Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Coiled Basketry Weaving with Linda Conroy"
January 13, 2018
 

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn. In this class, students will learn to make a coiled basket using various materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. This class is for students of all levels and great for those who like working with natural materials. We will learn a variety of stitches as well as decorative options for this ancient style of basketry. Bring a small pair of scissors, a thimble and reading glasses if you need them. All other materials are supplied.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Cost: $60
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Scarf with Pine Needles"
March 2-4, 2018
 

Pine-Needle technique is the unique technique of wet felt making. I was inspired by the pine needles spread on the snow one winter morning. Pine Needles is lacy fine felt, it is very soft and delicate but strong enough to wear. This is something only your clever hands can do and this is what I love. We combine the fabric and get a 3 dimensional effect. It is fascinating to discover what wool can do for the fabric.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Leiko Uchihiyama
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Nuno Felt Scarf / Stole with Pine Needles"
March 5-7, 2018
 

Pine-Needle technique is the unique technique of wet felt making. I was inspired by the pine needles spread on the snow one winter morning. Pine Needles is lacy fine felt, it is very soft and delicate but strong enough to wear. This is something only your clever hands can do and this is what I love. We combine the fabric and get a 3 dimensional effect. It is fascinating to discover what wool can do for the fabric.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Leiko Uchihiyama
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Sashiko: Japanese Hand Stitching for Beginners"
March 22, 2018
 

Sashiko (literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. Sashiko embroidery was used to strengthen the homespun clothes of olden times. Worn out clothes were pieced together to make new garments by using simple running stitches. These clothes increased their strength with this durable embroidery. Modern day sashiko stitching is not restricted to the traditional indigo colored fabric but uses a variety of color combinations, and it is considered a beautiful surface embellishment for fabrics.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $80
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Improvisational Stitching"
Saturdays, March 24 - April 14, 2018
 

Stitching is a uniquely textural and versatile form of mark-making. Explore its potential as textile art in a welcoming community environment. Learn over twenty basic embroidery stitches, fabric collage, and techniques for drawing with needle and thread. Create embroideries for display on their own or incorporation into sewing projects and multimedia artworks.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sheryl Kessler
Cost: Non-Credit: $195; Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics"
March 24, 2018
 

Have you had some bead embroidery experience, or taken Lisa’s Beginning Bead Embroidery class and now want to learn even more beautiful techniques? Come to this one-day workshop with a pair of sharp scissors and your creative thinking. Students will receive a kit with beads, thread, and a sampler base, plus hand-outs. Students learn how to beautifully and securely incorporate larger beads, buttons, and cabochons into your quilts and bead embroideries. They also explore a variety of edge stitches and fringe techniques while creating a sampler to take home for future reference and inspiration.
 
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $110 ($80 class fee, $30 kit fee)
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215


"Sculpted Hats"
April 4-6, 2018
 

In this workshop we’ll push the boundaries of the felt hat making process. We’ll construct a complex resist template and learn about layering techniques that serves our goals the best, building in extra parts that will affect the shrinkage and the final shape. Additional techniques will be taught, when and how to add more details to the piece. There will be an emphasis on final shaping and finishing. Material fee: $35 (covers app. 14 oz fine dyed merino wool and floor liner for pattern making). Experience level: from advanced beginners to advanced.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Flora Carlile Kovacs
Cost: $395 plus $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Big Ink: Surface Design + Garment Construction"
April 26-29, 2018
 

Big Ink is all about creating bold dramatic surfaces on garments that engage the wearer and the viewer. This is design that celebrates life and movement! We explore sumi-e ink drawing on silks fabrics for depth and line, plus exciting fibre fringes that are both elegant and exotic. Garment design will be covered encompassing colour, form and fit, plus seamless garment construction for feltmaking. We will cover using resist additions, wire and cord for additional shaping and fit. Participants can make either a dress, vest, skirt or small jacket.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Fiona Duthie
Cost: $500 plus $120 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Joomchi"
April 28-29, 2018
 

Learn the ancient Korean technique of joomchi or felted paper. In this context the word ‘felted’ means that this method of fusing papers uses some of the same hand tools and styles of manipulation that one can use in making felt from wool fiber. In both cases, the main tools are the hands and water. Having studied papermaking for several years and traveled extensively in Asia I will also talk about the uses of paper in traditional rural societies in Korea and Japan. We’ll build collages without glue or other usual methods of adhesion, relying instead on the natural process of papermaking. Then we can shape the papers into a 3 dimensional form or cast the assembled layers into strong, stiff shapes.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Zia Gipson
Cost: $270 plus $35 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Felted Vessels"
May 18-21, 2018
 

Learn to create your own unique felt vessels. Find out how the different types of wool perform and enhance each of the two methods you will learn. In this 4-day class you will learn how to create stunning, sturdy vessels; how to sculpt the felt you’ve created; carve out images; and your options for illumination. You will dye silk to coordinate with your design plans. Plan to use beads, pearls, metal pieces and stones for embellishment.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Janet King
Cost: $500
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Fiber Arts Workshop with Katie Pasquini Masopust"
May 21-25, 2018
 

Katie is a very popular teacher who presents her unique contemporary quilting theories and techniques in workshops worldwide. In this workshop, you'll explore the creative possibilities of working in a series. Participants bring a couple of pieces to the workshop from which to build a series of additional works. We will first evaluate the pieces made in advance and discuss their potential for development into a series. Participants then form a plan of their own considering color, composition, and elements of design, such as contrasts of size, contrast of temperature, contrast of values, engaging the edge, negative space, etc. Each piece in your series builds on the previous one.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust, www.katiepm.com
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Matisse as Muse"
June 4-8, 2018
 

Matisse is our muse and starting off point in this intense workshop. After “deconstructing” Matisse, use your imagery to explore deconstructed screen-printing, charcoal, pastels, water-soluble media and textile paint. Learn how to make the “fugitive” materials such as charcoal and pastels permanent (even washable) on fabric and how to combine them with dye printed fabrics. We will cover oh so much in our five days; plan to be completely, but happily, exhausted and full of new ideas at the end.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kerr Grabowski
Cost: $725 plus $60 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Books with a Textile Twist"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Do you have drawers full of fabric samples from surface design classes, beautiful textiles found on your travels, stunning finds from resale shops or cherished calico left over from grandma’s quilting days? This exciting book making class will introduce you to bookbinding techniques – that will incorporate your textiles as the covers. The week will be filled with creating 4 to 5 different and useful blank books. We’ll tea dye pages for a Perfect Bound notebook; use the french link stitch to create a hard cover sketchbook, learn long stitch binding for a sturdy journal and more!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen
Cost: $725 plus $75 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Shibori: A Change of Surface: Working on Paper, Leather, Industrial Felt"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Change the substrate and all assumptions are off. Come join us to explore working with these different materials using shibori, painting, and block printing. Indigo, thickened indigo paste, indigo discharge, kakishibu, and mordant printing offer a wide range of possibilities. We will compare with more traditional fabrics, processes, and dyes. We will create samples and accessories, art paper for portfolios or books. Ana Lisa will bring Japanese samples of Indigo shibori and her own examples of non-traditional fabrics.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Ana Lisa Hedstrom
Cost: $725
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Ro-zome: Patterns and Textures"
July 14-16, 2018
 

Rozome, the Japanese wax-resist process, has caught the interest of fiber artists around the world. It’s the rozome artists’ techniques in shading, control, and luminosity that set their work apart from the batik of other countries. In this special workshop you will explore the textural and pattern possibilities of Japanese ro-etching (wax etching), ro-fubuki (wax snowstorm), ro-roller (rolled wax pattern), momo-otoshi (rub and remove), shikibiki (wax trailing), ro-kata (wax stencil), han-bosen (half-resist) and bokashi, the Japanese shading technique that makes work glow with luminosity. You will work with the sansei-senryo acid dyes of the kimono industry and the natural dyes of soy and beeswax. All the wax and dye techniques taught are applicable to either silk or cotton fabric.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kiranada Benjamin
Cost: $400 plus $45 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Ro-kata Intensive II: Wax-Resist Stencil"
July 18-22, 2018
 

This Ro-kata class offers many possibilities for creative, innovative design work on silk with Japanese acid dyes. Using Japanese kata-zome stencil-dyeing history for inspiration, we will further explore the four ways of interpreting one design in a cut stencil and add exploration of other design motifs, from floral to architecture to single image stencils. Throughout the week we will look at textural printing, shadow image, and matrix use. The class will include slides of Japanese kata-zome/ro-zome design for background information as well as actual examples from Kiranada’s collection. Come join us.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Kiranada Benjamin
Cost: $650 plus $35-45 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Candy Box Sampler: Approaching Woven Objects and Vessels in Innovative Ways"
August 9-12, 2018
 

This class will explore mixed media in small scale layering processes with basic basketry skills. Stitching, cold connections, and limited wax options will be combined with interesting and unusual tactile materials such as bike tubes, metal measuring tape, Pacific kelp, paper, and rusty tidbits including local on-site organic collections and more. The class allows students to engage in creative play, gain off-beat skills, develop dialog for future innovation in one’s own personal designs, and refine the technique of working with repetitive layers and materials of all kinds. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Shannon Weber
Cost: $500 plus $75 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing"
August 22-26, 2018
 

In this fiber workshop we will be delving into the relationship between color and light in fabric, creating cloth that can convey pure, glowing color, that appears luminous when used, and creating partnered hues that are less glowing, less luminous, to be used as contrast in compositions. To this end, students will learn three methods of creating flat/glowing pairs in hand dyed cloth with Procion MX dyes, using color recipes provided as well as color inspiration they bring from personal inspiration files such as paint chips, photographs, and swatches. In addition, we will learn four ways to create solid or nearly solid fabrics—two using low water immersion techniques and two using machines.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Cost: $650 plus $50 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Machine Felting Master Class"
August 27-31, 2018
 

As always the principal emphasis during the class is how to control your materials, using the Felting Frame to do all the hard work. Control of line, colour and form. Another major aspect of this master class is interpreting and composing the images by painting and drawing with wool fibres. Other principles covered are fine workmanship and felting quality. During the class we will touch on a few different artistic techniques such as composition, proportion and colour theory as necessary. Learn to play with colours and contrast, light and shade, not forgetting colour contrast and composition. We’ll help you find your focal point in the design, and work around it until you find a comfortable balance. Do something that inspires you!
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Karoliina Arvilommi
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Troubleshooting in Wet Feltmaking: Advanced Felt-Saving Techinques"
September 12, 2018
 

Have you ever felted a piece and you thought it wasn’t successful? Did the silk not stick to the wool? Did you cut the wrong side of the slippers? Are the edges of the felt ruffly and uneven? Did the embellishments separate from the felt? Did the design not turn out the way it was planned? Have you ever started a project but did not really have the time to finish up? Bring your unfinished/unsuccessful piece(s) to the class. We’ll group the items with similarities and discuss all the possibilities to save them and give them a new life using a variety of felt-saving techniques. Then you'll work on your own, with one-on-one counseling.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Flora Carlile Kovacs
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Felted Bag with Woven Inlay"
September 13-14, 2018
 

In this workshop participants will learn how to marry weaving and feltmaking, highlighting both technique’s nature in just one object. On day one, we’ll make samples of the variations of the technique. You’ll learn the way to create round cords and flat straps and experiment with different weaving techniqes embedded in felt. On the second day you’ll felt a seamless bag with a woven design.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Flora Carlile Kovacs
Cost: $270 plus $30 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Spontaneous Stitch"
October 4-5, 2018
 

There is something enchanting about hand-stitching. We are drawn to stitch and can almost feel the vitality of the person who created the sewn marks. The purpose of this workshop is to guide you through lively exercises for making your own work in a spontaneous and fresh manner. The two day session is filled with music, doodling, stitching and fun. I will present ideas and methods through samples, books, powerpoint presentations, and music. Students are encouraged to bring a small sampling (1 to 3) of their own stitched items to share with the group to help each of us gain a sense of community, sharing, and mutual respect. This is a nice kick-start session for building a meditative and purposeful style of hand-stitching.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Mauersberger
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Wrap Workshop"
October 5-8, 2018
 

Transform acres of silk into 100 hand-dyed art scarves. Add in original poetry and pattern. Print, cut, stitch and release! These wraps will be given to women living with and surviving cancer in diverse communities. Together we will consider the scarf as canvas; as talisman, as dialogue. Explore words and graphics funneled through basic dye, print and piecing techniques. Discover how pop up studio practices allow the artist to work in unconventional spaces, reaching hidden communities.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Marguerite Gignoux, gignouxart.com
Cost: $650 plus $60 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Intuitive Stitch"
October 6-8, 2018
 

The class begins by focusing on how we can use free-form drawing to open our minds to our creative selves. The exercises help us to see in new ways and free us from restrictive thoughts. The exercises will flow from drawing to the creation of individual, small, hand-stitched works. We draw in the form of intuitive doodling on paper and translate those marks in stitch.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Christine Mauersberger
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Tsujihana"
October 14-16, 2018
 

Tsujigahana was an artform so highly prized that it was given as gifts to those one held in most high esteem. We’ll be covering the basics of this inspiring marriage of shibori and hand-painting, relishing the soft and moody blends of colors offered through a range of string-resist techniques, and accented by the crisp lines and delicate shadings hand-painted pigments allow. We’ll be working with natural dyes on silks, cotton, and bast fibers, initially finding inspiration in traditional patterns John has prepared. And as time allows, John will be happy to guide you in developing your own designs. The materials fee covers all consumables and use of John’s equipment, along with a DVD containing hand outs and a great deal more.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: John Marshall
Cost: $475 plus $90 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


"Gilded Inspirations: Using Metallics and Pigments to Embellish Dyed Creations"
October 17-18, 2018
 

Most of you will have had the opportunity to view, or even handle, exquisitely embellished Japanese textiles. So often these include embroidery and gold leafing, or even gold-leafing over embroidery. In this course we will be discussing a broad range of laminates, including gold, platinum, lacquer, and pigments. John will cover a range of traditional techniques used to apply gold leaf and other precious metals to your woven goods. The materials fee covers everything you will need in class as well as a DVD with hand outs. While the lessons will be taught without the use of actual precious metals (bronze powders and Dutch gold will be used instead), some real gold and silver will be available for purchase.
 
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: John Marshall
Cost: $395 plus $110 materials fee
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396


 

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