Proposals for Prospective Workshops
Black Sheep Gathering 2014 is scheduled for June 20, 21, 22 at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon. Workshops will again be at the nearby O’Hara Catholic School.
If your class proposal is accepted, our new Workshop Proposal Application form (PDF) will also serve as confirmation, publicity source and contract. You simply type workshop information on the form, save it and attach it in an e-mail it to me, printing or e-mailing a copy for yourself.
This is a little different than in the past. We can no longer accept hand-written or mailed forms. However, if you already have a printed list of workshop offerings and would like to e-mail that to me with the additional information we need, that would be fine to start. If your proposal is then accepted, you will need to type in all of the class information for us on the PDF Workshop form and e-mail it. Either way of proposing a workshop is fine.
- Our primary goal is to offer an exciting class selection in the areas of Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Crocheting, Felting, Dyeing, Processing, Production and Husbandry. Within these areas, classes cover a range of student experience from beginner to advanced.
- The Workshops provide income for BSG. Instructors receive 50% of the tuition fee from their class, plus any necessary materials fee. The workshop committee is made up entirely of volunteers and they receive no income from workshops.
- We keep a list of approximately 100 possible instructors. While many have taught previously at BSG, we highly encourage new instructors.
- In selecting 35-40 workshops each year, the committee considers several things including: a balance of those topic areas listed above; availability of classroom space; instructor qualifications, number of times the class has been offered in northwest venues including BSG; registration numbers and feedback (where available); freshness of subject matter; and our ability to provide classroom supplies.
- Returning instructors are not guaranteed acceptance of any or all of their proposed workshop(s). Please consider the criteria set forth above. We value the wonderful expertise that returning and new instructors are willing to share, but our over-riding objective is to offer registrant students a vibrant curriculum of classes every year. This benefits the students, BSG and, ultimately, the instructors.
- The school location of our workshops has a very limited number of classrooms for “wet” classes such as felting and dyeing and classes with other special requirements.
- Because of the number of workshop proposals we receive, we ask that instructors use the form provided, type the information on it, and e-mail it as an attachment to Linda Hansen, firstname.lastname@example.org. The firm deadline for returning proposals to me is November 10. Any proposals received after that date cannot be considered.
Thank you for considering teaching at Black Sheep Gathering 2014. I’m really looking forward to receiving your proposal(s) and beginning scheduling. If you have any questions, please contact me.
BSG Workshop Curriculum Chair
Mission Statement: The Black Sheep Gathering is an annual event during which participants exchange their knowledge and appreciation for handcraft fibers and the animals that produce them.
Goals: The Black Sheep Gathering strives to provide an environment dedicated to: education, cooperation and participation, an atmosphere of fellowship and fun, and celebrating natural colored animals and their fiber.