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.
Please note class takes place at Larry Miller's shop:
4621 John Luhr Rd Ne
Olympia, WA 98516
Instructor: Larry Miller
Capacity Remaining: 5
Dates: 10/12/2019 - 10/12/2019
Times: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Building: Larry Miller's Shop
Capacity Remaining: 2
Dates: 11/9/2019 - 11/9/2019
Dates: 12/14/2019 - 12/14/2019
Decorated Plates and Platters ~
As we begin readying for seasonal feasts and gatherings, having platters that accompany our favorite dishes are a must. In this class students will learn how to make slab plates and platters with clay, and learn techniques for decorative surfacing. We will work with colorful slips to create images by painting, stenciling, using wax resist, and carving. These are great techniques for creating festive images and patterns, no matter what your skill level is.
Ages 12 and up welcome!
Registration closes 3 days in advance of class
Instructor: Joelle Montez
Capacity Remaining: 10
Schedule Details: Sat. Nov, 9 1-4 pm; Wed, Nov. 13 6-9 pm
Dates: 11/9/2019 - 11/13/2019
Times: 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Days: W Sa
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Room: Ceramic Studio
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: Sunday evenings, Sept. 22 - October 27
Dates: 9/22/2019 - 10/27/2019
Times: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Capacity Remaining: 9
Schedule Details: Sundays, Nov. 24th - Dec. 15th; 5-8 pm.
Dates: 11/24/2019 - 12/15/2019
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 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.
Schedule Details: Monday, Sept 30, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Dates: 9/30/2019 - 9/30/2019
Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 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 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.
Capacity Remaining: 8
Schedule Details: Monday evening, September 23
Dates: 9/23/2019 - 9/23/2019
Schedule Details: Monday evening, September 2nd
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.
Instructor: Roberta "Bobbi" Chase
Schedule Details: Sunday, 10:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Dates: 10/13/2019 - 10/13/2019
Times: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Room: Front Classroom
Dates: 11/10/2019 - 11/10/2019
Dates: 12/15/2019 - 12/15/2019
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 workspace at home to work on your project, we strongly recommend taking advantage of the open studio option on Wed evenings 6-9pm.>
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: Tues & Thur eves from 10/29 to 12/12. Skips Halloween & Thanksgiving.
Dates: 10/29/2019 - 12/12/2019
Days: Tu Th
In this workshop, students will create a translucent stained-glass mosaic on a clear glass candle holder, which will be illuminated when placed in a window or lit by a tealight.
Students will have use of wheeled nippers to cut glass during this introductory level workshop, and will use clear adhesive to attach translucent glass pieces to a clear glass substrate, which is later grouted. The effect is similar to that of leaded glass, but created spontaneously, without planning, creating a pattern, numbering, and reassembling the pieces.
Students will complete the design the first day. The second day will be the following weekend, when we grout the completed project. Each student will receive two candle holder bases. Some students may work quickly and complete both during the workshop. Others may complete one candle holder but will leave with enough supplies to make another at home. The same techniques learned in this workshop can be used for any glass-on-glass mosaic project.
Students with glass cutting experience and scoring tools are welcome to bring their own tools and supplies, but the instructor will supply everything needed for a beginner student.
Ages 14 and up welcome!
Instructor: Jennifer Kuhns
Capacity Remaining: 12
Schedule Details: Sat, Nov 9 10am - 4pm. Nov. 16 10am - 2pm
Dates: 11/9/2019 - 11/16/2019
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Holiday Slab Mugs-
Cozy up this winter with a warm festive drink and your very own handmade mug. In this class we will learn how to make slab built mugs with decorative surface designs. Covering multiple techniques using slips to paint, stencil, carve, and apply wax resist, students will design images and patterns to adorn their mugs. These colorful surface techniques make it easy to create festive and fun pieces that are dishwasher and microwave safe, making them great holiday gifts. We will be enjoying hot cocoa and cider as we work!
Ages 12 and up welcome!
Registration closes 3 days before class.
Capacity Remaining: 15
Schedule Details: Two Sundays -- Nov. 10 & 17, 1-4 p.m.
Dates: 11/10/2019 - 11/17/2019
Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 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
Schedule Details: Oct. 19th & 20th - 10am-4pm both days.
Dates: 10/19/2019 - 10/20/2019
Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Days: Su Sa
Building: Blacksmith Studio
Schedule Details: Jan. 11th & 12th - 10am-4pm both days.
Dates: 1/11/2020 - 1/12/2020
Schedule Details: March 28 & 29, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days
Dates: 3/28/2020 - 3/29/2020
Schedule Details: May 16 & 17, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days.
Dates: 5/16/2020 - 5/17/2020
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.
Capacity Remaining: 1
Schedule Details: Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 am-4 pm
Dates: 9/21/2019 - 9/21/2019
Schedule Details: Sunday Oct. 6th from 10am-4pm
Dates: 10/6/2019 - 10/6/2019
Schedule Details: Saturday, Nov. 23rd from 10am-4pm
Dates: 11/23/2019 - 11/23/2019
Capacity Remaining: 6
Schedule Details: Saturday, Jan. 25th from 10am-4pm
Dates: 1/25/2020 - 1/25/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, February 8, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dates: 2/8/2020 - 2/8/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dates: 3/21/2020 - 3/21/2020
Dates: 4/25/2020 - 4/25/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, June 6
Dates: 6/6/2020 - 6/6/2020
This class will be about ribbon MANIPULATION, as opposed to ribbon Embroidery. We will NOT be sewing ribbon through fabric but will be forming flowers that can be applied to other things (quilts, clothing, purses, or hats, to name a few). We will form roses, pansies, violets, and fantasy flowers through the use of wire-edged ribbons as well as learning various ruching techniques to gather ribbons into different flower formations. AND the "perfect bow"! It is a fun class with fun results. The techniques have a variety of uses - big and small. And it'll keep your hands busy!
Students to bring: small scissors, to clip threads. small wire snippers (if you have them).
Please bring $16 to pay to instructor for kit materials.
Registration closes 4 days in advance of class.
Capacity Remaining: 7
Schedule Details: Saturday Nov 2nd
Dates: 11/2/2019 - 11/2/2019
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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:
September- Planters: Want to bring a plant indoors for the winter? Or just want to create a new container for your plant kids? From house plants to food, we'll create simple planters for use year round.
October - Yarn Bowls
November - Pins, Pendants, and Brooches
December - Tiny Porcelain Creatures
Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Schedule Details: Two Fridays! Oct. 11 & 18. 6 - 8 p.m.
Dates: 10/11/2019 - 10/18/2019
Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Schedule Details: Friday Nov 1st and Nov 15th, 6-8 pm
Dates: 11/1/2019 - 11/15/2019
The Gelli Plate printing is an exciting and easy way to make glorious prints. This no fuss, no hassle printing technique is all the rage right now precisely because you can make Monoprints or layered imagery easily, creating uniquely fabulous pictures.
This workshop will introduce you to the process of the Gelli plate and how to effectively use various elements to enhance your prints. Stencils, handmade cutouts, layered printing or simple monoprint collages are some of the ways to create on your Gelli Plate. The results will amaze you and can be used on your many art projects, including Art Journals, Scrapbooks and Specialty Cards.
Students will need to purchase a Gelli Plate Kit which is available here for about $22 before tax and shipping. Students should wait to order until class is confirmed 2 weeks prior to start date. The instructor has a couple extras available if needed for the start of class.
Ages 18 or older
Instructor: Rene Westbrook
Schedule Details: Wed evenings, Oct 23 - Nov 20 6-8 pm
Dates: 10/23/2019 - 11/20/2019
Instructor: Francis Fong
Schedule Details: Oct 18th, 6-9 pm; Oct 19 & 20, 10 am - 3:30 pm.
Dates: 10/18/2019 - 10/20/2019
Times: 6:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Days: Su F Sa
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
Student must be 14 years of age or older.
Schedule Details: Meets Thurs. 6-9 pm except Thanksgiving
Dates: 11/7/2019 - 12/19/2019
Schedule Details: Tuesday evenings, Nov. 12 - Dec. 17
Dates: 11/12/2019 - 12/17/2019
Schedule Details: Eight Tuesday evening sessions, 6-9 pm
Dates: 1/7/2020 - 2/11/2020
Schedule Details: Thursday evenings, Jan. 9 - Feb. 13, 6-9 pm
Dates: 1/9/2020 - 2/13/2020
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!
Instructor: Valerie Bline
Schedule Details: Tues Nov 12, Thu Nov 14 & 21 6:30-8:30 pm
Dates: 11/12/2019 - 11/19/2019
Times: 6:30 PM - 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
Schedule Details: Thurs 3:45-5:30, skips Nov 28 Thanksgiving.
Times: 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Ages 9 to 16 years old.
Registration closes 3 days before the start of class.
Instructor: Meghan Hopkins
Schedule Details: Oct 18 - Nov 22, Fridays, 3:30 - 5:30
Dates: 10/18/2019 - 11/22/2019
Times: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Instructor: Marjorie Erickson
Schedule Details: Two-day workshop, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day
Dates: 9/28/2019 - 9/29/2019
Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Room: Weaving Loft (upstairs)
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
Dates: 9/29/2019 - 9/29/2019
Monday, Sept 23rd, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
This class is a focused seven week study of the human figure. We will go over proportion and anatomy while learning to sculpt a realistic human form in clay. Each student will choose a pose to work from using reference photos and handouts. The main project will be a 16" tall full figure, as well as a number of detailed maquettes for focal points of study (eyes, ears, feet, etc.)
We begin by constructing armatures, which allow us to sculpt solid, and move through the process of hollowing and firing our sculptures. We will complete the course with mixed media surfacing techniques to create a variety of finishes.
This class is structured so that students gain a lot of technical skills while keeping space for individual artistic expression. All levels are welcome; those who are more advanced can accomplish more detail.
Ages 16 and up welcome!
Students should bring photos for reference
Capacity Remaining: 3
Dates: 9/4/2019 - 10/16/2019
Wed. eves, 6-9pm, Sept. 4 - Oct. 16
Instructor: John Brooks
Dates: 9/6/2019 - 9/20/2019
Friday September 6th & 20th from 6 to 8 pm.
Dates: 9/19/2019 - 10/24/2019
Thursday afternoons 3:45-5:30.
Dates: 9/6/2019 - 9/27/2019
Sept 6 - Sept 27, Fridays 3:30-5:30
Capacity Remaining: -2
Dates: 9/17/2019 - 10/22/2019
Tuesday eves 6-9 pm
Capacity Remaining: 0
Thursday eves 6-9 pm
Dates: 9/20/2019 - 9/29/2019
Students must be 18 years of age or older.
Sept 20&27-6-9pm; 21-22&28-29 10am-3:30pm
Instructor: Ed Salerno
Capacity Remaining: -3
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Building: Tenino Stonecarving Shed
Saturday, September 21, 10:00 - 12:00
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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