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Tree Portraits

4 to 5 days
all levels - basic knowledge of surface embroidery required
(chose a subject that reflects your abilities)
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  In 1870, Henry Ward Beecher preached, “Of all man’s works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that.” Trees are the soul of our earth. This class focuses on a single tree study. Participants should bring in photographs or other reference material of a favourite tree. Multiple images are helpful.  If choosing a deciduous tree, decide if you want the tree to be in leaf or bare. You may have other elements in your landscape also.  From these photographs you will learn to design a pleasing composition with the assistance of tracing paper and photocopiers.  Students will learn how to interpret these images in paint and embroidery.  They will learn to work with water-based silk paints, pebeo textile paints and pencil crayons, discovering the special qualities of each in expressing the backgrounds of their landscape.  Hand embroidery will be the focus as each student learns how to interpret their trees and other elements of their landscape. Design size: within 8” x 12".  
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