Classes for Adults
This class covers techniques and and artistic considerations of creating collage using various types of paper and fabric with acrylic mediums and stitchery on a variety of supports, including board and canvas. We will review basic design elements with examples from the art world and discuss finding and using various types of imagery, including copyright and public domain issues for appropriated images. Techniques will also cover using the color copier to enlarge, reduce and distort imagery; the use of mediums, binders and molding paste; adding pencil, pastels, chalk, and gel medium transfers. We will also discuss starting a critical dialogue with yourself to improve your designs – examining intent, personal self-expression, and getting your visions into your work. A one-day collage class will emphasize technique; a two-day class includes technique with guided self-expression.
Floating thinned acrylic paint on the surface of thickened water and picking it up with paper or fabric constitutes marbling. This workshop is pure spontaneous fun, as this technique is almost impossible to control. The class will focus on pre-planning and fabric preparation, the importance of temperature and thickness, manipulating paint on the surface, considerations in layering and color combinations, handling with care, permanency, and best guesses. This is a one-day technique class.
Learning From Your Own Work
This is an intimate, edgy, three-session class in a small group setting. An excellent opportunity to take stock of your current artistic itinerary, unravel mysteries, identify directions blocks, and tackle resistance. Students will review their current artistic processes, listen to others, and be given a personal challenge individually designed to inspire and energize their muses, solve technical problems, and identify needed skills.
• How to Safely Critique (Self and Others)
• Five Mistakes Fiber Artists Make
Slideshows of my work include a retrospective lasting approximately one hour designed according to the audience. Another presentation focuses on current work, the process, technique and inspiration.
Other Basic Classes
Drawing for the Self-Taught Artist
Shibouri (pole wrapping) Immersion Dying
Resists: from Wax to Potato
Classes for Children
Students are shown that art is another language with all kinds of recognizable and hidden relationships. It is a playground for the senses. It is both about exploring the imagination and noticing your imagination exploring you.
I offer inspiration and technique, and then I step aside and observe, re-entering with support and problem solving when needed. My students are not judged or graded on how well they follow my lead. I create an atmosphere in which students can discover the imaginative part of themselves which is often hiding and needs coaxing to reemerge.
I am very interested in integrated curriculum and working with other educators to support and deepen core curriculum. I have included storytelling, drama, writing, science and math into my teaching.
Self-expression reigns and there is no end to what one can discover when left alone in a room full of art supplies.
Classes for children can involve a combination of story, drama, and movement and are designed in collaboration around a central theme, often presented or emerging from the needs and interests of the children. Here are some past examples.
Dream Pillows/Dream Books
Using either fiber or papermaking, children explore their dreams, daydreams and dreams for the future and create stand-up books or fabric pillows.
Children become the illustrators for a new book, after a story telling and drama.
Children design shoes according to personalities revealed from story.
Paper Collage and Mural Painting
Based on images from the children’s artwork and, working in community, children explore the limitless technique of collage.
Batiking and Resist
Exploring transparency, translucency, color. Young children melt crayons on hot trays. Older children use hot wax and non-toxic dyes and paints.
Stamp, Stomp, Rock and Roll
Making your mark! All kinds of household items are transformed into mark making instruments.
Basic papermaking using screens, blenders and lots of inspiring additives.
Either on paper or fabric. Pieces rendered can be used to create other images, books, animals, etc and can be used in combination with story telling or drama.