I'll be teaching in Haliburton July 10-14! Hope you can join me!

Fifty years of art and craft education at Haliburton School of Art + Design

Registrations are now being accepted Haliburton School of Art + Design summer courses

My experience at Haliburton last year was incredible. Even if you don't register for *my* class, do take the time to look over the many amazing courses you can take at this spectacular location. Here is some info from their website:

Haliburton ON – (March 21, 2017) – An affordable, creative escape for individuals of all ages and skill levels is available in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands at Haliburton School of Art + Design, Fleming College.

World-renowned artists arrive in Haliburton every summer to mentor and teach in week-long and weekend courses in a wide variety of disciplines. Artists, vacationers, families and students alike can find an endless array of programming choice, from courses such as glassblowing, blacksmithing, ceramics, painting, photography, textile arts, dry stone walling, timber framing, and much more.

There are 70 new courses this year including:

  • Book Arts with Holly Dean
  • Copper Enamelling with Ben Glatt
  • Figurative Collage with Rosemary VanderBreggen
  • Folk Music with Katherine Wheatley
  • Leather with David Trotter
  • Mosaic Murals with Cristina Delago
  • Song writing with Rita Chiarelli
  • Creativity & Mindfulness with Lisa Schmidt & Kate Kitchen
  • Kids’ Beach Camp with Toni Calderone
  • Youth Stone Sculpting & Much More with Chaka Chikodzi

Experience the:

  • Architecturally inspiring campus
  • Creative energy
  • Faculty exhibition, entertainment, and art talks
  • Self-guided walk-about exhibitions
  • Local galleries, shops, studios, and the Haliburton Sculpture Forest

Visit for a full schedule of courses and workshops or, for more information, contact

Accommodation assistance is available.

About Haliburton School of Art + Design 
Haliburton School of Art + Design, formerly Haliburton School of The Arts, is a leader in providing unique and flexible art education in Canada. Students create their art in a spectacular natural environment, supported by dedicated faculty and a welcoming community. We are a destination campus for students who are interested in art and design. Students enroll in specialized programs that range from Artist Blacksmith to Canada’s first Sustainable Building Design and Construction certificate. We also offer the most comprehensive summer art school program in the country.

Shelley Schell, Haliburton School of Art + Design
705-457-1680 or 1-866-353-6464 ext.3

Upcoming Workshops

The Mane Event

Sunday, March 19 - 12:30 - 4:30 pm

at Carriageway Studios, Almonte

An adventure in colour and texture on fabric

Cost: $75 (includes all supplies)

Remember Colour by Number? This is almost that easy, so it is perfect even for someone who has never painted on fabric before. Complete beginners will learn how easy it is to add flowing colour to fabric with water-soluble wax pastels and then embellish with texture by adding sculpted cheesecloth for the mane. Then you will mount your finished piece on  an 11x14 canvas panel to take home, ready for framing. 

I will provide you with the pattern, show you both my trademark technique of sculpting cheesecloth for the mane and teach you how to achieve a luminous watercolour look on fabric. No sewing required!

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June 5-9, 2017

CEG London, Western University, London Ontario

5-day Workshop:  Cheesecloth Imagery on Fabric

July 10-14, 2017

Haliburton School of the Arts, Fleming College, Haliburton Ontario

5-day Workshop:  Cheesecloth Imagery on Fabric

Recent  Workshops

October 15-16, 2016

Espanola Fibre Arts Festival 

Lecture: One Artist's Journey, October 15, 7:00-8:00 pm

Workshop: Cheesecloth Sculpted Landscapes 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

October 27, 2016

Thousand Island Quilt Guild

Lecture: Accidental Artist, October 27, 7:00-8:00 pm

November 5, 2016

Carriageway Studios, Almonte

Workshop: Cheesecloth Portraits 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

November 15-16, 2016

York Heritage Quilters Guild

Lecture: Accidental Artist, November 15, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Workshop: Introduction to Cheesecloth Portraiture, November 16, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

November 19-20, 2016

Common Thread Quilt Guild

Workshop:  Cheesecloth Portraits and More, November 19-20, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

December 4, 2016

Carriageway Studios, Almonte

Workshop: Paintstiks from Start to Finish, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Received my complimentary copy of Art Quilting Studio in the mail today. It is such a beautiful publication and the article about my work is so thoughtfully written.  I feel quite honoured to be included.  Not sure if it is available in Canada, though.... I'll be looking! 

Quilt Canada 2016

June 15-16, 2016

June 15-16, 2016

Art Quilt Elements

Excited to be getting ready to attend the opening of Art Quilt Elements in Philadelphia at the end of this month:

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2016 Teaching Schedule:

My teaching schedule for the next while looks something like this.  I will add others as contracts become finalized.

Tuesday, April 12-Lecture: Getting From Here to There-Orleans, ON - Common Thread Quilters Guild

Monday, April 18-Lecture: One Artist’s Journey-Almonte, ON - Almonte Quilt Guild

Friday, May 6-Vernissage: Fiberart International-Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Sunday, May 15-Vernissage: My Corner of the World: Canada-Stratford, ON - Stratford Museum

Tuesday, May 24-Workshop: Cheesecloth Portraiture-Perth, ON - Lanark County Quilters Guild

Wed/Thurs, June 15-16-Workshop: Landscape Basics-Toronto, ON - Canadian Quilters Association

Fri/Sat, June 17-18-Sculpting and Painting the Natural World With Textiles-Toronto, ON - Canadian Quilters Association

August 8-12-Workshop: Cheesecloth Imagery on Fabric-Haliburton, ON -  Haliburton School of Art & Design

October 14-16-Workshop & Lecture - Cheesecloth Sculpted Landscapes - Espanola, ON - Espanola Fibre Arts Festival

November 15-16-Workshop: Sculpting in Cheesecloth-Toronto, ON - York Quilters Guild



March 2015
I am delighted to have been invited to participate in the "Contemporary Fiber: Breaking Tradition" exhibition at the Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University in PA.  I'll be there for opening night on April 11th!

December 2014
I was honoured to be invited by Sheila Frampton-Cooper to participate in the Vision Quilt Museum's exhibition "Expressions of Equality," running January 17 - April 5, 2015. A sneak peek of my entry, entitled "The Other 1%," which is concerned with socioeconomic equality, can be seen on the Welcome page of my site. The finished piece is now in the Portraits section of the Portfolio. 

November 2014
My piece "Equus" is featured in an article in Machine Quilting Unlimited Nov/Dec issue.

October 2014
My piece "Precious Time" is featured in an article in British Patchwork & Quilting November issue.

August 2014
My work is featured in an article in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine's Aug/Sept issue.

October 2014
The Celebrating Silver exhibit opens at the Houston International Quilt Festival, which includes "Precious Time."

September 2014
Lovely three-page spread of my work in Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine.

August 2014
Teaching in Brazil, first in Curitiba at the 2014 Quilt & Craft Show sponsored by Janome, and then to Studio Q in Porto Alegre.

August 2014
Six of my works have been selected for Viewpoints 9 exhibitions:

  • Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Sept. 18-21, 2014
  • QuiltFest Oasis Palm Springs October 2-4, 2014
  • International House, Davis April 8 - May 6, 2015

July 2014
My solo exhibition, Conversational Threads: Impressions in Fibre, opens at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

March 2014
My work will be included in 1000 Quilt Inspirations by Sandra Sider, to be released in early 2015.

May 2014
Invited to teach at Quilting by the Lake, July 20-24, 2015: Sculpting with Cheesecloth and Cheesecloth Portraits.

January, 2014
Invited to participate in special exhibition "Expressions in Equality" to open January 2015 at Visions Quilt Museum, San Diego.

September 16, 2013
Art Quilt Matters interviewed me on the topic of "What is an Art Quilt?" and published it today on their blog

September 1, 2013 
Just learned that two of my works will be included in Linda Seward's upcoming book, The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilt Techniques.