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120 Morris St. Downtown Durham
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Jan French

Jan French is a multi-fiber artist, teaching weaving and directing collaborations in Triangle classrooms, festivals, museums, and historical sites since 2007. She has worked as a Teaching Artist in Wake, Orange and Durham counties since 2009.  Ms. French is a member of the Triangle Weavers guild, and an educational volunteer for NC Museum of History.  She holds local graduate degrees in environmental management and design. In 2017 she conducted residencies with students with disabilities as part of the Arts Access’s Wake Arts Inclusion Project. Ms. French uses an adaptable multidisciplinary and hands-on approach to help students explore traditional fiber crafts.  ARTS-CURRICULUM INTEGRATION: (FIBER ARTS) (MATH) (CULTURAL ARTS) (SOCIAL STUDIES)

Workshop or Residency Weave or Knot Together!

GRADES: 3-12, including special education classrooms

Students will learn how to weave on a treadle loom or simple backstrap loom in hands-on instructional sessions designed specifically for your specialized classroom! The artist will modify equipment and provide suitable materials, training, learning aids, and cooperative strategies to help each student weave their own piece of cloth or part of a class project. The weaving skills are well-suited for grades 3 to 5 but adaptable to any ability or specialized setting. The artist may also demonstrate spinning yarn and weaving patterned cloth on a traditional treadle loom if appropriate for the classroom. 

During the planning phase, the artist will work with you and your support staff to craft a residency around your goals, theme, curriculum, and group project ideas. Planning activities include a classroom tour and a meeting with staff to finalize plans and share teaching strategies that would make a successful and memorable weaving experience for your students.

Max Participants: varies based on classroom’s abilities

Duration: 60 minutes

Special Requirements: Classroom space with tables where students can work


  • Contact CAPS director for pricing for 1 class only
  • One-time workshop (up to 4 classes): $750
  • 2-Day Residency (up to 4 classes): $1,125
  • 3-Day Residency (up to 4 classes): $1,625
  • 4-Day Residency (up to 4 classes): $1,875
  • 5-Day Residency (up to 4 classes): $2,125