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Brookfield Craft Center has a full catalog of foundation-level classes and workshops for rank beginners. Small class sizes and personal attention make beginner-level courses fun and informative for students looking to try something new. Once you have tackled a course designated for beginners, students graduate to experienced beginner status and are eligible to participate in BCC's monitored open studio program.
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Rigid Heddle Weaving on a Lap Loom-Saturdays
Rigid Heddle Weaving on a Lap Loom-Saturdays
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginner
Katie Strano

FW8203 Jun 16 & 23, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) 2 Saturdays (LTB Studio)

Students will learn the fundamentals of weaving on a rigid heddle lap loom. The first project will be a small scarf. Once the first project is completed, we will move on to a second project, making a scarf from start to finish. Each student will learn how to plan projects, warp the loom, basic weaving techniques, and various options for how to finish a woven piece of cloth. Students can bring their own rigid heddle loom, purchase one from the instructor ($145), or rent ($35) with option to buy at the end of the workshop. Rented looms will be pre-warped by the teacher prior to the beginning of class.Beginners welcome. Ages 15 and over. A materials fee of $20.00 will be added to the tuition.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $300.00

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB8306 June 23 & 24, 2018 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This class will provide an introduction to the tools and techniques used in forging your own hammer. Working together students will forge a lump of steel into an elegant and functional tool. All aspects of the process; punching, drifting, forging, grinding and heat treating will be covered. We will also make handles and mount the forged head on them. Final finish and dressing of the tool will be covered as well. Each student can expect to make and take home at least one hammer of their choice (cross peen, straight peen or rounding) finished and ready to go to work. Ages 16 and over.
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Woodturning
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Woodturning

Beginner
Jim Degen

WT8204 June 23 & 24, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Turning Studio)

This class is offered free of charge to students who want to experience the fun of learning to make useful items on the wood lathe. All aspects of woodturning will be covered starting with safe work procedures, operation of the lathe, tool selection and use, basic shapes and cutting techniques, then proceeding on to final sanding and finishing. On day one students will complete several small projects such as a honey dipper, bottle stopper, bud vase while learning the fundamentals of spindle type turning. On day two students will complete a bowl that can be used for multiple purposes around the home. All materials will be provided. Ages 16 and over.

Intro to Damascus
Intro to Damascus
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $60.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty ONLY ONE SEAT LEFT

MB8209 June 30 - July 1, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday /Sunday (Forge)

In this class students will learn to make “Damascus” (pattern welded steel). This beautiful and historic material can be used to make knives, tools or decorative objects. Starting with bars of two different kinds of high carbon steel, students will forge weld them into billets, fold and draw out the steel – repeating this until the desired layer count is achieved. Basic patterning will be covered, including twists, ladder patterns etc. Each student can expect to leave the class with at least enough patterned steel to make two knives, and the knowledge to make more. The class will make use of our newly installed hydraulic press. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $60.00 will be added to the tuition.
BLOCKPRINTING ON FABRIC: TEA-TOWEL WORKSHOP
BLOCKPRINTING ON FABRIC: TEA-TOWEL WORKSHOP
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $10
Karin Mansberg

SD8218 June 30, 2018 (10am-2pm) Saturday (River Room)

This workshop will cover the basics of block printing and making repeat patterns for designing fabric. The instructor will show different patterns. Students will design and carve and finally print their own design patterns on tea towels. We will be using lino cutting tools and soft cut print blocks. This course will also cover comparison of different fabrics suitable for block printing by hand. Students will print their own patterned tea towels with special fabric inks that are permanent and washable after drying. A material fee of $10 will be added to the tuition. Students Ages 14 and over.
Beginning Blacksmithing for Women
Beginning Blacksmithing for Women
Tuition $280.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Caitlin Morris

MB8309 July 7 & 8, 2018 (9am-4:30pm) Saturday /Sunday (Forge)

Discover the magic of moving hot metal. Learn the basic skills (including everything from hammer control and fire maintenance to forge welding), through simple and practical projects. Individualized instruction to help you feel strong, confident and comfortable in the workshop. Open to all skill levels, abilities and genders. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Lampwork Glass Bead Intro
Lampwork Glass Bead Intro
Tuition $100.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginners
Ellen Morrell

GL8303 July 7, 2018 (10-3:30pm) Saturday (Glass Studio)
You can learn to make your own glass beads! This 4-hour beginner workshop provides you with the opportunity to try your hand at lampworking on a propane.oxygen-fueled torch. Learn basic information about safety, the use of the torch and other lampworking equipment, as well as an introduction to basic glass beadmaking techniques. After this short workshop, you should expect to have a handful of your very own decorative beads. Ages 16 and over. We will be working with an open flame so please wear a long sleeved shirt and pull long hair back. A $30 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Rigid Heddle Weaving (Lap Loom)
Rigid Heddle Weaving (Lap Loom)
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginner
Katie Strano

FW8302 July 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018 (1-4pm) 4 Tuesdays (LTB Studio)

Students will learn the fundamentals of weaving on a rigid heddle lap loom. The first project will be a small scarf. Once this project is completed, we will move on to a second project, making a scarf from start to finish. Each student will learn how to plan projects, warp the loom, basic weaving techniques, and various options for how to finish a woven piece of cloth. Students can bring their own rigid heddle loom, purchase one from the instructor ($145), or rent ($35) with option to buy at the end of the workshop. Rented looms will be pre-warped by the teacher prior to the beginning of class. Beginners welcome. Ages 15 and over. A materials fee of $20.00 will be added to the tuition.

Fused Glass Jewelry I
Fused Glass Jewelry I
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Linda Banks

GF8301 Jul. 14 & 15, 2018 (10am-1pm) Saturday/Sunday (Glass Studio)

If you like sparkles, this is the class for you! We’ll be using dichroic glass, decals, silver leaf and molds to make some gorgeous pendants, earrings, pins, and a bracelet. The process of cutting, etching, molding and finishing your jewelry will be covered. Firing and supplies will be addressed! Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $45.00 will be added to the tuition.
Intro to Woodturning - Plates
Intro to Woodturning - Plates
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $15
All Levels

Carl Ford

WT8304 July 14, 2018 (9am-3:30pm) Saturday (Turning Studio)

This course is for people who have an interest in learning how to turn. Students will learn about, wood, the wood lathe, wood turning tools, and sharpening.
The focus of this class is learning simple chuck turning skills. Students will learn how to use the bowl gouge, parting tool and shear scraper to turn a Plate out of Cherry wood. Students can expect to complete one plate.
There are no prerequisites for this class. It is open to complete beginners and beyond. Ages 16 and over, a $15 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Intro to Welding for the Artist-Blacksmith
Intro to Welding for the Artist-Blacksmith
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $40.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB8308 July 14 & 15, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

Welding is used in the fabrication or sculptural process to fuse two components together. Introduction to welding will teach this process using MIG welding technology and arc welding techniques. Students will learn to set up their welders, prepare their raw materials, and learn various types of joints. These wlding techniques will be combined with creating fixtures, jigs and tools to help execute functional items. Ages 16 and over, a $40 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Learn to Turn a Simple Box
Learn to Turn a Simple Box
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $12.00
Beginner
Don Metz

WT8303 July 21, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday (Turning Studio)

This is a hands-on class for beginners and experienced beginners. Learn some new skills while making some beautiful keepsake boxes. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $12.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB8310 July 21 & 22, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday /Sunday (Forge)

This weekend class will introduce the student to the art and science of blacksmithing. Safe work habits and protective gear will be emphasized as we learn to make a basic project. Students can expect to make at least two or three hand forged objects in the course of which they will learn the important basic techniques that form the core of the craft. These are the skills that every smith uses every time he steps up to the anvil and they will stand the student in good stead as they pursue either general blacksmithing or a more specialized area, like bladesmithing (knife making) or tool making. Ages 15 and up, a materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
July 23-27 AM Youth Lampwork Glass
July 23-27 AM Youth Lampwork Glass
Tuition $250.00

Youth

YGL8303 Jul 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2018 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Glass Studio)

You can learn to make your own glass beads! This 5 day workshop provides you with the opportunity to learn the craft of lampworking on a propane oxygen-fueled torch. We'll begin with information about safety, the use of the torch and other lampworking equipment, as well as an introduction to basic glass beadmaking techniques. The Instructor will guide the children each day as they explore and create different types of beads.
Bowl Turning 101
Bowl Turning 101
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Jim Degen

WT8302 July 28 & 29, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Turning Studio)


Students will learn to make wooden bowls on the lathe from start to finish. Topics will include lathe operation and safety, wood preparation, safe tool handling procedures, creating the final shape, sanding and finishing. Students can expect to complete two hardwood bowls. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
   
 
 
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