Craft Workshops

Thanks for your interest in our outstanding craft programs!

Our state has a rich history in handicrafts. A revival of sorts originated in the late 1950s and early 1960s due to a fortunate confluence of native skills, government attention, and the state’s centennial celebration. Among the first to act were the Future Homemakers and Future Farmers clubs, which raised funds in the mid-1950s to construct the Craft House at Cedar Lakes. A variety of weekend classes began at the Craft House in 1959 and continue today as folk art is celebrated with weekend and week-long classes that are offered through Cedar Lakes.

Quilting, basketry, rug hooking, tinsmithing, wood carving, woodturning, stained glass, painting, blacksmithing, needle felting, photography, crocheting, cross-stitching, writing and music such as fiddle, autoharp, ukulele, psaltery and dulcimer, instruction is offered throughout the year. Come join us to learn a new art, make new friends and find a new get-away for a relaxing adventure.

Artisans at Cedar Lakes Bios
View the 2024 Craft Catalog

Fees/Tuition, Meals and Lodging
  • A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of application for each class. The balance of the fee is payable 30 days prior to the first day of scheduled class. 
  • The workshops and seminars are offered with special package costs that include instruction, meals, and lodging. 
  • The package costs for the classes are noted: (C) commuter with no meals; (D) dormitory accommodations with meals; (S) semi-private 2 people per room with meals; and (P) private accommodations with meals. 
  • Please note, on certain weeks, room availability may be limited. 
  • Cedar Lakes does not assign roommates for semi-private rooms.
  • Package meals for the weekend classes begin with breakfast on Saturday and end with lunch on Sunday.
  • Meals for weeklong classes begin with breakfast on Monday and end with lunch on Friday.
  • Commuters may add meals to their reservation, if so desired.
  • For weeklong classes, a Meet & Greet will be on Sunday evening at 7:00 pm in the Holt Lodge Meeting Room.

Week Workshops

  • Commuter: $254.40
  • Dorm: $477.00
  • Holt Lodge (Private): $879.80
  • Holt Lodge (Semi-Private): $630.70

Weekend Workshops

  • Commuter: $159.00
  • Dorm: $241.68
  • Holt Lodge (Private): $402.80
  • Holt Lodge (Semi-Private): $303.16

Old Time Fiddle ONLY (March 24-29)

  • Mountaineer (Private): $832.10
  • Mountaineer (Semi-Private): $606.85
  • Mountaineer (Dormitory): $477.00

Week Workshops
Monday thru Thurs, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Friday 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Weekend Workshops
Begins Friday 6:00 PM, Runs through Sunday at 3:00 PM.

Workshop supply lists/fees
  • Some workshops will have a supply list or supply fee to cover the cost of materials.
  • All supply fees are paid directly to the instructor.
  • Fees and “to bring” supply lists are included in the Folk Art At The Lakes Catalog.
  • Class size is limited to maximize the learning opportunity—apply early to insure your place. 
  • These workshops are available without regard to race, national origin, sex, or handicap.
  • If the minimum enrollment is not met two weeks prior to the date of the class, the workshop could be cancelled, and students offered alternate classes.
  • Full payment of the class is due 30 days prior to the start of the class.
  • A fee will be charged for any returned checks.
  • If students do not receive confirmation from Cedar Lakes staff, they must follow up to guarantee their registration was received.
  • Cedar Lakes will not accept phone registrations. All registrations must be submitted via a registration form either through mail, email or online.
  • ALL registrations will receive an email confirmation from Cedar Lakes confirming the receipt of the registration and deposit. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact the Program Coordinator immediately.
  • Cedar Lakes is not responsible for lost or incomplete registration forms.
  • All classes will have a $100 non-refundable deposit*.
  • Deposit must be submitted with the registration form, or a credit card may be taken over the phone.
  • Because some classes may have waiting lists, students will not be enrolled until the full amount of deposit and registration form are received.
  • Cedar Lakes does not guarantee enrollment in classes unless confirmed by the Program Coordinator.
  • All confirmed enrollments will receive confirmation from Cedar Lakes.
  • Cedar Lakes staff will make every attempt at accommodating special requirements for our guests, within reason.
  • If you have any special accommodations, such as mobility or dietary requirements, please contact Cedar Lakes prior to your arrival.
  • We appreciate your understanding of our cancellation policies and willingness to abide by them. Because these classes require out of area travel for many of our instructors and students, we ask that you please help us to avoid unnecessary cancellations.
  • Minimum enrollment must be met for classes to proceed, and late cancellations can often result in a class cancellation.
  • Because of the costs associated with Cedar Lakes staff and instructors’ time, transportation and materials, deposits will be non-refundable in all circumstances except emergency situations.*
  • Any deposits applied for a class that is cancelled by Cedar Lakes will be refunded in full or transferred to an alternate class, at the student’s discretion.
  • Any outstanding deposits at the end of the year will be returned to the student using the original payment method.
  • All payments received (excluding the $100 non-refundable deposit) are eligible for a refund if notice is received 30 days prior to the beginning of the class.*
  • If notification is not given 30 days prior, the remaining deposit can be rolled over to a future class.*
  • A complete refund will be made if Cedar Lakes is required to cancel a workshop due to insufficient enrollment. The student also has the option to transfer to another workshop or roll the deposit over to a future workshop.

Emergency situations are the only exceptions to these policies and are at the discretion of the Program Coordinator. If you are unsure if you meet this criteria, please contact us at (304) 372-7860.

How to Register
  • Fill out the registration form in the Craft Catalog and mail, scan, or email back to us at
  • Online at under Craft Workshops. Click the link below.
  • Phone registrations will no longer be accepted.
  • If you are unable to register using the methods above, please contact us for other arrangements.

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at (304) 372-7860