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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.
Woodturning Workshop
Tuition $700.00

All Levels
Carl Ford ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT

WT7301 Aug 15, 22, 29, Sep 5, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14 2017 (9am-3:30pm) 10 sessions within 12 scheduled Tuesdays (Turning Studio)

Create functional and artistic lathe turned objects in this 10 session class. This workshop examines the evolution of turning and explores how the lathe and its tools are used today to produce art and functional products. Topics include wood selection and preparation, tool choice, use and control, spindle turning, bowl and vessel turning, hollow turning, box making, off center turning and finishing. Students of every level are welcomed and are free to explore their own interests in a small class setting. Participants may select any 10 of the 12 available dates to attend. Students supply their own wood and finishing materials or may purchase from instructor.. Ages 16 and over.
Youth Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Wk 4 morning session
Tuition $250.00
CLASS FULL

Youth CLASS FULL

YP7307 Aug 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 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 Hands-on, Hands-dirty Forge Week 4 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00

Youth

YP7308 Aug 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 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 Wheel Thrown Ceramics Wk 4 Afternoon Session
Tuition $250.00

Youth

YP7313 Aug 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 2017 (1-4pm) Mon-Fri (Clay Studio)

We will start with the basics, how to center a piece of clay and move on from there. Once we grasp that concept we will create mugs and bowls. Once we have created all these pieces we will delve into personal projects using the skill obtained from the first project. We will then glaze or projects and drink a cup of tea from our mugs.
Bowl Turning 101
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Jim Degen

WT7302 Aug 26 & 27 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Turning Studio)


Students will learn to make wooden bowls on the lathe from start to finish. Topics will include lathe operation and safety, wood preparation, safe tool handling procedures, creating the final shape, sanding and finishing. Students can expect to complete two hardwood bowls. Ages 16 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
JF7303 Aug 26, 2017 (10am-2pm) 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.
Kiln Casting with Fiber Paper
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $33
All Levels
Kathy Corigliano
GF7302 Sept 10 2017 (10am-2:00pm) Sunday (Glass Studio)

When kiln casting with fiber paper, the student creates an image on the paper. Think paper dolls. The image is then cut out with scissors or Exacto knife. The image is then placed on the kiln shelf with either transparent or opal glass laid over it. The decision is made to have the image recessed on the top layer of glass or bottom layer. All this will be explained in class with examples to choose from. One application is a grandmother plate in which a child's hand is traced onto paper and then transferred to the fiber paper. The student may choose to have a flat presentation or to have the flat presentation slumped into a dish shape. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $33.00 will be added to the tuition.
Floor Loom Weaving
Tuition $270.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Christine Wilkinson
FW7302 Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17 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
FW7303 Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10 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 101
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB7304 Sept 23 & 24 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.
Basic Metalsmithing & Simple, Safe Home Jewelry Studio Set-up
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $35.00
Beginner
Lori Meehan
JF7302 Sept 23, 2017 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday (Jewelry Studio)

Have you ever wanted to learn basic metalsmithing skills & have your own in-home studio with a soldering station, but you didn't know where to start? In this class you'll learn the basic steps to design a simple piece of jewelry using introductory metalsmithing skills and techniques. Also included is how to set up a simple and safe home studio -- whether it's in a dedicated location or at your kitchen table.
Students will learn studio and personal safety, bench set-up, sawing and piercing metal, proper filing techniques, texturing, hammering, basic soldering skills using a butane torch, adding a patina.
Ages 18 and over. A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.
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.
Christmas Ornaments
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $30
All Levels
Kathy Corigliano
GF7401 Oct 15 2017 (10am-2:00pm) Sunday (Glass Studio)

Students will make a Christmas Tree, a Snowman or Snow woman, and a third design of their choosing. Cutting sheet glass and adding embellishments of crushed glass and powdered glass will provide the opportunity to make a unique ornament. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30 will be added to the tuition.
   
 
 
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