All upcoming classes for the Arbutus Folk School. We are always adding more classes, so check back often!
2-Dimensional needle felting is the process of using specialized barbed needles to felt patterns and designs onto a flat sheet of wool fabric.
In this class students will create an embroidery hoop wall hanging of a gray whale in the ocean, with a sailboat and other fish swimming around it. During this project, students will:
Ages 13 and up welcome! Full scholarships available for youth with financial need - apply at https://arbutusfolkschool.org/youth-scholarship-program/.
Students do not need to have prior experience with felting, this is an entry level project.
All participants are required to wear masks.
Due to COVID we can only permit 5 students and one to two instructors in the class. UNFORTUNATELY WE CANNOT ALLOW DROP-INS DURING THIS TIME - PLEASE PLAN AHEAD.
Please visit our website for a detailed description of the precautions we are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic and for the requirements for all who visit the school.
Instructor: Amanda Hanson
Capacity Remaining: 1
Schedule Details: Thursday evening 6-8 PM
Dates: 9/30/2021 - 9/30/2021
Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Room: Front Classroom
Drop spindling is one of the oldest fiber arts, believed to have started with a simple stick rolled on the thigh. In this class we will learn about wool fiber, its characteristics, and the different varieties of drop spindles. We begin with lap spinning and quickly move onto the drop spindle and how to create the yarn you are looking for. In the second week we will learn how to ply your fiber into a 2-ply yarn!
This class is for beginning spinners. No experience required.
Students must bring a drop spindle. If you do not already own a Spindle, the instructor recommends the purchase of a Schachts Hi-Lo 3” 2.2 ounce spindle which can be purchased online from a variety of websites.
Ages 14 and up welcome! Full scholarships available for youth with financial need - apply at https://arbutusfolkschool.org/youth-scholarship-program/.
Instructor: Wendy Clark
Capacity Remaining: 3
Schedule Details: Tues. eves, 6-8 PM
Dates: 10/12/2021 - 10/19/2021
Students need to bring the following to class:
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. We will make 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 am happy to follow your interest!
Students bring $5 to first day of class for embroidery materials which include fabric, a variety of threads, needles, and written instructions. This will be paid to the instructor on the first day of class. Instructor will also bring good quality hoops available for purchase if needed for $8.
Ages 18 and up; ages 13-17 welcome with a registered parent.
Please note: this is not a cross-stitch class.
We are only permitting 5 students and one to two instructors in the class. WE REQUIRE PARTICIPANTS TO WEAR A MASK WHEN INSIDE THE BUILDING.
UNFORTUNATELY, WE CANNOT ALLOW DROP-INS DURING THIS TIME - PLEASE PLAN AHEAD.
Instructor: Roberta "Bobbi" Chase
Capacity Remaining: -3
Dates: 10/2/2021 - 10/16/2021
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturdays, Oct 2, 9, and 16, 10 to noon
Capacity Remaining: -1
Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturdays, Oct 2, 9, and 16, 1-3 PM
In beginning Rigid Heddle weaving you will learn the parts of a rigid heddle loom and the importance each part plays in your weaving. You will learn how to warp a loom and weave a scarf. You will also learn hemstitching that holds woven yarn in place after the scarf is removed from the loom. We’ll talk a little about Fibonacci sequencing that will help you design future projects. We will also discuss different weave structures and how color can really impact your woven items. Our first woven project will be a houndstooth scarf made out of worsted weight yarn, wool will work best. You will choose your own two contrasting colors, preferably one light and one dark. A traditional houndstooth pattern is made from very light grey or off white and a charcoal grey or black color palette. However, this is your scarf so your color choice will be perfect. Just make sure to pick a light and a dark color. You will need to bring two skeins of yarn at approximately 220 yard per skein (average cost $25), Scissors, Tape measure, and Tapestry needle. Ewe & I in Chehalis. The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique, and Our Local Yarn Shop (OLYS) will all give a 10% discount on these supplies if you mention your purchase is for a class at Arbutus.
13 years and up welcome with a parent enrolled!
We are still taking precautions against COVID:
Instructor: Joan Hoffmeyer
Dates: 9/25/2021 - 9/26/2021
Times: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Days: Su Sa
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
Schedule Details: Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
Dates: 11/20/2021 - 11/21/2021
In this beginning spinning class we will discuss wheel mechanics, learn about twist and how fiber behaves, worsted and woolen spinning, and how to make balanced singles and 2 ply yarn. Our focus will be on spinning wool.
Ages 14 and up welcome!
Bring a spinning wheel if you own one, if not you may borrow one from the school.
Capacity Remaining: 5
Schedule Details: Wednesday eves, 6-8 PM
Dates: 11/3/2021 - 11/17/2021
Students will learn the basics of woodworking in this introductory class while building a Kentucky stick chair. Course will cover choosing material, measuring & layout, accurate cutting, drilling holes, surface prep and assembly. Safety, use of power & hand tools, setting up a shop, and finishing will also be covered.
This Lightweight and foldable chair is an excellent addition to an outdoor space. It can be customized in several ways to suit any personal style.
If available, students may wish to bring an electric drill and any smoothing or shaping tools. All materials and a shareable class set of tools will be provided.
Ages 16 and older welcome! FREE for youth with financial need - call us at 360-350-0187 for enrollment at no cost with a youth scholarship.
Enter from the alley way behind building. Please wear a mask for the duration of the class.
Instructor: John Chernoff
Schedule Details: October 2 & 9, 9am-1pm
Dates: 10/2/2021 - 10/9/2021
Times: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Makah Tribal Style Cedar Bark Basket
Ages 18 and older
Takes place at Millersylvania State Park - Kitchen Shelter #1
In this two-day class hosted at Millersylvania State Park, you will weave a 4 to 5-inch cedar bark spiral basket with Melissa Peterson. Melissa Peterson is a Makah tribal member living on the Makah reservation and weaving Makah traditional & contemporary basket for 53 years. Melissa collects and processes all of the materials used in her basketry. She has been a cultural arts specialist for 40 years, teaching multiple generations, and shares her knowledge with non-tribal folks interested in Makah basketry as well. Class takes place in an open-air CCC shelter in Millersylvania State Park. Students should bring a small knife like a pocket knife, a pair of scissors, and a small basin for water. Course fee includes all other materials needed to complete the project.
This folk & traditional arts workshop is supported with funding from Northwest Heritage Resources, a Washington state cultural non-profit organization, and presented in partnership with the Washington State Parks Folk & Traditional Arts Program.
Class fee waived for members of regional tribes. Please contact email@example.com to register and have your fee waived.
Kitchen Shelter 1 is the stone CCC building closest to the Flagpole parking lot. It has a large fireplace and big doors, and is open air with some windows which can be opened for further ventilation.
Please note that this class was originally scheduled for September 11th and 12th, 2021, but has been postponed to April 2nd and 3rd, 2022 due to Covid. The April class is already full but we encourage you to join the waitlist if interested in case Covid has greatly improved by the spring and we can expand the class size, or in case other students drop out.
Instructor: Melissa Peterson
Dates: 4/2/2022 - 4/3/2022
Building: Millersylvania State Park
Room: Kitchen Shelter #1
This class is appropriate for students with all levels of experience. Together, using slab or press mold construction we will make trays. These can be serving trays, nesting trays, or charcuterie boards! This easy two-part class is a fun way to create something beautiful and useful. These trays can be personalized by adding handles, texture, painted patterns, or sculptural embellishments. Basic construction methods, template use, and surface treatment like slip decoration, and glazing techniques will be explored.
Bring an apron and towel, be prepared to get a little messy so things you wont mind getting dusty or stained on glazing day.
All participants are required to wear a mask. Due to COVID we can only permit 6 students and one to two instructors in the studio at one time. UNFORTUNATELY WE CANNOT ALLOW DROP-INS DURING THIS TIME - PLEASE PLAN AHEAD. Please visit our website for a detailed description of the precautions we are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic and for the requirements for all who visit the school.
Instructor: Lys Opp-Beckman
Capacity Remaining: 6
Schedule Details: Sunday eves, 6-8:30
Dates: 11/7/2021 - 11/14/2021
Times: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Room: Ceramic Studio
This class is appropriate for students with all levels of experience. Together, using pinch construction we will make a luminary. Luminaries are a type of ceramic lantern. Luminaries are a fun alternative to a carved pumpkin you can use year after year. This easy two-part class is a fun way to bring something fun way to create some personalized holiday decorations or just bright light to the start of the fall season! These lanterns can be personalized by adding negative space cut outs for lights to shine through, texture, painted patterns, or custom monograms. Basic construction methods, template use, and surface treatment like slip decoration, and glazing techniques will be explored.
Bring an apron and towel, be prepared to get a little messy so things you won't mind getting dusty or stained on glazing day.
All participants are required to wear a mask.
Due to COVID we can only permit 6 students and one to two instructors in the studio at one time. UNFORTUNATELY WE CANNOT ALLOW DROP-INS DURING THIS TIME - PLEASE PLAN AHEAD.
Schedule Details: Tues eves 6-8:30 PM
What better way to welcome winter than cozying up with a beautiful mug you made. This class is appropriate for students with all levels of experience. Together, using pinch or slap construction we will craft mugs. These mugs can be personalized by adding handles, texture, painted patterns, or custom monograms. Basic construction methods, template use, and surface treatment like slip decoration, and glazing techniques will be explored.
Wear comfortable clothes that you are ok getting a little dusty. We also reccomend bringing your own apron.
Schedule Details: Wednesday eves, 6-8:30 PM
Dates: 12/1/2021 - 12/8/2021
4 week class, Caregivers and their child 5-8
This weekly class will focus on projects related to the given season: from Harvest time to Halloween. Students will have the opportunity to learn the process of handbuilding from start to finish, bringing home fired work at the end of the series. Projects ideas include leaf pressing and pumkin luminaries.
Full scholarships available for youth with financial need; call 360-350-0187 to apply.
We highly recommend that students bring their own towel and apron.
Instructor: Eowyn Smith
Capacity Remaining: 0
Dates: 9/25/2021 - 10/16/2021
Times: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Arbutus is hosting an "Embroidery Circle" for those who want to meet up with other stitchers in the community. 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!! Class size remains small for Covid safety and we cannot accept drop-ins art this time, so please register if you plan to attend. Please remember to bring your mask!
Capacity Remaining: 4
Dates: 10/10/2021 - 10/10/2021
In this class we will explore methods of making an embroidery more "realistic" by blending colors, creating shadows, and accenting edges by order of stitching: Thread Painting. While the embroidery stitches themselves are not complicated, I would not suggest this class for an absolute beginner! The primary stitches used will be split, outline, satin, and long & short. In the first session we will work with wool thread, and in the second session single-strand cotton thread. It is such fun to see your embroidery "come to life"!
Ages 18 and up; ages 13-17 welcome to register with a registered parent.
To meet the Washington Safe Start COVID-19 protocols we can only permit 5 students and one to two instructors in the studio at one time. WE REQUIRE THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS WEAR A MASK WHEN INSIDE THE BUILDING.
Schedule Details: Sunday Oct 3 & 17, 10 to noon.
Dates: 10/3/2021 - 10/17/2021
Capacity Remaining: 2
Schedule Details: Sunday Oct 3 & 17, 1-3pm.
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.
Students must be 15 years of age or older. Durable, close-toed shoes, and long pants required.
COVID-19 protocols are in place - all participants must wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing. Only 4 students per class are allowed to allow for social distancing and to avoid tool sharing.
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. 30th, 10 am to 4 pm
Dates: 10/30/2021 - 10/30/2021
Building: Blacksmith Studio
Schedule Details: Nov. 20th, 10 am to 4 pm
Dates: 11/20/2021 - 11/20/2021
Schedule Details: Jan. 22nd, 10 am to 4 pm
Dates: 1/22/2022 - 1/22/2022
Schedule Details: Feb. 26th, 10 am to 4 pm
Dates: 2/26/2022 - 2/26/2022
Schedule Details: Mar. 26th, 10 am to 4 pm
Dates: 3/26/2022 - 3/26/2022
Schedule Details: Apr. 23, 10 am to 4 pm
Dates: 4/23/2022 - 4/23/2022
All skill levels
Adults and Youth 12+
Learn and experience Latin American folklore and Canto Nuevo music with musicians Patricia Mazuela and Abel Rocha of Sin Fronteras. All skills levels and musical talents are welcome!
This is a 2-part workshop happening on Oct 26th and Nov 2nd from 6:30-8pm. Meet in the Olympia Family Theater next door to Arbutus Folk School. We will be using spaces at both Arbutus Folk School and the Olympia Family Theater.
In this workshop, students will learn guitar, jarana, percussion, and vocals for 2-4 songs from the nueva canción movement of Latin America. All other instruments are welcome to participate in adaptation to the genre. Please bring along your instrument of choice.
Firstly a general introduction will be made to the genre, history, the political movement, and lyricism. This will be followed by the technical elements of instrumentation, song structure, fundamentals and a bit of theory. Finally, all of this will be incorporated into training for live performance.
Sin Fronteras will perform live at Arbutus Folk School on November 13th at 7pm. A few students will be selected from the workshop to perform with the band during the concert! Students selected to perform may need to bring their own sound equipment. Concert tickets are available for purchase at https://arbutusfolkschool.org/sin-fronteras-concert-november-13th-2021/.
Read more about Sin Fronteras at https://www.sinfronteraseattle.com/. This folk & traditional arts workshop is supported with funding from Northwest Heritage Resources, a Washington state cultural non-profit organization.
Due to the increased risk of Covid transmission in settings involving singing, we are asking that all participants be fully vaccinated before attending and wear masks at all times while present in the class.
Instructor: Patricia Manzuela, Abel Rocha
Dates: 10/26/2021 - 11/2/2021
Times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
This class is for ages 8-12
In this class students will learn how to create their own soft, and colorful, fall pumpkin patch out of wool. During this class students will: Have time to create a variety of different felt pumpkins. Learn the process of needle felting and the science behind it. Learn how to safely use the needle felting tools. Students do not need to have prior experience with felting, this is an entry level project. All felting supplies will be provided to students, with take-home tools to continue needle-felting on your own! For the youth class, please plan to arrive 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin to check your student in. Needle felting is the process of using specialized barbed needles to sculpt wool fiber. As the needle touches the wool, it grabs onto the fiber and compresses it together turning it into a solid shape. Full scholarships available for youth with financial need - apply at https://arbutusfolkschool.org/youth-scholarship-program/.
Due to COVID-19 protocols we can only permit 6 students and one to two instructors in the studio at one time.
ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR A MASK WHEN INSIDE THE BUILDING.
UNFORTUNATELY, WE CANNOT ALLOW DROP-INS DURING THIS TIME
Schedule Details: Satuday afternoon 1-3:30 PM.
Dates: 10/23/2021 - 10/23/2021
Times: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
This class is for adults and teens ages 13 and up
Schedule Details: Satuday afternoon 4:30-7 PM.
Times: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
In this class students will learn how to create their own soft and fuzzy eight-legged friend! Each wooly spider will also include a magnet, allowing it stick to metal surfaces. Students will learn the process of needle felting and how to safely use the needle felting tools. Students do not need to have prior experience with felting, this is an entry level project. All felting supplies will be provided to students, with take-home tools to continue needle-felting on your own! For the youth class, please plan to arrive 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin to check your student in. Needle felting is the process of using specialized barbed needles to sculpt wool fiber. As the needle touches the wool, it grabs onto the fiber and compresses it together turning it into a solid shape.
Full scholarships available for youth with financial need - apply at https://arbutusfolkschool.org/youth-scholarship-program/.
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Times: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
OUR COMMUNITY CERAMICS STUDIO SESSIONS PROVIDE SPACE FOR STUDENTS TO WORK ON SELF-DIRECTED PROJECTS IN HANDBUILDING AND WHEEL THROWING.
Open to ages 14 and up. We encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity to supplement other courses or to work on self-guided projects. While instruction is not included in these sessions, our knowledgeable studio lead is there to answer questions and offer support. If you wish to complete a project, it is recommended to register for 2 or 3 consecutive classes. Clay and firings are not included but are available for an added fee. Purchase one 25 pound bag of clay for $10, or porcelain for $13. Cost of firings varies according to dimensions of your work.
Instructor: Kate Slosson
Dates: 9/27/2021 - 9/27/2021
Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday evening, 6-9 PM
Schedule Details: Monday evening, 6-9 PM
Dates: 10/4/2021 - 10/4/2021
Dates: 10/11/2021 - 10/11/2021
Dates: 10/18/2021 - 10/18/2021
Dates: 10/25/2021 - 10/25/2021
Dates: 11/1/2021 - 11/1/2021
Dates: 11/8/2021 - 11/8/2021
Dates: 11/15/2021 - 11/15/2021
Dates: 11/22/2021 - 11/22/2021
Dates: 11/29/2021 - 11/29/2021
Ages 14 and up welcome! FREE for youth with financial need - call us at 360-350-0187 for enrollment at no cost.
In this beginner wheel throwing class we will cover the basics of centering on the wheel! We will focus on throwing bowls and cylindrical forms. I will go over trimming your pottery and attaching handles or adornments. There will be demonstration on various surface techniques throughout the process of finishing your pieces, such as adding texture when the clay is wet to layering glazes once the piece has gone through its first firing. Working with clay is the medium in which I use to balance my body and soul and I hope to share that sentiment with you in this 6-week course.
Dates: 9/25/2021 - 11/6/2021
Sat. eves, 6-9 PM - skips Halloween weekend.
6- Week Class
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.
Course includes one 25-LB bag of clay, bisque, and glaze firing.
Instructor: Alan Perillo
Schedule Details: Monday afternoons, 1-4 PM
Dates: 11/1/2021 - 12/6/2021
Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This course is a prerequisite for using any woodworking machines in the woodshop. Through this course, students will learn how to use a miter saw (chop saw), jointer, planer and bandsaw safely and effectively.
Students will begin the class by watching training videos, followed by a discussion and written test, and then the instructor will demonstrate proper use of the machines. Finally, the students will be required to pass a hands-on test where they will sequentially use the machines to mill a rough piece of wood square, flat and parallel on each surface.
Successful completion will be recorded and the student will be qualified to use the machines during open woodshop hours.
ENTER FROM THE ALLEY WAY
To meet the Washington Safe Start COVID-19 protocols we can only permit 5 students and one instructor. WE CANNOT ALLOW DROP-INS DURING THIS TIME - PLEASE PLAN AHEAD.
AGE REQUIREMENT: 16 YEARS AND UP
Schedule Details: Saturday from 10 AM to 12:30.
Dates: 12/11/2021 - 12/11/2021
Ages 5-8 with parent or guardian
During this 4-week weekly class Caregivers and their child or children ages 5-8 we will share well-known stories and collectively create characters and the places they live, creating our own pathway into imaginations. Students will have the opportunity to learn the process of handbuilding from start to finish. Participants will bring home fired work at the end of the series.
Parents or guardians need only register for one spot for each child they bring. For example, one child and guardian = 1 registration; two children and one guardian = 2 registrations. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Dates: 9/15/2021 - 10/6/2021
Times: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday afternoons, 3:30-5 PM
Capacity Remaining: -18
Dates: 9/15/2021 - 10/20/2021
Wed. eves, 6-9 PM
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
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