February 8
No. of Students: 
min. 3, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: screw-type 5” embroidery hoop, small scissors to clip threads, & $12 to pay to instructor for materials.

Class Description: I have always considered ribbon embroidery as “dessert” embroidery!  It is fairly easy, quick, and you get a lot of results for your efforts!  Done with a variety of widths of silk ribbon (4mm, 7mm) in gorgeous colors, it is just delicious!  You do not need previous experience to “learn” this type of embroidery, but I would hope you have some level of comfort with a needle in hand. While learning how to handle the silk ribbon, we will tackle a variety of types of flowers, buds, and leaves.  First we will try these out on a practice piece of linen, and then make a small floral motif on a piece of silk fabric.  Beautiful, and no calories!!

*The instructor will supply the ground fabric, silk ribbons, needles, and written instructions for an additional fee of $12.00 to be paid to the instructor at the beginning of class.  If you would also like to purchase a good quality 5” embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00 please contact the instructor 5 days before class at:  Mbellish (at) aol (dot) com (interpret this as a normal email address, please).


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

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Date: Sunday, February 18
Time: 1:30 – 4 pm
Cost: $40
Registration closes: February 14
No. of Students:
min. 5, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:
none

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.


Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher – Wednesday Evenings

 

Instructor:  Mariella Luz
Dates: Feb 28 – April 4, Wednesday eves
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $245
Registration closes: February 27
No. of Students:
min. 4, max. 8
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.


Designing Prints on Natural Dyed Cloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor:  Faith Hagenhoffer
Date:  March 10-11
Time:  10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 
$169
Registration closes: January 13
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: APRON, pencil, sketch paper, gloves (optional hair blow dryer)                              
Class Description: 
The Commemorative Cloth: The gifting of a square scarf can mark a special place or occasion; in my collection I have those that accompanied a ribbon cutting, a wedding, a graduation, and a visit to a National Park. IN this workshop we will start with blank with squares of cotton and then design, dye, and print a set of four commemorative bandana-sized cloths suitable as scarves, table napkins or decorations. They can all be the same, related, or entirely unique – participant’s choice! The design work will include learning about patterns paisley, tessellation and creating block print plates. Dyeing will involve the season’s available plant dyes.


Letterpress Foundations

Instructor:  Jami Heinricher
Date:  Tue eves, March 13 through April 10 (5 weeks) 
Time:  6pm – 9pm 
Cost: 
$270
Registration closes: March 6
No. of Students: 
min. 4, max 6
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: warm grubby clothing, waterproof shoes/boot, apron (optional)
Class Description:  In this class held at The Sherwood Press – an historic letterpress print shop on the West Side – you will learn the foundations of letterpress printing. We will set type by hand, cut linoleum blocks, learn proper lockup techniques, and learn to mix and apply ink on our three student presses: a 10 x 15 foottreadled platen letterpress, a 22 x 30 flatbed poster press, and a small tabletop sign press. We will also discuss paper including how to handle and cut it expertly. Each student will make a print on three different presses, from a small typesetonly piece, to a larger illustrated piece, and a hand-inked group poster. After-hours studio time will be made available for students to work on their projects outside of class if necessary.

NOTE: this class takes place at The Sherwood Press on Olympia’s westside:
Address: 811 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98502.
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/fDWhDQwiUTU2 
About the Sherwood Press and Wind Eye Handmade Paper: https://thesherwoodpress.wordpress.com/


Youth Craft Class

Instructors: Hilary Morris
Dates: Thursday afternoons, March 15 – April 26 (skips April 5)
Times: 3:30-5:30 pm
Cost: $200
Registration Closes: 3 days before 1st class
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Age Group: 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!


Ceramic Art Tiles

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: Tuesday evenings, March 20 – April 24
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $247
Registration Closes: March 15
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

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 & 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 alike! The projects in this class make great hanging art pieces or stepping stones. If you have other ideas for using your finished piece, the instructor encourages you to come to class with those and he will work with you to achieve your idea in the given time frame of the class.
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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.

 


Wheel Throwing – Beginner to Advanced

Instructors: Mike Cummins
Dates: Thursday evenings, March 22 – April 26
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $245
Registration Closes: March 18
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

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 intermediate 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.

 


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

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 1:30 – 4 pm
Cost: $40
Registration closes: March 20
No. of Students:
min. 5, max. 10
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:
none

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.

 


Introduction to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: March 24 & 25
Time:  9 am – 4 pm with 1/2 hour lunch
Cost: 
$198
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.  Experienced students are welcome too!

 


Youth Craft Class

Instructors: Hilary Morris
Dates: Thursday afternoons, May 3 – June 7
Times: 3:30-5:30 pm
Cost: $200
Registration Closes: 3 days before 1st class
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 8
Age Group: 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!

 


Build a Small Wooden Row Boat

Instructor:  Benjamin Kahn
Dates: July 28 through Aug 5
Time: 9am-5pm daily for 9 days (72 hrs of class time)
Cost: $864
Registration closes: July 14
No. of Students:
min. 4, max. 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student:
none

Class Description: Wooden boats have been created throughout human history and have made possible the migration of humans and the transport of goods throughout the world.  There are time tested techniques used to create boats that have been passed down through the ages.  In modern times these skills are lost in a world that has sadly moved on to other mediums for boat construction but wood is the only boatbuilding material that is a renewable resource.

This course is focused on developing a basic understanding of wooden boatbuilding while constructing a small traditionally planked rowboat.  Students will take information from the lofting (full sized plans) and start making parts of the boat.  Throughout the course there will be a variety of demonstrations helping the students prepare for the next step. Working together as a team will ensure the boat’s quality and completion by the last day of the course.

Skills acquired will also include basic hand tool use/maintenance, pattern making, understanding boat plans and contemplating design.  No experience is necessary but students must be prepared to work diligently to improve hand skills and develop an eye for craftsmanship.

The class will collaborate to build one small rowboat.  The boat may be purchased in advance for the cost of materials, estimated at $950, or it will be for sale to the public after the class for $3,500.

 


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: TBD
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.