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Gualala Arts Workshop
Earth, Wind, Fire
Instructor: Rosalie Dace

Tuesday - Thursday
June 2 - 4, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Earth, Wind, Fire, with Rosalie Dace
Register by:   April 15, 2009
Tuition:   Members of Gualala Arts and PPQG: $125
Members of Gualala Arts  or   PPQG: $145
Non-members: $165

Emphasis in this class will be on color variation and choice, contrasts and subtlety, tonal value, texture and pattern. Invite the magic of Nature's colors into your quilts! Be inspired by the myriad varieties and ever-changing palette of rich earth, cool air, water and blazing hot fire. Learning to work sensitively with color, contrasts and harmonies, you will do a series of small studies, followed by one or two larger color-rich abstract quilt tops.

In this class we will be looking at color, so spend time looking at the color details in the world around you; e.g., in rocks, stones, tree trunks, shells, leaves with their thorns and veins, the sky at different times of the day, etc. Collect images from books and magazines that please you, and bring these to class. See if you can find the colors in your fabric stash.

Earth, Wind, Fire, with Rosalie Dace Class Overview
In this class students will use nature as a starting point in their study of the magic of color as they discover the myriad varieties and ever-changing palettes of the natural world. Using nature as a source of inspiration, students will investigate the range and qualities of features like rich earth browns, cool air and water blues and greens, and blazing hot fire colors.

The class will begin with a general interactive discussion on color theory and how this applies to color in nature. After viewing slides and other visual material, students will make a series of small abstract studies based on the visual material they have seen. They will then make their own abstract color-rich quilt tops. Piecing and stitching techniques will be demonstrated and discussed where needed.

By the end of the class students will have heightened their color sensitivity, learned how to choose appropriate fabrics that best enhance their color choice, and will have made several small studies suitable for development, and at least one larger piece. Short discussions and critique sessions form an integral part of the class dynamic.

About Rosalie Dace

Rosalie is a South African studio artist who has been working in the fiber art, quilt and embroidery world since 1975. Her work has been widely exhibited and published nationally and internationally, and she has won several awards. She has taught and lectured in South Africa, United States, New Zealand and Germany, which has allowed her to indulge her passion for textiles, travel and meeting people.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.