All upcoming classes for the Arbutus Folk School. We are always adding more classes, so check back often!
Class will cover basic lathe operation, safety, proper use of a core set of lathe tools, tool sharpening, how to prepare wood for turning, mounting techniques, and finishing. This is a hands on class where students will complete a spindle project (wooden carving mallet, stirring spurtle, or garden dibble - student's choice) during the morning and a small bowl in the afternoon, both of which they'll take home. For students interested in acquiring their own lathe or tools, the instructor will provide a catalog and review lathe options and tips on how to acquire equipment and tools at reduced costs.
Students are welcome to bring any personal woodturning tools they have and the instructor will review them with the student on proper use and if necessary show them how to sharpen.
13 years and up welcome!
Youth as young as 10 may be permitted but only after instructor has talked to a parent.
Please note class takes place at Larry Miller's shop:
4621 John Luhr Rd Ne
Olympia, WA 98516
Instructor: Larry Miller
Capacity Remaining: 5
Schedule Details: Saturday, September 12 8 am - 4:30 pm
Dates: 9/12/2020 - 9/12/2020
Times: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Building: Larry Miller's Shop
JOIN US IN JANUARY TO MAKE WALL POCKETS!
Each month on the first & third 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. $48 class fee includes clay, glaze and firing. This class is intended for adults. Wine is available for purchase.
Projects for upcoming months:
December - Tiny Porcelain Creatures
January - Wall Pockets
February - Matching Mugs
Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Capacity Remaining: 10
Schedule Details: January 1st, 6-9 pm and January 17th, 6-9 pm
Dates: 1/3/2020 - 1/17/2020
Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Room: Ceramic Studio
JOIN US IN FEBRUARY TO MAKE MATCHING MUGS!
Schedule Details: February 7th, 6-9 pm & February 21st, 6-9 pm
Dates: 2/7/2020 - 2/21/2020
Times: 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Skill Requirement: Previous ceramic experience and familiarity with Arbutus studio required.
Ages 18 and older
This class is created for people who are familiar with the Arbutus ceramic studio, know how to work with clay and would like to create their own project with the guidance and support of an instructor.
Please bring your ceramic skills and your ideas for a project
- anything you have always wanted to make and anything that makes your heart sing! Mike will encourage and guide students working on independent projects using the wheel, handbuilding and/or tile techniques. Students may experiment with glazes and underglazes to color, define and beautify your work.
This class does not include clay or firing fees as every project will be different. Please expect to purchase clay and kiln firing fees in class, similar to our open studio model.
Clay: $10- $13 per 25 lb bag
Firing: Charge depends on dimensions of work being fired
Glazes: included in firing fee
This is a great opportunity to make a ceramic project of your own including a mosaic tile backsplash for your kitchen or bathroom, tile a tabletop, make your own set of dishes or whatever you'd like to accomplish with the support of an instructor.
Please bring drawings, ideas and hopes for a project you would like to create.
Instructor: Mike Cummins
Capacity Remaining: 4
Schedule Details: Sundays, Nov. 24th - Dec. 15th; 5-8 pm.
Dates: 11/24/2019 - 12/15/2019
Times: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This is both uninstructed shop time for independent project work using hand tools, and an opportunity for beginners interested in practicing basic hand tool techniques. An experienced woodworking instructor will be on hand to ensure the safe use of tools and equipment.
Register 5 days in advance: $15, less than 5 days or drop in: $20
Note: Arbutus is developing plans for community accesses to woodworking machines during open shop. Updates shared via our newsletter.
Instructor: Francis Fong
Capacity Remaining: 8
Dates: 11/20/2019 - 11/20/2019
The purpose of this class is to demonstrate how to mount an embroidered motif onto a 3" disc - padded, backed, and edged - to complete it into a hanging ornament. If you have any small embroideries you would like to use, please bring them. If you have none, we will take a moment at the beginning of class to create a simple one.
We will mount the embroidery on a 3" padded disc. We will also create a padded disc for the back of the ornament. We will sew the two together and leave the edge either plain, corded, or beaded. All 3 techniques will be taught. By the end of class you should have 1 completed ornament and know how to make more!!
Bring to class: small scissors to clip threads, a 4"-5" screw-type embroidery hoop to make a small, simple motif in class.
$5 to pay to instructor for kit materials.
Instructor: Roberta "Bobbi" Chase
Schedule Details: Saturday, December 7th, 10am-1pm
Dates: 12/7/2019 - 12/7/2019
Times: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Room: Front Classroom
As winter glides into Olympia on little bunny skates, cozy up indoors. Use tufts of wool and a needle to sculpt a skater or skier in motion, maybe start an ice hockey team. Maybe you'll choose snow people or a traditional holiday figure.
This course is early enough in December for you to create a gift for the winter sport enthusiast in your life or craft extraordinary ornaments for your tree.
For your wool being, sculpting with wool is a relaxing, portable art you can enjoy anywhere, maybe in front of a warm fire. All experience levels welcome. Materials included.
Instructor: Valerie Bline
Schedule Details: Three sessions: Dec. 3, 5 & 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
Dates: 12/3/2019 - 12/10/2019
Times: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Days: Tu Th
Schedule Details: Friday 12/6, 6-9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 12/7 & 12/8, 10 am - 3:30 pm
Dates: 12/6/2019 - 12/8/2019
Times: 6:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Days: Su F Sa
Are you looking for an alternative to traditional holiday decorations? In this class we will take a new approach to celebrating the holidays by making our own figurines that tell stories. Creating characters with clay, students will take creative freedom in designing a narrative scene of their choice. We will use craft to retell the stories that shape our lives and make new stories to pass on. Come to class with a story in mind, ready to brainstorm as a group how to best execute your ideas. We will have two sessions for sculpting, and one session for painting/glazing. Students can choose from a variety of surfacing, either glazing their sculptures or using paints and mixed media. Come craft!
Ages 13 and up welcome!
Registration closes 3 days in advance of class.
Instructor: Joelle Montez
Schedule Details: Wed. Dec. 4th, 6-9pm, Sun. Dec. 8th, 1-4pm, & Wed. Dec. 11th, 6-9pm.
Dates: 12/4/2019 - 12/11/2019
Days: Su W
Student Requirements: Know how to knit and purl. Bring yarn - usually 1 pair of socks takes 100 grams for sock weight/fingering more for DK or worsted and bring 32' circular needles appropriate for the yarn weight. Students will need to knit a gauge swatch prior to class using their selected yarn and needles in order to calculate cast on stitches and overall stitch count.
Ages 16 and up welcome!
Instructor: Candace Wood
Capacity Remaining: 7
Dates: 12/8/2019 - 12/14/2019
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Days: Su Sa
JOIN US IN DECEMBER TO MAKE TINY PORCELAIN CREATURES!
Capacity Remaining: 9
Dates: 12/6/2019 - 12/13/2019
Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Have you ever wanted to try wheel throwing but you're not sure if you're ready to commit to a 6-week class? This is an opportunity to spend a couple of hours throwing to see if you like it. Demonstrations in centering and throwing basic forms will be given and students will have time to try it out to see if they like it. There will be no trimming, glazing or finishing of pieces.
Ages 12 and up welcome!
Instructor: Andritta Bernstein
Capacity Remaining: 3
Dates: 12/15/2019 - 12/15/2019
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Come create whimsical winter ornaments in this all-ages craft night. We all like to decorate for the seasons, and what is better than having your own handmade trinkets to adorn with! Bring your kids, parents, and friends for some quality crafting time.
Ages 8 and up welcome!
Registration closes 3 days in advance of class.
Capacity Remaining: 15
Times: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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 -12:30 pm. 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.
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.
Schedule Details: Sunday, 10:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Times: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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):
Firing: Charge depends on volume of work being fired
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.
Capacity Remaining: 2
Schedule Details: Monday, November 25
Dates: 11/25/2019 - 11/25/2019
Schedule Details: Monday, December 2
Dates: 12/2/2019 - 12/2/2019
Schedule Details: Monday, December 16
Dates: 12/16/2019 - 12/16/2019
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 wheel throwing. 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.
Schedule Details: Monday evening, December 2
Schedule Details: Monday evening, December 16
Dates: 12/4/2019 - 12/4/2019
Dates: 12/11/2019 - 12/11/2019
Dates: 12/18/2019 - 12/18/2019
Come meet your fellow crafters as we knit and purl! Ask other community members for advice, show off your latest project, or just enjoy the sound of needles as we work together.
$5 Suggested Donation
Capacity Remaining: 12
Schedule Details: Knitting Circle meets from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Sunday, November 24.
Dates: 11/24/2019 - 11/24/2019
In this course we will explore the art of self-portraiture in clay. We will take photos at the beginning of class to use as reference tools, and each student will make their own bust. We will learn how to lay out facial features using proportion and experiment with sculpting techniques to get realistic and gestural representation. Though we will focus on learning accurate depiction, there will also be space to add conceptual elements to your sculpture. Each student will learn the process of working with ceramic materials from wet clay to hollowed, fired bisque ware, finishing with multi-media surfacing. No prior experience is needed; all levels are welcome and encouraged!
Skill Level: All levels
Ages 14 and up welcome!
Schedule Details: Class meets Wednesday from 6-9:00 pm from Jan. 8 through Feb. 26.
Dates: 1/8/2020 - 2/26/2020
Student must be 14 years of age or older.
Capacity Remaining: 6
Schedule Details: Eight Tuesday evening sessions, 6-9 pm
Dates: 1/7/2020 - 2/11/2020
This class is appropriate for students with all levels of experience, who possess an interest in wheel thrown pottery. It is a great opportunity for beginners to learn the process by which a soft lump of clay is transformed into a finished ceramic piece. Advanced students will have the chance to expand their understanding of wheel thrown pottery, attempt new techniques, and develop their personal style. In addition to throwing topics, methods of surface treatment like slip decoration and glazing techniques will be explored. A variety of pottery traditions will be addressed and discussed throughout the scope of the class.
14 years and older welcome.
Registration closes 3 days before start of class.
Instructor: Alan Perillo
Schedule Details: Wednesday afternoons 1-4 pm, Jan 8 through Feb 12.
Dates: 1/8/2020 - 2/12/2020
Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Schedule Details: Knitting Circle meets from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Sunday, December 22.
Dates: 12/22/2019 - 12/22/2019
Schedule Details: Thursday evenings, Jan. 9 - Feb. 13, 6-9 pm
Dates: 1/9/2020 - 2/13/2020
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 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 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 work space at home to work on your project, we strongly recommend taking advantage of the open studio option on Wed evenings 6-9 pm.>
Week 1 - Class 1: Sharpening, Class 2: Project Planning and Wood Selection
Week 2 - Class 3: Handtool instruction and practice Class 4: Joinery instruction
Week 3 - Class 5: Begin Project, Class 6: Project
Week 4 - Classes 7 and 8: Project
Week 5 - Classes 9 and 10: First finish
Week 6 - Class 11: Second finish
Instructor: Madeline "Maddie" Morgan
Schedule Details: Tue & Thu eves, Jan 14 - Feb 20, 6-9 pm
Dates: 1/14/2020 - 2/20/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, 8-4:30
Dates: 1/11/2020 - 1/11/2020
In this three session class students will learn a combination of hand-building techniques to create small, medium or large-scale serving platters and bowls.
In the first session we will explore slump molds and slab-building to create our forms. In the second session we will add desired attachments such as handles or adornments and explore surface decoration techniques such as sgraffito and painting with underglazes and slips.
Students will return for the final session to glaze work. Students can expect to leave with one large serving vessel or multiple smaller vessels. Some experience in working with clay would be beneficial but we can cover the basics for beginners.
Materials provided by students:Towel or Apron helpful but not required. If students have any special sgraffito tools or brushes for applying slips I would encourage bringing them, though we do have communal tools and brushes available in the studio.
Registration closes 3 days before start of class.
Skill Level: Intermediate/Beginner
Ages 18 and up
Schedule Details: January 11, 12, & 18, Noon to 3:00 pm
Dates: 1/11/2020 - 1/18/2020
Times: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ages 9 to 16 years old.
Registration closes 3 days before the start of class.
Instructor: Meghan Hopkins
Schedule Details: Friday afternoons, 3:30-5:30, Jan 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st
Dates: 1/10/2020 - 1/31/2020
Times: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
In this intermediate 2-day blacksmithing class students will learn the processes involved with making a pair of tongs, a walking chisel, a hammer and a round punch. If time allows material will be available for making other chisels and punches that are common in the blacksmithâ€™s shop.
The class is intended for students who have a bit of forging experience under their belt already or have taken a beginning blacksmithing course before.
The goals of this class is to teach students in a laid back, fun positive environment the techniques involved in tool making for the blacksmith shop.
18 years and older only
Durable, close-toed shoes, and long pants required
Blacksmithing classes are located at Kelly Rigg's studio at 6305 Rich Rd. SE, Unit C, Olympia, WA.
Directions: Yelm Highway to Rich Rd SE, 3/4 Mile (or so) on right hand side to "Arts Park" main entrance. Look for the "Studio 23" sign above the studio entrance.
Instructor: Kelly Rigg
Capacity Remaining: 0
Dates: 1/11/2020 - 1/12/2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Building: Blacksmith Studio
Jan. 11th & 12th - 10am-4pm both days.
Schedule Details: Sunday morning, January 19
Dates: 1/19/2020 - 1/19/2020
Schedule Details: Friday afternoons, 3:30-5:30 pm, Feb 7th-28th
Dates: 2/7/2020 - 2/28/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, February 8 8 am-4:30 pm
Dates: 2/8/2020 - 2/8/2020
The introduction to blacksmithing course is a six-hour course designed to expose students to basic blacksmithing techniques. Students will begin the day by making nails - nails are a great exercise as they require several different forging techniques: drawing a taper, using a hot cut hardy, and upsetting. In making the nails students will also gain confidence in swinging a hammer, hitting accurately and with vigor, managing hot steel in the forge and comfortably working at the anvil.
The second exercise will be to make decorative leaves. Leaves are a great next step as they use several of the techniques learned in making the nails plus a few new techniques are introduced, such as the use of a chisel on hot steel, spreading metal to make the lobes of the leaf and sinking the leaf form into a stump. The piece of steel with a leaf on one end can then become many different things, a simple hook, a fire poker, a BBQ fork, or whatever else the student comes up with.
The last portion of the day is set aside to simply practice skills learned. Students can make a bottle opener, coat hook, more nails, more leaves, etc.
The primary goals of the class are for students to have a fun time in a relaxed environment and learn basic blacksmithing skills.
Registration closes 1 week before the day of class.
Students must be 18 years of age or older.
Durable, close-toed shoes, and long pants required.
Schedule Details: Saturday, February 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Schedule Details: Saturday, March 14 8-4:30
Dates: 3/14/2020 - 3/14/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dates: 3/21/2020 - 3/21/2020
Schedule Details: March 28 & 29, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days
Dates: 3/28/2020 - 3/29/2020
In this introduction to Pine Needle Basketry, students will weave around a pre-drilled wooden center, learning the basic spiral stitch, a unique method of weaving, to create a coaster attractive on both sides.
The instructor provides weaving materials. Please bring $20 to pay the instructor directly for materials. Students should bring sharp pointed scissors, needle nosed pliers, and a lunch.
Ages 14 and up welcome! Ages 12 & 13 welcome if accompanied by an adult - both adult and child must be registered for class.
Thanks to the generosity of the instructor, we are able to offer this class at half the usual price!
Instructor: James Shanower
Capacity Remaining: 1
Schedule Details: A weekend class, Sat and Sun, March 28 & 29, 10-4pm both days
Schedule Details: Friday afternoons, 3:30-5:30 pm, March 6th-27th
Dates: 3/6/2020 - 3/27/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, April 11 8 am-4:30 pm
Dates: 4/11/2020 - 4/11/2020
Dates: 4/25/2020 - 4/25/2020
Schedule Details: Fridays afternoons, 3:30-5:30 pm, May 1st-22nd
Dates: 5/1/2020 - 5/22/2020
Registration closes two weeks prior to start of class.
Instructor: Keith Phillips
Schedule Details: Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm, May 2 - May 23
Dates: 5/2/2020 - 5/23/2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Building: Tenino Stonecarving Shed
Schedule Details: Saturday, May 9 8 am-4:30 pm
Dates: 5/9/2020 - 5/9/2020
Schedule Details: May 16 & 17, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days.
Dates: 5/16/2020 - 5/17/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, June 6
Dates: 6/6/2020 - 6/6/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, June 13 8 am - 4:30 pm
Dates: 6/13/2020 - 6/13/2020
Dates: 12/14/2019 - 12/14/2019
Times: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Schedule Details: Monday evening, November 18
Dates: 11/18/2019 - 11/18/2019
Capacity Remaining: -1
Dates: 11/23/2019 - 11/23/2019
Saturday, Nov. 23rd from 10am-4pm
Dates: 1/25/2020 - 1/25/2020
Saturday, Jan. 25th from 10am-4pm
Instructor: Joelle (do not use) Montez
Schedule Details: Monday, October 21.
Dates: 10/21/2019 - 10/21/2019
Schedule Details: Monday, October 28.
Dates: 10/28/2019 - 10/28/2019
Schedule Details: Monday evening, October 21
Schedule Details: Monday evening, October 28
Schedule Details: Monday evening, November 4
Dates: 11/4/2019 - 11/4/2019
Dates: 11/7/2019 - 12/19/2019
Meets Thurs. 6-9 pm except Thanksgiving
Dates: 11/12/2019 - 12/17/2019
Tuesday evenings, Nov. 12 - Dec. 17
Woolly Woodland: Critters, Mushrooms, and Bees
Wool is a magical and engaging medium. Discover how a tuft of shapeless fiber can be transformed by the poke of a needle into a figure of your imagination.
This class will accommodate beginners and those with some needle felting experience. You will learn basic skills and hone techniques to create sculptures with any degree of detail you desire.
Crafting mushrooms is a fun and forgiving way to discover possibilities and develop skills with needles and wool. It will help you to decide on the next figure you choose to felt.
Choose a critter: an owl, bear, mouse or bunny. Creating your critter will build on the confidence and skills you learn from making your first mushroom.
In the last session, if you are confident enough to go small, you can test your newly acquired talent on a bee or felt a whole colony of bees.
All materials provided
Registration closes the Sunday before class
Ages 15 and up welcome!
Dates: 11/12/2019 - 11/19/2019
Tues Nov 12, Thu Nov 14 & 21 6:30-8:30 pm
Arbutus Folk School is delighted to offer youth craft classes taught by Hilary Morris!
The theme for the September/October session of the Youth Craft Class is 'Little Creatures". We will explore mediums such as clay, felting, and painting to create some of our favorite animals! Bring a photo of your pet or favorite critter to turn into art! Thursdays after school, 3:45 - 5:30.
The theme for November 7-Dec. 19 (skipping Nov 28 for Thanksgiving) is making gifts ~ There's nothing better than a handmade gift! We will explore different mediums such as clay, felting, paper crafts and more to create perfect gifts for everyone on your list, and one or two special items for yourself as well!
Six-week sessions allow the opportunity to create within several mediums, with at least 5 take home projects. Students are encouraged to return for future sessions to create more! Ages 8-12 are welcome; we look forward to sharing these beautiful handcrafts with our young community!
Instructor: Hilary Morris
Times: 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Thurs 3:45-5:30, skips Nov 28 Thanksgiving.
Dates: 10/18/2019 - 11/22/2019
Oct 18 - Nov 22, Fridays, 3:30 - 5:30
Message phone: (360) 350-0187
120 State Avenue NE, #298
Olympia, WA 98501
Facility Physical Address (no mail please):
610 4th Ave E.
Olympia, WA 98501
Our current open office hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 10-2 pm. Since we have very limited staff, we recommend calling the facility before coming to be sure we are there. We are closed on major holidays.
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