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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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Oil Painting
Oil Painting
Tuition $252.00

Materials Fee: None
All Levels
Souby Boski
SD8204 Apr 2, 9, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 16, 21, 2018 (1-4pm) Seven Mondays (River Room)

Students will stretch their imagination while strengthening skills through the process of painting. Various approaches to painting will be encouraged: experimentation of techniques and ideas, trial and error. Students will be challenged to see and interpret in new ways. Personal consultations in each class will cultivate students' vision. Students will gain the confidence to explore the use of color, mark making, surface quality and composition, emphasizing their own pictorial language. Explore where you are and where you wish to go. Please bring reference materials for inspiration. Students bring their own supplies; the instructor has provided a suggested supply list. Ages 14 and over.
Acrylic Painting for Beginners
Acrylic Painting for Beginners
Tuition $160.00

Materials Fee: None
Betty Ann Medeiros
SD8206 April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 2018 (1-3pm) 4 Tuesdays (River Room)

Students will start off learning acrylic painting basics while following the instructor step by step to create a complete painting. Then students will be encouraged to work on a painting subject of their choice with guidance from the instructor.
Students will learn: brush techniques, blending, color mixing and more. Please bring these items to class: 2 - 11x14 (or larger) canvases, Liquitex acrylics "Basics" set of 6 tubes (need at least a green, yellow, red, blue, white), matte medium (optional), large palette, brushes: 1 each - large flat, large round, small round, and small flat. Ages 18 and over.
Home School Drawing & Painting
Home School Drawing & Painting
Tuition $160.00

Materials Fee: None
Kanika Khurana

SD8202 April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 (10am-12pm) 4 Wednesdays (River Room)

Students will be introduced to multiple media including watercolor, gouache, and colored pencils in a unique engaged way of teaching. With weekly creative projects, students will be encouraged to explore a wide variety of art styles and techniques; while strengthening both their artistic skills and their understanding of art. Each students will be encouraged to work at their level and stretch their imagination in a relaxed and fun environment. Students will develop an individual awareness through an in-depth exploration of value, color, form, and composition. A list of suggested supplies may be obtained from the teacher. Ages 7 and over.
Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Tuesdays
Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Tuesdays
Tuition $408.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Clare Lewis
CL8204 Apr 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 2018 (9:30am-12:30pm) 8 Tuesdays (Clay Studio)

Whether you have never touched clay or you are experienced, this class is for you. We will construct projects using cylinders, bowls and plates as our starting point. Hand building, wheel throwing and decoration techniques (including glazing) will be taught with lots of hands on instruction and demonstrations. Your instructor will guide you as you produce a number of glazed pieces. The focus will be on having fun while experimenting and learning a variety of techniques. Bring your own ideas for projects and personal goals. A materials fee of $18.00 is added to the tuition. Four Open Studio sessions are included in the tuition (12 hours). Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Wednesdays
Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Wednesdays
Tuition $408.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Clare Lewis
CL8205 Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 (9:30am-12:30pm) 8 Wednesdays (Clay Studio)

Whether you have never touched clay or you are experienced, this class is for you. We will construct projects using cylinders, bowls and plates as our starting point. Hand building, wheel throwing and decoration techniques (including glazing) will be taught with lots of hands on instruction and demonstrations. Your instructor will guide you as you produce a number of glazed pieces. The focus will be on having fun while experimenting and learning a variety of techniques. Bring your own ideas for projects and personal goals. A materials fee of $18.00 is added to the tuition. Four Open Studio sessions are included in the tuition (12 hours). Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
Basic Wheel Throwing Focused on Your Personal Goal - Evenings
Basic Wheel Throwing Focused on Your Personal Goal - Evenings
Tuition $270.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Will Talbot
CL8207 April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 2018 (6-9pm) 6 Thursdays (Clay Studio)

This class will focus on the very basics of wheel throwing and then move on to your personal project. It can be a set of plates, mugs, a teapot, whatever you can imagine, we can create. We will begin with demonstrations of objects that are of interest to the class. Then, after you have mastered the basics of centering the clay, you will delve into your chosen project (which can be collaborative if you choose). A discussion of glazes and glazing techniques will provide you with the tools you need to complete your project. Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee. Ages 16 and over, a materials fee of $18 will be added to the tuition.
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Tuition $170.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: 20.00
Beginner

Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8202 Apr 20, 27, May 4,11, 2018 (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.
Drilling Found Objects with the Flexshaft to Create Jewelry
Drilling Found Objects with the Flexshaft to Create Jewelry
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan

JF8203 Apr 25, 2018 (10am-2pm) Wednesday (Jewelry Studio)


Do you collect rocks and other objects when you're at the beach or hiking but never knew what to do with them? In this fun class you will learn how to drill stones, sea glass, and other found objects and make them into unique pieces of jewelry. We'll be using a Flex Shaft (rotary tool) to carefully drill objects and will discuss the correct tools to use. Students will finish at least one project (potentially multiple pieces).
Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $35.00 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

FW8202 May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018 (1-4pm) 4 Tuesdays (LTB Studio)

Students will learn the fundamentals of weaving on a rigid heddle lap loom. Each student will begin with a pre-warped loom to get a feel for, and understanding of how the loom operates. This 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, warping 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. Beginners welcome. Ages 15 and over. A materials fee of $20.00 will be added to the tuition.
Home School Drawing & Painting
Home School Drawing & Painting
Tuition $160.00

Materials Fee: None
Kanika Khurana

SD8207 May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018 (10am-12pm) 4 Wednesdays (River Room)

Students will be introduced to multiple media including watercolor, gouache, and colored pencils in a unique engaged way of teaching. With weekly creative projects, students will be encouraged to explore a wide variety of art styles and techniques; while strengthening both their artistic skills and their understanding of art. Each students will be encouraged to work at their level and stretch their imagination in a relaxed and fun environment. Students will develop an individual awareness through an in-depth exploration of value, color, form, and composition. A list of suggested supplies may be obtained from the teacher. Ages 7 and over.
YOUTH PRINTMAKING ON PAPER WITHOUT A PRESS
YOUTH PRINTMAKING ON PAPER WITHOUT A PRESS
Tuition $160.00

Materials Fee: $10
Karin Mansberg

SD8213 May 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018 (10am-12pm) 4 Thursdays (River Room)

This course is an introduction to print making methods with focus on relief print making, one of the simplest methods of creating a print block. The feel for print making is first developed through an experimentation project which will include printing with found objects and textures. The next project will cover technique of carving the print block (hard rubber block) with lino cutting tools. Demonstration will be given prior to working with tools. The students are given time to get familiar with tools through simple texture exercise before moving onto designing and carving a final print block for printing on paper. Relief print making technique is suitable for creating fine art prints and greeting cards. A material fee of $10 will be added to the tuition. Students ages 8 to 14.
BLOCKPRINTING ON FABRIC: TEA-TOWEL WORKSHOP
BLOCKPRINTING ON FABRIC: TEA-TOWEL WORKSHOP
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $10
Karin Mansberg

SD8211 May 3, 10, 2018 (6.30pm-8.30pm) 2 Thursdays (River Room)

This workshop will cover the basics of block printing and making repeat patterns for designing fabric. The instructor will show different repeat ways. 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.
Spring Homeschool Pottery
Spring Homeschool Pottery
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels, ages 7 and up
Kaitlin Clark

CL8201 May 4, 11, 18 , 25 June 1, 8 2018 (1:00pm -3:00pm) 6 Fridays (Clay Studio)

During this 6 week course, students will learn a variety of building techniques including both hand building as well as wheel-thrown pieces. All levels of skill are welcome and projects will be customized to adapt to the interests of each student. This course is open to students ages 8-16. Twenty five pounds of clay is included in the materials fee, additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
Parent/Child Adventures in Clay
Parent/Child Adventures in Clay
Tuition $75.00

Materials Fee: $5.00
All Levels, child age 3-5 plus a parent/caregiver
Kaitlin Clark

CL8202 May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2018 (3:00pm-4:00pm) 6 Fridays (Clay Studio)

Join us for a fun and creative experience as we explore adventures in clay! This class focuses on creativity and the art making process. Through observation, attention to detail and our imaginations, we will explore space, shapes, colors and more. This class is designed for an adult to work one on one with a child and the $70 tuition is for an adult and child and includes clay, glazes and firing fees for 2 people. Techniques and concepts incorporate the use of problem solving, cognitive and cooperative learning techniques. Childrens' literature books are the focus on a theme such as insects, nature, animals, seasons landscapes, etc. This class requires the parent/caregiver's attendance and participation. Clay, firing and glazing are included in the material fee.
After School Drawing & Painting
After School Drawing & Painting
Tuition $160.00

Materials Fee: None
Kanika Khurana

SD8208 May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 (4-6pm) 4 Fridays (River Room)

Students will be introduced to multiple media including watercolor, gouache, and colored pencils in a unique engaged way of teaching. With weekly creative projects, students will be encouraged to explore a wide variety of art styles and techniques; while strengthening both their artistic skills and their understanding of art. Each students will be encouraged to work at their level and stretch their imagination in a relaxed and fun environment. Students will develop an individual awareness through an in-depth exploration of value, color, form, and composition. A list of suggested supplies may be obtained from the teacher. Ages 8-16.
   
 
 
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