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Studio: Fibers

Add to your body of work with traditional and innovative fiber arts practices plus curricular development that will inspire your classroom artists.

This studio course requires both hands-on artmaking and learning new teaching methodologies. Participants must demonstrate artistic proficiency in various fiber art techniques and translate the medium for classroom implementation. Participants will use traditional and innovative fiber arts approaches to develop a body of work, using the techniques of weaving, felting, embroidery, surface design, and hand-sewn textiles. In addition to studio practice, participants must demonstrate proficiency in curricular development, management, and organization of fiber arts. Teaching methodologies included will apply to all levels, K-12, and are designed to inspire creative development in all students.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.

Required Materials

Fibers Materials List

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (not provided by AOEU)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1197.00
Mon 8 Sun
Feb 6 Weeks Apr 2
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Feb 6 Apr 2
Mar 6 Apr 30
May 1 Jun 25
Jun 5 Jul 30
Jul 3 Aug 27
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE029

Course Objectives

  • Experiment with two and three-dimensional fiber arts techniques and integrate learning to create a body of original work.
  • Evaluate new knowledge of fiber arts to facilitate improved curriculum design and instructional practice.
  • Develop authentic resources, learning tools, and examples to facilitate hands-on learning in the art room.
  • Synthesize best practices in classroom management, supply organization, and practical implementation of fiber arts.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
History and Process
  1. Research the history and process of fiber arts.
  2. Evaluate your current fiber arts curriculum.
Week 2
2D and 3D Weaving Techniques
  1. Explore 2 and 3-dimensional weaving techniques and create original weaving artwork.
  2. Consider ways to implement weaving techniques in your classroom.
Week 3
Embroidery and Felting
  1. Experiment with embroidery and felting techniques.
  2. Create a finished work of art using either embroidery or felting techniques.
Week 4
Surface Design
  1. Explore various fiber arts surface design techniques.
  2. Develop a lesson plan, instructional video, and swatches of a surface design technique.
Week 5
Art Quilts, Textile Collage, and Soft Sculpture
  1. Explore a variety of processes that use sewing techniques and textiles.
  2. Develop a theme-based classroom example or personal work.
Week 6
Management and Organization
  1. Conduct research to identify fiber-specific management and organization examples for your classroom.
  2. Craft a new, original management or organizational tool for classroom use.
Week 7
Teacher Showcase Series
  1. Create a series of three new original artworks based on an overarching theme or concept.
  2. Give thoughtful feedback to peers to further their artistic process.
Week 8
  1. Refine your personal work based on peer feedback.
  2. Compile a final portfolio of work from the course, reflecting on your own work as you refine and improve your fibers curriculum.

A sample assignment from Week 3 of the class Studio: Fibers

1. Research

Watch hands-on demonstrations of embroidery basics and advanced techniques with Cassie Stephens.

2. Discussion

Describe your experience with embroidery or felting this week. Engage with other art teachers in the course to problem-solve lingering questions.

3. Creation

Choose one technique and create a finished product. Document your process through the creation of a process board.
"I have more experience with fiber than many, so I didn't know how beneficial this would be for me, but I love working with fiber so I wanted to learn more. I really like how they expanded on the things I already knew and made room for learning more techniques and use your knowledge in new and creative ways."
Jennifer P., WI

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course Studio: Fibers. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12-month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 1/28/2021)


Course content was relevant and current.


Instructor was knowledgeable and provided value-added contributions.


I achieved the goals I set at the beginning of the course. 

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