Folk Arts

Folk Arts 2022

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Chairperson:  Megan Viscio

 F01 Dollhouse Workshop
Week: 2                                                          Grades: 4 & up
Welcome to the world of miniatures where everything is adorably small. Imagine a baby crib that can fit in the palm of your hand. A bottle cap transformed into a tiny dog dish. Students will learn how to design, construct and decorate their own dollhouse with miniature items made from scratch! We will work with materials such as wood, paper, glue, fabric, yarn, resin and other various found objects. We will also explore miniature scale and how to use everyday items to make our own minis.

Instructor: Megan Viscio

 F02  French and Indian War
Week: 1                                                          Grades: 4 & up
Indian attacks…France invades New York. Defend King and Country! “Kid -life” in 1753 Heldebergs is dangerous, but fun. Pioneer life in Colonial New York comes alive as you develop exciting skills learned during the War that made America. Ben Franklin’s Albany Plan of Union asks the question; will we learn to govern ourselves?

Instructor:  Jonathan Neal

 F06 Beginning & Advanced Blacksmithing
eeks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6                                    Grades: 7 & up
In this class, beginning students will be accommodated alongside returning advanced students, who will further develop their skills and be instructed in the making of projects such as fireplace tools, chandeliers or garden decorations.  Emphasis will be placed on control and consistency in student work.  Blacksmithing students should expect to work hard and will need to come to class with closed-toed shoes, long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Instructor:  Weeks 1-3: Noah Khoury; Weeks 4-6: Steve Khoury

F07 Indians of North America
Week: 2                                                         Grades: 4 & up
How did the Iroquois 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: 4, 6                                                    Grades: 4 & up
Crochet is a versatile art that can be used to create all sorts of projects, from stuffed animals to decorations to blankets to hats and so much more! In this class, we’ll learn the basic crochet skills and stitches of chaining, slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet. We will explore and use the world around us to create our very own hand-made treasures.

Instructor: Stephanie Berlind

 F09  Revolutionary War
Week: 2                                            Grades: 4 & up
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and you! Learn about the Revolution in the Heldebergs. Young people like you in every battle. Hands-on fun filled activities. Learn military tactics as you battle to save Albany from British invasion and discover how our freedoms were won. Join up and decide… Will you take the Kings shilling or sign the Declaration and create a new country of your own?

Instructor:  Jonathan Neal

 F12  Weaving Studio – Beginning and Advanced
Weeks: 1, 2, 3, 4                                           Grades: 4 & up
Weaving Studio Weeks 1, 2: Learn basic weaving skills on a four shaft loom. Choose your colors, set up your loom, choose your weft and weave your project! Students who have previously taken a weaving course will be given a review of basics, then may go on to explore new weaves and projects. Students are encouraged to enroll for two or more weeks to further their skills and complete weavings of their own design.

Instructor:  Candace Christiansen

Weaving Studio Weeks 3, 4: 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 materials. Students may enroll for two weeks to further their skills and complete weavings of their choice.

Instructor: Elena Rose

 F16 Civil War
Week: 3                                                          Grades: 4 & up
Step back in time and experience the lives of soldiers and civilians during the period of America’s Civil War. Roll calls, songs, Army Drill and mock battles are what is in store for you! You will learn about the causes of this conflict between Americans and meet some characters who look like they just stepped out of your history book.

Instructor: Jonathan Neal

F17 Maskmaking
Week:  6                                                        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