What You Want to Learn



Are you stuck with your art work, or trying to build a better studio practice? Or maybe you don't have room to do what you really want to do in your home studio. Perhaps there is a surface design technique you want time to master, or a series of work that needs your committed attention... What do you want to learn, right now, at this time in your creative life?

You could solve those problems -- or at least take a stab at them by signing up for the class I'll be teaching this semester at the Southwest School of Art: Independent Studies in Textile Art.

Class Sessions: 8, Monday, Sept. 26 - Nov. 14, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Maximum: 10

Location: Surface Design Studio | Navarro

With the assistance of the instructor, each student will design a personal investigation of a surface design technique and creative approach to fiber art, making samples first, then culminating in the design and production of a fused, pieced and/or whole cloth art quilt. Techniques available for exploration include soy wax batik, screen-printing, dyeing and discharge, photo image transfer or combinations of several techniques. This class is suited for students who have had some exposure to fiber art, but any level of experience is acceptable. Supply lists will be developed with individual students. Some basic studio supplies are provided.

Fee: $240 (non-member)

This is how this course will work: the first part of class #1 will be devoted to discussion of what each participant wants to gain, whether a specific technique or motivation, inspiration, good practice or other less tangible results. With one-on-one discussion with me, you'll plan your 8 weeks of study, develop a supply list, and help me develop my schedule of introductory lectures and demos for the course.

The class is held in the spacious surface design/mixed media studio at the school, and there will be a large 8' by 4' work table for each participant. The wet studio is well supplied with dyeing chemicals and easy-to-use wash out area, and a washer and dryer are also available for use. There is a thermofax machine (I'll have supplies available for purchase) and a large light table, a Bernina sewing machine for free-motion stitching, batik equipment, and design boards to use as you work. Just access to this studio can jump start your work into a new dimension.

Thereafter, each class will start with 15 minutes of critique and discussion of work done the previous week, a 30 minute demo/lecture or slideshow of inspiration and examples, and then 2 hours will be yours to work with my advice, assistance, critique and demonstration of techniques at needed. At the end, we'll spend 15 minutes together sharing and planning goals for the week to come.

If you have a project in mind, great! If you want just to play with some new ideas, techniques and materials, that's great, too. Just think of this as training time for your creative practice. Hope to see you there.

P.S. I will not be teaching until November at my El Cielo Studio.

P.P. S. If you are a member of Fiber Artists of San Antonio and don't want to miss the Monday morning meetings, I will work with you to plan an individual make-up session for classes you miss for the meetings.