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Kids Courses

Our interns are offering kids-only classes throughout the summer. Give us a call at (218) 387-9762 to register. Cost and age requirements vary depending on the class.

Let us be seated! Build your own folding stool

July 13 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Rose Holdorf
Ages 7 and up
Cost: $15

We sit every day. Learn the fundamentals of chair construction and explore your building skills with wood, canvas, nails, bolts, screws, and your own two hands. Each student will learn about chair history and design, build a folding stool, and learn how utile objects made by hand can enrich that which resides in our lives every day. We’ll wrap up class with a few chair-based games to celebrate a new partnership between your seat and a handmade stool.

PB & J: The Ol’ Fashioned Way

July 19 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Skyler Hawkins
Ages 7 and up
Cost: $10

In this 2 hour course, kids will explore the idea and value of making something “from scratch”. Together we will make peanut butter, a fresh jelly and a simple bread in our wood fired pizza oven. After we’ve finished crafting our sandwiches from scratch, we’ll enjoy them for a quick lunch!

Making a Mallet: Tool building for kids

August 10 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Derek Rausch
Ages: 10 and up
Cost: $15

The wooden mallet is a simple but valuable tool for any maker’s toolbox. Leather needs tooling, timbers need pegs pounded and tools may even need wedges in the handles. What could be better than using tools to make more tools?! In this class students will learn about tool safety, wood grain, harder and softer woods, and how to make a handle fit just right in the tool and in the palm of the craftsperson’s hand! Students will also have time in class to learn about different types of mallets and practice using them on various projects, from timber framing to leatherworking. No previous experience necessary.

Stitched up in Embroidery: Make your own Patches!

August 17 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Anna Ruhland
Ages: 9-12
Cost: $10

Learn the basics of embroidery! We will explore the historical and cultural significance of needle work and how we can integrate things we love and are passionate about into stitched works of art! During the hour of teaching  we will  make fun patches  for our backpacks, jean jackets, hats, etc. Students can embroider any image they desire to be able to sport some flair! We will sew them onto an article of clothing (with permission from parents) and leave campus feeling snazzy! Students will be provided with a packet of embroidery floss and fabric to bring home with them so that they can make more patches or other wonderful creations.

Kids Camp

Each summer, we offer a week-long Kids Camp for youth to explore traditional Northern crafts in a community of like-minded kids. As a day camp, youth join us for morning and afternoon craft classes each day with fun games and community building activities in between. Parents are invited to a camp celebration on the last day of the week.

Information on 2017 Kids Camp

Dates: July 31, 2017 - August 4, 2017
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day
Ages: 8-14
Location: North House Folk School campus

Description:
Calling young creative folks! Kids Camp at North House is a week-long day camp for youth ages 8 to 14. As a camper you will try out lots of craft skills while making new friends and having fun! You’ll spend time each day learning woodworking skills and building your own wood-related projects. The other half of each day will be spent on a different craft each day- you’ll get to try your hand at blacksmithing, baking and more.

Kids will be in a small group with a counselor while they learn from craft instructors who are knowledgeable and excited to help youth learn about traditional northern crafts. In between crafting sessions, camp will include games, reflection, and sharing time with new friends. Families will be responsible for packing a lunch for their camper each day.

Two friends may register as buddies to ensure they will be in the same group. To register with a buddy, make sure to note their name when calling to register your child.

Cost: $170 per child; Cook County residents receive a reduced rate of $130/child

To register, call us at (218) 387-9762.

Home School Days

Periodically, we host day-long programs for area home school families. Each day includes time for learning about different traditional crafts and building community amongst families.

Information on 2017 Spring Home School Day

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: North House Folk School campus
Tuition: $10 dollars per student for the day ($5 per session if you’d like to join for just one class). Tuition is free for Cook County children, sponsored by the Walter & Phyllis Anderson Family Trust.
Materials Fee: $5 per class, charged per student. Scholarships are available for materials fees and tuition—please inquire.

To register, call us at (218) 387-9762.

Schedule for the day:

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Check in at the Yellow House on North House’s campus

9:30 a.m. -10:00 p.m. Welcome! Gather in the Blue Building with other home school families participating in the day. Make a name tag, learn about other ways to participate in building community at North House, and meet new friends!

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session choices:

  • Wood carving | ages 10 and up | materials fee $5
  • Make a Corn Husk Hero! | ages 5 and up| materials fee $5
  • Tool making: the Wooden Mallet | ages 10 and up | materials fee $5
  • Optional: Parents open crafting, coffee, and chatting time

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Family Picnic Potluck: Bring a sandwich or main dish for yourself, and a fruit/veggie/snack side to share!

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Session choices:

  • Wood carving | ages 10 and up| materials fee $5
  • Finger Weaving | ages 8 and up | materials fee $5
  • Paper Making | ages 5 and up | materials fee $5
  • Optional: Parents open crafting, coffee, and chatting time

Class Descriptions

Morning Sessions (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Wood Carving | ages 10 and up | materials fee $5
Try your hand at carving wood. Learn basic carving skills and knife safety as you learn how to imagine an object in a piece of wood and then release it using a carving knife..

Make a Corn Husk Hero! | ages 5 and up | materials fee $5
Before toy shops were around children had to make their own toys.  You, too, will be able to make your own corn husk figures.  There will be additional materials so that you can make a modern action hero out of your corn husk person.

Tool making: the Wooden Mallet | ages 10 and up | materials fee $5
Calling aspiring wood workers! Learn how to finish the handle and head of a simple wooden mallet and attach them with wedges and glue.

Optional: Parents open crafting, coffee, and chatting time
Bring something you are working on or join in conversation with other home school parents about home schooling.

Afternoon Sessions (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Wood Carving | ages 10 and up | materials fee $5
Try your hand at carving wood. Learn basic carving skills and knife safety as you learn how to imagine an object in a piece of wood and then release it using a carving knife.. Note: You may sign up for the morning and afternoon session for a full day of carving if you wish.

Finger Weaving | ages 8 and up | materials fee $5
Voyageurs and Native Americans made spectacular sashes without using a weaving loom.  Join this class and you can learn this unique craft.  You will be able to make a bookmark, strap, or trendy, friendship bracelet with a buckle.

Paper Making| ages 5 and up | materials fee $5
Welcome to the magical world of paper making! Spend  time outside gathering natural ingredients to add to our paper. Then try your hand at rolling the paper pulp.  Take home your paper and make it into journals, tiny booklets or drawing pads once it dries.

Optional: Parents open crafting, coffee, and chatting time
Bring something you are working on or join in conversation with other home school parents about home schooling.