Crafts for Children and Young People



A Beekeeping Journey: Basics & Benefits

Tim Norray

Join us for a journey into beekeeping. Establish the basic foundation to become a beekeeper, learn all about the many benefits bees provide and what it takes for honey bees to thrive in our area. Taste the many flavors of honey and as a special bonus, a hands-on lesson in making some of the best beeswax hand cream ever! Beekeeping is an exciting hobby and is best shared with a grandparent, friend or child (age 10 and up). So, if you are thinking about someday getting your own hive, this is the course for you. The instructor for this course is Tim Norray, owner of Black Sheep Honey company, and last year he had over 500 hives (30 million bees if you do the math)!

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

Sessions:

1553-0222    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list      Sat February 22, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 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:

1568-0509    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 9, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Clay/Ceramics - Hand Building

Colleen Vanderhoef, M.A.

Clay arts has historical common traditions across all cultures. It is easy to shape, sculpt and transform into ceramics. Imagine making bowls, cups, wind chimes and more....through the use of clay medium. This two-day workshop allows for experimentation in creating various forms (2-3 pieces per student.) On day one students will learn basic hand-building pottery techniques; explore pinch, coil and slab. After a drying period of two weeks, on the second day students will learn how to decorate and glaze their piece.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $95
         Non-members: $115
  • Materials: $45
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $140 (members)         $160 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Half Days

Dress to mess. Class is suited for students ages 8 - 14 w/a parent, and 15 and up on their own. Supplies include: clay, tool sharing, glazing and firing. Forms made will have a drying period before firing, and then glazing. Students will need to return to pick up finished pieces or make shipping arrangements with AFS.

Sessions:

1700-0509    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat May 9, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Sat May 23, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am

1700-0809    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sun August 9, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
      Sun August 23, 2020 9:00 am - 11:00 am




Introduction to Timber Framing

David Salvetti

Do you admire historical barn framing, with its large beams and carefully fitted wooden joints? In this one-day class, students will learn the concepts and benefits of wood-to-wood joinery as it is used in large beams. Topics that will be discussed include traditional methodology, frame design, joint types and specialized tools that are used. All tools will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own if they desire. Students will learn to cut a variety of joints, including the mortise and tenon, lap, variations of the dovetail and more. These will be tailored to the student's interests and skill level. No experience is necessary. Students are encouraged to read Jack Sobon's book "Build a Classic Timber Framed House". This class is for students ages 14 and up.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $30
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $115 (members)         $135 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Sessions:

1651-0530    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 30, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Fairy Lore: Stories, Poems & Houses

Margo Nelson

Let the everyday slip away on this imaginative walk along the River Trail of the Adirondack Folk School. Drawing from Celtic lore, we'll weave a tale about Fairies, while connecting the dots between the Faerie folk of Ireland and the Adirondacks. We'll start with creating a house out of natural objects, both provided and found, for the Fairies of the Forest and end with sitting around the fire listening to the stories of the Fairy Tree Trail of Ardgillan Castle in Ireland, the Cottingley Fairies of England and a poem or two by Adirondack Mountain Poet, Jeanne Robert Foster. Enchanted tea and Fairy Bread will be served.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $5
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $50 (members)         $60 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half 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 be taken home.

Sessions:

1596-0531    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun May 31, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Beginning Knitting - Make Coasters

Patricia Goldberg

Have you always wanted to learn to knit but thought it was too difficult? Don’t feel intimidated! Our instructor will help you through the process of learning the two basic kinds of stitches as you make at least one lovely coaster. If time permits you may make all three!! Ages 8 to adult.

  • 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

Bring worsted weight yarn in your favorite color. Knitting needles will be provided.

Sessions:

1571-0617    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed June 17, 2020 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1571-0808    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 8, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Build a Rustic Birdhouse

Don Polunci

Anyone can learn to make a rustic birdhouse in just a few hours. A birdhouse is a simple structure with seven basic parts: two sides, a front and back, a bottom, and two pieces for the top. Power tools are not necessary to cut the wood; it can be done with a handsaw. Using rough-cut lumber, you will construct a rustic birdhouse that can be functional and/or decorative. Choose from several birdhouse designs. There will be a short discussion about nesting birds, feeding birds, and suitable houses for area birds. Participants are encouraged to bring objects (such as old drawer pulls, doorknobs, hardware, etc.) from home. Adults and teens welcome; children ages 10-14 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • 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:

1547-0711    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 11, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1547-0822    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 22, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 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:

1641-0725    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 25, 2020 9:00 am - 12:00 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:

1556-1108    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 8, 2020 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:

1557-1115    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 15, 2020 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm