Sheila Frampton Cooper

Sun, April 21 to Sat, April 27 2024

Developing Your Visual Voice with Motifs with Sheila Frampton Cooper

Medium: Fabric

Level: All Levels

Location: Studio

Status: Open For Enrollment

Instructor's Website:

  • Hudson Valley Art Workshops Slideshow
  • Hudson Valley Art Workshops Slideshow

Some of you may wonder – what is a motif exactly? Basically it’s a shape that is dominant in your work. It’s a design that is either formed by putting multiple shapes together to make a new shape, or just creating a standalone shape that becomes recognizable in your work.

In this workshop, we will be exploring…

  • The history of motifs, and the significance in art and design.
  • The importance of value, scale and of course – color.
  • You will be provided with a simple roadmap on how to put your motifs into action. The best way to cement new knowledge is to start using it right away.

The first 4 days will begin with a visual lecture that relates to the exercise for that day. On the final day we will discuss everything that was created and formulate a plan for continued expansion on what you discovered.

It is very important to me that you have the freedom to go where this process takes you. And having said that, some of you might end up with a few small finished pieces, but that is not the goal.

You may use the technique of your choice to complete the exercises. If you enjoy piecing, appliqué or fusing, you have the option to create using one or all of these approaches for construction.

You will complete this workshop with a bag full of tricks and tools that you can reach into when you start creating.

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About Sheila Frampton Cooper

After channeling her artistic muse through painting, jewelry making and architectural photography for many years, Sheila plunged into abstract quilt making in 2010.

Guided by intuition and inspired by nature’s palette, she speeds into journeys of revelation and surprise. Her intensity is apparent in the colors, lines and shapes of her improvisational textile works.

Sheila is also a passionate teacher and has shared her process in workshops around the world. She says, “Another wonderful change quilting brought into my life was the opportunity to teach. It is a privilege for me to witness what my students accomplish in 2-5 days! I am honored to hold the space and guide them as they discover the freedom, joy, and for some, the discomfort that comes from not knowing the outcome of their creations”.

Since embarking on her fiber art adventure in 2010, Sheila has won awards at major quilt shows, including: IQA World of Beauty in Houston, AQS Show in Paducah and Road to California. Her work has been exhibited worldwide.


Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $1,000.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $2,603.80-$2,817.64

*5-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 5 full class days, 6 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily cookie and fruit breaks, unlimited coffee and tea, and welcoming wine and cheese reception. Your choice between a room to yourself (single occupancy) or bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

Get more information about your options to enroll here.