Sunday, December 4, 2016

A little Who Doo interview

I was at a pop-up shop in Greer, SC and was interviewed by Jamarcus Gaston of Studio 62 that airs M-F on channel 62 CW. I am so glad I decided to wear make-up that day. :) Click on the link to be taken to the video.



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Winter 2016-2017 online classes

Hello my creative friends! I have had requests to run my online classes again, so I am giving it a go using Facebook groups. The classes will be held in a secret group and you will be able to post and discuss the lessons with your fellow classmates. It seems everyone is on Facebook now, so this will make it easier to access the classes. 

Also, I will only be accepting a limited number of students for each class. You will get my full attention and feedback on your projects. We can exchange videos on the Facebook group and photos. This isn't like most online classes where you have no contact with the teacher. There will be one on one attention and help through each lesson for the full duration of the class. After the class is over, I will keep the group open for several weeks for anyone that needs to catch up. 


Here is what is on the menu for the Winter of 2016-2017...for now. :)

Dates:




Fiber Collage-Dec 4th (limit 10 students)
$60.00




Funky Felt Pins- Dec 4th (limit 15 students)

$25.00




Sketch'n Contour Embroidery-Jan. 8th (limit 10 students)

$35.00






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Class Descriptions


Creative Embroidery-Organic Designs-class closed




This workshop will show the students how to learn to think in threads. The experience will be a way to search for new way of working in embroidery and mixed media. Organic designs will be the focus of the workshop with a twist. The lessons will also have other mediums included to give the students a more personal interest in each of their embroidery studies. Each lesson will be a small study in new ways of creative expression. Simple stitches will be used, so no formal training in embroidery is needed. Students will need a sense of adventure and a visual sense, attuning the eye to form, color, tone and texture. There is a requirement that students have access to a digital camera or 35mm camera. (A digital camera is the best, that way you can delete and manipulate photos in the lessons)
6 lessons for 60.00

Lesson 1-Stitch Exploration
Lesson 2-Seeds and Pods
Lesson 3-Looking down and around outside
Lesson 4-Under a Microscope
Lesson 5- Earth
Lesson 6- Universe


Fiber Collage Workshop




Susan Sorrell's Fabric Collage workshop is developed from the tradition of quilting and adding the creativity of art.

Taking scraps of fabric, appliqué, threads, beads and embellishments to open up a whole new world of possibilities for self-expression. Fabric collage can lend itself to be abstract, naive, complex or childlike. Designs can come from popular culture, sayings, songs, or stories.

This workshop is for all levels, and no sewing machine is required.   Fabrics can be used clothing or bought from a store. Needle and thread are used like drawing tools to add details and color to a piece of fabric. Beads and embellishments make the piece glimmer and three-dimensional. There is no right or wrong way to do it, be experimental and make it as complex or easy as you wish. Think of it as a miniature quilt that has had “glamour" make over!!! The funkier...the better! You don't need any sewing skills; this is about expressing yourself with cloth!!!
6 lessons for 60.00

Lesson 1: Overview of Materials, Quilt sandwich
Lesson 2: Design and Appliqué
Lesson 3: Drawing with Thread
Lesson 4: Beading (part 1) Simple
Lesson 5: Beading (part 2) Complex
Lesson 6: Embellishments

Funky Felt Pins




Make a small piece of art to wear on a jacket or give as a gift. This is a 2 Lesson workshop that will show you how to make several pins in different sizes. You will have a use for all of those small scraps of fabric you just can’t throw out. No sewing experience needed, just your imagination. We will appliqué, embroider and embellish this small works of art to make them dazzle.
Cost: 25.00 for 2 Lessons

Lesson 1- Gathering ideas and Materials
Lesson 2- Sewing and Embellishing

Sketch’n Contour Embroidery




Contour line drawing is a great way to stretch your creative muscles and play with shapes. You don't have to draw like Leonardo De Vinci, just have a desire to branch out and get out of your comfort zone.
Also, this is a great workshop for your friends to gather together and start your own Sketching Group. My Sketching Group is what got me thinking of how to use my contour line drawings for finished embroidery pieces of art. I haven't been practicing my sketching and I have wanted to bone up on my drawing skills.
In this workshop, we will go over the technique of Contour Line drawing and developing these drawings into embroideries So, gather up your pencils and sketchbook and come play with me and my friends as we sketch and create!
3 Lessons/ 3 weeks - 35.00

Lesson 1-Sketching all over the Place
Lesson 2- Developing your Contour Line Drawing into an embroidery
Lesson 3- Stitching and Finishing

Monday, April 21, 2014

Online shop now open!!


Working on getting some older pieces finished and my online shop is finally up and running!! Hop over to Creative Chick's Studio store and pick up a piece of Southern Fried Fiber!!


Tote bags with one of a kind artwork!


Original pieces of art!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Southern Pop Pet Paintings


I am now taking orders for custom dog portraits in different sizes. If you are interested in having your fur baby become a piece of hangable art, email me and we can talk "dog". I do have a website for my Southern Pop Paintings and it has more information on it. 



Rosie
6" x 6"



6" x 6" gallery wrapped is $125.00 plus shipping


8" x 8" gallery wrapped is $145.00 plus shipping



Chula
8" x 10"


Brandy
8" x 11"


Haus and Little Joe
8" x 11"

8.5" x 11" gallery wrapped is $160.00 plus

 shipping

10" x 10" gallery wrapped is $175.00 plus

 shipping





(Shipping: $11.35 priority mail or less for smaller

 paintings)


(if you want a painting
of two or more images, I need a photo of them together and I charge 10.00 for each additional image)


Contact Susan at srsorrell@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gift Certificates Available







Since the holidays are approaching and you just don't know what to get that favorite person in your life that has everything...Little House Art Studios/Creative Chick/Who Doo Arts has gift certificates. Just email me, sorrell@creativechick.com and you can pay with a credit card, check or Paypal.




Sunday, May 17, 2009

What to expect from a workshop with me. :)

What to expect from one of my workshops (on location and online)


1. Sign up for my workshop with an open mind.

A workshop is a place to try new techniques and ideas. If you approach the workshop by doing what you’ve always done, the way you’ve always done it, you defeat the purpose of the new experience, saturated in creativity.



2. Keep a journal.

I think it is a good idea to keep a journal whenever you are taking a workshop to jot down notes. This will help you relive your workshop experience later on, when you need inspiration or a reminder of what you learned.





3. Have a camera on hand and take photos.


Record your work in progress and if you are on location, your fellow students and their work and any demos your instructor may do. Sometimes it’s the little things that you miss that make a difference, and photographs don’t miss much. Take photos of things you come upon in life to use for future workshops and ideas.



4. Ask questions.

There’s no such thing as a silly question at a workshop. No questions. . . no answers.



5. Avoid the cookie cutter syndrome.

Don't try and do everything exactly like I do it. Choose your own colors and images. Make it personal and use what I show you as a jumping off point.


An instructor should meet you ”where you are” in terms of your art knowledge. This is not to say a beginner or someone looking for guidance in buying supplies or trying a new technique should not take instructor’s suggestions—but you’ve all seen classes of ‘cookie cutter’ students where you can pick out the instructor by looking at the work the class has done, and that’s what you want to avoid.I don't like working from a pattern. I will not be giving you an image and you have to produce that image.



6. Network—and be a sponge.

Rarely will you have the opportunity to be in a creatively charged atmosphere where you can eat, sleep and breathe art. Take the time to learn from AND get to know your fellow students. . . some of the most enduring friendships begin in a workshop. If you are taking an online class, make your fellow students friends on FaceBook, Flicker, Twitter, Stumble Upon, etc. This way you can exchange ideas after the class in over.



7. Experiment with all types of art supplies

I use certain fabric paints, but they work for me. Try different paints, threads, beads, etc. Go with the "What If? question.




8. Give yourself time to catch on.


If you’ve never attended a fiber art workshop before or you are new to fiber art, it may be a little overwhelming. Cut yourself some slack when things don’t go perfectly right from the start.


9. Don’t necessarily expect finished you piece at the end of the workshop.

If your goal is to come away with finished pieces, then you’re going to miss out on a lot of other stuff. It’s always tempting, of course, but you’ll learn much more if you focus on accomplishing individual techniques instead.


I want you to have a wonderful learning experience from my workshops, don't get frustrated when you don't finish something by the end of the week. This goes for my on location workshops and online workshops. I want you to open yourself up to new experiences and go with the flow. There are other workshops out there that teach this method of "here is the project and you will have one at the end of the class" and that is great. I want to go a step above that and help you tap into your creative mind.


10. Don't take a workshop with me and expect for me to pour my all my art knowledge to you.

It has taken me over 20 years to get where I am and there is no way I can put all of that knowledge and life experience into a capsule for you to swallow. I will answer all of your questions and help you any way I can, but I had a student make the comment that she had to drag information out of me. Which is really funny, since I can't shut up when I am teaching.


When I am teaching a workshop I have a class outline and teach to that class outline. If there is something else that interests you, I am more than willing to help. :) But there is no way I can teach you everything I know, so don't expect me too. That is like me taking a cooking class and wanting a chef to teach me every cooking style in one week! 

Also, when I take a workshop with a teacher I am taking that class to learn from that person, but also to get to know that teacher on a personal level. That gives me insight on how they produce their artwork and that is what drew me to their work and workshop in the first place. If they are teaching different methods on dyeing fabric, I don't expect them to also teach me block printing on fabric too...that is a different class.


I hope this helps you find your way through one of my workshops and deciding if it is for you or not. I don't want anyone to sign up for one of my classes and not get what they expected.

Monday, January 5, 2009

What is Happening at Creative Chick's Studio


Social media Update!

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This year I hope to focus on my blogging more this year. I really am a terrible writer, thank that is why I like Twitter so much..try and get a thought across in 140 characters. 

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If you haven't signed up for the Creative Embroidery Ring


Please come and join us if you do cool and creative embroidery!!

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Please use the group to keep in touch with other classmates, ask questions about a certain class, add a link to your website, post your work in a file for others to see!!
And if you haven't joined the Fiber Art/Mixed Media Ning Group, we are now over 1000+ strong! We have members from all over the world and they are posting some awesome artwork! Pass it on to your artsy friends!!!

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I have been using Facebook and have met up with a lot of old friends and met some new ones too.It is cool to hook up with other fiber artists and seeing what they are doing. I think it is an excellent networking too!


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Friday, December 19, 2008

Flickr Groups for Susan's online classes

Flickr Groups
I have started flickr.com groups for each of my classes.(To join Flickr.com is free!) If you want to display your work for others to see, please follow these links to each group. I will be adding more groups for the other classes I will be teaching in the future. Also, if you are interested in taking one of my classes, you can view student work on these web pages.
Fiber Collage Workshop

Personal Symbols Workshop

Monoprinting Workshop

Doodling Designs

http://www.flickr.com/groups/doodlingdesigns-creativechickstudios

Creative Embroidery-Organic Designs

Fear No Color


New class-Beginning Embroidery

and a fun group to post anything Fiber related
Fiber Art Group

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Why take an Online Classes?

Online Classes??

That is what people say to me when they ask me what I do for a living. First I have to explain to them what a Fiber Artist is and then how I teach classes over the Internet. “This is the wave of the future and pretty soon you will be able to do all types of classes on the web”, I tell them. People that have grown up with a computer see this a future trend, but people around my age….44….are still leery about the computer and a hacker stealing their ID. My great aunt, who is 93, just can’t get over the fact that I am making a living as an artist, plus this computer monster that has taken over the world. But now, computers are getting so simple to use that several years ago I was approached to design a Fiber Collage class for an online website. Now, I have a Masters in Art Education and had taught for 12 years in the public school system, so I saw this as an excellent opportunity not to waste this expensive diploma hanging on my wall.

Online art classes come in 2 categories, Projects and Creative Learning, in my opinion. Some classes that you can take will show you how to make a project, so you end up with the teacher’s example. (To me that is like coloring in a coloring book or following a dress pattern) The 2nd category is what I like to call Creative Learning. This is how I was trained to become an art teacher…to help the students think out of the box and try new techniques. I write my lessons like I would like a lesson plan in a classroom and shoot a lot of photos to go along with the lessons. Keeping it simple and using a lot of visuals is the way I like to do my workshops. I guess I write the lesson as if I was going to take it. I have taken many online classes and the teachers are really creative, but their lessons are wordy and don’t make sense. So, you will encounter a lot of different teaching styles out there, like you would in a classroom.

The Pros in taking an online class is you can do it on your time schedule. You don’t have to waste gas and drive anywhere. You don’t have to drag around all of your art supplies, they are right there in your studio. You can download the lessons and you have a mini book to keep of the class. You meet other students from all over the world and see how they interpret the lesson. You can experiment without feeling like you have to make your project perfect, so there is no pressure. The cost of the workshops cannot be beat!! I charge around 60.00 for a 6 weeks workshop and if I had to teach it in person I would have to charge around 350.00 a student.

Yes there are some Cons to taking an online class. No immediate feedback from your teacher and other students. No one on one, in person learning while you are working on your project. That is the biggest Con and there probably are several more, but I can’t think of any.

How I teach my online class is everyone in the class are given a password to an online forum and you can download the lesson from the forum. The forum is there for students to share, ask questions, and make comments about each lesson. I download the photos that are in the lesson, that way you can get a clear picture of what I am demonstrating. Plus, in the future I am working on having videos accompany my classes. The forum isn’t in real time, since there are students from all over world in different time zones. But if there is a new way for me to communicate with my students, I will find it. I am really big on the learning experience and want to make it a positive experience with all of the students. When the class ends, I have a Yahoo group and Flickr.com groups set up for everyone to keep sharing their work. Just because the 6 weeks might be over, doesn’t mean I am not there to help.

If you are considering on taking an online class, choose something that really interest you and you will be more apt to do the lessons. You need some motivation, but it is a really inexpensive way to try out new crafts and meet wonderful people.


Hope to see you online!!

Susan

www.creativechick.com