Master Class with Elizabeth Barton
if you are interested in more details of the class.
The Master Class is a year long commitment, with assignments most months, critiquing and a private blog.
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I'm happy to send you full details and answer any questions.
You can also take the class as an independent student - taking advantage of support, critiques, goals, advice etc as needed and desired!
As travel becomes more frustrating, I'm developing my online teaching more and more, and am always thinking up ideas for a new class. So, do let me know if there's a class you're looking for, that doesn't yet exist!! If I'm interested in the topic, I'll definitely consider writing one on it.
Ongoing classes with the Academy of Quilting
(click blue button to visit the Academy for more details and to register if you are interested:
Several classes are available "on demand"; others rotate about twice a year. Please check with the academy for full details. Classes are approximately $10 per lesson and each class has 4 or 5 lessons and lasts about 2 months.
Inspired to Design * Working in Series * Dyeing to Design * Mod Meets Improv
Abstract Art for Quiltmakers * Basic Dyeing for Quiltmakers * More Abstract Art for Quiltmakers *
NEW! The Six Hour Quilt.
WORKSHOPS - LIVE!
I teach a very limited number of live workshops. If you want to schedule a workshop with me, please contact me: (scroll down for details of workshops).
You can also see what I'm doing and what I'm thinking about here:
From inspiration to fulfillment: developing your own style! (4-5 days)
The aim of this workshop is to teach you how to work from your own ideas and discover your own unique voice. Your quilts may be abstract, realistic or impressionistic – but they will be clearly your own way of looking at the source of inspiration and then recreating your feelings and ideas in cloth. To this aim, the basics of good design will be covered: all the steps from the initial idea through the formulation of a strong composition. I emphasize individualism and independence! I want each person to grow in the way they wish and, therefore, I like to spend time both on group discussion and on individual help. The main focus of the workshop will on design development: helping you to learn how to discover, improve and critique possible compositions. There is a strong emphasis on developing vocabulary and on knowing what is involved in good design so that intuition can be better informed! We will also work on composing exciting color schemes: Color choice is covered in depth in order to help you compose strong beautiful and unified color schemes. Once design and color are chosen then we will block out the composition, refine it and finally put it all together using a variety of construction techniques as befits both the design and the maker (thus all levels of experience are possible). Construction (piecing, appliqué, layering etc) and continuing design choices during the construction process are supported by both group discussion and individual help. Machine quilting and all finishing techniques are also addressed to make for a successful art quilt.
Abstract Art for Quiltmakers (5 days only)
This workshop begins with a survey of modern abstract art and what we, as quiltmakers, can learn from the processes used by a number of abstract artists. Many designs are created, then critiqued. Two quilts will be made: a small monochromatic one, then a larger full color one. I always give a great deal of individual help. This class works for all levels of students as long as they know how to sew.
Art Quilts: Working in a series (5 days)
Do you want to improve your work as an art quilter? The best way to develop a coherent body of work is to work in a series. This workshop focuses on the development of at least 6 related designs for quilts. We will learn how one design can lead to another and another…and another. We will also discover how to design 6 ideas at once and make several pieces at the same time. The work of well known quiltmakers will be examined to help us come up with lots of good ideas. Important guidelines associated with good design and critiquing will be developed and clarified with many examples.
Master Class (3-5 days)
This class consists of a number of specific assignments covering composition and design in depth with college level critique sessions. The assignments are introduced with Power Points and the topics covered can be tailored to meet the requirements of the group.
Coaxing the Muse: Inspiration in Art Quilts and Wall Hangings (4-5 days)
A 5 day workshop focusing on Priming the Creative Pump! the discovery and refinement of original quilt designs from all sources and senses (not just photographs!) All construction techniques covered. Emphasis on individual help. This workshop will explore the process of becoming Inspired! Inspiration is the drawing into yourself from other sources: the seeds from which ideas grow – these can take many forms from the abstract to the concrete: e.g. a mood, a rhythm, a juxtaposition of color or form, a value pattern, a texture, an arrangement of lines…the possibilities are endless! Creativity is the ability to transform the initial ideas by the catalyst of our thoughts, sensitivities, feelings, hands and humour - together with the magic of fabric and scissors – into something new and fresh! The workshop covers the many ways in which we can be inspired to develop a quilt design. The aim is to generate lots of designs and then critique them discovering as we do the basic principles of good design. A strong design is then chosen by each person to make a quilt. Once design and color are chosen then we will block out the composition, refine it and finally put it all together using a variety of construction techniques as befits both the design and the maker (thus all levels of experience are possible). Construction (piecing, appliqué, layering etc) and continuing design choices during the construction process are supported by both group discussion and individual help. Machine quilting and all finishing techniques are also addressed to make for a successful art quilt.
With all my design classes, Participants should leave the class with a good basic knowledge of composition and design, several design drawings, greater confidence in choosing colors, knowledge of a variety of construction techniques and a quilt close to being finished! They should also be well on their way to discovering their own personal style in quiltmaking . The emphasis will be on individual growth and discovery. While class discussion, demonstration and “mini-lecture” will be a part of each day, I also hope to spend as much time as possible one on one with the students to help them to grow as artist quiltmakers. Students should also be prepared to laugh a lot, make mistakes and enjoy themselves! All critiques are done in a gentle, positive way emphasizing strengths rather than weaknesses.
POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS/LECTURES
The presentations are approximately one hour long, 45 minutes images, 15 minutes questions.
DEVELOPMENT OF A SERIAL QUILTER . A power point presentation about working in a series.
FROM INSPIRATION TO QUILT : a power point presentation alternating photos of the inspirational image and finished quilts or quilts
THE ART QUILT FROM START TO FINISH : a power point presentation of all the stages of making art quilts: initial sketches, and blocking out step by step to the finished piece.
FEMALE ABSTRACT ARTISTS: THE POWER BEHIND THE THRONE: a presentation of many of the most influential female abstract artists in several different mediums.
THE FIFTY BEST KNOWN AND BEST LOVED ABSTRACT ARTISTS: their stories, their education, processes and best known works.
The following presentations are shorter and can be successfully grouped to suit the needs of the audience:
STRUCTURE AND ORDER IN COMPOSITION: the basis for all design
DIFFERENT WAYS OF CREATING DESIGNS FOR ART QUILTS
VALUE STUDIES, AND STEPS IN BLOCKING OUT THE QUILT ON THE DESIGN WALL
FAMOUS PAINTERS' SIMPLIFICATIONS OF LANDSCAPES
THE PROPERTIES AND POWER OF COLOR
please contact me (elizabethyork100(at)yahoo.com ) for more information on the above workshops, presentations, individual classes, any custom designed workshops. Thank you..