Here are the 3 workshop descriptions:
Developing Sketchbooks ONLINE
This Developing Sketchbooks online workshop commences on Monday and lasts for 2 weeks and consists of a series of emails, videos and blogs which will guide you through the development of a sketchbook. By the end of the workshop you’ll have a full & jam packed book full of ideas and techniques which you can refer back to again and again.
Explore a series of easy and exciting practical exercises which you can add to any design project – they’ll help you develop imagery and are key elements to any sketchbook.
Here’s an overview of the areas we’ll cover:
- Lose the fear: starting a new book is full of woes, let me show you how!The essential ingredients.
- No panic drawing/observation
- Found and abstracted
- Cut and enhance
- Repeat and play
A supplies list will be sent to you a few weeks before the class starts – to be honest I’m going to guess you’ll have most of it hanging around – but I’ll give you some time to gather everything.
Information will be sent to you over a 7 day period, but you will have access to the password protected blog/videos etc for 2 weeks, so you can take your time and re-watch videos as required. [you will need suitable computer based skills to access information – answering emails, engaging on blogs, uploading images.] So that you truly engage in the workshop environment I success you set definite time aside for yourself to create – after all if this were the studio version you would spend a complete day engrossed in creativity – give yourself that time!
Online interaction with your fellow students is very beneficial and this will be a key point of contact and feedback: there is a private Facebook group where you can share images of your results.
Thank you Dionne for another spectacular course. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed on-line classes as much as yours, for content, for inspiration, for your considered, considerable and considerate on-line presence and for the way we have all made such great connections. It’s been great feeling a part of such a wonderful community.
A comparable studio workshop would be £70 – £80 per day plus your travel and accommodation costs on top – learning online represents significant savings and can offer you more time to full absorb the information. If there are any other workshop you would like to see translated in this way, please let me know your thoughts.
Drawing for Textiles ONLINE
Kick start creativity by taking part in this exciting ONLINE workshop. Commencing on a Monday and lasting for 3 weeks
Develop your drawing style and most importantly your ‘perception’ of drawing. Learn to draw in a purposeful way, one that will actually support tactile discoveries.
As with all of my workshops you won’t create a bag/scarf/cushion but you will have a resource of drawing development techniques and the skills to translate your drawings into textile surfaces – these will transform the way you work.
Delivered in a series of sessions you will have access to information for 3 weeks, it makes sense for you to clear space in your calendar to devote to your work; a minimum of 2 clear days or the equivalent [approx 16 hours]. So you may be busy at the beginning of the workshop, but take on board the information, ready to get practical by the final week – you structure your time to suit your own scenario.
- Stages of seeing
- Make your mark
- Tactile translations
Delivered via videos, text, illustrations and speedy tutor feedback. For me the latter makes a major difference when taking an online workshop. This is not a workshop where you sign up and are left to your own devices [however you can choose that route if you wish] I don’t want my students to feel isolated and I want this personal approach to define my workshops. This is personal content that can’t be copied or imitated!!
This workshop is the equivalent of a 2 day workshop with me costing anything from £120 and so the price reflects a significant saving with no travel/accommodation expenses. To consider whether an ONLINE workshop is for you please check out the DEBATE pages where you will read about other experiences. Note: I would suggest that this workshop isn’t suitable for complete beginners.
You will need a fast broadband speed to watch the instruction videos successfully and have sufficient IT skills to respond to emails, follow links, comment on blogs and upload images and engage in a private Facebook group too.
A supplies list is sent out prior to the start date. As well as a range of drawing media, I shall be demonstrating on a sewing machine with free motion capabilities and an embellisher [needle punch machine].
If you have an old straight stitching machine that will be fine – You will learn how to maximise its potential. I offer alternatives for the embellisher too – there are hand help options. Note; a sewing machine and embellisher are desirable but not essential for this workshop and alternative hand methods will be illustrated – any queries, do get in touch.
Silk Screen Printing ONLINE
This Silk Screen Printing Techniques workshop commences ONLINE on a Monday and lasts for 3 weeks and consists of a series of emails, videos, PDFs and blogs which will guide you through the silk screen printing process.
It seems crazy to suggest that you can do this at home – silk screen printing has the reputation of needing vast amounts of equipment; huge screens, big washout areas, exposure units etc. well I take a more accessible approach: learn my techniques in step by step guides.
This is a technique based workshop, so an ability to draw or design isn’t essential. There are downloadable images to print off and use as visual inspiration – but you can work from your own imagery too.
Session 1 – equipment and setting up a suitable studio space
Session 2 – mixing dyes and printing pastes
Session 3 – printing technique: stencils
Session 4 – printing technique: flour paste
Session 5 – printing technique: monoprinting
Session 6 – printing technique: breakdown
Session 7 – processing your cloth
STOP PRESS!!! Session 8 – bonus session – DIY exposure unit!!!
Information will be sent to you during the first 5/7 days of the workshop, but you will have access to the password protected blog/videos etc until Sunday 12th April [that gives you 4 full weekends in total], so you can take your time and re-watch videos as required. [you will need suitable computer based skills to access information – answering emails, engaging on line, uploading images.]
Interaction with your fellow students via a Facebook group is encouraged and this will be a key point of contact and feedback, here you can share images of your results and get that all important support from me.
Find the requirements list HERE – it’s not too long, you may already have some items.
Here’s how Jackie felt about her experience:
The videos are brilliant – very clear and easy to follow. Just enough information to be able to get started without overwhelming my limited brainspace! I have to admit to feeling a bit pressured at first when the workshops came thick and fast, but once I started, I found it was good to have all the information at hand when I needed it, rather than having to wait for more to come, so I think getting it all upfront was great – I just needed to calm myself and do it at my own pace!
Although I would have liked to be able to do a workshop with other people around (always great to share ideas and experiences), this has been an invaluable alternative – I have certainly been able to take more time perhaps to consider what I have done before I make the next move, without knowing I have to complete it all by the end of the day, so I have probably spent more time on it than I would have done on a workshop. However, I have tried to treat it like one of your studio workshops and learn the techniques without getting bogged down in developing ideas at this stage. The course has been fantastic for this and I have been inspired by what I have learned – I had never done breakdown printing or used flour paste before, and I am wowed by them both – cant wait to develop them further.
It has been a great way to learn the techniques – I can’t think of any constructive criticism to give – it has been a well planned and structured programme and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Great value, great education and great inspiration!!
Thank you very much for a wonderful time with stimulating ideas and a wealth of inspiration!
I have been inspired by you: your online workshops helped me overcome being locked in my house with depression. In one year I’ve built a workshop, printed with two old screens and sold my first thousand pounds worth of work.
I can’t thank you enough. Everyone who’s finding it tough should try your online workshops.
A comparable studio workshop would be between £120 – £180, plus your travel and accommodation costs – learning online represents significant savings and can offer you more time to full absorb the information. If there are any other workshop you would like to see translated in this way, please let me know your thoughts.