Color from the Heart Class Plan

by Gai Perry

NOTES TO INSTRUCTORS & SHOP OWNERS:
There is more than one way to structure this series of color classes. When I teach at one of my local quilt shops, I run the class for three hours (day or evening) once a week for six weeks. The series could also be taught in three 6-hour sessions; one week, or even one month apart.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
The following is a very brief outline for a six-week series of classes. If you call or write to me, I can give lots more information and helpful hints. The most important thing to remember is to keep encouraging students, and to give them honest, but gentle critiques.

Required text: Color from the Heart: Seven Great Ways to Make Quilts with Colors You Love by Yvonne Porcella

First Class - Spontaneity
This is a fun warm-up exercise. It helps students to relax and makes them receptive to the idea of putting sixty different fabrics into one quilt. (Follow the instructions for the group method described in the book.) This quilt can be completed in a six-hour class. It can be designed and partially sewn in a three-hour class. Toward the end of this session, introduce next week's project and tell students what they should bring to the following class.

Second Class - Color Enrichment
Start by giving a critique of the first week's one-patch quilts. The whole class is invited to participate. When this is finished, the project for the day is introduced. Refer to Lesson Two in the book. Students will start designing this quilt in class and finish it at home. Toward the end of this session, introduce next week's project and tell students what to bring to the following class.

Third Class - Value Study
Follow the same procedure as described above. Critique last week's quilts and start the new project. Refer to Lesson Three in the book.

Fourth Class - Inspiration
Critique last week's quilts and start the new project. Refer to Lesson Five in the book.

Fifth and Sixth Classes - The Artist's Eye
This is a larger quilt and it's advisable to spend two weeks designing and sewing. Students should bring all their quilts to the last class for a final critique and a photo session. Refreshments are nice, too!

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