Studio Master Classes

Bobbins on tapestry in-progress, weaving from the back                                                                                   photo credit:  Lany Eila

Bobbins on tapestry in-progress, weaving from the back                                                                                   photo credit:  Lany Eila

Master Classes In Tapestry

Elizabeth Buckley's Studio Master Classes provide the opportunity for in-depth study of tapestry technique and design over a period of two months.  We explore different ways to translate concepts and ideas into tapestry, addressing how to synchronize the language of the loom with the emerging image.   We take a deeper look at the use of  progressions, primary and secondary repetitions, illusory space, as well as the use of color and value.  Intermediate level students can expect to fine-tune technique, add to tapestry vocabulary and utilize shape-building, weaving either from the front or the back.

Format:  Five-hour classes usually meet once every two weeks, with a lunch break.  During each class we explore new material, as well as address individual questions and designs.  Students work with their own photos, sketches and design ideas to develop what they would like to weave.  In between sessions, students weave and further develop their designs.  Each person needs to have a portable loom for use in class and to weave on at home.  Master classes happen twice a year:  in February and March, then in the fall, usually in October and November. 

 

Drawing for Tapestry

Held in conjunction with the Master Classes for Tapestry, these drawing classes focus on how  drawing is a practice in observation and focus; a way of fine-tuning the eye to see.  Come learn the language of line, shadow, shape, form, and texture.  We explore different approaches to drawing and how the pencil can articulate what we observe.   Students learn how to relate drawing to tapestry and how to draw as if they were weaving.  Come experience how drawing can become a way of putting thoughts on paper.


What Students Say...

I have enjoyed immensely the Master Classes in Tapestry and Drawing classes with Elizabeth Buckley.

She provides a supportive environment for learning and is very good at working with students, taking them from where they are to the next level.  Elizabeth introduces new concepts and techniques in each session of both the drawing and master tapestry classes.    Drawing is no longer something to be avoided but to be enjoyed.  Since we were taking the Masters Weaving classes in conjunction with the drawing classes there was a natural flow of concepts from one class to the other which was extremely useful for the design of tapestry cartoons.  I would highly recommend these classes to others.

--Cindy Dworzak


Partial yarn palette

Partial yarn palette