FALL/WINTER 2017 - 2018 WORKSHOPS

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FOR ALL IQF iPAD CLASSES:

These instructions that will help you get started before the workshops. Since internet access is often slow at the convention center, it makes more sense to ask you to download these apps and update your iOS on your tablet before you arrive for the class. For those of you using tablets other than iPad, I have noted the Google PlayStore or Windows availability if I can find it. These apps may not be identical to the iPad versions but you will at least be able to follow along!

SUGGESTIONS
1. If at all possible update your Apple IOS software on your tablet. Many apps change with the iOS changes — and a big update just happened in September. If you can't update because of the model of your iPad, don't worry, the course will still be useful and I will show what is different. For update instructions, see this helpful information from APPLE: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204204


1. Be sure to bring your power charger and cord.
Just in case!


2. Have some photographs that you want to work with on your iPad. Choose colors and shapes that inspire you. Put these photos in an album or just click on the heart shape to put them in the favorites album. (Open the photo by clicking on it in MOMENTS, then click the little heart shape in the top menu.)If you don’t have the photos you want work with on your iPad, email them to yourself from your computer; open the email, hold your finger on the photo and an option to “save image” will show up on the popup menu.


3. For this workshop I suggest the following photos to work with (you may not use them all but they will be easy to find if you have thought about it ahead of time):

• A closeup of a flower, natural object like a shell or a simple handmade object like a beautiful piece of pottery or a door. Or one of each!
• A person’s or pet’s headshot, closeup
• A dramatic but not too complicated landscape or cityscape
• A photograph of a favorite quilt block or detail of an art quilt or other media art work, preferably your own work.

4. When you download and open any app for the first time, you will be asked to allow access to your PHOTOS gallery and possibly to your camera. SAY YES! This does not allow the app to share your photos with anyone else, it just lets the app load photos from your gallery and camera to the app. If you don’t give it access, you can make the change in SETTINGS later.

International Quilt Festival  

#164, #743 Art on the iPad, Just the Basics

This workshop at the IQF is now full on Saturday morning but a few spots are open on Monday evening. If interested register on-site at the George Brown Convention Center.

Before the workshops, please download the following apps:

Pixlr

Doodle Dandy

MegaPhoto

ImaEngine Vector Camera

Supplies—paper, pen, & pencil; iPad tablet (any size, any generation with current IOS); charger; cord. Apps to download will be e-mailed to students one week before IQF begins.
     
APPS and LINKS
I will also demonstrate other apps and include a list of others on the handouts (actually a jump drive) for the workshop. Please download these:

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Pixlr
This is a very good photo editing, filters and special effects app all in one made by AutoDesk. AutoDesk also has a web based editing site and other products, too. Because it is a well-established company, the apps and web app are updated and kept current with IOS updates. You will learn to use this app both to improve and alter photos that might inspire an art quilt and also to use to design repetitive pattens and even traditional quilt designs using the COLLAGE features.
The web-based site (which is similar to the app but not exactly the same) can be found here: https://pixlr.com/. Pixlr is available both at the App Store and Google Play.
TO DOWNLOAD copy link or click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixlr-photo-editor- forcollages/id526783584?mt=8
FREE, with ad removal within the app for $1.99

Doodle Dandy
Another deceptively simple app, with great potential for symmetrical design generation, snowflakes, stars, flower patterns and kaleidoscopic designs to adapt for quilting designs. I love this one for fabric design and to generate images that I then alter in other apps to give them interesting qualities. FREE
FOLLOW or copy this LINK to download (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/doodle-dandy/id421080244?mt=8)

MegaPhoto
The mother of all special effects apps. This one app will give your thousands of variations of a photo, a drawing or a design. This is a great way to generate ideas for series of art quilts or patterns for bed quilts. Find it here to download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mega-photo-800-real-time-camera-effects/id471883260?mt=8
FREE with upgrade filters available in app for $2.99
    
 ImaEngine Vector Camera
This is a wild app that lets you alter a photo or drawing image into a multitude of other designs, abstracting, adding patterns, changing color schemes, etc. I have used this app for several whole cloth with appliqué designs for large (40” by 40”) art quilts See below). I love the way it alters a photo into a more abstract or simple image. It also has the option to save a vector image (one that will not pixelate no matter how large you make it). (Will only work with IOS 4 and newer). (Also on Google Play and Android) FREE, upgrade for $1.99FOLLOW THIS LINK to download: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imaengine-vector-camera/id599309610?mt=8)
    

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From tablet to art quilt...

From tablet to art quilt...

#526 From Tablet to Art Quilt

A few spots are open for this all-day Friday workshop. If interested register on-site at the George Brown Convention Center.

Before the workshops, please download the following apps:

Pixlr

Artomaton

ImaEngine Vector Camera

Drawing Pad

Supplies—paper, pen, & pencil; iPad tablet (any size, any generation with current IOS); charger; cord. Sewing needles, neutral thread, scissors, pins, fabric, small stash of favorites, fat quarter of solid for backing and background.
     
APPS and LINKS
I will also demonstrate other apps and include a list of others on the handouts (actually a jump drive) for the workshop. Please download these:

Pixlr
This is a very good photo editing, filters and special effects app all in one made by AutoDesk. AutoDesk also has a web based editing site and other products, too. Because it is a well-established company, the apps and web app are updated and kept current with IOS updates. You will learn to use this app both to improve and alter photos that might inspire an art quilt and also to use to design repetitive pattens and even traditional quilt designs using the COLLAGE features.
The web-based site (which is similar to the app but not exactly the same) can be found here: https://pixlr.com/. Pixlr is available both at the App Store and Google Play.
TO DOWNLOAD copy link or click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixlr-photo-editor- forcollages/id526783584?mt=8
FREE, with ad removal within the app for $1.99

Artomaton

An amazing app for applying art media filters such as pencil sketch, spray paint, watercolor and more. Far more versatile than most special painting effect apps. Also records video. Upgrade to all tools for $2.99.  Find it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/artomaton-the-motion-painter/id718222634?mt=8

 ImaEngine Vector Camera
This is a wild app that lets you alter a photo or drawing image into a multitude of other designs, abstracting, adding patterns, changing color schemes, etc. I have used this app for several whole cloth with appliqué designs for large (40” by 40”) art quilts See below). I love the way it alters a photo into a more abstract or simple image. It also has the option to save a vector image (one that will not pixelate no matter how large you make it). (Will only work with IOS 4 and newer). (Also on Google Play and Android) FREE, upgrade for $1.99. FOLLOW THIS LINK to download: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imaengine-vector-camera/id599309610?mt=8)

Drawing Pad

An easy-to-use but very flexible drawing app. A great place to start learning about drawing and painting on the iPad. $1.99 Find it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drawing-pad/id358207332?mt=8

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#769 Drawing and Painting on the iPad

This half day Saturday workshop has space for a few other students. Register at the Festival!

Before the workshops, please download the following apps:

iOrnament

Artomaton

Drawing Pad

Sketches Pro by Tayasui

Supplies—paper, pen, & pencil; iPad tablet (any size, any generation with current IOS); charger; cord.
     
APPS and LINKS
I will also demonstrate other apps and include a list of others on the handouts (actually a jump drive) for the workshop. Please download these:

Artomaton

An amazing app for applying art media filters such as pencil sketch, spray paint, watercolor and more. Far more versatile than most special painting effect apps. Also records video. Upgrade to all tools for $2.99.  Find it here:

iOrnament

iOrnament is a complex pattern creation app designed by a talented team. The examples and educationals aspects of this app are as good as the art tool that creates tiled repeats from your drawings, from kaleidoscopic images to much more complicated mirrored repeats. Useit for pattern generation and just for fun. $3.99. Find it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iornament-draw-creative-geometry-art/id534529876?mt=8

Drawing Pad

A easy-to-use but very flexible drawing app. A great place to start learning about drawing and painting on the iPad. $1.99 Find it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drawing-pad/id358207332?mt=8

Tayasui Sketches Pro

A fully developed painting/drawing app that is well worth the time and effort. While not as complicated to use as Procreate (not as much customization of brushes) it provides enough great tools, layers and options for most of us amateurs!. $4.99 for pro will all features. Link to find the app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tayasui-sketches-pro/id671867510?mt=8

Artist Journey/Artist Journal

Two weekends (each a little different from each other) are on target this coming year out at El Cielo Studios. Arrive Friday night for potluck and inspiration (optional), stay through Sunday with meals and lodging onsite. Please email if you wish to attend either (or both) of these workshops. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required to hold your place. Balance is due at the workshop.

January 12-14, 2018

SOLD OUT

$200 all inclusive

This workshop retreat focuses on discovering AND developing artiful living, as well as a robust creative practice no matter your medium or genre of work.

Writing and Creating Artist Statement Videos

February 2-4, 2018

THREE SPACES STILL AVAILABLE

With Dr. Linda Cuellar

$200 all inclusive

ABOUT EL CIELO STUDIO

In the studio -- small group workshops...

In the studio -- small group workshops...

Nurture your creativity and explore new materials and techniques in surface design applicable to fiber, ceramics, jewelry, painting and mixed media work. Susie Monday leads artists’ retreats and workshops at her studio near Pipe Creek, Texas and in San Antonio at her new “cabin in the city.”  

 In Pipe Creek, spend a couple of nights and enjoy the 25-mile vistas from the deck and strolls down the country roads. You are welcome to bring projects in process for Susie’s critique and peer feedback. We’ll share meals, poetry and stories, music and advice for living an artist’s life.

Each weekend retreat is $200. Comfortable accommodations are available from $10 - $40 -- Couch, $10; Solo room, shared bath $30; Solo room private bath $40.  This season, Pipe Creek workshops offer a Friday night potluck option, with workshop sessions on Saturday and Sunday, ending at 3 pm.

ALSO THIS WINTER

Southwest School of Art

2578 | iPad for Surface Design on Fabric and Mixed
Learn to use your iPad or Android tablet to design fabric for at-home or commercial print-on-demand services, working from photos and from your own sketches and drawings. You'll get hands-on experience for both the design process using several tablet apps and for printing on a home printer and preparations for digital services via uploaded designs. We'll also touch on designing black and white images to use for screen printing and thermofax printing. Students must provide their own iPad or tablet; a list of apps you need to purchase and download provided one week before the class (cost will be less than $7). No previous experience necessary. See SSA website for a list of materials; please bring a bag lunch.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Susie Monday
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/4/2017 to 2/5/2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Gen Ed Classroom | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160 | Members/Seniors (65+): $145

 

Big Bend imagery, transformed with drawing and special effects apps.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT SUSIE’S CLASSES & WORKSHOPS:

"It was Extraordinary!  Big food for the soul.   Lots of exciting art making.   

"We voiced (our art making intentions) and made it into art, more than writing it in a journal.  Susie asked us questions that gave us a path to our answers.  Almost everyone was pulled or pushed by some very strong need or desire to move forward in some specific part of our lives, to make a change, to heal zsomething or  work through something .... to grow.  

And then she gave us projects to make art..... andmore projects to make art... and as we just kept making art.....you could see  what was pushing, pulling, or calling to us, because it just showed up.  And it kept showing up. Then at the end, after we had already put the big questions in our lives out there, both in our words and in our work,  she transitioned us to another place..... with playful abstract work. 

"I truly don't know how she got that much out of us in such short time, that much quantity and depth, because it always felt easy and relaxed.  She even prioritized time 1st thing in the morning in the studio for us to meditate, with a guided meditation ....before we began the artistic journey and work.  Susie is apowerful teacher.... I think maybe she has magic."

Junanne Peck, Ft. Worth, teaches and exhibits with Susie at the Temple Cultural Activities Center, 2016

Susie Monday has taught creative process and art techniques to adults and children for more than 30 years. Her art is in numerous private and public collections around the world. 

 "It was Big, deep and wide and great."   

“ The exercises we did this weekend were freeing on the one hand, but will also help me focus.”

“This workshop was a fabulous, uplifting, nurturing environment to create in. The journaling was particularly helpful, I would definitely recommend it to a friend.”

“Thank you for creating such a fun, yummy, comfortable, and inspirational experience...”

“A workshop at Susie’s is always money well spent. I learned techniques I have

read about but never tried ... I also now feel confident that I can make art quilts!”

“This weekend was totally awesome! I am humbled by Susie’s talents, her teaching abilities and her hospitality. I will come back as often as possible.”

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GROUP AND CUSTOM DESIGNED WORKSHOPS

iPad  for Artists Workshop in Fairbanks, Alaska, January 2013

iPad  for Artists Workshop in Fairbanks, Alaska, January 2013

For details on scheduling a private workshop for groups of 6 or more, contact me through the GET IN TOUCH page. If you would like to bring a small group out to El Cielo Studios for a weekend retreat or a one-day workshop, I can also  provide housing and meals, as well as instruction, with fees starting at $125 per person. For workshops in other locations, contact me for teaching and travel requirements, fees and availability on my calendar.

These are just a few of the workshops I teach at El Cielo and elsewhere. If you would like me to present a workshop for a guild or other group, I can customize these for on-the-road production. Daily workshop fees start at $600, lectures for $350, plus travel expenses.

IPAD FOR FIBER ARTISTS

If you've recently acquired an iPad, this workshop will help you take it into your world of creativity and art. I've explored dozens of sketching tools, art journaling, collage and photo apps and through hands-on demos and examples, this workshop will guide your exploration of apps and then into the studio to print, make thermofaxes and use what you've done on the tablet for fabric printing to use in your art quilts, mixed media or other work. If you don't have a tablet yet (and are trying to decide what or if to buy), I teach a version that is demo and lecture only.

FROM SCRIBBLE TO SYMBOL; PERSONAL MARK-MAKING 

In this workshop, start with simple sketches and doodles and end the weekend with an arsenal of new surface design tricks and tools.   Explore doodles and scribbles as sources ofuniques and personal imagery that will give your art quilts, wearable art, or mixed media work personal depth and layers of meaning. take a favorite symbol -- for example a heart, star, spiral, circle -- and by taking it (and yourself) through a series of creative generative exercises, you’ll make something new and different to incorporate into your design, composition and surface design. Tools and techniques explored include paper lamination on fabric, large scale “mark-making” rollers and monoprinting.

KITCHEN ALTAR WORKSHOP

Embrace your inner goddess of summertime. Design and make a small art quilt “altar” for kitchen or dining room with tools and materials that depend on heat, sunlight and passionate delight: sun-printing, vegetable prints, fusing, hand and machine stitching and “found” fabrics from attic, thrift store or kitchen closet. We will recycle napkins, tea towels and other like objects and design a thermofax featuring a meaningful symbol, favorite fruit, icon, saint, culinary relative, heroine, angel or other meaningful design as the centerpiece for the altar.

NATURE INSPIRED SURFACE DESIGN

Let nature's colors, shapes and even heat inspire your surface design. The weather is perfect for dyeing, dye-painting and soy wax! Sketching from nature, and from collected natural objects (don’t worry, you can do it), we’ll design one-of-a-kind fabrics, silk scarves and mixed media pieces.

FEARLESS SKETCHING

Face your fears of drawing head on, as Susie takes you on a sketch and draw adventure, with no failures allowed. You’ll try different approaches, learn so me classic tips and tricks, and find out how drawing is a learned skill, not something you had to master as a 6th grader who “couldn’t draw horse like your best friend.”

PLAY, ART AND ATTENTION

Making time to play with odd-ball materials; learning to focus upon artful tasks at hand -- sounds like opposite sides of the coin? At this exploratory and full-of-play weekend, we’ll explore the relationship between the time, play, art and focus. Where does time management intersect with open-hearted fun? Expect bubbles, playdough, sparklers, jello, yoga and seeing the world from new angles and attitudes.

CREATIVE JUMPSTART

Are you ready to kick your creative energies into high gear? Ready to go beyond other people’s ideas and patterns and into your own? Susie will lead you through a weekend of open-ended creativity exercises, exploring the sensory alphabet, playing with a wild assortment of materials, and challenging your understanding of your mind at work. Learn more about your strong suit as an artist, and how to work in your deepest and richest material, content and processes.

Usng a variety of simple materials -- abnd an even simpler vocabulary of a sensory nonverbal "alphabet", you will paint, sketch, make music, move, listen and explore in a freeing, open-ended framework of guided exercises. In addition to these "formal" explorations, that help you expand your vocabulary of media and approaches, the weekend will include practice and planning for building effective habits and rituals for approaching your own deepest work as a human and artists. As creative beings, we are called to express our unique stories -- as visual artists we may be shackling our vision by tuning too closely to the outside world. We hope that this workshop helps you tune into your inner voice and vision, making tiny changes, babysteps that take the fear out of finding your truest work.

ARTIST JOURNEY/ARTIST JOURNAL

This annual workshop has become a tradition. Spend the weekend in creative activities that help you set the stage for a year filled with productivity, imagination, focus and art. Using original and time-tested exercises gleaned from sources around the globe, we’ll banish procrastination, make a dream board, work on a goals and artist date calendar for the year, and find ways to remind us of what really matters in our artistic lives. Meanwhile, you’ll work with mixed media and surface design techniques to start your artist’s journal and make Inspiration Cards, too. 

RECHARGE, RENEW & REVISIT! 

Move into art-making with some big scale and out-of-the-box creative exercises with paint, dye, music and more to wake up your imagination -- and then revisit work that has been hanging around the studio -- one or more UFOs (unfinished objects!). Share visions, critiques and techniques with other artists and take time in the studio to finish, remake or rethink work in progress.

FROM TABLET TO FABRIC

Take iPad (or other tablet) design, drawing and paint- ing skills from zero to printed fabric. We’ll survey the options in apps, spend lots of time with hands-on tablet art-making and finish up by preparing and up- loading art to make your own fabric through a digital printing service (price of printing not included). This workshop focuses on using a variety of collage making apps, as well.