Folk School Classes

Folk School at Folklore Village
2020 calendar of folk school classes: 

Due to COVID-19, many of these classes will pivot to an online offering where appropriate; be postponed, or be cancelled.

The Folklore Village Board of Directors has recently approved a COVID-19 Safety Plan, and will make decisions on individual events on an ongoing basis.  To see a letter from the Board President, please click HERETo see the complete plan, please click HERE.

Session I:  June 12, 13 & 14, 2020

June 12; 9:00 – 12 noon: “Writing as Wide as the Sky” with Catherine Young  

June 12; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  The Felted Vessel with Jennifer Angelo

June 13 & 14; 9 am – 12 noon both days: Piano Off the Page with Amy McFarland  

June 13 & 14; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm both days:  “What Makes It a Fiddle Tune?” with Maria Terres  

Celebratory Virtual Healthy Hoedown Saturday night, June 22 , free for Folk School students.

Session II: July 6 – 12, 2020

July 6 – 11: The Art of Gourd Banjo Making with Jeff Menzies  

July 11: Old-Time Music of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest with Jason Busniewski     

July 11 & 12: The Found Object Sandwich (Jewelry Making) with Thomas Mann  


Session III: August 13 – 16, 2020

August 14 – 16: Woven Mohair Saddle Cinches, Guitar Straps and Hat Bands with Pop Wagner  This class will happen onsite, with social distancing and required masks.  More info HERE

August 15: A Day with Karen Mueller: Autoharp A to Z(oom)! Now online!

Session I: Autoharp Essentials 9:30 – 12:30

*Session II: Moving on with Melody and Rhythm 1:30 – 4:30

*Session II has sold out.  If you would like to be on the waiting list, please email Terri:; or call 608-924-4000

August 16:  You Are Not Alone: Songs and Practices for Finding Our Way in Such a Time as This  with Liz Rog   Now online!

August 14 & 15: Viking Posament Bracelet with Liz Bucheit (postponed until the fall – stay tuned!)

Session IV: September 11 – 13, 2020

September 11 – 13: CRANKIES!  Storytelling Machines with Sue Truman

September 12: Yodeling for Everyone with Victoria Mecozzi  This class has been cancelled

September 12: Introduction to Blacksmithing with Greg Winz This class has been cancelled

September 12: Kid’s Craft Day with Johanna Gorman-Baer***

September 12: An Introduction to Chocolate: Truffles and Tartlets with J. Miller

September 12 & 13: You Can Ukulele, Too! with Martha Tyner This class has been cancelled

September 12 & 13: Plein Air Painting: Beginning Landscape with Judy Robb

September 13: Knit Wire Jewelry with Johanna Gorman-Baer

Celebratory Healthy Hoedown Saturday night, September 12, free for Folk School students.

Session V: October 30 – Nov. 1, 2020

October 30: Nordic Herbals with Gigi Stafne

October 30 – November 1: Mountain Dulcimer Construction with John C. Van Orman

October 31: Hearts & Stars: Scandinavian Woven Paper Heart Baskets & Moravian Stars with Becky Rehl

October 31 – November 1: Hardanger Embroidery with Lori Zimmerman

October 31 – November 1: Wet Felting Slippers with Elise Kyllo

October 31 – November 1:  Sounding Traditions with Annie Zylstra

Specially themed Healthy Hoedown Saturday night, October 31, free for Folk School students.

Session VI: November 13 & 14, 2020

November 13 & 14: Songs for Comfort, Healing, Courage, and Celebration with Liz Rog

November 14: From Grain to Loaf: Sourdough Baking with Fresh-Milled Organic Flour with John and Halee Wepking

November 14: Felted Christmas Stocking with Jennifer Angelo

November 14: Hardanger Embroidered Holiday Ornaments with Donna Olson

November 14: “Feast – A Poetry Harvest” with Catherine Young

Celebratory Healthy Hoedown, Saturday night, November 14, free for Folk School students.

*** Children’s classes

Lunch is included in your registration!  Cheers to Cobblestone Coffee House in Dodgeville, who will be providing our lunches every day of class!


Please call us if you would like to lodge with us during your Folk School visit.  Choices include simple rustic bunkhouses ($15/night), and camping spots to pitch a tent ($10/night).  (608) 924-4000


Interested in teaching a folk school class in 2021?  Find the application form HERE.