Class Selection

Adult Pottery »
Sketching in the Wild: Winter Day Trip
Primitive Rug Hooking with Keith Kemmer »
Stranded Knitting: My First Fair Isle Hat
Drum Life with Scott Merchant »


During our first year, we’re partnering with Fraser Rec for some class registrations.

Please Note: We will follow all potential COVID restrictions regarding vaccines, masks and social distancing according to Grand County guidance and local positivity rates.

Adult Pottery

Jan 2023: Starts Jan 4; 5 week program; Wed (6-8pm) or Thur (2-4pm)
Feb/Mar 2023: Feb 15 – Mar 15 (6-8pm); Feb 16 – Mar 16 (2-4pm)
Mar/Apr 2023: Mar 29 – Apr 26 (6-8pm); Mar 30 – Apr 27 (2-4pm)
Cost: $175
(includes all supplies)
Location: RMFS Building @ 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake

Enjoy the satisfaction of working with clay – whether you’re a beginner, experienced or need a refresher from years ago. In this class you can hand-build using the extruder, slab roller and make pinch pots. You can also learn to use the wheel. It’s an open-ended class where you can make whatever you like – sculpture, functional pottery, jewelry, wall pieces and wherever else your imagination takes you. Clay and tools provided.

To register or for questions: Click the button below to send an email.

Sketching in the Wild: Winter Day Trip

Date: March 19, 2023 (9am-2pm)
Cost: $120
($80 class + $40 for materials)
Instructor: Brenda Porter
Location: RMFS Building
/ Tonahutu Trail

Connect with Nature in a new way on a winter walk on the Tonahutu Trail. Depending on conditions, we will snowshoe or just walk along this easy trail with stops to look more closely using our sketchbooks. We will match colors with colored pencils and explore what we see with simple shapes and lines, as well as quick notes of the piles of snow, animals (or their signs like tracks and scat), trees, rocks or whatever we find along the way.

Then we’ll head inside for hot cocoa! After warming up, we’ll share observations and more instruction on using the water brush and watercolor pencils for recording seasonal nature observations and quick sketches. You will leave the class ready to see and sketch more on your future hikes with your sketchbook.

To register and for more info, click the button below.

Primitive Rug Hooking with Keith Kemmer

“Everything new is Old again”
Date: May 18-21, 2023
Cost: $325
-$100 deposit due with registration (refundable until March 1, 2023)
-$225 remainder due by March 1, 2023 (non-refundable)

Location: Grand Lake Center

What does it take to create a primitive rug? Is it the technique, the pattern, the wools, the size of cut, or the colors?

Well, the answer is – YES to all of these options – or any combination. For the past 25 plus years, it’s been my focus to recreate the look of the old rugs. I will share what I’ve learned from the old rugs, discussing how to recreate a folky or formal primitive rug.

Plan to learn and try new techniques in this workshop and see how they can impact the overall primitive look. Everything from “raggedy” Hit’n Miss to “higgley-piggley” to halo/echo and puddled styles. We’ll discuss how a primitive pattern can help you know how to hook it. Is it folky or more formal? We’ll all have fun learning something
new to make your rugs look old.

To register or for questions, email Lisa Hut using the green button below, or call Lisa at 720-201-0326. View the flyer for full class description and more information.

Stranded Knitting: My First Fair Isle Hat

Date: May 22-24, 2023 (9am-4pm)
Cost: $330 ($250 class + $80 for materials)
Location: RMFS Building @ 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake

Rocky Mountain Folk School invites you to learn Stranded Knitting as you create your first Fair Isle hat! This class is perfect for experienced knitters who have a good working knowledge of knitting techniques. Students should be able to Knit with a consistent tension and have a good understanding of knitting practices.

Stranded knitting involves reading and following a graph, using two colors per row, and learning to use colors that will show the pattern that has been chosen. Students will learn these basics as well as how to continue on their Knitting journey designing their own pattern. You will receive a kit that has been created by Joan Sheridan and will have all of the yarns needed to complete the hat as well as the pattern.

At the end of this 3 day class, you will have all of the skills and materials needed to finish your Fair Isle hat at home.

Upon registration, please send a check made out to Rocky Mountain Folk School in the amount of $330 to:

Rocky Mountain Folk School
PO Box 545
Grand Lake, CO 80447

To register and for more info, click the button below.

Drum Life with Scott Merchant

Date: COMING SOON! (5 week program; Sundays 3-4pm)
Cost: $100
(includes all supplies)
Location: Community House in Town Square

Rocky Mountain folk school is excited to invite you to our latest program “Drum Life”. Learn about music and drumming from around the world, all while drumming your heart out on a no-impact yoga ball.

This class is for all ages, skill sets and backgrounds. No previous experience necessary! Join us on the adventure for a fun, unforgettable active drumming class.

To register or for questions: Click the button below to send an email.

Previous Classes

Bespoke Holiday Wire Wrapped Crystal Jewelry

Nov 4, 2022 (3 week program; Fridays 6-8pm)
Cost: $175
(includes all supplies)
RMFS Building @ 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake

The art of wire wrapping crystals and stones has been dated all the way back to 3100 BC in Egypt. Join Colorado Native and Metalsmith Alex Merchant for a 3 class workshop on the basics of wire wrapping.

This class will result in a singular bespoke piece for each participant, just in time for the Holidays!

Community Guitar with Jim McComb

Oct 15, 2022 (1-4pm)
Cost: $50
(participants are required to bring their own guitar)
Pitkin Annex at Town Square Park

Join Colorado Guitar Artist Jim McComb of Martin & Taylor, to learn the basics of playing the guitar, including chords and strumming.

This class is for all levels.

Primitive Rug Hooking with Theresa Rapstine

Sept 30 — Oct 4, 2022
Cost: $300
Grand Lake Center

Please join us for this new and exciting class on the ancient art of rug hooking! Our teacher, Theresa Rapstine, is a reputable, creative, fun teacher with a wealth of knowledge, who will help you to make your rugs look ancient using many textures and colors of wool.

Create the look of vintage, worn and well used rugs using specific wools, primitive cuts (9, 10 and hand-torn) and Theresa’s non-traditional hooking style. Students choose from one of her antique inspired, hand drawn patterns on unbleached, primitive linen.

During this class, students will learn:

  • Recycled and vintage wools and how to select them to make a rug look antique
  • Simple use of large cuts, 9 and larger and how to tear strips for hooking
  • Theresa’s 10 tips for making a rug look vintage and old

Bring your own wool to class or purchase from her stash. Remember, to create this vintage style, wool selection is important. Please be open to wools you have never seen or used before. You will need a large variety of wools for each motif and background. Theresa will bring recycled, as-is, and a little bit of everything.

Woodturning Class

July 14 & 15, 2022
Class fee: $250 (includes all supplies!)

Rocky Mountain Folk School is happy to share an exciting opportunity with
Our 2022 Wood-turning class!

Our Master Teacher and Wood-worker, Dennis Fanning, has been turning
wood for over 30 years! Woodturning is an incredible ancient art that dates back
to 1300 BC in Egypt!

Come join Dennis in woodturning for an all inclusive program that is for
every skillset. No previous experience Necessary.

Plein Air Oil Painting Boot Camp

April 29 — May 1, 2022
Workshop fee $375

Do you want to learn to paint plein air but are intimidated or don’t know where to start?

This class is for beginner to intermediate painters and will be held in and around Grand Lake, Colorado. Scott will give you the low down on materials to use and why. He’ll help you build a palette of colors to meet your needs without breaking the bank. Knowing what tools are available and how to use them will give you a significant head start.

Scott will teach the fundamentals of painting outdoors, on location and get you out in the field to do plein air painting. He has great exercises to deal with changing light, composition and creating a work of art. You will leave the class with confidence to create your own interpretations of painting en plein air. Some portions of the workshop may be held indoors due to inclement weather.