- Dates: Saturday, 8:00am-2:00pm, 25 Weeks
- Tuition: $665
- Instructor: Chris Hammel
Hill Institute’s Weaving Program
This program involves six to seven years of in-depth study.* It is intended for weavers who aim to complete four/five years of class work AND who plan to undertake the two years of independent work. Weavers must know how to wind a warp, dress a loom, read a standard weaving draft, and possess basic weaving skills to enter the program.
*five years of classwork and two years of independent work for Monday and Thursday students; four years of classwork and two years of independent work for Wednesday and Saturday students
Wednesday and Saturday Sections
These sections run for the length of the school year. Classes normally start in early September and finish around the end of April (except for holidays and school vacations). The total number of classes in a school year is typically between 25 and 30 (150 hours per school year). The Wednesday section meets from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; however, several times throughout the school year it meets from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Saturday section meets from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuition is currently $665, plus the cost of materials.
Monday and Thursday Sections
These sections are similar to the other two sections except that the class meeting times are shorter and the class work is completed over five years. The Monday section meets from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., and the Thursday section meets from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., totaling approximately 120 hours per school year. Class is sometimes held on holidays in order to get in the typical 30 sessions. Tuition is currently $535, plus the cost of materials.
Students in all sections complete the same projects. Certain projects are assigned as homework. The homework assignments are a requirement of the program, and students are expected to use their own looms and yarns to complete the homework. The assignments are due at the beginning of the first class each September*, except for the final assignment which is due in May** of the fourth/fifth year.
*January for students who begin midyear; ** December for students who begin midyear
If a student falls behind on the number of class projects usually woven in a year, it is expected that the student will weave some of the projects at home in order to catch up.
Students who complete the class work early are still required to attend class for four/five years.
The tuition for the entire school year is due on the first day of class in September.
The Letter of Achievement and the Master Weaver Certificate
Students who successfully complete the four/five years of formal study and all of the corresponding class work are awarded the Letter of Achievement. Only students who have been awarded the Letter of Achievement may pursue the Master Weaver Certificate. The Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete a series of independent projects within a two-year period.
For more information, please contact Chris Hammel, Director of Weaving, at (413) 584-1725.