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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
Tuition $270.00
Class is running

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.
Pens on the Lathe
Tuition $80.00

Materials Fee: $10.00
Beginner
Don Metz

WT7406 Dec 23, 2017 (10am-1pm) Saturday (Turning Studio)

If you've ever wanted to learn how to use a lathe, making a wooden pen is a great place to start. Using off-the-shelf pen kits you'll learn how to make one of the most satisfying lathe projects. Pens are fast and easy to make and the results are spectacular. They make great conversation pieces and are always appreciated as gifts. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $10.00 will be added to the tuition.
Floor Loom Weaving
Tuition $270.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Christine Wilkinson
FW8102 Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 2018 (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.
Youth - After School Blacksmithing
Tuition $170.00

Materials Fee: 20.00
Beginner

Chris Doherty
MB8107 Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, 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.
Weaving on the Go! Rigid Heddle
Tuition $240.00

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginner
Christine Wilkinson
FW8103 Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 (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.
Watercolor Painting All Levels
Tuition $160.00

Materials Fee: None
Betty Ann Medeiros

SD8103 Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 2018 (1-3 pm) 4 Tuesdays (River Room)

Whether you are experienced with watercolor painting or are new to the medium, in this class you will learn the tips and tricks to create beautiful works of art. Explore creativity, have fun and build confidence while following along with your instructor in a step by step process. Learn about composition, color, brushstrokes and wet-on-wet painting plus more.
Students may bring their own preferred supplies or purchase a kit for $30 from the instructor. A list of suggested supplies may be obtained from the teacher. Ages 16 and over.
Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Tuesdays
Tuition $408.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Clare Lewis
CL8103 Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 2018 (9:30am-12:30pm) 8 Tuesdays (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. Four Open Studio sessions are included in the tuition (12 hours). Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
Working with Clay...or Rather Playing - Wednesdays
Tuition $408.00

Materials Fee: $18.00
All Levels
Clare Lewis
CL8102 Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 2018 (9:30am-12:30pm) 8 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. Four Open Studio sessions are included in the tuition (12 hours). Additional clay purchases and glazing and firing can be arranged for an additional fee.
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB8102 Jan 20 & 21, 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.
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Woodturning
Tuition $240.00

Beginner
Jim Degen

WT8103 Jan 27 & 28, 2018 (10am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Turning Studio)

From spindle to bowl, this class will provide you with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of woodturning in a fun, open and sharing atmosphere. Whether you're a rank beginner or need to improve your current skills, you will be guided through proper tool selection, sharpening, safety and technique to allow you to realize the vast possibilities of turning. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $25.00 will be added to the tuition.

Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB8103 Feb 10 & 11, 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.
Intro to Damascus
Tuition $255.00
CLASS FULL; write to registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list

Materials Fee: $60.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty CLASS FULL

MB8104 Feb 24 & 25, 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.
Acrylic Painting All Levels
Tuition $160.00

Materials Fee: None
Betty Ann Medeiros
SD8102 March 6, 13, 20, 26 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.
Blacksmithing 101
Tuition $255.00

Materials Fee: $30.00
All Levels
Chris Doherty

MB8106 Mar 24 & 25, 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.
Woodturning Workshop
Tuition $700.00

All Levels
Carl Ford

WT8102 Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 2018 (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.
   
 
 
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