Teaching Schedule

Felt Like Stitching ~ by Jane LaFazio

I teach both online and in-person classes. If you’re interested in having me teach at your location, contact me! Sign up on this page  http://janelafazio.com/ to receive notice of my workshops & classes.

2015

ONLINE classes    

Christine wrote about my online classes: It’s been a lot of fun to share an on-line class with a responsive teacher and an affirming group of amateur artists. I very much appreciated Jane’s clear and concise comments and participants’ enthusiasm and encouragement.

Susanna Johnson wrote “I felt like a door swung open in my mind,” in “Watercolor Sketchbook: Designs from Life.”

Check out these free videos, to get a look at my teaching style.

And be sure and check out Danny Gregory’s online Sketchbook Skool. I teach in the ‘Beginnings‘ course!

 My in-person classes



 
some of my original hand carved stamps ~ by Jane LaFazio

some of my original hand carved stamps ~ by Jane LaFazio

Oceanside, CA
April 4

Design and Carve your own original Rubber Stamp

Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, California

April 4, 10am-4pm

limited to 15 students.

Details and registration click  here.



FULL

European River Cruise! April 14-24, 2015 The Blue Danube

Each day, we’ll tour the city and then meet for sketching and watercolor together. I’ll teach you to draw and watercolor!

 



 Chora streetView from the restaurantHotel Bench

GREECE. FULL

APR 26 – MAY 4     8-NIGHTS ATHENS & AMORGOS     $2995

Sketching and Watercolor in Greece.  

The Art Walk invites you to Greece & the Islands.  For 8-12 nights, visit Athens for its history; Mykonos for its white-washed town, beaches, shopping and nightlife; and come to Amorgos, an undiscovered gem, to enjoy this simple, authentic island.

Imagine visiting the world-famous Greek Islands, and with a small, friendly, fun group.  Then add Jane LaFazio’s popular Art Program of sketching and watercolor classes in this incredibly picture-perfect place. More details and registration info here.  



Outdoor Workshop in Encinitas

Outdoor Workshop in Encinitas. CA

sketching and watercolor on location (by Jane LaFazio)

sketching and watercolor on location (by Jane LaFazio)

San Diego
Saturday, June 6

9-5

Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style

California Center for Creative Renewal, Encinitas, CA

Be inspired to record your life, a special trip, or your daily adventures in a loose, quick journal style format. Spend the day in the beautiful garden with artist Jane LaFazio. 

Jane, known for her friendly, encouraging teaching style, will demonstrate drawing on location, and painting with watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach.

You’ll choose from the wide array of plants, learning to draw and watercolor, and then maybe journaling your thoughts or impressions on 5×7” pages.

The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome

You might want to bring hat, and sunscreen. Supplies needed are watercolors, permanent, Niji Waterbrush (medium round), waterproof black ink pen, pencil, eraser and watercolor paper (~5×7” size) or you can purchase a kit for $25 with the supplies.

REGISTER HERE and download the registration page and send in your check for registration.



 
Green Bird by Jane LaFazio

Green Bird by Jane LaFazio

June 13, Saturday
San Diego

Abstract Collage (printing with the   a Gelli Plate)

Art on 30th. Registration opening soon.

If you’re new to mono-printing on gelli plates, or just love it, like I do, you’ll enjoy this class! You’ll learn many mono-printing techniques and use them on different sheer papers. By lunch time, you’ll have a stack of gorgeous colored papers! After lunch, you’ll compose and assemble a finished layered piece (or two) of original artwork, using your own beautiful papers with some additional mark making and maybe even a stitch or two. You’ll learn about composition and focal point combined with lots of pattern.

REGISTER HERE  



Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico

LavenderSage Art Retreat at Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn in Taos, New Mexico

LavenderSage Art Retreat at Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn in Taos, New Mexico

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we’ll do some hand stitching too.

Mabel's Window

Mabel’s Window

 

Taos, New Mexico

LavenderSage Art Retreat  

JUNE 24-July 1, 2015 in 
At the Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic Inn
Limited to 16 people 

WAIT LIST ONLY. Email me to put your name on the wait list.
$2200/double per person or $2500 single
REGISTER NOW
On this retreat:
You’ll create your own unique sketchbook and fill it with drawings and watercolors and nature prints.
You will learn to draw and watercolor and easy printmaking (or strengthen your existing skills) with Jane’s gentle, honest and insightful teaching.
You’ll experience the charming artsy town of Taos and stay at the restful, historic and slightly magical Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn.
You’ll have a week just for yourself, shared with like-minded people.
You’ll probably laugh quite a bit too.

 

7 nights, 6 days includes:
5 days of workshops with Jane LaFazio
lodging at Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn
a fabulous breakfast every morning of the retreat
a gourmet lunch every day during the retreat
2 dinners
free time to explore historic Taos, New Mexico
unlimited laughter and friendship with like-minded women. The retreat will take place at the beautiful Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic Inn, just a 12 minute walk from downtown Taos. You can get more details here.

Waitlist only.

Save the date for next year
2016 dates: August 28-September 4.



 
Sketching and Watercolor Flowers and Plants

Sketching and Watercolor Flowers and Plants

Create your own Art Quilt

Create your own Art Quilt

Abstract collage with monoprinting

Abstract collage with monoprinting

Phoenix, Arizona.
August 5,6,7, and 8

Art Unraveled Art Retreat

August 5: Sketching and Watercolor: Flowers and Plants

Want to learn to draw and paint what you see? Want to learn the skills to create an illustrated journal page of your day, your garden, your trip? Learn how by spending the day drawing flowers and plants in a relaxed supportive environment. Jane will show you how to take the time to really look and draw what you see (even if you haven’t drawn since 3rd grade). Then she’ll demonstrate the use watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach and how to mix color to capture the color you want. Remember, your drawings will be as unique as your own handwriting. Jane will show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. 

August 6: Create an original art quilt
Are you new to art quilting, or just want to learn some different approaches to add to your fiber art skills? Join Jane and play with cloth and color and hand stitching to create your own unique art quilt from your own original design fabric.
In the morning, after determining your theme, you’ll design and carve your own one-of-a-kind stamp(s) to use as a surface design element on cloth. Then you’ll add some color to the cloth using paint, stencils and glue resist.
In the afternoon, you’ll use your newly created original fabric to create a small art quilt using simple hand stitching and basic embroidery stitches. 

August 7: Abstract Collage with monoprinting on a gelli plate

FULL already!

If you’re new to mono-printing on gelli plates, or just love it, like I do, you’ll enjoy this class! You’ll learn many mono-printing techniques and use them on different sheer papers. By lunch time, you’ll have a stack of gorgeous colored papers! After lunch, you’ll compose and assemble a finished layered piece (or two) of original artwork, using your own beautiful papers with some additional mark making and maybe even a stitch or two. You’ll learn about composition and focal point combined with lots of pattern.

August 8: Shopping Extravaganza
I’ll have original artwork to sell. 



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Wisconsin
August 31-September 4, 2015

Madeline Island School of the Arts 

La Pointe, Wisconsin

Nature Journal 5 day workshop $600

This fun workshop is open to all levels! You will spend time outdoors, sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. Jane will show you basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor techniques, which will become the heart of your nature journal.Using Madeline Island’s flowers, pods, leaves, and rocks, as subjects for your drawings, you’ll also carve original stamps, create monoprints and add collage to your journal. There will be plenty of time to bring your findings back to the studio to draw and paint.By the end of the week, your journal (made from recycled cereal boxes and fine watercolor paper) will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of your week on the Island.

Limited to just 15 students!

 Madeline Island offers different lodging options and meals. See how to register here.

Then register for my class here.



J&J Ranch by Jane LaFazio (5x7 inches)

J&J Ranch by Jane LaFazio (5×7 inches)

Descanso, CA (40 minutes east of San Diego)

Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style

Saturday, September 12
10-4pm
REGISTER NOW

J&J Ranch, Descanso, CA 



Monoprint Collage Workshop

Monoprint Collage Workshop

Felt Like Stitching ~ by Jane LaFazio

Sketching and Watercolor ~ Autumn by Jane LaFazio

Sketching and Watercolor ~ Autumn by Jane LaFazio

Minneapolis, MN

September 17-20

Art is You

Thursday, August 17: Sketching and Watercolor: Autumn

Want to learn to draw and paint what you see? Want to create an illustrated journal page of your day, your garden, your trip? Spend the day drawing and painting in a relaxed supportive environment. Jane will show you how to take the time to really look at object and draw what you see. Then she’ll demonstrate the use watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach. You’ll create a 9×12 inch journal page as unique as your own handwriting. Jane will show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layout tips and some text.

Friday, August 18: Abstract collage using the Gelli Plate

If you’re new to mono-printing on gelli plates, or just love it, like I do, you’ll enjoy this class! You’ll learn many mono-printing techniques and use them on different sheer papers. By lunch time, you’ll have a stack of gorgeous colored papers! After lunch, you’ll compose and assemble a finished layered piece (or two) of original artwork, using your own beautiful papers with some additional mark making and maybe even a stitch or two. You’ll learn about composition and focal point combined with lots of pattern.

Saturday, August 19:   Felt like Stitching

You will concoct your own original 3D artwork from wool felt.  You’ll design a pattern and then with felt and embellishments and hand stitching, create a small pillow or wall hanging. We will be sitting and stitching, chatting and no doubt laughing throughout the day. You learn composition,  design and a myriad of stitching techniques with thread and beads and walk away with a small precious fiber art piece.

Sunday, August 20:  Your Totally Original Small Art Quilt 

Are you new to art quilting, or just want to learn some different approaches to add to your fiber art skills? Join Jane and play with cloth and color and hand stitching to create a unique art quilt from your own original designed fabric.

In the morning, after determining your theme, you’ll design and carve your own one-of-a-kind stamp(s) to use as a surface design element on cloth. Then you’ll add some color to the cloth using paint, and stencils. In the afternoon, you’ll use your newly created original fabric to create a small art quilt using simple hand stitching and basic embroidery stitches. (Or, later, you may want to use your finished piece as a journal cover, tote bag embellishment or pillow top.)



 
Your Geography of Loss ~ creating a small art quilt

Your Geography of Loss ~ creating a small art quilt

Patti Digh, author of "Life is a Verb" and "Geography of Loss"

Patti Digh, author of “Life is a Verb” and “Geography of Loss”

Life is a Verb Camp with Patti Digh

Life is a Verb Camp with Patti Digh

Your Geography of Loss ~ creating a small art quilt

Your Geography of Loss ~ creating a small art quilt

Pacific Grove, CA

Patti Digh presents “Life is a Verb Camp” 

I’ll be there and teaching a one day class with Patti Digh on September 24. Camp dates are September 24-27, 2015 at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California.

September 24 workshop: YOUR GEOGRAPHY OF LOSS: Creating a Small Art Quilt with Jane LaFazio and Patti Digh
This unique one-day workshop combines the writings, teachings, art, and voices of writer Patti Digh and artist Jane LaFazio. Using Patti’s writing prompts and stories and Jane’s art and facilitation of the artistic process, this day is about where you are now and about rediscovering possibilities. It is about creating space to grieve and sharing your stories of loss – and it’s about creating space to celebrate life. It is about using what life throws at us to make art. Our day together will not be all about loss–but also about life, great love, humor, and community.
We will combine writing, personal mementos, and textile arts to create a small art quilt about loss in your life, whatever that means to you at this moment in time. You’ll write to prompts provided by Patti Digh and then with artist Jane LaFazio’s guidance, you’ll create a small art quilt full of personal meaning.
• You will:
• You’ll learn the joy of just sitting and working with your hands.
• Learn a variety of fabric embellishment techniques
• Create a finished work of art by the end of the day
• Gain insight into the gifts that loss brings us–and how it can also block and stop us from creating
• Explore all these issues in a safe space
• Experience a uniquely facilitated process
You’ll learn some hand embroidery stitches and creative ways to assemble diverse materials like paper, cloth, rocks, etc, along with some tips on composition.
And you’ll probably learn something about yourself and your thoughts about grief and loss.
This class will be meditative in many ways. We’ll be doing some stream of consciousness journaling on cloth. We’ll write about our own experience of grief and loss. (We will give you writing prompts and the special pen) then we’ll tear and cut the fabric, combine it with other small bits of fabric, paper and ephemera to create a small hand-stitched art quilt imbued with your thoughts on grief and loss. Only you will know the power of your little, one-of-a-kind hand-stitched quilt.

You can get the details about the workhop here.

Life is a Verb Camp

 



"City Blocks" 3 day workshop (by Jane LaFazio)

“City Blocks” 3 day workshop (by Jane LaFazio)

Sketching and Watercolor~ Autumn by Jane LaFazio

Sketching and Watercolor~ Autumn by Jane LaFazio

Felt Like Stitching ~ by Jane LaFazio

Felt Like Stitching ~ by Jane LaFazio

Stamford, CT
October 7-12

Art is You

Stamford, CT

City Blocks~ 3 day workshop, includes one day in NYC!
Sketching and Watercolor: Autumn
Felt like Stitching


2016

2016



On a Clear Day by Jane LaFazio (free spirit free motion)

On a Clear Day by Jane LaFazio (free spirit free motion)

San Diego,
March 19 and 20, 2016

Canyon Quilters
San Diego, CA

Free Spirited Free Motion

Description: By doing a series of very small quilts in class, you’ll learn to combine cloth and paper and free motion machine stitching with a little colorant to create a meaningful and quite fabulous art quilt. Using your own, or copyright free images, Jane will show you how to stitch like an artist. Your stitched image, fabric, and paper will tell a story, or recall a memory. You’ll assemble what you’ve done at the end of the workshop to create a nearly finished quilt.



 
Garden Patch by Jane LaFazio

Garden Patch by Jane LaFazio

Bishop’s Ranch, Healdsburg, California
in beautiful Sonoma County (75 miles north of San Francisco)
June 12-15, 2016

registration opens soon

Garden Patch ~ mixed media art quilt

Create your own unique small quilt while learning new techniques for art quilting and sketchbook. First, we’ll look for inspiration in the forests, fields and gardens of Bishops Ranch. Based on your quick sketches, you’ll design and then carve your own unique stamp to create original surface design on fabric and paper to assemble into a small, hand stitched quilt for a wall hanging or pillow top.
Jane will guide you in design and technique, but the quilt will be all your own.

You’ll learn:
How to make a mixed media art quilt
Simple sketching
Design and composition
Stamp Carving
Hand stitching

 



from my sketchbook by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook by Jane LaFazio

Taos, New Mexico
August 28-September 4, 2016

LavenderSage Art Retreat

Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic Inn
Taos, New Mexico

email LavenderSageArtRetreats@gmail.com to be put on the interest list for 2016.



 

stay tuned for details on my Europe trips!