Learning Vacation

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village-life.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County. Check out our list of Arts!

Information on Lodging, Shopping, & Dining in Van Buren County:

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Learning Vacation

The Learning Vacation Promotion was paid for in part by the
Iowa Tourism Office and the Van Buren Foundation, Inc.

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Discover your creativity and nurture your spirit.

NEW CLASSES IN 2014:

Cheese Making
Book Binding: Journal
Letterpress: Beginners
Art quilt Embellishing
Baskets: Fabric Coil
Portraiture: Head & Shoulders
Oil Painting: Alla Prima Style
Just Start Writing
Letterpress Christmas Cards
Seminole Patchwork
Free Motion Quilting
Fabric Painting
Drawing I & II


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