5 - 7 DAY CLASSES


DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION: developing abstract imagery
©Sue Benner
5 days, intermediate to advanced

The exploration of abstraction, both objective and non-objective, in the art quilt medium is the theme of this workshop. Sue presents several methods for developing abstract imagery and encourages students to more deeply explore their own personal interests, style, and process. Through exercises, slide shows, and individual discussions, each student creates a series of works based on source materials brought to class for inspiration. Instruction on using fusible collage as the construction technique is presented, but these concepts adapt to other techniques as well. This is a great class for pushing your personal work.

The exploration of abstraction, both objective and non-objective, in the art quilt medium is the theme of this workshop. Sue presents several methods for developing abstract imagery and encourages students to more deeply explore their own personal interests, style, and process. Through exercises, slide shows, and individual discussions, each student creates a series of works based on source materials brought to class for inspiration. Instruction on using fusible collage as the construction technique is presented, but these concepts adapt to other techniques as well. This is a great class for pushing your personal work.

Display II



CONSTRUCTION/ABSTRACTION
©Sue Benner
5 days, intermediate to advanced

Experiment with the fusion of construction and abstraction with process and technique in the creation of art quilts. Beginning with Sue’s fusible collage methods developed in her series Walking Through Time, she presents a progression of exercises that builds design and technique skills. Participants take this information in their own direction. This is a great workshop for developing new ideas in composition, color, abstraction, and sensitivity to proportion.

Walking through Time I



COMPOSITION QUARTET: four techniques for fused quilts
©Sue Benner
5 days, all levels

Each day of this workshop is devoted to a different composition challenge. Day one explores squares and rectangles, day two experiments with curvilinear shapes, day three works with collage-and-cut process, and day four deals with landscape. Using step-by-step directions with lots of creative options, each student makes four small quilts (about 16” x 20”) using Sue’s fusible techniques. Sue also covers fusible basics, working with non-traditional fabrics, and briefly quilting, blocking, and binding.  By the end of this workshop experience, construction ideas will abound!

Concert Hall(s) after Sam Francis II



SEWING THE LAND: fused, collaged and quilted landscapes
©Sue Benner
5 days, intermediate to advanced

Sue began making landscape images from raw edges, selvedges, and other odds and ends from scrap bags. From there she went on to add other techniques and develop a body of work inspired by wetlands in her childhood-home state, Wisconsin. 

In this workshop each participant creates two or three landscape quilts along with several small studies. The class studies different approaches to representing landscape, including those of other artists in a variety of media. Sue then shows students how to look at a landscape, analyze it, and translate it to fabric using a variety of fused construction methods. She also covers fusible basics, working with non-traditional fabrics, quilting and binding the fused quilt. (Previous students have told Sue that this changed the way they saw the land.)

Japanese Maples 2



FLORAL ARRANGEMENT: creating fused flower quilts
©Sue Benner
5 days, all levels

Beautiful flowers, concentric patterns, symmetry, block design, use of exotic fabrics, and lots of fun are all included in this class. Learn Sue’s layered technique for cutting, assembling, and arranging flowers as done in her extensive Flower Series art quilts. This class gives the opportunity to use gorgeous fabrics and expansive color--plus, this construction method is applicable to other designs. Create a study quilt, then move on to a larger, more involved art quilt with surprising complexity.

Flower Arrangement I



STUDIO PRACTICE: art quilt master class
© Sue Benner
5-7 days, advanced: this class is for artists who have established both their artistic direction and working methods. 

Make your art and enjoy the community of other artists. Sue’s proposal is to begin a new direction in your work—something you have always wanted to approach. At the same time, works in progress will also be welcome. The class engages in discussion and critiques to further development of participants along their artistic paths. Woven into the studio work are discussions on self-expression, developing constructive work habits, managing the artistic life and work, and the nature of contemporary quilts in a larger art context.

Prairie/Wall #3:  Autumn Blue Stem



EXPRESSIVE DYE-PAINTING AND PRINTING WITH PROCION MX DYES
© Sue Benner
5 days, intermediate to advanced
Please note: This class can only be taught in a fully equipped dye studio.

Make your marks, brush your strokes, and record it all on fabric.

Bold and expressive use of Procion MX dyes is the goal of this workshop. Sue teaches her layered painterly approach using direct application, mono-printing, and various other techniques. Emphasis is also placed on developing sophisticated color combinations, using interesting tools, along with adding touches of metallic and opaque fabric paints. Sue shares helpful hints, technical information, and her own variations. 

Dye-painted Silk





1-2 DAY CLASSES


FUSING THE GRID: variations on a square theme
©Sue Benner
1-2 days, all levels

Create a series of several art quilts based on the grid. Sue offers many ways to work with rectilinear design using fusible collage as a construction method. This is a great workshop for developing new directions in color, working in a series, and experimenting with silk and other fibers. The techniques and ideas that Sue teaches here form the basis for much of her work.

Fusing the Grid: Sample


FLORAL ARRANGEMENT: creating fused flower quilts
©Sue Benner
2 days, all levels

Beautiful flowers, concentric pattern, radial symmetry, block design, fusibles, using silks and sheers, and lots of fun are all included in this class.  Learn Sue’s layered technique for cutting, assembling, and arranging flowers as done in her extensive Flower Series art quilts. This class gives you the opportunity to use gorgeous fabrics and expansive color—plus, this construction method can be applied to other designs. Create a 16”-24” square art quilt with surprising complexity.

Flower Arrangement IX



SEWING THE LAND: fused, collaged, and quilted landscapes
© Sue Benner
2 days, all levels

Sue began making landscape images from raw edges, selvedges, and other odds and ends from scrap bags. From there she went on to add other techniques and develop a body of work inspired by wetlands in her childhood-home state, Wisconsin. 

In this workshop, Sue leads participants down a similar path by having each one create at least one landscape quilt, about 10”H x 20”W, along with several small studies. Sue shows you how to look at the landscape, analyze it, and translate it to fabric. She also covers fusible basics, working with non-traditional fabrics, quilting and binding the fused quilt. A second image can be started with time permitting.

Marsh #18  Sunny Day



CUT AND COLLAGE: abstraction and proportion
©Sue Benner
2 days, all levels

Create a series of exciting fused-fabric collages to combine in an art quilt composition (or two). With these instructions, Sue Benner shares techniques used in making her Walking Through Time series. This is a great workshop for developing new directions in abstract composition, color, design, and sensitivity to proportion.

Checks and Bars #7



SELF-PORTRAIT: the artist as quilt
©Sue Benner
2 days, intermediate to advanced

The self-portrait has long been a standard form of artistic expression. By creating an image of ourselves, we explore our identities, motivations, and fears, among other things. Gather up the photographs, journals, and sketches. Bring a bag of fabric (with lots of meaning) and personal mementos. Come and work it out. The results are fascinating and revealing. The self-portrait is realistic, symbolic, or abstract depending upon artistic preference.





Sue Benner teaching a workshop at Empty Spools Seminars, Asilomar Conference Center, California.  Photos by Skye McDonald.



ORGANIZATION DATES LOCATION CLASS NAME/LENGTH CONTACT PERSON WEB ADDRESS
Quilting Symposium of Manawatu January 16-21, 2015 Palmerston North, New Zealand 1-Day Workshop: Fusing the Grid; 4-Day Workshop: Driven to Abstraction; Lecture: The Working Path Helen Pedersen Weblink
Rose City Quilters January 24-25, 2015 Palmerston North, New Zealand 2-Day Workshop: Sewing the Land Dianne Southey Weblink
Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar April 26-May 1, 2015 Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA 5-Day Workshop: Driven to Abstraction: Developing Abstract Imagery Suzanne Cox Weblink
QSDS Quilt/Surface Design Symposium

May 25-29, May 30-31, 2015

Columbus College of Art & Design Columbus, OH

5-Day Workshop: Expressive Dye Painting; 2-Day Workshop: Self Portrait

Tracy Rieger Weblink
Quilt Gallery July 22-July 26, 2015 Kalispell, MT 5-Day Workshop:  Construction/Abstraction Janet Brand Weblink
Hudson River Valley Art Workshops August 24-28, 2015 Greenville, NY 5-Day Workshop:  Construction/Abstraction Kim LaPolla Weblink
Dallas Modern Quilt Guild September 24, 2015 Dallas, TX Lecture: Quilts the New Geometry Suzanne Montgomery Weblink
Maiwa Textile Symposium October 13-18, 2015 Vancouver, BC, Canada Lecture; 5-Day Workshop:  Expressive Dye-Painting and Printing with Procion MX Dyes Charllotte Kwon Weblink
Art Quilt Tahoe November 1-6, 2015 Nevada City, CA 4-Day Workshop: Monoprint the Quilt: Surface Alteration with Textile Paints Judy Bernard Weblink
Denton Quilt Guild January 21, 2016 Denton, TX Lecture: Quilts: the New Geometry Marie Mitchell Weblink
Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar April 10-15, 2016 Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA 5-Day Workshop: Sewing the Land Suzanne Cox Weblink
PRO Chemical & Dye July 25-29, 2016 Fall River, MA 5-Day Workshop: Expressive Dye Painting Vicki Jensen Weblink
Madeline Island School of the Arts August 8-12, 2016 La Pointe, WI Madeline Island 5-Day Workshop: Sewing the Land Jenna Erickson Weblink
Pacific Northwest Art School September 7-11, 2016 Coupeville, WA 5-Day Workshop: Expressive Dye Painting & Printing Lisa Bernhardt Weblink
Private Group at the Minneapolis Textile Center September 19-23, 2016 Minneapolis, MN 5-Day Workshop: Expressive Dye Painting & Printing Tina Hughes
Minnesota Contemporary Quilters September 24-25, 2016 Minneapolis, MN 2-Day Workshop: Cut and Collage Tina Hughes
Art Quilt Tahoe November 6-13, 2016 Nevada City, CA 4 (or 6)-Day Workshop: Sewing the Land Judy Bernard Weblink
Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar March 3-8, 2017 Pacific Grove, CA 5-Day Workshop: Driven to Abstraction Suzanne Cox Weblink
Alegre Retreat April 9-14, 2017 Gateway, CO 5-Day Workshop: Driven to Abstraction Katie Pasquini-Mausopust Weblink
QSDS Quilt/Surface Design Symposium May 29-June 2, 2017: Session I; June 3-4, 2017: Session II Columbus College of Art & Design Columbus, OH 5-Day Workshop: Expressive Dye Painting and Printing;
2-Day Workshop: Expressive Dye Painting Independent Study
Tracy Rieger Weblink
Woodland Ridge Retreat July 18-22, 2017 Menomonie, WI 5-Day Workshop: Sewing the Land Chris Daly Weblink
Madeline Island School of the Arts August 14-18, 2017 La Pointe, WI Madeline Island 5-Day Workshop: Monoprint the Quilt Jenna Erickson Weblink
Stitchin' Post October 9-13, 2017 Sisters, OR 5-Day Workshop: Monoprint the Quilt Jean Wells Weblink
Hudson River Valley Art Workshops October 23-28, 2017 Greenville, NY 5-Day Workshop: Sewing the Land Kim LaPolla Weblink
Art Quilt Tahoe November 5-10, 2017 Nevada City, CA 5-Day Workshop: Construction/Abstraction Judy Bernard Weblink
MISA West at the Tanque Verde Ranch January 8-12, 2018 Tucson, AZ 5-Day Workshop: Sewing the Land Jenna Erickson Weblink
Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar February 25-March 2, 2018 Pacific Grove, CA 5-Day Workshop: Floral Arrangement Suzanne Cox Weblink
Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild March 3-4, 2018 Pacific Grove, CA 2-Day Workshop: Sewing the Land Jeanne Mills Weblink
LAFTA - Louisville Area Fiber Textile Artists March 18-23, 2018 Louisville, KY 5-Day Workshop: Composition Quartet Ann Pigneri Weblink
Madeline Island School of the Arts August 6-10, 2018 La Pointe, WI Madeline Island 5-Day Workshop: Composition Quartet Jenna Erickson Weblink
Hudson River Valley Art Workshops October 15-19, 2018 Greenville, NY 5-Day Workshop: Monoprint the Quilt Kim LaPolla Weblink



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