Classes for Everyone

Spoon Carving Circle 2nd Thursday every Month
Jul 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

spoon helpingThe night before Valentine’s Day, 2014, six people gathered in Driftless Folk School’s intimate little office space in The Ark in Viroqua for the first monthly Driftless Folk School Carving Circle. We ran the gamut of ages and experience, from veteran spoon carvers and a promising young new carver, to a curious onlooker – turned – carving convert.

The latter purchased a “sloyd” and a “hook” knife from another participant and was … hooked. Mostly, people worked on spoons they had already started, shared techniques, tips and stories, and had a grand old time. All carving projects are welcome; bowyers, chip carvers, whittlers… spoons just happen to be the most common. Bring some wood, a carving tool or two, and a Band Aid, and a good joke wouldn’t hurt either. If you don’t have any wood or tools, come anyway. There’s a good chance someone might be able to share wood, or even sell a couple tools.  Spoon Gathering in September!

Dates: Second Thursday every Month:  Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 13, Sept 10, Oct 8
Time: 6:30 p.m. ­ 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $2 per person to cover space use fees
Location: The Ark, 401 East Jefferson Viroqua, WI- Summer months we will meet at our Campus-check Facebook


Weave Your Own Pack Basket
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 11 @ 4:30 pm

Pack BasketMake your own basket backpack! Students will create a pack basket using rattan reed and a wooden rim. Students will learn to layout the base and shape the basket as well as attach a wooden handle, skids, and straps Beginners are welcome. Prior basket weaving experience will be helpful but beginners welcome. If you never put it on your back, it makes a beautiful basket for clothes, dried flowers, towels, etc.

Instructor:  Meredith Bridges

Friday, July 10, 2015 and Saturday, July 11, 2015  9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 150.00 course registration fee, $65 materials fee

limited to 12 participants

Beautiful Batik
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – Jul 12 @ 4:30 pm

Beautiful BatikTurn a plain piece of cloth into a gorgeous batik using wax resist and dye. Learn the fabric decoration art form that was perfected on the Indonesian Island of Java and now is practiced the world over because of the beautiful results.

Instructor: Martha Buche

Saturday, July 11, 2015 and Sunday, July 12, 2015     9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 150.00 course registration fee, $40 materials fee

limited to 9 participants

Thinking Outside the Jar: Unique Food Preservation
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

IMG_6128-001In the height of the season, it can be exhausting and HOT to can the abundance of produce from your garden. In this half-day class Annie will teach you other options for preserving what you grow through air/oven/dehydrator methods. We will work on drying leafy greens, beetroot and other vegetables, as well as some wild edibles (as available) to make shelf-stable smoothie supplements and seasoning mixes and incorporate these into a couple of dishes for sampling. We’ll discuss other unique dryables to help you get the most out  of your harvest and food supply

Instructor:  Ann Wegner LeFort

Saturday, July 11, 2015     9:00 AM-12:30 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee, $10 materials fee   limited to 5 participants

AVPageView 11022015 10155 PM-001Viroqua Food Cooperative owners eligible for $10 discount if  VFC Owner ID is provided when registering.

Building Design – Monthly Forum
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Building Design & Monthly Forum-

Mark Telshaw: Organizer & Consultant

Got Building/Remodeling Questions? Got Building/Remodeling Ideas? Then let us get together and put them in action with Sustainable Building Design – Community Monthly Hands on problem solving. This is an opportunity to form an on-going forum to develop the knowledge and develop regional best building practices.  The Driftless Folk School has a vision to be a resource and model for healthy sustainable buildings and homes.  Mark Telshaw is a third generation woodworker/cabinet with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota. With 30 years plus working in roles from builder, designer and project manager in the area of custom projects in the fields of residential, commercial and theater buildings. Each session will be different, this is a trial offering. If it has good response we will continue it.

Dates: Saturdays: May 30th, Jun 13th, Jul 11th .Please Check back for more dates-this is a trial project
Time:10:00 am -12:00 pm
Location: Driftless Folk School Campus, E13722 County Rd D, La Farge, WI

Community Childbirth Education
Jul 11 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Community Childbirth Education @ Viroqua | Wisconsin | United States

Spend an afternoon immersed in the emotional, physical and spiritual nature of birth and new parenting. We will utilize a variety of teaching methods including discussion, hands on, birth art, writing, movement and song. These classes aim to promote participants to explore their own beliefs and gain confidence in their unique birthing adventure. Together we will learn from each other and form community based on mutual respect and the shared joy of welcoming new life.

Instructor:  Jess Krueger

Saturday, July 11, 2015    1:00-5:00 p.m.

$45.00 course registration

limit 8 participants

Create 3 Crispy Gluten-Free Pizzas
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

gluten free pizzaFor those hoping to enjoy a gluten-free lifestyle the joy and comforts of homemade pizza (that chewy crust!) can be hard to sacrifice. In this hands-on class, we will discuss the components of and the techniques for preparing three gluten-free pizza crusts from scratch: a yeasted crust, an almond flour crust, and a cauliflower crust. Find which one you prefer or rotate all three through your pizza repertoire. After crust-making we will prepare a variety of favorite toppings for a pizza bake. You won’t even miss the wheat flour!

Instructor: Ann Wegner LeFort

Sunday, July 12, 2015     9:00 AM-12:30 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee, $10 materials fee – Discount if you take Ann’s “Thinking Outside the Can”  $75 for both courses-please email the registrar
AVPageView 11022015 10155 PM-001Viroqua Food Cooperative owners eligible for $10 discount if  VFC Owner ID is provided when registering.

limited to 5 participants

Leather Moccasin Sneakers
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

mocasinsCut, punch and handstitch your way to a brand new pair of casual leather shoes. Learn to measure your feet and discuss ways to alter patterns for new designs. Embellishment techniques will be introduced and soling options discussed.

Instructor:  Meredith Bridges

Sunday, July 12, 2015  9:00 AM-4:30 PM


$ 75.00 course registration fee, $85 materials fee

limited to 10 participants

Give it a Whirl: Clay, On the Wheel and Off (July)
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Start your week off right. Learn to make functional pottery with Ellen Reyher and Ira Slatter. In four Monday evenings, you can learn to make cups, bowls, plates and more both on the pottery wheel and by hand-building. You will also learn how to glaze and fire in various ways. This series is being offered three times, choose a month for the full series. *Sign up for Raku Rendevous for a discount and have a great time!

Instructors: Ira Slatter and Ellen Reyher

Monday, July 6, 2015  –   Monday, July, 2015  
2 hours every Monday for 4 mondays   6:00 PM-8:00 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $20 materials fee

limited to 5 participants

Song/String Circle
Jul 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

hanksfamilyphoto2-1The song/string circle is held the Third Wednesday of every month at the ARK .It is open to musicians and singers who enjoy performing in a friendly and relaxed setting where the emphasis is on having fun as well as learning to play in an ensemble. Guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddles, harmonicas are especially welcome, but you can come just to listen and learn too. Various well-known traditional folk and pop tunes will be used with simple chord/lyric song sheets provided. Bringing your own music stand is a plus. In addition to the familiar batch of songs, there will be a central theme for each month, looking deeper into the works of seminal artists from mid-late 20th century such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan whose legacies help define what is called Americana music today. Jim Stacho, an alumnus from Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and now an area resident, will host each session.

Upcoming themes include:
Wednesday, February 18 : Academy Award Songs of the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s
Wednesday, March 18 : Johnny Cash
Wednesday, April 15: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes
Wednesday, May 20: John Fogerty and CCR
Wednesday, June 17: Songs From 1975



Natural Building: Straw-Clay Walls
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – Jul 18 @ 4:30 pm

straw-clay-mixing-001The natural building style of Straw/Clay infill (a.k.a. “slip-straw”) is an alternative to conventional insulation such as fiberglass or foam products. Straw/clay performs very well in our Midwest climate, and is different than the better known straw bale wall because straw/clay builders add a slurry of clay to the loose straw fibers to creating a mold resistant, “breathable” wall. Typically, a straw/clay wall is plastered using clay and/or lime, though wood siding can also be used as long as ventilation and vapor concerns have been addressed. In this hands-on course, we will cover all aspects of frame preparation, sourcing the materials and tools needed, mixing the infill, forming walls, and the packing or “stuffing” of the infill mix. We will also demonstrate natural plasters and give tours of on-site examples. Straw/clay is suitable for homes and outbuildings.

Instructor:  Robert Schulz

July 16, 17, 18 (Thursday-Saturday)  9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 225.00 course registration fee

A Taste of Earth and Fire-July
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

raku1Join us in this exciting half day class that introduces the fundamentals of working with clay on the pottery wheel and hand building. Students will be able to create projects that can be fired and glazed at a later date in either an electric kiln or during a Raku firing class. 

Instructors:  Ira Slatter and Ellen Reyher

Saturday, July 18, 2015     10:00 AM-1:00 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee, $10 materials fee

limited to 10 participants

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