Workshops / Lectures
Thank you for your interest in my workshops. As much as I love teaching and traveling, I have pared down my class offerrings to align with my new focus on artist coaching and expanding creativity. For more info and free resources and articles, please visit Artist Success,
Bevy of Boxes
Artists and creatives are always told to think outside the box. Well I’m going to turn the tables and say, let’s embrace the BOX - 3 in fact.
You will learn everything you need to know to add color, text and images to unfinished wood. I’ll share my “secret sauce” for aging as shown in the French Woman box. I’ll fill you in on all my “free” sources for text and images so you can create a bevy of boxes on your own. (They make GREAT gifts!)
I will guide your though lining one of your boxes with paper and discuss how to do a fabric lining too.
Fragment Fabric Collage
A class for anyone who loves fabric, collage or color. Using a variety of fabrics (your own and the class stash), you will learn how to combine color and texture, motif and scale to create mood, memories and magic.
Navigation - Charting a Course to Your Soul
Life is a constant search for answers, for an understanding of life's secrets and wonders. Occasionally you can catch a fleeting glimpse of a universal truth, in an artfully crafted phrase, an image that draws you in or a work of art that touches your soul. What if you could plot a course that guided you to discover your own unique path to life's magic and wonder?
In this class, you will become the navigator and your captain will be Lesley, a certified creativity coach. Your guides will be image, music and the written world of quotes, prose and poetry; which you will use to chart a course to find and follow you inner soul, a course that will guide you in your life and add magic to your art. There will be fun solo and group assignments, color and word play and many surprises.
You will create your own celestial map, a unique-to-you, colorful, handmade, spiral bound book full of your art, discoveries and guideposts that you will be able to refer to again and again on your journey through life. The class lasts a day, but the magic lasts a lifetime. You've learned so many art techniques, now find out how to create the magic and follow your star.
TAP That Journal
Print, TAP, TAP, print, cover, bind, write, glue, stencil, stamp, TAP, TAP, TAP, create. That’s what we’ll be doing in this wonderful journal class. Whether you’re the constant journaler or new to the practice, this is the class for you. No experience in anything is necessary!
If you already love your journal pages, you’ll love adding TAP to the mix. If you’re afraid to begin, TAP will have you dancing on the pages.
Here’s your opportuity to start from scratch and create a brand new journal. You will hand-print your covers and create inside cover pockets for pencils or what-nots. I’ve got a unique and simple binding that will rock your world.
Then you’ll face the dreaded blank page(s) - but not for long! By the end of class you will be (happily) well on your way to filling your journal with a plethora of pages you’ll adore.
Window to the Soul
(As seen in the Premiere issue of Cloth Paper Scissors™)
Shakespeare told us, “The eyes are the window to the soul.” If you could miraculously look through the window to your soul, what would you see? Spend a day discovering the beauty, magic and wonder that lies within.
Bring your well-loved colors, papers and images, the ones you turn to again and again, and create a very personal and significant reflection of your soul. You will create a unique diptych comprised of stretched canvasses joined with a button hinge – as simple or as elaborate as your soul guides you to create. Learn how to use fluid acrylics and acrylic mediums to create rich patinas or faux stucco walls. Come with your own favorite images and ephemera and a plan or work intuitively using some of Lesley’s images and materials that are sure to stir your soul and inspire your creativity.
Image Printing and Transfer: A Demo/Lecture
Learn how to successfully print or transfer your photos and artwork to fabric.
This demo-lecture will demystify the variety of transfers you can do with TAP Transfer Artist Paper. Lesley will demonstrate and discuss preparing photos for fabric printing and transfers as well as the pros and cons of various transfer methods, printers and inks. Lots of samples will be passed around.
Making Time for Making Quilts
Discover the 23 time (and attitude) management secrets that turned Lesley Riley, a working mother of 6 and lapsed quilter into an internationally known artist, author, workshop instructor, magazine editor and now entrepreneur.
Title and description can also be re-worded to appeal to a mixed media art audience.
The Fabric of My Life
Lesley Riley began quilting in 1971 but didn’t hit her stride until 2000. Find out what happened in-between, how she found her way and where she is headed now. An illustrated story.
Wanting More...and How to Get It
Wanting more is essential to successfully accomplishing your quilt-related goals and dreams. If your plans are stalled, your dreams derailed, if you're not sure what you want or what your next step is, this lecture will get you on track and give you specific tools and actions to get what you on track to where you want to be, and more.