Hello, I am currently offering the following workshops on Painting, Surface Deign Basics and 3 Dimensional Flowers. These workshops focus on texture and pattern. Have you ever wanted to work with new and unusual materials but didn't quite know how? If, so, these classes are for you! They are geared for all levels and can truly add something to your reperoire of tools not to mention the fun you will have! If you are interested in something that is not listed below, I would be happy to customize your workshop experience. Please contact me at to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your group.

3-Dimensional Flowers Mixed Media Style (1 or 2 Day Workshops)

Creating 3D Flowers, Mixed Media Style. This is a great way to explore the world of mixed media through the use of acrylic paint, inks, heat distressed materials, Beading, Sewing and Soft Sculpting. Learn how to incorporate depth and dimension in your work. New patterns for Calla Lilies, Irises, and a few surprise flowers, along with Tiger Lilies and Tulips. We will also learn how to apply pattern to foliage through stitch. This is a techniques class. Machine required. Kit Supply
Fee: $35


Mixed Media Cloth
If you've ever wondered how artists create depth, glorious color, and amazing visual texture on fabric with mixed media, this hands-on class is for you! Students will learn to dye and paint, while focusing on a variety of embellishing techniques including stamping, stenciling, fusing, foiling, beading and stitch work. We will work with a multitude of media in a small class setting. No prior experience is necessary.   

Surface Design Basics If you've ever wondered how artists create depth, glorious color, and amazing visual texture on fabric, this hands-on class is for you! Students will learn basic surface design techniques from dyeing to discharge, stamping to silk screening. No prior experience is necessary, only a desire to have and create!

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I also offer lecture and trunk shows for groups, guilds, schools and organizations. Please contact me for more information at Lecture and Trunk Show by Barb Forrister

Artful Coloring: Teacher: Excellent!!!
Simplicity of difficult looking tasks
The many excellent ideas
Good instruction and time to experiment
Getting to play with all the painting techniques
Permission to play and experiment, good demos
Learning new techniques
Great low risk opportunity to try new surface design techniques
Could have used more space for each person
Different ideas and seeing what every one was doing
Needed to bring hand cream after washing hands so much
We got to use many different techniques
Being close to sink and outside
It is one of the best classes I’ve ever had
Great instructor, relaxed, wonderful into color
No pressure
Excellent kit
Add gloves to the supply list
Examples and information
The ability to experiment and make so many fabric pieces.
Simply the best—great class
I learned something I didn’t know
Opens a new area for me
Barb was great, very informative, geared for all levels (I am a beginner!)
Original ideas, plenty of info