Classes


Private Classes

The following classes are available to be scheduled privately, for your family, educational pod, or small group (up to six people). Contact info@duluthfolkschool.com to scheduling a class!

Woodworking

Make Your Own Snowshoes
Ski Coat Rack
Shaker Tool Tray

Fabric

Best Slippers Ever!
Ecoprinting Silk Scarves
Flat Wet Felting
Newspaper Weaving
Peg Loom Weaving

The Great Outdoors

Basic Bike Maintenance
Basics of Digital Photography
Guided Nature Hike

Around the House

No current classes

Art

Rosemaling
Swedish Folk Painting: Fantastical Kurbits
Watercolor & Wine

Food

Pressure Canning 101


Regular Classes

Stay tuned – regular classes will be back soon!

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  • July 28, 2021
    9:00 am

Canoe Building Program

The Duluth Folk School is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland and Men as Peacemakers to build a skin-on-frame canoe! The Canoe Building Program is part of our “Building Opportunities and Assets Together” program, which provides under-represented and under-served area youth the opportunity to build a canoe. By building canoes, we areContinue Reading
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  • August 2, 2021
    6:00 pm

Ecoprinting Silk Scarves

Plants contain a variety of natural pigments that can be printed directly onto fabrics in a technique called ecoprinting (also known as ‘contact dyeing’). You’ll take a silk scarf, lay out a design in leaves and flowers, and learn how to roll it into a bundle. You’ll take your completed roll home to bake. TheContinue Reading
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  • August 4, 2021
    6:00 pm

Private Class: Make Your Own Canoe Paddle

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  • August 19, 2021
    6:00 pm

Make Your Own Lotion

Once you learn how to make your own lotion you will never want to use anything else! Have you ever looked at the label of a lotion bottle and felt completely overwhelmed, wondering what it contained? Through this course you’ll learn the truth about ingredients and how to read the labels of moisturizers on theContinue Reading
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  • August 27, 2021
    6:30 pm

Watercolor & Wine

Learn basic watercolor techniques over a glass of wine! First, you’ll get hands-on practice with watercolor fundamentals and brush technique, including some neat tricks. Second, you’ll get a fresh start to practice your new skills on watercolor postcards—a gift to take home. Materials included. No previous knowledge (or artistic skills!) required! Registration Includes Instruction, aContinue Reading
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  • August 28, 2021
    9:00 am

Introduction to Colored Pencil

Draw a butterfly on a zinnia! Draw a butterfly on a zinnia using only five pencils. This class is an introduction to colored pencil but all skill levels are welcome. Through a series of demonstrations and and step-by-step instructions you’ll learn to “paint” in this medium – layering and blending colors to create depth andContinue Reading
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  • August 29, 2021
    10:00 am

Mushroom Foraging and Identification

Have you ever looked at a mushroom and wondered “Is this edible?” This class will help you learn to safely identify some of the mushrooms you find in the wild. We will start with a short lesson on introductory mushroom information. Then we will embark on a sustainable ‘foray,’ where we will put what weContinue Reading
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  • September 4, 2021
    10:00 am

Swedish Folk Painting: Dala Horses and Kurbits

During this class, join instructors Alison Aune and Rachel Johnson for a Swedish folk art workshop! They will present a brief history of the Swedish painted horse, often referred to as a Dala Horse. You will look at and discuss traditional and contemporary kurbit designs (fanciful flowers) for inspiration. Rachel will describe the process forContinue Reading
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  • September 10, 2021
    5:00 pm

Rosemaling in the Os Style

Come celebrate National Rosemaling Day on September 11 with this great class! In this comprehensive, three-day class, you will learn the Os (pronounced ‘oos’) style of Rosemaling! You will review the basic stroke work of Rosemaling, and then spend the remainder of the class time studying the characteristics that make the Os style Os. YouContinue Reading
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  • September 11, 2021
    10:00 am

Duluth Folk School at Harvest Fest!

Come visit us at the Harvest Fest, down at Bayfront Park! We’ll have activities for all ages, as well as information about the folk school. Come down, and say hello!
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  • September 11, 2021
    12:00 pm

Forest Bathing

Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. During a Forest Bathing walk we will have the opportunity to slow down and carefully observe our senses. We may begin to notice incredible things about ourselves and the more-than-human world aroundContinue Reading
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  • September 13, 2021
    6:00 pm

Canadian Smocking

Canadian smocking is a hand stitching technique that creates a unique and beautiful folded design on the front of the fabric. You can use your smocked fabric to turn ordinary objects into things of beauty! Your imagination is the only limitation to how you can use your smocked fabric! Registration Includes Instruction and fun inContinue Reading
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  • September 15, 2021
    10:00 am

Torch-Fired Copper Enameling

Painting with Glass During this class you will be introduced to the basics of copper enameling. We will start with some history and examples of copper enameling and learn about the materials that we will be using. We’ll walk through the supply list and learn about preparation of materials and safety information. In this courseContinue Reading
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  • September 16, 2021
    6:00 pm

Create a Signature Lip Balm

Learn how to make handmade lip balms (which can also become: lotion bars, body balms and butters) using natural, food grade ingredients! Lip balms are a fun, easy start to your own personal DIY cosmetics line. They are easy to customize, and a cinch to make. They also make great gifts, party favors, and areContinue Reading
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  • September 18, 2021
    10:00 am

Peg Loom Weaving

In this class, you will build your peg loom, and then use it to create a woven chair mat! Get one more use out of those T-shirts that just aren’t suitable for wearing in public any more! Peg looms are simple to use, and small enough to store easily when they aren’t in use. ThisContinue Reading
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  • September 19, 2021
    1:00 pm

Best Slippers Ever!

You will learn to trace and measure your own feet to sew the best fitting slippers you have ever worn! During class, you’ll learn to hand-sew a pair of custom-fit slippers. We will provide wool felt for the soles, but the uppers can be anything you like, or you can choose from the selection we’llContinue Reading
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  • September 21, 2021
    6:00 pm

Newspaper Weaving

In this class, you will start with a stack of newspaper and a bamboo skewer, and end up with a beautiful newspaper bowl or basket! We’ll be folding, tearing, rolling, and weaving with newspaper. The fun thing about learning this skill is that the materials are very affordable, so even if you make a mistake,Continue Reading
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  • October 7, 2021
    6:00 pm

Felted Lanterns

You will learn to create a felted lantern, first starting with a 2-D form, and turning it into a 3-D sphere big enough to hold a battery-powered tea light. The final approximate size will be about 4″ diameter. Turning dyed fleece from sheep into a felted piece is magical. Whether you are a first timeContinue Reading
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  • October 15, 2021
    6:30 pm

Watercolor & Wine

Learn basic watercolor techniques over a glass of wine! First, you’ll get hands-on practice with watercolor fundamentals and brush technique, including some neat tricks. Second, you’ll get a fresh start to practice your new skills on watercolor postcards—a gift to take home. Materials included. No previous knowledge (or artistic skills!) required! Registration Includes Instruction, aContinue Reading
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  • October 20, 2021
    5:30 pm

Crochet a Magic Carpet

Take scraps of fabric and an extra large crochet hook, and you can create your own colorful “magic carpet.” You’ll cut strips, discover a seamless joint, and create a rug in either a traditional oval or an adventurous chevron. Registration Includes The instructor will provide the instruction to make both styles of rug, and youContinue Reading
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  • October 23, 2021
    10:00 am

Northern Lights Photography

Have you ever asked yourself… ‘How can I take those cool aurora photos I see on Facebook, and what settings should I use on my DSLR? How do you know when and where to go?’ In this class, you will learn those answers! In a classroom setting, we will discuss camera settings, we’ll about auroraContinue Reading
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  • November 15, 2021
    6:00 pm

Newspaper Weaving

In this class, you will start with a stack of newspaper and a bamboo skewer, and end up with a beautiful newspaper bowl or basket! We’ll be folding, tearing, rolling, and weaving with newspaper. The fun thing about learning this skill is that the materials are very affordable, so even if you make a mistake,Continue Reading
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  • November 16, 2021
    6:00 pm

Best Slippers Ever!

During this class, you’ll learn to hand-sew a pair of custom-fit slippers. We will provide wool felt for the soles, but the uppers can be anything you like, or you can choose from the selection we’ll have available during class. Once you know the basics, you will be able to trace anyone’s feet and makeContinue Reading
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  • November 19, 2021
    6:00 pm

Peg Loom Weaving

In this class, you will build your peg loom, and then use it to create a woven chair mat! Get one more use out of those T-shirts that just aren’t suitable for wearing in public any more! Peg looms are simple to use, and small enough to store easily when they aren’t in use. ThisContinue Reading
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  • November 22, 2021
    5:30 pm

Ukrainian-Style Egg Decorating for Christmas

Come learn a centuries-old craft found throughout Eastern Europe! While Ukrainian eggs (pysanky) are traditionally associated with Easter, the art form lends itself well to Christmas as well. Ukrainian eggs, or pysanky, are created using a wax batik method.  We’ll examine traditional design elements, what the colors symbolize, and some of the stories associated withContinue Reading
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  • December 3, 2021
    6:30 pm

Watercolor & Wine

Learn basic watercolor techniques over a glass of wine! First, you’ll get hands-on practice with watercolor fundamentals and brush technique, including some neat tricks. Second, you’ll get a fresh start to practice your new skills on watercolor postcards—a gift to take home. Materials included. No previous knowledge (or artistic skills!) required! Registration Includes Instruction, aContinue Reading
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  • January 10, 2022
    6:00 pm

Building an Appalachian Egg Basket

In this class, you will spend almost two months building an Appalachian Egg Basket! Together we will make hoops, weave rosettes to anchor the frame, and then add ribs to build out the frame. We need to spend so much time incrementally weaving the baskets closed to allow sufficient time for the willow weavers toContinue Reading
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Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888
info@duluthfolkschool.com

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