South Pomfret, Vermont
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Handmade Fiber Arts

Crafting fiber arts with your hands is satisfying and therapeutic.

In this studio-style format, you can make something practical or design something fanciful. Upcycle an article of clothing, knot a custom plant hanger, hand sew a stuffed animal or simply play with fabric, yarn and color. Choose from sewing, applique, crochet, macrame, embroidery, weaving, needle felting, quilting or your own personalized mashup using materials that feel right. Each student will choose a project or two to complete over the course of the class and we'll learn from each other as we go.

Lisa Kaija received her BA in Art History at Dartmouth College and her K-6 General Education/Visual Arts teaching certification through the Upper Valley Teacher Institute. During the last thirty years, she taught all subjects in grades K-4 and some subjects in grade 5-6 in various Upper Valley public and private schools. She has trained mid-life career changers to become teachers and raised five children with her husband, Kevin. Lisa revels in teaching art. The question she dodges most often is “Are you an artist?,” since she considers herself a teacher first and an artist second, and elementary art teachers need to know a little about a lot of different art forms. She thrives on challenges and enjoys being creative with people of any age.