January 13, 2011

We have a dynamic husband and wife team coming to teach back-to-back workshops at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops this coming March/April.

First up is Kerby Smith, an award-winning photo artist, who will be teaching Point and Shoot Fabric – March 27 – April 2, 2011. This five-day class shows you how to get the most out of your “point and shoot” digital camera.


You’ll improve your picture taking skills on a photo walkabout led by Kerby Smith. In the classroom you will be given a simple and easy way to process your images for printing on fabric using the inexpensive computer program: Adobe Photoshop Elements. You will get the latest information on which fabrics and printers work the best for making digital fabric.

Right after Kerby’s workshop, is Lura Schwarz Smith’s workshop, Inks, Paints, Pencils, and Fabric – April 3 – 9, 2011.


Working with images of your choice, produce a small art quilt top from your own photographs or drawings while learning to draft distorted traditional blocks, and construct textures with a free-form paperless curved piecing technique.

Experience various paints, inks, materials and ways to play with imagery. Design and composition exercises are explored, as well as the opportunity for in-depth shading and drawing assistance in rendering images on fabric. Samples of digital photographic fabric will be provided, or bring your own, to enhance with art materials. Emphasis is on individual applications of techniques, and the fun of developing your own style.

The benefit of taking both of these workshops is that you get to learn how to incorporate the digital images that you create in Kerby’s class into the art quilt that you create in Lura’s workshop!

As an added bonus, when your sign up for both workshops you get the between night lodging (Saturday, April 2nd) for free AND $100 discount off the tuition of Lura’s workshop.