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The next Composition in Feltmaking Online Workshop will start in September 2017.  Registration information will be available here in July.

Workshop Fee:  $195.00 USD

Composition in Feltmaking explores tools to create beautiful design in every project. These design tools explain the where and why we use a combination of colours and elements in a particular project to reach the most beautiful end result! For some people, design is just intuitive. They create dynamic, balanced layouts without knowing the theory behind their creative choices. If this doesn’t describe you, we can develop this sensibility by practising the design guidelines covered in this class. Working with this design theory can really help you to feel more satisfied with every felt project. It also gives you the language to describe your process, which is a great boost to your artistic confidence, and ability to talk about your work. This class is like a 5 week Art School for Feltmakers!

We start by creating a felt design board. This is a great tool for trying out colour combinations and designs.

Each week we cover 4 elements of design. As the foundation for all of our other composition decisions, having a strong relationship with colour is very important.We spend two weeks exploring colour- the first week delves into colour theory, and the second week explores exercises to develop our design interactions  with colour theory.

This class include very supportive and encouraging critiqueing. During critique a week day, I invite you to post a picture of a felt project, made that week following our new elements, or a felt work made previously. I offer feedback on what is wonderful, and what you might do a little differently to create a more aesthetically pleasing overall design.

We end the class with an individual project to pull all of these elements together in a final work.

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This is an intermediate level class-for those with some feltmaking experience. If you are a beginning feltmaker, work through my Introduction to Flat Feltmaking tutorial to become familiar with the materials and the techniques.

The class is six weeks long and is delivered in one week modules:

Week 1: Colour- Theory

designs boards; colour wheel; hue/value/intensity;  shades/tones/tints/mixtures,

Week 2: Colour-Interactions

relationships/contrasts; connecting with definitions; nature as designer; emotions and colour; your personal palette

Week 3: Forms

subject- your strongest element; balance; dominance; harmony/repetition; rhythm/unity

Week 4: Lines

focal points; entrance/exit; observation patterns; movement; knowing when to stop!

Week 5 + 6: Individual project

Each student will pick out the elements that they most want to explore further and integrate these elements of design in a felt project like a scarf, bag, wall piece, sculpture.

New material with 4 different elements of design will be available each Friday, with about 4-6 hours of student time recommended each week for design and feltmaking. You can decide when and how you work on each module. Work on one design element each day, or dedicate a day to work through the material all at once. I answer questions and give comments throughout the 6 weeks of the course, in the online classroom, allowing all participating students to learn through one another’s projects.

This material is sent to you in the form of a downloadable PDF, with clear text and lots of images. I include information on the design elements, plus samples of work that illustrate these elements.

Please do email Fiona if you have any questions about the class.

The materials list is available here.

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Workshop Dates:

The next Composition in Feltmaking Online Workshop will start in September 2017.  Registration information will be available here in July.

Online teaching materials and resources are available to students for 6 months from the beginning of the class.

Workshop Fee:  $195.00 USD