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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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Woodturning Workshop
Tuition $700.00
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All Levels
Carl Ford

WT7301 Aug 15, 22, 29, Sep 5, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14 2017 (9am-3:30pm) 10 sessions within 12 scheduled Tuesdays (Turning Studio)

Create functional and artistic lathe turned objects in this 10 session class. This workshop examines the evolution of turning and explores how the lathe and its tools are used today to produce art and functional products. Topics include wood selection and preparation, tool choice, use and control, spindle turning, bowl and vessel turning, hollow turning, box making, off center turning and finishing. Students of every level are welcomed and are free to explore their own interests in a small class setting. Participants may select any 10 of the 12 available dates to attend. Students supply their own wood and finishing materials or may purchase from instructor.. Ages 16 and over.
Floor Loom Weaving
Tuition $270.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Christine Wilkinson
FW7302 Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17 2017 (5-8pm) 6 Tuesdays (LTB Studio)

This class offers beginning weavers and advanced beginning weavers the opportunity to learn through direct experience the basic set-up of a multi-shaft floor loom while exploring a variety of weave structures. Every student selects an individual project and works at her/his own pace. With a wide range of projects being worked on during the class, weavers learn from and get inspired by others in the group. Beginning students start with a sampler that introduces the new weaver to the steps of setting up a warp and some basic weaving methods, such as plain weave, twill weave and overshot weave. After completing the first sampler, students choose projects that match their individual interests. Possible second projects include scarves, table runners, pillow covers, shawls and fabric for garments. Class includes an additional 9 hours of open studio time, allowing students to work on their piece outside of class. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7304 Sept 23 & 24 2017 (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.
Basic Metalsmithing & Simple, Safe Home Jewelry Studio Set-up
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7302 Sept 23, 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday (Jewelry Studio)

Have you ever wanted to learn basic metalsmithing skills & have your own in-home studio with a soldering station, but you didn't know where to start? In this class you'll learn the basic steps to design a simple piece of jewelry using introductory metalsmithing skills and techniques. Also included is how to set up a simple and safe home studio -- whether it's in a dedicated location or at your kitchen table.
Students will learn studio and personal safety, bench set-up, sawing and piercing metal, proper filing techniques, texturing, hammering, basic soldering skills using a butane torch, adding a patina.
Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.
Fall Home School Lampwork
Tuition $240.00

All Levels, ages 10 and over

GL7310 Sept 29, Oct 6,13,20 2017 (9am-12pm) 4 Fridays (Glass Studio)

You can learn to make your own glass beads! This 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 students as they explore and create different types of beads. A materials fee of $45.00 will be added to the tuition.
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Tuition $160.00

Materials Fee: 20.00
Beginner

Chris Doherty
MB7406 Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017 (4-6 pm) 4 Fridays (Forge)

This four session class will let young people (ages 13 to 17) who are interested get their feet wet in the craft and help decide if itís something they want to pursue. In the course of making objects such as a J-hook, BBQ tool or other projects in a coal forge, the student will begin to learn a variety of basic blacksmithing techniques that every blacksmith uses every time he or she lights a forge. Safety and protective gear will be covered before work starts and proper technique (designed to prevent injury or stress) will be covered. A $20 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Fall Open House on Saturday, October 14th, Noon-5pm
WE HOPE YOU CAN ATTEND!!




SM7401 October 14, 2017 (noon-5pm) Saturday (Campus-wide)

Brookfield Craft Center will host a community open house on their campus located at 286 Whisconier Road in Brookfield, Connecticut. This creative event is free, open to the public and will feature demonstrations conducted by talented faculty artists working in all of the studios.
Christmas Ornaments
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $30
All Levels
Kathy Corigliano
GF7401 Oct 15 2017 (10am-2:00pm) Sunday (Glass Studio)

Students will make a Christmas Tree, a Snowman or Snow woman, and a third design of their choosing. Cutting sheet glass and adding embellishments of crushed glass and powdered glass will provide the opportunity to make a unique ornament. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Taste of Blacksmithing
Tuition $60.00

Materials Fee: $15
Beginner

Chris Doherty
MB7403 Sunday, Oct 15 2017 (1-4pm) (Forge)

See what the buzz is all about and get introduced to the Good Forge at Brookfield Craft Center. This Sampler Workshop gives students an overview of the basics of blacksmithing, and a chance to create a small project. Students should expect to gain some working knowledge of hammering steel on an anvil, and complete a small ornamental piece to take home. This taste of blacksmithing may very well wet your appetite for more in-depth workshops in blacksmithing and bladesmithing. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $15 will be added to the tuition.
Floor Loom Weaving
Tuition $270.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Christine Wilkinson
FW7401 Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 (5-8pm) 6 Tuesdays (LTB Studio)

This class offers beginning weavers and advanced beginning weavers the opportunity to learn through direct experience the basic set-up of a multi-shaft floor loom while exploring a variety of weave structures. Every student selects an individual project and works at her/his own pace. With a wide range of projects being worked on during the class, weavers learn from and get inspired by others in the group. Beginning students start with a sampler that introduces the new weaver to the steps of setting up a warp and some basic weaving methods, such as plain weave, twill weave and overshot weave. After completing the first sampler, students choose projects that match their individual interests. Possible second projects include scarves, table runners, pillow covers, shawls and fabric for garments. Class includes an additional 9 hours of open studio time, allowing students to work on their piece outside of class. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7402 Oct 21 & 22 2017 (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.
Weaving on the Go! Rigid Heddle
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginner
Christine Wilkinson
FW7402 Oct 21 & 28, 10 2017 (10am-4pm) 2 Saturdays (LTB Studio)

This workshop is an introduction to the basics of weaving. Using a portable rigid heddle loom, you will learn how to set up the loom with the warp and how to make a plain weave piece in mixed textures or colors. The first project will be a scarf and you may be able to complete two scarves during the workshop. Students will learn about fibers best suited for weaving, different weaving structures, and the elements of designing their own unique creations. 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. Beginners welcome. Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $20.00 will be added to the tuition.
Needle Felting for Beginners
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $15.00
All Levels
Robin Sherwood-Armour

FA7402 October 28, 2017 (9am-12pm) Saturday (LTB Studio)

Get ready for the fall season and learn to needle felt your very own soft sculptured pumpkins. Needle felting is a a process which uses needles that are barbed to entangle wool fibers together. This process makes the wool dense, creating material called felt (great for building soft sculptures). In this class you will learn 3 different techniques and have enough fiber for 3 pumpkins. All levels are welcome. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $15.00 will be added to the tuition.
Lampwork Glass Bead Intro
Tuition $100.00

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginners
Ellen Morrell

GL7402 Oct 28 2017 (10-2pm) Saturday (Glass Studio)
You can learn to make your own glass beads! This 4-hour 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 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 $20 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Learn to Turn a Simple Box
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $12.00
Beginner
Don Metz

WT7404 Oct 28, 2017 (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.
   
 
 
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