AS245

AS 245 - Farmstead Arts 
 
Credits
 
Session
Summer   

Description

Students explore ancient and modern traditions of manufacturing raw materials into value-added products, and maintain a group blog about the processes learned. Topics include hydrosol distillation, waxcraft, splint basketry, plant-based dyes, lapidary, and dehydration. 



Syllabus
AS 245  Farmstead Arts—2 credits
(Summer Session 2012)

Instructor                                 Jody Stoddard
       
Meeting Time(s)                   Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 – 4:15 pm
Fiber Arts room

Office and Hours                 2nd floor Kane.  Mondays 8:30 – 11:30 am or by appointment

E-Mail/Phone                       jstoddard@sterlingcollege.edu   802-586-7572  home
                                           

[Prerequisite(s)]                    None

Required Texts                     None

[Supplementary Readings]   On reserve shelf, as handouts, or via links on the web

Description                           Students explore ancient and modern traditions of manufacturing raw materials into value-added products, and maintain a group blog about the processes learned.
                                           
Format                                         Class time:  Hands-on work preparing and processing materials of all kinds.  Depending on the subject, students may work independently or in small groups. 
                                                       Outside of class: Students are responsible for additional skills work, assigned readings and documenting work on class blog.


Course Objectives                To give students hands-on practice at a range of techniques by which natural resources available on and around northern Vermont farms may be turned to use, and to use blogging         
                                                        as a way of recording learning.
                                           
Evaluation                                    Equal parts effort, attendance, and comprehension of skills as shown by finished goods, including use of blog to post photos and reflections; final written reflection on specific 
                                                        questions.


Course Calendar/Outline


May 29  Intro, syllabus, blog.  Collect e-mails.
Topic:  Dehydration.  Lapidary intro.
Technique:  Dehydrate herbs and fruit.
Assignment:  set up blog.
Reading:  lapidary YouTubes
       
May 31
Topic: Hot water bath canning--principles and safety.  Lapidary--cabochons
Technique:  Prepare and can rhubarb chutney.  Cut and shape stones.
Assignment:  post canning recipe on blog.  Shape a half-dozen stones.
Reading:  Aromatherapy/hydrosols

June 5
Topic:   Distillation
Technique:  harvesting herbs, extracting oils and hydrosols by steam distillation
Assignment:  post on blog.  Bring something of leather to the next class.
Reading:  tanning/bog people

June 7
Topic:  Tanning. Bark Baskets
Techniques:  preliminary scraping, preparing the buck vat.  Poplar bark baskets.
Assignment:  post on blog
Reading:  Ash splint basketry

June 12
Topic:  Black Ash Basketry.
Technique:  pounding log for splints; preparing splints for baskets.  Assignment:  Post on blog
Reading:  McGuire handout on black ash weaving McGuire handout on black ash preparation, and link in e-mail.

June 14  Topic:  Black Ash Basketry.
Technique:  weaving and finishing baskets. Irene Ames?
Assignment: Post on blog
Reading:  Wax Craft

June 19
Topic:   Waxcraft
Technique:  Cleaning and blending wax with oils and resins to make candles, salves, and treatment for wood and leather
Assignment:  post on blog
Reading:  Wild Color

June 21
Topic:   Natural Dyes
Technique:  Extracting color, applying mordant to protein and cellulose fiber, dyeing fabric
Assignment:  post on blog
Reading:  Soapmaking

June 26
Topic:   Soapmaking
Technique:  Combining alkalis, lipids, and hydrosols to make various soaps.
Assignment

June 28
Topic:   To be determined with student input.  Lapidary?  Field trip?
Assignment:  post on blog, respond to final questions for reflection

       
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