RAFT's workshop program is designed to enrich educational programs by facilitating the practice of hands-on teaching across the curriculum.

RAFT's material-based, hands-on workshops are unique in that each workshop attendee receives RAFT materials to support implementation of the activities shared in the class.

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 Bookmaking: A Natural Follow-Up to Using Marbling Papers:

RAFT Workshop

Bookmaking: A Natural Follow-Up to Using Marbling Papers

Participants will learn classic techniques that are adapted for the classroom. These triangular books will be personal and unique, with myriad possibilities for writing assignments or special artwork inside. Each person will create one or more books, including building in ribbon ties for the closure. Complete handouts with diagrams will be provided, as well as sufficient colored paper stock and fabric remnants for a complete classroom project for each teacher.

INSTRUCTOR: Patti Henry is a professional artist with an MA in design, and her art is in collections worldwide. After teaching for 13 years at San Jose State University and in the East Side Union High School District, she has offered workshops at RAFT for the past 16+ years. Patti was inspired by the plethora of RAFT materials.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $25 for members; $40 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 12

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Marbling Made Easy!:

RAFT Workshop

Marbling Made Easy!

This playful and colorful pursuit is as easy and rewarding as traditional marbling is difficult. Endless combinations of colors are possible, and learning to use light to dark values can enhance success. We will float RAFT paints and inks on shaving foam in trays, comb into wonderful patterns, and print onto colored papers and fabric. Each person will be constructing their own "combing" tools. Teachers will receive enough file folders, other colored paper, and fabric for their entire class. This class is ideal for all teachers and will include strategies for classroom management!

INSTRUCTOR: Patti Henry is a professional artist with an MA in design, and her art is in collections worldwide. After teaching for 13 years at San Jose State University and in the East Side Union High School District, she has offered workshops at RAFT for the past 16+ years. Patti was inspired by the plethora of RAFT materials.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $25 for members; $40 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 10

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Paste Paper Art:

RAFT Workshop

Paste Paper Art

Have you every wanted to make unusual looking papers to use in booklets, book pages or artwork in general? This class covers an inexpensive process with the directions on how to make the paste and how to color the paste. We will be exploring different ways to print and decorate the paper surface in a wide variety of colors and patterns with things you can find at RAFT. It is an exciting project that can be adapted for use with many different age groups. You will leave the class with many paper examples that have completed designs.

INSTRUCTOR: Sara Loesch-Frank was chosen as the Distinguished Fine Artist of Cupertino for 1997. She has taught calligraphy and watercolor in the Bay Area since 1977. She was recently awarded a full scholarship to the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 19

LOCATION: RAFT San Jose

DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 One-Stroke Painting:

RAFT Workshop

One-Stroke Painting

Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills for students. It is a great medium for teaching multiple content areas as well. For teachers, art can be a creative and relaxing way to reduce stress and explore other interests. In this workshop participants will have fun practicing good hand-eye coordination as they learn the skills needed to effectively apply the one-stroke painting technique on various materials such as glass, fabric, and cardboard. Participants will learn to load the brush and use particular brush strokes inherent in the technique. This relaxing session is perfect for both veteran and beginning teachers!

INSTRUCTOR: Sharen Delaune-Rensen is a longtime RAFT member who teaches adult and community education classes. She has taught the one-stroke painting technique for over 10 years and has explored a variety of applications with numerous materials, many of which can be found at RAFT.

TARGET AUDIENCE: All educators

COST: $20 for members; $40 for non-members

SEATS AVAILABLE: 15

LOCATION: RAFT Redwood City

DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 8, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Saturday, July 8, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Fees are listed after each class description, all materials included. Non-members who meet our membership guidelines can participate for a slightly higher fee. Classes fill up fast, so participants are encouraged to register and pay in advance, or provide a deposit. Fees are nontransferable, and refunds are only granted if you cancel at least one week prior to class. All refunds are paid in RAFT dollars. If you fail to attend class or cancel after the one-week deadline, you will not be given a refund. Deposits are returned when the class is completed, or if you cancel one or more weeks in advance.

You can register online or by phone at (408) 213-7216. To cancel your enrollment in a class - email or call 408-213-7216.

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Enrollment Policy

Waitlist Policy

Due to the popularity of RAFT workshops, we do maintain waitlists. There is no charge to be placed on a waitlist, and there is no obligation to attend the class should a spot become available. Should a spot open up in a class, RAFT will contact waitlist registrants in order of registration to offer the opportunity to enroll at that point. RAFT requests that waitlist registrants do not make plans to attend a class unless they have been contacted; seats are only made available if we have received a cancellation from a registered participant.

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Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All RAFT workshops offer you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from San Jose State University.

Participants can purchase one CEU from SJSU for every 10 hours of RAFT workshop instruction completed within a semester.

The cost is $60 for each CEU.

Simply request a SJSU registration form from your instructor at RAFT and submit to SJSU both the form and your check payable to SJSU. RAFT submits a roster of names each semester to SJSU of participants taking 10 or more hours of classes. Partial units are not available; hours from previous terms are not applicable.

For more information, please contact RAFT at (408)213-7216 or .

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Fees and Cancellations

Fees are listed after each class description, all materials included.

Non-members who meet our membership guidelines can participate for a slightly higher fee.

Classes fill up fast, so participants must register and pay in advance to be added to the class. Fees are nontransferable, and refunds are only granted if you cancel at least one week prior to class. All refunds are paid with a RAFT Gift Card. If you fail to attend class or cancel after the one-week deadline, you will not be given a refund. Deposits are returned when the class is completed, or if you cancel one or more weeks in advance.

You can register online or by phone at (408)213-7216.

To cancel your enrollment in a class - email or call (408)213-7216.

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Class Locations

RAFT workshops are currently held at one of the following locations. Please verify the location of your class(es) when registering.

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