Community Classes

Art for Everyone!

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.

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2001a | Beginning Weaving (Full)
In this introductory class, students will learn to calculate and wind a warp to weave a sampler of various structures. Learning to read drafts (patterns) will also be covered. After dressing (threading) their looms, students will use several kinds of weft fibers to weave plain weave, twills, inlays, lace and weft face structures. Attention will be paid to good structure and weaving habits. Each weaver will have 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. NOTE: This studio is not wheelchair accessible.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Wed, 1/21/2015 to 4/8/2015 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $285 | Members: $270
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 1/21/2015 and ending 4/8/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.

2001b | Beginning Weaving (Full)
In this introductory class, students will learn to calculate and wind a warp to weave a sampler of various structures. Learning to read drafts (patterns) will also be covered. After dressing (threading) their looms, students will use several kinds of weft fibers to weave plain weave, twills, inlays, lace and weft face structures. Attention will be paid to good structure and weaving habits. Each weaver will have 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, 1/26/2015 to 4/13/2015 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $285 | Members: $270
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/26/2015 and ending 4/13/2015 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.

2002a | On Loom Weaving Studio Projects (Full)
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, as will reviewing warping techniques, drafting and finishing. 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 Fiber Department's large collection of floor looms, from four to 16 harnesses. Lab hours for independent work outside of class time are as follows: Mon & Thurs, 4:00 - 6:00pm; Tues & Wed, 12:30 - 2:30pm; Fri, 9:30am - 12:30pm; and Sat, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Tues, 1/20/2015 to 4/7/2015 | 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $285 | Members: $270
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 1/20/2015 and ending 4/7/2015 at 12:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.

2002b | On Loom Weaving Studio Projects (Full)
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, as will reviewing warping techniques, drafting and finishing. 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 Fiber Department's large collection of floor looms, from four to 16 harnesses. Lab hours for independent work outside of class time are as follows: Mon & Thurs, 4:00 - 6:00pm; Tues & Wed, 12:30 - 2:30pm; Fri, 9:30am - 12:30pm; and Sat, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Wed, 1/21/2015 to 4/8/2015 | 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $285 | Members: $270
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 1/21/2015 and ending 4/8/2015 at 12:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.

2002c | On Loom Weaving Studio Projects (Full)
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, as will reviewing warping techniques, drafting and finishing. 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 Fiber Department's large collection of floor looms, from four to 16 harnesses. Lab hours for independent work outside of class time are as follows: Mon & Thurs, 4:00 - 6:00pm; Tues & Wed, 12:30 - 2:30pm; Fri, 9:30am - 12:30pm; and Sat, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Thurs, 1/22/2015 to 4/9/2015 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $285 | Members: $270
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/22/2015 and ending 4/9/2015 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.

2002d | On Loom Weaving Studio Projects (Full)
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, as will reviewing warping techniques, drafting and finishing. 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 Fiber Department's large collection of floor looms, from four to 16 harnesses. Lab hours for independent work outside of class time are as follows: Mon & Thurs, 4:00 - 6:00pm; Tues & Wed, 12:30 - 2:30pm; Fri, 9:30am - 12:30pm; and Sat, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Mon, 1/26/2015 to 4/13/2015 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $285 | Members: $270
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/26/2015 and ending 4/13/2015 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.

2003 | 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. NOTE: This studio is not wheelchair accessible.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/7/2015 to 2/8/2015 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Studio: Priest House 2nd Floor Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $175 | Members: $160
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 2/7/2015 and ending 2/8/2015 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $160.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $175.00 ea.

2004 | Tapestry Weaving: Advanced Techniques
An intensive 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. Prerequisite: Beginning Tapestry or equivalent experience; please bring a lunch both days. NOTE: This studio is not wheelchair accessible.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/7/2015 to 3/8/2015 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Studio: Priest House 2nd Floor Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $210 | Members: $195
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 3/7/2015 and ending 3/8/2015 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $195.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $210.00 ea.

2051 | Silk Tie Transfer Dyeing (Full)
$50 @ 50 | SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY CLASS
Create stunning designs on silk scarves or yardage with this fun technique of transferring pattern and color from one fabric to another. Start with repurposed silk ties as a source for the transfer. Then move to a variation of this technique using dyed yarn and burlap; the color and the character of the yarn and burlap are revealed on the cloth to create an amazing illusion of depth and texture. The results are unpredictable and serendipitous. Some materials will be provided; see the SSA website for a list of addition materials.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Lisa Kerpoe
Dates: Sat, 3/21/2015 to 3/21/2015 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $50 | Members: $50
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 3/21/2015 and ending 3/21/2015 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.

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.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Melinda Adams
Dates: Fri & Sat, 3/13/2015 to 3/14/2015 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $175 | Members: $160
Classes scheduled every week on Friday and Saturday starting 3/13/2015 and ending 3/14/2015 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $160.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $175.00 ea.

2890 | Folds for Clamp-Dye Resist (Full)
Itajime shibori, or clamp-resist dyeing, is based on wooden boards held on either side of accordion folded cloth, then dyed. This class is an in depth exploration of how the different folds, and the location, shape, and size of the wood boards, influence the overall pattern. At least fifteen different folds will be demonstrated and students will use Procion MX fiber reactive dyes on cellulose fibers (cotton, rayon, Tencel, hemp and linen). Students will leave with dozens of dyed examples and the ability to further explore their personal pattern vocabulary. Please see SSA website for a list of materials. For images of Noble's work, visit her website, www.elinnoble.com. Please bring a lunch both days.

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Elin Noble
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/7/2015 to 3/8/2015 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $295 | Members: $280
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 3/7/2015 and ending 3/8/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $280.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $295.00 ea.