Museum Summer Camps – Felting, Forging and Printmaking

Apr 12, 2016 | Fernie History, Fernie Museum

A guiding principle of the Fernie Museum is that one can learn from the past – past events, past activities, past traditions – and that learning leads to a better understanding our world today.

Kids HistoricThe museum’s summer camps will be a chance for kids to connect Fernie’s intangible heritage traditions with their own lives. Campers will learn how to felt, work with leather and copper, print on a letterpress, forge a nail or hook, make ice cream. The artisans leading the workshops are practicing their crafts in the tried and true, old fashioned way, honouring our past and its traditions. Making connections between these activities and the present will offer learning and understanding of our present day. (And they might not even realize it!)

Sandra Barrett, Felt Making
Workshop Overview: Sandra will illustrate the different types of items that can be made with felting. Students will make felt from which they will later make a brooch or decorative item using their choice of cookie cutter, and a “felting” needle.
Paul Reimer, Blacksmith and Metal Artist
Workshop Overview: Students will gain a first hand look at the art of blacksmithing and the role of the blacksmith in early communities in a 1-hour blacksmith demonstration. Students aged 6 to 8 will then try their hand at making a nail and students aged 8 to 10 will make a hook; Paul brings considerable experience in working with children in hands-on blacksmith activities through his experience at Fort Steele Heritage Towns’ education programs.
Michael Hepher, Print Making
Workshop Overview: The workshop at Clawhammer Press includes a 1 hour demonstration of letterpress printing on the large press, followed by a 2 hour workshop where students get an opportunity to print a typographic print on one of the table-top presses. The workshop allows students to experience the process of relief printing and using the historic typographic printing process, while developing ideas and composition using letter shapes as building blocks.
Sharlene Czeh, Coppersmith/Jewelry-maker
Workshop Overview: Students will be guided through the basic steps of jewelry making, while she demonstrates her own prowess with the jeweler’s hammer. Students will learn to make simple, small copper jewelry, such as earrings and rings.


Maximum of 15 children per camp session

Registration Fee:  $200/child, includes all activities, meals and snacks (heritage/ethnic foods)

Camp runs from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Registration Payment can be made at the Fernie Museum Welcome Desk. Download the Registration Form from our Summer Camp Programs webpage

Cheque Credit Card  Cash accepted

For more information call at 250.423.7016 ext.1.


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