I have just begun to add the art of making and editing videos to my regular teaching skills, in order to put some of my popular courses online for those unable to journey to take them in person.
I am offering a few different styles of online course starting with a support/mentor type of online tutorial based class. During the lockdown, I worked with my community of students offering regular tutorials which kept us all going, me included. This proved to be quite a creative space enabling students to experiment and share what they were doing. So I have decided to continue this and offer it as a regular option.
There are also some stand alone skills based courses. The format for one of these is a series of streamed videos which will be available for a length of time from the start date for the course, course booklet, a private FaceBook group for discussion, sharing and commentary with me and with other students, scheduled Zoom meetings (the number depends on the length/complexity of the course) for asking questions and talking about the work (with the exception of the Potato Chip course which can be taken at any time and therefore there is no Zoom schedule.)
Poetry of Decay was the first of these and proved very popular and booked up within a week. I am limiting the numbers that can do any of the courses at any one time so that I can take some personal interest in the work that is being done.
The list begins with the online tutorial course which can be joined in January, and will have another term starting in May. The other courses are then listed with their start dates. Please scroll down as they are listed in chronological order.
ONLINE CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT
FRIDAY ZOOM MEETINGS 10.30
£120 (full fee for January – April)
If you would prefer to receive guidance at home, along with peer support from the community, this online option will give you 2 Zoom meetings a month and a FaceBook group in which to ask questions and share work. You will need to be reasonably self motivated to work either in stitch or wet work, but if you need specific tuition, one Zoom meeting could be organised as a demonstration.
POTATO CHIP MY WAY
Can be started at any time – format slightly different with no Zoom meetings, just videos taking you through the whole process.
Taking you through the process of making a potato chip quilt using up previously dyed fabrics, commercial fabrics and plain ones. Using overdyeing as a way of tying lots of different fabrics together in a palette of colour, you will learn how to calculate quantities and sizes to make your choice of size of quilt.
The construction method will be fully explained, along with choices as to how to quilt once the quilt sandwich has been put together, Full explanations of trimming and binding are also included.
POETRY OF STITCH
Begins 1 January 2021
How many times have you said – I have lots of printed fabrics but don’t know what to do with them? This course will give you some answers. Teaching you to think differently when confronted with stitch; treating it as a layer, not just resorting to following the edges, or covering the lovely printed marks that are already on your fabrics. You don’t have to be expert in stitch as I will teach you how to think about stitches as mark and therefore traditional stitches need not be used! I will cover both hand and machine options.
You will need some hand dyed/printed fabrics to work with, along with a sewing machine.
POETRY OF DECAY
Begins 1 May 2021
How often do you take photographs of peeling paint, lichen, rusting metal, weathered rock surfaces and neglected buildings? But then what? This course will explore how to interpret those beautiful marks on paper. In this mixed media course you will be introduced to some materials and processes that will help you to create rich and textured surfaces based on the inspiration found in your own photographs.
Working on paper you will experiment with a variety of media including paints, inks, dyes, oil pastel, puff binder, and rusting powder. Your series of small paper based studies will enable you to layer experiments and materials quickly, creating an understanding of your media. Your papers will be combined towards the end of the course looking at how to put together a series of images into small book forms which will provide a record of your experiments.
Begins 01 September 2021
Exploring fractured lamination on transparents and learning to control the marks from the paper as well as the marks from the print media, this course will take you through the basics of this exciting pro
cess so that you can create your own fabrics for projects. Lamination would not be complete without looking at other lamination processes as well including lamination on to opaque fabrics, gesso lamination creating 2 partner mixed media fabrics. But then what…. How often do you make fabrics and not know how to use them. This course will extend your knowledge so that you can learn how to manage these fabrics, particularly the transparents, in stitch projects.
To book a place on any of these courses, please click on the Add to Cart button to take you to the checkout page. If you want to add another course, navigate away from the Checkout page and choose another course and this will be added to your cart on Checkout.
There are no deposits for these online courses, the balance in full being required to secure your place. This fee is refundable up to 2 weeks in advance of the course starting on the date that the course outlines, unless this is Potato Chip, which begins once you have paid the fee. Once any course has started, the fee is non refundable. Should you have an issue that will stop you temporarily from following the videos, then please do contact me to work out some kind of adjustment to the length of time you have access to the videos.
In the case of courses which have tutorials and group meetings, the 2 weeks gives me the opportunity to advertise and fill your space on one of the set date courses. After this time, being able to re-sell a place which you have filled is unlikely and therefore there is no refund. In this instance, the online course is considered to be like any other course where refunds are not given as places can not be filled at short notice. After the official start date, you will have full access to course materials and online teaching and the course will be deemed to have started in line with any other regular learning opportunity.