Teaching at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops

Good morning,

Six months to go for me to come to Albany NY to teach at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops.  I am very excited to have been invited.  I’m teaching a 5-day workshop called “From Mark-making and Sketch to Stitch”.  Visit http://www.fiberartworkshops.com/fiber-art-workshop-instructors/ana_buzzalino.htm for more information and to register.

Some information on the workshop:

The biggest challenge for an artist who wants to break from a traditional design or pieced work and try something different and work on an original design is where to start. Where to find inspiration? And once found, how to develop it into a theme that could become a body of work? Working on a sketchbook with paper and other media, students will develop ideas while exploring principles of composition and design. Students will then translate their ideas into textile pieces.

Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Mark making on paper and on fabric using different tools and techniques.
  • Mind mapping
  • Color theory and the color wheel:  what it is and how to use it.  Color exercises (and a surprise exercise you’ll love)
  • Principles of Art and Design – lots of examples and exercises
  • Composition

On the first few days of class, you will be working on a sketchbook with watercolors, pen and pencil, etc. making marks using your inspiration piece and learning to use marks and words to explore your subject.  There will be lots of exercises and time to develop each topic of conversation plus show and share between the students.

Once you have narrowed down some marks that you like, you will be making stamps using different materials to represent those marks that will be further used on paper and on fabric.

On the latter part of the course, all those ideas and materials that you have developed will be translated into fabric using different methods such as piecing, fusing, painting, improv piecing, etc. to bring your small art quilts to life.


You will also explore hand embroidery stitches to add texture and definition to an art piece, including using beads, knots and different simple basic stitches.

You can also follow the Hudson River Valley Art Instagram account to find more photos and information as well as find behind-the-scenes sneak peaks:  http://www.instagram.com/hudsonriverart.

Below are a few photos of their facilities: accommodations and meals are provided.


The place looks amazing, doesn’t it?!  Contact me if you require further information.

Looking forward to meeting you all there.


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