All upcoming classes for the Arbutus Folk School. We are always adding more classes, so check back often!
Registration closes 2 weeks before class.
Students need to pay instructor $20 in person for project materials.
In this class, students will make arrows in the traditional Welsh/British method using hand cut feathers which are wrapped onto the shaft rather than glued and field or target points.
Youth okay! Parents need to be sure the youth is capable of the work and prepared to stay during class.
Instructor: Peter Yencken
Capacity Remaining: 10
Schedule Details: Sunday September 15th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Dates: 9/15/2019 - 9/15/2019
Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Registration closes 4 days before the first day of class
While Arts & Crafts denotes a style (circa 1910), where the textiles involve both applique as well as embroidery stitches - combined. The era marked a return to natural materials and natural designs. The style had its own architecture, of which many homes in the Olympia and Seattle area reflect, and these homes were decorated with these stylistic textiles. While working at Craftsman Farms (former home of Gustav Stickley), I was able to do in-depth studies of such textiles. During our first meeting, we will view a number of slides and see many examples of such textiles, discussing what factors go into this particular decorative art. We will then practice some of the very simple embroidery stitches used (outline, blanket, couching, French knots), and discuss the very simple designs you can work. At our second meeting, each person will work on their own linen project. Design, colors, techniques, and threads will be formulated and set up for each person. You can use your own design idea or choose from those offered.
Students Should Bring: 5" - 7" screw-type embroidery hoop, small scissors and $20 to give to instructor for kit.
Instructor: Roberta "Bobbi" Chase
Capacity Remaining: 5
Schedule Details: Tues & Thurs eve, August 6th & 8th from 6-8 pm.
Dates: 8/6/2019 - 8/8/2019
Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Days: Tu Th
Room: Front Classroom
Registration closes 3 days before the first day of class
Ages 12 and up welcome!
Want to try and throw on the wheel? or need some more time to refine your existing skills? In this beginner's wheel throwing class we will cover the basics of throwing. We will go over prepping your clay, centering, opening your form, and then move on to trimming and glazing your final pieces.
I will also demonstrate how to create a handle for drinking vessels using multiple different hand building techniques.
I recommend bringing a towel and apron, but there are a limited amount in the studio.
Instructor: Andritta Bernstein
Capacity Remaining: 7
Schedule Details: Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:00 pm, July 31st to August 28th.
Dates: 7/31/2019 - 8/28/2019
Times: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room: Ceramic Studio
Four Week Version
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 youâ€™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: 8
Dates: 7/24/2019 - 8/14/2019
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 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: 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.
Dates: 7/22/2019 - 7/22/2019
Dates: 7/29/2019 - 7/29/2019
Dates: 8/5/2019 - 8/5/2019
Capacity Remaining: 6
Dates: 8/19/2019 - 8/19/2019
Dates: 8/26/2019 - 8/26/2019
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.
Registration closes 4 days before the first day of class
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.
Students Should Bring: 5" screw-type embroidery hoop, & small embroidery scissors. Bring $7.00 to pay instructor directly for materials kit. (You may purchase a good quality 5" embroidery hoop for an additional $7.00)
Schedule Details: Saturday August 3rd & 10th from 10 am to 12 pm.
Dates: 8/3/2019 - 8/10/2019
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This class will involve embroidering on a pre-hemstitched linen handkerchief with silk threads and adding a lace edging (if you wish). The hankie would make a very nice personalized gift.
There are some extra considerations to be addressed when embroidering on the corner of a handkerchief: how to get it in your hoop, caring about how the back looks, and transferring
the design. We will be using a simple initial - accomplished with shadow work, which will be taught in class - and a bit more of embroidered decoration added.
This work is smaller than those in my previous embroidery classes. If you feel you need a bit of magnification, please bring it with you.
Students Should Bring: 5"-6" screw-type embroidery hoop, small scissors, and $17.00 for the kit fee which includes the hankie, threads, lace.
Schedule Details: Sunday August 25th from 10 am to 1 pm
Dates: 8/25/2019 - 8/25/2019
Times: 10:00 AM - 1:00 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.
Capacity Remaining: 9
Dates: 8/11/2019 - 8/11/2019
Times: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Student Requirements: Know how to knit and purl. Yarn - usually 1 pair of socks takes 100 grams for sock weight/fingering more for DK or worsted. 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.
Instructor: Candace Wood
Dates: 8/22/2019 - 8/29/2019
Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
1 Day Workshop
Dates: 8/24/2019 - 8/24/2019
Instructor: Beth Neff
Capacity Remaining: 12
Schedule Details: Wednesday, August 21, 2019: 6 PM - 8 PM
Dates: 8/21/2019 - 8/21/2019
Schedule Details: Sunday, August 18, 2019: 9 AM - 11 AM
Dates: 8/18/2019 - 8/18/2019
Times: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Instructor: Terry Liberty
Schedule Details: 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.
Dates: 8/17/2019 - 8/17/2019
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.
REGISTRATION CLOSES 2 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF CLASS
Instructor: Nicole Gugliotti
Schedule Details: Friday August 2nd & Friday August 16th from 6-8 pm
Dates: 8/2/2019 - 8/16/2019
Schedule Details: Friday September 6th & 20th from 6 to 8 pm.
Dates: 9/6/2019 - 9/20/2019
Registration closes 2 weeks before class. Please bring $30 at beginning of class to pay instructor for materials.
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.
Youth welcome! Parents must be sure the youth is capable of the work and prepared to stay during class.
Dates: 9/14/2019 - 9/15/2019
Days: Su Sa
Registration closes 2 weeks before class starts. Please bring $35 at the start of class to pay the instructor for materials.
Wool is the most amazing fiber! Using only water and soap processing, it can be spun into yarn for knitting or the roving can be used for felting. In this class we will use roving and hot soapy water and add friction to create felt boots. This is the wet felting method using a resist. These boots are made to fit perfectly to your own feet. We will put a sole on them if you want to use them outside. They are great for winter use inside and outside.
Youth welcome! Parents need to be sure the youth is capable of the work and prepared to stay during class.
Schedule Details: Friday, September 13 - 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Dates: 9/13/2019 - 9/15/2019
Times: 6:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Days: Su F Sa
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: 11
Dates: 7/28/2019 - 7/28/2019
Instructor: Ed Salerno
Capacity Remaining: 4
Dates: 8/3/2019 - 8/3/2019
Building: Tenino Stonecarving Shed
Instructor: Francis Fong
Dates: 8/4/2019 - 8/4/2019
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Schedule Details: Sunday 10 am to 12:30 pm
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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.
Instructor: Ben Kahn
Schedule Details: 8 days, August 21-28, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Dates: 8/21/2019 - 8/28/2019
Days: Su D Sa
Capacity Remaining: 3
Schedule Details: Fri 9/6, 6-9 pm; Sat 9/7, 10am-3:30pm; & Sun 9/8, 10am-3:30pm.
Dates: 9/6/2019 - 9/8/2019
Times: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday, September 14th 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
REGISTRATION CLOSES 3 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF CLASS
Dates: 9/14/2019 - 9/14/2019
Times: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Student must be 14 years of age or older.
Schedule Details: Tuesday eves 6-9 pm
Dates: 9/17/2019 - 10/22/2019
Schedule Details: Thursday eves 6-9 pm
Dates: 9/19/2019 - 10/24/2019
Students must be 18 years of age or older.
Schedule Details: Sept 20, 6-9 pm; Sept 21 & 22, 10am-3:30pm; Sept 27 6-9pm; Sept 28 & 29 10am-3:30pm
Dates: 9/20/2019 - 9/29/2019
Dates: 9/21/2019 - 9/21/2019
Instructor: Marjorie Erickson
Dates: 9/28/2019 - 9/29/2019
Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Room: Weaving Loft (upstairs)
Dates: 9/29/2019 - 9/29/2019
Dates: 7/17/2019 - 8/14/2019
Five Week Version
Five Week Version
Wednesdays from 6-9 pm, July 17 through August 14.
Capacity Remaining: 0
Dates: 7/16/2019 - 8/20/2019
Tuesday eves 6-9 pm
Instructor: Joe Tougas
Dates: 7/16/2019 - 7/23/2019
Capacity Remaining: 1
Dates: 7/18/2019 - 8/22/2019
Thursday eves 6-9 pm
Capacity Remaining: 2
Dates: 8/3/2019 - 8/4/2019
Instructor: Keith Phillips
Dates: 8/3/2019 - 8/24/2019
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Please note, class takes place at the Tenino carving shed: 147 Olympia St N, Tenino, WA 98589
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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