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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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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.
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 2017 (10am-4:30pm) 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.
Floor Loom Weaving
Tuition $270.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Christine Wilkinson
FW7401 Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 28, Dec 5, 12, 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.
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.
Fall Homeschool Pottery
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels, ages 8-16
Kaitlin Clark

CL7401 Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14 2017 (10:00am -12:00pm) 6 Thursdays (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
Tuition $90.00

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

CL7402 Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14 2017 (12:00-1:00pm) 6 Thursdays (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. 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.
Youth After School - Pottery - Fridays
Tuition $180.00

All Levels, ages 8-16
Kaitlin Clark

CL7403 Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1, 8, 15 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.
Baby Spoon Workshop
Tuition $200.00

Materials Fee: $20.00
All Levels
Joy Raskin
JF7402 Nov 3, 2017 (10am-5pm) Friday (Jewelry Studio)

Baby or mini spoons are surprisingly easy to make. We will make a simple spoon using wire for the handle and a piece of sheet metal that we will dome to make a spoon bowl and then solder onto a wire handle. Hammer textures can be added to create a more unique handle. In a day, you can have your own unique, customized baby or mini spoon! A materials fee of $20 will be added to the tuition. If the student wishes to work in more expensive metals, they will be available from the instructor for an additional fee.

Fall Home School Fused Glass
Tuition $180.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
All Levels, ages 8 and over

GF7405 Nov 3, 10, 17, 2017 (9-12pm) 3 Fridays (Glass Studio)

In this class students (8 years and over) will learn fun fused glass techniques by creating a small bowl, sun catchers, bottle platters and more. Topics will include cutting, grinding, using hand tools, glass compatibility, preparing pieces for the kiln and firing. Students may choose from a variety of colorful glass and will be able to pick up their final projects the following week. A materials fee of $35 will be added to the tuition.
Glass Pattern Bars
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $45
All Levels
Kathy Corigliano
GF7402 Nov 4 & 11 2017 (10am-1:00pm) 2 Saturdays (Glass Studio)

Students will cut strips of glass approximately 5"x1 1/2"x1/2" thick After fusing into a solid bar, the glass will be cut into 1/4" thick slabs which will be cut into squares or rectangles to form a design that is then incorporated into a final piece which will be fused into a flat piece before being slumped into a mold. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $45 will be added to the tuition.
Fiber Dyeing Basics
Tuition $100.00

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

FA7401 Nov 4 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. 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.
Japanese Wood Block Prints: Moku Hanga
Tuition $120.00

All Levels
Linda McMillan
SD7401 Nov 4, 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday (River Room)

This entry-level course in the centuries old art of Moku Hanga brings students through the process of creating a simple design, transferring and carving it into multiple blocks of wood, and printing a set of images. The process is 'modernized' in parts for ease but the course stays as true to tradition as possible. Ages 18 and over.
   
 
 
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