Folk Arts

Folk Arts 2021 

F02  French and Indian War
Week: 2                                                             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:  Jeffrey Tew

 F06 Beginning & Advanced Blacksmithing
Weeks: 3, 4, 5                                                  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 3,4: Noah Khoury; Week 5: Steve Khoury

F07 Indians of North America
Week: 3                                                             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)

 F09  Revolutionary War
Week: 4                                                             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:  Jeffrey Tew

 F12  Weaving Studio – Beginning and Advanced
Weeks: 1, 2                                                       Grades: 4 & up
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

 F15 Earth Art
Week: 3                                                              Grades: 3 – 12
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:  4                                                           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