-Artifact

 
Course Title: An Introduction to Drop Spinning

Instructor: Betsy Lychack, Fiber Artist and Educator 
Course Length: 7:00-9:00
Materials: Drop Spindle and wool, purchased from Instructor $10.

Course Description: In this course participants will participate in an introduction to the drop spinning. Students will be using a top whorl drop spindle and learn how to draft a fiber and spin a yarn.

Taught by: Betsy Lychack learned to knit in the early 1980s and was fascinated by the process. She became an apprentice on a sheep farm in 1985 and discovered spinning. The artistry and craft of spinning and knitting have been a part of her life ever since.  

Betsy's favorite vegetables are Brussel Sprouts.


 


Course Title: Children’s Halloween Costumes

Instructor: Lauren Hinish, Artist, Educator and Steel City Folk School Founder
Course Length: 7:00-9:00
Materials: approx $15-$20 for costume supplies. Lauren will be in contact will each participant prior to class.

Course Description: In this course, Lauren will work with parents to create custom Halloween costumes for their children or children in their lives. Lauren will communicate with each adult student prior to the class to design, brainstorm ideas and materials. Lauren will bring specific materials to the class and will work with students to create the costume onsite. Children are welcome to attend to assist in building and modeling their custom creations!

Taught by: Lauren Hinish is an artist and educator and has worked in both the Pittsburgh education community and the Pittsburgh arts community for nearly two decades. She was a founding art teacher in the Propel Schools system and has since worked with various local schools and national school systems in supporting innovative educational models and methods. Lauren is also an artist and her work can be found throughout the region.

Lauren’s favorite vegetables are beets.


 

Awareness

 
Course Title: Juggling for Beginners

Instructor: Haley Roberts, Juggler, Graduate Student, Runner and Writer
Course Length: 7:00-9:00
Materials Needed: 3 Hacky Sacks, purchased by the student prior to class.

Course Description: This course will teach core juggling concepts and some simple tricks for jugglers who are beginners. The class will start by teaching the basic three-ball cascade, the core of juggling, followed by tricks requiring three balls including "columns," "reverse cascade," and "Mills mess." Students may also learn how to incorporate a "behind the back" throw and/or an "under the leg" throw into their three ball cascade. Juggling with two balls in one hand will also be covered.

Taught by: Haley Roberts is a 22 year-old Pittsburgh native and second-year graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University. In the next few years, she aspires to finish school, write a book, become a health economist, and continue to learn and share her quirky hobbies, like juggling, in the community. When she is not in the library studying, she is usually running in Schenley Park or watching the newest film at the local movie theater. She is very excited to teach juggling, a skill that she learned in middle school, with SCFS for the first time this fall!

Haley’s favorite vegetable is Potatoes, especially in French Fry form.

 
Course Title: America as a Fast Food Nation

Instructor:  Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz
Course Length: 7:00-9:00
Materials Needed: None

Course Description: America as a "Fast Food Nation." This will be a historical look at major social, cultural, and economic developments since the 1950s that contributed to the rise of fast food restaurants and the twentieth-century American diet. I will also discuss attempts to reform these practices, namely the origins of the organic food industry and the alternative food movement. This is not intended as a comprehensive course on modern American food history but a broad overview.

Taught by: Margaret completed her Ph.D. in History at Indiana University, Bloomington. Since 2011, she has been teaching in Chatham University's Food Studies Program, and she is working on a book about vegetarianism in the U.S. before 1960. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, son, and their two beagles.

Margaret’s favorite vegetables are Brussel sprouts.

 





 
Saturday November 7, 2015

12:00 Registration
12:30-6:00 Classes
6:00-8:00 Potluck and Entertainment


 
Artifact

 


Course Title: An Introduction to Drop Spinning
and an Exploration of Fiber, Texture, and Color


Instructor: Betsy Lychack, Fiber Artist and Educator 
Course Length: 12:00-6:00
Materials: Drop Spindle and fiber, purchased from Instructor $20.

Course Description: This course will provide participants an introduction to drop spinning. We will be using a top whorl drop spindle and learn how to draft a fiber and spin a yarn. We will also be exploring different fibers and texture and color. We will be using hand carders, a blending board, and a drum carder to create one of a kind batts for spinning.

Taught by: Betsy Lychack who learned to knit in the early 1980s and was fascinated by the process. She became an apprentice on a sheep farm in 1985 and discovered spinning. The artistry and craft of spinning and knitting have been a part of her life ever since. 

Betsy's favorite vegetables are Brussel Sprouts.


 

Course Title: Spoon Carving: From Tree to Table-CLASS IS FULL-All new registrations will be added to the wait list

Instructor: Regis Will, Woodworker and Educator
Course Length: 12:00-6:00
Materials: Provided by Instructor

Course Description: Spoon carving is an interesting and challenging craft requiring little space, and only a small investment in tools and materials. Students will create a spoon from green wood using three basic tools; a small axe, a straight knife, and a hooked knife. Tool techniques and safety along with wood selection and design will be covered. Wood and tools will be provided for student use. Students should wear jeans and closed toe shoes. Limit 8 students.

Taught by: Regis Will has been woodworking since childhood. Since then he's built furniture, architectural elements, boxes, tools and shop jigs employing both power and hand tools. For the last several years his interest has been focused on hand powered woodworking and wood craft. Regis keeps a blog at www.thenewyinzerworkshop.com and since around 2010 he's been working to help people discover new old ways of working wood and keep old homes going via presentations with the Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation's Preservation Resource Center.

Regis’s favorite vegetables are onions.




Course Title: A Play in a Day for Children in 3rd Grade and up.

Instructor: Michelle Opdahl, Educator and Thespian
Course Length: 12:00-6:00
Materials: Provided by Instructor

Course Description: In this class, for children 3rd grade and older, the participants will work collaboratively to write, rehearse, and perform a play all within our 6 hour session. The play will be performed form the all of the participants at the Steel City Folk School event at 7:00 during our potluck dinner.

 Taught by: Prior to teaching, Ms. Opdahl received her Bachelors in Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. While studying abroad on Semester at Sea, Michelle found herself in many classrooms around the globe and decided to change her focus from theatre to education.  Now she is starting her second year at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh and her eighth year of teaching. 

 Michelle’s favorite vegetables are potatoes and sweet potatoes.



 

Awareness



Course Title: Children’s Yoga and Movement for Ages 8-12-Class is Canceled, it will be offered at Future Events

Instructor: Jennifer Grahnquist, Yoga Teacher, Dancer, and Educator
Course Length: 4:00-6:00
Materials Needed: Comfortable Clothing

Course Description: In this class we will explore movement and breath and learn basic yoga poses. Stories, games, music, and relaxation will weave their way into our practice as we build strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. No mats or experience required!

Taught by: Jennifer Grahnquist teaches children's yoga at the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh where she received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification. She is also a ballet dancer and teacher and has performed with the Tulsa Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Texture Contemporary Ballet. Ms. Grahnquist is earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education at Chatham University as well as pursuing her Waldorf Elementary Teacher Certification at the Sunbridge Institute in New York.

Jennifer’s favorite vegetables are grilled Brussel Sprouts.


 
Course Title: From Stitch to Scarf


Instructor: Lindsey Brunswick, Crafter, Educator and Therapist
Course Length: 12:30-4:00

Materials Needed: Lindsey will be in contact with participants before the class to discuss yarn color and fiber content (and possible allergies).  She will pick up and bring to class each student’s supplies at a total cost of $15-20 depending on their choices.

Course Description: In this class you will start from the very beginning and will walk out with enough knowledge to knit yourself a scarf to wear this winter! We'll learn some basics about yarn and needles and each student will be taught the two most important stitches for constructing a garment. Already know the very basics? Come for this refresher, and then learn about using your skills to knit a super warm cowl!

Taught by: Lindsey Brunswick is a child therapist by trade, but crafting has always been her first love. She learned to knit while she was in graduate school. She needed a self care hobby, and knitting was just the right combination of calming repetition and the pleasure of creating a useful and beautiful finished object. Living in Florida didn't give her a lot of opportunities to wear my handknits, but after she and her husband moved to Pittsburgh in 2011, she has had PLENTY! She lives in the suburbs north of Pittsburgh with her husband and 2 little boys, and they LOVE this place.

 Lindsey’s favorite vegetables are carrots.

 

Course Title: Nada Brahma: Bringing Sound Into Your Yoga Practice

Instructors: Denise and Paco Mahone, Educators, Yoga Instructors, Musicians, Artists and Therapists
Course Length: 4:00-6:00
Materials Needed: Yoga Mat, Water and a Towel, provided by the student.

Course Description: In this class, students will learn how to deepen or begin their asana practice by integrating the powerful use of sound to activate chakras and increase prana flow in hatha postures.  We'll start with supporting students' ability to sense their own prana (or chi energy), learn about the qualities of particular chakras and how sound activates them, and then integrate this into a holistic mind-body-spirit practice.  Previous experience with hatha postures is helpful, but not necessary.  Class is appropriate for all levels.

Taught by: Paco has been a performing musician for more than 20 years, playing upright and electric bass.  Four years ago, he experienced Bikram Yoga for the first time and was hooked. He has been teaching the Bikram sequence for the past 3 years, and is also a registered yoga teacher with training in vinyasa practices.

Denise is a visual artist and psychotherapist who has practiced yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She holds an MFA in sculpture, a PhD in clinical psychology, and integrates indigenous healing principles and ways into her work.  She completed her yoga teacher training with Jeff Midgow in NYC in 2005 in the Prana Yoga tradition.

Paco and Denise have been living a creative life together for 17 years, and are excited to offer their combined understandings of the living arts they practice.

Paco’s favorite vegetable is Cauliflower and Denise’s is Butternut Squash.


 

Course Title: Drawing the Interior

Instructor: Katrina Samuelson Wardrip, Artist and Educator
Course Length: 4:00-6:00

Materials Needed: Sketchpad (no smaller than 12”x18”), compressed charcoal, a variety of drawing pencils (4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B), eraser, pencil sharpener or exacto knife, charcoal pencil, vine charcoal, rag/cloth. If you have any of these materials, there is no need to buy new. Bring and use what you have. (Estimated Cost for Materials $20)

Course Description: The historic Victorian-era mansion which serves as the setting for the Steel City Folk School will provide the inspiration for an introductory Drawing course. Participants will begin with a brief introduction to materials and the elements of drawing and design before exploring the building's architectural details, such as walnut woodwork, decorative plaster ceilings, and arching doorways with transom windows. The class will conclude with a discussion of the student work created during the course. All experience levels are welcome.

Taught by: Katrina studied Art as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and later earned her MFA in Painting from Indiana University, where she also taught Drawing as an Associate Instructor. She currently lives and paints in Pittsburgh.

Katrina’s favorite vegetable is zucchini.
 


 

Course Title: Building Circuit Blocks - Children in 4th-8th grades

Instructor: Luso Wardrip, Finny Bartlett, Peter Wardrip
Course Length: 4:00-6:00
Materials Needed: $5 for goggles, provided by instructors

Course Description: Tinker with electricity while working with everyday objects. In our course, children will take apart toys and electronics using screwdrivers and then build circuit blocks. These circuit blocks will connect batteries to things like switches, motors, lights, fans and... who knows what else.

Taught by: Luso is a builder and a dreamer working mostly in her basement and bedroom. She gets inspiration from Native Americans culture, Star Wars and books.

Finnegan is a builder and a dreamer working mostly in her bedroom and backyard. She gets inspiration from books and experiencing life.

Peter is a learning scientist at the Children's Museum and studies learning in the museum's makerspace, MAKESHOP. He gets inspiration from the State of Wisconsin and cooking

Peter and Luso’s favorite vegetables are beets.
Finnegan’s favorite vegetables are potatoes.


 

SCFS does not currently have any scheduled courses, take a look below at some of our previous offerings


-Artifact

 
Course Title: An Introduction to Drop Spinning

Instructor: Betsy Lychack, Fiber Artist and Educator 
Course Length: 7:00-9:00
Materials: Drop Spindle and wool, purchased from Instructor $10.

Course Description: In this course participants will participate in an introduction to the drop spinning. Students will be using a top whorl drop spindle and learn how to draft a fiber and spin a yarn.

Taught by: Betsy Lychack learned to knit in the early 1980s and was fascinated by the process. She became an apprentice on a sheep farm in 1985 and discovered spinning. The artistry and craft of spinning and knitting have been a part of her life ever since.  

Betsy's favorite vegetables are Brussel Sprouts.


 


Course Title: Children’s Halloween Costumes

Instructor: Lauren Hinish, Artist, Educator and Steel City Folk School Founder
Course Length: 7:00-9:00
Materials: approx $15-$20 for costume supplies. Lauren will be in contact will each participant prior to class.

Course Description: In this course, Lauren will work with parents to create custom Halloween costumes for their children or children in their lives. Lauren will communicate with each adult student prior to the class to design, brainstorm ideas and materials. Lauren will bring specific materials to the class and will work with students to create the costume onsite. Children are welcome to attend to assist in building and modeling their custom creations!

Taught by: Lauren Hinish is an artist and educator and has worked in both the Pittsburgh education community and the Pittsburgh arts community for nearly two decades. She was a founding art teacher in the Propel Schools system and has since worked with various local schools and national school systems in supporting innovative educational models and methods. Lauren is also an artist and her work can be found throughout the region.

Lauren’s favorite vegetables are beets.


 

Awareness

 
Course Title: Juggling for Beginners

Instructor: Haley Roberts, Juggler, Graduate Student, Runner and Writer
Course Length: 7:00-9:00
Materials Needed: 3 Hacky Sacks, purchased by the student prior to class.

Course Description: This course will teach core juggling concepts and some simple tricks for jugglers who are beginners. The class will start by teaching the basic three-ball cascade, the core of juggling, followed by tricks requiring three balls including "columns," "reverse cascade," and "Mills mess." Students may also learn how to incorporate a "behind the back" throw and/or an "under the leg" throw into their three ball cascade. Juggling with two balls in one hand will also be covered.

Taught by: Haley Roberts is a 22 year-old Pittsburgh native and second-year graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University. In the next few years, she aspires to finish school, write a book, become a health economist, and continue to learn and share her quirky hobbies, like juggling, in the community. When she is not in the library studying, she is usually running in Schenley Park or watching the newest film at the local movie theater. She is very excited to teach juggling, a skill that she learned in middle school, with SCFS for the first time this fall!

Haley’s favorite vegetable is Potatoes, especially in French Fry form.

 
Course Title: America as a Fast Food Nation

Instructor:  Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz
Course Length: 7:00-9:00
Materials Needed: None

Course Description: America as a "Fast Food Nation." This will be a historical look at major social, cultural, and economic developments since the 1950s that contributed to the rise of fast food restaurants and the twentieth-century American diet. I will also discuss attempts to reform these practices, namely the origins of the organic food industry and the alternative food movement. This is not intended as a comprehensive course on modern American food history but a broad overview.

Taught by: Margaret completed her Ph.D. in History at Indiana University, Bloomington. Since 2011, she has been teaching in Chatham University's Food Studies Program, and she is working on a book about vegetarianism in the U.S. before 1960. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, son, and their two beagles.

Margaret’s favorite vegetables are Brussel sprouts.

 





 
Saturday November 7, 2015

12:00 Registration
12:30-6:00 Classes
6:00-8:00 Potluck and Entertainment


 
Artifact

 


Course Title: An Introduction to Drop Spinning
and an Exploration of Fiber, Texture, and Color


Instructor: Betsy Lychack, Fiber Artist and Educator 
Course Length: 12:00-6:00
Materials: Drop Spindle and fiber, purchased from Instructor $20.

Course Description: This course will provide participants an introduction to drop spinning. We will be using a top whorl drop spindle and learn how to draft a fiber and spin a yarn. We will also be exploring different fibers and texture and color. We will be using hand carders, a blending board, and a drum carder to create one of a kind batts for spinning.

Taught by: Betsy Lychack who learned to knit in the early 1980s and was fascinated by the process. She became an apprentice on a sheep farm in 1985 and discovered spinning. The artistry and craft of spinning and knitting have been a part of her life ever since. 

Betsy's favorite vegetables are Brussel Sprouts.


 

Course Title: Spoon Carving: From Tree to Table-CLASS IS FULL-All new registrations will be added to the wait list

Instructor: Regis Will, Woodworker and Educator
Course Length: 12:00-6:00
Materials: Provided by Instructor

Course Description: Spoon carving is an interesting and challenging craft requiring little space, and only a small investment in tools and materials. Students will create a spoon from green wood using three basic tools; a small axe, a straight knife, and a hooked knife. Tool techniques and safety along with wood selection and design will be covered. Wood and tools will be provided for student use. Students should wear jeans and closed toe shoes. Limit 8 students.

Taught by: Regis Will has been woodworking since childhood. Since then he's built furniture, architectural elements, boxes, tools and shop jigs employing both power and hand tools. For the last several years his interest has been focused on hand powered woodworking and wood craft. Regis keeps a blog at www.thenewyinzerworkshop.com and since around 2010 he's been working to help people discover new old ways of working wood and keep old homes going via presentations with the Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation's Preservation Resource Center.

Regis’s favorite vegetables are onions.




Course Title: A Play in a Day for Children in 3rd Grade and up.

Instructor: Michelle Opdahl, Educator and Thespian
Course Length: 12:00-6:00
Materials: Provided by Instructor

Course Description: In this class, for children 3rd grade and older, the participants will work collaboratively to write, rehearse, and perform a play all within our 6 hour session. The play will be performed form the all of the participants at the Steel City Folk School event at 7:00 during our potluck dinner.

 Taught by: Prior to teaching, Ms. Opdahl received her Bachelors in Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. While studying abroad on Semester at Sea, Michelle found herself in many classrooms around the globe and decided to change her focus from theatre to education.  Now she is starting her second year at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh and her eighth year of teaching. 

 Michelle’s favorite vegetables are potatoes and sweet potatoes.



 

Awareness



Course Title: Children’s Yoga and Movement for Ages 8-12-Class is Canceled, it will be offered at Future Events

Instructor: Jennifer Grahnquist, Yoga Teacher, Dancer, and Educator
Course Length: 4:00-6:00
Materials Needed: Comfortable Clothing

Course Description: In this class we will explore movement and breath and learn basic yoga poses. Stories, games, music, and relaxation will weave their way into our practice as we build strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. No mats or experience required!

Taught by: Jennifer Grahnquist teaches children's yoga at the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh where she received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification. She is also a ballet dancer and teacher and has performed with the Tulsa Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Texture Contemporary Ballet. Ms. Grahnquist is earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education at Chatham University as well as pursuing her Waldorf Elementary Teacher Certification at the Sunbridge Institute in New York.

Jennifer’s favorite vegetables are grilled Brussel Sprouts.


 
Course Title: From Stitch to Scarf


Instructor: Lindsey Brunswick, Crafter, Educator and Therapist
Course Length: 12:30-4:00

Materials Needed: Lindsey will be in contact with participants before the class to discuss yarn color and fiber content (and possible allergies).  She will pick up and bring to class each student’s supplies at a total cost of $15-20 depending on their choices.

Course Description: In this class you will start from the very beginning and will walk out with enough knowledge to knit yourself a scarf to wear this winter! We'll learn some basics about yarn and needles and each student will be taught the two most important stitches for constructing a garment. Already know the very basics? Come for this refresher, and then learn about using your skills to knit a super warm cowl!

Taught by: Lindsey Brunswick is a child therapist by trade, but crafting has always been her first love. She learned to knit while she was in graduate school. She needed a self care hobby, and knitting was just the right combination of calming repetition and the pleasure of creating a useful and beautiful finished object. Living in Florida didn't give her a lot of opportunities to wear my handknits, but after she and her husband moved to Pittsburgh in 2011, she has had PLENTY! She lives in the suburbs north of Pittsburgh with her husband and 2 little boys, and they LOVE this place.

 Lindsey’s favorite vegetables are carrots.

 

Course Title: Nada Brahma: Bringing Sound Into Your Yoga Practice

Instructors: Denise and Paco Mahone, Educators, Yoga Instructors, Musicians, Artists and Therapists
Course Length: 4:00-6:00
Materials Needed: Yoga Mat, Water and a Towel, provided by the student.

Course Description: In this class, students will learn how to deepen or begin their asana practice by integrating the powerful use of sound to activate chakras and increase prana flow in hatha postures.  We'll start with supporting students' ability to sense their own prana (or chi energy), learn about the qualities of particular chakras and how sound activates them, and then integrate this into a holistic mind-body-spirit practice.  Previous experience with hatha postures is helpful, but not necessary.  Class is appropriate for all levels.

Taught by: Paco has been a performing musician for more than 20 years, playing upright and electric bass.  Four years ago, he experienced Bikram Yoga for the first time and was hooked. He has been teaching the Bikram sequence for the past 3 years, and is also a registered yoga teacher with training in vinyasa practices.

Denise is a visual artist and psychotherapist who has practiced yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She holds an MFA in sculpture, a PhD in clinical psychology, and integrates indigenous healing principles and ways into her work.  She completed her yoga teacher training with Jeff Midgow in NYC in 2005 in the Prana Yoga tradition.

Paco and Denise have been living a creative life together for 17 years, and are excited to offer their combined understandings of the living arts they practice.

Paco’s favorite vegetable is Cauliflower and Denise’s is Butternut Squash.


 

Course Title: Drawing the Interior

Instructor: Katrina Samuelson Wardrip, Artist and Educator
Course Length: 4:00-6:00

Materials Needed: Sketchpad (no smaller than 12”x18”), compressed charcoal, a variety of drawing pencils (4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B), eraser, pencil sharpener or exacto knife, charcoal pencil, vine charcoal, rag/cloth. If you have any of these materials, there is no need to buy new. Bring and use what you have. (Estimated Cost for Materials $20)

Course Description: The historic Victorian-era mansion which serves as the setting for the Steel City Folk School will provide the inspiration for an introductory Drawing course. Participants will begin with a brief introduction to materials and the elements of drawing and design before exploring the building's architectural details, such as walnut woodwork, decorative plaster ceilings, and arching doorways with transom windows. The class will conclude with a discussion of the student work created during the course. All experience levels are welcome.

Taught by: Katrina studied Art as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and later earned her MFA in Painting from Indiana University, where she also taught Drawing as an Associate Instructor. She currently lives and paints in Pittsburgh.

Katrina’s favorite vegetable is zucchini.
 


 

Course Title: Building Circuit Blocks - Children in 4th-8th grades

Instructor: Luso Wardrip, Finny Bartlett, Peter Wardrip
Course Length: 4:00-6:00
Materials Needed: $5 for goggles, provided by instructors

Course Description: Tinker with electricity while working with everyday objects. In our course, children will take apart toys and electronics using screwdrivers and then build circuit blocks. These circuit blocks will connect batteries to things like switches, motors, lights, fans and... who knows what else.

Taught by: Luso is a builder and a dreamer working mostly in her basement and bedroom. She gets inspiration from Native Americans culture, Star Wars and books.

Finnegan is a builder and a dreamer working mostly in her bedroom and backyard. She gets inspiration from books and experiencing life.

Peter is a learning scientist at the Children's Museum and studies learning in the museum's makerspace, MAKESHOP. He gets inspiration from the State of Wisconsin and cooking

Peter and Luso’s favorite vegetables are beets.
Finnegan’s favorite vegetables are potatoes.


 

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