Here’s a short list of the classes/workshops I teach.
Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style
Description: 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 fresh flowers in a relaxed supportive environment. Jane will show you how to take the time to really look at leaf or petal and draw what you see. Then she’ll demonstrate the use watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach, how to mix color to capture that right shade of or the shading on a white petal. You’ll create a set of 5×7” journal pages as unique as your own handwriting. Jane will show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. Check out my instructional DVD “From Art Journaling to Art” to see how I teach.
Free Spirited Free Motion Stitching
Description: By doing a series of very small quilts, in different sizes, in class, you’ll learn a number of fun ways to use a sewing machine to free motion stitch. We’ll use the machine like a pencil and doodle and draw on fabric while adding some paper and cheesecloth and anything else laying around that won’t hurt the machine. At the end of class, you’ll assemble what you’ve stitched, maybe adding a bit of colorant and some hand stitching, and you’ll have created a nearly finished, totally original, art quilt. Jane will show you how to free motion machine stitch like an artist. (One of Jane’s Free Spirited quilts, Poke Weed Series: Heritage was featured on the cover of Quilting Arts Magazine Feb/March 2015 issue.)
Gelli plate Mono-types on Fabric and Paper
Description:Not to worry! We’ll be using a Gelli Arts gel printing plate. Using paints, and a brayer, and assorted tools for texture, we’ll print on fabric and paper, layering with different colors and textures to create a complete picture or a whole cloth quilt top. Tips on adding more details with color pencil, and collage.
Recycled Circles: Mixed Media with Paper & Cloth
Description: Create a fabulous mixed media piece from your own paper and cloth scraps! As seen in “Cloth Paper Scissors” magazine [March 2009 issue] Jane’s Recycled Circles is a layered project that will teach you an assortment of mixed media techniques, while creating this guided, yet totally your own one of a kind artwork. (And there’s no drawing! Just cutting out squares and circles!) Each student’s work will look very very different, even though we’re all doing the same step by step process. The class is especially great for beginners, as you just can’t go wrong! We’ll be working on paper, but using some paper and some cloth for collage, then hand sewing and beading to give the piece additional interest and texture. (This class can be done paper based or cloth/quilt based)
Rubber Stamps: Design & Carve Your Own
Description: A rubber stamp of your own design is a wonderful addition to an artist’s personal ‘tool box.’ Create a simple, graphic design to be used again and again on paper, cloth or any surface. Jane will guide you to draw your own design, or select an image from a copyright free source, change it, simplify it and then, once it’s your own unique creation, carve the design into a small printmaking block. You’ll use this skill again and again!
Make Felt the Tibetan Way and Embellish the California Way!
Description: Using colorful merino wool fibers, a modernized ancient technique, some creative designing and a lot of elbow grease, you will create a beautiful, feels-so-soft felt square in class. It may not be large enough to build a yurt, but it will make a lovely wall hanging or become part of another fiber piece. Your felt will dry overnight and the next day you will create a fabulous art piece, pillow top or box by embellishing your own original handmade felt with hand embroidery and/or beading. Felting requires agitating the wool fibers so you will be standing for about an hour, rolling the felt with your forearms. It’s not hard! It just takes some time.Supplies are provided by the teacher and included in the $40 materials fee: 6 oz merino wool roving and an equipment kit (for you to take home) needed to create an 18” x 18” piece of felt.