Arbutus believes that one of the most important things we can do to perpetuate traditional crafts is help start the next generation of crafters. We offer a number of classes for youth of various ages.
At this time, parents registering youth should register using the parent's account.
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: 6
Dates: 9/18/2021 - 10/9/2021
Times: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Room: Ceramic Studio
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.
Capacity Remaining: 4
Schedule Details: Wednesday afternoons, 3:30-5 PM
Dates: 9/15/2021 - 10/6/2021
Times: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Ages 14 and up welcome!
Class takes place at Arbutus Folk School.
Learn basket-making skills in miniature by creating a tiny root basket with Warm Springs Wasco artist Maria Godines. Students will weave the basket as well as create a bead & bone necklace from which students may choose to hang their basket as a pendant. Yarn forms the body of the basket with a rim of buckskin added along the top. Finished basket will be about 1 3/4 inches high and 1 1/4 inches in diameter. This folk & traditional arts workshop is supported with funding from Northwest Heritage Resources, a Washington state cultural non-profit organization.
Instructor: Maria Godines
Capacity Remaining: 9
Schedule Details: Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm
Dates: 8/15/2021 - 8/15/2021
Times: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Create buckskin moccasins with Maria Godines. Open to students ages 14 and older.
This folk & traditional arts workshop is supported with funding from Northwest Heritage Resources, a Washington state cultural non-profit organization.
Class fee waived for members of regional tribes. Please contact email@example.com to register and have your fee waived.
Capacity Remaining: 8
Schedule Details: 9 am to 5 pm with a half hour lunch break
Dates: 8/14/2021 - 8/14/2021
Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
In this class students will learn some fundamental skills of hand tool woodworking through constructing a small dovetail box. On the first day students will learn how to use basic layout tool and will cut a practice dovetail joint. The following days will be committed to cutting joinery, making a simple lid, and applying a finish. Students will become familiar with hand saws, chisels, marking tools, and simple maneuvers on a router table. Students may choose to bring a headlamp for added lighting on fine details. Open to ages 14 and older; children ages 10-14 may be admitted with a parent. This will require both student and parent to be registered. Full scholarships available for youth with financial need; call 360-350-0187 to apply.
Instructor: Terry Liberty
Capacity Remaining: 1
Schedule Details: 8/20-8/22: Fri 6-9pm, Sat 10am-4pm, and Sun 10am-4pm
Dates: 8/20/2021 - 8/22/2021
Times: 6:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Days: Su F Sa
In this class, we will explore a variety of ways of forming three footed vessels, which can serve as a vase, a salt pig, a sachet holder and other creative functions. Throwing a slab as well as texturing techniques will be demonstrated, along with the use of slip and decorative techniques. The way of creating three feet for a formed cylinder will be taught, and this technique on a wheel thrown piece will be demonstrated. The first class will be shaping our vessels, and the second class will decorate and glaze our vessels, with approaches including use of oxides, and glazes. No experience is needed, and all levels of experience are welcome. Open to students ages 14 and older; full scholarships available for youth with financial need - call 360-350-0187 for more info.
Instructor: Renee Dryfoos
Capacity Remaining: 0
Dates: 8/4/2021 - 8/18/2021
Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday evenings 7-9pm on August 4 and 18.
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.
Capacity Remaining: -13
Dates: 9/15/2021 - 10/20/2021
Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wed. eves, 6-9 PM
Open to students ages 8 to 14, this class is intended to introduce the beginner to basics of clay work and to allow the more experienced student to practice both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. This class creates a lot of room for creativity and exploration, led by two artists experienced in sharing new art skills with young students. In sessions one and three, students will explore wheelthrowing techniques. In session two, students will create an animal-shaped pinch pot, and in session four, students will paint their projects to take home. Scholarships are available for youth with financial need - call us at 360-350-0187 for more info.
Instructor: Eowyn Smith, Amanda Hanson
Capacity Remaining: -4
Dates: 8/18/2021 - 8/26/2021
Times: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Days: W Th
Wednesday/Thursday 9-11am, 8/18, 8/19, 8/25, 8/26.
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
Funding for Arbutus Folk School has been provided by Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020, and by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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