Arts Education

“Hi Misty,

You did a wonderful job!  My daughter had a blast and is thrilled with her doll blanket. I’ll be sure to recommend you to anyone looking for sewing lessons. I’m sure we will do more in the future.” -A satisfied parent, July 2016

I require a minimum of three students to run a class. Please be aware that if you register in advance, I may have to cancel the class if I can’t reach the three student minimum. If you have paid in advance and I have to cancel, I will refund your tuition. I consider other refunds on a case by case basis.

I am happy to work with your group to design a class or one-time workshop that fits your needs. I’m comfortable teaching kids of all ages and adults. Classes can be held in my home in Bowie, MD or another mutually agreeable location. For more information, contact me through above tab. I accept cash, check or paypal.

I am a working artist and homeschooling mom. For more information about my education and professional accomplishments, click here and here.

Nature Journaling-Beginning Age 5+

Four two-hour sessions $60

This course is a series of field trips to local parks in the Bowie/Crofton area. We will take short walks to look closely at various natural environments. We will sketch in our nature journals based on our observations. We will play with pencils, pens, pastels and watercolor paints. We will plan to be outdoors even on bad weather days, but we will be making art under shelter. Adult must remain in the park during the entire class. This is not a drop off class.

Supplies needed: multimedia art journal optional: magnifying glass, binoculars, digital camera

Class limited to ten students per session.

 

Life Skills Sewing Age 8+

Two 2-hour sessions. $40

“Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.” Our grandparents’ generation knew this lesson but we have lost it due to cheaply made products with built-in obsolescence. Stop throwing away useful items. Learn to mend your damaged items and extend their life. This class is not intended as a tailoring or alterations course. Students should bring 1-5 items that need repair. Can be a garment, tote bag, stuffed animal, etc. Instructor will provide supplies. Adult companions are welcome to join the class, but they must pay the tuition fee as well.

Sewing on buttons

Repairing a hem

Repairing a torn seam

Artistic visible mending techniques

Ideas for re-purposing fabric items when they can no longer be repaired.

Class will be at my home in Bowie, MD.

class limited to six students

Please contact me to schedule a class.

Basic Art Journaling Class Ages 8+

Four one-hour sessions $60

See some examples of art journals. Learn some basic techniques for creating pages in an art journal. Explore your personal artistic voice.

This is a hands-on studio class. Wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty and possibly permanently stained.

Supplies to be provided by the student:

A blank art journal* or old hardback book to alter

Anything you particularly want to incorporate into a page (stamps, stickers, handwritten notes, sketches, etc)

*Heavy weight mixed media or watercolor paper is best. Can be purchased at an art supply store.

Class will be at my home in Bowie, MD.

Class limited to ten students per session

Please contact me to schedule a class.

Nature Journaling-Intermediate Age 7+

Four two-hour sessions $60

This course is a series of field trips to parks and gardens in the greater Washington DC area. We will take short walks to closely observe various natural environments. We will sketch in our nature journals based on our observations. We will look at examples of scientific botanical and zoological drawings. We will learn to use pencils, charcoal, pens, and watercolor paints. We will plan to be outdoors even on bad weather days, but we will be making art under shelter. Adult must remain in the park during the entire class. This is not a drop off class.

Supplies needed: multimedia art journal optional: magnifying glass, digital camera

Class limited to ten students per session.

Please contact me to schedule a class.

locations TBA but may include places such as Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, National Arboretum, Watkins Regional Park, Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge.  I try to choose free or low-cost locations whenever possible.

Simple applique Age 8+ $60

Offered in 4 two-hour sessions.

Learn scissors and iron safety; Learn to thread a needle; Learn to tie a knot in your thread;

Choose your own fabrics; Learn to prepare you background and applique shapes;

Learn to pin and thread baste; Learn to make the hand applique stitch;

Learn to make a buttonhole embroidery stitch. Class limited to six students per session.

All supplies provided by instructor

Please contact me to schedule a class.

class of 11 girls, age 8-13

class of 11 girls, age 8-13

What is a quilt? Age 8+ $75

Offered in 4 two-hour sessions.

Learn scissors, rotary cutter and iron safety

Make a small quilt suitable for a doll or pet bed, or a wall hanging.

Learn to piece by hand or machine.

Learn to cut with a template and scissors.

Learn to cut safely with a rotary cutter and ruler.

Learn to about tying a quilt, hand and machine quilting.

Learn how to square up and trim your blocks.

Learn how to pin and thread baste your quilt sandwich.

Learn how to make a pillowcase finish.

Class limited to six students per session

All supplies provided by instructor

Please contact me to schedule a class.

 

Private Lessons

I teach private art lessons and private sewing (hand or machine) lessons for $15 per hour. My home or yours, my machine or yours.

private sewing lesson, student age 11

private sewing lesson, student age 11

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private fine art student, age 10

 

private sewing student, age 12

private sewing student, age 12

Long Term Teaching

I occasionally teach semester-long courses in fine art techniques, fine art survey, music appreciation, and sewing to homeschool groups in a Co-op or Tutorial setting.  I prefer a drive no longer than 45 minutes from my home in Bowie, MD. Please contact me for more information.

Custom Work

I occasionally accept commissions to make custom quilted items for clients.

I do not do T-shirt or pajama quilts but am happy to refer you to friends who do a beautiful job at a reasonable price.

custom quilt

custom quilt

custom quilted handbag

custom quilted handbag

custom vest

custom vest

custom quilted drum carrying case, exterior

custom quilted drum carrying case, exterior

custom quilted drum carrying case, interior

custom quilted drum carrying case, interior

custom quilt

custom quilt