It's always great to see alumni returning to BHS and giving back. Here is another great example of that from the BLOG of BHS Fashion Design Teacher, Mr. Keith Mistler.
Yesterday the fashion class was visited by artist Marissa Cote (class of 2013). Marissa contacted me to be able to give back to her school. Of course I was thrilled to have my former student back at BHS, switching her role from student to teacher. Marissa taught the fashion design students how to weave on home made looms during yesterday's long period. She brought in a variety of materials to weave with (leather, felt, fabric, ribbon, and yarn, to name a few). The workshop was a complete success; Marissa is a natural teacher. I am so proud of how much she has accomplished. We hope to have Marissa back next year!
Workshop summary (from Marissa): Students will learn the basics of weaving via frame loom. A brief background on weaving will be presented prior to showing them how to construct a simple frame loom and set up the loom for working. I will show them how to weave via my own working piece, and once they’ve got a comfortable understanding, they will be invited to add their own rows into my piece with colors of their choosing. Only one student at a time can participate this way, so I will provide small, more functional looms for them to work on individually. They are welcome to take these looms home and explore more on their own.
About Marissa Cote:
Marissa graduated from BHS in 2013. The Burlington community may remember Marissa as the star of the BHS musical production "Hairspray." During her time here at BHS, Marissa took many art courses and designed the 2013 yearbook cover. She went on to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for almost two years. There, Marissa expanded her creativity and conceptual designs. Today, Marissa has decided to transfer to another school and focus on fiber or textile design. We wish you luck Marissa!
Check out Marissa on twitter