2018 Folk Art Classes

Scroll down to see Folk Art for Kids classes offered in 2018.


Individual Blacksmithing Classes

Experience one-on-one learning, with a Master Blacksmith, in the Herr House Blacksmith shop. Working with a Master Blacksmith, the student will learn the basics of fire starting, metal temperature and safety procedures. The student will make a simple project, using basic skills of blacksmithing. The Herr House will connect the student and instructor to allow them to determine an agreeable date for instruction. Classes may take place Monday through Friday, during daylight hours, April through November. No Sunday classes. Students must be sixteen years of age or older to register. If the student is younger than eighteen, a guardian must be present. The cost of the class is $75 and includes instruction from a Master Blacksmith and materials. Class will be scheduled after payment is made through PayPal or contacting David Schrock at director@hansherr.org. Class must be scheduled within one year of purchase date.

Native Beadwork Class

November 10, 9 am to 12 pm

Beads were made by Native Americans from shells, and after European contact, glass beads were an important traded item. Native Americans used trade beads to decorate clothing and create jewelry. Students will be guided in creating a project.

$30, Registration due October 27

Quillwork Class

November 10, 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Among many Native tribes, hollow porcupine quills were dyed and used to adorn clothing and make jewelry. MaryAnn Robbins, Onondaga, will teach the basics of quillwork and guide students to make a project.

$30, Registration due October 27

Hearth Cooking Class

September 22, 10 am to 12 pm

Learn cooking techniques using the methods that colonial immigrants used, making food on an open hearth. Class will take place in the Küche (kitchen) of the Herr House.

$35, Registration closed

Blacksmithing Class

Saturday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Try your hand at blacksmithing with Matt Holliday, Dave Kauffman, and Frank Gillespie. Learn to start a fire with flint and steel, make coke from coal, heat steel to a forging temperature and use a hammer, anvil and other tools to make a hook rack. This workshop is not for children under 16.

$65, Registration closed

Bookbinding II Class

May 19, 9 am to 2 pm

A class for individuals who already took Bookbinding I at the Herr House, bookbinder Ramon Townsend will demonstrate further techniques that build upon skills learned in the previous class.

$120, Registration closed

Center Seam Moccasins Class

June 16, 9 am to 12 pm

Eastern Woodland Indian soft-sole center-seam moccasins will be made from buffalo leather. The center-seam moccasin is a very early style still in use today. Class time will be spent tailoring the moccasin to fit your individual foot.

$35, Registration closed

Folk Art Classes for Kids

Blacksmithing for Pairs

Wednesday, July 18, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with David Kauffman

Pairs will learn about blacksmithing and create a project together with instruction by David Kauffman. Class is offered for a child over 10 and an accompanying adult.

Class filled; registration closed