Weekend Goals #2: Learn Something New

September 14, 2018

 

#LSWeekendGoals: Learn Something New

 

Learning something new is always a great way to spend a weekend. Taking a class or workshop in your town is an investment in yourself and your community. Here are 5 different schools around Lake Superior.

 

#1. North House Folk School (Grand Marais)

The North House Folk School in Grand Marais teaches traditional northern crafts. Their mission is "to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind." 

 

They offer a wide range of courses such as:

 

  • Basketry

  • Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

  • Boatbuilding

  • Clothing & Jewelry

  • Northern Ecology

  • Outdoor Skills

  • Painting & Photography

  • Sustainable Living

  • Traditional Crafts

  • Woodcarving

 

And a lot more.

 

#2. Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Thunder Bay)
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery offers workshops several times a year. They offer courses for children, youth, and adults. A few of their upcoming workshops for adults focus on:

 

  • Participatory Art For Social Change

  • Places of Departure Through Personal Story

  • Wet Felting

  • Beading

 

#3. Lake Superior Art Glass (Duluth)
You can learn how to blow glass at the Lake Superior Art Glass in Duluth. You can schedule a class to make:

 

  • Wine Goblet

  • Paperweight Making

  • Icicle Ornament

  • Flower Making

  • Pendant Necklace

  • Blown Ornament

 

#4. On the Rock Art (Duluth)
On the Rock Art offers 2-3 hour painting events. On their calendar page, you can see which painting you'd like to paint and when the class is being offered. They also offer open studio time and private parties.

 

#5. Madeline Island School of the Arts (Madeline Island)
The Madeline Island School of the Arts is located on the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. You can rent a suite for the weekend on this beautiful island while you take a class in:

 

  • Painting

  • Photography

  • Writing

  • Quilting

 

See more classes available here.

 

But I Don't Live Near Any Of These Places

 

If you don't live near any of these locations I still highly recommend you do one of the following:

 

  • Plan a trip to one of these schools

  • Research workshops and classes available in your area

  • Get inspired by what is being taught at these schools

  • Research these skills online

 

And for the real go-getters with time to spare, consider offering courses in your area. Do you have a skill that you can volunteer to teach or turn into a business in your community?

 

Author Bio:

 

Holly Drew is a professional writer from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where she has spent a lot of time hiking in the beautiful Algoma District and Upper U.P., Michigan. Holly’s other home is in Lima, Peru, where she lived for one year as a Rotary International Exchange Student. Holly also volunteers as a Communications and Events Coordinator for Youth Odena, a by-youth-for-youth advocacy group in Sault, Ontario.

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