Celebrate our region's vibrant cultural heritage by attending a folk & traditional arts workshop at Arbutus Folk School. Supported with funding from Northwest Heritage Resources, a Washington state cultural non-profit organization, these workshops are a chance to try your hand at something new while meeting and working with master artists and culture bearers of the Pacific Northwest.
Ages 12 and older
Create your own intricate batik scroll using traditional Miao batik techniques. Miao is one of the 56 ethnic groups in China! Through this four-session course you will learn about the rich history of the Miao people, who discovered batik and passed it on from generation to generation. You will design your batik while exploring the cultural significance of objects (such as butterflies, flowers, trees, and birds) found in nature, and use traditional Chinese Miao wax knives, beeswax, cloth, and dye to create your scroll. You will also learn about batik clothing and the different batik garments worn during festivals and other important events. Don’t miss the chance to learn this unique folk art from China!
Appropriate for Beginner skill levels. Previous students are also welcome to register if they would like to continue practicing and advancing their batik skills.
Course runs for four weeks, and is open to students ages 12 and older.
Classes take place at Arbutus Folk School, 610 4th Ave E, Olympia.
All necessary materials will be provided.
Please wear old clothing that can get dirty as you will be using wax and dyes. An old towel would be useful as well.
For students enrolled with OASIS, this class may qualify as a CBI for your arts learning. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for your student.
Note: Before registering for a series (a course which contains more than one class) students should make sure that individual class dates aren’t in conflict with their schedules because we cannot provide refunds or make-ups. Course payment is for the entire series and not individual classes within the series. If you do miss a class, let your instructor know, and they will be happy to answer your questions about what you may have missed.
Instructor: Kuen Kuen Spichiger
Capacity Remaining: -1
Dates: 10/1/2022 - 10/22/2022
Times: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Room: Front Classroom
Four Saturdays. First two sessions are from 8:30am-12:30pm. Last two sessions are from 8:30am-10:30am.
Ages 15 and older
I am a weaver of baskets, a gatherer, an artist, a farmer, a teacher, a naturalist, a fermentationist, an upcycler and recycler, and a lover of wildness. I love to turn supple willow into beautiful and sturdy baskets that can carry the garden harvest or hold my yarn.
I was introduced to this form by an old German man when I was a child. He had learned it as a child. He inspired me and weaving with willow has been a passion of mine for decades.
As we weave together you will learn all aspects of this basket form: hoops, god’s eyes, ribs, weaving, and sustainable gathering.
Come join me to weave willow and community. (Kari Bown)
Open to students ages 15 and older. Appropriate for all skill levels. No prior experience necessary.
Classes take place at Arbutus Folk School, 610 4th Ave E, Olympia. Parking downtown is free on weekends. Please enter through the door in the alley behind the building.
All materials will be provided. Students should bring (if you have them) a sharp knife (pocket knife, grafting knife, or carving knife) and pruners/clippers.The instructor has a few extra hand pruners and knives, and they can be shared to some degree. Baskets will be roughly 14 inches in diameter.
Please bring lunch (there are also various eateries nearby to purchase food), snacks, and water.
Note: Before registering for a series (a course which contains more than one class) students should make sure that individual class dates aren’t in conflict with their schedules because, regretfully, we cannot provide refunds or make-ups. Course payment is for the entire series and not individual classes within the series. If you do miss a class, let your instructor know, and they will be happy to answer your questions about what you may have missed.
Please wear a mask while attending classes, and do not attend classes if you are feeling ill or have had contact with Covid-19. Please notify Arbutus staff in the event that you test positive for Covid so that your fellow students can be notified of possible exposure.
Instructor: Karen (Kari) Bown
Max Class Size: 12
Minimum Class Size: 5
Capacity Remaining: 7
Dates: 11/12/2022 - 11/20/2022
Days: Su Sa
Schedule Details: Two consecutive weekends.
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Room: Ceramic Studio
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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