BCC Offers ‘Beginning Weaving’ Course In Summer Arts & Culture Program 2006

The Continuing and Professional Studies Program at Bronx Community College offers exciting course options in its Summer Arts Program 2006. The Summer Arts and Culture Program offers students interesting learning opportunities, as well as the year-round programs in Computer Technology, Business Essentials, Allied Health, Education and College Prep Programs, Building Trades, and Personal and Professional Development.

Sign up for our dyeing, spinning, weaving and fiber arts courses in our 2006 Summer Arts Program. The Beginning Weaving class will have you constructing your own portable lap loom, learning basic weaving techniques, and designing and weaving personal objects, such as a small purse, cell phone bag, eyeglass case, decorative mat, wall tapestry, or pillow cover.

Beginning Weaving
July 11, 12, 13 from 9 AM to 12 PM (Tuition $100.00, $20 materials fee) Adults and Children 8 and over and

Dye-Painting & Weaving on Harness Looms
July 10, 11, 12, 13, from 1 PM to 5 PM, Tuition $100, Materials fee $20. Adults and Children 12 and over workshops are being taught by renowned artist and weaver Betty Vera.

“The Beginning Weaving class is for anyone who has never woven before, but would like to get their hands on some beautiful yarns and give it a try,” says Betty Vera, an artist and weaver for more than 25 years who will teach the course.

With an assortment of colorful weft yarns to choose from, students will learn at their own pace how to put the warp (lengthwise threads) on the loom, begin the weaving, start and end a color, add new colors, and end the weaving; weave a solid color, stripes, some simple shapes and, time permitting, a few special design effects. There will be take-home instruction sheets so that each week students can take their looms home and practice what they’ve learned.

Ms Vera says that beginning to weave is not expensive at all. Students will pay $20 to cover the cost for supplies and they’ll have the tools to weave.

Hand-woven fabrics appeal to us because of their rich color and texture, their warmth, and the way they gratify our sense of touch. The weaving process itself has a steady, relaxing rhythm that weavers find enjoyable, whether they are beginners or very experienced, Ms. Vera commented.

Ms. Vera said, “The weaving process slows me down and makes me consider each line as I carefully construct both the image and the cloth simultaneously, thread by thread. Many weavers compare this process to meditation because it requires a kind of relaxed alertness, concentration, and attention to detail – you are so completely focused on what you are doing that you lose yourself in it.

“For beginning students, learning to weave will immediately provide a greater sense of appreciation for the skill and ingenuity involved – and they’ll gain a sense of pride, if not downright amazement at themselves, as they master the basic weaving techniques. I think everyone can take great pleasure in being able to make something by hand.” For more information, please call (718) 289-5170, contact us by email at cps@bcc.cuny.edu, or visit Room 14, Philosophy Hall at Bronx Community College, Bronx, New York, 10453.

Other offerings include:

Karen Ahn, is the Instructor for Maedeup-Korean Traditional Knotting Art
Section 1: June 21, 22, 28, 29.
Section 2: July 12, 13, 15, 16
Tuition $65. and

Traditional Korean Folk Paper Craft, a thousand year old art.
Section 1: June 23, 24, 4 PM – 6 PM
Section 2: July 14, 15, 4 PM – 6 PM

For information/registration, please call (718) 289-5170. Ask for a free brochure. (Give a Gift Certificate to someone special to take a class, call for more information.)