• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Fibre Arts

Get creative energy flowing in this ONLINE Introductory 5 week Sunday workshop. This workshop will lead students in how to initiate creative ideas, design development, colour theory, and how to hand draw and set up an all over repeating pattern for surface design applications; in fashion, design, art and craft based industries.

Students begin with a flip book and mark making exercise, followed by colour theory, towards learning how to draw and create a repeating pattern.

5 Weeks: Tuition: $235

TSA will deliver this course using ZOOM. Prior to the course session, you will receive an invitation for the session(s) via email. You'll need a laptop, desktop or tablet, internet connection with good bandwidth and headset (either wired or wireless). We recommend that you set up a free ZOOM account and be familiar with ZOOM prior to the class beginning.  Here is a link to help you get started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697

Notes: Toronto based artist Stephanie Fortin uses textile techniques of natural dyeing, weaving, piecing, clamping, wrapping and stitching to explore various ideas around process and colour. Creating both functional and non functional work in art, craft and design. Stephanie trained in interpretive illustration at Sheridan College and completed an interdisciplinary BFA with a focus in textiles and art history at NSCAD University. Fortin held a full time artist-in-residence position at Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, ON) and Akin + Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA), and was a member of The Contemporary Textile Studio Coop (Toronto, ON). Fortin has exhibited work in Canada, The United States and China. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario,
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What you will learn

  • Composition
  • Positive and negative space
  • Colour theory
  • Material manipulation from 2d to 3d
  • How to set up and design a repeating pattern by hand
  • How to create one single tile repeat
  • How to set up your tile into a repeating pattern

Materials to Bring

Please keep receipts in case you need to return purchased items.

  • Paper: 81/2 x 11 plain white paper - multiple sheets
  • 2 sheets of larger paper minimum size of 18” x 24”  The paper should be able to be traced through using a window and hold your paint/colour without buckling. Water colour paper can be a great option or mixed media. 
  • 1 sheet at 22” x 30 for your book - mixed media
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black fine liner or dark pencil for tracing
  • Scissors or metal ruler, cutting mat and knife
  • Paint brushes (suggestions): 
    • 1 round brush (detail and line work) size 6-8 range to start
    • 1 flat brush (filling in) size 6-8 range to start
    • 1 filbert (shading, some detail and filling in) size 6 - 8 brush - optional
    • 1 small round detail brush size 3
    • 1 larger round or flat brush size 12 (eventually for versatility)
  • Paint palette and knife or equivalent
  • Paint: Primary Red, yellow, and blue, plus black and white paint. Suggested paint type - acrylic or gouache 
  • Tape - scotch or any type of tape to tape paper together- plus tape to hold paper to a window without tearing
  • Optional: Cutting mat
  • Drop cloth and or protective paper for surfaces if using paint along with cleaning cloths.
  • Old magazines, coloured paper scraps to cut and paste
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Students will need a window or light table to use for tracing and tape to hold paper against window without damaging surfaces