Native Arts Studies Program Spring Classes at the Totem Heritage Center

Instructor Holly Churchill assists Brooke Johnson during a Totem Heritage Center class in 2014.

Instructor Holly Churchill assists Brooke Johnson during a Totem Heritage Center class in 2014.

Native Arts Studies Program Spring Classes at the Totem Heritage Center

The following classes will be offered at the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan this spring.

Introduction to Cedar Bark Weaving with Holly Churchill

Jan. 23–30, Mondays–Fridays, 6–9 PM; Saturday, Jan. 23, 9 am-4 pm; and Saturday Jan. 30, 9 am – 5 pm

Renowned Haida weaver Holly Churchill will guide beginning students in learning and practicing foundational cedar bark weaving methods. This is a prerequisite for all upper-level weaving classes. $175/$150, materials $45

Intermediate & Advanced Northwest Coast Carving: Masks with Tommy Joseph

Jan. 23–Feb. 3, Mondays–Fridays, 6–9 pm; Saturdays, 9 am–5 pm

Join guest instructor and Tlingit carver Tommy Joseph in designing and carving traditional Northwest Coast masks. Prerequisite: Introduction to NWC Carving. $225/$200, materials TBA

Intermediate and Advanced Cedar Bark Weaving with Holly Churchill

Feb. 8–20, Mondays–Fridays, 6–9 pm; Saturdays, 10 am–3 pm

Haida weaver Holly Churchill will guide students in upper-level cedar bark weaving projects and help them master an array of essential methods and designs. Prerequisite: Introduction to Cedar Bark Weaving. $225/$200; materials: $100-$175, depending on project

Intermediate and Advanced Northwest Coast Design with Reg Davidson

Feb. 24–March 5, Mondays–Fridays, 5:30–9 pm; Saturdays, 10 am–4 pm;

Renowned Haida artist Reg Davidson will guide students in understanding the interrelationship of foundational formline elements and how to combine them to create complex and intricate images. Prerequisite: Introduction to NWC Design.


Tool Making for Carvers with Jake Beimler

March 25–April 9, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6–9 PM; Saturdays, 10 am M-4:30 pm

Experienced Ketchikan blacksmith Jake Beimler has studied the process of creating historic and modern tools from cultures around the world, and has made customized traditional Northwest Coast tools on commission for several local carvers. Learn how to forge blades, shape handles, and assemble your own customized adze and carving knife. $225/$200, materials: TBA (cost of blade metal)

Tool Sharpening with Woody Anderson

April 15–16, Friday, 6–9 pm; Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

Learn how to properly sharpen and maintain carving tools, an essential skill for masterful carving, with Ketchikan carver Woody Anderson. This class is a core requirement for a Certificate of Merit in carving. $70/$60


Cedar Bark Weaving with Holly Churchill

March 14–18, Monday-Friday 8 am-12:30 pm

Learn traditional Northwest Coast Haida-style cedar bark weaving with instructor Holly Churchill. Ages 10–18 $125, materials included. Scholarships are available. Call 225-5900 for more information.

Northwest Coast Design with Kelly White

March 14–18, Monday-Friday 1-5:30 PM

Tlingit artist Kelly White will guide students in understanding the basics of Northwest Coast design as they create a model clanhouse. Ages 10–18 $125, materials included.

To register for classes contact the Totem Heritage Center at 225-5900, email or visit up two weeks before the class start date to receive a discount.

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