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       SUMMER 2016
Classes below listed in chronological order.

                             FALL COLLEGE LEVEL TERM BEGINS 17 SEPT 2016





Continuing
Education,
Fashion,
Sewing &
Design
Classes
for Adults









TEEN ART
& FASHION
CLASSES
A Cosplay
Fashion
Photo Shoot
with
actress/model
Christine
Stauffer

        Winner of Lehigh Valley Style magazine's 2014 Fashion & Beauty award

            Arts and Fashion Institute™ - featured in 2 national sewing magazines -
           
"THREADS" & "STITCHES" plus LEHIGH VALLEY STYLE, Radius magazine
    & 8-pg story on Pamela's Radical Free Draping™ in Feb THREADS magazine

              Watch our regular guest appearances on WFMZ-TV 69 News

NEW CLASSES EVERY 4 & 6 WEEKS -
Scroll down for class descriptions...
Additional classes available in Fashion Design Intensive Program



Original
draped
dresses
by AFI™
kids


Arts and Fashion Institute™ -
Best Sewing classes for Kids!

             THE LEHIGH VALLEY'S BEST FASHION DESIGN SCHOOL
                      BUCKS COUNTY'S FINEST FASHION SCHOOL
            THE ONLY COUTURE FASHION SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA

                  Pamela's recent fashion students are now studying at the
top
 
        3 fashion colleges in the United States - Parsons, FIT & Pratt Institute.
                          Former students are working in NYC & Hollywood.
          Several continued their studies at the top couture school in the world,
             Paris' Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne

                                        

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Private study in all aspects of fashion design, draping, sewing or illustration is available at the rate of $40/hour. Call Pamela at 610-346-6071 to schedule your private classes.

                                            NOW OFFERING PRIVATE FASHION STUDIES
Private study in beginner through advanced & even master's level pattern making, draping, sewing, couture techniques, embellishing, fashion illustration & fashion photography for portfolios is available by appointment with Pamela Ptak at a rate of $40/hour primarily offered on Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri between classes and some weekend days. Pamela Ptak is the only fashion instructor in the US with 3 years experience working on collections for the Paris Haute Couture. Call 610-346-6071 to schedule an appointment.



WEDS AM


SEW CREATIVE™

Wednesday, Jun 22-July27     10:30am-1pm      "SEW CREATIVE™"
Cost: $300 for 6 weeks    Students 18-adult     Instructor: Pamela Ptak

The Sew Creative class focuses on adding unique creative touches to your garments.
 The FUN way to enjoy your sewing & awaken your own creativity while you get the perfect fit you've always wanted & improve your skills! Pamela makes it her mission to increase your confidence and teach you rare creative techniques. Designed for adult & mature sewers who want to increase their creativity with commercial patterns and enjoy the creative process with other sewers in a fun & relaxed environment. This class may also be used to do original design work. To customize your garment's fit & perfect the patterns, paper pattern alterations 
& sewn fit muslins may be required. If you do not have pattern paper or muslin, you may purchase these supplies from the instructor. SEWING MACHINES ARE PROVIDED IN CLASS, however you may bring your own portable if you prefer.   Bring to first class: your current or a new sewing project, sewing supplies & tools. Students may be added to class roster on first class day or after with instructor permission.

This class meets at 595 Summit Lane, Riegelsville PA 18077




JULY  7
THURS


FASHION
DESIGN
SOURCING
NEW YORK
CITY
Ombre Silks
at my fave
fabric store

Thursday, July 7 - 9am-8pm    Fashion Design Sourcing Day Trip - New York City
$100 Students 13-adult  Guide/instructor: Pamela Ptak
Take a delightful fabric shopping adventure trip to NYC with designer Pamela Ptak to discover her favorite fabric stores. After meeting by 9am, Pamela will drive a small group to NYC. You'll park & then shop your heart out in the garment district & two other neighborhoods for trims, millinery & beads. She'll share her “top secret” sources. Wear comfortable walking shoes as we’ll be walking a lot. Bring money for lunch & dinner while on the trip (about $40 should do it) and any budget you like for fabric & trim shopping! You’ll be back around 8pm. Under 18 requires signed permission by parent or guardian. Date can be moved with enough student interest.









Fri, July 1 & July 15, 2016   11am-1pm "SewKids™ Cutie Monsters" 

Cost: $80 for 2 wks of 2 hr classes   Students age 10-12   Instructor: Pamela Ptak



A FUN 2 WEEK SEWING CAMP! Learn to sew the cutest plush stuffie characters while you gain hand sewing & embellishing skills. Students will have a number of original characters to choose from and each may select their favorite color scheme. During the class students will learn a number of different stitches & why we use them. They'll also be introduced to a multitude of new tools and get a chance to practice with them. Kids will end the camp with added knowledge & self-confidence.  (This class skips the week of July 8th) ALL SUPPLIES will be provided in class.











PATTERN
MAKING 2

JACKETS
& PANTS

Bound
buttonhole
in soft
cashmere

                               FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE PROGRAM - (college level)
Mon, May 16 - Aug 22, 2016
   10am-1pm    "Pattern Making 2"  -  3 credits
Cost: $975 for 12 weeks of 3 hour classes   students 18-adult  Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Pattern Making 2: Jackets and Pants. Learn industry methods used to design your own wonderfully creative custom jacket & pant patterns. Working with industry slopers (patterns used for standard garment fit) students will make their own set of industry slopers and use them through the semester to learn a wide range of techniques used in women's jackets & pants. For each lesson, students start with a simple sketch, interpret the sketch in a pattern draft & create the pattern pieces. Garment details covered in Pattern Making 2 include collarless jacket, shawl collars, lapels & tailored collars, facings, linings, button openings, 1 & 2 piece sleeves Pants with zipper openings, pockets & waistbands. Students will start with pattern drafts, true-in and perfect their patterns and add seam allowances, hems & notches. Final semester project is a jacket & pant design including sketch, original draft, full pattern set & sewn "fit muslin" garment created by each student & presented to instructor and class.

Bring to first class: notebook & no. 2 pencils, red & non-repro blue colored pencils, tape measure, sharp sewing scissors, 18 " C-thru ruler, no. 17 french curve, metal hip curve, 24" metal L ruler, stiletto tracing wheel, 3-5 yards of pattern paper, 6 sheets of oaktag (or money to purchase supplies in class.) Some additional supplies will be demonstrated & available in class.




SEW
CREATIVE™

Wednesday, Aug 3-Sept 7     10:30am-1pm      "SEW CREATIVE™"
Cost: $300 for 6 weeks    Students 18-adult     Instructor: Pamela Ptak

The Sew Creative class focuses on adding unique creative touches to your garments.
 The FUN way to enjoy your sewing & awaken your own creativity while you get the perfect fit you've always wanted & improve your skills! Pamela makes it her mission to increase your confidence and teach you rare creative techniques. Designed for adult & mature sewers who want to increase their creativity with commercial patterns and enjoy the creative process with other sewers in a fun & relaxed environment. This class may also be used to do original design work. To customize your garment's fit & perfect the patterns, paper pattern alterations 
& sewn fit muslins may be required. If you do not have pattern paper or muslin, you may purchase these supplies from the instructor. SEWING MACHINES ARE PROVIDED IN CLASS, however you may bring your own portable if you prefer.   Bring to first class: your current or a new sewing project, sewing supplies & tools. Students may be added to class roster on first class day or after with instructor permission.

This class meets at 595 Summit Lane, Riegelsville PA 18077




SEW CREATIVE™

Dress bodice
covered in
hand-applied
bias fluting
w/garnet gem
strands over
shoulders







                                         FALL TERM BEGINS 17 SEPT 2016



DRAPING
WOVENS 1

DRAPING
WOVENS 1


Students
examples
of shirring
as dart
replacement

12 Saturdays from Sept 17- Dec 17  -  "Draping Wovens 1"  -  3 credit
Cost: $975 for 12 weeks of 3hr classes    Instructor: Pamela Ptak


Draping with muslin on a dress form, fashion designers create 3 dimensional garments with beautiful lines, fine fit, perfect proportion and smart details. Learning to visualize and "sculpt" a garment in 3 dimensions is an essential skill for a designer intent on creating unique and original work. Starting with basic bodices, skirts and dresses, students learn to drape every element used to create five of the most popular and successful silhouettes in fashion history. Each element is a required building block in fashion design and once understood, each can later be re-conceptualized in a myriad of ways to create an endless array of beautiful garments.
Each student will drape in muslin on a dress form, then true it in and re-pin it as a 1/2 body muslin. An understanding of draping provides a fine background to sewers looking for perfect fit.
Bring to first class: Notebook & no. 2 pencils. tape measure, sharp sewing scissors, Draping Muslin & additional supplies will be available for purchase in class.



PATTERN
MAKING 1



Blouse by
Pamela Ptak

PATTERN
MAKING 1




12 Saturdays from Sept 17- Dec 17 "Pattern Making 1"  -  3 credit
Cost: $975 for 12 weeks of 3hr classes    Instructor: Pamela Ptak


Learn industry methods used to design your own wonderfully creative custom patterns. Working with industry slopers (patterns used for standard garment fit) students will make their own set of industry slopers and use them through the semester to learn a wide range of techniques used in women's blouses, tops, skirts and dresses. For each lesson, students start with a simple sketch, interpret the sketch in a pattern draft & create the pattern pieces. Garment details covered in Pattern Making 1 include necklines, collars, facings, button & zipper openings, sleeves with vents & cuffs, dart manipulation, gathers, tucks, shoulder & hip yokes and midriff panels. Students will learn to true-in and perfect their patterns and add seam allowances, hems & notches. Final semester project is a garment design including sketch, original draft, full pattern set & sewn "fit muslin" garment created by each student & presented to instructor and class.

Bring to first class: notebook & no. 2 pencils. Supply list will be available at 1st class. Most tools & supplies needed for this class may be purchased in class or ordered online between class 1 & 2.













Fashion
Marketing
Day Trip
New
York
City
Bergdorf
Goodman
windows

Late Summer!  9am-8pm    Fashion Marketing Day Trip - New York City
age 13-adult     Guide/instructor: Pamela Ptak
The garment industry has two strong and mutually beneficial aspects: design & marketing. To be a good designer, you must understand sales & marketing and to be a good marketer, you need to understand design. 

Each Fashion Marketing Day Trip takes you on a shopping adventure, not to purchase, but to learn about fashion marketing. You’ll search the big city shops for current trends and discuss which fashion lines are exhibiting strong branding. You’ll receive hand-outs to fill in details on market trends so you’ll have a record of the analysis methods we used during the shopping trip. We’ll start the day arriving by 9am for the group drive, stop for a quick lunch & dinner on the trip between all the fun store visits and return around 8-9pm.

Dress stylishly so you’ll feel comfortable in the upscale boutiques, but wear comfortable walking shoes as we’ll be walking all day. Bring a small note pad & pen and money for lunch & dinner. About $40 should do it. Under 18 requires signed permission by parent or guardian.





Fashion
Design
Sourcing

North of
Philly

Returning Summer!  10am-6pm    Fashion Design Sourcing Day Trip - North of Philly
$50/person   13-adult    Guide/instructor: Pamela Ptak
Take a delightful fabric shopping adventure trip with designer Pamela Ptak to discover her favorite fabric stores. After meeting at Pamela's studio by 10am, Pamela will drive a small group in her car to her “top secret” sources. She'll tour you through and teach about special fabrics available at various price points. Wear comfortable walking shoes as we’ll be walking a lot. Bring about $25 for a meal while on the trip and any budget you like for fabric & trim shopping! You’ll be back around 6pm. Under 18 requires signed permission by parent or guardian.






Fashion Marketing Day Trip
King of Prussia mall



Late Summer! Sat 9am-8pm Fashion Marketing Day Trip - King of Prussia mall
age 13-adult     Guide/instructor: Pamela Ptak
The garment industry has two strong and mutually beneficial aspects: design & marketing. To be a good designer, you must understand sales & marketing and to be a good marketer, you need to understand design. 

Each Fashion Marketing Day Trip takes you on a shopping adventure, not to purchase, but to learn about fashion marketing. You’ll search the big city shops for current trends and discuss which fashion lines are exhibiting strong branding. You’ll receive hand-outs to fill in details on market trends so you’ll have a record of the analysis methods we used during the shopping trip. We’ll start the day by arriving at AFI™ by 9am to gather for the group drive, stop for a quick lunch & dinner on the trip between all the fun store visits and return to AFI™ around 8pm.

Dress stylishly so you’ll feel comfortable in the upscale boutiques, but wear comfortable walking shoes as we’ll be walking all day. Bring a small note pad & pen and money for lunch & dinner. $30 or so should do it. Under 18 requires signed permission by parent or guardian. Date can be moved with enough student interest.






                                            NOW OFFERING PRIVATE FASHION STUDIES
Private study in beginner through advanced & even master's level pattern making, draping, sewing, couture techniques, embellishing, fashion illustration & fashion photography for portfolios is available by appointment with Pamela Ptak at a rate of $40/hour primarily offered on Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri between classes and some weekend days. Pamela Ptak is the only fashion instructor in the US with 3 years experience working on collections for the Paris Haute Couture. Call 610-346-6071 to schedule an appointment.



NOW OFFERING PRIVATE FASHION STUDIES


NOW OFFERING PRIVATE FASHION STUDIES

Advanced
draping,
pattern
making
& sewing

Pamela on
"Project Runway"
red carpet
wearing her
"Radical
Free
Draping™"
design


FASHION RUNWAY

Pro models wearing Pamela Ptak Couture prepping to walk the runway

Photo: Jeff Reeder

LOCATION
The Arts & Fashion Institute™ is located in Riegelsville, PA 18077
Upper Bucks County, Delaware Valley & Lehigh Valley area.

CLASSES
Classes meet at the artist's studios - 595 Summit Ln, Riegelsville, PA 18077
Questions? Call 610-346-6071 or email ptakhanna@aol.com 


For those in northeast USA, AFI is just over an hours drive from NYC & Philadelphia. Call 610-346-6071. Special class requests are welcome! Contact us with questions or requests about specialized programs for your college, school or group.

REGISTRATION INFO

Early registration is recommended as classes have limited enrollment. Registration for Scott Hanna's or Pamela Ptak's classes may be accepted on 1st class day or early in the term if the class is not full. Registration is accepted through the mail or in person accompanied by a check for cost of class. Download registration form here...

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TUITION PAYMENT POLICY
Tuition & set kit fees must be paid upon registration. Tuition may be paid in cash (in person only) or by check. Students wishing a receipt must provide a stamped, self addressed envelope with payment. There is a $25 cancellation fee. Refunds will be made for classes cancelled 5 days or more before class starts minus the $25 cancellation fee. There will be no refund made for absences or for classes cancelled due to inclement weather. The Arts and Fashion Institute reserves the right to change or substitute instructors or discontinue any class without incurring liability or obligation.

CLASSROOM POLICY
Registered students and the instructor are the only individuals permitted in the classrooms during class time. Other individuals, including family members, friends and students not registered for the scheduled class are not allowed in the rooms unless they have the permission from the school administration & the instructor and are identified with a visitor's guest badge. Students are not permitted to photograph, video tape, audiotape, or record the lessons without written permission from the school's directors.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO POLICY
The Arts and Fashion Institute™ reserves the right to use photographs or video taken during classes and other programs for the promotion of the school & its instructors. Any student, parent or guardian who does not wish to be photographed or have a child photographed must notify the Arts and Fashion Institute upon registration.

Questions? Call 610-346-6071 or email ptakhanna@aol.com