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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 


 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:

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.


Play with Ukulele

Instructor: Scuff
Dates: March 15
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $32
Registration Closes: March 13
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

I’ll bring the ukes, you bring yourself! The ukulele is a wonderful instrument for folks interested in learning music, it’s got some very easy chords to get you started, but can also be something you can spend a lifetime enjoying and learning. We’ll spend some time listening to ukulele music in multiple genres, talking about it’s history, and learning how to play. We’ll get into the tuning, some chords, a scale, and some songs. By the end of class, you’ll have the skills to get started on your musical journey, all you’ll need is a uke and to get strumming.  Come experience the joys of music with me in this two-hour class!

On the third Friday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm Arbutus offers an informal two-hour play with ukulele class. This class is for folks who haven’t played an instrument before, are coming back to music after a long absence, or want to try a totally new instrument, but if you’re willing to go with the pace of the group anyone is welcome! This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.


Basic Woodturning

Instructor:  Larry Miller
Date: 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


Creative Wooden Boxes

Instructor: Maddie Morgan
Dates: Tues & Thur eves March 19 – April 4
Times: 6-9 pm
Cost: $255
Registration Closes: March 17
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 8
Skill Level: Experience helpful but not required

Class Description: Most of us can easily imagine both the challenge and reward that comes from making sophisticated, large-scale pieces of furniture. But the series of steps involved in the design, fabrication, and finishing, not to mention the considerable commitment of time required, makes the prospect very daunting indeed. Even professional furniture makers aren’t immune to an occasional reluctance to engage in projects like that. Which is precisely why we so often enjoy setting those things aside for a bit just to have some fun making things that are small and simple and quick. This hands-on, 3-week, 6-session class, will give students an opportunity to do exactly that. You’ll learn to make precisely fitted and imaginatively finished small boxes that, despite their size and relative simplicity, will be as elegant and sophisticated as any larger piece of furniture. Students can expect to finish 1-2 boxes depending upon student.

Finishing materials are covered by the cost of class but students will pay instructor on the first day of class for lumber. There will be a selection to choose from; the less expensive option being poplar for $10 and a higher end option of either mahogany or cherry ranging from $35 to $50. Please be prepared to pay by check or credit card. Students who wish to make a second box can pay for additional material during class.


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.


Youth Music Class

Instructor: Scuff Acuff
Dates: Tues afternoons, March 26 – April 30
Times: 4-5 PM
Cost: $88
Registration Closes: March 28
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Provided by Student: None Required

Class Description: Are you a kid (or do you have a kid) who’s always been interested in learning to play the guitar, but don’t have a guitar?  Don’t worry, I’ve got plenty!  In this six-week beginners class I’ll supply a guitar (or bring your own if it’s acoustic) for each student and we’ll learn the basics to get you started playing.  We’ll cover the musical “alphabet”, what the strings are tuned to and how to tune them, chords, and scales.  We’ll also talk about soloing, songwriting, being in a band, different types of guitars/styles of playing and other fun music things.  Come learn about how awesome the guitar is!  Ages 8-12 are welcome.


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.


Basics of Natural Dyeing: Creating Color with Food 

Instructor:  Marja Eloheimo, Ph.D.  
Date:  Sunday, April 7 and Monday evening, April 8 
Time:  Sunday, 9:30-4:30, Monday, 6:00-9:00 
Cost: 
$125
Registration closes: 3 days before class
No. of Students: 
min. 5 max 10
Skill level: 
Beginner

Class Description: Welcome to the dyer’s art! In this two-day class, we’ll learn basic dye concepts, terms, and kitchen-friendly techniques. We’ll create color on yarn, fabric and paper, using five common foods. From these, we’ll yield 15 unique hues through after-bath modifiers, and we’ll explore ways to create your own individualized dye sample book. By request, we’ll start this class with the mordanting process before preparing our dye baths. We’ll also learn about the plants themselves, expanding how we see the natural world and the food we eat. When we leave the class, we’ll be prepared to explore dyeing at home, and sharing the fun with others. All levels of experience are welcome.


Photographing Your Art and Craft Work

Instructor:  Terry Liberty
Date:  April 6
Time:  9 am – Lunchtime: After Lunch is additional, optional practice
Cost: 
$50
Registration closes: 3 days before class
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 8
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Students should bring their own artwork to photograph and a camera if you wish. Also, bring a thumb drive if you wish to keep the pictures from the instructor’s camera.

Class Description: Class will be from 9:00 am – Lunchtime, Students may return after lunch for additional optional practice.

We’re all involved with making something of value, things that are useful and beautiful. We’re all proud of our work and need to photograph it so that others can appreciate it as well. Maybe we’re entering a juried show or selling our work on the Internet. Maybe we’re going to give our work away and want to keep a record of it for posterity or maybe we just want to post pictures on the Internet for friends, family and followers. Regardless of our reason, we’d like to show our work to best advantage. Often, however, our photographic efforts don’t live up to our expectations.

If this is true of you, this is the class for you!

We will present simple, affordable techniques to improve your photography so that you can make your work look as good as it should and we’ll do this with a minimum of technical/photo jargon and equipment.

The first half of the class will be presentations and discussion followed by a lunch break. The second half of the class will be devoted to demonstrations using your artwork if you wish to bring it.

This class is intended for any and all artists and crafts people. If you can make it you can photograph it!


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.


Intro to Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Rigg
Dates:  2019 – Apr 13, May 4, Jun 8;
each day is a separate workshop
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.

Blacksmithing classes are now being held at Kelly’s studio.  The address is 6305 Rich Rd. SE, Unit C, Olympia, WA 98501. 


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!  


Youth Pottery: Ages 9 – 16

Instructor: Meghan Hopkins
Dates: Friday afternoons: May 3 – June 7
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: May 3
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: Garden Creatures

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: May 3 & 17
Times: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $49
Registration Closes: May 2
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner

May Play with Clay participants will create garden creatures to look over their gardens. Will your creature be cute or creepy?

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.


Warp a Floor Loom; Weave a Scarf

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  2-day weekend workshop: May 4 & 5
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.)


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 


All About Spinning

Instructor: Emily Gray
Dates: Tuesday eves May 7 – June 11
Times: 6-8 pm
Cost: $200
Registration Closes: May 5
No. of Students: Min. 3, Max. 6
Skill Level: All levels
Age Group: Ages 14+

Class Description: All About Spinning will offer you the opportunity to learn just that. For the first three weeks we’ll learn about fiber, twist, and drafting on drop spindles, and for the second three weeks we’ll move to the spinning wheel to understand mechanization, ratios, and drive systems. In this fun, supportive, interactive class, students will spin and ply their own yarns, build community with other class members, and learn about fiber resources in our area. If you’ve ever wondered about how fiber becomes yarn, join us for this six-week exploration.  

Spinning wheels will be provided by Arbutus for the duration of the class; drop spindles may be purchased for $15 from the instructor at the first class. If you wish to buy 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).  If you have your own spindle and/or wheel, feel free to bring it. 


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: Thursday 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,- 



Shaker Boxes

(Registration Opening Soon)

Instructor:  Eric Cannizzaro
Dates: May 20 & 21
or May 22 & 23
Time:  6-9pm
Cost: 
TBD
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.


Metalsmithing: The Classical Double Loop-in-Loop Chain

Instructor:  Pamela Davis
Dates: May 25 & June 1
Time:  10 am – 3 pm
Cost: 
$222
Registration closes: 2 weeks before class
No. of Students: 
min. 5, max. 7
Skill level: 
Beginner
Materials provided by student: Nothing
Age Group: 16 and up

Class Description: Loop-in-Loop Chain making is an ancient technique that spans many cultures and countries. Considering the complexity and beauty of the product, the process is surprisingly simple. But like anything simple and handmade, time and technique come into play.
In this class you will learn basic metalsmithing techniques using fine silver. During our first session you will create jump rings and then fuse them using a torch. We will then cover shaping and weaving the pieces together. Between the first and second session you will take your jump rings home with the necessary tools to finish the weaving process. Depending on your ambition you will return for the second session with your bracelet or necklace. During the second session you will refine the piece by annealing it and stretching it through a drawplate. The last step is creating a clasp that will ensure you will walk away wearing a beautiful piece of art you have made!
The techniques covered in this class include cold forming metal wire, fusing fine silver with a torch, silver soldering, & basic fine metal hammering techniques.
The class fee will equip you with the materials you need to create a fine silver chain bracelet or necklace in addition to a few of the tools necessary to pursue further projects on your own. The instructor will provide you with sources for additional supplies and tools if you wish to develop your own home practice.


Garden Mosaics – Birdbath

Instructor: Jennifer Kuhns
Dates: June 1 & 2
Times: Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $241
Registration Closes: May 29
No. of Students: Min. 5, Max. 18
Skill Level: Beginner

Create vibrant, colorful mosaic art for the garden!

This class will cover the basics for exterior and garden mosaics.

Lecture will include info on substrates appropriate for exterior use and their preparation, fixatives, setting, grouting and sealing.

This class is great for the beginner as we will be covering tools, cutting techniques, and mosaic design, and is also appropriate for the student who has already experimented with interior or craft mosaics and would like to expand their knowledge to include exterior, garden or permanent installations.

Students will create a mosaic garden ornament using recycled glass tile on terra cotta to create a charming garden birdbath.


Play with Yarn

Instructor: Annette Harrison
Dates: June 7
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: 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.


Shipwright Workshop

Instructor: Ben Kahn
Dates: June 15 – 18
Times: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $392
Registration Closes: June 7
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10
Skill Level: Beginner
Age Group: 16+

This class is a unique opportunity for the artist or craftsperson who wants to develop woodworking skills that are used daily by boatbuilders. Students in this class will steam bend wood, draw and cut fair curves, make patterns, and make round items. The primary emphasis of this class is skills based, but students will also have some time to be creative and make pieces that utilize boatbuilding techniques. Wood will be provided by the instructor and can be purchased for projects. This class is hand tool intensive and is open to people of any skill level.

Students will need to bring approx. $40 for materials, to be purchased directly from instructor. 


Wooden Boatbuilding 

Instructor: Ben Kahn
Dates: August 21 – August 28
Times: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $784
Registration Closes: August 15
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 9
Skill Level: Beginner
Age Group: 16+

This course is focused on developing a basic understanding of wooden boatbuilding by constructing a small wooden rowboat (no plywood or glue).  I believe the skills learned in this class are useful to anyone who has an interest in woodworking, art, or construction.  Throughout the course there will be a variety of demonstrations helping the students prepare for the next step. Working together as a team, the boat will be assembled with near perfect joinery to keep it afloat. Skills acquired will also include basic hand tool use/maintenance, bending wood, making oars, and pattern making. 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 retained by the Folk School.


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.


Contemporary Tapestry Weaving

Instructor: Annette Harrison
Dates: TBD
Times: TBD
Cost: $188
Registration Closes: TBD
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.  


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 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.