2Jimmy and Lucky.©Susan Shie 2003.

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Our front door!  Can't miss the place! ©Shie and Acord 2001. ©1997 Susan Shie. Turtle Moon Studios

Jimmy and Marigold my cat, in Jimmy's studio.

This was our front door

mural from 1992 to 2008.

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Jimmy fishing at Grayling 2009 ©Doug Hall 2009.

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Garage Door Mural 10-08. ©Susan Shie 2008

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 (my mother, Marie Shie) 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.

Making my piece that's in Quilt National '21 right now.  I got to make a wonderful video interview with artist and quilt art interviewer par excellence, Lisa Walton this Fall:
Lisa Walton's Quilt Stories interview with me, filmed in Oct, 2020, about making my "Annie and John: 7 of Paring Knives in the Kitchen Tarot" art qu

Fine Art America print-on-demand artwork on prints and functional art, that you might just need to order there, of my art images!!!!

I have a Fine Art America shop, so you can buy phone cases, prints, cards, mugs, pillows, bags, yoga mats - among many other things, based on the drawings I've been making in my hardbound sketchbook and on a couple of my art quilts. The slideshow here will take you to the piece you click on, in my shop on FAA. Or you can go to my FAA shop's front page. Go see what I've got there. I hope to start adding more works soon!

If you want to share the link to my shop on Fine Art America, go to: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/susan-shie.html .

Art Prints

Quilt National Friends and Family Workshop with Susan Shie:

by Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery
I taught this in-person class on Feb 12, 2022, at the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, during their Quilt National '21 Exhibition.  I would love to teach a freehand drawing class for your group, either in person or Zoom, for any length of time, from a half day to a weeklong class.  Please contact me about it.

My next online Lucky Drawing class will be LD 161 from June 19 to July 18, 2022, with its soft opening, in the evening of Sunday, June 19.
Please read all about it at the link above. Then go to the Facebook promotional page for this class, where you can sign up by clicking "going," on that FB page, before contacting me about how you're paying and when you plan to pay for the class. Please contact me now, any time, if you have questions, or if you want to sign up for this next online class. I'm taking students for it now.  You don't have to pay when you register, but when it's convenient for you.

"Never Again MSD!" ©Susan Shie 2018.

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 161, June 19 - July 18, 2022, with its June 19th evening soft opening. The next class after this one will be Lucky Drawing 162, July 31 to Aug 29, 2022.

I've made a promotional Facebook event page about Lucky Drawing 161, where 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 "interested."

If that link doesn't work for you (because some have trouble with it,) then call or text me at 330-317-2167 and I'll sign you up. You can read a lot more here on my site, about this class, than you can on the FB promo page anyhow!!!
Once you're made your commitment, signing up 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 a good time 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 suggest 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 161's four-week session. Read the information about my classes, and then sign up on FB, at my promotional page. Just call or text, email, or FB message me to ask me about the class! Class fee is $155 - $165, depending on your payment method.

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, 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 30-day class session has a soft opening after 9 PM eastern time, on that Sunday night, but you don't have to show up in the online classroom that night, if you can't or just don't want to.  But it's fun to see everyone putting up their new selfies in their new personal albums, and greeting each other, old students and new and me! 

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 by phone or text, if that link doesn't work for you, if you want to sign up for the class.

Schedule of my online Lucky Drawing classes for 2022:

   LD 157    Jan 2 – 31, 2022.  15 students

   LD 158    Feb 13 - Mar 14, 2022.  12 students

   LD 159    Mar 27 – Apr 25, 2022.  15 students

   LD 160    May 8 – June 6, 2022.   14 students

   LD 161    June 19 - July 18, 2022. This is the class you'll be signing up for now.

   LD 162   July 31 - Aug 29, 2022.            

   LD 163   Sept 11 – Oct 10, 2022. 

   LD 164   Oct 23 - Nov 21, 2022. This is the last 2022 class.


Lucky Drawing has a very long break for the holidays!  Get busy and make a lot of cool art, during that long open stretch!!!  And enjoy the holidays and time with those you love, even if it’s only on Face Time, Skype, Zoom, or the phone!


Then we start the 2023 schedule, with:

   LD 165  Jan 8 - Feb 6, 2023.  Yay!  Another New Year of Lucky Drawing will begin! 

    I used to have 4 or more week-long Turtle Art Camps in my home, each a week long, in the breaks between some of my Lucky Drawing online classes. But all got cancelled, due to the CV pandemic.  And now things are still bad in 2022, so no camps this year, as I had hoped to have.  Let's hope things get safe for my in-home-and-studio classes, maybe late in 2023.  I miss having students here!


Turtle Moon Studios - our front yard. ©Susan Shie 2003.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.

This photo is of the front view of our house, back in the 1990s, when my parents lived with us., 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.)  That's my father at his blue car, getting ready to open the door for my mother.  <3

Turtle Art Camp 2021 schedule:

Note:  All 2020 to 2022 Turtle Art Camp weeks were canceled, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  I'm sorry!  I hope we can get back to them next year! But my online Lucky Drawing classes are going strong!  It's the same class in freehand drawing, but online instead of in my home and studio!

I coordinate my camps 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.

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:

My current classes, not effected by Covid-19, are my 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.

Turtle Art CampsAll canceled in 2020 through 2022, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Looking forward to maybe something in 2023!!!

The Turtle Art Camps are 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. We haven't had camps here since Covid began in early 2020. I'm hoping to start up again in 2023.

Private art classes in my home.  Canceled, due to Covid, in 2020, and so far in 2022, due to Coronavirus pandemic. I'm hoping to start again in 2023!

I'd love come give my slide show and drawing demo and/or Lucky Drawing class at your guild, school, art workshop, college, museum, etc, via Zoom. I gave a presentation for SAQA on Oct 22, 2021, and I really enjoyed that.

Most recent classes I've taught "out":

In person lecture and class at the Quilt National '21 exhibition at the Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH. February 12, 2022.

Zoom presentation for SAQA, Long slide lecture and drawing demo.  Studio Art Quilt Associates. October 22, 2021.

Hiatus from in-person teaching began with Covid-19 pandemic.

Austin Area Quilt Guild. Class March 29-31, 2019. Lecture April 1, 2019.

Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. Lecture June 15. Class June 16, 2018.

Online Lucky Drawing Classes in a private FB group classroom, year round, as 30-day sessions, with 12-day breaks in between sessions.  Started online teaching in January, 2015.


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. I need to update this page to include Zoom presentations of my art quilts and drawings, and classes in freehand drawing.

Sewing with Libby's help. ©Susan Shie 2012

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 "Paula: 5 of Wooden Spoons in the Kitchen Tarot." my newest art quilt, finished 2-15-22:

detail 10 "Paula: 5 of Wooden Spoons in the Kitchen Tarot."  ©Susan Shie 2022.

Above is a detail of the only art quilt I've made, so far, in 2022: "Paula: 5 of Wooden Spoons in the Kitchen Tarot." 59 "h x 62"w. Made from 12-2-21 to 2-15-22. 

This quilt, "Paula," is about Paula Chenevey, a friend of mine here in Wooster, Ohio, who died of cancer last year.  She was a dancer,  a massage therapist, and became a strong advocate for Obamacare and insurance for low-income people.  Everyone who knew Paula loved her, because she was so kind and sweet.  In the quilt I included some lots-more-famous women, but none were more brave than Paula.

When you go to the page for this piece, you'll find 9 large detail images after my artist's statement about making it. I post many details, so you can read what I write on my quilts more easily. 

And now I can do what I've been waiting for: starting a new art quilt, finally!!!!!!!!  I hope you will go to my Gallery index and see the new quilts in my 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 galleries!

Private students art lessons in my home.

When we're not having to quarantine, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I teach in person, 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 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!

Fiestaware_still_life_drawing. ©Susan Shie 2014

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.

Peace Cupboard detail view. ©Susan Shie 2003.


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.

Teacher of the Year 2008 logo

Susan Shie Teacher of the Year 2008 award from Professional Quilter Magazine.

Artist's Statement March 30, 2010

Lisa Walton's Quilt Stories interview with me on You Tube, filmed in Oct, 2020, about making my "Annie and John: 7 of Paring Knives in the Kitchen Tarot" art quilt.

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.

Tower detail. ©Susan Shie 2007.

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.

©1989  Robin Schwalb. GQ logo.

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.


Jimmy and Lucky.©Susan Shie 2003.Turtle Moon Studios:



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