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Propose a Class
We welcome proposals from prospective teachers and ideas from students.
Ideas from students
Send us your idea for a class you would like us to offer.
Proposals from teachers
We are open to proposals for new classes and workshops for any age group. Our aims are to transmit skills while emphasizing the pleasures of creativity and craftsmanship. Some of our classes emphasize traditional crafts. Others celebrate experimentation. We want our students to go home happy, fulfilled, inspired, ready to do their own work and eager to learn more.
See notes below about our facilities.
Exhibition-themed classes at UFORGE Gallery
We offer workshops and mini-classes in collaboration with UFORGE Gallery that complement the gallery’s monthly themes, or “assignments.” These workshops take place at the gallery. Participation includes instructor’s and students’ work in the corresponding exhibition. Please consult upcoming themes and exhibition dates before writing your proposal.
- November 1, 2012 — for SPRING & SUMMER April–August 2013
- March 28, 2013 — for FALL & WINTER September 2013–March 2014
- November 1, 2013 — for SPRING & SUMMER April–August 2014
We actively seek proposals for new classes and workshops:
- for any age
- of any length, from 1 to 10 sessions
- within our interest areas
- to be held in-house at the Eliot School (or in any nearby location that is covered by liability insurance)
Classes & Workshops during the school year
- Workshops and classes from 1 session to 10 weeks and anything in between
- Fall semester: September–December
Winter semester: January–March
Spring semester: April–June
- We teach children ages 2–17.
- Teens age 17 and up may take adult classes. Younger teens are often allowed into adult classes, pending permission from parents and instructors.
- Children are most often grouped by age: 6–8, 9–12, 11–14 and 13–17. Our teen market is still small and so those classes are less assured of filling and running.
- Adult classes may be geared to any level of experience and skill.
- We are particularly interested in attractive daytime workshops and classes for adults.
Summer Classes & Workshops for Adults
- 6-week classes from July through mid-August
- Weekend workshops, e.g. Sat/Sun from 10am-6pm, two consecutive Sundays from 10am-4pm, one Saturday from 10am-2pm, etc.
- One-week intensives, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, in August
Summer Program for Children
- For age groups 6–8, 9–12 and 12–14
- Half-day classes, Monday through Friday, one week at a time, 9am-12pm or 12:30-3:30pm
- Program runs from mid-June through July (exact dates determined each year)
- Each half-day we offer three separate classes drawing upon four threads: woodworking, sewing, visual art and an inventions thread that can include electricity, kinesis, etc.
- Because some children attend for multiple weeks, we offer something different each week, even if it has the same name. For example, woodworking can be Wooden Boats one week, Go-Carts one week, a model house one week, multiple projects involving moving parts one week.
- We also entertain programs outside this box. Successful offerings in the past have included Mosaics, Photography, Printmaking, T-Shirts and Assemblages.
In proposing or designing your class, please note that we have:
- Wood shop with complete set of hand and power tools
- Sewing room with 8 sewing machines, serger, irons, small drying rack
- Art room with 12 easels, 8 movable work tables, homosote walls
- 3 hot-plates
- Digital projector and wall screen
- Large open yard (but with no security, so projects cannot be left outdoors overnight)
We do not have:
- Storage capacity (especially for 3-dimensional work)
- Ventilation for batik, encaustic or other arts that generate toxic fumes
- Enclosed area for powdered dyes or other airborne toxins
- Ceramics studio
- Metals studio
- Computer lab
When classes are FULL, put yourself on a waiting list. But please do NOT register for full classes.