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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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Floor Loom Weaving
Floor Loom Weaving
Tuition $270.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Katie Strano CLASS FULL

FW8304 Sept 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 2018 (5-8pm) 6 Tuesdays (LTB Studio)

Students will learn the basics of weaving on a multi-shaft loom. Beginning students will learn the fundamentals of how a loom operates and will be given the opportunity to sit at a warped loom prior to beginning their own project. From there, students will learn how to read a weaving pattern, how to prepare the warp and how to dress the loom. First-time weavers will begin by weaving a sampler to explore various twill structures. After completing a sampler, students can choose a project based on their own interests. Projects could be anything from towels, to scarves, to woven fabric for a sewing project. Class includes an additional 9 hours of open studio time, allowing students to work on their piece outside of class time. A materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Homeschool Pottery
Homeschool Pottery
Tuition $180.00

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

CL8305 Sept 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 (1:45pm-3:45pm) 6 Tuesdays (Clay Studio)

During this 6 week course, students will learn a variety of building techniques including both hand building and working on the wheel. Glazing techniques will also be explored. 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 7-16. 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.
Wheel and Beyond - Wednesday Nights
Wheel and Beyond - Wednesday Nights
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Karen Dries
CL8403 Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 2018 (6-9pm) 4 Wednesdays (Clay Studio)

Learn to take a lump of clay and turn it into a work of art. Focus on mastering the basics of wheel throwing, and then explore shape altering. We will combine wheel throwing with hand building techniques to create a variety of pieces. Use of texture and sculpture will turn your clay into functional art. Choose to make mugs, bowls, planters, vases, colanders...bring all of your ideas! A materials fee of $18.00 for purchase of clay is added to the tuition. Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee. Ages 17 and over.
Taste of Blacksmithing
Taste of Blacksmithing
Tuition $65.00
Class Full: write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on wait list for this class

Materials Fee: $15
Beginner

Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8402 Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 (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.
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Tuition $170.00

Materials Fee: 20.00
Beginner

Chris Doherty

MB8406 Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 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 it’s 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.
Hammer Making
Hammer Making
Tuition $300.00

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Andrew Chapman
MB8403 October 20-21, 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.
Floor Loom Weaving
Floor Loom Weaving
Tuition $270.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Katie Strano

FW8401 Oct 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 (5-8pm) 6 Tuesdays (LTB Studio)

Students will learn the basics of weaving on a multi-shaft loom. Beginning students will learn the fundamentals of how a loom operates and will be given the opportunity to sit at a warped loom prior to beginning their own project. From there, students will learn how to read a weaving pattern, how to prepare the warp and how to dress the loom. First-time weavers will begin by weaving a sampler to explore various twill structures. After completing a sampler, students can choose a project based on their own interests. Projects could be anything from towels, to scarves, to woven fabric for a sewing project. Class includes an additional 9 hours of open studio time, allowing students to work on their piece outside of class time. A materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
Friday Night Painting Club
Friday Night Painting Club
Tuition $160.00

Materials Fee: $10
All Levels

Karin Mansberg

SD8424 Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 2018 (4-6pm) 4 Fridays (River Room)

Bring your original character design drawings, object for observational painting project, design ideas or drawings and come learn to paint in supportive, relaxed environment. The idea of a club is to keep this class a non-judgmental place for everyone interested in painting medium regardless of the level of experience. Each session begins with mini hands-on exercise on a topic from color theory to give students some formal knowledge of painting process and working with colors. The majority of time is spent on individual paintings and one-on-one coaching is offered as needed. A material fee of $10 will be added to the tuition. Students ages 14 and over.
Wheel and Beyond - Saturday Afternoons
Wheel and Beyond - Saturday Afternoons
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Karen Dries
CL8404 Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 2018 (1-4pm) 4 Saturdays (Clay Studio)

Learn to take a lump of clay and turn it into a work of art. Focus on mastering the basics of wheel throwing, and then explore shape altering. We will combine wheel throwing with hand building techniques to create a variety of pieces. Use of texture and sculpture will turn your clay into functional art. Choose to make mugs, bowls, planters, vases, colanders...bring all of your ideas! A materials fee of $18.00 for purchase of clay is added to the tuition. Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee. Ages 17 and over.
Forged Egg Spoon
Forged Egg Spoon
Tuition $150.00

Materials Fee: $25
All Levels

Chris Doherty

MB8409 Oct 28, 2018 (10:00 am - 5:30 pm) Sunday (Forge)

The “egg spoon” as popularized by celebrity chef and author Alice Waters was hand forged by a blacksmith. A shallow ladle on a long handle, it is used to perfectly cook a single egg as a sort of meditative act. This artisnal origin, the trace of the makers hand in a very personal kitchen implement, was meant to foster a connection to the primal act of cooking. Imagine how much more profound that connection will be with a spoon you hand forged yourself! And if food based meditation is not a big interest, note that these are perfect for use camping or around a fire pit in the backyard. This one day class is open to all, the student can expect to learn a little about the craft of blacksmithing and come away with a spoon that bears the mark of their own hand, in a personal and unique design.
At the end of the class will try out their creations with fresh, (as in "laid this morning") organic, locally sourced eggs from nearby Hollbrook Farms. Ages 18 and up (16 with parental approval), a materials fee of $25 will be added to the tuition.
Acrylic Painting for Beginners
Acrylic Painting for Beginners
Tuition $130.00

Materials Fee: None
Beginners

Betty Ann Medeiros
SD8417 Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 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.
Homeschool Pottery
Homeschool Pottery
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels, ages 7-16
Kaitlin Clark

CL8401 Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7, 14, 2018 (11:00am-1:00pm) 6 Fridays (Clay Studio)

During this 6 week course, students will learn a variety of building techniques including both hand building and working on the wheel. Glazing techniques will also be explored. 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 7-16. 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.
Fused Glass Jewelry I
Fused Glass Jewelry I
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Linda Banks

GF8402 Nov. 3 & 4, 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.
BLOCKPRINTING ON FABRIC: TEA-TOWEL WORKSHOP
BLOCKPRINTING ON FABRIC: TEA-TOWEL WORKSHOP
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $10
Karin Mansberg

SM8403 Nov 3, 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.
Success with SketchUp
Success with SketchUp
Tuition $120.00

Beginner
David Heim
SE8406 Nov 5, 2018 (9:00am-3:30 pm) Monday (River Room)

SketchUp is a powerful 3D design program that more and more people use for woodworking, blacksmithing, woodturning, and other crafts. This hands-on course is for people who have not used the program at all. You will begin with exercises to learn how to navigate the 3D drawing space and use SketchUp's drawing and modeling tools. You also learn the rules for success--essential good practices to ensure that SketchUp does what you want it to. You will apply those new skills and rules to create at least one original model. This will give you the knowledge and confidence to keep using SketchUp profitably in your own artistic endeavors. Bring a laptop (Mac or Windows), with the free version of SketchUp already installed. Go to www.sketchup.com/download/all to download the version called SketchUp Make 2017. Ages 18 and over.
   
 
 
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