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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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Rigid Heddle Weaving (Lap Loom)
Rigid Heddle Weaving (Lap Loom)
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginner
Katie Strano

FW8303 Aug 14, 21, 28, Sept 4, 2018 (1-4pm) 4 Tuesdays (LTB Studio)

Students will learn the fundamentals of weaving on a rigid heddle lap loom. The first project will be a small scarf. Once this project is completed, we will move on to a second project, making a scarf from start to finish. Each student will learn how to plan projects, warp the loom, basic weaving techniques, and various options for how to finish a woven piece of cloth. 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. Rented looms will be pre-warped by the teacher prior to the beginning of class. Beginners welcome. Ages 15 and over. A materials fee of $20.00 will be added to the tuition.

Aug 20-24 AM Youth Lampwork Glass
Aug 20-24 AM Youth Lampwork Glass
Tuition $250.00

Youth

YGL8307 Aug 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 2018 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (Glass Studio)

You can learn to make your own glass beads! This 5 day workshop provides you with the opportunity to learn the craft of lampworking on a propane oxygen-fueled torch. We'll begin with information about safety, the use of the torch and other lampworking equipment, as well as an introduction to basic glass beadmaking techniques. The Instructor will guide the children each day as they explore and create different types of beads.
Intro to Damascus
Intro to Damascus
Tuition $255.00
Class Full: write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on wait list for this class

Materials Fee: $60.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8304 Sept 1 & 2 , 2018 (10am-4:30pm) 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 hydraulic press. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $60.00 will be added to the tuition.
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.
Beginning Bladesmithing
Beginning Bladesmithing
Tuition $240.00
Class Full: write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on wait list for this class

Materials Fee: $40
All Levels

Matthew Berry CLASS FULL

MK8301 Sept 8 & 9, 2018 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

This course is an introduction to bladesmithing designed for people with little to no experience. We will cover the fundamentals of forging including heating the steel, hammering technique, different types of hammers, etc. Students will learn the basics of heat treating and heat treat their own blades. Grinding and finishing the blades will also be covered in some depth. Students will be creating a 4"-6" full tang knife with a wooden slab handle. Closed toed leather shoes, saftey glasses, and long pants required. Please wear non-synthetic clothing. Safety toe shoes highly recommended. Ages 16 and up, a materials fee of $40 will be added to the tuition.
Blacksmithing 101
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB8305 Sept 15 & 16, 2018 (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.
Lampwork Glass Bead Intro
Lampwork Glass Bead Intro
Tuition $100.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginners
Ellen Morrell

GL8304 Sep 15, 2018 (10-3:30pm) Saturday (Glass Studio)
You can learn to make your own glass beads! This 5-hour beginner 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 decorative 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 $30 materials fee 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.
Intro to Woodturning - Bowls
Intro to Woodturning - Bowls
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $20
All Levels

Carl Ford

WT8305 Sept 29, 2018 (9am-3:30pm) Saturday (Turning Studio)

This course is for people who have an interest in learning how to turn. Students will learn about, wood, the wood lathe, wood turning tools, and sharpening. The focus of this class is learning chuck turning skills. Students will learn how to use the bowl gouge, parting tool and shear scraper to turn a Bowl out of Cherry wood. Students can expect to complete one bowl.
There are no prerequisites for this class. It is open to complete beginners and beyond. Ages 16 and over, a $20 materials fee will be added to the tuition.
Taste of Blacksmithing
Taste of Blacksmithing
Tuition $65.00

Materials Fee: $15
Beginner

Chris Doherty

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.
Glasscapes
Glasscapes
Tuition $120.00

Materials Fee: $45.00
All Levels
Linda Banks

GF8401 Oct 20-21, 2018 (10am-1pm) Saturday/Sunday (Glass Studio)

We’ll start with a scene from nature and artistically mimic it on an 8 X10 piece of glass. Using a combination of glass powders, enamel, frits, confetti and more our glasscape will develop. Tools like the “frit maker” the “powder vibe” and outline pens will be explored and available to apply some of these products. CMC paints and some vinyl stickers can also be used. Glues and firing schedules will be covered.. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $45.00 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

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.
   
 
 
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