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mural from 1992 to 2008.
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Find Susan Shie, James Acord, Turtle Moon Studios, and Turtle Art Camp by spotting this big garage door mural. This is the mural I painted on our garage door in Fall, 2008, to replace the aging mural on the front door. It's my Personal Landscape with Jimmy and me, Gretchen, Mike, and Eva, President Obama, and the Statue of Liberty, and all of our and GEM's cats, and a little St Quilta the Comforter down in the bottom left corner, sending out Peace vibes. Its message is "Power to the People: Heal the Earth with Unity and Kindness." You can see more images and read my statement about this huge painting here.
Fine Art America print-on-demand artwork on stuff you might just need to order there, of my art images!!!! I've just now set up a Fine Art America shop, so you can buy prints, cards, mugs, pillows, bags, and phone cases - among other things, based on the drawings I've been making in my hardbound sketchbook. This is a goal I've had in my head for a long time now, so I'm excited. I put 4 little drawings Eva and I made together on FAA in June, 2011, but I didn't really understand how to market them, so they just sat there. They are still there, along with my new entries. The slideshow here will take you to my shop on FAA, if you click on it. Go see what I've got there!
My next online class will be LD 138, Aug 11 to Sept 9, 2019, with its soft opening on Aug 11. Please read all about it at the link you just read, and then sign up, by contacting me. The Facebook promotional page for this class is where you can read about the class and then sign up by clicking "going," on that FB page, before contacting me about how you're paying. Please contact me now, any time, if you have quetsions, or if you want to sign up for this next online class. I'm ready to take students for it now.
It's time to sign up for my next online freehand drawing class! Please read the in-depth detailed info on the page here on my site (which also includes the supply list about 2/3 way down the very-long page), and contact me, if you want to sign up for the next class: Lucky Drawing 138, Aug 11 - Sept 9, 2019, with its June 30 soft open.
I've made a promotional Facebook event page about Lucky Drawing 138, here you can read about the class and sign up by clicking "going" on that page. If you're interested, but not sure whether you can attend, then click "intereseted." Once you're made your commitment for this coming class, contact me by calling or texting me at 330-317-2167, to verify your signup with me and tell me how you plan to pay for the class. That way, we'll both know you're in the class, for sure. That's also your big chance to ask me questions about the class. But ask any time!
I have a very nontraditional approach to drawing, NOT AT ALL about me giving you step-by-step instructions and rules. Very different from classic drawing training, in its personal exploration of ideas and techniques. I give themes for each of us to use or alter or not use, and we all discuss the drawings we post to the private Facebook classroom. I never suggeset how you should draw or make changes to YOUR work. We never do harsh critique; all is positive feedback. All work is done freehand, based on your personal best as the goal, so beginning drawing students are welcome, as well as all other skill level artists. Please click the link above to read all about this class coming up. Let's see what YOUR own natural style of drawing looks like!
Most of the artists I know quit freehand drawing sometime during their childhood, when they decided that it was too scary! So it's good to get back to it now, when I can help you get over your fear of doing freehand work. And if you draw really well now, but haven't been inspired or structured enough to draw on your own, this class is for you, too. So let me know, if you want to join us for LD 137's four-week session. Read the information about my classes, and then contact me about registering for LD 138. Just call or text, email, or FB message me to sign up! Class fee is $155 - $165, depending on your payment method.
Go to my Facebook promotional signup page for this class, or just contact me, if you want to take my next class or just read about how it works. I'll put you on my list, when you sign up. Thanks!
Notes: As a student in my classes, there is NEVER a specific time of day or day of the week, when you have to be there, to fully participate. WE all have different schedules, so come to class when you can and when you feel like it. I'm there a lot, but that's because it's my job as the teacher. You can have all the flexitime you need and want!
All my class sessions softly open on a Sunday night, then officially open on a Tuesday, at 10 AM eastern time, and they end a month later, on a Monday at midnight your time. But you can be there any time of day or night, any day of the class. Each four week session has a soft opening after 9 PM eastern time, on the Sunday night before the class fully begins, but you don't have to show up in the online classroom that night, if you can't or just don't want to. There is a very long break between LD 140 and 141, that skips the holidays through New Year's, 2020.
Please read the in-depth detailed info page here on my website (which also includes the supply list about 2/3 way down the page), register by clicking "going" on my FB event page for this class, and contact me, if you want to sign up for the class.
Lucky Drawing Classes 2019 schedule:
These are the online classes I'm offering in 2019:
LD 133 Jan 8 – Feb 4, 2019, soft open Jan 6. 26 students.
LD 134 Feb 19 - Mar 18, 2019. soft open Feb 17. 20 students.
LD 135 Apr 9 – May 6. soft open Apr 7. 20 students.
LD 136 May 21 – June 17. soft open May 19. 17 students.
LD 137 July 2– July 29. soft open June 30. 15 students.
LD 138 Aug 13 – Sep 9. soft open Aug 11. This is the class you'll be signing up for now.
LD 139 Sept 24 – Oct 21. soft open Sept 22.
LD 140 Nov 5 – Dec 2. soft open Nov 3.
There is a much longer break between LD 140 and 141, to bypass the major holidays of Thanksgiving through New Year's.
LD 141 Jan 7 – Feb 3, 2020, soft open Jan 5.
Turtle Art Camp
Study on an intimate level with me, Susan Shie. Through my Turtle Art Camps, I've been helping people find their instinctive and joyful aritist's voice in classes in my home and studios since 1994. Study drawing and painting with regular drawing tools and watercolor, in a new format for these camps, in which we work in large, hardbound sketchbooks all week, making TAC the in-person form of my online Lucky Drawing classes! I no longer teach classes about working on cloth, anywhere. I teach freehand drawing. Each Turtle Art Camp can have up to four adult students, who live and work in Jimmy and my home and studios in Wooster, Ohio.
Above is the front view of Turtle Moon Studios, when the crabapple trees are blooming in the Moon Garden. (The Moon Garden has a cement turtle in it, too, since this is Turtle Moon Studios.)
Turtle Art Camp 2019 schedule:
I now coordinate my classes at home, so that they're in the breaks between my online Lucky Drawing classes. And all my classes anywhere are all about freehand drawing now. I don't teach any other media or processes now.
The camp dates listed here show the days you travel in and out, and the days in between are the five full class days here.
This 2019 schedule is subject to changes, if needed. But once I have one student for a camp, that camp's dates are locked in. I'm offering 4 one-week art camps in 2019. These camps have Wednesday travel-in days and Tuesday travel-out days. I teach my Turtle Art Camps in the breaks between my online Lucky Drawing classes. I don't have enough time or energy to teach at home and online at the same time!
TAC 2019 weeklong camps to study with me in Wooster, Ohio:
The dates listed are the Wednesday and Tuesday travel days, and the class is the 5 days in between them. This way, you have time to settle in and get rested before class starts, and to rest and pack up, before going back home. You will be here for 6 nights.
1. May 8 - 14
2. July 31 - Aug 6
3. Sept 11 - 17
4. Oct 23 - 29
FEES: The weeklong Turtle Art Camp fee is $1,000, with an add-on service fee, if you use PayPal. The camp fee includes transportation from and back to the airport, art supplies for the class, room and partial meals, and tuition. When you send me a $500 deposit check, I'll put you on the class list. You'll pay me the rest when you're here in camp. There's a lot more information about fees, flight times coordination, etc, on the Turtle Art Camp page, so please read the full information about Turtle Art Camp, before you contact me to sign up for a camp. You will find lots of pictures there and full explanation of what to expect in this class program / art biospheric experience! Thank you!
Susan Shie: all classes:
Turtle Art Camps. Weeklong, live-in sessions at my home studio in Wooster Ohio, throughout the year, every year since 1994. I'm now teaching my Lucky Drawing classes in person at these camps. I no longer offer any painting on cloth or sewing. It's all about freehand drawing in large sketchbooks, all week. Four TAC sessions are offered for 2019.
Lucky Drawing online classes. These are 30-day sessions, with 12 day breaks in between them. Many students take them repeatedly, like how we stay with a yoga teacher. I began teaching freehand drawing online in January, 2015.
Private art classes in my home.
I'd love to come and teach my Lucky Drawing class at your guild, school, art workshop, college, museum, etc Please contact me.
Most recent classes I've taught "out":
Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. Lecture June 15. Class June 16, 2018.
Austin Area Quilt Guild. Class March 29-31, 2019. Lecture April 1, 2019.
If you want me to come teach for your group, visit my Class Descriptions page to see all the classes I offer. Then, just contact me.
Above is a picture of Libby laying on my lap, as I sew the hand worked border edge on the "David Wax Museum"DDD" piece.
My newest finished art quilt (stitched whole cloth painting):
Above is a detail of my newest finished art quilt: "Daily News: Queen of Pyrex Cups in the Kitchen Tarot." 58"h x 93"w. Made from July 4 through September 5, 2018. It's my stories about what happened on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor on the Fourth of July this year. And it's about the administration's zero tolerance policy that separated almost 3,000 children from their parents at the US-Mexico border and all the aftermath of that cruel nightmare. It also includes other current events in our country and a little of my own personal diary writing. As usual, I drew and colored this piece freehand with my airbrush on whole white cloth, then wrote on it with my airpen, using paint, not ink in the airpen. I mostly machine quilted it, though I sewed around the border edge by hand, as usual. When you go to the page for this piece, you'll find many large detail images after my artist's statement about making this artwork. I post many details, so you can read the stories there.
Private students art lessons in my home.
Besides teaching adult students at other places I travel to, and at my weeklong Turtle Art Camps at my home and studio, I also give private and small group art lessons in my home, for drawing and painting with students of all ages. The focus is on drawing from life and from your imagination. Read all about my private drawing lessons in my home studio. I also began teaching drawing classes online, beginning in January, 2015. Sign up for my next Lucky Drawing class!
Above: This is an ink and watercolor drawing I made while working with a local art student in my home, during a recent lesson. We each worked in our sketchbooks, drawing the still life of my Fiesta Ware for two hours.
This detail below is from my 2003 piece "Peace Cupboard," probably my very favorite small piece that I've ever made, and it's the most intensely hand stitched and beaded piece I've ever done. It's in my Small Works Gallery, and I will eventually add more of my best small works from over my career, including both older and new artworks there.
Watch my 2010 solo exhibition video from the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. This video was made by Andrew Galli:
Susan Shie price formulas for my work.
Visit my Turtle Moon Studios page on Facebook, visit my personal page on Facebook.
The Quilt Alliance is reorganizing recorded interviews it did earlier, with over 1,200 QSOS interviews archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. By the end of 2020, you will be able to listen to this historic collection online thanks to donors like Martha Sielman, who sponsored Susan Shie’s 2008 interview, one of 32 audio recordings and transcripts already posted to the new QSOS website. Karen Musgrave interviews Susan Shie, discussing her 2008 piece: "The Potluck / World: Card #21 in The Kitchen Tarot." Listen to this interview with Susan Shie, made on 5-18-2009, on the new QSOS website. There are still 855 interviews which need sponsors at only $25/interview. Each interview will have photos of the quilt being discussed, as well as both audio and written forms of the conversation.Susan Shie's earlier interview with QSOS's Karen Musgrave can be accessed, but still needs a sponsor to covert it to the new QSOS Quilt Alliance website. For now, you can view the Shie interview about her 2006 piece, "Wilma (Peace Voodoo)," with the interview made on 10-1-2006, here. Amy Milne, who coordinates the reworking of the interviews, wrote to me: Your 2006 interview is, like most of the interviews in the collection, in progress. The 2008 interview is on the new QSOS website--which includes playable and searchable audio and summary indexes for each of the 32 interviews now moved to this site. The rest of the interviews (1,160+) are on the Quilt Alliance site. Some of the interviews on the QA site are featured in a gallery (like yours, which allows for a direct link), but most are displayed via the original archive. Not ideal). Thank you for sharing your interviews--the more people who know about this incredibly valuable collection the better. And we still have 855 interviews to find sponsors for. All the best. You can also view my art quilt "The Potluck / World: Card #21 in the Kitchen Tarot," 2008, here. And my 2005 quilt "Wilma/ Peace Voodoo" here. Both pages in my site's galleries have long artist's statements with their photos and information.
Watch the slideshow for my episode #1013 of The Quilt Show, which premiered on June 24, 2012. You must be a paid member of The Quilt Show to see the actual hour-long episode of their interview with me, but you can see the video trailer for free. You can view my "Soft Paintings" project on The Quilt Show's Projects page, if you're a paid member. You can click a button to become a member, from that page.
Susan Shie Teacher of the Year 2008 award from Professional Quilter Magazine.
Artist's Statement March 30, 2010
Video of Susan Shie's solo exhibition interview at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. Video made by Andrew Galli. August, 2010.
My Turtle Trax Diary: Was my first diary writing online, starting in 1997. then I moved over to writing in my blog, but for many years now, you can find my new writings on my facebook pages: Susan Shie and Susan Shie Turtle Moon Studios.
Here's a detail from my "Pressure Cooker / Tower" piece, which was in Quilt National '07 and on the cover of the Quilt National book. Read about it and lots of news since February, 07 to July, 07 in my Turtle Trax Diary for July 31, 2007.
Diary entries, back to August 27, 1997, are found in the Turtle Trax Diary Index.
Archive of the GREEN QUILTS Project, which ended in 2004. Read the online newsletter on the GREEN QUILTS page, which leads to diary style update pages. The GREEN QUILTS Project officially ended in May, 2004. You can read all about this in the last update page. A deep thank you to everyone who contributed to the project over its 15 years, especially to Robin Schwalb and Michele Merges Martens, my GREEN QUILTS co-organizers.
Turtle Moon Studios:
Outsider Art Quilts and Paintings
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