Community Classes

Art for Everyone!

Fibers & Textiles

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
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 Studio Projects.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Mon, 6/2/2014 to 8/11/2014 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $270 | Members: $255
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/2/2014 and ending 8/11/2014 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $255.00 ea.

2001b | Beginning Weaving
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 Studio Projects.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Wed, 5/21/2014 to 8/6/2014 | 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 5/21/2014 and ending 8/6/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $270.00 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 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; and Fri, 9:30am - 12:30pm. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Robert Hils
Dates: Mon, 6/2/2014 to 8/11/2014 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $270 | Members: $255
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 6/2/2014 and ending 8/11/2014 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $255.00 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 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; and Fri, 9:30am - 12:30pm. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Robert Hils
Dates: Tues, 5/20/2014 to 8/12/2014 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $295 | Members: $280
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 5/20/2014 and ending 8/12/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $295.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $280.00 ea.

2002c | 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, as will reviewing warping techniques, drafting and finishing. Individual planning sessions and 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; and Fri, 9:30am - 12:30pm. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Robert Hils
Dates: Wed, 5/21/2014 to 8/13/2014 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $295 | Members: $280
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 5/21/2014 and ending 8/13/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $295.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $280.00 ea.

2002d | 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, as will reviewing warping techniques, drafting and finishing. Individual planning sessions and 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; and Fri, 9:30am - 12:30pm. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Robert Hils
Dates: Thurs, 5/29/2014 to 8/14/2014 | 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 5/29/2014 and ending 8/14/2014 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $270.00 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 structure, 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 bag lunch.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/28/2014 to 6/29/2014 | 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 6/28/2014 and ending 6/29/2014 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $175.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $160.00 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.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Mon - Fri, 8/4/2014 to 8/8/2014 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Studio: Priest House 2nd Floor Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $175 | Members: $160
Classes scheduled every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting 8/4/2014 and ending 8/8/2014 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $175.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $160.00 ea.

2005 | Designing for Tapestry
All woven tapestries, from the simplest to the most intricate, should begin with a strong resolved design or full-scaled cartoon. This class will focus on tapestry design and design interpretation, and guides students through the process of creating their own tapestry designs. Visual elements unique to the medium of tapestry weaving will be explored along with individual pictorial expression. Students should bring a visual reference source to work from such as a drawing, painting, collage, photograph, etc. Please see SSA website for a list of materials.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat, 7/12/2014 to 7/12/2014 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Studio: Priest House 2nd Floor Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $85 | Members: $70
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 7/12/2014 and ending 7/12/2014 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $70.00 ea.

2006 | Drafting for the Handweaver (Full)
This class will cover the basics of reading and understanding drafts, the "language" of weaving instructions. Both thread-by-thread and profile drafts will be explored and analyzed. Students will learn how to modify existing drafts to suit their individual needs and preferences. Some weaving experience is helpful. Please bring note-taking supplies and a bag lunch.

Level: New | Intermediate
Instructor: Deborah Harrison
Dates: Sat, 6/28/2014 to 6/28/2014 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Priest House 1st Floor Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $95 | Members: $80
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 6/28/2014 and ending 6/28/2014 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.

2007 | Triaxial Weaving
Triaxial weaving is a traditional basket-making technique; however it can also be used to weave flat fabric for wall pieces, pillow covers, and even clothing. Triaxial weaving is an off-loom technique that interlaces three directional weaving elements instead of the usual two, producing fascinating visual effects. Students will learn one technique for weaving flat fabric while producing two 10 by 10-inch ribbon pieces suitable for framing or small pillow covers. Tuition includes all weaving supplies; please bring a pair of small sharp scissors, note-taking supplies, and a bag lunch. No previous weaving experience is necessary.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Deborah Harrison
Dates: Sat & Sun, 8/2/2014 to 8/3/2014 | 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Studio: Priest House 1st Floor Studio | Campus: Ursuline
Tuition: $225 | Members: $210
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 8/2/2014 and ending 8/3/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $225.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $210.00 ea.

2882 | Shoe Making: Fabric & Leather Slides
In this five-day intensive class, students will have the unique opportunity to design and build a custom-made slide-shoe. Students will start with learning how to properly measure the foot so that their shoe will fit their foot perfectly. The instructor will guide students in the building of a lasted shoe or rigged foot form. Shoes will be lined with leather and students will choose a fabric for the shoe upper. Students will design and craft the specific toe shape desired, design and sculpt the shape of the sole and heel, and apply decorative bindings. Each student will leave class with a completed pair of shoes. For more images of Bjorn's shoe creations, go to www.jeannebjorn.com. Tuition will cover the cost of all materials, except students are to bring ¾ yard of fabric of their choosing. Please bring a bag lunch on Saturday and Sunday. No previous experience required. Please register by May 16.

Level: Visiting Artist | Special Class | All Levels
Instructor: Jeanne Bjorn
Dates: Fri-Tues, 5/30/2014 to 6/3/2014 | 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Campus: Navarro
Tuition: $465 | Members: $450
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday starting 5/30/2014 and ending 6/3/2014 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $465.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $450.00 ea.