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By registering for classes early, you can help the instructor and Rocky Mountain Folk School staff plan ahead. Some classes may be canceled if registration minimums are not met at least a week in advance.

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If you are experiencing difficulties with our registration site, rather than spending an extended period troubleshooting, please contact our Program Coordinator, Gillian Butler, at 970-531-1395 or via email at rockymountainfolkschool@gmail.com. She will gladly assist you with the registration process.

Gift Certificates

Crafting Memories:
Gift the Magic of Skills and Creativity! 

At the Rocky Mountain Folk School in Grand Lake, Colorado, we’ve got a unique and inspiring gift idea for you. This year, why not surprise your loved ones with something truly exceptional? We’re excited to announce that we now offer gift certificates, providing the perfect opportunity to share the magic of skills and creativity with those you care about. Instead of the usual gifts, give them an experience they’ll cherish forever.

Getting your gift certificate is easy. Just visit our registration website, then click on the red “Point-of-Sale” tab. From there, you can select the amount you’d like to give, making it a customizable and thoughtful present. If you encounter any difficulties or can’t find the specific amount you prefer, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 970-531-1395. Our team is more than happy to assist you in making this gift-giving experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. So, why wait? Gift the joy of creativity and learning with a Rocky Mountain Folk School gift certificate today!


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Grand Lake Gourd Patch
(Gourd Club)

Dates: Every Wednesday in 2024 (4pm-7pm)

Are you interested in gourding and looking for a fun, supportive environment to learn and connect with others? Then the Rocky Mountain Folk School’s Gourd Patch (Club) is the perfect place for you!

Wet Felting – Aspen Scenery

Date: May 25, 2024 (10am-2pm)
Cost: $95 (materials are included)
Level: Beginner
Instructor: Robin Barrett
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Immerse yourself in the captivating world of wet felting and needle felting during this engaging workshop, where creativity meets craftsmanship. Participants will discover the art of transforming raw wool fibers into vibrant masterpieces by first learning the rhythmic process of wet felting. With warm water, soap, and their skilled hands, they will layer and mesh the wool fibers to create a sturdy fabric, which will serve as the canvas for their envisioned aspen picture.

As the wet felting concludes, participants will transition to the captivating art of needle felting. Armed with barbed needles, they will delicately shape and add intricate details to their aspen picture, bringing it to life with realistic textures and gradients. This immersive experience not only teaches the technical aspects of felting but also provides a meditative and therapeutic journey, fostering a deeper appreciation for the artistry of nature-inspired creations. Each attendee will leave with a stunning masterpiece, a testament to their newfound felting skills and the creative expression that bloomed during the workshop.

Vegan Leather

Date: May 26, 2024 (11am-3pm); then every last Sunday of every month
Cost Levels:
• $95 – Beginner artist (materials & snack included)
• $75 – Returning artists (materials & snack included)
• $55 – Expert artists (snack included, bring your own vegan leather)
Level: Beginner – Expert
Instructor: Brittany Oberman
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Ever wondered if you could make a material that is so close to leather but doesn’t use animal skin? Join our community of vegan leather crafters, starting the last Sunday in April. While commencing a monthly class, the last Sunday of every month (unless posted otherwise). Our group of stainable artists are passionate about crafting with handmade and reimagined projects.

Come learn a new skill using citrus waste. We will brew a mixture that sets into a useable vegan leather alternative. While then, sewing the bio-material into a useable/wearable product. The class will be about 4 hours, 11-3 with a 45min/snack included, but please fill free to bring your own lunch. The instructor is excited to meet all the sustainable crafters in the Valley. Discounts for returning artists.

Adult Pottery

Session Dates:
• May 28 – Jun 25 (6pm-8pm), 5 Tuesdays
• May 30 – Jun 27 (2pm-4pm), 5 Thursdays
• July 9 – Aug 6 (6pm-8pm), 5 Tuesdays
• July 11 – Aug 8 (2pm-4pm), 5 Thursdays
Cost: $175 (includes all supplies)
Level: All experience levels
Instructor: Patty Alandar
Location:
RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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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.

Kids Sewing

Date: Every Sunday starting June 2, 2024 (3pm-3:50pm)
Cost: $25 (includes materials)
Level/Age: All experience levels; 5+
Instructor: TJ Daring
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Join us for a fun and educational sewing class where kids can learn to create their very own felt kitty! This class introduces beginning sewing techniques, perfect for young hands and budding crafters. Children will learn how to thread a large needle, tie knots, trace and cut patterns, and perform basic stitches.

Our inclusive approach ensures that all ages and abilities are welcome. For those who need it, we offer plastic needle sewing to make the process even safer and more accessible.

Through this engaging project, kids will develop fine motor skills, creativity, and confidence in a supportive environment. Come join us for a delightful crafting experience that combines learning and fun!

Watercolor Class

Date: Every Sunday starting June 2, 2024 (4pm-4:50pm)
Cost: $25 (includes materials)
Level: All experience levels
Instructor: TJ Daring
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Join us for a watercolor class where you can learn both beginning and advanced techniques. Each session starts with a quick lesson, allowing you to explore new methods and refine your skills. After the lesson, you’ll have the opportunity to create a beautiful watercolor card, putting your new knowledge into practice.

This class is not just about learning—it’s also about play, exploration, and meeting new people. Enjoy a relaxed and supportive environment where you can express your creativity and connect with fellow art enthusiasts.

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced artist, our watercolor class offers something for everyone. Come paint with us and discover the joy of watercolor!

Knitting & Crocheting

Date: Every Sunday starting June 2, 2024 (5pm-5:50pm)
Cost: $25 (includes materials to take home)
Level: All experience levels
Instructor: TJ Daring
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Embark on a creative journey with our knitting and crocheting class, where you’ll delve into both beginning and advanced techniques. Each session is designed to meet you where you are on your yarn-crafting journey, whether you’re a novice or have been knitting and crocheting for years.

We provide take-home supplies, ensuring you have everything you need to get started and continue practicing at home. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the basics of casting on, knitting, purling, and crocheting, offering easy problem-solving techniques for any mistakes along the way.

Get inspired with a variety of simple patterns and instructions tailored to all skill levels. Whether you’re looking to build on your existing skills or learn something new, our class makes learning fun and easy. Join us and unlock the endless possibilities of knitting and crocheting!

Gourd Art – Thunder Gourd

Date: June 5, 2024 (4pm-7pm)
Cost: $100 (non-gourd patch members)
$30 (gourd patch members; email us to get your promo code for this price)
Level: Beginner & Intermediate
Instructor: Karen Smith & Linda Troute
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Create your own Thunder Gourd in this introductory gourd art class. Thunder Gourds are a unique musical interpretation of gourd art. Tap the hanging spring below the gourd and the sound of thunder echoes into the room.

In this class you will learn the key elements of thunder gourd construction including wood burning, carving, and painting. Your instructors, Karen Smith and Linda Troute, who have a combined 10 years of experience in gourd art, will guide you through the process of creating your thunder gourd. All required materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring any of your own embellishments to incorporate into your gourd design.

Come join us for a fun time creating something pleasing to your ears as well as your eyes!

Acrylic Painting – “Loved & Remembered”

Date: June 7, 2024 (5pm-8pm)
Cost: $35 (materials included)
Level: Beginner
Instructor: Edie Dafoe
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Come paint a floral picture that’s sweet enough to gift. The message of “Loved & Remembered” comes alive with Alpine Forget-Me-Nots in the shape of a heart, which frequently happens in nature, right here in our mountain home!

We’ll hide a name or affirmation under a teal background, then layer leaves and subtle background flowers. Afterward, we’ll create our flower heart and sprinkle other foreground flowers about, then add lots of details to make our focal point pop.

All tools and supplies are provided for your ready-to-hang, 8”x10” painting. Ages 16 and up or 10 and up accompanied by an adult, are welcome to attend. Please come dressed to paint.

Acrylic Pouring & Resin: Vase & Canvas Workshop

Dates (both days included):
• June 17, 2024 (Vase paint pouring: 5pm-7pm)
• June 24, 2024 (Apply epoxy resin to vase art: 5pm-7pm)
Cost: $80 (includes materials)
Level/Age: All experience levels; 18+
Instructor: Heather Ferrera
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Discover the captivating art of dynamic vase painting in our immersive workshop. Using a unique technique of paint pouring and resin application, you’ll transform ordinary vases and canvases into mesmerizing abstract works of art. Watch as vibrant paints cascade over the vase, creating intricate patterns, while the excess spills onto the canvas, forming abstract designs.

After allowing the paint to cure, return for the next Monday class at the folk school to apply a protective finish, ensuring the longevity and vibrancy of your masterpiece. Then, delve into the final step of the process by encasing your artwork in clear epoxy resin, creating a glossy, professional-quality finish. Within days, witness the transformation of your creation into a stunning centerpiece that reflects your newfound skills and creativity.

Join us for this unique workshop and unleash your artistic potential as you explore the magic of paint pouring and resin mastery. Create lasting memories and breathtaking artworks that will leave a lasting impression.

Crafting Native American Style Flutes

Date: June 22, 2024 (10am-5pm, 1 hour break for lunch)
Cost: $260 (includes materials)
Level/Age: All experience levels; 18+
Instructor: Stanley Loftness
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Embark on a fascinating journey into the world of Native American flute-making with our engaging class at Rocky Mountain Folk School in Grand Lake, CO. Led by our experienced instructor, Stanley Loftness, a dedicated flute maker with 15 years of expertise, you’ll delve deep into the art of crafting these beautiful instruments.

In this hands-on class, you’ll start with a preformed blank and learn the intricacies of flute construction. Stanley’s own passion for Native American culture and music was ignited during a transformative visit to the breathtaking Canyon de Chelly in Arizona, where the haunting melodies of a flute echoed off the canyon walls. Inspired by this experience and after acquiring a flute crafted by a Navajo artist, he embarked on a mission to create his own Native American-style flute.

Stanley Loftness is not only a skilled flute maker but also a medical professional who recognizes the profound healing potential of music. He combines his medical knowledge with the therapeutic power of the Native American flute, offering a holistic approach. Join us for an unforgettable experience where you’ll craft a beautiful, correctly tuned, and playable flute while also exploring the spiritual and healing aspects of this ancient instrument. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Grand Lake and let the music guide you on a path to inner peace and wellness. Discover the profound art of Native American flute-making and the healing power of music under Stanley’s expert guidance.

Intro to Twining a Mat

Date: June 27, 2024 (9am-4pm; 1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $125 (includes materials, loom to borrow [option to buy the looms after class], and instructions to make future projects)
Level/Age: Beginners (if you have experience please reach out to us and we can cater this class to more advance people along with the beginners); 16+ (Teens accompanied by an adult only)
Instructor: Willow Bronner
Location: Grand Lake Center – 301 Marina Dr, Grand Lake, CO

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Join us for an immersive journey into the art of twining with veteran teacher Willow. In this hands-on class, students will utilize a 10” x 12” wooden twining loom and upcycled textiles to create their very own twined mat, perfect for adding a touch of rustic charm to any space. The loom, warp, fabric strips, and fabric scissors will be provided, ensuring a seamless learning experience for all. While students are welcome to bring their own textiles, it’s not necessary as everything needed will be provided. By the end of the class, participants will depart with a unique twined mat, printed instructions for future projects, and the option to purchase their handcrafted loom.”

About the instructor: Willow brings over three decades of teaching experience and a passion for twining to the classroom. Having honed her craft over seven years, she specializes in creating stunning twined rag rugs, placemats, mug rugs, and other functional pieces from upcycled textiles. Willow’s dedication to sustainability shines through her work, and she’s eager to share her expertise and love for twining with others. Whether you’re a beginner or seeking to enhance your skills, Willow’s classes offer a welcoming environment for all levels of experience. Join us for an enriching experience in traditional craftmanship with a modern twist.

Intro to How Handmade Western Boots are Made

Date: June 29, 2024 (9am-4pm; 1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $25 (materials included)
Level: All experience levels
Instructor: Jim Brainard
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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If you are interested in learning about what is involved in making western boots and getting your “feet wet” in the craft, the Rocky Mountain Folk Art School has an opportunity for you. Leather Craftsman Jim Brainard of J.B. Custom Leather will be discussing what it takes to become a custom boot maker. You will learn about the tools, machinery and schooling time it takes to become a boot maker. You will see the many steps of the process and actually do some of them. In a condensed version, you will go through the following:

  • Choosing the style of boot
  • Selecting materials
  • Measuring the feet
  • Selecting lasts and modifying them to the measurements and style selected
  • Preparing the insoles
  • Drafting and making the pattern
  • Cutting the patterns out of selected materials
  • Transferring stitch designs and sewing them in
  • Assembling the boots
  • Lasting
  • Inseaming
  • Building the outsoles and heels
  • Finish work

This workshop is intended to give you a taste of boot making along with a great deal of information on what it will take do so.

Jim has been in leather craft since the age of ten. He apprenticed at age 14 with a third generation boot maker from 1974-1979 as a repair technician. Jim has operated a boot, shoe, and saddle and tack repair shop from 1979 to present day. Jim learned boot making from his mentor in 2010 and studied with him through 2015. Jim is an accomplished, award winning boot maker. He will be teaching this class with the help of his repair technician apprentice and journeyman employee, Holly Henry. Holly is also an award winning boot maker and leather crafts woman.

They both look forward to teaching you about the craft they passionately love and helping you try some of the process for yourselves.

Please visit them both:
Jim on Instagram: J.B._Custom_Leather
Jim on Facebook: James H Brainard and J.B. Custom Leather
Holly on Instagram: hollyhenry_custom
Holly Website: hollyhenrycustomboots.com

Totem Bear Crafting with Polymer Clay

Date: July 12, 2024 (2pm-5pm)
Cost: $55 (includes materials)
Level/Age: Beginner; 18+
Instructor: Tammi Williams
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Join us for a hands-on exploration of polymer clay artistry in this exciting class! Under the expert guidance of Tammi Williams, a seasoned polymer clay artist with over 13 years of experience, you’ll delve into the enchanting world of sculpting and crafting. In this class, you’ll learn how to mold and shape polymer clay into your very own totem bear, a symbol of strength, wisdom, and creativity.

No prior experience is necessary — all supplies, except for an oven, are provided. Just bring your enthusiasm and eagerness to create! Tammi will lead you step-by-step through the process, sharing her wealth of knowledge and insider tips to help you bring your totem bear to life.

After crafting your masterpiece, you’ll take it home to bake in your oven, ensuring its durability and longevity. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a beginner looking to explore a new artistic medium, this class offers a unique opportunity to unleash your creativity and craft a one-of-a-kind totem bear to cherish for years to come. Don’t miss out—reserve your spot today and let your imagination soar with polymer clay!

After you register, please email us (rockymountainfolkschool@gmail.com) what color you would like the bear to be, so our instructor can get the kit ready for you. If you have any question please reach out by email or phone (970-531-1395) to our program coordinator.

Mushroom Foray & Papermaking

Dates:
• Combined Class: July 20, 2024 (11am-3pm)
• Split Class: Aug 10 (Foray, 11am-1pm) // Aug 11 (Papermaking, 1pm-3pm)
Cost: $95
Level: All experience levels
Instructor: Brittany Oberman
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Join us this summer for a special mushroom foray. We will meet at the folk school, group up and caravan to the trailhead. To come prepared for the foray please wear a hat & sunscreen, long pants or long socks, gloves if preferred but not needed, a pocket knife and a breathable vessel to collect mushrooms in (a basket or something the spores can escape is the best practice) coming prepared to protect yourself against the elements will insure you have a delightful educational experience.

After our Gallivant into the woods we will journey back to the folk school for a snack. But please feel free to pack your own lunch. While you are enjoying your lunch, we will gear up to turn our marvelous collections into usable paper material. The second half of the class will be, mushroom paper making. Crafting the specimens into a beautiful slurry and utilizing tools to shape the material into a useful art supply.

If you are an adventurous soul or you want to learn how to make your own sustainable paper, this class is perfect for you! Also geared for all ages bring the entire family to enjoy a good mix of outdoor exploring and interactive crafting.

Mushroom Foray

Date: Aug 10, 2024 (11am-1pm)
Cost: $40
Level: All experience levels
Instructor: Brittany Oberman
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Join us this summer for a special mushroom foray. We will meet at the folk school, group up and caravan to the trailhead. To come prepared for the foray please wear a hat & sunscreen, long pants or long socks, gloves if preferred but not needed, a pocket knife and a breathable vessel to collect mushrooms in (a basket or something the spores can escape is the best practice) coming prepared to protect yourself against the elements will insure you have a delightful educational experience.

If you are an adventurous soul this class is perfect for you! It’s also geared for all ages, so bring the entire family to enjoy a good mix of outdoor exploring and interactive crafting.

Mushroom Papermaking

Date: Aug 11, 2024 (1pm-3pm)
Cost: $60
Level: All experience levels
Instructor: Brittany Oberman
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Explore the fascinating world of sustainable papermaking in our special summer class – Mushroom Papermaking. Immerse yourself in the art of transforming mushroom specimens into a beautiful slurry, and discover the hands-on techniques of shaping this unique material into a versatile and eco-friendly art supply. This class is not just a creative endeavor, it’s a journey into the heart of sustainability.

Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a curious beginner, this class welcomes participants of all ages. Join us with your entire family for an interactive crafting experience that goes beyond traditional art forms. Learn the art and science of crafting your own paper while fostering a deeper connection with nature. Unleash your creativity and contribute to a greener, more sustainable world through the magic of Mushroom Papermaking. Join us this summer for an unforgettable learning experience in the heart of our inspiring mountain lake community.

Cowboy Paint & Sip

Date: Aug 16, 2024 (3pm-5pm)
Cost: $55
Level: Beginner
Instructor: Eddie Dafoe
Location: Grand Lake Center – 301 Marina Dr, Grand Lake, CO

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Step into the world of Western artistry with our Western Themed Painting class at the Grand Lake Center, featuring local artist Edie Dafoe. This exclusive class offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Wild West while honing your painting skills in a supportive and inspiring environment. Under Edie’s guidance, participants will learn techniques to paint a buffalo under a starry night.

Each participant will receive one complimentary beverage and snacks to enjoy during the class, adding to the relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Due to the personalized nature of the instruction and limited space available, we encourage participants to register ahead of time to secure their spot. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned painter, this class is designed to accommodate all skill levels, providing an enriching experience for anyone with a passion for art and Western culture.

Learn To Play Native American Flute

Date: Aug 24, 2024 (10am-12pm)
Cost: $15 (if you already have a Native American Flute)
$50 (includes a PVC flute that’s yours to keep)
Level: Beginner
Instructor: Tom Farber
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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You’ve almost certainly heard this beautiful instrument, and been enchanted by the sound. It could have been watching Ken Burns’ recent series “American Buffalo”, or “How the West Was Lost”, “The West” or “The National Parks”; it may have been the last time you were at the Denver Airport and walked over the bridge from the main terminal to concourse A.

In this workshop, you’ll acquire your first Native American style Flute (if you don’t already have one), learn about these flutes and the many resources available for players of the “NAF”, and start playing not just notes, but also the “Native American Flute Scale” and a Native American song that you’ll take with you…and you don’t need to know a thing about reading music! Playing these flutes is fun, easy (if you can breathe, you’ll get notes out of it), and is great for healing, relaxation and communing with nature.

This course will be offered by Tom Farber (aka Glacier Gorge Music), who has been playing “NAF” for 10 years, teaching privately for more than 7 years and teaching at Colorado Free University for 5 years. Tom’s first album, titled “Fluting in the Rockies”, was released in 2021, and he will be releasing a new album this year, titled “Off the Beaten Path”. To find out more about Tom and his music, go to glaciergorgemusic.com.

Primitive Rug Hooking with Theresa Rapstine

Date: Sept 27-30, 2024 (9am-4pm)
Cost: $350 (lunch is included for all 4 days)
Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Theresa Rapstine
Location: Grand Lake Center – 301 Marina Drive, Grand Lake, CO

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Join us for a one-of-a-kind rug hooking workshop in Grand Lake, nestled in the stunning Rocky Mountains. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this unique location. This is the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate your creativity and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

With her vast knowledge and expertise, Theresa will teach you how to create beautiful, vintage-style rugs using a variety of wools and primitive cuts. You’ll also learn her non-traditional hooking style and 10 tips for making rugs look old and vintage. Bring your own wool or purchase from Theresa’s stash, and enjoy the delicious lunches provided during the workshop. Take advantage of this chance to learn from one of the best and create stunning rugs that look like they’ve been around for decades!

Workshop details will be emailed to you before the class begins.

Botanical Printing on Fabric & Paper

Date: Oct 2, 2024 (10am-1pm, 1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $144 ($119 class + $25 materials paid to Allison at start of class)
Level: Beginner
Instructor: Allison O’Neall
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Explore the process of fabric and paper printing with leaves and flowers. Learn how to prepare your materials, what botanicals will print and then, Use fresh leaves and flowers to create beautiful stationary and bookmarks, plus take home a pair of wearable art socks.

Allison O’Neall is a textile artist who finds great joy through working with textiles in art. Over 10 years of botanical printing and natural dye work, Allison will teach you the process to create beautiful leaf and flower prints on paper and fabric.

Intro to Weaving Workshop

Date: Oct 3, 2024 (11am-3pm)
Cost: $215 (includes materials)
Level: Beginners; 18+
Instructor: Becky Pollard
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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In this class you will learn how to create a woven wall hanging start to finish. At the end of the class you will be able to take home your weaving to display in your home!

We will begin by learning how to warp a loom. We will then move on to mastering the different types of woven stitches and weaving techniques. I will do demonstrations for the class and then allow you to work on your piece independently while I observe and answer questions. After you have finished your piece we will learn how to tie off loose ends and take the piece off of the loom. Once complete you will be able to take your piece home!

Chair Caning

Dates (both days included):
• Oct 12, 2024 (9am-5pm, with a 2 hour lunch break)
• Oct 13, 2024 (9am-12pm, or later if needed to finish)
Cost: $200 (All materials are provided except for chairs, which attendees are responsible for bringing. Chairs can be purchased for a small fee. For inquiries, please email rockymountainfolkschool@gmail.com)
Level: Beginner & Intermediate
Instructor: DJ White
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Join us for a hands-on weekend at the Rocky Mountain Folk School in Grand Lake, CO, and immerse yourself in the age-old craft of chair caning. This class offers a unique opportunity to learn the traditional 7-step caning pattern, breathing new life into worn-out chair seats. If you don’t have a chair, worry not – we’ve got a few chairs available for a small extra charge (email rockymountainfolkschool@gmail.com).

Bring along a square or rectangular chair in good condition, with fewer than 80 holes in the seat frame, ready for a caning makeover. Ensure any necessary repairs and refinishing are done in advance, and if possible, remove the old cane. For personalized guidance, share a photo of your chair’s seat with a ruler next to the drilled holes when you register.

Questions about the type of chair to bring? Reach out to the instructor at 315-244-4744, and don’t forget to send that chair photo for a tailored learning experience. Let’s craft and create together in our inspiring mountain lake community!

Wet Felting – Scarf

Dates: Oct 19, 2024 (10am-2pm)
Cost: $100 (materials included)
Level: Beginner
Instructor: Robin Barrett
Location: RMFS Building – 315 Pitkin Ave, Grand Lake, CO

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Immerse yourself in the captivating world of wet felting and needle felting during this engaging workshop, where creativity meets craftsmanship. Participants will discover the art of transforming raw wool fibers into vibrant masterpieces by first learning the rhythmic process of wet felting. With warm water, soap, and their skilled hands, they will layer and mesh the wool fibers to create a sturdy fabric, which will serve as the canvas for their envisioned aspen picture.

As the wet felting concludes, participants will transition to the captivating art of needle felting. Armed with barbed needles, they will delicately shape and add intricate details to their aspen picture, bringing it to life with realistic textures and gradients. This immersive experience not only teaches the technical aspects of felting but also provides a meditative and therapeutic journey, fostering a deeper appreciation for the artistry of nature-inspired creations. Each attendee will leave with a stunning masterpiece, a testament to their newfound felting skills and the creative expression that bloomed during the workshop.

Mixed Media Mosaics

Dates: Oct 19 & 20, 2024 (9am-4:30pm, with a 1 hour lunch break)
Cost: $250 (includes materials)
Level: Beginner & Intermediate
Instructor: Renee Walkup
Location: Grand Lake Center – 301 Marina Dr, Grand Lake, CO

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Discover the secrets of creating awe-inspiring classical mosaics with a modern twist! Led by the renowned artist and educator Renee Walkup, this program offers a rare chance to make a beautiful piece of art using found and repurposed items–such as stained glass, china, jewelry, glass tiles, and objects from nature. All materials are provided, however, students are encouraged to bring treasures from home to incorporate into their artwork.

Instruction will include mosaic design principles, color ideas, layout, preferred adhesives, indoor vs. outdoor mosaics, and technical advice. Nipping, shaping, and cutting glass as well as tiles, is included in the instruction. This course is recommended for beginners to intermediate makers.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from a true artist and create something exceptional! Take this fantastic chance to get creative and learn new skills.

Ice Sculpture Instructional Class

Date: Mar 1, 2025 (10am-12pm)
Cost*: $216 (1/4 ice block)
Level: Beginner & Intermediate
Instructor: Colorado Ice Works
Location: Town Park – Grand Lake, CO

* Scholarships are available. To learn more, please contact us at rockymountainfolkschool@gmail.com.
* If you’re a business interested in sponsoring a student, feel free to reach out to us at rockymountainfolkschool@gmail.com.

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This is a fun class with hands-on instruction provided by the team at Colorado Ice Works. Attendees will receive a clear block of ice, some hand tools (sorry, no chainsaws!) and reference material. Each class is approximately 2 hours long. Each attendee will have around 1.5 hours of actual sculpting time. Clear ice is a fascinating medium to sculpt. It is surprisingly soft to sculpt. Chisels and hand tools cut through it like a hot knife through butter. Like a perfectly cut diamond, clear ice reflects and refracts light with each bend, detail line or contour that is made.

We will spend 15 minutes at the beginning of the class discussing safety and proper tool handling. An additional 15 minutes will be spent going over the available designs to be sculpted and how to transfer those designs to the ice. Team members from Colorado Ice Works will be available to assist throughout the class, to answer questions, or to help anybody who gets stuck with where they are at.

Upon conclusion of the class, we will incorporate some fire and use it to melt the sculptures to a pristine, crystal-clear final product. Attendees will be able to showcase their completed pieces at the Winter Carnival the following day. Subsequently, they can neatly pack their finished creations into a box, allowing them to take these unique works of art home. This lets them share their achievements with family and friends and serves as a tangible reminder of the wonderful experiences and skills gained during the event.