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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.
Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Wednesdays
Tuition $510.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Clare Lewis

CL7202 April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21 2017 (9:30am-12:30pm) 10 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. Two Open Studio sessions are included in the tuition (6 hours). Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
YOUTH - After School Pottery Series - Fridays
Tuition $180.00

All Levels, ages 8-16
Kaitlin Clark

CL7206 May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 2017 (4-6pm) 6 Fridays (Clay Studio)

Do you love working in clay and looking for a fun way to be creative on Friday's after school? Join us in an inspiring environment for our six session Friday after-school series and practice your skills in both hand-building and throwing on the wheel. Project ideas will be customized to adapt to the interests of each participant and we encourage you to bring in your own ideas as well! Ages 8-16. *Students are asked to bring a light nut-free snack. A 25 pound bag of clay can be purchased for $18 and optional glazing and firing fees can be arranged for an additional fee, based on size.
Basic Wheel Throwing Focused on Your Personal Goal - Evenings
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee:
All Levels
Will Talbot
CL7211 Four Thursdays within 5 weeks May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15 2017 (6-9pm)(Clay Studio)

This class, held for any 4 Thursday nights between May 18 and June 15, will focus on learning the basics of wheel throwing and moving 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. Clay purchase ($18 per 25lb bag) and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee. Ages 17 and over.
Fused Glass Fantasies
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $70.00
All Levels
Linda Banks

GF7205 May 24, 31, June 7, 14 2017 (10am-1pm) 4 Wednesdays (Glass Studio)

This class will provide a step-by- step review of many different techniques of fusing. We will work with a variety of glasses, enamels, molds, and tools. Various products and equipment will be explained and explored. Those with experience will have the opportunity to move forward with new techniques for their projects. Students will come away with a working knowledge of fusing, slumping, firing and many finished pieces. Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $70.00 will be added to the tuition.
Intro to Damascus Steel
Tuition $280.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: $40.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson CLASS FULL

MK7202 May 27 & 28 2017 (10am-5:30pm) 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 power hammer and hydraulic press. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $40.00 will be added to the tuition.
Turned Miniature Vases
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $10.00
Beginner
Don Metz

WT7203 Jun 3 2017 (10am-2pm) Saturday (Turning Studio)

Weed pots are small flower vases made on the lathe. These are a great project on how to turn, and make excellent gifts. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $10.00 will be added to the tuition.
Fused Glass Wall Piece
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Linda Banks

GF7203 June 3 & 4 2017 (10am-1pm) Saturday/Sunday (Glass Studio)

Come with an idea to make a medium scale (12") wall piece whether it be a "Spirit Lady", a fish, a mask, or a tree. You'll learn about the properties of glass, and accessories, designing, cutting, and making your piece. Firing and wall mounting will be covered as well. Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Drilling Found Objects with the Flexshaft to Create Jewelry
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7212 June 3, 2017 (10am-2:00pm) Saturday(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.
Hammer Making
Tuition $280.00

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB7209 June 3 & 4 2017 (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.
Floor Loom Weaving
Tuition $270.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Christine Wilkinson
FW7203 June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18 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.
Weaving on the Go! Rigid Heddle
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginner
Christine Wilkinson
FW7201 June 6, 13, 20, 27 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.
Blacksmithing 102
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Intermediate
Chris Doherty
MB7204 June 10 & 11 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This two day course is designed for those who have spent a few hours hitting hot iron, either in an introductory class or on their own, and will cover some more advanced basic techniques. These will include punching and drifting (learn to make a one inch hole in a three quarter inch bar) chiseling/splitting (for forks or pokers) and a basic forge weld. Learning to do these things properly will open up a whole range of possibilities for the beginning blacksmith. During the class each student can expect to complete at least two or three projects like bottle openers, fireplace pokers, forks etc. Ages 16 and older, a materials fee of $30 is added to the tuition.
Lampwork Glass Bead Intro
Tuition $100.00

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginners
Ellen Morrell

GL7209 Jun 10, 2017 (10-3:30pm) Saturday (Glass Studio)
You can learn to make your own glass beads! This 5-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 $25 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
   
 
 
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