Workshops are an opportunity to explore a folk art or music form in depth with an experienced instructor. Check out our Midwinter workshop offerings so far, and check back soon for more additions and updates!
Embroidery Community Craft
Eliya Tova Gorman-Baer is a lifelong Folklore Villager as well as an artist who specializes in fiber, photography, and community-centered artwork. This year, they are excited to be leading the community project, where festival participants will be invited to collaborate on a piece of embroidered artwork.
Eliyah Tova will be leading embroidery workshops on Dec. 29th, 30th, and 31st, and the project will also be available for free-working at other times in the balcony of Farwell Hall.
Cattail leaves can be used to make dolls, animals and other creative shapes. Try your hand at making simple or elaborate creations. You can also make small pillows stuffed with cattail “fluff” from the brown seed heads.
This craft originates from Native American cultures including the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe, Chippewa) tribe.
Join naturalist David Eagan on Dec. 29th & 30th to get creative using the palette of our native landscape!
Pysanky (Painted Eggs)
This workshop is now full! Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
Pysanky are elaborately decorated eggs that are known in various forms across the Slavic and Balkan world. Kara Edelstein practices pysanky in the Ukrainian tradition, carefully applying wax with a krishka tool and then dipping the eggs into various dye baths to create miniature works of colorful and complex art. Come create your own pysanky with Kara on Dec. 29th!
Johanna Gorman-Baer will inspire your theatrical side with her engaging Theater Games hour on the 30th, a favorite staple for adults and youth. She’ll also lead a cast of all ages in creating a comical skit for the New Year’s Eve “Future Folk” party. The skit workshop is on the afternoon of the 31st, with an after-supper rehearsal for the evening performance.
Polish Jeż Ornaments
Becky Rehl of Folksnips is keeping alive this papercraft tradition at Folklore Village. These lovely little festive balls have at least 80 points and look very much like porcupines or hedgehogs, which is in fact what the word “jeż” means in Polish! Join Becky on Dec. 30th for a workshop and make your own porcupine ball to hang on the Christmas Tree.