Upcoming Fiber Arts Classes

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Fiber Arts Department

Suzanne Punch

Suzanne Punch

Suzanne Punch

Instructor: Suzanne Punch

August 30 and September 1 & 3, 2020
(Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday, 10am–11am & 3pm–4pm PDT)

All levels

Structure of Class: 6 one-hour Zoom classes

Suzanne Punch is also teaching PAINTING ON SILK ESSENTIALS, August 18, 20 & 23, 2020

This class is currently full. Please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar to be placed on the waiting list:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Using Zoom technology, we will meet in the mornings and afternoons for three days of classes, spread out over six days to give ample time for creating your work. Our Zoom classes will be moderated by Devorah Harris who will help us keep to a schedule so we'll have time for questions & for making sure your work gets the feedback you need.

We gather to bring our silk painting to our greatest potential as we practice techniques that add richness of color and depth through texture. We will study the making of a strong composition and offer a full range of techniques on silk using free-flowing methods of dye application, including but not limited to: underpainting resist lines to create harmonies, using thickened dyes to preserve brush strokes and maintain color in a field of its opposite and over-painting of our previously unsatisfying steamed work. Additionally, we will study color theory in order to better enhance our silk paintings with integrated color palettes.
In the mornings, we'll meet for slides shows and demonstrations, and suggestions for painting projects. In the afternoons, we'll reconvene to look together at the work produced. Comments and feedback will be encouraged.
You will need a laptop or tablet, iPad or cell phone with a camera built in to access Zoom and take photos of the work you are doing.

A list of materials to have on hand is noted below.


Pushing the boundaries of this ancient medium since 1984 and bringing a fine art sensibility to the interaction of dyes and resist on silk, SUZANNE PUNCH has opened up new possibilities of painterly expression.

• Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
• Work has been exhibited across the US, in England and Japan in gallery, private and museum settings.
• Hand painting for Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen, Calvin Klein, Narciso Rodriguez, Blue Man Group, New York City Ballet, and Jill Stuart through DyeNamix Studio, New York
• Designs for Theory, Tracy Feith, JF and Son
• Workshops taught in seven states across the country and in Canada. Faculty member of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
• In 2009, Suzanne was given the lifetime designation of Master Silk Painter by SPIN (Silk Painters International)

Visit Suzanne Punch's website

Current MAC Members: $112
Non-members: $125 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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