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New Techniques for Screen Printing
March 10, 2015 (9:30 am - 5:00pm) — Bring your laptop loaded with your favorite photo manipulation software and you're ready to go! In this one-day seminar we'll walk you through the steps to preparing your personal images for screening on to: glass, metal, paper, fabric wood, stone, clay...or anything you can think of! No worries... computer dummies welcome!!! Once you've created your own images, it's time to create your "silk" screens. We'll walk you through all the steps including exposure, washout, drying and use. This seminar will get you started in making your own specialized screens. We'll even get started printing your personal screens! Don't miss the versatility of this technique. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gail Stouffer
Sponsor: roadhouse Arts
Cost: $98
Email: gail Stouffer
Phone: (830) 438-1884

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Build and Upholster an Ottoman with Kim Anthony
March 12, 2015 (2-6pm) — Footstools are not just functional and full of personality; they're also the perfect intro to furniture design! Assemble and paint a wooden base, top it with cushions and custom-fitted upholstery, and walk away with a completed piece. Bring a fabric you love, or simply choose from those provided in class. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Kim Anthony
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $110, $90 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Puppet-Making and Pageantry
March 14 - April 18, 2015 (Saturdays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Have fun in this dynamic overview of the ancient, community-based art of large-scale puppet-making. Each student will build a basic large-scale backpack-type puppet with moving parts, designed to be worn and operated while on procession in a parade. Materials will include paper maché, cardboard, bamboo, wood, fabric, willow, and chicken wire. Suited to students of all levels of experience. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Elizabeth Hill
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $275, Lab Fee $25
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Easter Hats & Spring Fascinators with Judi Bradford
March 21, 2015 (2-5pm) — Master milliner Bradford creates whimsical hats and fascinators that are the ultimate accessories. Learn the basics, and a few trade secrets, and walk away with your own wearable art for the spring. Judi supplies all the fabric, beads and feathers you need, plus her own unparalleled knowledge of the craft. Limited to 12 students. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Judi Bradford, www.judibradford.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $100, $90 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Come Learn to Spin! with Santa Fe Buffalo Designs
Ongoing thru April 5, 2015 (10am-12pm) — This workshop will teach participants how to prepare and spin raw wool into warm, delightful and beautiful skeins of yarn, ready to knit or weave. History of handspinning and use of different fibers will be discussed. Learning in the traditional way of spinning, participants will also hear special stories and songs connected to the materials and seasons of this ancient craft. First we start off by carding the wool with hand cards...then carefully learning how to twist and turn the spindle to make the yarn longer and longer yet. How to wash the final product will be discussed as will dyeing and the various plants, flowers and roots used in history to create the palette of colors that are so loved. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Liane Brown
Sponsor: Santa Fe Creative Tourism
Cost: $50.00/person
Email: Liane Brown
Phone: 505-982-5478 or 505-603-2345

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Meditative Art & Yoga Retreat in Sweden
April 17-22, 2015 — Meditative Art is an approach towards creativity that changes the way we create to be receptive and to become a means for spiritual growth. Applying of a meditative state of mind when expressing creativity allows us to be a part of Art rather than "making" it. Our focus while creating is inwards - not on the artwork created, but on our inner state. Creating from a meditative state of mind is an essentially different way of creating. This retreat combines: Meditative Art, Yoga & Meditation. It is an opportunity to learn and to experience Meditative Art through: Meditative Painting & Sculpting, Creative Movement & Writing. Visit website


Location: Skinnskatteberg, Sweden
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: 4900Kr / €535
Email: Mochita

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Felted Ruffle Scarf
April 18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this project-oriented workshop you will learn how to work with thin and even layers of fine merino wool. You'll learn how to blend the colors and the silk fiber in the wool before felting. You will study and explore how varying the staple directions and the thicknesses of the layers of wool affects the shrinkage rates and provides us with control in shaping the scarf. Even edge finishing techniques will also be taught. Previous felting experience is helpful but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $145 plus Material Fee: $15
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Felted Fanny Pack
April 19, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Bags are always challenging in design and also in the skill level required for felting. They have to have enough pockets, the right closures, the right size, the right depth, the seamless strap etc. Design your own fanny pack and learn how to: make the template; enlarge it to the right size; mix different qualities of fibers for the best result; work around the resist templates to make several pockets; attach seamless straps and embellishments; choose the right type of closure; and full and shape the bag perfectly. By the end of the day you'll have a unique fanny pack designed to your personal needs and all the skills you need to create more independently! Previous felting experience is helpful but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $145 plus Material Fee: $20
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Twisting the Landscape - Embracing Abstraction
May 13-15, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Pack one or several favorite landscape images, a sense of adventure and you will go home with an original wall hanging at the end of the class. This intensive three-day workshop will introduce you to recognizing and incorporating the key elements of design into your original piece. The focus is on evaluating the subject matter at hand, converting the information available and embracing abstraction exercises which in turn will be translated into the hands-on project. Ongoing individual consultations will ensure that each student maintains the originality of their creation. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Anna Hergert
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395; Material Fee: None
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Felt Your Dream! Prefelt Pillow Workshop
May 16-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — As people of nomadic tribes in Kyrgyzstan felted their dreams and wishes in rugs, hoping they would come true, we'll use the ancient pre-felt inlay technique to make our own pillows holding our dreams. In Kyrgyzstan, when a daughter got married, her mother felted her a rug using their ancient symbols for best wishes and good luck. In this workshop, you'll create two complimentary pillows with the ancient pre-felt technique, using either the several hundred-year-old symbols or by creating your very own. Come and join us for a two day workshop and learn how to make your own soft prefelt with color transitions and turn it into a strong and durable pillow. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus Material Fee: $28
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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History Revisited: The Ancient Art of Kantha Quilting
May 16-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Are you interested in learning more about other cultures and their quilting techniques? Join us for a virtual trip to India and get introduced to this ancient quilting technique that elevates recycling/reusing to a fine art. Hand quilters and embroiderers will embrace this simple and yet very effective method of embellishing fabric with running stitches to create one of a kind, framable pieces. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Anna Hergert
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270; Material Fee: $20
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Meditative Art & Yoga Retreat in B.C Canada
May 17-22, 2015 — Empower yourself and your creativity though Meditative Art, Yoga & Meditation. Learn & Experience Meditative Painting & Sculpturing, Creative Movement & Writing. Discover art from a meditative place, along with daily practice of Yoga, inner work, walking/sitting Mediation & guided Relaxation. Explore nature & a fascinating variety of natural materials: earth, stone, wood, natural paints, felt, shells, beads, dry foods, flowers and.. So much more. During the workshop we will be working indoors & outdoors, in silence & through sharing with others. The retreat is set on a beautiful Island at an inspiring & supportive location. Visit website


Location: B.C., Canada
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: Tuition Price: $525
Email: Mochita

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Dye Immersion Week
May 18-22, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Spend five days immersed in the world of fiber reactive dyes! We'll explore the vast range of possibilities including immersion dyeing, printing with thickened dyes, multi-colored printing with interfacing stencils, stove-top "instant" dyeing, and improvisational printing (painting dyes directly onto a screen). Whether you're a beginner or more experienced dyer, the opportunity to focus specifically on MX dyes will strengthen and expand your toolbox! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jane Dunnewold
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $730; Material Fee: $35
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Fusing/Fabric Painting to Create an Art Quilt
June 8-12, 2015 — In this workshop you will design a fused project from your own photo. The project can be up to 30" finished size on any side. You will create a pattern on freezer paper by referencing a photo. Then you will draw this pattern onto muslin. Students will learn Lenore's simple fusing technique using Misty Fuse fusible web. Once your design is fused, you will learn how Lenore uses fabric paints to add detail and depth to the design. Finishing techniques will also be demonstrated. Top stitching may or may not be done in this class. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Lenore Crawford
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Soy Wax Basics and Beyond
June 15-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Students will learn to design their own unique fabrics using simple tools, dyes and soy wax...no messy clean-up, just wash this wax away! Soy wax is water soluble, environmentally friendly and a renewable resource. It can be used in traditional batik techniques but is also perfect for some rather surprising methods of working. In this workshop students will explore a variety of application techniques with the wax including stamping, line drawing, screen printing with thickened dyes, as well as incorporating shibori and stitch resist. Students will be encouraged to work with a plan to produce designs and fabric which can be used for clothing, art quilts, home decor and more. There will be an emphasis on design, mark making and colour theory. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Susan Purney Mark
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $60
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Abstract Quilts in Solids
June 15-19, 2015 — Quilts made in strong solid colors made by the Amish were the first quilts to be viewed as art. Of late, the dazzling assortment of new prints has justifiably attracted great attention and solids have been regulated to the back burner. This class is meant to be a reminder that solids have their own distinctive characteristics which shouldn't be overlooked by quilter's intent on doing original, abstract work. Working with free-form, improvisational construction, students will create their own, original quilts using Gwen's easy design concepts and techniques. This design class is good for the beginning and advanced, traditional and art quilter. Come and join the fun as Gwen shows you her easy methods for creating your own original quilts. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Gwen Marston
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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New Directions for Jewelry, Art Quilts and Surface Embellishments
June 20-21, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is packed full of new ideas and directions for many disciplines in Art. Metal work, weaving techniques, and a variety of surface design applications will all be covered. Students have the option of making jewelry, applying the techniques to fabric for Art quilts or a paper surface for books, or making samples to use later. The focus of the class will be to introduce and incorporate weaving and metal smith techniques that can cross over to be used in many disciplines of artwork. Students will use linens, fibers, copper sheeting, wire and mesh, as well as found, recycled and natural items to incorporate surface design techniques such as weaving, twining and looping and to learn a variety of low tech metalsmith techniques. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger, www.maryhetts.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $22 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Abstract Quilts in Solids
June 22-26, 2015 — Quilts made in strong solid colors made by the Amish were the first quilts to be viewed as art. Of late, the dazzling assortment of new prints has justifiably attracted great attention and solids have been regulated to the back burner. This class is meant to be a reminder that solids have their own distinctive characteristics which shouldn't be overlooked by quilter's intent on doing original, abstract work. Working with free-form, improvisational construction, students will create their own, original quilts using Gwen's easy design concepts and techniques. This design class is good for the beginning and advanced, traditional and art quilter. Come and join the fun as Gwen shows you her easy methods for creating your own original quilts. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Gwen Marston
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Light Up Your Landscape
July 6-10, 2015 — Fusing small squares, rectangles or diamonds of fabric, students build up a landscape background that is full of light, contrasts and drama. Design principles including perspective and focal point will be outlined. A variety of color schemes will be displayed and discussed. Participants will work through a short series of color exercises and have the opportunity to paint fabric for some of their background and foreground elements. The first project will be a small scene where the pattern will be provided. Then you will move on to create a larger scene designing your own wall hangings, working from a photo, sketch or picture. Fusing, invisible machine appliqué, free motion stitching and quilting techniques will be included. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Gloria Loughman
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Exploring Color with Dye
July 6-9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Exploring Color with Dye is an in depth workshop on precise use of Procion MX dyes. Students will be introduced to color theory and how it relates to dye on cloth while also exploring their own personal color preferences. They will gain an understanding of how to precisely dye fabric using the percentage dye method - using weight of dye in proportion to weight of fabric to achieve reproducible colors. The goal is to create a vast library of color swatches and recipes using only a small number of dye powders. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Kim Eichler-Messmer
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $40
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Deconstructed Screen-Printing And More
July 13-17, 2015 — You will explore a different facet of screen printing on fabric; the unpredictable, the intuitive, the "happy accident." Kerr will show you how to use fiber reactive dyes, and techniques for deconstructed printing, discharge, and polychromatic printing while you experiment with the silkscreen as a painting and monoprinting tool. The techniques are simple; the results can be breathtaking in their beauty and complexity. While the workshop is geared toward fabric, all techniques and materials work on good printmaking papers as well. No previous experience is required. Kerr is the inventor of Deconstructed Screen-Printing, a printing/monoprinting technique allowing for a freer, more painterly approach to screen printing. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Kerr Grabowski
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Registrar
Phone: 725-757-2054

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Abstracting From Nature
July 13-17, 2015 — Nature is an endless source of inspiration. In this class we will examine a wide variety of artists' interpretations of nature before beginning to manipulate natural forms ourselves. Through a series of exercises we will experiment with abstraction and exaggeration to capture the essence and energy of your favorite flora and achieve dramatic visual effects. We will then translate these ideas into fabric in a 5 day workshop. Drawing skills are not needed but participants should have a strong interest in developing their own design language and unique visual symbols. This class is especially beneficial for the drawing impaired and the tragically literal! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jane Sassaman
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Joomchi
July 17-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Joomchi is a unique Korean traditional way of making textured handmade paper by using water, and eager hands. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to become acquainted with its history, practice and role in Korean society, as well as the hands-on techniques and reinterpreted adaptations into contemporary art form. Joomchi creates strong, textural and painterly surfaces by layering and agitating Hanji (Korean mulberry papers). Its usages are diverse and it can be incorporated into surface design, collage, new way of drawing, wearable, unconventional body ornament or sculptural object: 2-D & 3-D either functional or fine art oriented. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jiyoung Chung
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $30
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Meditative Art & Yoga 8 days Retreat in B.C. Canada
July 18-26, 2015 — A quiet and inspiring environment, beautiful and natural surroundings; an ideal retreat to dive within, to discover and to establish our connection with the Creative Spirit. Eight days of Yoga, Meditative Walks, Mediation, and Art. Through working with natural and recycled materials, we explore creativity from a meditative and respective state, learning from materials and listening to their inner guiding wisdom. Sculpting with clay, painting with natural colors, creating with grains, pulses, spices, and much more... Give Yourself the Supportive Space to Reconnect with the Joy & Depth of Real Art. Taking place on Denman island, at 'The Hermitage', the program is designed for those that wish to learn how to use art as a tool for inner growth. Visit website


Location: B.C., Canada
Instructor: Mochita Har-Lev
Sponsor: Meditative Art School
Cost: $480
Email: Mochita

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Tattooing a New Surface
July 19-21, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will express the magical possibilities Irit identifies hidden in felt and nature. According to Irit's renown vision and mastering of unique creative methods, she will teach and demonstrate how to use natural resources for felting, printing, and dyeing coats and jackets with plants, in a modern design based on folklore patterns and templates. The workshop will relate to materials we find everywhere and anywhere on the planet, like falling leaves, the surface we touch, peels and shells, tattoo-like spots and stains, all that inspires us to connect and create with textile. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Irit Dulman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: TBD
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Quilting With Sashiko And Sun Prints
July 20-24, 2015 — You will use non-toxic translucent paints to color background fabrics, or use fabric treated for cyanotype, which transfers exact imagery. With both techniques, organic elements such as leaves, flowers, or branches are placed on top of the fabric and exposed to the sun with wonderful and serendipitous results. You will also explore how to develop sashiko foliage designs from photos, by studying and photographing foliage that would translate well into dimensional sashiko designs. By the end of this workshop you will have explored contemporary and traditional sashiko techniques, how to pattern transfer to dark cloth, what needles threads and fabrics to use, and how to establish the right stitch length, points and curves. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sylvia Pippen
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Contemporary Folk Art: Floral Medallion
July 27-31, 2015 — Join Sue for 5 wonderful days on the Island designing and hand stitching your own medallion design. You will draw inspiration from Folk Flowers from around the world while you combine hand dyed wool, velvets, silks and fun cotton fabrics. During the class you will explore combinations of embroidery stitches and layering techniques to create unique flowers. These techniques will add incredible depth and texture to your work. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Indigo Shibori + Natural Dyes
July 29 - August 2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Explore images on natural fabric with various shades of indigo blues and various natural dyes, such as Cutch, Osage, Cochineal, Madder applying Shibori resist techniques. Over-dyeing natural dyes and indigo creates tasty colors. Although indigo and natural dyeing have been applied to clothes and interior decorations for over 700 years in Japan, the harmoniously beautiful colors appear "contemporary" in our modern life style. Students will experience various Shibori techniques, such as stitching, pleating, twisting, clamping, wrapping, folding and binding, then submerge resisted fabrics in the indigo pot and/or natural dyes. Open to all levels. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Akemi Nakano Cohn
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: TBD
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Nuno Butterfly Scarflette
August 2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this beginner friendly 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $145; Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Nuno Collage Swing Jacket
August 3-7, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this 5-day intensive class you will be designing your very own double-sided Nuno swing jacket. By saying double-sided, I mean a sandwich of silk/wool/silk. We will first draw out a design and use this as a guide. I will assist you as much as I can during the whole process, giving you felting tips as we go. I will help fit your jacket to you to get a work of art you will never want to take off! Trust me when I say this because that is just what one of my students said to me and she wore it for two weeks straight! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jean Gauge
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: $50
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Bird Dance: Creating With Hand Dyed Wool And Textural Fabrics
August 3-7, 2015 — Join Sue for 5 wonderful days on the Island designing and hand stitching your own flock of birds. You will draw inspiration from birds from around the world combining hand dyed wool, velvets, silks and fun cotton fabrics. During the class you will explore combinations of embroidery stitches and layering techniques to create unique feathered friends. These techniques will add incredible depth and texture to your work. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Pulling Good Loops: Rug Hooking With Gene Shepherd
August 10-14, 2015 — This workshop with well-known author, teacher, master dyer, and designer Gene Shepherd will provide and sharpen the skills each student needs to pull Good Loops. The workshop will focus on the hooking techniques needed for even hooking, straight rows, good corners, points, circles and the general precision that can be achieved with this art form. Pattern transfer, color planning and finishing techniques will also be discussed. Gene will work with each student before class to color plan and create a kit of hand dyed wool in the colors of their choice for their version of the 16" geometric pillow, "Miss Betty." Larger versions of this pattern are also available through Gene for those who want a bigger project. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Gene Shepherd
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $500
Email: Registrar
Phone: 725-757-2054

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15 Minutes Of Play: Fabric & Double Wedding Ring Play
August 10-14, 2015 — Let improvisation be your guide, while you explore new ways to use fabric scraps in your own beautifully designed quilts...15 minutes at a time! During this workshop you will sharpen your design skills, learn tips about combining colors and prints in fresh, new ways, and use templates as a starting point for your own unique designs. Victoria will show you how distinctive a Double Wedding Ring classic quilt can be, when they are constructed with spunk and spontaneity! By the end of the workshop you will have developed confidence in your skills, conquered your fears of curved piecing, color, and design, all through play! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Step-by-Step Basket Weaving
August 17-19, 2015 — This two and a half day workshop is a twist on the functional baskets symbolic of years gone by. Students of all skill levels can take advantage of the various working and shaping techniques to turn basket material into well-designed pieces of art or family heirlooms. Students will enjoy exploring and learning about the historical significance of baskets and the stories they tell. Instructor, Dona Nazarenko, guides students through each step, demonstrating the relaxing nature of creating baskets, at a pace that is both fun and affords the opportunity to reflect on how things used to be and how basketry has transformed over the years. You will learn the techniques and methods to create a basket to be proud of. Visit website


Location: Haverhill, NH
Instructor: Dona Nazarenko, www.countryspiritbaskets.com
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Cost: $285
Email: Susie Klein and Marty Cohen, Innkeepers
Phone: (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125

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Composing With Lines
August 24-28, 2015 — During this class, explore the myriad possibilities of composing with lines. Be inspired by architecture, nature, or embrace abstraction! Jacquie will lead you through both technique and design exercises to help you create original linear compositions, and unique pieced backgrounds for your projects. She will also share techniques to achieve beautiful straight line designs on your quilts. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jacquie Gering
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Express Your True Self: One Piece At A Time
August 31 - September 4, 2015 — Explore the mystery and excitement of creating a pieced abstract quilt with little or no plan. Students will start with small color studies and then move to a larger piece. We will discuss basic design and composition, color and value, quilting, and most importantly, trusting your instincts. Sheila will demonstrate construction techniques for sewing curved seams and discuss some of the challenges you may run into with spontaneous design and piecing. One-on-one time will be spent with each student to make sure your needs are met. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sheila Frampton Cooper
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Picturing: Illustrating the Picture Book
September 7-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Have a children's story you want to illustrate? Love color, love collage? Explore the magical world of illustrating for children. Participants will create a vivid array of textures and colors in both papers and fabrics that become the ingredients for innovative mixed media illustrations. Surface design activities include simple printing techniques, drawing, stitching, dyeing and layering. Workshop discussions include how words connect to image, the role of book designer and DIY publishing possibilities. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Peg Gignoux
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: $50
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level

The Art of Wet Felt Making: Large and Decorative Wall Hangings
September 14-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — We will make highly decorative, thick, durable felt with turned edges, of any shape or form using traditional "Wet-felting" methods. Built up using Finnwool batt, wet-out and felted to completion using a combination of hand and rolling techniques. A fusion of fibre blending and "painting" are used to translate the participant's design into felt. Learn a high degree of control of colour, design and form, without any supplementary cutting, sewing, or needle felting. The emphasis is on quality and control. This method and technique can be applied to many other ways of feltmaking. We ask all participants to have some kind of design idea prepared before the workshop begins. A rough sketch and basic colour plan is enough. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Karoliina Arvilommi and Roderick Welch
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: $50-75
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Connecting With Nature
September 14-18, 2015 — Take a walk! Respond to the natural elements around you -- light, water, sky, stone, and plants. Design a quilt inspired by nature to capture what you see and feel. Nature's lines, shapes, colors are unique unto themselves. Think about exaggeration for effect or simplification. Look for natural patterns and visual texture. You will explore stitching techniques as well as simple block printing while finding techniques that will help you to respond to natural elements you have observed. Jean's books Intuitive Color and Design and Journey to Inspired Art Quilting are good references for the workshop. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jean Wells Keenan
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Transforming Fabric with Digital Image Transfer Techniques
September 18-21, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, we will learn techniques and explore digital (inkjet) printing of images onto fabric, and incorporate those images into fiber art personal to each of us. Slideshow presentations will show examples of fiber artists utilizing Image Transfer in many creative and diverse ways. Our methods will include printing images directly and indirectly (by way of intermediary products) onto fabric such as cotton, silk or polyester (sheer or opaque) with any inkjet printer. Any relatively smooth fabric can receive an Image Transfer with these methods, all with varying effects. We will experiment with several techniques and products, including transfer paper, transparency film, pretreated cotton and silk, and lutradur, as well as utilizing a few Golden acrylic products to pre-treat fabrics for certain techniques. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Bergen Rose
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $90
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Nuno Felted Seamless Vest with Hood
September 19-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this two day class you will learn how to make a seamless nunofelt collage vest. First, we'll make a sample to study and learn how to estimate the shrinkage. Either making a vest or a tunic with a hood, you'll learn how to design and enlarge the template. Using habotai silk and a thin layer of wool you'll learn how to turn the 2D project into a perfectly fitted 3D clothing. Previous felting experience is helpful but not necessary. The Material fee for this workshop will vary depending on size. For a medium vest, $35 for 12 oz hand-dyed superfine merino top plus $35 for 3.5 yards of hand-dyed0.5 mm habotai silk. Please be prepared to pay the instructor directly for materials. You are welcome to bring your own materials. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Enriching a Surface Workshop
September 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this workshop will be using ProChem's Textile Paints and already painted or dyed fabric from home and combine these with purchased fabric to create 2-3 quilt tops, in the range of 24" x 24" maximum. We will explore how to create small works with a big vision. I will share how I get inspiration from within, getting quiet and centered before approaching my work. Because I usually work quite large, these small quilts have been a wonderful exercise for me in scale, time and impact. We will generally paint with Textile Paints half the time and sew half the time, though each participant will work at her/his own pace. We will do several exercises focussed on design, composition, and use of color. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Elizabeth Busch
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $730; Material Fee: $60
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level

Turn Photos into Quilts with Applique
September 28 - October 2, 2015 — David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and by 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 details from simple shapes by letting the fabric do all the hard work. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, finishing up with quilting and binding options. Contact David at david@davidtaylorquilts.com in advance of the class to discuss your image choice! Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 725-757-2054

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Fabulous Fusible Flowers
October 5-9, 2015 — Learn how to use fabric and thread as an artist uses paint and pencil to create a beautiful flower quilt. You will start with your own flower photo/ picture. Learn to analyze and break your photo down into simple shapes, while training your eye to look closely at colors and values. You will learn techniques for seeing color in a new way. Color is everything in building these flower quilts. If I can train your eyes to look closer at the detail in one flower petal, (think Georgia O'Keefe) you can then master any subject matter. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Melinda Bula
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715.747,2054

Intermediate Level

Neutral Territory: 50 Shades of Gray
October 5-9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Have you been frustrated when the dye houses discontinue one of your favorite black dyes? Do you sigh in frustration, because all the samples you have developed with these dye go out the window? Learn about making your own black mixes from the pure primary dyes. In addition the class will cover creation of many neutral studies - tans, browns, gray-blues, gray-reds, and other chromatic grays. Think of the palest alabaster to inky night sky - all value ranges will be examined. Taupes and tans can be fascinating as well - ecru, heath, titanium, putty, and driftwood. Sharing our results, we will compile a large reference book - our own 50 Shades of Gray. Some experience with Procion MX dyes required. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: $50
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Sculptural Felted Garments
October 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This feltmaking workshop explores the different possibilities of felted garment designs. Creating intricate and original surface designs using nuno prefelts, each student will develop a pattern that suits her body shape. The main focus of this workshop will be on surface decoration and the manipulation of garment design. Garment designs suitable for warmer climates will also be explored. All levels of felting experience welcome! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Catherine O'Leary
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $835
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Minimal Quilts
October 19-23, 2015 — This class is based on Gwen's new book Minimal Quiltmaking (AQS 2014). As with Minimal art, the focus of designing minimal quilts is to produce work that has been reduced to it's essence--stripped down to it's essentials, and when there is less, everything counts more. Gwen will bring her quilts to class to give students actual size visuals and to explain how they went together. She will guide students in practical ways to design their own original quilts, with amble tips on construction and problem solving and she will happily answer your questions. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Gwen Marston
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 725-757-2054

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Ornate Pine Needle Basketry
October 23-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Would you like to learn how to transform plants into beautiful and expressive baskets? This ancient art form is very calming and meditative. Come learn from this internationally-known fiber artist how to coil plants using a stone as an ornate center (students will have many stones to choose from). It's an easy way to start a basket and you'll find yourself looking for exciting things to use for centers such as mandalas, brooches, pendants, etc. Students will learn how to weave so stitches line up on both sides of the basket, plus many additional techniques including several ornate stitches, how to create flowing sculptural work, a variety of ways to start baskets, how to master shaping, inserting beads and much more! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Nadine Spier, www.nadinespier.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $425 plus $52 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Shibori Patterns: Brilliant and Clear Using Acid Dyes and Discharge
October 29 - November 2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will introduce students to shaped resist dyeing with acid dyes and discharge dyeing. With this technique it is possible to float defined areas of shaped-resist patterns on solid colored grounds using vibrant color schemes. Shaped-resist dyeing (also referred to as Shibori, a Japanese word meaning to compress or to squeeze) is one of the oldest ways of patterning cloth. By pinching, pleating, stitching, wrapping and folding silk and wool, and then securing those shaped bundles before dyeing, students will create textiles that are subtle, evocative visual and textural memories of the shaping process. Economical, simple-to-use wash-fast acid dyes give saturated, transparent, vibrant hues. We'll also explore the discharge (color removal) process, allowing for complex color combinations. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Joan Morris
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $730; Material Fee: $30
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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