Folk Arts

Folk Arts 2024

Chairperson:  Megan Viscio

Get ready for an unforgettable summer adventure.

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F01 Dollhouse Workshop
Week: 3                                                          Grades: 4 & up
Welcome to the world of miniatures where everything is adorably small! Imagine bunk beds that can fit in the palm of your hand or a tiny bookshelf filled with some of your favorite books. Students will learn how to design, construct and decorate their own two story dollhouse with miniature items made from scratch! We will work with materials such as wood, paper, glue, fabric, beads, yarn and other various found objects. We will also explore miniature scale and how to use everyday items to make our own mini treasures. Our class will enjoy a walk in the woods each day to spark creativity and visit fellow students.

Instructor: Megan Viscio


F04 Peter Rabbit and the Forbidden Garden
Week: 1                                                          Grades: 3 – 9
Our hand-sewn Peter Rabbit, in his blue jacket, visits the forbidden garden of Mr. McGregor to eat the vegetables from his garden basket. Learn the art of hand sewing and create our naughty, but adorable, Peter Rabbit and a variety of colorful vegetables to fill the garden basket. Once you learn the basics, the possibilities are endless.

Instructor: Sharon Breisch

F05 Chess for All!
Week: 3                                                          Grades: 5 – 12
Come learn the basics of one of the oldest board games in the world. You will learn how to set up the board, move the pieces, and play a full game. If you love puzzles and problem solving chess is for you. Experienced players are welcomed and will be challenged to improve. All are welcome!

Younger students who are interested in chess can be admitted to the class.. please email with request.

Instructor: James Longrod

F06 Fanciful Forest Creatures
Week: 2                                                          Grades: 4 – 6
Come into the forest and learn about the mythical creatures that hide in plain sight!  We will be learning all about them and how each creature has been portrayed in stories!  We will make fairy houses, troll traps, our own unicorn horns and much more! By the end of the week you’ll be able to create your own creature and its habitat.  Share them with the class and your families!

Instructor: Lily McDonnell

 F07 Indians of North America
Week: 2                                                         Grades: 4 & up
How did the Iroqious and Sioux Indians live? Join us for a weeklong adventure and hear their stories and songs.  Explore the woods to find and identify plants, animals, footprints and feathers.  Gather natural items to make and decorate a “talking stick”.  Visit our longhouse and tipi!  Make your own clay pot, an Eastern Indian cornhusk doll, and Plains Indian medicine wheel.  Join us and see how the Indians of North America lived!

Instructor:  “Standing Woman” (Dawn Marczak)

F08 Get Hooked on Crochet
Weeks: 2, 3                                                    Grades: 4 & up
Crochet is a versatile art that can be used to create all sorts of projects, from stuffed animals to wall hangings to scarves to blankets and so much more! For the beginners in this class, we will learn the basic crochet skills and stitches of chaining, slip stitch, single crochet, and even double crochet for our most adventurous students. All levels of experience welcome – students with prior crochet experience will be provided opportunities to expand their skill set. Come join us for a fun, productive, and creative week!

Instructor: Stephanie Berlind

F11 Miniature Babydolls
Week: 5                                                          Grades: 3 & up
If you enjoy cute miniatures, then this is the class for you! Students will learn how to make a miniature babydoll using polymer clay and swaddled with fabric. We will also make a variety of items to go along with our dolls including, cradles, blankets, tiny toys and bottles filled with pretend milk. Design a nursery in a carrying case so that you can pack up all your minis and take them on a walk in the surrounding woods. If time allows, you can make a whole crew of little babydoll bundles!

Instructor: Megan Viscio

 F12 Weaving Studio – Beginning and Advanced
Weeks: 2, 3, 4                                                Grades: 4 & up
Create your own handwoven textile! Choose your colors and set up your loom, then weave your project. Watch as your design grows under your hands!

Beginner and advanced students are welcome. Beginner students will learn basic weaving skills on a four harness loom. Advanced students can review these skills as needed, then explore more complex patterns and projects. Students may enroll for multiple weeks to further their skills and complete weavings of their choice.

Prerequisite: All students must be able to independently tie a bow.

Instructor:  Elena Rose

 F15 Earth Art
Week: 4                                                           Grades: 3 & up
Do you love to build things? Are sandcastles and mud creations something you would enjoy? “Earth Art” is the class for you! Earth artists work in nature, using natural materials, such as sand, stones, twigs, mud and leaves, for their creations. Exploring, collecting, and designing our earthworks will be lots of fun! The sculptures won’t last too long, but the photographs will!

Instructor: Trisha Zigrosser

F17 Maskmaking
Week:  5                                                        Grades:  3 & up
Do you like your hands submerged in slime?  It’s a messy process, but the masks we create will be astounding!  We’ll use Heldeberg rocks as forms, then layer paper strips to produce masks that can be mysterious, funny, fanciful or even frightening.  Masks will be painted and perhaps embellished with natural items we find on the Land.  Ancient cultures will be our inspiration as we let our imaginations soar!

Instructor:  Trisha Zigrosser

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