Raw Fibers: Earn P credits in an interactive studio setting

"Crazy Quilt" ca. 1876-80. Lucy Catherine Zeigler Hicks. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

This week we are celebrating all things fabric in preparation for our Raw Fibers P Credit class which begins April 9th–you may notice our new header, a fabric art piece by Romare Bearden in the Modern‘s collection. Our P credit classes are completely interactive: Under the guidance of a master teaching artist, participants explore various fabric-making and fabric art techniques then discuss best practices for incorporating these techniques into their classroom teaching.

Link fabric making and history in a lesson your students are sure to remember! (Detail from "The Spinning Wheel" ca. 1855 by Jean François Millet. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, Mass.)

The first of four themes of hands-on practice is spinning. In Raw Fibers participants make drop spindles out of readily-available and often free materials, then they engage in spinning just as so many people and cultures  have done throughout history.

Past participants have told us spinning is a relaxing and engaging activity, even for their most distraction-prone students. After taking Raw Fibers you will be armed with the techniques to bring spinning into your classroom–of course most of the materials you’ll need are available free in the MFTA warehouse.

Six Saturday sessions 9:30am-4:30pm:

4/9/11, 4/30/11, 5/7/11, 5/14/11, 5/21/11 & 6/4/11

$425 ($300+ ASPDP fee $125) 3 “P” In-Service credits

The class meets at Materials for the Arts, 33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Long Island City, Queens.

Sign up today at the DOE’s After School Professional Development Program.

Click here for more information on earning P credits at MFTA. Call 718-729-2165 with any questions or to enroll as a non-credit participant.

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