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Level I, II, Adv.
(Minimum one month)
The serigraphy or Silkscreen printing courses cover a variety of stencil making techniques for screen printing, from paper stencils, lacquer, direct blockout, to the photographic emulsion technique, which is explored in depth.

Serigraphy/ Silkscreen printmaking
This course emphasizes a printmaking approach for the printing of fine art paper editions, covering a variety of techniques, effects and processes. Of interest to, printmakers, photographers, and graphic designers.

Silkscreen Textile Printing and Design
This is a textile surface design course with emphasis placed on learning pattern for textile design and realizing the printed fabrics. Assignments cover; design exercises, inspiration sources, pattern repeat systems, preparation of designs for printing, registration and printing of lengths of fabrics.



(Minimum one month)

This course covers the techniques of; traditional Batik with wax resist and immersion dyeing, Silk Painting, Paste Resist, and the tied and shaped resists of Shibori. Dyeing processes and working with color are the main emphasis. Other fiber techniques are introduced for finishing and embellishment of the dyed projects, quilting, sewing, etc.


level I, II, Adv.
(Minimum three month)
This course involves the creation of three dimensional art objects, utilizing a variety of textile and fiber art techniques. The aim of the projects is to create sculptural, bas relief, or environmental textile fiber art, as either fine art expressions or functional art objects. Some of the techniques that can be employed are; sewing manipulation, quilting, applique, patchwork, felting, knotting, paper making, book and box construction. Plus projects can be further embellished with, beading, embroidery, batik, silkpainting, silkscreen, etc.



level I, II, Adv.

(Minimum three month)

The beginning course introduces weaving on four harnesses, pattern drafting, warp preparation, dressing the loom and loom operation. Samples and projects cover basic weave structure, twills, pattern threadings, double weave, and hand manipulated techniques, tapestry, leno, inlay, pickup, soumack, rug knots. Working with yarn; learning about color and texture, how to calculate weights and settings.

After the beginning level students work with eight to sixteen harness looms, explore in depth pattern drafting, and complex weave structures, such as , block design theory, double weave, brocade, etc., and fabric analysis. Instruction includes utilization of the computer to develop woven textile structures. Complementary research into natural, dyeing, Ikat, tapestry, felting, etc. can also be pursued.

Focus for advanced students can be directed to industrial weaving and designing for the fashion or the home furnishing industry, with development of a portfolio and techniquues of professional presentation. Or the focus can be on creative weaving as an artistic expression.


(84 hours for semester)

This intensive course will present an overview of the History of Book Arts and focus on the practical techniques and expressive possibilities involved in making books. We will discuss and produce several historical bindins and book structures as well as modern artist's books. Artist's books are books which are art objects - and can combine text, image, multi-media techniques to express a creative idea or simply be decorative expressions in themselves. Each student will produce at least one model of each historical binding, a 'Mini Book', as well as a Final Book Project - an artist's book or series of books. The project is meant to use acquired bookmaking skills to explore new structres and techniques. Exploration with materials is encouraged and students can combine other media they are familiar with (i.e., printmaking, papermaking, photography, letterpress) in creating their own unique book. Classroom instruction and practice will include basic bookmaking skills and explore the relationship between image, text and The Book.

The class will meet each week for two or three hour studio sessions (Semsester course only). Class meetings will be a combination of lecture/discussion and practical work in the studio with articles, handouts and diagrams distributed when necesary. We will also take several field trips to local Renaissance book collections and libraries.


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