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