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Contact info

8365 Avens Cir, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, USStudio Address

Textiles West teacherOrganizational Affiliation

About the Artist Facilitator

I’m a teaching artist in fashion, fiber arts, printmedia, painting and drawing with over 20 years of experience. In addition, I help people to build on their design and writing skills. As an educator, I focus on sustainable creative, daily living practices for beginners and for people looking to dive deeper into their own projects and ideas. Something I keep going back to in my own work and while I’m teaching is that I care deeply about what happens to people individually and focus on creative growth.

  • Drawing
  • Painting (watercolor and acrylic)
  • Printmaking on fabric and paper
  • Sewing and fashion construction

Students will receive highly personalized, one-one-one direction, mentorship, and skill-building at home or online. *NOTE* I work almost exclusively online for public health reasons this year. Please message me for in-person appointments so that we can discuss safety measures.

  • Approved FBI background check is on file.
  • Virtual and/or remote Experiences available.

MY EXPERIENCES

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About this Experience

This in-person or online two-session Experience shows participants the basics of proportion, shapes and shading for the face, hair and shoulders to create a portrait in pencil. This series can be completed back-to-back (2 hours) or in two separate 1-hour sessions. Materials are straightforward–we need drawing paper, a pencil, sharpener, and erasers to get started. (A supply list will be provided.) Intended for beginning or intermediate participants.





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Individual
Age:
All Ages
Venue:
To be agreed upon
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Introduction to Portrait Drawing (Two Sessions)

About this Experience

This in-person or online two-session Experience helps participants gain confidence in painting and begin a painting project in watercolor or acrylic paints. Participants will learn the basics of blending colors, shading, and how to use different kinds of brushes in order to create a still life or landscape image on paper or canvas. A supply list will be provided for either medium based on your interest. Intended for beginning or intermediate participants.





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Individual
Age:
All Ages
Venue:
To be agreed upon
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Painting Introduction - Watercolor or Acrylic (Two Sessions)

About this Experience

These one-hour Experiences in sewing provide personalized instruction for sewing based on the participant’s interest and skill level. Participants can request an introduction to machine sewing or hand-sewing. (*Participants must provide their own machine.)

Participants can use this Experience for highly individualized learning. Let me know what you want to learn to do and what sewing challenges you are experiencing. Whether you’re learning how to use a pattern, or have never sewn before, a personalized sewing workshop is a great place to begin. This Experience may be in-person or online. Recommended materials lists will be provided based on your goals and needs.





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Individual
Age:
All Ages
Venue:
To be agreed upon
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Personalized Sewing Workshops (One Session)

About this Experience

This two-hour Experience shows participants how to design and cut their own printmaking blocks to create patterns or images for paper or fabric according to your choice. Learn how to cut linoleum blocks, use printing ink and successfully create prints in just 2 hours. Materials list will be provided. This Experience may be in-person or online.





Level:
Intermediate
Type:
Individual
Age:
All Ages
Venue:
To be agreed upon
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Block Printing for Fabric or Paper (One Session)
Level:
Experience Level 1 Beginner
Experience Level 2 Intermediate
Type:
Individual Individual
Group/ Public Group - Open to Community
Group/ Private Group - Military/Veteran Only
Age:
All Ages All Ages
Youth Youth
Adult Adult
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