Gnome House

Eli Whitney Museum

Show Menu

Natural Architecture

Gnome House


2018 Summer Program

Please Note: This is a four day class: M, Tu,_Th, Fri. Wed, July 4th we are closed.

Gnomes are small earth dwellers that first appear in Renaissance writings. They have their own distinct culture – not to be confused with dwarves, brownies or leprechauns. Gnomes may have produced a less elaborate literature than some of the other little peoples, but they have architecture easily recognized by its inventive use of bark, pinecones, shells and twigs.

Construct a Gnome House and an extended family of Gnomes. Learn the resourcefulness of Gnomes (and others who construct Gnome Gardens around the world) in adapting tree parts, clay, and cast-off containers to build and furnish your house. Master Gnome Arts – carpentry, pottery and weaving. Learn Gnome stories, medicine( with particular plants) and music. Join the class in setting up a Gnome village that your parents can visit on Friday.

Your House will be prepared to withstand rain and snow so it could fit comfortably outside where Gnomes are most comfortable.

Special thanks to for the western cedar, and to Great Big Story for the inspiration…watch and enjoy.

Register Online

Back to Top