Crafts for Children and Young People



Walk the Earth in Wonder

Margo Mullein

In this course, we will explore the life cycle of plants through the model of the Native American Medicine Wheel. Discover how the four directions and seasons can be used as a guide map for living a sustainable life. The class will include a walk on the "wild side" with a meet and greet of medicinal plants growing in the area, so students can observe and tune into the plant life cycle. During each class, students will collectively build a medicine wheel out of natural objects, as well as engage in a hands on component of working directly with the plants at their peak. The class is offered during each season and each offering stands on its own. Full participation in each of the offerings is encouraged for a complete "walk around the wheel."

  • 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

Children 5 years of age and older are welcome with an adult. Dress for the outdoors. A journal is helpful. You may also bring a basket for harvesting, if you would like.

Sessions:

1053-1129 This offering has already met      Tue November 29, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-0429 This offering has already met      Sat April 29, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-0721 This offering has already met      Fri July 21, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-0826 This offering has already met      Sat August 26, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-1015 This offering has already met      Sun October 15, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-1216    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat December 9, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Introduction to Inkle Loom Weaving

Caroline Dvorak

Join us for a morning of inkle loom weaving! Students will have a variety of patterns and colors to choose from. They will use the pattern to warp an inkle loom to create a colorful band that can be used for trim, a strap or a belt. The finished band can be up to seven feet long, or multiple shorter bands can be created. No prior experience is necessary. Students as young as 10 years old are welcome to join in.

  • 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

Parents should accompany a minor child.

Sessions:

1044-0115 This offering has already met      Sun January 15, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0126 This offering has already met      Thu January 26, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0212 This offering has already met      Sun February 12, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0223 This offering has already met      Thu February 23, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0319 This offering has already met      Sun March 19, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0323 This offering has already met      Thu March 23, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0427 This offering has already met      Thu April 27, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0525 This offering has already met      Thu May 25, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0622 This offering has already met      Thu June 22, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0727 This offering has already met      Thu July 27, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0824 This offering has already met      Thu August 24, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0921 This offering has already met      Thu September 21, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-1026 This offering has already met      Thu October 26, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-1116 This offering has already met      Thu November 16, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-1214    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu December 14, 2017 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, 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

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 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

Sessions:

1171-0512    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 12, 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




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