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Connect, Create & Rejuvenate in Paradise
January 26 - February 1, 2017 — Un-plug, connect and embrace the magic and beauty found on the sacred island of Maui. With its tranquil grounds and understated beauty we believe it to be the perfect setting for your journey with India. She is best known for developing the highly distinctive eco-print, an ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process that gives brilliant color to cloth. Join us for an intensive site-specific master class that looks at the poetics of place through immersion in the local landscape. Limited to 10 participants. Wait list in place for this workshop please contact our office to be added to the list. Visit website


Location: Maui, HI
Instructor: India Flint, indiaflint.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Mixed Media Magic Online Workshop
February 3, 2017 (24/7 online) — Mixed Media is all about freedom, creative expression & play. No experience needed. Clear, close-up videos and explanation allows learning at your own pace, on your own schedule. Use paint, oil pastels, water-soluble pencils & crayons. Begin with color. Then collage for texture & images. Add visual texture with stencils, stamping & other tools. Finally, a few easy tricks with paint let you turn your creative play into a real painting, even if it’s your first. If you’re already skilled, you’ll learn new techniques, discover new ways to apply your knowledge & have fun. Over 4 hours of on demand short videos. Camera is 3 ft. from my painting. Watch when you choose. Questions? Email to ask. Free vintage papers. Visit website


Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Ann Bell
Cost: $85. includes free package of vintage papers
Email: Ann Bell
Phone: 281-330-3827

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Felted Flowers
April 4, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Through the shapes of flowers we`ll discover several sculptural felting techniques in this class. Both with and without using resists, flowers are gonna be born in your hands! We’ll explore how the fiber’s staple direction influences the shrinkage and how can we take advantages of this quality. I’ll show you how to blend smoothly colors in tiny objects. There will be big emphasis on finishing, shaping and adding the final touch to each piece. This felting workshop is no burden on the body, we can work easily, seated all day long. A handful of flowers will be finished during the day, but these techniques can be applied on many other felted projects, including jewelry, wearable art, home décor etc. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $145 plus $12 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Felted Jewelry
April 5-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this class I will guide you to create complex wearable-art shapes inspired by nature. You will learn how to attach fancy fabrics or yarns to the wool, how to felt beads in different shapes of settings, make the cord of a necklace and attach the segments by building and felting pieces together. We’ll discuss after-felting embellishment possibilities, such as bead-work or embroidery that can be added at home. Previous felting experience is helpful but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $15 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Embroidery on Clothing with Margo Ellis
April 8, 2017 (10am-4pm with a break for lunch) — Decorate a shirt to make it uniquely yours! Students provide a woven shirt and learn to embroider and embellish it with threads and beads. Ellis teaches 8-10 basic embroidery and beading stitches to dress up your wardrobe and make your outfits one of a kind. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Margo Ellis
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $120, $90 members (includes supplies)
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Joomchi
April 8-9, 2017 (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 & 3D either functional or fine art oriented. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jiyoung Chung
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $30 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Kumihimo with Cords
April 15, 2017 (10am-1pm) — Textile artist Margo Ellis teaches how to make attractive and unique corded bracelets using a Kumihimo loom. Students learn a simple weaving technique, using a round loom and satin cord, which can be done at home. This class can also be taken as a parent/child class (discounts available). Want to take things a step further? Ellis also demonstrates beaded Kumihimo bracelets. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Margo Ellis
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $85, $70 members (includes supplies)
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Dolly-palooza
April 19-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Fabric surface design (FSD) is the process of enhancing fabric through various techniques such as dyeing, screen printing, painting and stamping (to name a few). We will be playing with a variety of these techniques to create our own unique fabric. This is an addicting process and I find that the more personal touch that I add to my art (with less consumer bought materials), the more my own distinct style outshines mass produced commercial products. We will be making a funky mixed media soft doll, using our handmade fabric! We will create our own patterns, cut our fabric and bring our dolls to life! You do not need any sewing skills for this class. It’s a simple process and quite fun. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Kecia Deveney
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $350 plus $20 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Creative Color Knitting Workshop in Guatemala
April 20-29, 2017 — Join us in the land of color for an amazing journey into color knitting with fiber artist and creative knitting guru, Brecia Kralovic-Logan. After years of knitting in rows, she discovered the absolute joy of wildly playing off the knitting grid. Once she discovered how simple it was to indulge her free spirit and unquenchable appetite for color while creating uniquely fabulous knitwear, she has been sharing this love with knitters around the globe. Brecia will also share her skills as a creativity coach encouraging everyone to Play- Explore-Discover. The ever-present Maya culture, costumes, religions and way of life will serve as our muse as we leisurely journey from village to village. Let your senses soak in the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of this enchanting land. Visit website


Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Brecia Kralovic-Logan, breciacreative.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,890 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Race Day Hat Making with Judi Bradford
May 5, 2017 (3-6pm) — Join Studio Artist and Milliner Judi Bradford on the first day of the Kentucky Derby to create straw broad brims and fascinators. Bring your favorite silk flower or fabrics for ornamentation or invent your hat from supplies at hand. We’ll be feeling festive with fresh mint juleps and race coverage playing live in the background. Supplies and one mint julep or glass of wine included. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Judi Bradford, www.judibradford.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Cost: $100, $80 members
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Wandering with India Flint: New Mexico
May 22 - June 1, 2017 — India will be traveling to New Mexico 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. Visit website


Location: Abiquiu, Taos, Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: India Flint, indiaflint.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $5,295 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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3D Texture and Surface Design on Felt
May 30 - June 1, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this three-day experimental workshop there will be several 3D surface manipulations taught, with the goal to gain full control over the process. On the first day we`ll make samples with stitching, creasing, tie-ing the felt. On day two we’ll learn more 3D felting techniques, ruffling, layering, sculpting. On the third day you can unleash your creativity making a wearable art piece using any or all of the techniques discovered on the first day. Previous felting experience is helpful but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $30 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Dyeing to Print!
June 5-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — MX dyes are versatile – taking artists from the bucket to the print table in the course of one afternoon. The emphasis in this workshop is on thickened dye and the many exciting ways the dye can be applied. Brush, stamp, stencil and also experiment with Jane’s special “multi-colored printing” technique – employing interfacing stencils to print two colors simultaneously. Huge fun, and a great intro into the wide world of printed dye. We’ll also talk chemistry and safety to make the week complete. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jane Dunnewold
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $795 plus $30 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Vintage Rose 2017 Quiltworx Technique of the Month
June 5-9, 2017 — Learn to piece the newest technique of the month designed by Quiltworx/Judy Niemeyer and taught by certified instructor Jackie Kunkel. You will have the choice to piece either the queen size or wall size quilt and will learn Judy Niemeyer's paper piecing techniques in this unique class! Learn curved piecing, floating points, template layout sheets, and so much more! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jackie Kunkel
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Summer Blues: Papermaking with Indigo
June 7-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this hands-on workshop you will gain a foundation in the process of papermaking, as well as explore the possibilities inherent in working with indigo, a material valued by cultures around the world. After a thorough introduction to papermaking, you will produce papers using fibers that are strong enough to hold up when immersed in the indigo vat. Explore the range of surface qualities possible with various fibers, and fine tune your understanding of the beater to produce a portfolio of papers with an exciting range of tactile surfaces. You will use both traditional and experimental techniques in making marks and coloring paper. Create crisp patterns, rivers of fluid marks, and stunning fields of thick, rich darkness on handmade paper. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Mary Hark, www.MaryHark.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $485 (includes materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Fiber + Paper + Ink
June 10-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Fibre + Paper + Ink explores in depth the layering and design opportunities of these three wonderful mediums. Paper and Ink incorporated with more traditional felting fibers opens up new possibilities in material options and surfaces. Paper adds unique sculptural and tactile qualities to our felt, which we can further enhance with striking line work in greys and blacks with sumi-e ink. We study sumi-e or charcoal ink and applications for its use on fibers like silk, cottons, nuno prefelts and finished felts. By creating a variety of display samples and a shawl, or larger wall hanging, we’ll look at how these mediums can be applied to garments, accessories and sculptural work. For intermediate feltmakers. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Fiona Duthie, www.fionaduthie.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $80 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Travel Journal: Creating with Hand Dyed Wools and Textural Fabrics
June 12-16, 2017 — You will use your own life experiences to create a one of a kind ‘Fabric Journal Quilt’ to document your own life experiences using textural fabrics, hand dyed wools, embellishments and ethnic beads. Start with a textural pieced background using a combination of hand dyed wools and an appliquéd tree trunk which will be filled with your own journey. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Shadow Felting + Surface Design + Garment Construction
June 13-15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Shadow Felting: Working in layers of silk gauze and small amounts of fine merino wools, we’ll create highly refined, drapable textiles of the lightest weight possible. This strata effect adds depth and interest to the felt surface, building up shading and shadows in both neutral compositions and those highly colored. Garment design will be covered encompassing color, form and fit, plus seamless garment construction for feltmaking. Participants can make either a dress, vest, skirt or small jacket. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Fiona Duthie, www.fionaduthie.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Tactile Metaphors
June 16-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Add dimension and depth to your felt making. While we cover many techniques, it is a class about creative process, ideas and inspiration. We cover a broad range of strong surface design techniques and discuss using these as metaphors, adding our own narratives to our felt. We then look at how to use these elements in combination to create aesthetically pleasing compositions using design theory; focal point, line, balance, form and scale. Because these ideas can be brought to every type of felt making, the class has an open choice of project, as a canvas for participants to explore these techniques further while refining their design and felting process. Past participants have made small garments, felt bags, wall hangings, and vessels. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Fiona Duthie, www.fionaduthie.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Creative Texture: Creating Backgrounds with Monochromatic Texture
June 19-23, 2017 — Learn many techniques as you explore mono chromatic texture. Create a 20” bird block layering the background with fabrics and ribbons and then create a unique layered appliqué. Finish by exploring stitches and beading to create an embellished textural surface. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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One Theme, Many Possibilities
June 26-30, 2017 — Discover a multitude of creative possibilities with Kerr’s simple silk screen and direct dye painting workshop. You’ll experiment with one motif/idea during this workshop week. Embrace and trust the unexpected and unpredictable. Use the screen in an intuitive, experimental manner as well as in a stencil based, more traditional way. Working with the same image allows you to focus on personal expression and mark making; you can be loose, playful, serious, tight, neat, messy, simple, complex, monochromatic or colorful. Expect to come away with personal rather than technique based forms of expression. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Kerr Grabowski
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $600
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Felt Garment Making, Eco Printing and Acid Dyes
June 26-30, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Janet, professional educator and artist, for a week of advanced feltmaking and dye work. First, learn to draft a pattern and then create a custom garment (dress or coat or top & skirt) for yourself out of lightweight felt you make from natural, renewable, luscious silks and extra soft merino. Next, learn to eco print using plants from around Whidbey while practicing on silk scarves. Find out how to use elements naturally contained in the plants and permanent, professional grade dyes to create sophisticated designs. Finally, choose your favorite leaf prints and color palette and dye your felted garment! Prior experience using a flat resist necessary in order to complete garment. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Janet King
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $130 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Stitched Art Workshop in Greece
July 2-9, 2017 — We invite you to explore one of the world’s most beautiful, historic, and meaningful places: Greece, the cradle of modern civilization and home to spectacular scenery. Join talented textile artist Natalya Aikens and learn how to create hand stitched textural landscapes on the fly, to interpret the scenes before us with stitches and fabric, instead of with brushes and paints. As we wander the storied streets of Greece, we’ll pick out a special spot and make a thread sketch of the scene. We’ll snap a few pictures of the scene and later, in the hotel, we’ll work on the details while looking at our pictures as reference. Over the course of our workshop, we’ll balance sightseeing with sketching, creating and stitching. Visit website


Location: Nafplio, Greece
Instructor: Natalya Aikens, www.artbynatalya.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Nuno Felted Design: Skirt, Dress, Coat
July 6-9, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Charity studied Fashion and Knitwear Design at Nottingham University of Art and Design (UK). She then moved to the Netherlands and employed her unique style and cultural flare to create a new fashion style. Over the years, Charity developed a passion for creating garments using the felting technique. She is constantly researching new materials and new techniques using natural fabrics, raw materials and organic fibers. Her Sharit Ethical Fashion line attracted the attention of Li Edelkoort in Paris and is becoming a recognizable brand in the Netherlands. The focus of this workshop will be on designing and making a one-piece Nuno-felted garment. Students will be working with a very simple pattern that will help them develop their own fashion ideas. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Charity Van De Meer
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $115 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Fusion of Botanical Print and Natural Dyeing
July 10-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop the focus will be on the fusion between natural dyeing and botanical prints. Students will learn the subject of mordant for different fibers as well as different dyes that create a wide palette of colors such as: logwood, cochineal, weld, indigo and how to combine them as background and as different effects with botanical print. Through trial and error with different plants the students will be able to recognize the interesting results and then they will develop the results to high quality designed fabrics. In this technique, there is always unpredictable results, but we will learn how to get more and more control of the outcome. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Irit Dulman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $850 plus $70 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Animal Artistry Through Applique
July 10-14, 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. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Fusion of Botanical Print and Natural Dyeing
July 16-20, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop the focus will be on the fusion between natural dyeing and botanical prints. Students will learn the subject of mordant for different fibers as well as different dyes that create a wide palette of colors such as: logwood, cochineal, weld, indigo and how to combine them as background and as different effects with botanical print. Through trial and error with different plants the students will be able to recognize the interesting results and then they will develop the results to high quality designed fabrics. In this technique, there is always unpredictable results, but we will learn how to get more and more control of the outcome. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Irit Dulman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $850 plus $70 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Boro Transformed: Mending, Patching, Piecing and Stitching
July 17-21, 2017 — This workshop will explore the idea based on the traditional Japanese practice of using “boro” of tattered and mended rags to transform textile. The emphasis is not only to "make something," but to “have a dialog” with materials and processes you choose to work with. Indigo dyeing with sustainable methods will be included in the class, but will not be the main focus. Students should prepare to experiment and expand their own visual vocabulary while strengthening their personal creative process. A sustainable indigo vat with organic reducing agent will be taught. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Yoshiko I. Wada
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $715
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Contemporary Abstract Mixed-Media Assemblages: Screen Print, Stitch, & Paint
July 27-31, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this mixed-media interdisciplinary workshop, we will be creating wall art by drawing upon techniques from both the textile and the fine art traditions. Pavlos will be sharing his signature mixed-media assemblage style while workshop participants will be learning and combining two thickened dye textural screen printing techniques using thickened dyes as well as a third more painterly screen printing technique. We will stitch found objects, fabric scraps, or recycled art before (or after) screen printing onto a canvas with a 3” profile creating drama using our screen printed marks as a template for our work. This workshop holds special interest for mixed media artists, soft sculpture makers, fiber artists (quilters and surface designers), screen printers, and painters. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Pavlos Mayakis
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $75 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Shape Shifting
July 31 - August 4, 2017 — In this class we will study photographs and slides of a variety of historic and ethnic decorative objects to help uncover some of the motifs and symbols which may have powerful personal resonance. Each student will select historic motifs, shapes and images which they will manipulate and reinterpret into a unique statement in fabric and thread. By lifting an image from one time and place to another the student will begin to exercise the power to recognize their personal touch stones to imagination. The aim of the workshop is to nurture your intuitive skills. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jane Sassaman
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670.00
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Sculpting Hollow Form: Application of Partial Felt Density
August 5-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Wool fiber is typically wrapped around either a pre-existing form such as a ball or balloon or a 2-D flat resist made from a variety of materials impenetrable by the fibers in order to felt hollow forms. In addition to the shape of the resist, understand how varying the density of wool in a given area and circumferential fulling can provide more control to sculpt desired forms. Participants will make partially felted sheets of wool fiber in varying thicknesses and states of structural integrity to apply as distinct shapes in their fiber layout. Proper fulling and the thickness of the vessel’s wall in relationship to its volume will determine the forms integrity. Hand stitched structural ribbing, steam blocking and shellac stiffening can then be applied to refine the forms. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lisa Klakulak
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus $40 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Fabulous Facades
August 7-11, 2017 — The word facade means the ‘face’ of outward appearance of a building. In this class you will recreate a facade of a building in fabric. The building can be modern or old, a public building, a private home, a shed, a sky scraper or a church. As part of the construction technique we will look at the layers of the building and construct each layer separately. Main features will be outlined with a thin dark line to create a more graphic image. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Gloria Loughman
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Felt Fusion Through Substrates: Texturing, Edging and Object Inclusion
August 10-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Fusion (also known as nuno, laminate and hybrid) is the term I use to refer to the coercing of wool fibers through other pre-structured fabrics. Participants will explore the variables in this process to better direct their results and discover new possibilities through a series of studies and samples. The workshop focuses on experimenting with the inclusion of various substrate materials (not only silks!) for the purposes of creating light weight and draping felt fabrics, developing extraordinary fabric textures including the use of partial felts as a type of texture resist and incorporating durable materials/objects. Simultaneously, a variety of ways to finish the edges of the fabric inclusion will be sampled (folded edge, partial felt edge, and partial felt patterned edge). Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lisa Klakulak
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus $40 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Alternative Marbling: Building a Personal Language
August 14-18, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Experience the “oh wow” moments when the paint attaches to the cloth, freezing exotic imagery that is reminiscent of microscopic views of cells, geological forms, and cosmic observations. This class offers a fresh approach to the age-old tradition of floating paint on water and transferring the image to cloth. We will use water (for Suminagashi), methyl cellulose and carrageenan (for Ebru) to pattern small scale cloth and yardage, with a variety of paints. Each day includes a series of demonstrations and critiques to push personal exploration. Emphasis is placed on working towards a visual vocabulary using sophisticated layering, color combinations, and personal imagery. You don’t want to miss this engaging, fun, and satisfying experience. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Elin Noble
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $695 plus $45 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Monoprint the Quilt: Surface Alteration with Textile Paint
August 14-18, 2017 — Monoprinting with textile paints can dramatically change the surface of your work, pushing your ideas into new creative territory. Using her fusible collage methods, Sue will demonstrate how to paint and print at different levels of construction, from manipulating a single piece of fabric to the entire surface of the quilt. Through experimentation with opaque and metallic paints, each participant will have the opportunity to create two works: one abstract and open-ended, the other more realistic and image-based. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sue Benner
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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Branch Out
August 21-25, 2017 — Trees have been an inspiration for centuries for artists, poets and storytellers. Celebrate their beauty and diversity by using trees as a basis for composition and design! During this week on Madeline Island you will discover the different shapes, patterns, lines, textures, colours and symbolism of trees while experimenting with design and composition. Various piecing and appliqué techniques will be discussed so you can begin a beautiful quilt top. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Rosalie Dace
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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The Art of Wet Felt Making: Making Large and Decorative Wall Hangings
August 28 - September 1, 2017 (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. “…from here you can go anywhere…” 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: $650 plus $50-75 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Intermediate Level
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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! Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670.00
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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3D Sculpture Workshop
September 5-10, 2017 — Shannon Weber has been a self-educated, working studio artist and educator for 30 years working in 3D fiber sculpture. She is known as a tenacious maker and designer of "one-of-a-kind" woven objects and mixed media sculpture. Her avant-garde style of using obscure materials such as sea kelp, burnt wood, rocks, and vintage game board pieces along with other local finds such as rusted metal found along the side of the road set her sculptures apart. Learn to apply ancient techniques to achieve contemporary designs, using a mixture of repetitive layers, weaving, stitching, and cold connections along with painting and encaustic. Open yourself to experimenting with almost any material to see what becomes of it. Visit website


Location: Rockland, ME
Instructor: Shannon Weber, shannonweber.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,625 Shared, $3,125-3,395 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Beginner Level
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Wool + Paper Felting Journey
September 8-19, 2017 — Join us in Peru, a place of vast beauty and millenary culture, and the once-epicenter of the Inca Empire. 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. Release your creativity and immerse yourself in a felting and Joomchi workshop with Spanish artist Eva Camacho, and Polish artist Ania Gilmore. Eva will introduce you to traditional wool felting and guide you to make your own painterly surfaced personalized vest. Ania will introduce you to Joomchi, the traditional Korean way of making textured mulberry handmade paper. You will make a flat wall paper piece and a Joomchi necklace to match your vest. Visit website


Location: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Peru
Instructor: Eva Camacho + Ania Gilmore
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $4,195 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

In the Thick Of It: Working with Thickened Dyes and Discharge
September 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus $75 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level

Nuno Butterfly Scarflette
September 18-19, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270; Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Nuno Collage Wooly Locks Jacket With a Detachable Wool Locks Collar
September 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this 5 day intensive class you will be designing your very own double-sided (a sandwich of silk/wool/silk) Nuno Seamless jacket with wool locks. I will show you how to add wool locks in the collar, cuffs and body to add wonderful 3D texture! This design is very flattering and comfortable to wear. I will show you a new way to figure your pattern and shrinkage rate using an Ipad and/ or Iphone. Then we will get super busy laying out our design! You may do a nuno collage on the top or keep it simple and elegant. I will help fit your jacket to you. Nuno felting and seamless felting experience are required for this intermediate to advanced class. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jean Gauger
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Marble Surface Design on Felt / Nunofelt Seamless Garment
September 27-29, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $80 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Wandering with India Flint: New Mexico
October 1-11, 2017 — India will be traveling to New Mexico 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. Visit website


Location: Abiquiu, Taos, Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: India Flint, indiaflint.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $5,295 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire and Tie-dye with Indigo
October 2-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Gasali Adeymo
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625 plus Material Fee: $25
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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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. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Pam Beal
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $670
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Felted Form : Taking It To The Next Level
October 9-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced felters who want to push their skills and creativity to a new level of three-dimensional felting. Discussion will be held on vessels, sculptures and sculpted wall hangings as well as surface designs and final presentation of your work. Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas and sketches along with an open readiness to begin. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Pam MacGregor
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $60 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Felting Foundations for Three Dimensional Vessels
October 12-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Pam MacGregor
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $395 plus $25 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Art of Coiling Baskets and Sculptural Forms
October 20-22, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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! 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

Intermediate Level

Natural Dye Master Class
October 23-27, 2017 (9am-4pm) — 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! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sara Goodman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $850; Material Fee: $50
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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