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PLU Credit Information

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Professional Learning Unit (PLU) Credit Courses

102 - Floor Loom Weaving – Introduction

Instruction and Verification - The instructional phase of this certification renewal program consists of a workshop with 14 hours of instruction for 1 Professional Learning Unit Credit. Verification is by:

  1. attendance records
  2. demonstrated levels of competency evidenced by mastery verification for the Program, and
  3. submission of an acceptable lesson plan that applies concepts presented in the workshop.

Faculty - Elaine Bradley and other members of the CHG Education Committee Faculty. The Guild's membership of professional weavers, teachers, and students has a strong history of providing fiber arts to the community. Members of the Guild—many of whom were trained at, or served as, faculty at renowned art centers—regularly offer a variety of courses dealing with all aspects of fiber arts.

Course Description - Learning weaving skills and developing one's own style as a weaver are two major requirements to becoming an accomplished fiber artist. This course is designed to introduce participants to basic weaving techniques and to explore ways in which one can develop an increased understanding and style in fiber arts.

By dressing (setting up) a 4-shaft floor loom and weaving a sampler, participants will learn weaving vocabulary and how to follow designs to create basic weave patterns. They will also learn the importance of project planning and how to make necessary calculations. Although all techniques will be taught on four-shaft floor looms, it is understood that these may not be readily available to classrooms or schools. Therefore, through discussion and demonstration, participants will learn alternative ways to include weaving techniques in their classroom instruction.
Participants, with the help of the instructors, will discuss how students will benefit from fiber arts instruction and will create lesson plans that address Georgia's Quality Core Curriculum Standards.

Deadline for Completion – Participants will have an opportunity to complete examples of the hands-on activities during the course. The required lesson plan (one paragraph) can be completed at the end of the last class session, or returned within two weeks after the end of the course. The PLU Course Completion Form will be issued upon receipt of an acceptable lesson plan.

Fees and Course Materials - Fees for the course and supplies are as indicated in the class description. Handouts show and describe the following: 

  1. Dressing a loom and weaving a sampler of loom-controlled and hand-manipulated weaves.
  2.  Pattern drafting, representing weave patterns graphically.
  3. Calculating materials required for a weaving project.
  4. A bibliography
  5.  and suggestions of ways in which weaving techniques can be incorporated into various content areas.

Registration – In addition to registering for the class, please complete the Application for Professional Learning Unit Credit and bring this form to the first class or mail it to:

Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild
Education Department
P.O. Box 889244
Atlanta, GA 30356

Directors - Elaine Bradley, Mary Zurn

For more information - Email classes@chgweb.com


300 - Starter Class:  Learn to Weave

Course Description and Purpose - Learn to weave on a simple table-top rigid heddle loom.  Complete a wool scarf, and then learn fancy hand-manipulated techniques. This is a good introductory class if you have no weaving experience.

The instructional phase of this certification renewal program consists of a workshop with 14 hours of instruction for 1 Professional Learning Unit Credit.

By learning to weave on a simple table-top rigid heddle loom, participants will learn weaving vocabulary and how to follow designs to create basic weave patterns. Participants will complete a wool scarf, and then learn more elaborate, hand-manipulated techniques.  This is a good introductory class for those who have no weaving experience.  There will be homework between classes.

Participants will also learn the importance of project planning and how to make necessary calculations.  All techniques will be taught on simple table-top rigid heddle looms which can be easily brought into and remain in classrooms or schools.  Strategies to accommodate groups of students when looms are not available for everyone will also be discussed.  Participants, with the help of the instructors, will also share ways in which weaving techniques, concepts, and activities can be integrated into lessons for different areas of the curriculum.

Goals to Be Addressed - Participants will:

  1. Learn to prepare a table-top loom for weaving and complete a wool scarf.
  2. Learn hand-manipulated weaving techniques.
  3. Learn how to develop personal style and skills in fiber art.
  4. Learn how to incorporate their new skills into classroom instruction.

Instructional Strategies

  1. Demonstrate good practice through instructional design and delivery.
  2. Expand training parameters into formats that emphasize curriculum integration and field-based applications.
  3. Address specialized needs with targeted and accessible instruction.
  4. Incorporate evaluation methodology into program design to insure outcomes.
  5. Respond to identified needs through flexible, timely programs.
  6. Encourage meaningful two-way communications with educators in the process of assessment, planning, instruction, and evaluation.

Improvement Practices To Be Implemented by Participants - Participants will become knowledgeable in the art of weaving by creating useful and decorative items for classroom and personal use.  Participants will also learn creative approaches to fiber art, and receive guidance in utilizing these techniques to enhance content in lesson plans.

Competencies Necessary for Implementing Improvement Practices - Each participant will:

  1. Dress a rigid heddle loom and weave a scarf.
  2. Weave a sample of hand-manipulated techniques including leno, Brooks Bouquet, and Danish Medallion.
  3. Calculate materials requirements for a weaving project.
  4. Suggest ways in which weaving techniques can be incorporated into various content areas to meet curriculum objectives.

Performance Indicators for Competencies - Upon completion of this course, participants will have demonstrated their ability to weave on a simple table-top rigid heddle loom. They will also write one (1) lesson plan they intend to implement that incorporates at least one of the techniques presented.

Mastery Verification - Participants will be able to use rigid heddle looms supplied by the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild. The Guild will supply the necessary equipment for participants to use as they learn to weave on rigid heddle looms. They will therefore be able to demonstrate their mastery while participating in the classes. Participants will be assessed based on the completion of hands-on activities completed during the preparation phase. This will be judged by:

  1. the instructor's assessment of the participant's completion of hands-on activities, and
  2. the participant's successful writing of a lesson plan that demonstrates the participant has mastered the content and can effectively use it in the classroom.

Deadline for Completion - Participants will have an opportunity to complete examples of the hands-on activities during the course. The required lesson plan (one paragraph) can be completed at the end of the last class session, or returned within two weeks after the end of the course. The PLU Course Completion Form will be issued upon receipt of an acceptable lesson plan.

Fees and Course Materials -

Fees for the course and supplies are as indicated in the class description Handouts show and describe the following:

  1. Dressing a loom and weaving a sampler of loom-controlled and hand-manipulated weaves.
  2. Calculating materials required for a weaving project.
  3. A bibliography.
  4. Suggestions of ways in which weaving techniques can be incorporated into various content areas.

Faculty - Elaine Bradley and other members of the CHG Education Committee. The Guild's membership of professional weavers, teachers, and students has a strong history of providing fiber arts to the community. Members of the Guild - many of whom were trained at, or served as, faculty at renowned art centers - regularly offer a variety of courses dealing with all aspects of fiber arts.

Registration - – [LINK to Classes page, registration section]  In addition to registering for the class, please complete the Application for Professional Learning Unit Credit and bring this form to the first class or mail it to:

Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild
Education Department
P.O. Box 889244
Atlanta, GA 30356

Directors - Elaine Bradley, Mary Zurn

For more information - Email classes@chgweb.com

 


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