Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Worcester Center for Crafts focuses on youth creativity

The Worcester Center for Crafts has long been a bastion for creativity and making, but on Oct. 25 the center will roll out a new youth craft and creativity program for ages 6-17 that will run through Dec. 9. The Craft Center hopes this program can imbue participants with both an appreciation for creating and an inherent knowledge or science, technology, math, critical thinking and more.
While kids will have fun crafting and creating, Honee Hess, executive director of the Craft Center, and Joyce Kressler, educational consultant, hope their programs will offer much more than that.
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(Worcester Magazine- Oct 20, 2016) 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Final Call for Fall

For Immediate Release
October 11, 2016
Media contacts:

Steve Jones-D'Agostino

Susan Wagner

Final Call for Fall
Worcester Center for Crafts's New, Innovative 
Fall 2016 Youth Craft + Creativity Program Classes 
Start October 25
Six-week sessions take a new approach to craft education offering youth and teens a window into creative 3-D thinking, knowledge of materials, and the habits of mind and skills needed for the 21st 

Fall classes include Fantastic Fibers, Clay Creations, Discovering Paper, Shaped by Hand, Ceramics by Wheel and Hand, Flameworking: Glass Beads, and Adorn Yourself: Jewelry 101

October 11, 2016 – Worcester, MA – The Worcester Center for Crafts will launch their new, innovative Youth Craft + Creativity Program on October 25 with the Fall 2016 semester, which consists of six-week sessions running through December 9. The classes, which cost $200 per six-week session, are designed with an integrated, multi-disciplined approach to youth education for ages 6 through 17 that is creative, fun and hands-on. Register online at worcestercraftcenter.org.

Here are the Fall 2016 Youth Craft + Creativity Program classes, by age group:

6 to 9 years:
  • Fantastic Fibers with Instructor Diane Seiler, Tuesdays, October 25 through December 6, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Get those fingers nimble working in new and old ways with cloth, yarn, and other fibers! Weave, stencil, sew and more while experiencing creativity, learning fun, new vocabulary and how to talk craft.
  • Clay Creations with Instructor Lori Mader, Thursdays, October 27 through December 8, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Play with clay and learn to make! This beginner’s clay class will explore simple shaping techniques to create a variety of projects through hand-building such as cups, creatures, bowls, and dishes. Imagination and a willingness to get dirty are a must.

8 to 11 years:

  • Discovering Paper with Instructor Bayda Asbridge, Tuesdays, October 25 through December 6, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.: The ancient Egyptians made paper - now it’s your turn! Make paper from pulp and other materials, explore marbling, try your hand at making a journal, and perhaps even go 3-D with paper!

10 to 13 years:

  • Shaped by Hand with Instructor Laura Marotta, Thursdays, October 27 through December 8, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Imagine a form and then build it! In this class, you will create a variety of real and abstract forms and sculptures while learning essential hand-building techniques.

14 to 17 years:

  • Ceramics by Wheel and Hand with Instructor Ian Petrie, Fridays, October 28 through December 9, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Learn a variety of essential clay techniques while developing your creative process and starting a sculptural portfolio of your own. Explore a history of craft as well as representational and abstract forms.
  • Flameworking: Glass Beads with Instructor Beth Mellor, Fridays, October 28 through December 9, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Work with a bench-mounted torch and learn the contemporary art of flameworking - melting “soft” glass and shaping and decorating beads.
  • Adorn Yourself: Jewelry 101 with Instructor Keenan Cassidy, Fridays, October 28 through December 9, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.: Create your own decorative adornment while gaining introductory knowledge of jewelry-making techniques such as soldering, wire work, and forming.
About Us

The Worcester Center for Crafts is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell hand-crafted wares to support their families, the Craft Center has evolved over the past 160 years into New England's leading center for craft education, exhibition and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio - an off-campus, 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, multi-studio glass facility - in Worcester. The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass-studio program in New England available to the public. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the Craft Center is home to the Worcester State University visual arts-studios and partners in community outreach.

The Craft Center's mission is "to sustain craft as a vital part of our community" by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through advocacy and public-education initiatives, including adult-education classes and workshops, youth-education and outreach programs, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, and major events. The Craft Center is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and its WOO PASS program, and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. In addition, the Craft Center has an affiliation with Worcester State University.

For more information, contact Honee Hess, executive director of the Worcester Center for Crafts, at 508.753.8183 ext. 302 or hhess@worcester.edu.