In a couple of weeks, the spring semester at Vancouver Island School of Art will begin with six week courses. As a student I loved taking summer courses. Everyone is more relaxed and happy, there is still time after classes to head to the beach, homework and reading can be done in the sun and sometimes even the class is moved outdoors. I will be teaching Drawing with Thread on Tuesday afternoons. Hopefully we will get some great weather and I can move a couple of my classes outdoors for myself and the students to break into the sunshine…please click the headlines to register or find out more…
Drawing with Thread (MMED s109)
Drawing with Thread is a class dedicated to the power of the line. In this class, we will consider drawing in the widest sense, from creating embroidered images to making a bungee cord installation. Each week, we will look at a different material that could be considered a thread and consider its properties and potential use as a drawing tool. We will look at a variety of artists who push the boundaries of what drawing can be and use their work as a launching pad for drawing experiments. While sewing experience is not required, an interest in using sewing techniques is a must! Tuesdays 2pm – 5pm, May 19 – Jun 30 (no class June 23)
I will also be instructing a one week, intensive course on Fabric Collage in July, which will be great because I can really solidify the things that worked for students in the class this semester. Intensive workshops really help to get work done without the gap of a week stretched in between. I am working on ways to introduce some sun time here too!
Textile Collage Intensive (MMED w210)
In this five-day workshop, we will work with fabric and paper elements to consider surface, shape and line as basic constructs of image-making. Each day, we will consider a different element of collage in contemporary art, from abstract composition to text/image combinations to sculptural assemblage. We will look at these modes of making in relation to the work of contemporary and historical artists, with a focus on those using textiles to blur the line between art and craft. No experience necessary.Jul 13 – 17 Mon-Fri, 10am – 5pm
(above) student work by Fern Long