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Decorative Art Classes at Filoli


How to Register

Use the link below each class to register or call 650–364–8300, ext. 508, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

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example of a decorative tapestry  

At the end of the 19th century, the Arts and Crafts Movement was the predominant art movement internationally. Filoli celebrates the heritage of this movement and the traditional crafts that became prominent during it by offering a series of Decorative Art classes that are taught by well–informed, talented instructors.

In 1872 the Royal School of Art Needlework was started in London to address the problem of art education for women in England. Today the school survives as the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace and one of its graduates, Lucy Barter, teaches Embroidery Classes at Filoli.

In 1894 a San Francisco group including Filoli designers Willis Jefferson Polk and Bruce Porter, formed the first Arts and Crafts Society in the United States. This influence can be clearly seen in Porter’s stained–glass designs and Polk’s commission for the Bourn’s Webster Street house. Experience history as you learn about and practice these Decorative Arts.

Artists are invited to join our registry of art exhibitors. Filoli presents a new schedule of exhibits each year.

Our students say it best . . .

“Lucy is a very patient and encouraging instructor. She teaches techniques that help you get beautiful consistent results.”
—From Gold and Silk Embroidery with Lucy Barter

“This was my first class at Filoli and I loved it— highly recommend.”
—From Introduction to Stained Glass with Gigi Erickson

2017 Decorative Art Classes

Icelandic Poppies

 

The Art of Paper Flowers Poppies

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Instructor: Tiffanie Turner, Papel SF

Using a variety of colorful crepe paper learn to create the beautiful curling stems and flowers of Iceland poppies, complete with bursting sepals. These colorful poppies can be displayed on their own or worked into floral crowns, garlands and more.

Fee: $75 members; $90 non–members. Fee includes all classroom materials.

Erickson Stained Glass

 

Introduction to Stained Glass

Saturdays, March 18 or August 5, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Gigi Erickson

Learn the basics of the copper foil technique and leave with a finished project that you made yourself. In these fun and engaging hands-on classes, you'll learn about design and patterns, cut and grind glass (it's easier than you think), apply copper foil, solder the pieces together, and finish with a patina and polish. No experience necessary.

Fee: $140 members; $170 non–members.

assorted tea roses

 

The Art of Paper Flowers Hybrid Tea Roses

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Instructor: Tiffanie Turner, Papel SF

Discover how to use double-sided and ombre crepe papers in a beautiful array of colors to create your own hybrid tea roses complete with leaves and stems. Students will be given extra materials to work with at home.

Fee: $75 members; $90 non–members. Fee includes all classroom materials.

 

Pansies Plus!
Spring Ribbon Flower Extravaganza

Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Candace Kling

Pansies, fuchsias, daffodils and more! Spend two days with Artful Ribbon author Candace Kling, and watch Spring bloom beneath your finger tips. Start simple and learn pansy basics. Then, using variegated ribbon to give your pansy a fancy face, learn the craft of perfect stitching and gathering, and how to make your knots kiss! Then you’ll master that graceful dancer, the fuchsia, adding pencil skirts and fancy dancing shoes. You’ll create daffodils in all their varied forms...and don't forget, forget-me-knots. Join us in embracing Spring. Basic sewing skills are needed to enjoy these fun classes.

Fee: $150 members; $180 non–members.

Mosaic Sampler

 

Mosaic Sampler

Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Shirley Smith

This fun and enjoyable workshop is ideal for beginners or for those that taken a mosaic class and would like to delve deeper and try a more complex piece. The focus of this new class is to learn about texture and pattern through geometric and abstract design, rather than relying just on color or object. You will gain an understanding of the variety of tools, adhesives and materials that are used to create mosaics while creating a lovely 12”x18” piece of art to display in your home.

Fee: $200 members; $240 non–members. Fee includes all classroom materials and tools.

 

Mosaic Collage Mirrors

Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Shirley Smith

Create a unique and special piece of work based on your own combination of items! Items can include a memory or sentimental piece, things kept from a loved one or friend, from your own travels or history, or simply a way to use all the little pieces of broken tile from your favorite plate, mug or stones that you picked up while walking on beaches. Students will learn the types of items that work well, adhesive options, shared examples and more.

Fee: $150 members; $180 non–members. Fee includes some classroom materials – base, adhesives, and tools.

Fabric Flower Bouquets
Putting It All Together - Composing Fabric Flowers

Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Candace Kling

Begin this workshop by make a bounty of beautiful fabric flower blooms and profusion of companion leaves, developing speed and accuracy over the hours, and varying the results with stitch size and cutting proportions. On day two we'll discuss crinoline backing and the essential use of stems to create exciting compositions. Then we'll take our flowers, leaves and stems and "put them all together". Voila! Basic sewing skills are needed to enjoy these fun classes.

Fee: $150 members; $180 non–members.

 

Ribbon Cockades

Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Candace Kling

Marvel at the spectacular forms than ribbon can take! In this workshop, students will use pleated, looped and interlaced grosgrain ribbon to create beautiful French hat decorations called cockades or cocardes. The namesake of the cockscomb, these centuries-old geometric ribbon forms were especially popular during both world wars in the 20th century. They are used as military insignia, award ribbons, shoe bows, jewelry, as well as hat, dress, and home furnishing decorations. After insightful demonstrations you’ll practice making samples of basic folds with lots of variations on the theme. Basic sewing skills are needed to enjoy these fun classes.

Fee: $150 members; $180 non–members.

Mosaic Stepping Stone

 

Fall Mosaic Workshop

Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Shirley Smith

Create a mosaic to enjoy and use this season, or give as a gift! Maybe a terra cotta pot with autumn leaves & acorns, a wall hanging with the Day of the Dead theme or a Halloween/Thanksgiving tray or platter, the choice will be yours. Introductions and reviews of cutting, nipping, sanding & adhering materials will be covered, as well as design fundamentals and grouting.

Fee: $200 members; $240 non–members. Fee includes all classroom materials and tools.

example of embroidery

 

Embroidery Classes

Instructors: Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin

Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric with a needle and thread or yarn. Its age of origin is unknown, but examples survive from Ancient Egypt, Iron Age Northern Europe, and Zhou Dynasty China. Using kits designed by the instructor from San Francsico School of Needlework and Design who are both Royal School of Needlework-trained, students create individual pieces using a different technique in each workshop. These classes require no experience but can also be good for an accomplished embroiderer to brush up on techniques. Fees include all classroom materials and embroidery kits.

Classes are held in the Bourn Room on the second floor of the historic House. Access to this classroom is by stairs only. For questions about accessibility please contact the Education Office by email to classes@filoli.org or by phone at (650) 364–8300, ext. 263.

Intro to embroidery

 

Introduction to Embroidery - Pomegranate

Friday, March 24, 2017 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructors: Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin

Discover the artistry of embroidery through hands-on lessons using a range of embroidery stitches that have been used in embroidery through-out the ages. Listen to interesting historical accounts as you practice stitching. Experiment with a variety of thread types such as cotton, silk, wool and gold.

Fee: $120 members; $145 non–members. Fee includes all classroom materials

sample of handanger embroidery

 

Beginning Hardanger

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructors: Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin

Learn the basics of Hardanger, a technique that originated in Norway, in this class. Groups of Kloster blocks are stitched to create outlines of motifs and the inner threads are removed to leave open areas with straight threads that are then woven and wrapped to create decorative fillings.

Fee: $120 members; $145 non–members. Fee includes all classroom materials

Filoli Garden

 

Plein Air Embroidery

Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, 2017 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Annalee Levin

Plein air painting or painting in “the open air” is a style of painting that is undertaken outdoors, from real life subjects. French impressionists such as Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, utilized this technique to great effect. In this workshop we will take our embroideries en plein air, sketching and stitching from real life. The class will start with a short tutorial indoors where you will learn some basic embroidery stitches and receive instruction on how to frame your image once you are outdoors, and guidance on sketching outlines onto your fabric. The instructor will be present outdoors to help give advice and guide you in working your embroideries.

Fee: $175 members; $210 non–members. Fee includes all classroom materials

Shading with Thread

 

Sketching with Thread
Exercises in Mark Marking

Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Annalee Levin

Embroidery is a slow art form, but it doesn’t have to be. In this class you will explore the possibilities of sketching with thread. Utilizing varying thicknesses of thread in combination with ideas taken from drawing techniques such as hatching, cross hatching, stippling and scribbling, you will learn to create value and depth at a faster pace. Discussion about how different drawing techniques are used, viewing examples, and then working on practice exercises both with pencil and paper as well as with cloth and thread will get you started. Then you’ll put these techniques into practice by stitching a still life. In embroidery, where things are so often tight and perfect, this class will help you to develop a looser, more experimental hand.

Fee: $175 members; $210 non–members. Fee includes all classroom materials

Jacobean Crewelwork Bud

 

Jacobean Crewelwork Bud

Friday, May 19, 2017 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructors: Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin

This class is inspired by a motif found in traditional Jacobean Embroidery. Crewelwork is a type of surface embroidery that uses wool and is at least a thousand years old. Jacobean is a form of crewel work that is used for fanciful plant and animal shapes. In this class, wool is stitched on linen twill, using stitches such as long and short shading, satin stich, whipped wheels, trellis, buttonhole, bullion knots and seeding to create texture and delicate details.

Fee: $120 members; $145 non–members. Fee includes all classroom materials

sample of goldwork embroidery

 

Goldwork Poppy

Saturday, May 20, 2017 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructors: Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin

Goldwork is the art of embroidery using real or imitation gold, silver, or copper threads. It is particularly prized for the way light plays on it. This class teaches students basic goldwork techniques including felt padding, couching Japanese thread, pearl purl, and chipwork on a silk background fabric, to create a pretty red poppy.

Fee: $120 members; $145 non–members. Fee includes embroidery kit.

sample of goldwork embroidery necklace

 

Art Deco Gold Necklace

Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructors: Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin

Create a beautiful art deco inspired necklace in Goldwork with silk ribbon. You will lean a few goldwork techniques and how to applique with kid leather. A kit is provided with everything you need and at the end of the two days you can wear it home! Choice of colored ribbon and silk available.

Fee: $175 members; $210 non–members. Fee includes embroidery kit.

sample of textured Cewelwork

 

Textured Crewelwork

Friday, August 18, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructors: Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin

Crewelwork is a great technique for learning and exploring interesting stitches. Using traditional crewel wool, you will learn practice highly textured stitches, such as turkey rug, French knots, coral stitch, woven picots, trellis, and a basic padding technique which will help to give the design more dimension.

Fee: $120 members; $145 non–members. Fee includes embroidery kit.

sample of textured Cewelwork

 

Introduction to Embroidery – Bird

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructors: Lucy Barter

Discover the artistry of embroidery through hands-on lessons using a range of embroidery stitches that have been used in embroidery through-out the ages. Listen to interesting historical accounts as you practice stitching. Experiment with a variety of thread types such as cotton, silk, wool and gold.

Fee: $120 members; $145 non–members. Fee includes embroidery kit.

sample of monogram embroidery

 

Monograms

Friday, October 27, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructors: Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin

Discover how to monogram a letter on a household linen or holiday gift. This class will teach students how to pas and satin stich a monogram and add details like eyelets and trailing. There will be two fonts to choose from and you work the letter of your choice using either the white thread in the kit or choose from a variety of colored threads.

Fee: $120 members; $145 non–members. Fee includes embroidery kit.

sample of monogram embroidery

 

Stumpwork – Fuchsia

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructors: Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin

Stumpwork is a raised embroidery technique that became popular in the 17th century. In this class Fuchsia wired elements are stitched and added to a padded satin stitch and raised stem band to create a three dimensional picture.

Fee: $120 members; $145 non–members. Fee includes embroidery kit.