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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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Weaving on the Go! Rigid Heddle
Tuition $240.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginner
Christine Wilkinson
FW7104 Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 2017 (1-4pm) 4 Tuesdays (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.
Floor Loom Weaving
Tuition $270.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Christine Wilkinson
FW6401 Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 2016 (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.
Learn to Turn a Simple Box
Tuition $110.00

Materials Fee: $12.00
Beginner
Don Metz

WT7303 July 1 2017 (10am-4pm) 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
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7301 July 8 & 9 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.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 2 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00
CLASS FULL

Youth CLASS FULL

YP7304 Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 2017 (1:00pm-4:00pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 2 morning session
Tuition $250.00
CLASS FULL

Youth CLASS FULL

YP7303 Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 2017 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
Youth Lampwork Worlds Of Color and Magic Week 2 Morning Session
Tuition $250.00

Youth
YP7314 July 24-28, 2017 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Glass Studio)

Discover and create worlds of color and magic with glass! Glass flowers, animals, bugs and dots are just a few creations you will have the chance to create in our Lampwork class. Students begin by learning a quick overview of how glass is shaped in the torch, manipulated with certain tools and gravity to create one-of-a-kind beads. Using bead presses to create simple shapes, students will then use pre-pulled stringers to create unique designs. Each class will have a specific theme, with two or three different designs for each student to choose from. Themes include: Flowers -- Jungle Animals -- Aliens and Minions -- Bugs, Frogs and Lizards -- Lions, Tigers and Bears -- Ocean Creatures -- Barnyard Animals -- Dots, Stripes, and Swirls. Students will be able to pick their handcrafted beads up the next day.
Summer Youth How to Draw Comic Books-Week 2 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00

Youth

YP7320 Jul 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 2017 (1:00pm-4:00pm) Mon-Fri (River Room)

Join us in a fun, inspiring and collaborative environment as students will learn the basics of comic book storytelling, story structure, pacing, character development and the basics of superhero drawing. This week-long session is a good way to be introduced to the world of comic books! No experience necessary - All levels are welcome!
Fusing Plates & Bowls
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $40.00
All Levels
Linda Banks

GF7303 July 29 & 30 2017 (10am-1pm) Saturday/Sunday (Glass Studio)

This class is open to beginners as well as seasoned glass artists. We will focus on making glass tableware. Planning, cutting, creating, and firing both single layer and multiple layers will be covered along with circle cutting, the Morton System, and molds. Various other techniques will also be applied during this practical two-day workshop. Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $40.00 will be added to the tuition.
Cold Connections - Joining Metal without a Torch
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7304 Aug 3, 2017 (10am-2pm) Thursday (Jewelry Studio)

If you've ever wanted to join two or more pieces of metal together but aren't ready to use a torch, this is the perfect class for you! Riveting is a process of connecting 2+ pieces of metal together without soldering and it also adds a design element, giving you more design options in your jewelry making. In this workshop you'll learn basic riveting skills, designing, how to texture metal, filing, piercing, adding a patina and polishing. You'll walk away with at least one completed project and tons of ideas for more! Copper and brass sheet will be included with your materials fee. * Silver sheet and silver pre-cut shapes will be available for purchase from instructor. Students will learn safety guidelines for riveting as well as general studio safety and will leave with new skills and at least one finished piece. Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Turning an Ice Cream Scoop
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $15.00
Beginner
Don Metz

WT7304 Aug 5 2017 (10am-2pm) Saturday (Turning Studio)

A sweet treat deserves a sweet scoop. This class covers wood preparation for turning the scoop's handle. The scoop is removable and dishwasher safe, Wood selection and finishes will be covered. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $15.00 will be added to the tuition.
Kitchen knife
Tuition $280.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson CLASS FULL

MK7301 Aug 5 & 6 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Fiber Dyeing Basics
Tuition $100.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Christine Wilkinson & Barbara Drillick

FA7303 Aug 5 2017 (10am-3pm) Saturday (LTB Studio)

This one-day workshop will provide the foundation of techniques for basic fiber dyeing using fiber-reactive dyes. The dyes used are available in a very wide range of colors, both bright and subdued. The process does not require heat or harsh chemicals to make the color bind with the fiber and is easily accomplished in a home studio or workshop. Each student will have the chance to explore color painting on silk scarves and immersion dyeing of cotton fabric that can be incorporated into sewing, quilting and other hand crafted projects. Silk and cotton fabrics are included in the materials fee and students are encouraged to bring their own natural plant fiber fabrics. Please bring sturdy rubber gloves. All levels are welcome. Ages 18 and over, a materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Hand Sewing for Quilting
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $10.00
Beginner
Jennifer O'Brien
FA7302 Aug 6 & 13 2017 (1:00-4:00pm) 2 Sundays (LTB Studio )

Slow down, relax and enjoy hand quilting. You'll learn to transfer patterns of your choice to fabric for quilting. We will explore various techniques including traditional quilting, big stitch and embroidery. Ages 15 and older, a materials fee of $10 will be added to the tuition. Beginners welcome.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 3 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00

Youth

YP7306 Aug 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 2017 (1:00pm-4:00pm) Mon-Fri (Forge)

What's more fun than bending, stretching and twisting hot metal with hammer and anvil? In a coal forge, students will learn to use fire and hammer to shape hot iron, giving the student a taste of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Each daily project will feature a basic technique fundamental to the craft. As we move along, students will also learn safety procedures, fire maintenance and some of the history and practical aspects of blacksmithing. This hands-on, hands-dirty course is a chance for our youth to come to grips with a real material with real world limitations as they successfully complete a number of useful projects.
   
 
 
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