Update -- May 31, 2020: We are canceling ALL classes due to COVID-19. We are sad to have to do this, but we want everyone to be safe. We hope to try this again next year? Stay well, everyone!
We admit, the term "folk school" may be a bit grand for what we do, but Raspberry Island Folk School is a folk school in its truest sense: simply a place where people learn new skills using their hands.
We were recently featured on the TV show Common Ground on Lakeland PBS (thank you, Scott Knudson!). You can see the episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NCfcofcDn8&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR03CH9WAaVF7ta5ryoqfI7WhWbkW-bMJnOpBz_1vq8daO13rNBWWy-LxAI
We started offering summertime classes in blacksmithing and pottery on our island several years ago, mainly taught by Gary. Over the years, offerings have come to include workshops taught by well-known and sought-after instructors in the folk arts.
Raspberry Island is located on beautiful, historic Big Sandy Lake, about 2 1/4 hours straight north of the Twin Cities. (For more information about life on Raspberry Island, see http://raspberryisland.blogspot.com/)
Class offerings and sign-up information are provided below. We hope you can join us this summer for an art and nature break!
Because we run our folk school from our home, visitors are welcome by prior arrangement only by calling Gary at 218.851.6085. Classes are held only from May to September; there are no winter classes. Thanks!