"Up-Cycle Thrift Store Fabric into a Fabric Basket"
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced
March 17, 2018, Saturday, 1 Session
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee: $20.00 non-members & BRMAA members
Up-cycle thrift store fabric into functional art! Bring a colorful sheet (twin size) from your local thrift store, or 2 yards of cotton blend fabric to crochet into a small fabric basket. Also bring a pair of fabric scissors and a large metal crochet hook (size N or 10.00 mm). Knowledge of the single crochet stitch is helpful or you may learn this simple stitch in class. The student will learn how to select appropriate fabric, prepare the fabric, crochet the fabric using a single crochet stitch, read crochet instructions, connect strips of fabric, and finish and the basket. It takes about 8 hours to complete a small fabric basket. This class will get you started on a basket that you will complete at home. The instructor will demonstrate all techniques and offer one-on-one instruction as needed. The student will take home written instruction to completed the basket.
Call (706) 632-2144 for questions regarding this course and registration. Payment is required to register for BRMAA courses. You may pay via PayPal above, over the phone, or visit The Art Center located at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 to pay in person. The Programming Coordinator is in the office from 10 am - 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Joyce enjoys painting nature in watercolors to create a loose translation of the subject. Her representational impressionist style is noted for dramatic lighting and clean colors. Her works may be seen at ArtWorks in Hiawassee and Art N’ Antiques Etc. in Blairsville. Her works are also exhibited at Brasstown Valley Resort, Blue Ridge Mountains Art Center, and Helen Arts & Heritage Center.
Joyce began painting seriously in the early 1990’s with classes at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. Later she painted weekly for 2 years with Dr. Morris Green of the Maryland College of Art & Design. Joyce also attended workshops with Frank Webb, Zoltan Szabo, Skip Lawrence, and Tom Lynch. Her works are influenced by the watercolor master, Ed Whitney (1891-1987).
Joyce shares her enthusiasm for watercolor painting with students. Her beginner watercolor series are held at ArtWorks, Blue Ridge Art Center, and Helen Art & Heritage Center. Joyce encourages students to be bold and fearless as mistakes can usually be fixed. Joyce demonstrates tips to control watercolor but also how to allow watercolor to flow on paper for beautiful and spontaneous results.
Joyce hosts a “Wine, Women, and Watercolor Party” for non-painters to complete a painting step-by-step while socializing with friends. Another fun class for non-painters is “Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tile”. Joyce demonstrates easy techniques to create four colorful ceramic coasters for your home or for gifts.
Joyce is a member of Mountain Regional Arts & Crafts Guild, Mountain Arts Association, Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, North Georgia Arts Guild, and Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.