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ComprehensiveClassList

  1. 1. A Comprehensive List of Classes I Have Taught Jeanmaire Remes 1. Computer Classes and Other Technical Instruction 1. Introduction to Computer Usage for Seniors - four (4) 1-hour sessions to intro- duce seniors and others with computer fear, or just rank beginners, to basic com- puter functions. Class can be taught on either laptop computers (apple or PC) or the iPad tablet. But all students must be on the same platform!! Class size limit- ed to 10. 2. Private Tutoring - Computer Usage and/or introduction to programming; How to Succeed in taking the SAT Exams; Reading Comprehension; Math - all levels up to and including College Sophomore level (Linear Algebra and Multi-dimensional Calculus). 3. Programming and Computer Classes (from the 1980’s) - COBOL, BASIC, FORTRAN, Structured Programming, Introduction to Word Processing on the Personal Computer. 2. History, Weaving, Sewing, Cooking and Craft Classes 1. Sartorial Splendor: Embellishing Clothing with Beads - Two sessions, each 1.5 to 2 hours (depending on number of students). Class size limited to 10 stu- dents. A workshop series about how clothing has been enhanced by adding beads made of everything from precious gemstones to paste. Students receive a kit ($12) and may either bring their own small embroidery hoop, or purchase one from the instructor. The kit includes everything needed to outline and fill in a heart shape on a piece of colored 100% linen, using faux pearls of multiple sizes. While working on their project, students are lectured on the historical use of beads, from the Ancient World up until the 20th Century. Each kit also includes a DVD with photos of beadwork throughout history, many of the photos taken by the instructor, and photos of the instructor’s personal work. This is, by far, the most popular class I have ever taught, and I am at work turning my class notes into a book. I am hoping to publish it on Amazon. 2. Introduction to Narrow Band Weaving - A series of three workshops, each two hours. Class size limited to 10 students. There is an equipment requirement for this, in that each student needs to have an inkle loom which they can use, and a shuttle. Some friends of mine own a business, White Wolf and the Phoenix (on line at http://whitewolfandphoenix.com) dedicated to narrow band weaving, and may be willing to rent out looms for the class. (I will approach them, or the Mu- Page of1 5
  2. 2. A Comprehensive List of Classes I Have Taught Jeanmaire Remes seum can, if you are interested.) There is a materials fee of $10 for the string (mostly crochet cotton) and tablets. (For an example of my writing skills, please see the attached handout, which I use for Sections 2 & 3 of this series of classes.) 1. Inkle Loom Weaving - History of inkle weaving, and of the inkle loom. Stu- dents will warp and weave a basic rigid heddle band. String will be provided. The band will need to be completed outside of class time, in order to clear the loom for the next session. 2. Table Weaving I: History of tablet weaving, a survey of different techniques, and different types of looms used. Students will learn how to do a “continu- ous warp” on the inkle loom, to prepare for double sided weaving, with two colors. Again, string will be provided, plus the 15 tablets necessary for the beginner’s pattern. 3. Tablet Weaving II: Now that the loom is warped, students will begin weaving. They will first learn how to do plain double-weave, where the band is the first color on one side, and the second color on the other. Then they learn how to follow a charted pattern to make a double sided design. 3. Dress the Elizabethan Lady - 1 hour - A lecture, with visuals, on the layers worn by a noble lady in the second half of the 16th Century (1550 - 1600). Basically, I walk out in my chemise and shoes and socks. I have two dressers. While they assist me into the various garments I discuss their cut, construction, fabrics and colors typically used, and historical origin. After an hour (very quickly, by 16th C. standards) I am fully dressed. This is especially popular with school groups, and I have done this in auditoriums of up to 1,000 students. 4. Norse Runes: History and Divination - 1 hour - A lecture on the development of the written language in Scandinavia, Viking references to divination using rune stones, and methods used in modern divination, including one developed by the instructor. 5. A History of Woad - 1 hour - A lecture on the history and surprising uses of the woad plant. While most famous as the source of the blue dye with which Celtic warriors painted their bodies before going into battle, its most important use was as a dyestuff for cloth. Economically important throughout the Middle Ages, there was a concerted effort to resurrect its cultivation as late as the Napoleonic Era. 6. The Bocksten Cote and Hood: A Re-Creationist’s Guide - 2 hours - no class limit - Students should have a basic knowledge of sewing. In 1936 the body of a 14th Century man was discovered in a bog on Bocksten Farm in Sweden. Like Page of2 5
  3. 3. A Comprehensive List of Classes I Have Taught Jeanmaire Remes most bog finds, his clothing and accessories were well preserved. This class presents the pieces found, and relates the find to what we know of clothing from that time period. Students then divide into groups of three, and take each other’s measurements. (Please bring a measuring tape. Some will be available for the forgetful.) Each student will leave with a pattern for a Bocksten Cote that has been individually adapted to their measurements. A pattern for reconstructing the hood is also discussed, as well as modern substitutes for a belt, leggings, and shoes. The lecture includes what fabrics and colors are appropriate, both for the time period and for your project, what trims to use, how to do most of the work by machine, without it showing, and hand sewing techniques for the fussy bits. 7. The Chiton: From the Ancient World to the Anglo-Saxons - 2 hours - Worn by women (and sometimes men) in such diverse cultures as Classical Greece and Finnish Vikings, the chiton is a simple garment. Originally a rectangle, al- though often sewn into a tube shape, the garment was astonishingly versatile and comfortable. For both historians and re-creators, alike, this class discusses the fine details of how these garments were woven, adorned, and worn. A DVD showing historical examples will be provided as part of the class, and actual chi- tons from the instructor’s collection will be available for students to try on, if they so desire. (They will easily go on over jeans and a t-shirt.) 8. How to Wrap a Sari - 1 hour - This ancient garment from the sub-continent is really just 5 yards or more of fabric that is wrapped and tucked around the body in interesting ways. Two wraps are demonstrated. The traditional wrap, which most people are familiar with, is worn with a choli top and a simple drawstring skirt. The choli top has short sleeves and leaves the midriff bare. The fishtail wrap was worn with only the choli by women, and was also worn by men, as it makes the fabric into pants. Students are encouraged to bring their own saris, or there will be several available for trying on from the instructor. For the traditional wrap, please wear a pair of pants or shorts (or a skirt) that does NOT have an elastic waistband. Traditional jeans are great. You will be tucking fabric into the waistband, so it needs to be a bit loose, but not stretchy. For the fishtail wrap, bike shorts are best, and after that, any type of shorts, but it, too, can be done over jeans. 9. Introduction to Houppelandes - 1 hour - When the weather changed in Europe, after the Viking Incursions, everyone was a lot colder, and most castles did not have central heat. To stay warm, an outer gown, often called a “houppelande” Page of3 5
  4. 4. A Comprehensive List of Classes I Have Taught Jeanmaire Remes became popular. This class discusses the history and design of this garment, and how it remained popular until the end of the 16th C. under a different name. 10.How to Construct an Italian Renaissance Gown of 1530 - 8 hours of instruc- tion (two 4 hour classes or four 2 hour classes). Using “Portrait of a Lady” by Pe- dro Campaña, this class describes how to re-create one particular style, from de- termining the cut of the garments and constructing the patterns to making the matching hat and what cosmetics would be appropriate. 11. Dress the Elizabethan Lady - 1 hour - More a demonstration than a lecture, I need two assistants to pull this off. I begin in my chemise, with wrist ruffs at- tached, my stockings and garters, and shoes. (The chemise is heavy linen, so it’s not that risqué.) Then, while I lecture, my assistants dress me. So I begin by talking about what I walk in wearing. Then we slowly add: the under petticoat, the corset, the farthingale, the underskirt, the partlet, the gown, jewelry, the hat, and the fan. This is the only class I am willing to do for all ages. I did this for a school assembly one time, in front of 500 students, and they loved it. 12.Elizabethan Shirts and Chemises - 1 hour - A discussion of men’s shirts and women’s chemises (slips) from the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Fabrics, embroi- dery, and cutting patterns are all included. 13.How to Construct a Woman’s Elizabethan Gown - 16+ hours - Lecture and Workshop - Can be broken into four 4 hour sessions, or eight 2 hour sessions - Students need to have intermediate sewing skills or better. Most of this class is lecture, with the workshop portion being devoted to creating a custom made corset pattern for each student. The gowns discussed range from the middle 1550’s to the 1580’s. (The drum farthingale is not within the scope of this class.) Beginning from the inside and working out, students are taught how to recon- struct each garment for a personal fit and historical accuracy. I begin with histori- cal background, and a discussion of how garments were created in England at the time. For each garment fabrics, colors, adornments (such as trims or beads), cut and construction are discussed. Stockings, and the chemise and partlet are covered first. The partlet was a sort of 16th C. dicky, which covered the shoul- ders for warmth, and filled in the neckline for the modest. Then we do the corset pattern workshop. Students are encouraged to begin construction on their corset at home, while the lecture continues on how to select a style that is both accurate and flatters your body style, and how to construct the pattern for your bodice from the corset pattern. (You cannot make the bodice pattern without making up the corset, itself, and testing it for fit.) Next, I lecture on underskirts, which often had a decorated front, sometimes detachable, called a “forepart”. The skirt for the gown was sometimes constructed as a separate garment, and sometimes at- tached to the bodice. The next topic is sleeves. There were a wide variety of sleeve designs, and I discuss how to draft patterns for them. Finally, I do a work- shop on how to construct comfortable ruffs. If time permits, I will do a lecture on hats, and I like to find at least 15 to 30 minutes to discuss jewelry and acces- Page of4 5
  5. 5. A Comprehensive List of Classes I Have Taught Jeanmaire Remes sories. [Note: I have also taught this class, only with the focus on Women’s Italian Renaissance Gowns from the first half of the 16th Century. Because this eliminates ruffs, farthingales, and foreparts, it is a much less intensive class. It does still include: chemises, partlets, the corset pattern workshop, bodice de- sign, skirt shapes, all about sleeves, hats and hair dressing, and jewelry.] [I have also taught the Ruff Workshop independently. It takes 3 to 4 hours.] 14.Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Dancing - 1 hour - An overview of dancing from the late Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, with emphasis on the dances from Arbeau’s Orchesography. A fun, and not too demanding, intro- duction to both Court and Peasant dances from the time period. Pavanes, bransles, almains, and early English Country dances are covered. Bring your dancing shoes!! 15.Introduction to Silk Painting - 2 hours - Workshop - Using an unadorned silk paddle fan, students learn how to chose a design, scale the design up or down to fit the project, transfer the design to the silk, outline the areas with “resist”, and finally, apply the silk paints. 16.Advanced Silk Painting - 6 hours (usually done in one day, with a break for lunch) - Workshop - Using the techniques learned in the Introduction class, stu- dents create a much larger and more intricate project, such as a banner, scarf, or wall hanging. The techniques are the same, but the scale and intricacy have in- creased. [Equipment Note: In order to paint on silk, the fabric must be stretched on a frame. When I conducted this class in the past, we were making 2.5’ x 8’ banners, and had four frames, made of 2 x 4 lumber, available. Depending on the project, sometimes a large embroidery hoop, or a quilting frame will suffice.] 17. How to Make an Apple Pie - This is a hands-on workshop which will teach the student, from start to finish, how to make a homemade apple pie. Includes: How to choose a crust recipe - gluten free crusts - how to purchase a rolling pin, a pastry blender, and pie plates - how to make and roll out pastry - how to shop for apples - how to core and peel apples - how to put the filling together - how to keep the pie from overflowing and making a mess of the oven - how to apply a pastry crust - how to make and apply a crumb crust. Instructions on how to eat the pie are not included. 18. Introduction to Home Brewing - The Basics of “Extract” Brewing (using malt extracts with speciality grains) - Topics covered in Part I - Basic Equipment - How to Select and Use it; The Importance of Sterilization; Purchasing Ingredients - malt extract, speciality grains, hops and yeast; Cooking up the Wort; Transfer to the Primary Fermenter; Setting up the Airlock. Part II - How to Bottle Your Brew: Types of Bottles; Transfer to the Bottling Bucket; Adding Priming Sugar; Different Methods of Bottling; How to Use a Bottle Capper; Time to “age” before drinking; Shelf Life. Page of5 5

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