Crafts for Children and Young People



Make a Native American Feather Fan

David Cornelius

Feather fans are quite significant to Native Americans and have a long history of being used in Pow Wows and in the Native American Church. They are also used in spiritual "smudging" ceremonies with sage or cedar. Our instructor will share Native American legends and stories with you as you make your own feather fan using a piece of corrugated cardboard covered in leather with feathers added and shaped to fit your hand. Children who are 10 years of age and older are welcome.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $55 (members)         $65 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1389-0504    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 4, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Build a Fairy House & a Fairy Door

Don Polunci

What is a Fairy House? It's a small dwelling that is made from things you find in nature. Twigs, bark, pine cones, leaves, stones, acorns, flowers and many other objects make perfect building materials. In this class you will construct and decorate a fairy house which can be placed on your porch, in a garden or inside your home. Students will also make a Fairy Door which is all the rage in Ireland! Please feel free to bring your own natural or decorative materials to embellish your house and make it special for your local Fairies!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $55 (members)         $65 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Students should wear older clothing and/or bring an apron to class.

Sessions:

1359-0525    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 25, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Fairy Lore: Stories, Poems & Houses

Margo Mullein

Let the everyday slip away on this imaginative walk along the River Trail with Margo. Drawing from Celtic lore, she will weave a tale about Fairies, while connecting the dots between the Faerie folk of Ireland and the Adirondacks. During the walk we will each create a house out of natural objects for the Fairies of the River Trail forest. At the end of the trail, we'll sit around the fire for some Fairy bread and Enchanted tea. Here, Margo will share her experiences on the Fairy Tree Trail of Ardgillan Castle in Co. Dublin, Ireland, the story of the Cottingley Fairies of England, and a poem or two of Jeanne Robert Foster.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Make a permanent Fairy House for your own garden or home at Don Polunci's Build a Fairy House and Fairy Door class held from 9am - 12pm on the same day. Fairy Houses created in this workshop are temporary structures intended and designed to remain in the Forest of the River Trail, and not to take home.

Sessions:

1455-0525    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 25, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm




Create Your Own Marshmallow Roaster

Steve Gurzler

Great for roasting marshmallows or even flipping your steak on the grill, the process of making these roasters is also a great way to learn the basics of blacksmithing. In this class you will learn how to build a fire in the forge, heat metal, twist, cut and bend while using the tools of the blacksmith. This class is open to all wanting to try their hands at blacksmithing and have some fun! Parents must accompany their children.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $105
         Non-members: $125
  • Materials: $25
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $130 (members)         $150 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Hard shoes and long pants are required for student's safety.

Sessions:

1350-0601    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat June 1, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Double-Bottomed Bushel Basket

Barbara Boughton

This is a great class for a first-time weaver, as well as for those who would like to learn some new weave patterns to create a unique piece. A variety of techniques will be discussed, including arrow weave, four-rod wale, as well as using color to create pattern. Students will begin by weaving a double-bottomed twined base. As they weave up the sides with the stop-start method, students may then choose to incorporate a variety of color and pattern which interests them. The basket is finished with a pair of leather handles made during class. With a double-bottomed base, this is a very sturdy and functional basket, as well as uniquely yours. Dimensions approx. 10" diameter, 8" high.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $35
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $120 (members)         $140 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Must be 12 years or older.

Sessions:

1428-0126 This offering has already met      Sat January 26, 2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

1428-0622    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat June 22, 2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm




Make a Sapling Bow and Arrow

David Cornelius

Learn the ancient craft of creating a sapling bow and arrow with sinew, feathers and flaked stone points. Saplings, dogwood arrow shafts, imitation sinew and feathers will be provided. Children can come enjoy a few hours on a summer day learning about our Native American ancestors. This is also a perfect class for your family to experience together, or for a scout troop.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $15
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $60 (members)         $70 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Students will need to bring a strong whittling knife.

Sessions:

1512-0707    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 27, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Knife Sheath

David Cornelius

Learn how to custom make a leather sheath for a knife of your choosing. You bring your knife and Dave will walk you through the steps of measuring and cutting the leather as well as stitching the sheath together. It can be a belt sheath or a hanging sheath. Students can also imprint a design into it choosing from the several that Dave will provide.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $15
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $60 (members)         $70 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1511-0817    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 17, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Repurposed Candlemaking

Sarah Rodman

Give old candles new life while learning the art of repurposed candle making. Working with a variety of containers, dyes, scents and hot wax, students will learn how to hand craft candles and fire starters to keep or share as holiday gifts. Supplies are provided, but students are encouraged to bring in used candles and heat resistant/water tight containers, such as mason jars, mugs, sea-shells, teacups and vintage glassware to up-cycle. No experience necessary.

  • Location: 18 Curran Lane, Glens Falls, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $25
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $70 (members)         $80 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Students will be working with hot wax, dyes and fragrances. Wear casual work clothes.

Sessions:

1487-0928    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 28, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Plein Air Drawing and Painting

Sarah Rodman

Whether you are new to art or an experienced painter, people of all ages and abilities are welcome to explore the traditions of Adirondack landscape painting. Looking around downtown Lake Luzerne and the nearby Hudson River, students will learn how to select a site, draw their vista and paint the scene. Students may bring their own supplies or purchase a paper and watercolor starter kit at the time of registration. This is a great class for children accompanied by adults.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $25
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $70 (members)         $80 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1488-0929    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun September 29, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Make a Native American Medicine Pouch

David Cornelius

A Native American medicine pouch is a container for items believed to protect or give spiritual powers to its owner. The medicine bag is considered a very precious possession which represents a person's spiritual life and its contents are generally considered holy by the tribal community. The bags might be very plain or richly decorated and are meant to give guidance, good luck, good health, protection, abundance and even love to the individuals who carry them. Students will cut leather and shape their pouch as desired, then stitch with imitation sinew. A rawhide cord will be used to hang the pouch and can be attached using one of two different methods. It can then be decorated with beads, antler or feathers. Children who are 12 years of age and older are welcome.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $55 (members)         $65 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1390-0817    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 20, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Stenciled Seasonal Place Mats

Janet Flinchbaugh

Students will be measuring and cutting primed canvas for place mats. Of the four place mats students will be taking home, three will be pre-measured, cut and pressed, and the student will be able to measure, cut and press the fourth to understand the process. Students will then sand all their mats before learning to cut their stencils and practicing on scrap material before moving on to painting their seasonally inspired place mats. This class is open to all students ages 12 and up.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $40
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $125 (members)         $145 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1372-1102    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat November 2, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




American Tinsmithing Basics

Art Thorman

Learn basic 19th Century American tinsmithing from a master tinsmith. This class will introduce you to and teach you about all the tools, forming stakes, swedges and hand-operated machines used in a well-equipped 19th-Century tin shop. You will be shown how to do basic layout work, cutting, forming, assembly and soldering. Complete both a finger candle stick and a wall sconce by the end of class. You will be amazed at what you've accomplished.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $90
         Non-members: $110
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $100 (members)         $120 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students must be 14 years of age or older.

Sessions:

1328-1110    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 10, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Tin Ornaments

Art Thorman

Christmas time in the Adirondacks is a magical time of year. In this tinsmithing class you will make multiple festive holiday ornaments in a variety of designs, including icicles, spirals, snowflakes and angels, in addition to your own unique designs! No previous tinsmithing experience is necessary in this class. Perfect for students 12 and older, this is a great class for the whole family!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $7
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $52 (members)         $62 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1329-1117    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 17, 2019 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm