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Mini courses, family programs, craft demos, workshops, artisan residencies, and more!

North House programs offer a great way for anyone to come down and get a taste of craft. Some programs don't require pre-registration, making them convenient drop-in opportunties if you happen to be around campus!

Looking for programs on a specific date? Check out our Program Calendar!

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Tour the North House Campus

Every Saturday at 2pm
From the blacksmith shop to the woodshop, there is always something happening on campus. Discover the rich folk school tradition, visit the classrooms in action, and hear the stories! Meet at the Yellow Building - no registration required.

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Northern Landscapes Presentation: Fire and Ice- the Geologic Story of Lake Superior with Jim Miller

Thu, May 28, 2020
Join geology instructor Jim Miller for a fascinating evening of geology stories. He’ll tell the story of two geological events that created the dramatic rocky landscape of Minnesota's North Shore. One tells the tale of red hot lava flows that spilled out onto a barren landscape over one billion years…

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Demonstration of Birch Bark Weaving at Grand Marais Senior Center

Wed, Mar 18, 2020
March 18th, 12:30-4 pm Join instructor in residence Beth Homa Kraus at the Grand Marais Senior Center to learn about birch bark weaving. Beth will demonstrate weaving techniques and have examples of her work to display. Bring your questions about brich bark! All are welcome, this demonstration is a drop-in…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series

Thu, Apr 23, 2020 – Woodblock Printmaking with Nick Wroblewski
Thu, May 7, 2020 – Traditions in Transition with jewelry instructor Liz Bucheit
Lunch and learn! Bring your own bag lunch and join us for our Brown Bag Lunch Series, learning about a different craft each time. All sessions are free and are from 12 - 1pm.

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Open Studio Night at Artisan Development Program Studios

Thu, Feb 27, 2020
Thu, Mar 26, 2020
Thu, Apr 30, 2020
Drop by the Artisan Development Program studios to meet our second year Resident Artisans, see some of their current works-in-progress, and enjoy light refreshments. The Artisan Development Program is a two-year professional development and residency program for craftspeople at North House. 6:30 - 8:30pm at Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios…

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Film Series

Thu, Apr 9, 2020 – KONELĪNE: Our Land Beautiful
What better way to spend a dark winter evening than kicking back and watching a movie with friends? Join us at North House for these free film screenings. All films play at 6:30pm (except Shepardess of the Glaciers - see below) in the Blue Building. We'll provide popcorn - bring…

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Contra Dance

Thu, Mar 12, 2020
Thu, May 21, 2020
Kick up your heels at a friendly community contra dance. There will be live music and a caller to teach you, no experience needed. Easier more family friendly dances will be featured at the start of the night. Come alone or bring a friend, and warm up on a cold…

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Youth Handworks Club

Tue, Mar 3, 2020 – Day 3
Tue, Mar 10, 2020 – Day 4
Tue, Mar 17, 2020 – Day 5
Handworks Club is an afterschool club at North House Folk School. Youth in 4th grade and up will build confidence and community as they explore traditional handcraft skills. The five-week winter 2020 session of Handworks Club will focus on felting with youth learning skills in how to make warm, durable…

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Wood Week Open Carving Night

Thu, Mar 5, 2020
As a special perk of Wood Week, North House will be open for students and community members to carve away the evenings. Bring a half-finished spoon and some stories to share! Note: some hand tools will be available for use, but folks are encouraged to bring their own. 7pm at…

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Community Classes

Tue, Mar 10, 2020 – Birch Bark Folded Weaving
Join instructor-in-residence Beth Homa Kraus and learn about birch bark folded weaving. You'll make your own bracelet or tool or money sheath to take home usually local, sustainably harvested birch bark. Sign up in advance and bring a friend for a fun night out at North House!

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Skill share night: Shaving Horses

Thu, Mar 19, 2020
Join instructor Rose Holdorf to learn about the amazing woodworking tool: shaving horses. Explore how shaving horses are made, their uses, and get to try out using several shaving horses as you dream up woodworking projects. 6:30 - 8:30pm at North House, Boat Barn. FREE! 

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Spring Break Camp for Kids

Mon, Mar 23, 2020 - Fri, Mar 27, 2020
North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony are teaming up to offer a weeklong camp for 7-14 year olds. Spend half the day at the Art Colony, and half the day at North House! At North House, we’re planning a week of sewing, dyeing, carving, and building--it’s…

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Hand-crafted Games Night!

Thu, Apr 16, 2020
Have a game you’ve made by hand? A modified version of a board game you love? Or do you just love games? Come to North House for a fun evening of wooden and otherwise handmade games! Think Kubb (Swedish lawn bowling), Mölkky (Finnish throwing game for all agilities), board games…

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