Friday, December 6, 2013

A Master Class for Art Quilters…

  I recently gave a very successful and enjoyable workshop to a lovely group of ladies
  who asked me if I'd come up with some way that they could continue to work with me online.
  With their help, I put together the following idea.  I'm throwing this private online class open to all because I
  think it will be a lot more interesting to have a good mix of folks!         So, let me know
  if you would be interested in joining us.   Start date will be January 1st! 
  Please email me to if you have any questions.

 Limited Access: This year long class would be on a private paid subscription email/blog limited to 10 minimum, 15 maximum. Beyond 15 there would be a wait list. On signing up, I’ll give you the blog address and allow  access from your email address.  I will send you the exercises as an email attachment, and you will send me your images as email attachments, I will upload and critique those images on the private blog.

Description: The aim of the class is to help you strengthen your art quilt skills and it builds on my other online and actual workshops. We won’t be addressing construction methods, it’s assumed you are already comfortable with a method that works well for you.  Around the first of each month, I’ll describe an “exploration” or directed exercise – nothing as limited as a specific project, but rather a set of instructions for a design (or designs), each month exploring a different concept, issue, topic or idea. You can make a quilt any size.  I won’t restrict your imagination!  But it will be important to address the main issue to which the exercise relates.

Images: All should be jpegs, between  6” and  8” on the longest side, 72 dpi. Sent as an attachment to this dedicated address:

Focus issue or exploration (me): 1st of the month sent directly to you as an email attachment.
Designs (you): 10th of the month. Send me up to 3 designs, choose your best!
When I receive all the designs, I’ll put them together into a blog with a critique for each design. I’ll number them and won’t use names! So feel free to be wild!
Blocked out Quilt (you) 20th of the month: You’ll have ten days to block out the design you choose i.e. cut out the pieces and pin them together so that I can clearly see how the piece looks, but that alterations are possible.   When I receive the images, I’ll put them into a blog with a critique for each one.  No namesagain.
Finished Quilt(you) last day of the month: An image of the finished quilt will be due at the end of the month, and I’ll publish them on the blog and a short evaluation – not as long as the first two critiques…basically my overall impression and some things for you to ponder for your next piece.  And…on the first of the next month, my blog will describe the next exercise.

Some dates may vary a little due to my travels! And I do understand that life could get in the way of you working on an exploration some  months!!  So, it’s no problem if you can’t complete an exercise. If I don’t get an image from you by the specified date, I’ll assume it was one of  “those” months! 

Your Comments: Comments are great – and so helpful to everyone else. At any time you can go to the blog, view the images and comment!  You’re welcome to comment about a design, a quilt, my critique or anything!!  I’ll number the images so that reference will be easy.

Cost: $250…if not satisfied after first month…then I’ll return 90% to you.
After 30 days, though, no returns..I’m sorry but I could have had another person in your place…
Payable by check – email me and I’ll send you my address.  Outside the USA only, we can use Paypal. Please indicate your level of expertise…beginner, intermediate, advanced.

Commitment: I’m asking you to commit to a year. At the end of the year, if I decide to continue with the class for a second year, you would have the first opportunity to sign up.

Topics: Some of the topics I plan to cover in the explorations are: important areas in design, various art movements, guided designing, developing designs from photographs, how to look at and assess the design, strengths and weaknesses, finding and solving problems, tweaking the design at the blocked out stage, developing your own voice, creating from the inside, working with the elements of design, discovering ways of doing this, time management and goal development. In each lesson I plan to include a little art history or theory, and some suggested research, and guidelines for self critique.

If you have been, thanks for reading!  And don't forget to get in touch with any questions....Elizabeth 
PS re the photo:  no, it's not the Tardis! but it is a starting point...

WOW! the class is full already.....I'm happy to put you onto a waiting list for 2015 however, if you want to get in touch - thank you to everyone who wrote straight away!   
Please send me your actual email - if you just write in the comments, I don't get your email address!
click this   for my email address!  Thank you!!  


Kathy said...

wow! Elizabeth, this class sounds terrific and very challenging. Just what I would like to try, If I weren't in the middle of preparing the house for sale and packing for a move to Maine, I'd be first in line. I do hope the class is successful so that I can join in next year. All the best, Kathy the recidivist.

Christine Staver said...

Sounds wonderful and just what I need. I already sent you an email to join. Might have to watch some Dr Who today!

Claire said...

I'd like to go on the 2015 class list as, like Kathy, I have too much going on next year to commit. Sounds like you have a wait list already for the next go round.

Elizabeth Barton said...

I'm happy to put anyone on the wait list....but since email addresses don't show up on the Comments..please email me privately - thank you (there are email links in the test).
All best wishes!! Elizabeth

Susan said...

I would love to go on the wait list for 2015, also. Missed seeing this opportunity until you were full, but I am also selling a house this year and moving from the east coast to CA, so could not have jumped in for 2014. This will give me some time to prepare, too.

Wil said...

The email link is not working for me. Can you add me to the waiting list. My email is wil_opio_oguta at yahoo dot com.

mzjohansen said...

Would you mind adding my addy to your list for "the next time" please? Fabulous!

Kathi said...

I would love to take this class! I am bummed it is full...

Kristin said...

I would be interested in this class but now is not the best time as I need to get the house ready to put on the market as we will probably be moving. I also had the thought that a 6 month course might be better than a whole year. One year is a big committment.

Faith said...

Oh, BUMMER!! This sounds wonderful, and I was really hoping to take a class by you this year. I read about it too late! I'd definitely like to get on the list. Meanwhile, I guess I'll work on your book by myself.

Elizabeth Barton said...

Happy to put you on the 2015 list, Faith, if you could send me your email - use of the links in the text above.
alas, your email doesn't show up in the Comments.

and you're quite right Kristin - a year is a big commitment, but commitment is probably necessary for progress. And a year passes so quickly, believe me!!!