Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy

Prosper Arts:             Spring 2024
Beginning Sewing and Knitting  

  • Grade: K-12
  • Format: In-person 
  • Location: 117 W Ferry St. Berrien Springs Mi. - Studio is located above the Rabbit Yarn shop. Parking is on the street and the entrance is in the back. (Look for the green Prosper Arts signs)
  • Instructors: Heather West, Kelsey Clear Click on each teacher's name to read more about them.
  • Contact info: Ms. Heather: 269-351-2351 (call or text)

​Classes begin the week of Jan. 26. (NO CLASSES MAR. 18-22)
Student Gallery Expo in May- time/place TBD

Additional registration on-site is not required.

Beginning Sewing:
Friday 12-1:30
Friday 2-3:30pm

In this class, we will learn about the basics of sewing, including hand sewing, machine sewing, using an iron, hand embroidery, and machine quilting. There will be a snack and games break time in the middle of each class. Students should bring a sewing machine if they have one. Please call or text Mrs. Heather if your student will need to use a classroom sewing machine. (269-351-2351)

Each student should bring 3 yards of cotton fabric (each yard can be a different pattern.) Fabrics are easy to find and there are often sales at Walmart, Joann Fabrics, or Hobby Lobby. 

Sewing Syllabus

Beginning Knitting:
Fridays 4-5:30

Students will learn basic knitting stitches with simple patterns.  They will learn about different yarns, needle sizes, and how to decide when to use each one.  We will listen to classic audio books as we knit (Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden).

Each class will begin with a brief lesson and a quiz with prizes over the previous week's topic.  There will be an instructor-led project with a short snack/break time in the middle.

Beginning Knitting Syllabus

*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.

Teacher of Record:  Peres Sambu