Here you will find listings for all classes dedicated to young people, usually ages 6-9, 8-12, and 10-13, but sometimes for ages 5-8 as well. Teens are accepted into many of our general classes, so check those listings for students 13 and older.
Sign up with your friends and design your own Halloween tealight luminaries in this fun 2 session course!
The instructor will demonstrate basic handbuilding and sculptural techniques, and students will learn how to use pinch pots to create a jack o' lantern, and slabs of clay to create a ghost. Students will then finish by decorating their masterpieces with underglazes. Parents may pick up once the pieces are fired in our kilns.
No prior experience is needed for this class. All necessary materials will be provided. Students should wear clothes that can get dirty or bring an apron, and a hand towel. Note that masks are required for the duration of class.
Please plan to arrive 5-10 mins before each class to sign your student(s) in. Students also need to be signed out before leaving.
For students enrolled with OASIS, this class may qualify as a CBI for your arts learning. Please contact us at email@example.com to make arrangements for your student.
This fun and personalized beginner's wheel throwing and handbuilding course is designed for youth to learn about the art and science of ceramics. With no judgement and no grades, students learn by doing, and follow their interests to design and create ceramic artwork.
The instructor will share demonstrations in wheel throwing, sculptural handbuilding, and slab building. Students will then practice and use these techniques to create at least two pieces to take home. Students are encouraged to complete at least one handbuilt piece and one piece on the wheel, and are then guided in glazing their work to achieve desired colors.
Appropriate for all skill levels, students brand new to the craft as well as those who have taken previous classes in ceramics are all welcome to join, and will receive individualized support in this small class setting. To ensure a positive experience for everyone, students will need to be able to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful and not overly distracting to other students, and to follow instructions to ensure their own safety as well as correct usage of the studio's tools and equipment.
All materials and tools will be provided, and course includes bisque and glaze firings. Students should wear clothes that can get dirty or bring an apron, a hand towel. Please plan to arrive 5-10 mins before each class to sign your student(s) in. Students also need to be signed out before leaving.
Note: Masks are encouraged for the duration of classes.
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.
In this class each student will make their own needle felt mushroom, complete with a wood stand. The emphasis will be on blending and layering colors of fiber to create a more natural looking sculpture.
This is an entry level project and no prior experience with felting is required. Students will learn about the process and science behind needle felting, and how to safely use special felting tools. All felting supplies will be provided to students, with take-home tools to continue needle-felting on your own!
Please check on the left for class age range. For the youth classes, please plan to arrive 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin to check your student in. Note that masks are required for the duration of the class.
In this three hour workshop we will combine pre-cut shapes to make your holiday decorations sparkle with the beauty of glass. You can make frosted glass snowmen, gleaming Christmas trees, or other winter ornaments you design and decorate. A truly festive Pacific Northwest occasion with music and snacks! Individuals, families and groups are all welcome to come and enjoy the holiday spirit together!
This is a beginning level course. No experience is necessary. The basics of kiln casting and vocabulary terms will be presented, and students who complete the class will be eligible to participate in next-level glass classes with the instructor. All supplies are included. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants in the glass studios.
This workshop is taught by renowned glass artist, Mary Van Cline, and takes place at Glass-Studio.US, located in the New Kamilche area. Mary will email exact directions to all registered students prior to the start of the course. Your finished tealight can be picked up at Arbutus Folk School, 610 4th Ave E, the week after the course ends, during any of our Ceramics Open Studio hours: Sundays (9am-noon), Mondays (6-9pm), and Thursdays (2-5pm).
This is an amazing string-teaching program that allows youth and adults with no previous fiddling experience to acquire basic skills on the fiddle (violin) and to be able to solo perform a three-chord fiddle tune with guitar accompaniment. Additionally, participants will learn how to produce sound effects to musically illustrate a short folk story narrated by the instructor. Students will learn about the history and traditions of the fiddle in Louisiana Cajun culture, while learning basic musical concepts such as rhythm and dynamics.
This course is designed for families to participate together, adults and youth ages 7+. Fiddles are supplied for all students participating in the workshop.
Instructor Kelly Thibodeaux is a working musician from Louisiana with 25 years of experience sharing the Cajun Fiddle with students of all ages and skill levels.
Please register each family member intending to participate. There are 3 payment options shown below: $10, $25, and $40. Please add to cart the payment option needed. This sliding scale is offered in support of families with financial need thanks to the City of Olympia and community donors. Thank you!
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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