Embroidery and the Face

July 22 - July 26


This is a 5-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.

Embroidery and the Face

Embroidery and the Face

This course comprises many important artistic and expressive skills. From facial anatomy details and how to interpret in an original way, to colour ranges for facial representation that comes from eons of visual history both painterly and in terms of stitching. The course has been broken up into facial features for ease of practice. All kinds of example are shared with participants. A detailed manual has been prepared for continuing study and personal mastering.

You will be inventing stitches that texture and tone and create depth. The faces may be more expressive than literal, but a literal or more realistic approach forms the basis of the course. Skin colour mixing will be an essential part of the creative enjoyment of capturing the essence of the face in embroidery.

You will practice techniques both for spontaneous stitching and adapt methods for transferring personal images both ‘found’ and drawn that you wish to serve as a base. The 5 days will focus on many studies, one main project and several related, intentional deviations and if for example you become possessed/obsessed by eyes or mouths in embroidery.

Working with the background and its impact on the face is another aspect of the course, the creation of depth of space and flatness in embroidery.

This course presents a literal/ interpretive approach as well as capturing in stitch gesture, shape, shadow.

You don’t have to be good at drawing portraits to take the course; the faces will simply and complexly emerge as they are meant to.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: None required

Price: $855

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.


Eleanor Hannan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and has exhibited her artwork in group and solo shows across Canada, UK, and Europe for over forty years.
Her visual art practice has included drawing, painting, traditional fresco painting, sculptural figurative and portrait work in paper mache, costume design for theatre and dance, fiber arts and embroidery.


Click here to read more about ELEANOR HANNAN

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MISSA Course Withdrawal & Refund Policy

All requests for course withdrawals and/or accommodation cancellations must be made through MISSA’s online form. Requests made in person or by phone, text or email will not be accepted.

Refunds and credits are subject to the course withdrawal and accommodation cancellation deadlines and fees outlined below. Please note, no refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Arts Program.

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Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Forms received on or before May 3, 2024 – Pre-paid tuition and material fees will be refunded. A $50 administrative fee applies for each course withdrawal. Material fees will be refunded in full.

Forms received on or before June 14, 2024 – A credit will be issued for pre-paid tuition, less a $50 administration fee per course withdrawal. Pre-paid material fees are not eligible for refund.

Forms received after June 14, 2024 – Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for refund or credit of tuition and material fees.

Tuition credits are issued in the form of a code to be used for registration in future MISSA workshops and/or for on-campus accommodations. Credit codes may be transferred to another person. MISSA credit codes have no cash value and cannot be refunded.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2024 program is completely cancelled (due to COVID restrictions or any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

Accommodation Cancellation Deadlines
On-campus accommodations may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the first day of MISSA and pre-paid accommodation fees will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee. Accommodation cancellations made after the deadline are not eligible for refund.

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If you must withdraw from a course and/or cancel your accommodations due to exceptional circumstances, you may request a refund on the basis of hardship and/or compassionate grounds. All requests must be made in writing using the online form. Approval of such requests may only be made by the MISSA Board of Directors and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.