Workshops & Lectures

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Please go to the "Schedule" section of our website for 2016-2017 dates and locations.
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Workshops and Lectures by MICKEY LAWLER






Join my wonderful online class from iquilt to paint skies, water, and other landscape elements on fabric in easy-to-follow steps. Once you sign up, you have the class FOREVER, so you can return to it whenever you need that original piece of "just right" fabric.
For a YouTube preview, go to https://youtu.be/iT7L-FZ5o3A
To Sign up for this class, go to - www.iquilt.com/lawler001
WORKSHOPS


PAINTING SKY AND WATER FABRICS (One or two day class) In a relaxed atmosphere of warmth and good humor, students will spend the day painting skies and waters: blue summer skies, sunsets, oceans, waterfalls etc. with an emphasis on becoming familiar with non-toxic transparent permanent textile paints, mixing, and applying the paints to cotton fabric for use in quilts. Students generally complete about 3 - 5 yards of fabric, depending on the length of the class. The designs produced are a combination of planning and serendipity and give the students a hands-on basis for future exploration in hand-coloring fabric.

Suitable for all levels and particularly good for students who have little or no experience with fabric paints. Moderate physical activity involved (standing, walking, etc.).
Lab fee: $18.(one-day); $30.(two-day) for use of paints and other materials


SEASCAPE - Painting a Seascape on Fabric (One day class) Fearless and fun! Never painted on fabric? Learn to paint water, sky, and sand, then combine them into one small seascape. Students will be become familiar with non-toxic transparent permanent textile paints as they mix and apply them to cotton fabric for use in quilts.
Moderate physical activity involved (standing, walking, etc.)

Suitable for all levels. Lab fee: $18. for unlimited use of paints and some other materials






PLAYING WITH PAINTS ON FABRIC (One day class) In a relaxed atmosphere of warmth and good humor, students will spend the day becoming familiar with non-toxic transparent permanent textile paints, mixing, and applying the paints to cotton fabric for use in quilts. Students will paint sun-prints, leaf prints, create wonderful textures, garden fabrics, etc. and generally complete about 2 - 4 yards of fabric. The designs produced are a combination of planning and serendipity and give the students a hands-on basis for future exploration in hand-coloring fabric.

Suitable for all levels. Moderate physical activity involved (standing, walking, etc.).
Lab fee: $18. for use of paints in class and some other materials.


PAINTING LANDSCAPE FABRICS (Two day class) ; In a relaxed atmosphere of warmth and good humor, this class is an introduction for the non-painter to the use of non-toxic transparent permanent textile paints on cotton fabric suitable for quilts. Students will spend the first day painting skies, water, and more to become familiar with the various effects that the watercolor paints produce when diluted to certain degrees and when applied with brushes, sponges, and bottles. During this time, students will also experiment with mixing colors, manipulating fabric, and painting many special effects pieces for blue skies, sunsets, leaves, earth, and others.
The second day gives students the opportunity to develop more sophisticated color combinations through a concentration on mixing colors, as well as creating individual painted landscapes and several other landscape techniques for interesting results.
Students generally complete about 3 - 5 yards of fabric pieces if weather is good and they are able to dry fabric outdoors. The designs produced are a combination of planning and serendipity and give the students a hands-on basis for future exploration in hand-coloring fabric.

Suitable for all levels. Moderate physical activity involved (standing, walking, etc.).
Lab fee: $30. per person for use of paints and other materials.


PAINTS ON FABRIC (3 - 5 day class)
In a relaxed atmosphere of warmth and good humor, students will spend approximately two and a half days of the class involved in a comprehensive approach to non-toxic, water-based transparent fabric paints with the emphasis on becoming familiar with the properties of the paints, applying paints to fabric using a variety of implements, color mixing, and creating the effects of nature for use in quilts. Landscape components and actual individual landscape paintings will be created by the students.
Beginning during the third day, students are introduced to other innovative techniques such as combining opaque and transparent paints, painting with air-brush inks, overlays, monoprinting from fabric, etc. Students generally complete 10 -15 yards of fabric pieces especially if weather is good and they can dry fabric outdoors. The designs produced are a combination of planning and serendipity and give the students a hands-on basis for future exploration in hand-coloring fabric.

Suitable for all levels. Moderate physical activity involved (standing, walking, etc.).
Lab fee: $40. - $50. per person, depending on class length, for use of paints in class and some other materials.

LECTURES
All lectures will include a small trunk show of a few fabrics and quilts.

CREATING YOUR OWN FABRIC- Slide lecture with instruction on painting fabrics, and the uses of these and other hand-colored fabrics in quilts, along with a trunk show of painted fabrics and quilts. Allow 1 hour.

CONFESSIONS OF A BLANKET LADY - A personal, honest, sometimes poignant, often funny, definitely encouraging slide "journey" through 30 years in the life and career of a quilter - sure to entertain and touch a nerve of every quilter at some point in her own pursuit of quiltmaking. A slide lecture, allow 1 hour.

SKYWRITING - A visual vacation! Slides of real-life skies, painted sky fabrics, and quilts with skies, accompanied by readings and observations of the sky in poetry and prose. Allow 1 hour.
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FEES (and other pertinent information)

Workshops: One day (6-7 hours).............$650. per day.

Lectures: Single lecture..................$350.

PLEASE NOTE:
* Beyond a radius of 75 miles of Hartford, CT, a minimum of two workshop days is required.
* Travel expenses: The contracting organization agrees to pay travel expenses at current IRS rate per mile (car) or round trip airfare and/or other means of transportation, meals, and motel or hotel accommodations with PRIVATE ROOM (no home-stays, please).
* Student Supply List and coordinator Classroom Set-up Requirements will be provided upon request.
* A written, signed contract is necessary as early as possible to hold definite dates. Please be sure to confirm all arrangements (directions, accommodations, class size, etc.) in writing at least two months in advance.
* Class size is limited to 20 students unless another agreement has been reached.

GOOD LIGHTING AND AMPLE TABLE SPACE (at least 4 sq. ft. per student) ARE ESSENTIAL FOR ALL WORKSHOPS. DIRECT ACCESS TO SINK(S), RUNNING WATER, AND DIRECT ACCESS TO THE OUTDOORS (weather and season permitting) ARE ESSENTIAL FOR PAINTING WORKSHOPS. If fabric cannot be dried flat outdoors because of the season or inclement weather, a large indoor area must be provided (For 20 students' fabric, an additional classroom size or long hallways are sufficient.)

Please feel free to call or email if you would like more information or have any questions at all. We'll chat!
Thanks.

Mickey Lawler
E-Mail: Skydyes@comcast.net
phone: (860) 232-1429

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