Crafts for Children and Young People



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, door knobs, 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:

1148-0310    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat March 10, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1148-0414    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 14, 2018 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
  • 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:

1152-0407    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 7, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1152-1111    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 11, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Candlemaking 101

Sarah Rodman

This course introduces students (age 8 and older) to the artful tradition of chandlery: the skill of crafting hand-made candles. You will acquire an understanding of the essential elements of "finding and shaping light": Color, heat, molds, scent, wax and wick. Blending a mix of old and new materials, you will create a variety of candles ready to keep or gift. Students will be provided with hot wax, dyes and fragrances to work with. Wear casual work clothes and bring an apron to class as well as used candles, candle stubs, crayons, and an assortment of heat resistant/watertight containers such as mason jars, mugs, sea-shells, teacups and vintage glassware. No experience necessary.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $65 (members)         $75 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

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

Sessions:

1157-0420    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri April 20, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1157-1019    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 19, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm




Candlemaking 102

Sarah Rodman

Once students (age 8 and older) have learned the artful tradition of chandlery - candle making - you will be ready to take it up a notch! After reviewing the basics, students will learn how to make specialty candles using a variety of methods and materials. Included will be chunk, ice cube, and layered candles along with decorative elements such as glitter, napkins, paint, stencils and studs. Students will be provided with hot wax, dyes and fragrances to work with. Wear casual work clothes and bring an apron to class as well as used candles, candle stubs, crayons and an assortment of heat resistant/watertight containers such as mason jars, mugs, sea-shells, teacups and vintage glassware.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $45
         Non-members: $55
  • Materials: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $65 (members)         $75 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

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

Sessions:

1221-0421    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat April 21, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1221-1020    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 20, 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 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:

1173-0512    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 12, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Build a Fairy House

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 outside or inside your home. Please feel free to bring materials you wish to use on 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:

1171-0512    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 12, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




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:

1244-0519    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 19, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Iroquois Games and Dancing

David Cornelius

Come enjoy activities based on Native American culture and traditions. The life of our Native Americans included a great deal of communal time. Much of this time was spent playing games and dancing. In this class students will have a chance to learn and play several of these games. Some are familiar like Lacrosse and others such as Double Ball are less known. Dancing was enjoyed by all members of the family from toddlers to elders. Some dances were just for women and some just for men, while others were for everyone. Students will learn some of the basics of all three. Learn about the relationship between Native Americans and nature while dancing and playing.

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

Sessions:

1191-0728    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 28, 2018 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:

1198-0818    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 18, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Make a Tin Pail

Jacques Gallant

Make a tin pail using original tinsmith tools from the 1800's. Students interested in local manufacture and trades can get a taste of how household metal objects come to life. We will also talk about skills you can take home for other projects and ways to make work without all the fancy tools. Soldering for water-tight joints will be optional where time allows. A great all-around introduction to some light metalwork.

  • 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

Appropriate for adults and children 14 years and older.

Sessions:

1301-0826    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun August 26, 2018 9:30 am - 4:30 pm




Turkish Style Paper Marbling

John C. Bielik

Come learn a truly historical craft from renowned instructor and historic trades interpreter, John C. Bielik, whose paper and products are featured in the shops at Colonial Williamsburg. This workshop is intended to be an introduction to the Turkish style of paper marbling. This variety of marbling is different from most marbling done in the world today. Historically appropriate materials and techniques of the paper marbler will be the foundation of this class. While students will learn several Turkish inspired patterns, the term "Turkish" applies mainly to the materials used in the Turkish style of paper marbling. Instruction will include a discussion and application of basic tools, materials and techniques. There will be plenty of time to create a variety of patterns. It is important to wear clothing and shoes that can become stained with paint. Children ages 8-13 are welcome to take the class accompanied by a parent. Children over the age of thirteen are welcome on their own.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $9
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $94 (members)         $114 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Students are encouraged to bring an apron and/or wear old clothes and shoes that they won't mind getting stained.

Sessions:

1305-0827    Add registration to shopping cart
      Mon August 27, 2018 9:00 am - 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:

1246-0930    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun September 30, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Make a Basic Native American Kustowah (Headdress)

David Cornelius

Native American Kustowahs or Headdresses are feathered headgear traditionally worn by male leaders of the various Native American nations who have earned a place of great respect in their tribe. They are primarily used for ceremonial occasions. Students will use wide reed to create their own Kustowah. Feathers will be attached using sinew and traditional techniques. 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:

1245-1013    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat October 13, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 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: $6
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $51 (members)         $61 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1217-1118    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 18, 2018 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm