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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 Program Coordinator, cgalloway@swschool.org, between Mar 20 and Mar 31, and if approved, will be contacted by e-mail on or before Mar 31. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by May 22 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. No class on Jul 3 & 4.

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

2002a | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Mon, 6/5/2017 to 8/14/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuition: $270 | Members/Seniors (65+): $255

2002b | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Tues, 6/6/2017 to 8/15/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuition: $270 | Members/Seniors (65+): $255

2002c | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Wed, 6/7/2017 to 8/16/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270

2002d | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Thurs, 6/8/2017 to 8/17/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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 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 Program Coordinator, 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. No class on Jul 3 & 4.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: 6/5/2017 to 8/17/2017 | Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $105 | Members/Seniors (65+): $90

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

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2001a | Beginning Weaving (Full)
In this introductory class, students will learn to 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 also be covered and attention will be paid to learning good structure and weaving habits. Each student will have the exclusive use of a floor loom for the semester. 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, 6/5/2017 to 8/14/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/5/2017 and ending 8/14/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

2001b | Beginning Weaving (Full)
In this introductory class, students will learn to 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 also be covered and attention will be paid to learning good structure and weaving habits. Each student will have the exclusive use of a floor loom for the semester. 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, 6/7/2017 to 8/16/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 6/7/2017 and ending 8/16/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

2005 | Tapestry Weaving Techniques
This is an intensive weekend class giving students the opportunity to explore some of the techniques that make tapestry weaving such a truly unique pictorial art form. Students will learn how to blend and shade tones and colors, and create exciting surface textures. Techniques covered include hatching, weft-blending, weft interlocking, warp/weft variations, and raised surface techniques. Looms and materials will be provided; please bring a lunch both days.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/22/2017 to 7/23/2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Student Lounge | Building: Urschel Building
Tuition: $150 | Members/Seniors (65+): $135
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 7/22/2017 and ending 7/23/2017 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 135.00 ea.

2032 | Nature Inspired Textile Design
Let nature's colors, shapes, and lines inspire your surface design on fabric or paper. Explore dyeing, dye-painting, and soy wax and dip your fingers into eco-dyeing techniques (you won't see the result for weeks, but you'll make eco bundles and let time do its work). Sketch from nature to inspire a monotype, and print directly from pressed leaves and other natural materials. Add your ideas to create one-of-a-kind fabrics, silk scarves, and mixed media pieces in this weekend play date with nature. See SSA website for a list of material; please bring a bag lunch.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Susie Monday
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/29/2017 to 7/30/2017 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $170 | Members/Seniors (65+): $155
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 7/29/2017 and ending 7/30/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 170.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 155.00 ea.

2125 | Shibori & Organic Indigo (Full)
Students will explore the ancient tradition of Shibori dying. Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing, or capping. Some of these methods are known in the West as tie-dye. We will focus on obtaining beautiful blues on cotton and silk using indigo. Students will learn how to make three different organic indigo vats from scratch using fructose, henna, and iron as reduction agents, and while encouraged to sample dye, it will still be possible to complete a small product during the workshop. All materials will be provided by the instructor. Students are welcomed to bring addition natural fiber cloth to add to the dye pot.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Sarah Westrup
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/24/2017 to 6/25/2017 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $175 | Members/Seniors (65+): $160
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/24/2017 and ending 6/25/2017 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.

2267 | Patterning Your Favorite Garments
Learn to draft patterns for your favorite store-bought garments or alter your favorite paper patterns. In this class, we will go over the basics of how to create patterns from garments you already own as well as basic manipulations to alter these patterns for sizing needs. See SSA website for a list of material.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Melinda Adams
Dates: Fri, 6/9/2017 to 6/16/2017 | 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160 | Members/Seniors (65+): $145
Classes scheduled every week on Friday starting 6/9/2017 and ending 6/16/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 145.00 ea.

2378 | ConnectAbility
This class explores a variety of fiber techniques to connect both familiar and unusual materials -wood, found objects, wire, cardboard, fabric scraps, plastic, and papers-by stitching, fusing, wrapping, stapling, knotting, painting, and drilling. Students will explore design ideas as they create personal arrangements, enhancing and connecting materials to fabric or paper surfaces using assorted techniques. There will be ample opportunity to take risks and unblock creative energies. Application possibilities are endless but might include quilts, handbags, pillow covers, or book covers. See SSA website for a list of material; please bring a bag lunch.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Miki Rodriguez
Dates: Sat, 7/15/2017 to 7/15/2017 | 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $130 | Members/Seniors (65+): $115
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 7/15/2017 and ending 7/15/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 130.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 115.00 ea.

2988 | Marbling: Paper & Fabric
Learn to embellish paper and fabric with swirls of color. Marbling is an ancient technique practiced in 12th century Japan and in 15th century Turkey. Delicate paint patterns are floated on a gel-like bath and transferred to a watercolor paper, cotton, and silk surfaces. Students can use marbling to enhance an artist practice in fibers, collage, illustration, or printmaking. Day one will focus on the chemistry of the alum mordant and carrageenan size and how to apply marbling designs to paper. Day two will focus on applying marbling designs to fabric samples and a larger fabric piece. Each student will leave class with 12 sheets of marbled paper, cotton and silk samples, and a finished, 22"x 22" cotton bandana.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Analise Minjarez
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/24/2017 to 6/25/2017 | 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $175 | Members/Seniors (65+): $160
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 6/24/2017 and ending 6/25/2017 at 3:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 175.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.