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April 2019

Build a Wooden Paddle

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April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on April 27, 2019 at 9:00am

One event on April 28, 2019 at 11:00am

$120 Sold out

Create a special memory with a young person (age 10+) or build one on your own -- in this class you will build a bent shaft canoe or paddleboard (SUP) paddle.  Imagine:   finish the paddle and then head out on the St. Croix River, or local lake, to paddle using your own hand-made paddle….what could be better?  We can’t think of anything. You will learn about wood selection and grains, use of hand tools and skill saw, paddle design and…

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Build a Wooden Paddle

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April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on April 27, 2019 at 1:00pm

One event on April 28, 2019 at 1:00pm

$120 Sold out

Build your own bent shaft canoe or paddle board (SUP) paddle. Students will learn about wood selection and grains, use of hand tools and skill saw, paddle design and considerations, and paddle sizing.  Each student will leave with a completed bent shaft paddle ready for varnishing. This class will take place over 1 weekend in April with 3 different class periods for a total of 7.5 hours:  Friday, April 26: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday, April 27: 1pm - 4:30pm, and Sunday, April…

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Kjolvaska: Multi-purpose Pocket Bag

April 27 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$65 6 tickets left

A perfect size to carry a cell phone, car keys and driver's license, these pocket bags were originally designed in Sweden to carry oats or salt to encourage your cows to follow you home!  This practical yet charming bag serves as a reminder of cultural heritage and as a focal point of beauty as it carries your belongings.  Inspired by the "kjolvaska", or skirt purse, which accompanies the Swedish folk dress, you will create a similar multi-purpose pocket.  The surface…

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May 2019

Beginning Crop Art

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$60 1 ticket left

Is Crop Art the first exhibit you race to at the Minnesota State Fair every year?  This is the class for you!  Typically incorporating a variety of seeds, grains and other natural materials, crop art has been described as the ‘collision of art and agriculture’.  Is crop art ‘kitsch’ or ‘art’ or somewhere in between?  You decide, as you join the fun and create your own design.  Did you know the Minnesota State Fair is the only state fair with…

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Imagination + Kids + Camera = FUN! Beginning Photography Age 10+ – 2 half-day classes

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May 4 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on May 11, 2019 at 9:30am

$65 Sold out

A picture is worth a thousand words!  This class will empower students to begin to capture images that express themselves in relation to the world around them.    Students will be introduced to technical and aesthetic aspects of photography, providing them with the foundation for life-long enjoyment & expression. This class is on 2 consecutive Saturdays:  May 4, and May 11, 9:30am - 12:00pm each Saturday. Bonus:  At the end of class, each student will own their own digital camera! The…

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Making a Slab-built Pottery Mug with Connie Helke

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May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$50 Sold out

Beloved potter Connie Helke is generously donating her time to benefit Marine Mills Folk School!  Your class fee will go 100% to supporting our new folk school. Be one of the lucky few to spend an afternoon with Connie, learning to create a functional mug complete with handle.  You will learn to roll out a slab of white stoneware clay, cut, add texture and then form it into a mug with handle.  The class will take place at Connie’s studio…

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Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to Foraging

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$80 9 tickets left

Have you ever thought about foraging in nearby woods, fields, or trails, but haven’t had the knowledge or confidence to do so on your own?  Tanna Worrell, the Friendly Forager,  is based locally and has been sharing her enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, foraging for many years.  Join Tanna as the growing season begins in May, hunting for spring wild edible and medicinal plants.  Participants will learn about how to ethically forage and how to identify some early spring plants. …

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Intergenerational: Make a Gift for Mother’s Day

May 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$35 11 tickets left

Know what a mom really wants for Mother’s Day?  To enjoy some silence and time to herself while her loved ones plan a fun surprise for her! We’ve got some help for you.  Bring Mom a handmade key holder, yummy chocolate and a posy of flowers, then bask in her smile on Mother’s Day!  Ms. Iredale, art teacher from River Grove Community School, will guide children as they decorate a wooden house to create a key holder or necklace hanger…

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Intergenerational: Beginning Italian Bread Making

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
$50 2 tickets left

Intergenerational Age: 10+, each child must be accompanied by an adult. Another chance to get your hands messy!  Have some fun learning to bake delicious Italian breads for summer meals. We'll be making ciabatta and focaccia. You'll  learn about pre-ferments, wet doughs, and dough development. You'll leave with a couple loaves of bread and some dough to bake at home. Special Note: Adults are invited to share in the fun of learning a new skill with a younger person. Each child must…

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Beginning Woodworking: Learn to Make a Traditional Hay Rake

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on May 19, 2019 at 10:00am

$110 10 tickets left

Learn fundamental woodworking skills while building a traditional wooden hay rake.  The class will introduce and focus on green woodworking skills, including splitting, riving, boring and planning.  Students will take home a traditional wooden hay rake, along with a foundation of beginning woodworking skills.  Some students may not finish completely on Saturday.  If students require more time for their project, Mark will be available on Sunday, May 19, 10am-2pm to help with final touches. Raking hay was reportedly one of…

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Scarf with a Twist

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$79 7 tickets left

Weaving is one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world. This class introduces a whole new twist on weaving! We will be making a mobi scarf on the versatile Schacht “Cricket” Rigid Heddle Loom. This colorful and versatile scarf can be worn as a scarf or a shrug. Join us for this one-day make and take class. Best of all, all materials and looms are provided! Looms will be pre-warped for all weavers. Come and experience the joy of…

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Kombucha is For Everyone!

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$55 15 tickets left

Get on the kombucha bandwagon! If you love kombucha and have considered making it at home, but haven’t yet started, this class is for you. You’ll receive all the knowledge you need to brew with success, and even a coveted SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) to get you started. Brewing kombucha is not hard, but there are a few key details you need to know to ensure your brew stays healthy and delicious. Because of the nature of…

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June 2019

Make a Salmon Leather Wallet

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$50 5 tickets left

Did you know eco-friendly fish leather uses the skin of processed fish that would otherwise be thrown away?  Fish leather is being used today in the design of handbags, shoes, even clothing.  In this class you’ll create your own leather bi-fold wallet using tanned/dyed salmon leather.  Fish leather is the second strongest leather after kangaroo leather!  Each student will take home a wallet with a cash pocket plus 2-4 credit card pockets.  The salmon leather is imported from Iceland and…

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Needle Felted Birds: Chikadee-dee-dee

June 1 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
$55 7 tickets left

Needle felt a beautiful three-dimensional chickadee. Makers will learn needle felting basics and techniques to needle felt details and realism in wool. Instructions will be given for making wire legs and feet, and for hanging your bird as an ornament. Participants will complete one bird in class and leave with enough supplies to make a second one on their own. Felting is older than spinning or weaving and found in many world cultures.  Felting wool means to agitate the fibers…

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Introduction to Power Tools for Women and Girls

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
$40 12 tickets left

Designed by Anna for students who identify women and girls, and who want to become more proficient at using power tools.  This class will increase your comfort in using basic power tools such as a cordless drill, random orbital sander, reciprocating saw and jigsaw.  Participants are also encouraged to bring their own power tools that they want to learn to use properly and safely. The intent of the class is to gain familiarity and confidence with the tools, as opposed…

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Forest Bathing

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
$50 13 tickets left

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and have my senses put in order.”  --John Burroughs Shinrin yoku (colloquially known as forest bathing) is a traditional Japanese practice of immersing oneself in nature by mindfully using all five senses.  This class is designed for those looking to increase health and well being in their lives by immersing in, and responding to, the beautiful natural world.  With Nature as her co-guide, Chris will lead a gentle, short-distance walk in…

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Introduction to Outdoor Painting in Oils

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$50 10 tickets left

Take your oil paints outside and learn how to paint en plein air. This half-day class, held at William O’Brien State Park, will provide a hands-on introduction to outdoor painting. Nature is complex and light is fleeting. This class will help you gain a little control. You’ll learn to articulate why a scene is begging you to paint it. Then you’ll learn and practice a few skills and approaches that will help you organize the painting to capture the essence…

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Tool Sharpening Skills

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$60 6 tickets left

Learn to sharpen hand tools such as planes, chisels, axes, and knives, or other tools with cutting edges such as lawn mower blades or shovels.  In this class, general hand sharpening techniques and tools will be reviewed and demonstrated, with plenty of time for students to then apply these techniques as they gain practical sharpening skills.  Students will leave with an understanding of edge shaping vs honing, types of cutting edges, how to create sharp edges and different sharpening techniques.…

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Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to Foraging

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$80 13 tickets left

Have you ever thought about foraging in nearby woods, fields, or trails, but haven’t had the knowledge or confidence to do so on your own?  Tanna Worrell, the Friendly Forager,  is based locally and has been sharing her enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, foraging for many years.  Join Tanna as the growing season begins in May, hunting for spring wild edible and medicinal plants.  Participants will learn about how to ethically forage and how to identify some early spring plants. …

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Imagination + Kids + Camera = FUN! Beginning Photography Age 10+ – 2 half-day classes

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
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One event on June 22, 2019 at 9:00am

$65 1 ticket left

A picture is worth a thousand words!  This class will empower students to begin to capture images that express themselves in relation to the world around them.    Students will be introduced to technical and aesthetic aspects of photography, providing them with the foundation for life-long enjoyment & expression. This class is on 2 consecutive Saturdays:  June 15 & June 22, 2019 from 9:00am - 11:30am each Saturday. Bonus:  At the end of class, each student will own their own…

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