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Tend to Your Home & Hearth

by Cory Marie Podielski on October 13, 2017

in Class Picks, Featured Classes


October is here! Soon will be the time to gather around the table and to congregate in front of the fireplace. It is also a time to focus on crafts of the home and hearth. Consider our class picks to get you in the mood to get cozy around the fire and inspired for the fall season.

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Come on down to the Folk School Fall Festival this weekend. Enjoy music and
dance performances on two stages, shop for unique craft and art made by local and regional artisans, and view live craft demonstrations. Enjoy delicious food, and participate in many kids’ activities. The Fall Festival offers fun for the entire family.

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Collograph with Feather and Fabric

Last month’s printmaking class didn’t go as I’d planned.

The class was “Printmaking Paradise,” a survey of techniques, taught by Sally and Dick Walsh. In class, Sally taught us a few techniques each day. Some used the printing press, and some we could do at home with no fancy equipment. Sally encouraged us to have fun: to try everything but to go with the techniques we resonated with.

On day one, we tackled collagraphs. They seemed simple enough: spread ink onto a piece of matte board, lay found objects on top, cover with paper, and run the whole thing through the printing press. The first print will be a little sloppy, but the second and third will have more defined features, showing the textures of the objects. Sally’s example had a beautifully detailed feather printed on it.

I waited with eager fingers for my print to roll through the press. Then I peeled it off the board. My feather had printed as a disappointing white blotch: not enough ink. “Make another one!” Dick suggested, so I did, this time gopping on the ink under my feather. You can’t understand the process until you do it, I thought. Why did I expect things to be perfect the first time? [click to continue…]

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Flavors and Textures of Fall

by Cory Marie Podielski on September 7, 2017

in Class Picks, Featured Classes


As the weather cools and the nights become longer, embrace the changing of the seasons with a Folk School class centered on the home and hearth. Stoke your creative fire with a new craft or cooking style, and celebrate autumn’s arrival on our beautiful mountain campus. View our class picks, and join us during this fall harvest season.

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Happy Labor Day!

by Cory Marie Podielski on September 4, 2017

in Holidays, This Week at the Folk School

This is the poem that inspired our moto “I sing Behind the Plow” which reflects our desire to find joy in our daily lives.

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