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Distance Learning (Mentoring) Program

Chair: Barbara Heller

The distance learning program is designed for intermediate tapestry weavers who want to pursue an in depth study of a tapestry topic with guidance and mentoring from a more experienced tapestry weaver. An intermediate weaver is defined as someone who can warp a loom and who has woven several small tapestries or samplers. This is meant to be a self directed and well-defined program of study. Students are encouraged to narrow the range of study so that it can be completed within one year.

To enroll, interested students submit an application form and confirm their circle membership to the Distance Learning Chair listed below. The chair matches the student with a mentoring teacher. The student under guidance from the mentor decides on the specific course of his/her study. Any expenses incurred - postage, phone calls etc, are the sole responsibility of the student. Mentoring teachers are volunteering their valuable time and students need to be considerate of this.

Student's Responsibilities
• A one year time commitment (could be extended by mutual agreement);
• Submit title and description for in-depth well defined study project;
• Prepare a list of realistic goals and objectives to complete in one year;
• Describe any finished project that you hope to complete;
• Propose a timetable for submitting samples, drawings, etc.;
• Pay for any expenses incurred during the program; and
• Submit a final report to the ATA Mentoring Committee.

Mentoring Teacher's Responsibilities
• A one year time commitment (could be extended by mutual agreement);
• Help the student set realistic goals for this one-year time frame;
• Provide direction, support and expertise as the student requires;
• Recommend additional sources for information and research;
• Evaluate progress during the course of study by critique; and
• Submit a final report to the ATA Mentoring Committee.

Application for Study (simply submit the following information)
• Name
• Address
• Telephone (day and eve)
• E-mail
• Confirm your circle membership (Studio, Curator, Collector) or contact Diane Wolf dianewolf@mac.com to confirm or upgrade your membership status.
• Describe your tapestry weaving experience including workshops, classes, years weaving, and number of completed tapestries;
• Describe what specific tapestry topic you would like to study;
• Explain why are you interested in this topic.

Please send the information to:

Barbara Heller
5787 Newton Wynd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1H6
Canada
Education@americantapestryalliance.org