Current Classes

If you are interested in becoming an Arbutus Folk School Instructor, see: Instructor Guidelines and here for Previously Offered Classes. Classes below are listed by date.
Registration for ALL classes is here: Register me! 
Notes: All classes take place at the Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501.  (map). 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 admits students of any race, color, gender and national or ethnic origin.   

Open Ceramics Studio

Instructor:  Pamela Davisbegining ceramics projects 2015
Dates:  
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time:  6 – 8 pm
Cost: 
 $18 per evening

“A la carte” fees (bring cash or check to class):
Clay    – $8 per 25 lb bag
Firing  – $15 per firing
Glazes included in firing fee
Registration closes: when class is full
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max 10
Skill level: 

Materials provided by student: Apron or smockClass Description: Open studio time is unstructured time for students with basic skills to practice independently to enhance their abilities. Students can pay for each evening individually.
Students currently taking ceramics classes at Arbutus may work on class projects and practice independently. Instruction is not included in open studio time though a ceramics instructor will be on hand to answer questions. It includes use of the ceramic studio, tools, and equipment. Students currently enrolled in classes do not need to pay additional fees for clay, glaze and firings to participate in the open studio.
Participants not enrolled in a class are also welcome to register for open studio time as space allows, although works will be subject to additional clay and firing fees. Participants are required to have basic pottery or hand building skill level and should be able to use the studio to work independently.

Please note:  

  • We cannot accommodate production potters.
  • Participants must use clay provided by Arbutus Folk School.
  • Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult.
  • There are three wheels in our studio: wheel throwing is available on a first-come, first-served basis during open studio.

Introduction to Gypsy Jazz Guitar

Instructor:  Tovi NewmanTovi bio pic
Date:  June 1, 8, 15 and 22
Time:  6:30 – 8:00  pm
Cost: 
$74 (total of 6 hr of classtime over 4 evenings)

Registration closes: May 29
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max. 10
Skill level: 
Basic knowledge of quitar chords

Materials provided by student:  guitar, notebook and pen
Class Description: Participants will learn:

  • 1) How to play basic gypsy jazz guitar chords, and “la pompe” rhythm playing. (Chords difficulty will be tailored to individual student’s physical abilities.)
  • 2) Songs: chords and melody. We will learn and memorize the melody and chords for “minor swing” and “Daphne”. These are two approachable and representative songs in the gypsy jazz style.
  • 3) Improvisation: practice and approach. Topics will include: basic arpeggios, pentatonic minor scale, embellishments, motive, melodic development, moving patterns, basic poly-rhythm.

This class is primarily about playing. Don’t expect long lectures, you’re fingers will be sore by the end of each class. Each lesson will begin and end with a “djam” where everyone will have an opportunity to apply what we’ve learned in regards to rhythm, harmony, melody, and improvisation.

Wheel Throwing – beginner and refresher

Instructor:  Mariella Lutzwheelthrowing
Date:  June 6th – Aug. 1st (no classes on 6/13, 7/4 & 7/11)
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$245

Registration closes: June 3rd
No. of Students: 
min. 3 – max. 6
Skill level: 
none

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. The more time you spend in the studio, the faster you will develop your skills and control. Students are encouraged to sign up for additional studio time at the open studio on Wednesdays (for an additional fee).

Introduction to Princess Lace

Instructor:  Roberta (Bobbi) ChaseMotif #3 Motif #3 (#2)
Date:  Thursday, June 23rd
Time:  1 – 4  pm
Cost: 
$36 plus $10 material fee  (bring $10 to class)

Registration closes: June 20
No. of Students: 
min. 4 – max. 8 
Skill level: 
beginning 

Materials provided by student: small scissors to clip threads, straight pins
Class Description: Princess Lace is a style of “tape lace” (similar to Battenburg, which is also a tape lace) that is beautiful and deceptively easy to accomplish.  While it requires a little patience and manipulation, it does NOT require any fancy needlework techniques!  It is a centuries’ old lace, but regained popularity in the 1900’s. In class we will LEARN all about it – it’s history – and look at many examples.  You may be surprised that you have seen it before.  It uses a very specific set of lace tapes which are appliqued onto cotton net. We will also make a small corner motif that could be put onto a handkerchief corner, and THAT could very well become a family heirloom! The “kit fee” of $10.00 is to be paid to the instructor the first day of class.  It will include everything you will need to accomplish your own piece of princess lace.

The Art and Business of Game Design Lecture Series

Instructor:  Ross cowman
Date:  June 24th, July 15th and July 29th  Time:  6 – 8  pm
Cost: 
$10 in advance $15 at the door. Note: Each lecture requires separate registration. Registration in the workshop includes all lectures.

No. of Students:  max. 45
Skill level: 
any

Materials provided by students: none
Class Description: In the 3 part lecture series, Ross will discuss the tools of game design, the experience of play, and the business of games. Each lecture is a stand-alone offering and no prior experience is required. The lectures will each be about 2 hrs, with a short break and time for discussion.

Part 1 of 3 – June 24th: The Experience of the Play

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So you’ve got a great game idea, but how can you make it work? In this talk we will learn how to translate that great idea into a clear set of design goals and how to use mechanics, procedure, context, and components to shape the experience of play. 

Part 2 of 3 – July 15th: The Tools of Development

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Game development is the process of growing a design idea into a finished game. This talk focuses on the tools you’ll need to get there including prototyping, playtesting, iterative development, and most importantly, community.

Part 3 of 3 July 29th: The Business of Games

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In the past decade games have surpassed music as the most popular media, and the gaming industry is serious business. From crowdfunding, to manufacturing, to shipping, to publishing contracts, Ross Cowman discusses how to take your game from prototype to published.

Game Design Workshop

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Instructor:  Ross Cowman
Date:  June 28, July 5, 12, Aug 2, 9, 16
Time:  6 – 9  pm
Cost: 
$175

Registration closes: June 26
No. of Students: 
min. 5 – max. 10 
Skill level: 
any

Materials provided by student: Student will provide their own materials after class starts.
Class Description:  In this 6 part workshop series you will learn to create a game from idea to finished product in a community of other designers. Topics covered include, game ideas, journaling, game components, art and art direction, prototyping, playtesting, writing rules, and publishing. Registration for the workshop series includes admission to the lecture series.

Play with Clay – July

Class Description: During an informal 2 hour class students will have a chance to play with clay in a relaxed setting at Arbutus Craft School.  Light refreshments provided.  There will always be a guided theme project but experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects (working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline.)  Additionally, students will have the option to glaze and fire their projects at a second meeting.  $40 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. july - planters (1)
Instructor:  Nicole Gugliotti
Date: July 1st
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Cost: $40 (includes clay, glazing and firing)
No. of Students:  Min. 3 – Max. 12
Skill level: suitable for beginning students
Materials provided by student: none
July project:  Indoor Planters – As the weather cools down, bring your favorite plant inside with this planter and glazed saucer to catch water.

Felting Whimsical Wristlets

Instructor:  ApothefaeryFri - Felting Whimsical Wristlets
Date:   Friday, July 1st
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
 $65 ($36 base fee + $29 materials)
Registration closes: June 28th
No. of Students: 
min. 5 max 14
Skill level: 
 Beginner to advanced

Materials provided by student: None 
Class Description: Learn the basics of felting and create a whimsical set of arm warmers/boot toppers in this creative felt class. Covering tools and techniques, felting various fibers like silk, curly locks and cord making, expanding your felting repertoire has never been easier.  Material fee includes curly wool locks, silk hankies and 4 oz bundle of wool for each student. Suitable for beginning or intermediate felters.

Color Science in Hand Painting Wool

Instructor:  ApothefaeryColorworks pic
Date:  Saturday, July 2nd
Time:  9 am – 4pm
Cost: 
 $147 (base fee: $72 + $75 materials.  Materials include 1.5 lbs roving, 2 oz long locks, 2 short curly locks, a sock blank and a skein of yarn.
Registration closes: June 30th
No. of Students: 
min. 5 max 14
Skill level: 
 Beginner to advanced

Materials provided by student: none
Class Description: Learn all about Acid dyeing in this intensive color science class! In the morning, get started with the color wheel, saturation and dye stocks. We’ll mix unique dye formulas, and talk about setting up your own color notebook.  After learning to prepare roving for the fun part, you’ll dye roving in a variety of techniques -a Kettle gradient, hand painted gradients, space dyeing, long repeats and fun speckled rovings.  Have you wanted to learn how to hand paint long curly locks, or make a variegated yarn? This is the color work intensive you don’t want to miss! We’ll finish up with dyeing a coveted gradient yarn, and each student will head home with 1.5 lbs of dyed roving, 4 ounces of curly locks and 2 yarns. Additional fibers will be available for purchase with instructor.
The instructor will provide each student with: 4 ounces of a down breed roving, 1 lb 4 ounces of Merino roving, 2 ounces long locks and 2 ounces shorter curly locks, one skein of yarn and one sock blank.

Timely Textures – Spinning Functional Art Yarns

Instructor:  ApothefaerySun - Textured Spinning
Date:  Sunday, July 3rd
Time:  9 am – 4pm
Cost: 
 $72 (Bring additional $45 for materials if purchasing from instructor)
Registration closes: July 1st
No. of Students: 
min. 5 max 18
Skill level: 
Advanced Beginner – ability to spin single ply of cohesive yarn, understand basic plying

Materials provided by student: Spinning Wheel or Spindle and 1 lb of roving or fiber batts and at least 4 ounces of curly locks OR students may purchase fibers from instructor for an additional $45.
Class Description: Do you love all the creative art yarns you see online and at craft fairs? Ready to expand your spinning into the great unknown? Or are you a knitting spinner who struggles to use your art yarns in a functional way? Come to my most popular class! I’ll not only cover So. Many. Techniques, but we’ll also talk about beehive, coil and lock placement for knitting these unique yarns without the struggle faced by so many spinners. After learning the basics of textured spinning, by perfecting thick and thin and corespinning, move on to beehives, continuous coils, boucles and multiples styles of lockspinning. On hands instructor time makes all the difference in these finicky techniques, and I’m excited to help each of you take your spinning to the next level!
Students need to provide Spinning Wheel or Spindle, 1 lb of roving or fiber batts and at least 4 ounces of curly locks (bringing fibers is optional, can be purchased through instructor at class for 45$)

Basic Woodturning

Instructor:  Larry Miller800px-Woodturning-33-Bowl-gje
Date:    July 9, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 3 – each is a separate class
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 
 
: $125
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

Bomaki Shibori – Pole Wrap Dyeing

Instructor:  Laura HunterL Hunter Shibori
Date:   July 9th
Time:  10 am – 3 pm
Cost: 
 
: $100
Registration closes: June 29th
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. 
Class Description: 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.

Beginning Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Riggphoto 3
Date:  Sun. July 10th
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.

Idea Into Form – Ceramic Sculpture

Instructor:  Nicole Gugliotti may-jun banner

Date:  July 21st – August 25th (6 weeks)
Time:  6 – 8 pm
Cost: 
 $165
Registration closes: July 20
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max 10
Skill level: 
Beginner to advanced

Materials provided by student: Apron, supplemental materials
Class Description: Idea into Form: Clay is an amazing material.  From a lump, we can create almost anything.  This class is for those who would like to learn (or learn more) about the material and bring their ideas into the world.  We will focus on sculpture and abstraction, moving from less to more abstract over 3 main projects.  Projects include: Reliquary for an Experience where students will create a reliquary to venerate a cherished object, Alive Forms, in which we will play with the (idea of) the figure (human, animal, magical?) and Making Spaces, where a series or set of multiple objects, as well as the space they take up, will make up the composition. For those accustomed to the functional and/or representational, Idea to Form will allow you to flex new muscles. Basic hand building techniques (pinch, hard slab construction, coil building, building solid and hollowing) will be used and basics mid-range glazing and electric firing will be covered.  Advanced students will be supported by the instructor in undertaking building and surface treatment exploration beyond the basic. Students may also register for open studio hours (Wednesdays from 6-8 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.

Creating Great Batts & Spinning Art Yarn

Instructor(s): Debra Lambert / Kim Perkinsspinning
Date: Saturday, July 23rd
Time:  10 am – 4  pm
Cost: 
$107 (Base fee: $72 + $35 for fibers)

Registration closes: July 20th
No. of Students: 
min. 6 – max. 15 
Skill level: 
While no prior experience in carding is necessary, some experience with spinning is needed. Participants must be able to use their wheel and know the basics of spinning fiber.

Materials provided by student: There will be drum carders in the class that you can use or, if you have one, please bring your own.   You will need your own spinning wheel. If you have fiber that you want to bring to include in your batt, or just to share, the more choices the merrier!
Class Description: The goal of carding is to create a batt that spins up easily and gives you more color and fiber choices as well as more control of your finished product. In this hands-on class, Kim Perkins, will demonstrate how to create textured art batts that are wonderful to spin.  Participants will be able to create their own batts with an array of wool, alpaca, silk, bamboo, nylon, locks, soy silk, soff silk, Angelina, fiber strips and other embellishments that will be provided. After you have created a great textured batt, you will learn to spin your very own one-of-a-kind art yarn with Debra Lambert as your guide. She will demonstrate how to sculpt your textured batt into beautiful hand spun art yarn while leaving the integrity of the curls, waves, and other add-ins. Her infectious creativity will help you craft a truly unique work of art. Throughout the afternoon, Debra will teach several art yarn spinning techniques including tail spinning, core spinning, coils and more.

Free Your Mind Weaving

Instructor: Debra Lambert weaving 2
Date: Sunday, July 24th
Time:  10 am – 4  pm
Cost: 
$92 ($72 + $20 for materials)

Registration closes: July 20th
No. of Students: 
min. 6 – max. 15 
Skill level: 
none

Materials provided by studentYou can bring your own handspun yarn or other add-ins if you wish. If not, no worries. All materials will be provided. Rigid Heddle Looms will also be available for sale at the end of the workshop in case you fall in love with weaving!
Class Description: Come and get your weave on with fiber artist Debra Lambert!  Debra will teach how to weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom and share her amazing creativity to inspire you to throw caution to the wind to produce your own one-of-a-kind woven piece of art. Pre-warped looms will be provided and ready for participants to being weaving right away. Using locks, different yarns and weights, ribbon and other add-ins, you will create your own unique textural landscape on the Rigid Heddle Loom.

Play with Clay – August

Class Description: During an informal 2 hour class students will have a chance to play with clay in a relaxed setting at Arbutus Craft School.  Light refreshments provided.  There will always be a guided theme project but experienced students are encouraged to design their own projects (working with the instructor to tailor the project to this short timeline.)  Additionally, students will have the option to glaze and fire their projects at a second meeting.  $40 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. Aug- Hot drinks (1)
Instructor:  Nicole Gugliotti
Date: August 5th
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Cost: $40 (includes clay, glazing and firing)
No. of Students:  Min. 3 – Max. 12
Skill level: suitable for beginning students
Materials provided by student: none
August project:  Hot Drink Smorgasbord – Participants will have the choice of making a set of espresso cups, a mug OR a jar and scoop for dry tea.  Get ready for the wintery precipitation!

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Beginning Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Riggphoto 3
Date:  Sat. August 20th
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.

Exploring Creative Strength Training

Instructor:  Jane Dunnewoldbook photo-creative strength
Date: Monday, Aug. 22nd
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $100

Registration closes: July 22nd
No. of Students: 
min. 4 – max. 24
Skill level: 
 any level

Materials provided by student:  pens, papers, crayons, markers
Class Description: Spend a day immersed in the strategies of the Creative Strength Training Program. This is lots of fun but is also instructive! Become a better artist by knowing more about yourself. Dismantle your Committee. Play and work simultaneously! No experience needed because you already have all the experience you need!  Based on her new book Creative Strength Training.

Jane’s Website: http://www.janedunnewold.com/

A New Approach to Color

Instructor:  Jane DunnewoldNew approach to color -Tue
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 23rd
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $150

Registration closes: July 22nd
No. of Students: 
min. 4 – max. 20 
Skill level: 
 any level

Materials provided by student: scissors, pins, paper, pencil, pen, glue stick,tape, exacto knife, 9” x 12” watercolor pad, fine tip and flat brushes, blue painter’s tape, palette (8” x 11” approximate, plexiglass ok), plastic cup for water, ruler, cutting mat, old washcloth to clean hands
Class Description: This is the crash course version of Jane’s online color class! Exercises that explore the three attributes of color – Hue, Value, and Intensity – are fun to do, and not what you might expect in a color class! But the good news is that by understanding these three qualities of color, and becoming able to identify them, you will be able to match and mix any color, with any paint, any time. Good artists play with color. Great artists understand color.

Jane’s Website: http://www.janedunnewold.com/

Intro to Sewing Knits with Your Serger

Instructor:  Eowynhandwarmers
Date: Friday, Aug. 26th
Time:  6 pm – 8 pm
Cost: $29

Registration closes: Aug. 15th
No. of Students: 
min. 4 – max. 12 
Skill level: 
basic machine sewing knowledge 

Materials provided by student: Students must bring their own serger, fabric scissors, thread snips, extra size 14 sewing machine needles, 4 cones of thread
Class Description: Students will learn the basics of threading, oiling, and setting up their serger to sew knit fabrics and created a pair of arm warmers made from recycled sweaters. When purchasing their thread, students should have in mind a color pallate for their arm warmers and choose a thread color to match.

Upcycled Sweater Elf Coat

Instructor:  Eowyn

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Date: Sat. Aug. 27th & Sun. Aug. 28th
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $204

Registration closes: Aug. 6th
No. of Students: 
min. 4 – max. 8 
Skill level: 
basic machine sewing & serger knowledge 

Materials provided by student: Students must bring their own serger, fabric scissors, rotary cutter and mat (optional), thread snips, extra size 14 sewing machine needles, at least 4 cones of thread, sweaters (optional: see description)
Class Description: Students will learn the process to create a one-of-a-kind, upcycled sweater coat using their serger. Students should have a basic knowledge of serging knits and have working and well maintained machine. If you feel you need a refresher on serger threading, oiling and operation, please consider taking the Serger Basics class being held by the instructor the evening prior to this class. The instructor will provide an assortment of sweaters to work from that have been carefully chosen, washed, and sorted into color groups. Students may choose to supplement with your own sweaters, but keep in mind that the fabrics should be washed and dried on hot before use, and very loose knits or thick sweaters tend to be more difficult to work with. When purchasing their thread, students should have in mind a color pallate for their coat and choose a thread color to match.

Arts & Crafts Style Embroidery – Basic

Instructor:  Roberta (Bobbi) ChaseArts & Crafts
Date: Sept. 8th & 15th
Time:  10 am – noon
Cost: 
$48 plus $20 material fee  (bring $20 to class)

Registration closes: Sept. 5th
No. of Students: 
min. 4 – max. 8 
Skill level: 
beginning 

Materials provided by student: screw-type 5” embroidery hoop, small scissors to clip threads
Class Description:  The Arts & Crafts Movement (circa 1910) marked a return to natural materials and natural designs.  It had its own architecture, of which many homes in the Olympia and Seattle area reflect, and these homes were decorated with very stylistic textiles.  While working at Craftsman Farms (former home of Gustav Stickley), I was able to do in-depth studies of such textiles.  During our first meeting, we will view a number of slides and see many examples of such textiles, discussing what factors go into this particular decorative art.  We will then practice some of the very simple embroidery stitches used, and discuss the very simple designs. At our second meeting, each person will work on their own linen project.  Design, colors, techniques, and threads will be formulated and set up for each person.  You can use your own design idea or choose from those offered. The “kit fee” of $20.00 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:  Mbellish “at” aol “dot” com (interpret as a normal email address, it is written out this way to prevent phishing).

Pine Needle Basket

Instructor:  Jim ShanowerPine needle basket 1
Dates and Times:  Fri Sept 16th 7 pm-9 pm, Sat Sept 17th 9 am-4 pm, Sun Sept 18th 9 am-3 pm
Cost: 
$156 & $35 for supplies (bring $35 to class)

Registration closes: Sept. 15th
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max. 8
Skill level: 
beginner

Materials provided by student: Students should bring sharp, small pointed scissors (like manicure scissors) and needle nose pliers, optional: magnifying eye glasses.  Bring $35 for material fee to first day of class
Class Description: In this introductory class students will weave a coiled pine needle basket around a polished stone cabochon. Using a unique spiral stitch, creating a basket attractive both inside and outside, students will learn how to shape their basket, add beads and wrapped coils, then taper and finish the final coil. The instructor provides all materials. Students should bring sharp, pointed scissors and needle nosed pliers.

Wheel Throwing – beginner and refresher

Instructor:  Mariella Lutzwheelthrowing
Date:  Sept. 19th – Oct. 31st (no class on 10/10)
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$245

Registration closes: June 3rd
No. of Students: 
min. 3 – max. 6
Skill level: 
none

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. The more time you spend in the studio, the faster you will develop your skills and control. Students are encouraged to sign up for additional studio time at the open studio on Wednesdays (for an additional fee).

Beginning Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Riggphoto 3
Date:  Sat. Sept. 24th
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.

Bruce Molsky Fiddle Workshop

Instructor:  Bruce MolskyBruce with fiddle 2
Date:  Sat. Oct. 1st
Time:  9:30 am – 11 am
Cost: 
 
: $30
Registration closes: Fri. Sept. 30th
No. of Students: 
min. 10 max 25 – age 14 and up
Skill level: 
See class description

Materials provided by student: instrument in good working order – recorder

Class Description: The workshop takes a hands-on approach to old time fiddle.  Tunes are taught a phrase at a time, first melody, then bowing, and then piecing things together.  We’ll dig into old-time music’s unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, etc.  The tune is the vehicle, so mostly we’ll be playing!

GENERAL INFO

A recorder is highly recommended.  Since developing ear training skills is one of the workshop goals, written music will not be provided. 

Suggested experience level:  If you’re comfortable with the instrument and have at least a small repertoire of tunes then you’ll be fine.  The skeleton of the tune is taught first, and then built upon with additional bowing, variations, etc. 

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Bruce Molsky Banjo Workshop

Instructor:  Bruce MolskyBruce with banjo
Date:  Sat. Oct. 1st
Time:  11:30 am – 1 pm
Cost: 
 
: $30
Registration closes: Fri. Sept. 30th
No. of Students: 
min. 10 max 25 – age 14 and up
Skill level: 
See class description

Materials provided by student: instrument in good working order – recorder

Class Description: The workshop takes a hands-on approach to old time banjo.  Tunes are taught a phrase at a time, first melody, then picking, and then piecing things together.  We’ll dig into old-time music’s unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, etc.  The tune is the vehicle, so mostly we’ll be playing!

GENERAL INFO

A recorder is highly recommended.  Since developing ear training skills is one of the workshop goals, written music will not be provided. 

Suggested experience level:  If you’re comfortable with the instrument and have at least a small repertoire of tunes then you’ll be fine.  The skeleton of the tune is taught first, and then built upon with additional picking, variations, etc. 

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Beginning Needle Felting – Wool Sculpture

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Instructor:  Gerda Randolph
Date:  Sat. Oct. 15 & Sun. Oct. 16
Time:  10 am to 4 pm
Cost: 
$120 & $28 for supplies (bring $28 to class)

Registration closes: Oct. 14
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max. 8
Skill level: 
beginner

Materials provided by student: none
Class Description: Join this class and learn to sculpt with wool using a sharped barbed needle called a felting needle.  It is fun and there is no end to the creative possibilities.  In this class, you will learn some of the basics to get you started: the kind of wool to use, differences in felting needles, and the techniques that will allow you to work on your own special creations in class.  All materials will be provided including core wool, an assortment of colored wool, felting needles in a variety of sizes, and a foam pad.  If you have any of these items and prefer to use your own, please call me to be sure that what you have will be appropriate for this class.

Introduction to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructors:  Marjorie Erickson and Jean Van EffenOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Date:   Oct. 22nd & 23rd (Sat and Sun)
Time:  9 am to 4 pm (1/2 hour lunch)
Cost: 
$291

Registration closes: Oct. 8
No. of Students: 
min. 3 – max. 8 
Skill level: 
beginning 

Materials provided by student: Consider bringing lunch, empty 3-ring binder and note-taking supplies, cloth tape measure, small sharp scissors, cushion to sit on benches
Class Description: In this class, students will learn basic weaving techniques using 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, throw a shuttle, maintain an even beat, keep neat selvedges and finish their completed projects.  Students will take home a minimum of 6 completed handwoven pieces.

Scandinavian Knife Making

IMG_6656Instructor:  Tim Nagle
Date:  Nov 5, 2016 through Nov 11, 2016
Time:  10 am to 6 pm Saturday & Sunday, 5:30 pm to 9 pm Monday-Friday
Cost: 
$325

Registration closes: 10-15
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max. 8
Skill level: 
none

Materials provided by student: none
Class Description: The knife is one of the oldest human tools, and a simple blade is capable of great expression which cannot be achieved by any other means.  In the Scandinavian tradition, carving knives have become highly functional works of art. In this introductory class we will usewood, metal, leather, and other materials to design knives and sheaths.  We will discuss blade choice, materials, function and design.  Each knife will be made to fit the builder’s hand, and will reflect their personal aesthetic.  Blades, leather, and other materials will be provided.

Basic Woodturning

Instructor:  Larry Miller800px-Woodturning-33-Bowl-gje
Date:    2017 dates- each is a separate class  Saturdays: January 14, February 11, March 11, April 15, May 13,  July 8, August 26, October 14, November 11, December 9
Time:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 
 
: $125
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

The Art of Viking Wire Weaving

Instructor:  Denise  ‘Dee’ Townsendwire bracelet
Date:  TBD
Time:  4:30 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$82

Registration closes:
No. of Students: 
min. 2 – max. 12 
Skill level: 
Beginners welcome, basic beading techniques helpful

Materials provided by student: Tools (wire cutter, each of these pliers: round nose, chain nose, flat nose. Optional pliers: nylon jaw. (I have a few extra tools for students to borrow)
Class Description: Viking Wire Weaving is an ancient technique for weaving lengths of wire around a mandrel to create a hollow wire tube which is then reduced in size by means a draw plate. The finished product can be made into jewelry and other decorative items. This technique may look complex, but it is very forgiving and easy to master. It is perfect for making bracelets, necklaces, and even earrings. Design possibilities are endless!