Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Foundations of Nature Printing"
August 24, 2017
 

Experience the magic of nature! Learn to naturally dye fabrics through the modern process of eco-printing. Eco-printing is a technique in which plants, leaves and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. Learn to identify dye plants, how to mordant fabrics, how to create a bundle, how different metals change the color outcome, the effects of heat source choices, and ways to manipulate your fabric and plant placement to vary your design possibilities. You will leave class with two finished silk scarves and the knowledge to take your skills home and work with local plants, wherever you might live! Bring an old, white cotton sheet to class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sharlene Bohr
Cost: $128
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Making Memory Cloths"
August 26, 2017
 

Leslee Nelson was invited by the Voices of Women Museum, Durban, South Africa to share the Memory Cloth process in the United States. She will bring several of her embroidered Memory Cloths related to love, travel, family, forgiveness, and discoveries. She'll talk about them and invite you to share a memory of your own, as a starting point for your embroidery. The repetitive, rhythmic motion of embroidery leads to a meditative state that can shift our thinking about situations. You're invited to bring your own cloth napkin or handkerchief to sew on, but materials will be available. No experience necessary, but threading a needle and previous sewing helpful.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leslee Nelson
Cost: $55
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"From Watercolor to Quilt"
August 28 - September 1, 2017
 

Abstract watercolor paintings will be created the first day using 10 different painting techniques that will leave the student with many paintings to choose from. Techniques include, transparent layered shapes, resists, rubber cement drawing resist, washes, glazing, dropping in of colors, surface treatments using soap bubbles, rubbing alcohol and grids, etc. One painting will be chosen and cropped to find the most dynamic part. This will be drawn to make templates, then enlarged, and translated with fabrics into a quilt using Katie’s turned edge technique or the students preferred technique. When the quilt is done it will look like a watercolor painting!
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Cost: $670.00
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"In the Thick Of It: Working with Thickened Dyes and Discharge"
September 9-13, 2017
 

When fiber reactive dyes are thickened, they can be used in a very painterly way. We will investigate textural mark making and personal imagery through the use of artist-made tools. Each day, you will create a new tool set with which to print, derived from your personal iconography. Tools will include carved rubber and foam stamps, as well as stencils and masks. Carol will discuss the use of creating stencils with craft cutters as well as by hand. Thermofax screens and the use of Gelli plates with dye will round out the tool box. As well as layering color by printing, some students may choose to use a thickened discharge agent to remove color with some of the same tools.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $625 plus $75 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Quodlibet Quilting Workshop"
September 16, 2017
 

Quodlibet, a quilt by Judy Hasheider: This pattern has a Frank Lloyd Wright look to it, which is only fitting considering 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth. The blocks used are familiar to most quilters and are repeated throughout the design (checkerboards, flying geese, square in a square, rails & chevrons). The class will focus on making the different components required to complete a table runner, wall hanging or lap quilt and instruction on how to assemble the rows. Skill level: Advanced beginner. You must have a basic knowledge of rotary cutting, piecing and skills to complete a quilt (layering, quilting & binding).
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Judy Hasheider
Cost: $55
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Nuno Collage Cowl Neck Ever Changing Poncho"
September 18-21, 2017
 

In this 4 day class you will learn how to make a beautiful nuno collage Cowl Neck Poncho. Learn the fundamentals of Seamless Felting along with making inserts or godets. You will be making a sandwich of silk/wool/silk with very little wool which you can wear in many ways! Not only is it reversible from inside to out, front to back, side to side but that beautiful cowl neck can be worn up as a collar. You will also be learning how to calculate your shrinkage percentages when we make our sample. Some Nuno Felting experience required.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Introduction to Bead Embroidery"
September 23, 2017
 

Bead embroidery is a simple and delightful way to add pizazz, individual charm and colorful textures to artwork, art quilts and jewelry. While working a sampler, students will learn the basics of bead embroidery, prepping fabric, types of beads and stitching styles to create a unique beaded design. Students will also use ribbons, fibers and larger beads to embellish their artwork. No special skills required but must be able to use a needle and thread.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Nuno Butterfly Scarflette"
September 23-24, 2017
 

In this class you will learn how to make a beautiful nuno collage scarf. Learn the fundamentals of nuno felting along with some of the unique techniques even the top felt makers use! You will be making a sandwich of silk/wool/silk with very little wool so you will have a masterpiece even after one class. I will take all the mystery out of nuno felting and you will go home with your very own treasure. You will learn how to make nuno dreadlocks, ruffles, eyes and edges. Experience Level: Some nuno experience; advanced beginner to intermediate.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Cost: $270; Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Beginning Embroidery – Learn to draw with Thread!"
September 24, 2017
 

Have you ever wanted to create fiber art or to customize your clothing and linens? In this course, you will learn classic and experimental hand sewing techniques to create drawings in thread. We will learn how to successfully sew several different embroidery stitches that will create unique surfaces, lines, and texture. You will learn 7 classic stitches including: running stitch, backstitch, whipped back stitch, couching, blanket stitch, satin stitch, and french knot. After lunch we will expand on basic stitches to create intricately woven, embellished, and textured drawings with threads. Learn creative stitches like whipped spider webs, turkey work, appliqué, chain stitch and tiny woven stitches.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennie Lennick
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Hand-made Patterns into Hand-painted Wrapping Paper"
September 24, 2017
 

In this workshop you will learn the principles of pattern design and how to create a hand-drawn repeating pattern tile by hand on paper. You will also learn how to carve rubber block stamps and how to make foam stamps. We will use these patterns and techniques to create our very own hand-made (hand-painted and hand-printed) wrapping paper!
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jessica Swift
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Cut, Stencil, Stitch from Scratch "
September 24-25, 2017
 

Have you ever wanted to create your own beautiful, comfortable clothing? In this exciting two-day workshop, you will cut, stencil and hand stitch your own Alabama Chanin inspired garment from scratch! Using your Alabama Chanin pattern, you will cut your garment from Alabama Chanin’s wonderful organic cotton jersey fabric. Next we’ll have fun with spray paint as you stencil your garment and a small sewing sampler with fabric paint. The second day you’ll practice hand stitches and techniques on your sewing sampler, then progress to stitching your garment. You will not have a completed project at the end of the workshop, but you will have gained key hands-on experience to complete this and other beautiful, heirloom hand stitched projects.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Patti Calande
Cost: $455 - $490
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Rib Basketry"
September 25, 2017
 

Students will learn to make a small rib construction basket. Using Mary’s freeform approach, she will guide students through a small woven leaf shape basket/sculpture. Using willow for the frame and cane for the weavers, students will learn a variety of tricks to make this form of basketry fun, spontaneous, impressive and easy.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Beginning Embroidery – Learn to draw with Thread!"
September 25, 2017
 

Have you ever wanted to create fiber art or to customize your clothing and linens? In this course, you will learn classic and experimental hand sewing techniques to create drawings in thread. We will learn how to successfully sew several different embroidery stitches that will create unique surfaces, lines, and texture. Learning 7 classic stitches including: running stitch, backstitch, whipped back stitch, couching, blanket stitch, satin stitch, and french knot. After lunch we will expand on basic stitches to create intricately woven, embellished, and textured drawings with threads. Learn creative stitches like whipped spider webs, turkey work, appliqué, chain stitch and tiny woven stitches.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennie Lennick
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Paint/Create Your Own Wearable Masterpiece!"
September 25, 2017
 

Join Carrie and Ariel Adkins from Artfully Awear for a truly one of a kind experience. Ariel travels all over the world creating outfits inspired by artwork in museums. Her project is truly inspirational with a personal story she will share. We will reference some of the Masters of Fine Art for inspiration through books or on-line resources to create unique painted wearable outfits. In addition to painting, this will be a day of reflecting, storytelling and sharing. Techniques explored will be intuitive painting, unique mark making, collaging, using gold leaf, incorporating mantras and written words, and more. We will discuss how to create personalized art that transforms and inspires one’s self and others.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Create Your Own Headdress and Wild Goddess Self Portrait Session!"
September 26, 2017
 

This day is a special celebrating your beauty and badassery! Crowns and headdresses are symbols of our divinity and power. We will create wearable headdresses out of a variety of stunning materials— paint, beads, feathers, ribbons, sticks, baubles, and more. We will have the option of body painting words or designs on ourselves as well with henna or paint. Each woman will also have the option of a short photo session to capture her innate beauty. Techniques explored will be intuitive painting, unique mark making, collaging, using gold leaf, incorporating mantras and written words, and more. We will discuss how to create personalized art that transforms and inspires one’s self and others.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Carrie Schmitt
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-730-8521


"Modern Embroidery: Image Transfer & Creating Custom Designs"
September 26, 2017
 

Learn to transfer photographs, graphics, drawings, and fonts to fabric to create an entirely custom embroidered drawing. Embroidery doesn’t have to be all flowers and phrases- create portraits of your pets, a pizza, or a cactus. The instructor will teach you tricks to choose the best image, how to make a good composition, color theory, fabric options, and more.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jennie Lennick
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Hand Stitching and Embellishing, The Alabama Chanin Way"
September 26, 2017
 

The Alabama Chanin Way offers a fresh take on age-old hand stitching techniques. Join Alabama Chanin Certified Sewing Instructor, Patti Calande, in exploring these techniques, such as applique and reverse applique. You’ll discuss different types of stitches, from the running stitch to elaborate embroidery stitches, and their applicable uses. Patti will go over some of her favorite tips and tricks to help make for a smooth, successful sewing experience. She’ll touch on materials, beading, couching; and you’ll learn garment construction.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Patti Calande
Cost: $240 - $260
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Marble Surface Design on Felt / Nunofelt Seamless Garment"
September 27-29, 2017
 

Learn the instructor’s latest technique inspired by amazing surfaces of marbles in nature. Class starts with discussion on the power of the natural patterns and how it can be incorporated in our wearable art pieces. Learn the layering technique to mimic nature’s perfect designs. After understanding the concept by making a sample, a seamless vest or tunic will be finished by the end of the class. Wet felting experience is preferred.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Cost: $395 plus $80 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Make Your Mark: A Quilter’s Mark Making Study"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Piece, applique and stitch to design expressive abstract textures in quilts. Pam likes to think about mark making in cloth as adding visual interest and movement to abstract quilts. Explore well placed or random lines, triangles, squares and circles as marks. Combining influences from antique quilts to modern art and music, Pam will guide you to construct expressive quilts of your own. Fond of saying she is from the Liberated School of Design, Pam uses techniques inspired by Gwen Marston to teach a process of quilt design and sewing without the need for patterns or templates.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Beal
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire and Tie-dye with Indigo"
October 2-6, 2017
 

Students will learn 3 processes for dying fabric: the Batik process of creating designs in wax resist using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber; the Adire Eleko process of creating designs using cassava paste (also called yucca), a small broom, and a chicken feather; and the Tie-Dye process of using raffia to tie and then dye the fabric. The primary dye I use in my workshops is Indigo. It has been used as a dye in Africa for at least 2000 years. Indigo is an organic substance, it comes from the indigo plant which grows wild in Nigeria. It is used for medicine as well (it cures an upset stomach) and is also painted on houses to ward off viruses.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Gasali Adeymo
Cost: $625 plus Material Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Indigo Dyeing with Kipp Inglis"
October 7-8, 2017
 

Indigo dyeing is often considered mysterious, magical. The dye bath looks pea green, the items come out green, and yet it turns to blue before your eyes! We will be utilizing the science behind that magic to learn to create the blue we are so fond of seeing. Over two days, we will create a natural indigo vat to dye silk and cotton. Students will be shown various Shibori techniques to manipulate the fabric with folds, stitching, wrapping and clamping to bring about pattern and texture designs during the dye process. Students will come away from the class with a finished silk scarf or 2 “fat quarter” pieces of quilting cotton, ready to be used for their own projects.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kipp Inglis
Cost: $310
Sponsor: River Arts Inc
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Braided Wool Rug or Chair Pad"
October 7, 2017
 

Local shepherdess Linda Dee of “Bluffwood Landing” will show you how to create beautiful, sturdy braided rugs. With wool roving from her sheep (not strips of fabric), you will learn how to braid, felt and sew a mini-rug, chair pad or hot pad to take home. “My grandmother made cushy braided rugs to warm her drafty farmhouse floors. Making rugs with roving is faster and easier than her method, but the results are just as beautiful.” No experience needed. Class fee covers needles and linen thread. Feltable wool roving can be purchased in class or bring your own (3 colors, 2-3 oz ea).
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Dee Derrickson
Cost: $100
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Abstracting Nature in Your Chosen Medium"
October 9 - November 19, 2017
 

Delve into the art of abstraction, using nature as your initial subject matter. Learn to move in a new direction, away from representational and toward a more abstract style, thus broadening artistic inner vision and creative vocabulary. Participants will choose a subject in nature (flowers, water, sky, etc.) and create an abstract composition while focusing on a single artistic element (color, shape, line, etc.). Participants will begin by taking photographs of the week's topic and then create an abstract work in their chosen medium. The instructor will present a video lecture each week, which will include a demonstration. and photographs of in-process and finished work will be posted by participants. Online discussion, comments, and critiques will be encouraged.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Candace Law
Cost: $190
Sponsor: Shanti Arts
Website, email, 207-837-5760


"Animal Artistry Through Applique"
October 9-13, 2017
 

This retreat is for quilters at an intermediate level, who have a basic understanding of appliqué techniques. David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and letting the fabric create texture to achieve a ‘painted’ effect. David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful results by letting the fabric do all the hard work. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, and will finish up with quilting and binding options.
 
Location: LaPointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $670
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, 715-747-2054


"Felting Foundations for Three Dimensional Vessels"
October 12-14, 2017
 

This workshop is designed for those interested in learning three-dimensional felting. It will cover basic layout, felting techniques and how to use a flat resist pattern to create a hollow form vessel. Instruction will also include many surface design elements, as well as how to refine and display your work. Each vessel will have its own unique and creative attitude.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Pam MacGregor
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Blue Sky Fibers Tour"
October 15-24, 2017
 

Peru is a country of contrasts, where cutting-edge high-rises stand beside 18th century churches; where modern fusion cuisine takes cues from ingredients used for millennia; and where Peruvians proudly wear the patterned textiles of peoples past. Experience fiber in its homeland. Travel with Blue Sky Fibers to the amazing Peruvian countryside to see fiber come to life. It’s guaranteed to be an astonishing journey. Meet the alpacas, learn about the yarn being created and even enjoy the local artisans creating their fiber art with you. Appreciate the Peruvian culture. It will be a colorful and creative 10 day experience.
 
Location: Lima & Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Peru
Instructor:
Cost:
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"The Art of Coiling Baskets and Sculptural Forms"
October 20-22, 2017
 

This class offers the basics and advanced techniques of coiling to create baskets and sculptural forms. Students will all start their basket around a polished stone, then each student can go in their own desired direction. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced coiler, you’re certain to learn lots of exciting basketry skills. Nadine individualizes her instruction to each student’s interest such as sculptural work, mastering shaping, fancy stitches, lids, weaving around anything with holes (walnut slices), teneriffe, use of wire for more design options, coiling around antlers, inserting beads between coils, and much more. Pine needles and Irish linen provided but other plant materials can later be used. All levels welcome!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Nadine Spier, www.nadinespier.com
Cost: $425 plus $52 Material Fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Natural Dye Master Class"
October 23-27, 2017
 

Experience Level: Intermediate; especially for experienced chemical dyers who want to explore natural dyes. This 5 day class will cover the basics of using natural dyes including: Proper scouring of cellulose and protein substrates; How to use three mordants: alum, iron, and Symplocos (a natural aluminum bio-accumulator plant that grows in the rain forests of Indonesia); How to get a range of colors and beautiful blacks; Both hot and cold preparations for total immersion and thickened surface applications; Discharging mordants; Setting mordants …and more!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sara Goodman
Cost: $850; Material Fee: $50
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Yarn Painting"
November 4, 2017
 

Learn to apply dye to yarn to create your own custom skeins. You will learn about color and dye and will receive a handout with all the details. The yarn will need to steam, so bring a separate project to work on, or plan to explore Shake Rag Alley and Mineral Point while you wait. Class fee includes 4 skeins of yarn, dyes and all other necessary materials and equipment. Additional skeins will be available for purchase from the instructor at $6 per skein.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandy Jones
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Improvisational Stitching"
November 11 & 18, 2017
 

Stitching is a uniquely textural and versatile form of mark-making. Explore its potential as textile art in a welcoming community environment. Learn over twenty basic embroidery stitches, fabric collage, and techniques for drawing with needle and thread. Create embroideries for display on their own or incorporation into sewing projects and multimedia artworks.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sheryl Kessler
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"being (t)here with India Flint: Norway"
September 23-29, 2018
 

India will be traveling to Norway from her farm in the deep south of Australia to share her wandering spirit and creative gifts with us. She is best known for developing the highly distinctive eco-print, an ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process that gives brilliant color to cloth. With 20 plus years working with plant dyes, her textile practice embraces art, theatre, science, and fashion. Represented in both private and museum collections in the U.S.A., Europe and Australia, she has undertaken costume commissions for Leigh Warren & Dancers as well as the West Australian Ballet. Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color cloth, yarn and paper, she continues her journey into botanical alchemy.
 
Location: Valldal, Norway
Instructor: India Flint
Cost: $7,395 Shared, $8,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


 

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