BARN Call for Teaching Artisans and Class Proposals
Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN) is seeking teachers who are exceptional role models, excellent instructors, and enjoy working with fellow artisans of all ages and skill levels.
Class proposals must relate to and fit into one or more of the eleven studios at BARN (described below). Teachers are hired and classes chosen upon the Studio’s approval. Classes can be proposed for any skill level and for any length of time.
BARN’s mission is to build and support an open, intergenerational community of artisans and makers who are dedicated to learning, teaching, sharing, and inspiring each other with creativity, craftsmanship and community service.
If you have questions about studio equipment, studio capacity, or other factors to consider before sending in your application, please feel free to email BARN Program Coordinators Emily Browne and Julie Leung: ProgramCoordinator@BainbridgeBARN.org (please do not contact studios directly).
Please be prepared to submit the following in the application form below (once you start you cannot edit it later):
- Contact Information
- Class Proposal including level of experience and equipment needed.
- Examples of your work and/or your students’ work (up to 5)
- 2 references who can speak to your teaching experience.
To apply to teach at BARN please fill out the linked online form:
If your class proposal is accepted by the studio you will be asked to complete the following:
- Application and contact information for teachers / monitors and mentors at BARN (online form emailed to teacher before class is finalized)
- Application for background check (form emailed to teacher before class is finalized)
- BARN Teacher Agreement contract form
Currently taught techniques include bookbinding, box-making/construction, paper art techniques, pop-up book techniques and letterpress printing (type and photo polymer).
Special equipment includes Challenge MPC Proof Press, lead type and letterpress galleys, composing sticks and furniture, two tabletop clamshell presses, two Kutrimmer paper cutters, and photopolymer plate-making equipment including laptop and Adobe Photoshop.
Electronic and Technical Arts
Currently taught techniques include rapid prototyping and fabrication, 3D printing, electronics circuits, robotics, embedded electronics, and software coding.
Special equipment includes full Spectrum 45 Watt CO2 laser cutter, Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer, Prusa i3 Mk2 3D printers, four-channel digital oscilloscope (Rigol DS1104Z), microscope and hot air soldering station and miscellaneous hand tools.
Currently taught techniques include weaving, print and pattern design, dyeing, sewing, surface design, basketry, felting, knitting, spinning, embellishment, doll construction, embroidery, quilting and lace making.
Special equipment includes Sailrite Industrial sewing machine, multiple floor looms, table looms, stand looms, spinning wheels, sewing machines, equipped dye room, washer and dryer, dark room and silk screen equipment.
Currently taught techniques include fused glass, kiln usage, casting, stained glass, glass cutting/grinding, glass powders, and mosaics,
Special equipment includes a kiln room with Paragon kilns, GL25, CS-26, Pearl 4426 and Skutt GM1014, two Paragon BlueBird XL bead kilns, a Paragon Caldera Vitrigraph kiln, Foredom, strip cutters, a wet room with glass wet saw and ring saws, and grinders.
Jewelry and Fine Metals
Currently taught techniques include construction of metal jewelry, stone setting, forging, stamped metal, lost wax casting, chain making, and beading.
Special equipment includes centrifugal caster, programmable burnout kiln , metalsmithing stakes and hammers, step shear, sandblasters, tumblers, chasing equipment, hand tools and twelve individual benches each equipped with a flex shaft, tools and dust extraction system.
Currently taught techniques include bread baking, cookie decorating, fermentation, knife skills, pastry baking, vegetarian cooking, grilling, oyster harvesting, and tastings.
Special equipment includes gas stove, large mixer, walk-in refrigerator, individual workstations with induction burners, and convection oven.
Currently taught techniques include: broadcasting, audio editing, and video editing
Special equipment includes Audio recording studio with 4 microphones, editing workstations for audio and video, video cameras and tripods, green screens, portable audio recorders for audio and video, LED portable lighting, video camera gamble, and wireless and wired microphones.
Currently taught techniques include MIG, TIG and stick welding, plasma cutting & grinding; sheet metal work and machine shop practice including milling, drilling, sawing, lathe work and using CNC equipment.
Special equipment includes MIG, TIG and Stick welding machines for steel and aluminum, plasma cutters, and grinders in the Welding Studio; a brake, shear, roller, english wheel and spot welder in the Sheet Metal Studio; Metal Lathes, a CNC and 2 manual milling machines, drill press, hydraulic press, band saws, and precision measuring tools in the Machine Shop. A CNC plasma cutter is under development.
Currently taught techniques include monotype printing, relief printing, drypoint, shellac plates, chine collé, collage and stencilling.
Special equipment includes large Tekach etching press, small Ettan etching press, large soaking basin, two large Tekach rollers, assortment of large Tekach brayers, large format color copier/scanner and ten workspaces.
Current classes teach woodworking techniques through projects using hand tools, hand power tools and professional level power equipment. Projects include the harvesting and preparing wood, furniture construction, wooden jewelry, boat building and guitar making.
Special equipment includes a wide variety of hand tools as well as table saw, bandsaw, miter saw, scroll saw, router, drill press, jointer, planer and multiple kinds of power sanders. The future holds the addition of a CNC router shaping machine.
Currently taught subjects include memoir writing, story and character development, creative non-fiction, essay writing, blog writing and development, preparing to publish, poetry, and children’s literature.