Playshops

I facilitate a number of playshops, and would love to do some in your area.  Email me at windinn@telus.net to request details when one catches your eye.


Quick Peek Schedule:

Saturday, May 6, 2017, Fly in the Fibre, Creston, BC
                       9 am to noon

Gelli Side Up - 


***Warning:  You're about to get hooked, whether you're a mixed media artist, a quilter, a fabric artist or just love to play with colour.

The Gelli plate is a durable surface for mono-printing paper, fabric, canvas and body parts, if need be!  In this three hour playshop, we'll use both fabric and paper so you can try both.  Paint, paper, texturing implements and the use of a plate, along with half a dozen fabric swatches are provided; you can bring your own 9 x 11 fabric swatches if you’d like to print more than the six supplied.

Using fingers, paint brushes, brayers, texturing tools, stamps and our infinite imagination, we'll layer colour after colour to achieve some outstanding results.  Are you coming to play? ***

Date:  Saturday, May 6/17
Time:  9 am to noon
Place:  Fly in the Fibre
Class size restricted to 8 people; register now to avoid disappointment.
                Your registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment at Fly in the
                Fibre

Cost:  $59.00 + tax

Sssssssssssssssh...there's a bonus involved!  If you register for this workshop at Kootenay Fibre Arts Festival  this Saturday, April 22, you'll receive a bonus gift of a hand-crafted stencil (yours truly slaving for hours over a hot stencil burner and cold house wrap) or an ArtFoamie stamp.  How could you lose?  Offer is good only this Saturday for FibreFest attendees, so perhaps you should ensure you have your ticket?!!!



Playshop Descriptions:


Colour Boot Camp (aka Colour Kicks!)


If you need in-depth knowledge about how colours work together, or want to ramp up your comfort level when choosing colour combinations for painting, decor, quilting, embroidery, etc., this class is for you.  You'll learn more than you thought possible about colour, and yes, there is homework and you'll love it!

Previous participants say this about the workshop:  'much more than I could have expected, and I'm hooked', and 'far exceeded anything that I could imagine'.

Next class details tba

Creative Display and Design


This three hour workshop outlines the do’s and don’ts of displaying your valuable wares in a marketplace setting.  Learn basic display principles, design standards, common display errors and even a bit of boothmanship in a cooperative workshop structure.



Flower Power



Learn to craft your own garden in this three-hour play shop.  Cutting, folding and embellishments create a huge range of flowers to adorn your gifts or artwork.

Next class details tba

Cost:  $45 per person, supplies & instructions included

Maximum 4 participants

Register:  by email to windinn@shaw.ca



Gelli It Up!



 ***Warning:  You're about to get hooked, whether you're a mixed media artist, a quilter, a fabric artist or you just love to play with colour.

The Gelli plate is a durable surface for mono-printing paper, fabric, canvas and body parts, if need be!  In this playshop, we'll use it with paper and mat board, but all techniques are transferable.  Useful for collage, backgrounds, fabric swatches and much, much more, you'll have more fun than a dozen rats in a food maze.

Using fingers, paint brushes, brayers, texturing tools and our infinite imagination, we'll layer colour after colour to achieve some outstanding results.  Best of all, you'll take your own Gelli plate home so you can keep it up.***



Into the Mandala



This one-day workshop is an introduction to the world of mandala creation.

The word 'mandala' means sacred circle in Sanskrit, and the creation of mandalas is a way to access the inner spirit.  All cultures include the form in some manner, and the very nature of life is mandalic.

You can access your own personal nature and learn how to create mandalas (no drawing experience necessary) in this class, working from a geometric pattern, and through to freehand intuitive pieces.





Mixed Media Mayhem  


Are you lacking technique, but have the soul of an artist?  Looking for a fun way to stretch your creative muscles?  This course is for you.  You'll learn 10 ways to create a surface for your painting, as many ways to add new layers and found objects, and the steps necessary to complete your painting to archival standards.

Previous participants have said this about the course -
'Feeling creative but stuck in a rut? Take the Mixed Media Workshop with Win Dinn! Win is one of those creative people who brings out the artist in all of us and you learn so much from Win! Even if you have never picked up a tube of paint or drawn a stick person you can create a beautiful piece of art. The only limit in this course is your imagination! My daughter and I took it last year and what a blast! Paint, tissue paper, seeds, beads, glitter and more paint, mixed and layered until you had a vibrant, interesting piece of artwork.  Kerry Hart',  'absolutely fantastic!  I've learned so much', and 'I don't want it to be over' and 'such an exciting and inspiring class...left my head spinning and opened up a new world of creativity for me', and 'Just great!  I feel inspired, am leaving with motivation to carry on and trust myself' and ...'have learned to look at things in a totally different light'. 'Thanks from one with very limited (ie none) artistic skills.'




Mixed Media II Workshop - More Playtime for Adults


For some frenzied mixed media activity, check out the twelve hours of chaos, up to twenty techniques, flying paint and found objects, with the possibility of a finished piece of art - what could be more entertaining? 

No drawing or painting experience required, no prerequisites, no fear involved.  Just come and play with some friends in the paintbox!

Previous participants have said this about the course:

"Awesome fun!"
"Loved the positivity."
"Loved everything.  I would like to do this every day if I could."
"Too much fun!  Loved the course!  Come back SOON."



Painted Papers 101



Need some drop-dead gorgeous paper?  In this 1-3 hour workshop you'll learn how to transform neutral mulberry paper into a melange of mouth-watering tones that take your breath away.  The best part is the ease and fun of creation.  Cost is $45 per person, with all supplies and instruction included to create at least 4 sheets of paper.

Paper can be framed, used in artwork, or wrapped around a treasure for someone special.  Or, follow up with Painted Papers 102 and learn more uses.

Previous participants have said this about the class:  'It was lovely, mucky fun!!' and 'please don't advertise too much...too many people would want to join us!  I'd prefer to keep all the fun to ourselves!  I LOVE it!', and 'Fantastic!  So much fun.'

This 'art party' workshop can be organized 'on demand' for 3 or 4 people in Creston.  Email windinn@shaw.ca to confirm your dates.



Painted Papers 102



You've made some fabulous painted papers, and want to know how to use them?  This 2 day workshop will give you at least 10 ideas and time to create them.

Previous participants have this to say about the class:
'I would recommend this to everyone, and would love to take the next level', and 'so much fun!'

Next class details tba:
                                                                                                      Maximum 4 participants


Cost:  $99 per person,  supply list on registration


Register:  by email to windinn@shaw.ca

A Strong Finish!

Bring your starts, ideas and passion for mixed media to this workshop.  We'll work from the bottom up to finish those pieces that are in 'art limbo'.  Beginning with the background, we'll determine what will make a rich and interesting middle ground to show off your foreground to perfection.

Four two-hour classes (10 am to noon) each Thursday morning will give you the chance to work in my Creston studio setting, pick each other's brains, and maybe even steal from the instructor's stash to bring those paintings to completion.  Your supplies include your own acrylic paints/brushes/spray bottle of water/gloss medium/water container/palette knife and any background starts you choose.  Let's get down and get at it





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