Crafts for Children and Young People



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 session has been cancelled
      Thu April 27, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0525    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu May 25, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0622    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu June 22, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0727    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu July 27, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0824    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu August 24, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-0921    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu September 21, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-1026    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu October 26, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1044-1116    Add registration to shopping cart
      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




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 session has been cancelled
      Sat April 29, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-0721    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri July 21, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-0826    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 26, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-1015    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun October 15, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1053-1216    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat December 16, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 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 students safety.

Sessions:

1059-0513    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list      Sat May 13, 2017 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:

1079-0520    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 20, 2017 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:

1103-0729    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat July 29, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Friends and Family Paint Out

Sarah Rodman

This "paint out" is a chance for kids, moms, dads, grandparents, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors to join in experiencing the Adirondack tradition of landscape painting. Learn to paint outdoors like Adirondack artist Georgia O'Keefe. The session is designed to nurture expression in young people, help you find your own creativity and have a fun time making art outdoors together. Anyone can learn to draw. You will spend a few glorious hours sketching what you see around you alongside the Hudson River and the picturesque Town of Lake Luzerne and then transforming your chosen vistas into colorful images. No prior experience is necessary. All ability levels are welcome. Children over the age of 8 are welcome, accompanied by an adult. Participants may bring their own art supplies or purchase a starter kit when registering.

  • 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

Open to young people and their favorite adult. Recommended ages: 8 years old and up

Sessions:

1105-0812    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 12, 2017 10:00 am - 1:00 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:

1116-0916    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 16, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 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:

1015-0325 This offering has already met      Sat March 25, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1015-0923    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 23, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm




Make a Tin Pail

Jacques Gallant

This project is open to all people 14 years of age and older and we will tailor each step to the ability level of the participant. Students interested in local manufacturing of the 1800's will get to use tinsmithing machine tools from the era. Students interested in self-reliance can try out producing the same techniques with a hammer and some wood for more rustic results. Soldering (for water-tight joints) will be optional where time allows. Put this on your bucket list!

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $85
         Non-members: $105
  • Materials: $10
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $95 (members)         $115 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Appropriate for adults and children 14 years and older.

Sessions:

1016-0326 This offering has already met      Sun March 26, 2017 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

1016-0930    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat September 30, 2017 9:30 am - 4:30 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:

1018-0401 This offering has already met      Sat April 1, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1018-1118    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat November 18, 2017 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: $6
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $51 (members)         $61 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

Sessions:

1128-1119    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sun November 19, 2017 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm