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Susan Louise Moyer
Susan Louise Moyer

Larry Thomas
Larry Thomas

Susan Louise Moyer
Susan Louise Moyer

Larry Thomas
Larry Thomas

Susan Louise Moyer
Susan Louise Moyer

Susan Louise Moyer
Susan Louise Moyer

Susan Louise Moyer
Susan Louise Moyer

Instructors: Susan Louise Moyer & Larry Thomas
October 21, 2019 (Monday, 2pm–6pm) &
October 22–27, 2019 (Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm)

All levels


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This workshop will be co-taught by master silk painter and author, Susan Louise Moyer, and graphic artist, printmaker, and painter, Larry Thomas.

The workshop will focus on various formal aspects of drawing and design for direct translation into painting on treated silk with dye. Each day will be divided into two sessions; mornings will be devoted to specific drawing and design exercises with Thomas and afternoons will be focused on dye-painting exercises specifically for treated silk application with Moyer.

Individual and class discussions will explore a variety of possibilities utilizing traditional and experimental methods of applying the fundamental structural elements of drawing and design.

Topics covered in the morning sessions: line quality, gesture, contour, texture, tone and value studies, repetition/pattern/rhythm, stencil application, positive/negative space studies, and compositional explorations.

Topics covered in the afternoon sessions: the dye-painting processes and various techniques applying the drawing methods and techniques covered in the morning sessions including painted form and contour, patterns and textures, tonal transitions, painted line quality, color mixing and manipulation, stenciling and spray painting.

Each student will work toward a final project to be presented the final class period that is reflective of the material covered in the workshop.


SUSAN LOUISE MOYER is an artist, author and educator. She attended the University of the Arts In Philadelphia (PCA/UArts) where she studied fine art and surface design, with a BFA in Art Education from Emerson College. She also studied dye painting on silk at Parsons New School of Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Her wearable art has been sold through Henri Bendel, Barney’s, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Paul Stewart, Neiman Marcus and art galleries, including the Kemper Museum Shop.

As a freelance surface designer working in Manhattan, she designed patterns for Rose Marie Reid, Kaua Iana, Rebecca Taylor, and Gottex Swimwear.

Her books, SILK PAINTING the Artist’s guide to Gutta and Wax Resist Techniques and SILK PAINTING for FASHION and FINE ART, published in multiple languages by Watson-Guptill, have been popular both nationally and internationally for over 28 years.

As President of Moyer Design, Inc., Susan developed techniques and marketed products for the silk painting community. Most markedly, she designed and manufactures the Moyer Design Fabric Stretching System.

Since the publication of her first book, SILK PAINTING, Susan presented workshops throughout the United States, demonstrating techniques for painting on silk and teaching art and design through that medium. Her many teaching venues include the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons New School of Design, Society of Illustrators in New York City, Peters Valley School of Craft, The Art School of Old Church Cultural Center in Demarest, NJ, Vero Beach Museum Art School, CRDITM (Center de Recherché et de Design en Impression Textile de Montreal), Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Honolulu Museum of Art, Volcano Art Center, Hui No eau on Maui, International Batik Conference at Massachusetts College of Art, Sedona Art Center, Dillman’s Creative Art Workshops in Wisconsin, International Quilt Festival Houston, International Silk Painting Festival in Santa Fe and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Surface Design Conference in Kansas City, Empty Spool Seminars in Asilomar, Mendocino Art Center and numerous private workshops throughout the US and Canada.

In 2016, Susan was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Silk Painting International Organization, in recognition of her art and contribution to the medium of painting on silk.

Along with teaching private lessons in “Susan’s Studio in the Redwoods,” Susan is currently working on a children’s book where her illustrations are created on silk. Susan is always exploring painting on silk techniques, the possibilities of her medium, and enjoys sharing her discoveries with others.

Visit Susan Louise Moyer's website

LARRY THOMAS lives and works in Fort Bragg, California. He taught at the San Francisco Art Institute for many years and held the positions of professor and chair of the printmaking department, dean of academic affairs and interim president prior to retiring in 2005.

His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, SFMoMA, the Oakland Museum of California, the Missoula Museum of Art, the Fresno Museum of Art and in the artists’ books collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Bancroft Library at U.C. Berkeley, the Houghton Library at Harvard, the Green Library at Stanford, among other public and private collections. His calligraphic work has been featured in multiple issues of both Letter Arts Review and Alphabet.

Thomas is the recipient of two NEA Individual Fellowships, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and of the SFMoMA’s SECA Award. He was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, and a resident artist at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. He also served on the executive boards of the Alliance of Artist Communities, the Headlands Center for the Arts and on the advisory board of the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.

Visit Larry Thomas' website

Current MAC Members: $621
Non-members: $690 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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