Home Collage Reflections on On-line Material Collage Courses: A Gallery of Scholar Work

Reflections on On-line Material Collage Courses: A Gallery of Scholar Work


As Tom and I have been reviewing in-progress cloth collage photos and testimonials from former Reside On-line Class college students for this publish, we have been reminded which options have made the courses profitable. To be sincere, we have been generally shocked and happy at what our college students stated. We put a whole lot of thought into designing the On-line courses as we now have, and it’s at all times satisfying to listen to if you’ve reached a purpose you’ve set. Under, you’ll be capable of learn testimonials from a number of previous college students, to listen to immediately from them what they’ve discovered helpful in one of these class—thanks to all who took the time to put in writing out such considerate replies.

A reminder that there are nonetheless two spots remaining within the subsequent Monday-Friday, Might 29-June 2 Reside On-line Material Collage class!

Initially of the Scholar In-Progress Material Collage part, you’ll be handled to at least one completed quilt—that of Kallie the tiger by Judy Bilardillo (in-progress picture from Judy above)—a quilt that shall be auctioned in a fundraiser in simply two weeks on Might twentieth! Extra information under.

However first, right here’s a quick description of the most well-liked options of our Reside On-line Material Collage Courses.

Pre-Class Teaching Periods

In pre-class teaching with Janet Wilson, November 2022, we have been in a position to talk about the varied pictures of her service canine, Flower. It’s generally arduous to decide on when there’s a whole lot of good choices. This fashion, we may have a look at the professionals and cons of every so Janet may choose one and have her drawing made earlier than class started.

Earlier than we ever collect all collectively in Zoom every pupil receives a one-on-one teaching session. That is to make sure that the scholar is comfy with the format—the Zoom platform, the way to ship in pictures, and the way to take display photographs of my annotations—and to make sure that the scholar’s topic, sample, and cloth selections are prepared for them to begin on day certainly one of class. So class time is just not used up with technical points, or determining they don’t have a wide variety of materials to get began with, or that their design ought to be redrawn or enlarged to a unique proportion.

These pre-class teaching classes was once non-public. For the final couple of courses, nonetheless, we now have made them open to anybody in that individual class who wish to eavesdrop on the steerage I’m giving—particularly if two or extra college students have comparable topics, this may be useful. These teaching classes are normally held over the course of three days the week previous to class. This provides everybody time to behave on any picture, cloth, or sample solutions I’ll make.

Day by day Video Displays

One variation we added after the primary couple of courses is that I’ve recorded what was once in-class demonstrations of the fundamental steps of the material collage approach. Somewhat than take an hour of sophistication time initially of every class day to present a dwell demo, I’ve recorded these demonstrations on the way to reduce and glue, the way to add particulars, the way to method the backgrounds, and so forth—even an hour-long video demonstrating an in depth method to method building of a canine’s nostril.

This enables all college students to view the movies on their very own time, in their very own time zone. Then, every class morning, I ask if there are any questions relating to the one to a few demo movies for that day’s matter. This makes our time collectively extra environment friendly and permits me to transition earlier within the day to giving one-on-one assist.

The day by day presentation movies are for college kids to maintain even after the category has ended. Week-long courses are nice in that there’s a focus of time to actually get a really feel for the approach of cloth collage. However nonetheless, they’re solely 5 days, and I’m sharing info I’ve discovered over three many years. You’ll be able to solely take in a lot in every week. By making the day by day movies accessible “without end,” it takes the strain off college students to recollect (as an example) closing ending methods after they’re nonetheless within the first draft stage (which is normally the case). Even months or years down the street, the knowledge will nonetheless be there for overview.

Breakout Rooms

A breakout room from January 2023, the Wild Issues: left to proper, prime to backside—Judy Bilardello (and me); Kathleen Howard and Janet Delsener; and Reva Hill.

We use breakout rooms to separate college students into teams relatively than preserving everybody in a single massive assembly. It’s an excessive amount of to take heed to eleven different folks and the feed-back I give each, all day lengthy. So we usually break the category into three breakout rooms. A few variations we’ve adopted alongside the way in which have made breakout rooms much more helpful.

Initially, we attempt to group folks by topic, equivalent to within the “Wild Issues,” a self-named breakout room group pictured above. You’ll be able to see by the end-of-week collages behind the women, that two of the topics have been lions. So to begin, I grouped Janet and Reva collectively. By listening in as I talk about one of many lions, they could decide up ideas for their very own. This concept of comparable topics is normally how the rooms are designated.

Nevertheless, one other consideration for breakout rooms is buddies that attend the category collectively, after all they’d wish to be in the identical room no matter their topics—it’s like sitting subsequent to one another in school. That was the case with Judy and Kathleen, additionally above. Judy’s Kallie the tiger topic went effectively with the lions, so one other breakout room was arrange—and Kathleen’s coyote was surly sufficient to carry his personal in a room full of huge cats.

One other addition to on-line courses is that we now present college students how they’ll quickly transfer from room to room all through the day. As an example, in the event that they wish to pay attention in as I go to one other group, they’ll try this on their very own with the press of a pair Zoom buttons. Kinda like strolling across the on-line classroom.

Annotation and Display screen Photographs

I talk to my college students utilizing video and voice however by far essentially the most useful gizmo is annotation. Zoom’s annotation function permits me to attract immediately onto the picture the scholar sends to me. I can circle, emphasize, draw traces, level out materials I believe shall be helpful—mainly do all the things besides decide up the material and scissors and reduce it myself (although that’s one additional factor college students generally want I may do).

Most college students take display photographs of the annotated pictures to consult with later—some even print them out to pin on their pinning board—like a guidelines of factors to work on earlier than I make my manner again to them. There’s additionally the choice of recording their particular person classes for overview in a while their very own units.

This display shot from November 2022, reveals how I used to be in a position to level out patterns in Leigh McMorrow’s materials that I believed could also be useful for the very furry contours of her Highland coo “Rosette.”

A reminder—two areas obtainable on this month’s Reside On-line class

Might 2023 Reside On-line Material Collage Class

You might be invited to affix me by way of Zoom for a 5-Day Reside On-line Material Collage Class. This class is for all ranges of cloth collage proficiency, from newbie to superior.

Material is animal topics—furred, feathered, or scaled—pets, unique animals, birds, bugs, sea life, sea slugs, no matter kind of animal appeals to you.

• 5-Day Reside On-line Material Collage Class—Animals Solely

Might 29-June 2, 2023

Class measurement: 12 max—all ranges

2 Spots Remaining (as of Might 3)

Value: $995 per pupil

Register and pay right here:

I’ve included an replace of the variety of spots obtainable and can do my finest to maintain it up to date because it adjustments. When you discover on the registration web page that the category has offered out and wish to be positioned on a waitlist, please electronic mail Tom ([email protected]). Thanks.

Included: Forty-five minute non-public pre-class teaching session to organize you for Day One among class.

Required Class Price: $169 for the Material Collage Grasp Class—a web based useful resource “guide” to consult with earlier than, throughout, and after class—yours for all times ($199 common value; contact [email protected] for coupon code for low cost. This charge is waived for those who already personal the Grasp Class)

{Hardware} and Software program Necessities: Pc, pill, or different larger-screen gadget; dependable web; capability to {photograph} and ship photos of collage in progress (a cellphone is advisable); Zoom assembly software program (free to obtain)

See hyperlink under for extra info.

Concerning the Scholar In-Progress Material Collages

With the particular date-related exception of Kallie the tiger quilt instantly under, the next photos present Reside On-line pupil tasks as they have been close to the top of a 5-day class. Virtually the entire following college students have despatched in photos of their now completed quilts, however for the aim of this publish, I wished you to see and respect the progress they made in school. Due to the complexity of this cloth collage approach, these aren’t tasks that shall be completed in a single week.

One of many the explanation why I just like the Reside On-line model of a category is that I can present college students with a lot extra info within the type of the day by day video shows, annotations, and the Material Collage Grasp class—all will assist them to achieve success finishing the venture on their very own.

Judy Bilardello—January 2023

A particular be aware: With permission from Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Judy got down to make a material collage of Kallie, a tiger who was rescued from an deserted roadside zoo in Oklahoma. Kallie is now receiving a lot wanted medical care and can dwell out her life in an open area atmosphere 45 minutes from San Diego. Kallie is a survivor and Judy wished this cloth collage to honor her and have a good time her. However Judy additionally supposed this to be a donation quilt to a fundraising public sale on Might twentieth for Lions Tigers and Bears, an animal rescue group. Judy’s superb cloth collage quilt is now completed and has been delivered! 

On the market to highest bidder—”Kallie” by Judy Bilardello

It was very arduous for Judy to half with this murals that she put lots of of hours into making, however she is decided for it to assist help such a superb new house for Kallie and for therefore many different unique animals who had been uncared for and abused in captivity. You’ll be able to be taught extra in regards to the real-life Kallie’s story and you may even bid on-line on the Wild within the Nation Fundraiser to win this wild portrait quilt! Judy has been informed the hyperlink shall be supplied 2 days previous to the public sale on Might twentieth, 2-6pm Pacific time, however please take a look at the hyperlink above for extra info!


From Judy:

Susan and Tom have a system in place that melds expertise and art work almost flawlessly. They’re fairly a crew! Every particular person session with Susan is designed in order that she will be able to annotate immediately on a photograph of your work as she describes what she sees as subsequent steps or helps bother shoot no matter wants consideration. I document every session and use it as a reference as I progress.There’s a lot useful info!


A bonus of taking a Susan Carlson class on line, is the comfort of being in your personal studio or stitching room. All of your provides are available and your cloth stash might be revisited every time you should discover simply the best cloth piece for the element you’re engaged on. There’s additionally the benefit of speaking with quilters from California to Scotland. How enjoyable is that!

Grace Crocker—November 2022

From Grace:

I’m a retired Human Assets supervisor and was liable for creating coaching materials. I do know good instruction. Your on-line class was undoubtedly a “ten out of ten!” It was apparent that you simply spent many hours creating the format. The “Steps” have been effectively organized, the written materials was clear and concise, and the movies have been good. Susan’s capability to present instantaneous suggestions and route was unbelievable. She had no time to check our pictures however noticed each little change we had made and gave route and annotations, as wanted. It was invaluable to have my very own work critiqued and to look at as she directed the others in our room.


I simply spent every week, in my own residence, getting fabulous instruction in Susan Carlson’s on-line collage class. I didn’t have to decide on the materials I wanted to take with me. Sure, I ready a palette for sophistication, however my very own stash was at all times obtainable for extra. A pre-class teaching session with Susan was an additional benefit. I didn’t need to make reservations for journey, housing or consuming. Plenty of cash saved, extra cloth {dollars} obtainable! I used to be barefoot or slippered for your complete class! And … I didn’t need to put on a masks!


I’d be remiss if I didn’t praise Susan and Tom on their fabulous teamwork. A number of many years of loving and residing collectively reveals of their work. Tom handles the technical facet, coping with each Susan’s wants and her college students, and this enables Susan to focus on the category and particular pupil wants. It really works seamlessly. Three cheers for the crew! —Grace Crocker

Religion McLeod—January 2022

From Religion:

We’re formally residing in a brand new period the place touring to do a 5 day workshop is dangerous and will have a excessive potential of being cancelled on the final minute. Because of this I selected to take part in Susan’s on line class. What enjoyable we had! Pre-coaching session, entry to ALL my cloth at house, social time with my classmates, and stellar display time with Susan. She was in a position to “draw” proper on my collage to indicate me the way to enhance my piece and I used to be in a position to save a screenshot to consult with later. Tom supplied stellar tech help and stored us all on observe. I give this expertise 5 stars!

Rain Klepper—December 2021

From Rain:

Susan is a superb and beneficiant teacher, making all points of the collage course of accessible no matter the place the scholar is on their artwork journey. The critiques are insightful and exact, with Susan making use of drawing expertise to work together immediately with my photos of my piece by annotation. It was terrific to have these drawings as I continued to work. Each step of the way in which I’ve felt supported and impressed, in an elegantly easy and simple manner. I really feel seen at a stage that’s uncommon in a category, and I’m grateful for the brilliance and kindness given all through the category.

LeahGrace Kayler—Might 2021

From LeahGrace:

What a present this class is! I bought to immerse myself within the studying course of daily with similarly-dedicated fellow college students, every of us on our personal journeys, however all collectively. We don’t speak about it a lot, however there are a lot of life classes in working with Susan on cloth collage on this manner. To call just some examples, I’ve needed to wrestle with my want for perfection, with feeling that it’s o.ok. to chop right into a prize piece of cloth as a result of if I exploit it, I gained’t have it anymore, and with trusting the unknown, like “ What occurs if I exploit inexperienced materials to make my canine?”. Not that it’s all about challenges – there are tons of “oohs and aahs”, a number of snort, and far good companioning in each small and enormous teams. Susan is the perfect of sherpas, whereas Tom maintains the bottom station admirably. I’m deeply grateful to have had the chance to journey with them on this manner.

Cathy HolmesSeptember 2021 and December 2021

From Cathy:

I felt your on-line presentation labored preferred a effectively oiled machine. It appeared the timeline (preliminary educating, engaged on ones personal and assembly with Susan within the breakout rooms 2-3 instances day) was nearly proper. I appreciated that Susan would present again up for panic moments to get one over the hump.

Sylvie Aguilar—September 2021

From Sylvie:

Having Susan draw in your photos, despatched to Tom forward of time, is absolutely useful in visualizing the place you should be going. I at all times take an image after which print it so I’ve a reference with me whereas I work. It additionally offers me a spot to put in writing notes earlier than I neglect and/or future questions I must ask Susan at our subsequent one on one assembly. The two classes, morning and afternoon, have labored nice for me. You get sufficient time in between the two classes to work on a unique part of your venture after which get steerage on it from Susan to see in case you are heading in the right direction.

Nancy Greenaway—September 2021

From Nancy:

This was an exquisite reward I gave myself, and it was price each minute and each greenback. This has modified my artistic life, and I don’t say this calmly. That is the perfect factor I’ve accomplished for myself, personally, presumably ever. I really feel like Susan’s on-line class is way more intense, and makes me deal with it like my 100% job for the week. It is vitally immersive, intellectually and bodily exhausting, but invigorating and stimulating.  Courses in individual, whereas enjoyable, are extra distracting and I get much less achieved, plus it might be unimaginable to convey all the things you should a classroom. Plus, you’ll be able to outing if you want a break, versus set instances.

Carol Allen-Mollgaard—September 2021

from Carol:

I like to recommend taking Susan Carlson’s on-line class. Working from house, I used to be in a position to attend to household issues, audition cloth from my very own cache and work as early or late as I desired. On one other facet, it was way more economical for me. Paying for lodging, meals, shopping for further cloth, journey prices and the category charge (did I point out shopping for extra cloth?) all provides up. Once I come to a different bump in my collage journey, and I do know I’ll, I’ve the choice of submitting my collage to our Patreon dwell conferences for additional suggestions or reserving a personal session with Susan. I sincerely sit up for learning additional along with her.

Jean McCreary—April 2021

From Jean:

This was essentially the most intense, individualized and profitable studying expertise for collage quilters I’ve ever taken, bar none. I’m seeing my work in an entire new gentle, and I discovered loads that I wasn’t prepared to use to my in-class venture that I anticipate having the ability to apply to future tasks by myself.

Judy Nichols—March 2021

From Judy:

Susan is a superb trainer with a mild, encouraging model that encourages and guides college students to create work that’s their very own. She has an uncanny knack for seeing the smallest correction to drawing, cloth, or design and to show with annotations on the display how and the place adjustments are wanted. With screenshots of this annotated suggestions, we moved ahead with clear understanding of what was wanted to create our tasks. I bought much more completed throughout this week than I believed doable. It was a delight attending to know my fellow classmates within the breakout room, watching their items develop and alter whereas sharing experiences and help for one another. I do know it might be great to attend an in-person studying expertise with Susan Carlson, however till that occurs, on-line is a good substitute.

Joan Malone—March 2021

From Joan:

Between prior consulting work and finishing coursework in skilled teaching I’ve had a number of on-line expertise, each main and attending classes. I believe you’ve accomplished an outstanding job of anticipating challenges and dealing to deal with all ability ranges and studying types. As a real palms on grownup learner, I discovered this expertise glorious.

Marie Wooden—March 2021

From Marie:

I used to be significantly impressed that Susan and Tom known as me the week earlier than class to ensure I’d have all I wanted for the technical a part of the category after which the private Zoom assembly with Susan beforehand to make sure that I had a superb sample for my class piece earlier than the course started. We have been all prepared from Day One to get essentially the most out of the course as doable!


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