WORKSHOPS


Up Next---June 5-9, 2018  Woodland Ridge Retreat...the link is below.


Quilt Study Workshops---from the Liberated School of Design

The quilt study workshop is about process and creativity. I facilitate the classroom atmosphere to promote independence and discovery.  Learning is enhanced when we are engaged and enjoying the task at hand. The workshop format includes a lecture and "trunk show" sample of quilts to introduce the focus of the session. Technical demonstrations are conducted individually and in small groups. A student "show and tell" will often close the class to allow student's to consider doing more of what works for them. Questions are happily answered before you schedule a workshop, or before you register for one.

Note to Students: Adventurous quilters from beginners to advanced students will be comfortable in these workshops. Students work at their own pace. Our aim is to relax, explore, have fun and indulge our love of quilting. The quilts in the photos are samples to illustrate the theme, not a project you will sew.  No patterns are used. You will generate your own ideas and make original quilts. You will learn how to: work without a pattern; develop improvisation--meaning you will start from the familiar, experiment with making parts and arranging the parts in a design that pleases you; consider sources of inspiration and next steps in your growth as a quiltmaker. I have studied and taught with Gwen Marston, and I borrow from her Liberated approach to quilt making. I like to say I am from the Liberated School of Design! 



SAVE THE DATE!

Madeline Island School of the Arts October 2-6, 2017 A Quilter's Mark Making Study (class concluded)

American Quilters Society Quiltweek August 16-19, 2017 (classes concluded)

2018   
Madeline Island School of the Arts October 1-5 STUDIO HAND QUILTING
      
***Woodland Ridge Retreat June 5-9 Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact            registration is limited to 12 students---five days with lots of individual attention and groove from a small group...just imagine what you will create! 

2019--There may be a GRAND announcement, stay tuned!

Workshop concluded: SMALL STUDIES WITH GWEN MARSTON & PAM BEAL   
OCTOBER 10-14, 2016  MADELINE ISLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 


STUDIO HAND QUILTING



Hand quilting offers a look at the handwork of the artist. It sculpts the quilt top enhancing the visual and textural presentation of the quilt. Improvisation is key to successful design and developing your style in stitches. *please use the above link for details of the Madeline Island School of the Arts workshop




A QUILTER'S MARK MAKING STUDY



Mark making quilts are my idea of a style of abstract quilts. Think of improvisational piecing and appliqu√© as invitation to add marks to your quilt creating visual interest and movement. Consider lines, squares, triangles and circles as the vocabulary of mark making. Little pieces and parts coming out of nowhere, seemingly going nowhere. The very curiosity of it interests the maker and the viewer. 

optional resource:  Minimal Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston, AQS Publishing 2014


IMPROVISATION IN CLOTH


  

Small Study Series---An immersion in design. Explore color, line and technique through a series of small quilt studies. Grow as a quiltmaker and artist. Small studies offer a good challenge, allow ideas to develop and improvisation to flourish.




Abstract Design in Quilts---Improvise from tradition and consider the trusted square, medallion, log cabin, strings and on and on. We have a long and rich tradition across culture and the globe.   

MINIMALIST DESIGN



Explore enough. Create your interpretation of minimalism in quiltmaking. Spare, crisp, clean, spacious design. Restful and exciting, spare yet expansive, complete. There is good challenge in this process of determining simplicity, completeness. *please use the above link for details of the Woodland Ridge Retreat workshop

"Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication." ____attributed to Leonardo da Vinci

optional resource: Minimal Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston, AQS Publishing 2014

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overheard = comments from students about my workshops....... "I've taken classes with many nationally known teachers and I have really enjoyed this class."... "I thought this would be my last quilting class, but you have opened my eyes to another way of making a quilt and I'm excited again."..."This class was so much fun!"..."I was way out of my box and loved it."..."You and Gwen were seamless"..."My quilt took on a life of it's own"..."It's exciting to have the ability to innovate--truly a liberation"



*previous engagements---Madeline Island School of the Arts; American Quilter's Society; Bonifas Arts Center



Workshop Fees
 plus travel/lodging expenses
Details to be determined when we talk
limited engagements by design

Contact
Pam Beal

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