Special Adult Classes

Art Barn Quilt Camp, Parts 1 and 2,  June 12 – Aug 7, 2019, 10 am – 3 pm

Instructor Susan Atwell

 Art Quilt Barn Camp is a fun series of classes suitable for ages 16 and up with no experience required! Come ready to dive in  with an open mind and the willingness to enjoy the creative process through  play and exploration. Students will create a selection of Art Fabrics by combining and layering different Fiber Reactive dyeing and printing  techniques, which can then be utilized to create their own Art Quilt.
All materials are included. Students will come away with the basic knowledge, experience and printed resources to continue exploring these techniques on their own. 
  • Students will need to provide their own plastic shoebox containers with lids
  • Students may also bring other suitable cotton or plant based fabrics for further experimentation
  • Students should bring a sack lunch and beverage, dress for mess and weather with old clothes or apron, and old comfortable shoes
  • A camera, notebook, sunscreen, hat and bug repellant are also helpful 
Part One – Dye it Up – $390/5 weeks create a selection of Art Fabrics by combining and layering different Fiber Reactive dyeing and printing techniques

June 12  #1 Intro to Dyeing/Color Exploration: Using Dye Painting and Low water immersion techniques we will explore color (in theory and practice) through mixing and hue and value gradations 

June 19   # 2 Resists/Ice Dyeing : Chemical and Physical methods will be explored through common household substances (flour, potatoes, etc) as well as clamping folding and binding techniques to create patterned resists to our dyebaths

June 26.  #3 Printing: Create patterning on fabric by direct printing. We will make our own motifs by creating our own blocks for block printing, print with various found objects and learn monoprinting. Deconstructed Screen Printing will also be introduced 

July 3.  #4 Silkscreening: Learn how to stretch your own screen to use in so many different ways. We will be employing freezer paper, latex paint, interfacing, and tape as well as dried flour paste and Colored dye paste for Deconstructed techniques

July 10 #5 Fugitive Media: Colored Pencils, Charcoal, Conte Crayon etc. Learn how to go back into your fabrics create highlights and detail using fugitive media and make them permanent

July 17 NO CLASS

Part Two – Put it Together – $235/3 weeks  design and construct an Art Quilt, from the fabrics created in Part 1
July 24 #6 Design : We will employ a design wall and a digital camera to record the design process and explore all the possibilities of our Art Quilt ideas
July 31 #7Construction: Putting it all together! A basic knowledge of using your sewing machine( that is in good working order) is required for this class. 
August 7 #8 Quilting/ Finishing: Options for the final stages of the Art quilt Making process will be covered. Basic Domestic Machine quilting will be covered, some big hand stitching  options  and several binding/Finishing techniques will be demonstrated

Paint Party for Adults

All supplies, coffee and tea, and soft drinks are included in this fun 2 hour party. One of our experienced instructors will help you choose your subject and media. Watch our calendar and Facebook page for upcoming public Paint Parties.

You may register here to host a party of 5 or more, or register below to attend as a guest of an upcoming party.

$35/guest – $10 deposit required with guest registration

Prefer to register by mail? Click here to print Art Barn Adult Class Registration

Make checks payable to 

Art Barn School of Art

695 N 400 East

Valparaiso, IN 46383