Berea College Westervelt Program Registration Now Open to Public

Dr. Alan Mills with two students

Dr. Alan Mills, Professor of Technology and Industrial Arts, helps Caleb Wetmore ’10, and Brittany Adams ’11, select their photographs, taken with an infrared camera.

The Berea College Technology and Applied Design Department is accepting course registration for spring 2019 Westervelt Program classes, which will focus on making jewelry, wooden boxes and photography. The Westervelt program is offered each year to Berea townspeople as well as students, faculty and staff. The program provides excellent opportunities for individuals to develop a well-rounded educational background and pursue specific areas of interest.

Wood, Wire and Leather Jewelry

This four-week course will explore the art and craft of making jewelry from unique and inexpensive materials. Exotic woods from around the world, colorful aluminum wire, brass and copper tubing, and various types of leather are just a few of the materials that will be used to fashion jewelry during this class. Woven wire bracelets, lathe turned wooden rings and braided leather necklaces are examples of some of the possible student projects.

Fee – $10, plus cost of materials

Instructor – Dr. Alan Mills

Dates – January 15 through February 7

Times – 6:30-8:30 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays

Thinking Outside the Box

This course will challenge you to “think outside the box” in order to design and fabricate unique wooden boxes. Pushing the limits of traditional design, students will use organic and alternative geometric shapes to create containers that excite the imagination. Projects will be fabricated using a variety of techniques such as lathe turning, steam bending, band sawing and wood sculpting.

Cost – $10, plus cost of materials

Instructor – Dr. Alan Mills

Dates – February 12 through March 14 (No class March 4 to March 10 due to Spring Break)

Times – 6:30- 8:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays

Keys to Improving Your Photography

This hands-on workshop will explore many of the techniques and tools that will help you create better photographs, whether using cell phone cameras or high-tech professional cameras. Cameras, exposure, composition, print making and basic editing with Adobe Photoshop are just a few of the topics to be covered in this four-week course.

Cost – $10, plus cost of materials

Instructor – Dr. Alan Mills

Dates – March 19 through April 11

Times – 6:30- 8:30 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays

Named for Edmund C. Westervelt, the program has increased in popularity and growth over the past 70 years. The program was designed to give Berea College students, faculty, staff and townspeople the opportunity to have a practical, hands-on experience enabling them to become more self-sufficient and develop skills and knowledge which could be applied in both vocational and avocational settings, and be more informed consumers of goods and services.

To register please call Farrah Stamper at (859) 985-3033 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.