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2002 On Loom Weaving: Studio Projects

This program is designed for intermediate and advanced student-artists who wish to pursue their own direction in weaving. Acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials will be emphasized. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace.  Each weaver will have exclusive use of one of the Fibers Department's large collection of floor looms and two week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, between Jul 22 and Aug 5, and if approved, will be contacted by e-mail on or before Aug 5. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Sept 6 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Campus: Tobin Building

2002a | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Mon, 09/19/2016 to 12/5/2016 | 6:00 - 9:00PM
Tuition: $295 | Member/Senior (65+): $280

2002b | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Tues, 09/20/2016 to 12/6/2016 | 9:30AM - 12:30PM
Tuition: $295 | Member/Senior (65+): $280

2002c | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Wed, 09/21/2016 to 12/07/2016 | 9:30AM - 12:30PM
Tuition: $295 | Member/Senior (65+): $280

2002d | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Thurs, 09/22/2016 to 12/08/2016 (No class Nov 24) | 6:00 - 9:00PM
Tuition: $285 | Member/Senior (65+): $270

 

2003 | Fiber Study for Weavers
This class will follow along with 2002 | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects however without exclusive access to a loom. Students will attend weekly lectures covering topics of weaving structure, materials, contemporary fiber artists, cultural and historical subjects, dyeing techniques, critiques, and so much more. Students will weave two samples of structures that are discussed in class and will have a two week Dye Lab to explore dyeing techniques. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fiber Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, for approval for registration. Instructor will place students in an appropriate session according to their schedule. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience. Supplies will be discussed in class. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

Level: New | Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Available sessions are: Mon, Sept 19 - Dec 5 7:00pm | Tues, Sept 20 - Dec 6 10:30am | Wed, Sept 21 - Dec 7 10:30am | or Thurs, Sept 22 - Dec 8 (No class Nov 24) 7:00pm
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $150 | Member/Senior (65+): $135

Fibers & WEAVING

The imagination can be freed working with textiles, where fiber art techniques such as shibori, batik, silk-painting, or block-printing can be adapted from global traditions, cultural symbolism, or the human imperative for mark-making.

And our 50 floor looms, located on the two floors of the Priest's House on the Ursuline Campus, are considered to be the largest teaching collection in the U.S., and are enjoyed by an active community of adult student weavers..

Students enrolled in: 2002 | On Loom Weaving Studio Projects have access to the studios for working independently outside of class time during the following days and times: Mon & Thurs | 4:00 – 6:00pm; Tues & Wed |  12:00pm – 2:30pm; Fri | 9:00am – 1:00pm; and Sat | 10:00am – 2:00pm. Maxham Fiber Studio 1st & 2nd Floor | Tobin Building

2001a | Beginning Weaving
In this introductory class, learn how to calculate and wind a warp or yarn, and then dress or thread the yarn on the loom. Students will use several kinds of fibers for their weft as they weave a sampler of various weaving structures including plain weave, twills, inlays, double weave, and weft-face. Reading drafts (patterns) will be covered, as will attention to learning good structure and weaving habits. Each student will have the exclusive use of a floor loom. A supply list will be provided at the first session. Note: This class is a prerequisite to 2002 | On-Loom Weaving.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Mon, 1/23/2017 to 4/3/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270

 

2001b | Beginning Weaving
In this introductory class, learn how to calculate and wind a warp or yarn, and then dress or thread the yarn on the loom. Students will use several kinds of fibers for their weft as they weave a sampler of various weaving structures including plain weave, twills, inlays, double weave, and weft-face. Reading drafts (patterns) will be covered, as will attention to learning good structure and weaving habits. Each student will have the exclusive use of a floor loom. A supply list will be provided at the first session. Note: This class is a prerequisite to 2002 | On-Loom Weaving.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Wed, 1/25/2017 to 4/5/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270

 

2002a | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects
Designed for experienced weavers who wish to pursue their own direction while acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of a floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the fibers department coordinator Casey Galloway at cgalloway@swschool.org, between Nov 14 and Dec 2, and if approved, will be contacted by e-mail on or before Dec 5. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Jan 9 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Mon, 1/23/2017 to 4/3/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270

 

2002b | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects
Designed for experienced weavers who wish to pursue their own direction while acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of a floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the fibers department coordinator Casey Galloway at cgalloway@swschool.org, between Nov 14 and Dec 2, and if approved, will be contacted by e-mail on or before Dec 5. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Jan 9 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Tues, 1/24/2017 to 4/4/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270

 

2002c | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects
Designed for experienced weavers who wish to pursue their own direction while acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of a floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the fibers department coordinator Casey Galloway at cgalloway@swschool.org, between Nov 14 and Dec 2, and if approved, will be contacted by e-mail on or before Dec 5. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Jan 9 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Wed, 1/25/2017 to 4/5/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270

 

2002d | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects
Designed for experienced weavers who wish to pursue their own direction while acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of a floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the fibers department coordinator Casey Galloway at cgalloway@swschool.org, between Nov 14 and Dec 2, and if approved, will be contacted by e-mail on or before Dec 5. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Jan 9 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Thurs, 1/26/2017 to 4/6/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270

 

2003 | Fiber Study for Weavers
This class will follow along with 2002 | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects, however without exclusive access to a loom. Students will attend weekly lectures covering topics of weaving structure, materials, contemporary fiber artists, cultural and historical subjects, dyeing techniques, critiques, and more. Students will weave two samples of structures that are discussed in class and will have a two-week Dye Lab to explore dyeing techniques. Prior to registering: Students must contact the fibers department coordinator Casey Galloway at cgalloway@swschool.org, for approval before registering. Instructor will place students in an appropriate session according to their schedule. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience. Supplies will be discussed in class. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Available sessions are: Mon, Jan 23 – Apr 3, 7:00pm | Tues, Jan 24 – Apr 4, 10:30am | Wed, Jan 25 – Apr 5, 10:30am or Thurs, Jan 26 – Apr 6, 7:00pm
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $140 | Members/Seniors (65+): $125

 

2004 | Tapestry Weaving: The Basics
This intensive two-day class will lead students step-by-step through traditional flat tapestry weaving techniques. Tapestry is the most basic of weave structures, but offers the artist a wide range of visual possibilities. Students will learn how to prepare a warp and weave simple shapes. The class is designed for both beginners and those with experience wishing to refresh their skills. Looms and materials will be provided; please bring a lunch both days.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sun, 2/19/2017 to 2/26/2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Student Lounge | Building: Urschel Building
Tuition: $160 | Members/Seniors (65+): $145

 

2154 | Feltmaking
Feltmaking is widely considered to be one of the oldest and simplest processes for creating fabric and textile forms. Applications can be functional or decorative, even conceptual. Felt offers infinite creative possibilities including wall hangings, sculptures, rugs, garments, jewelry, and more, and it is a wondrously versatile fabric as it can be made as light and fragile as a piece of lace or strong and durable enough to make into a dwelling. The technique is quick and easy to grasp. Through the simple layering of wool fiber, a little soapy water and a generous amount of friction, magic happens! This class will cover all aspects of wet feltmaking techniques, including flat felted fabrics and simple three-dimensional forms. No previous experience required. See SSA website for a list of material; please bring a bag lunch.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sun, 1/22/2017 to 1/22/2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $130 | Members/Seniors (65+): $115

 

2345 | Natural Dye Inks: Painting on Paper
This workshop will explore the use of natural dye inks and flower stamping techniques. Learn how to mix your own inks from natural plant materials such as logwood, cochineal, marigold flowers, and cutch with gum arabic and alum. All participants will learn the basics of natural dyes, how to extract color, mordants, and how to use them to alter hues with additives such as iron and citric acid. Participants will be introduced to basic watercolor techniques and paint their own designs on a variety of watercolor papers. Each student will go home with a watercolor paper block, a quality brush, and containers to hold and save your natural dye ink palette. Please register by Feb 17.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Sarah Westrup & Analise Minjarez | Denton, TX
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/4/2017 to 3/5/2017 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $190 | Members/Seniors (65+): $175

 

2455 | Triaxial Weaving
Triaxial weaving is an off-loom technique that interlaces three weaving elements instead of the usual two, producing fascinating visual effects. Although triaxial weaving is a traditional basket-making technique, it can also be used to weave flat fabric that can be used in wall pieces, pillow covers, and even clothing. Participants in this workshop will learn one technique for weaving flat fabric while producing two 10 × 10-inch ribbon pieces suitable for framing or small pillow covers. No experience is required. Please bring scissors and a lunch both days.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Deborah Harrison
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/11/2017 to 3/12/2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Bowers Studio | Building: Negley Building
Tuition: $200 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185

 

2492 | Pattern-Making for Fiber Artists
This course introduces the weaver or surface designer to the basic principles and techniques of flat pattern development and their application for hand-created textiles. Through a combination of lectures and demonstrations, students will work toward a final project learning such techniques as basic bodice manipulations, skirt manipulations, collars, and facing sleeve manipulation and torso development. Students will also understand how two-dimensional shape translates to the three-dimensional form, as well as recognizing garment shape and how to apply flat pattern to create shape. Basic sewing and math skills are required. Please see the SSA website for a list of materials. Please bring a lunch both days.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Melinda Adams
Dates: Fri, 2/10/2017 to 2/24/2017 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $150 | Members/Seniors (65+): $135

 

2578 | iPad for Surface Design on Fabric and Mixed
Learn to use your iPad or Android tablet to design fabric for at-home or commercial print-on-demand services, working from photos and from your own sketches and drawings. You'll get hands-on experience for both the design process using several tablet apps and for printing on a home printer and preparations for digital services via uploaded designs. We'll also touch on designing black and white images to use for screen printing and thermofax printing. Students must provide their own iPad or tablet; a list of apps you need to purchase and download provided one week before the class (cost will be less than $7). No previous experience necessary. See SSA website for a list of materials; please bring a bag lunch.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Susie Monday
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/4/2017 to 2/5/2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Gen Ed Classroom | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160 | Members/Seniors (65+): $145

 

2898 | Baskets & Surfaces
This workshop will cover expressive ways to create non-functional sculptural works using organic, found, and recycled materials with twining basketry techniques. Materials include clay, cement, waxed linen, reed, wire, and any found objects students bring, and focus will be on working intuitively with these chosen materials. Each student will go home with a spool of 12 ply waxed linen and a spool of Italian hemp twine to continue practicing the twining technique in their own work. Please see the SSA website for a list of materials. Please register by Feb 17.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Sarah Westrup & Analise Minjarez | Denton, TX
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/4/2017 to 3/5/2017 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185