Alegre Retreat 2021 (2020 Do-Over) Classes
Composing with Line
Composing with Line (all levels):
Explore the beauty, simplicity and complexity of line. We’ll start with the basic principles of linear design and analyze quilts to see those principles in action. Jacquie will lead you through a series of exercises to ground you in the fundamental principles and as the week progresses you will apply those principles to create original designs. Students will work with Jacquie and each other in a fun, collaborative environment to explore linear design, piecing techniques and the elements and principles of design. Students will create several small pieces that may serve as seeds for further explorations and larger pieces that may be begun at the retreat.
(Materials fee: none)
Jean Wells Keenan
A Sense of Place
A Sense of Place (all levels):
Is there a place that is very special to you or that you are in complete awe of? In this workshop you will work from this inspiration to create a one-of-a-kind art quilt. Using the place as a starting point you will explore design possibilities in an abstract like fashion simplifying what you see. Find your own voice through a series of mini assignments, Jean’s books Intuitive Color and Design and Journey to Inspired Art Quilting, and Val’s book Simple Start, Stunning Finish are good references.
(Materials fee: $3)
Fuse–Design-Stitch (all levels):
This class is about discovery. Laura will guide you in the creation of several small art quilts using fused fabrics and improvisational methods of construction. Your original designs then act as your canvas for improvisational hand embroidery. You’ll learn basic fusing skills and techniques for quilt construction and how to easily invent new designs through improvisation. You’ll learn how to hand embroider a fused art quilt and find how a well-placed stitch brings your quilt to life. Discover the joy of making multifle piece of art with the ease of fusing and the delight of free-form, unfettered hand embroidery.
(Materials fee: $25)
Katie Pasquini Masopust
Jumpstart Design and Creativity
Jumpstart Design and Creativity (all levels):
Learn the basics of good design and explore exercises to unleash the creative process. Bring out your inner artist and learn to apply the principles to making of art quilts.
Each day starts with a different exercise in color and composition. You will work mostly in a 12 inch square format. These exercises can then be a start of a larger piece, if desired. Composition with Line and shape will be explored as well as addressing negative space, soft and hard edges, abstraction of realistic inspirations, etc. Critiques of work will be held each evening.
(Materials fee: none)
Participants in Independent Study will join in on the festivities, the good food, the lecture series and everything else that goes along with attending Alegre Retreat and will work unsupervised in a class room having a set time for self critiques within their group. Each teacher will set aside one hour of class time to share their critiques of your work if desired.