Current Classes

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


 

Current and Upcoming Classes

Basic Woodturning

Instructor:  Larry Millerlarry-miller
Date:     January 7 or  February 11 
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

 

Embroidery!


Instructor: Bobbi Chase
Dates: Saturday, Jan. 14 and Saturday, Jan. 21
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM
Cost: $48, plus $6 to be paid to instructor on first day of class for materials.
No. of Students: Min. 3 Max. 8
Registration Closes: Jan. 13

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 – but what we will DO is 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 you’re there to tell me what you want to learn!

(Please note:  this is NOT a cross-stitch class.)

 

Ribbon Embroidery

Instructor: Bobbi ChaseRibbon Em 1
Date: Jan. 14
Time: 1:00-3:30 PM
Cost: $30, plus $12 to be paid to instructor at the beginning of class for materials
Registration Closes: Jan. 13
No. of Students: min 3 max 8
Materials Provided by Student: 5″ screw-type embroidery hoop, small scissors

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).

 

Foundations of Artisan Woodworking for Women

Instructor: Maddie Morgan
Dates: Tues. and Thur. evenings, Jan 17/19, 24/26, 31/Feb2, 7/9, (skip Valentine’s Day)/16, 21/23, Feb 28. Total of 33 hrs of instruction, plus 18 hrs of studio time. All project materials are included.
Time: 
6 pm – 9 pm
Cost: 
$484

Registration closes: Jan. 13
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.

 

Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher – Tuesday Evenings

Instructor:  Mariella Luzmariella-throwing-class-3
Date:  Jan. 17 – Feb. 28, Tuesday evenings (skips Feb. 14)
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$245

Registration closes: Jan. 16
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: none

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

Woodshop Open Studio

Instructor:  Terry Liberty
Dates:  Wednesday evenings:  Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 15, 22 
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost:
 $108 

Registration closes: Jan. 17
No. of Students: 
max 4  
Skill level: 
Must have taken hand woodworking classes at Arbutus or have instructor approval prior to participation

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

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

Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher – Wednesday Evenings

Instructor:  Mariella LuzCeramicsForMSM (7 of 27)
Date:  January 18-February 22, Wednesday evenings
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$245

Registration closes: Jan. 15
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: none

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

 

Introduction to Glaze Formulation

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Dates: January 19 – February 23, Thursday evenings
Time: 6-8 pm
Cost: $188
Registration Closes: January 17
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 7
Skill Level: Intermediate, students with prior experience working with clay and glaze in a typical classroom setting.
Materials Provided by Student: Students should bring: Apron, towel, at least 2 lidded plastic containers (32 oz yogurt containers work well, bring small ones as well if you wish to save small glaze batches). John Britt’s The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes recommended. Immersion blender recommended.

In this six week class, students will learn about materials used to create glazes. Through a series of labs they will become familiar with the constituent materials and then combine them to design our own glaze. Through this process students will be introduced to methods they can use to alter glazes to correct flaws, change color or adjust texture. All labs will be fired to Cone 6 in an oxidation atmosphere. Skills learned in this course can be applied to any firing temperature or atmosphere.

Note:
Student projects in this class will consist soley of test tiles for their glaze batches. If you wish to create additional ceramics, we encourage you to register for open studio; registration for this option can be found in our class listings. Open studio hours provide a student-centered learning environment amongst individuals with a range of skill levels.

 

Dorset buttons

Instructor: Bobbi Chasedorsets
Date: Saturday, Jan. 21
Time: 1:00-3:30 PM
Cost: $30, plus $6 for materials to be paid to instructor at beginning of class.
Registration Closes: Jan. 20
No. of Students: 3 min 8 max
Materials Provided by Student: small scissors

Dorset buttons are those that are made from fabric and thread. Before the first “button machine” was developed (to make shell buttons), buttons were made this way. In fact, it was the main industry of the town of Dorset (England) in the mid-1800’s, thus the name. They are a lot of fun and offer a lot of opportunity for creativity and personalization.
In class we will do the straight-forward “Singleton” button and move onto the various “Crosswheel” buttons. And finally we will make a Victorian Flag Button, which is done on a wooden form. These buttons are particularly useful for those who knit sweaters as you can make the size and colors you wish, and they are relatively lightweight.
The “kit fee” of $6.00 is to be paid to the instructor the first day of class. It will include materials to make at least 5 separate buttons.

 

Beginning Blacksmithing

Instructor:  Kelly Riggphoto 3
Date:  2017 dates – Jan. 22nd, Feb. 26th, Mar. 12th – each is a seperate class
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Cost: 
 
: $121
Registration closes: 3 days prior to class
No. of Students: 
min. 6 max 6
Skill level: 
Beginner 

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

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

 

Open Ceramics Studio – Hand Building

Instructor: Emily Tant
Dates: Monday evenings Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 20, 27
Time: 6-9 pm
Cost: $90 (5 sessions)
Registration Closes: Jan. 22
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 6

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

“A la carte” fees (bring cash or check to class):
Clay    – $8 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.

 

Bow Making and Leather Backpackpacking Making

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Instructor: Peter Yencken – Village Living Skills
Date(s):  Jan. 28th & 29th
Time:  9 am – 5 pm
Cost: 
$192. Please bring additional fee for materials depending on which project you select: materials fee for Backpack is $50, material fee for bowmaking is $30. Pay directly to instructor. 

Registration closes: Jan.14th
No. of Students: 
min. 5 max. 12

Skill level: beginners – Need to know if the bowmaker is shooting on a regular basis.
Materials provided by student: If you are coming to make bows, bring a pair of leather gloves. Bring notebook to take notes if you’d like
Class Description: Choose one of the following projects:

 Make a wooden bow from a hickory blank.

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.

Make a Leather Backpack

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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.

 

A Poetry Workshop by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Instructor: Tod Marshall
Date:  Jan. 29th
Time:  2:30 pm – 4 pm
Cost: 
$12

Registration closes: Jan. 28th
No. of Students: 
5 – 20

Skill level: beginners
Materials provided by student: something to write with
Class Description: Olympia Poetry Network, Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission present: A Poetry Workshop by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Workshop Subject: If You Ain’t No Place You Can’t Go Nowhere

This subject is from the title of Richard Hugo’s book The Triggering Town.  In his book, Hugo reminds poets of the importance of identifying the “where” of a poem and how rooting creativity to place can allow the imagination to grow in unexpected ways.  In this workshop, we will explore ways to connect our imagination to the real and imagined landscapes of Washington.  There are many ways, of course, that we can think about “place.”  Perhaps specific flora and fauna conjure place for us (salmon, Arrowleaf Balsamroot, delicious huckleberries).  Perhaps titles of towns or geological phenomena do the same (Anacortes, Mt. Rainier, Twisp; The Columbia, The Palouse, sharp columns of basalt, to name only a few).  Perhaps people—individuals or groups—make a “where” vivid in our minds (The Legion of Boom or the Wobblies in Washington, Chief Seattle or Ken Griffey Junior, Patty Murray or Kurt Cobain, Hope Solo or Sherman Alexie, Bing Crosby or Cathy McMorris Rodgers—to name only a few).  Using a controlled range of diction and some parameters regarding line and sound texture, we will work from freewriting to drafting a poem that might reveal something about where we are and where we’ve been, and perhaps such knowledge will tell us a little bit about who we are, were, and might be.

 

Mosaic Mirror

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Instructor: Jennifer Kuhns
Date(s):  Feb. 4 & 5
Time:  10 am to 4 pm
Cost: 
$189

Registration closes:  Jan. 28
No. of Students: 
min. 5 max. 12

Skill level: beginners
Materials provided by student: wheeled glass nippers 
Class Description: Join us on Feb. 4th and 5th from 10-4 for a fun two-day workshop where you will create a beautiful custom mirror using glass, tiles, and beads. It makes a lovely gift or addition to your home. No experience is necessary.

 

Wool Felt – Hat on a Ball

Instructor: Faith Hagenhofer
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Time:  10 am to 4 pm
Cost: 
$86

Registration closes: Feb. 7
No. of Students: 
min. 4 max. 12

Skill level: beginners
Materials provided by student: Dress to get wet.  Bring an extra large mixing bowl if you have one.  Bring 3 pair of queen size panty hose.
Class Description: Stylish and seamless, the handmade felt hat – In this one day workshop you will learn the fundamentals of making wool fleece into felt, by making a cloche –type hat.  Artist wishing to learn the techniques might ask themselves– Can I wear it?  Yes.  Can I appreciate it as a hollow form, with color, texture, and concept? Absolutely.  Your imagination is the only limit. 

 

Introduction to Electric Kiln Firing

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Date: Sunday, February 12
Time: 10 – 11 am
Cost: $15
No. of Students: Min. 4, Max. 10

In a short information lecture, students will be introduced to the basics of electric kiln firing.  Kiln anatomy, use of manual and computer controls, the ramp hold feature, loading and unloading, and basic kiln maintenance will be presented. There will be time for questions afterward. This class is recommended for kiln beginners.  Whether you just bought a new computerized kiln or you’ve had an old manual kiln in the garage for the last 10 years, this lecture is designed to get you going!

Kaleidoscope World Fiddle Class

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

Registration closes: Feb. 20
No. of Students: 
min. 6 max 15
Skill level: 
Beginner / refresher

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

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

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

Introduction to Weaving on a Floor Loom

Instructor:  Marjorie Erickson
Date:  Feb. 25 and 26
Time:  9 am – 4 pm with 1/2 hour lunch
Cost: 
$198

Registration closes: Feb. 11
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.

 

 

Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher – Wednesday Evenings

Instructor:  Mariella LuzCeramicsForMSM (7 of 27)
Date:  March 1 – April 5, Wednesday evenings
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$245

Registration closes: Feb. 27
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 5
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: none

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

Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher – Tuesday Evenings

Instructor:  Mariella Luzmariella-throwing-class-3
Date:  March 7 – April 4, Tuesday evenings 
Time:  6 – 9 pm
Cost: 
$209

Registration closes: March 5
No. of Students: 
min. 3 max 7
Skill level: 
Beginner 

Materials provided by student: none

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

 

Beginning Wood Carving

Instructor: Neil Harris
Dates:  March 4, 11, 18 & 26
Time:  10 am to noon
Cost: 
$96, plus $4 to pay instructor on first day of class.

Registration closes:  Feb. 25
No. of Students: 
min. 6 max. 8

Skill level: beginners
Materials provided by student: See list of optional materials in description
Class Description: “Beginning Wood Carving” with Neil Harris – This class will make four small beginner projects. Classes will focus on safety in using knives, how to keep your knife razor sharp, how to use patterns, how to make a cut out and learn different types of knife cuts. Students should bring instructor $4 on the first day of class to pay for the prepared wood blanks. Arbutus has a basic supply of tools for this class, however students may wish to purchase their own of any of the following items:

 

Basic Woodturning

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

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

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

 

Intro to Stone Carving

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

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

 

Handmade Felt Yardage

Instructor: Faith Hagenhofer

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Date:  March 18
Time:  9 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: 
$84

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

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

Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher – Tuesday Evenings

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

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

Materials provided by student: none

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

Wheel Throwing – Beginner and Refresher – Wednesday Evenings

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

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

Materials provided by student: none

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

 

Beginning Blacksmithing

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

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

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

Harmony Singing By Ear– The Natural Way!

Instructor: Sue Thompson
Date:  Sat. April 29
Time:  Morning session: 10 am -1 pm lunch break, 1-2 pm Afternoon session: 2 pm -5 pm
Cost: 
Half day (Morning or Afternoon): $40, All Day $70

Registration closes: April 25
No. of Students: 
min. 8 max. 20

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

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

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

You’ll also learn how to:

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

Morning session, Beginners, 10-am-1 pm:

You’ll learn the essentials you’ll need to figure out harmony by ear with confidence, including the three notes every harmony singer should know instinctively, and useful tricks that harmony aces use unconsciously.

Afternoon Session, Beyond Beginners, 2:00-5:00 pm

We’ll solve the mysteries of harmony below the melody, of blending, and getting the “Buzz.” Lots of practice in small groups, with personalized coaching!

To get the most out of these workshops, it’s best if you can already sing a melody reasonably in tune (none of us are perfect!). The afternoon session will build on the morning session, so if you want to come only to the afternoon session, it’s best if you can already figure out simple harmony parts above the melody by ear.

If you’re comfortable playing guitar, mandolin or banjo while you sing, please bring your instrument with you, as it will be helpful and fun in our small group practice sessions.

Come alone or bring your singing buddies or your band!

“As a result of your course I am now very comfortably able to easily find a good harmony. I now can just hear it and hit it.”  –David,T USA

“Thank you for making this workshop a great experience. I had great fun and I finally found a key to singing harmony that will really work!” –Fride, Norway

“I recognized a huge improvement I in my singing after just one lesson with you!  I amazed myself!  And it was so simple.”  –Mary, USA

 

Seasonal Natural Dyes

Instructor: Faith Hagenhoferarbutus-dye-class
Date:  May 6
Time:  9 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: 
$84

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

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

 

Intro to Stonecarving

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

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

Itajime Shibori – Clamp Dyeing

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