Creative Strength Training Workshop with Jane Dunnewold


2016_01Dunnewold Creative Strength Training Workshop                 with Jane Dunnewold

Prompts, Exercises, and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius

Friday, August 19, 2016

9:00 – 4:00

Seattle Pacific University

Third Avenue West & Nickerson Street, Seattle



Note! Registration opens to the public at a rate of $125 after May 30.


-and another special opportunity-


PhotoJanePrivate 40-minute Critique Sessions with Jane Dunnewold

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Time slots to be chosen or assigned

At a private studio in Richmond Beach, 15 minutes north of Seattle

Discover a deeper connection to your creative self in this one-day workshop with internationally renowned artist Jane Dunnewold, on tour to help artists build creative stamina, dismantle their inner critics, and approach their art with more joy. A popular teacher, Jane’s lecture features prompts and exercises from her newest book, Creative Strength Training, with an emphasis on creating work that is uniquely yours. Play and work at the same time!

The workshop costs $95 for current SDA members, and early registration is encouraged; participation is limited to 20 students

Move your art forward with a one-to-one critique session with Jane at a private art studio in Richmond Beach. In this 40-minute session she will work with you to develop goals for your future work based on current interests and projects. This is an informal conversation to discuss ideas, direction, and works in progress. An emphasis on supportive and authentic discussion will inspire you to take your art to the next level.

Critique Sessions cost $60, and participation is limited to 8 artists.  You do not need to take the workshop to sign up for a critique session.


Please make checks out to Surface Design Association and then send your checks in the proper amount to Julie Moberly at:

4111 East Madison Street, #129                                                                                                             Seattle, WA  98112

    $95 Creative Strength Training Workshop, Friday, August 19, 2016


    $60 40-minute Critique Session, Saturday, August 20, 2016


    $155 Workshop AND Critique Session

IMPORTANT: Include your email address and cell phone number with your check.


Contact Sharon Rowley ( for available critiques slots between 9 am and noon, and 1 and 4 pm. Follow-up with payment to Julie at the address above. Your slot will be held for 2-3 days and released if your check is not received in that time.                  Your payment will be acknowledged by email.

Registration will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis until May 30, when registration opens to the public (The CST workshop is $125 for non-SDA participants) Payment by check is required to confirm your space.  If registration exceeds capacity, we will create a waiting list.

Refunds will be made up to 30 days in advance of the workshop (July 20, 2016); transfer of place is not available.

A supply list for the workshop will be emailed with confirmation of registration, and a short assignment will be emailed for those participating in the critique sessions.

Questions? For questions about the workshop, email Julie Moberly at; for questions about the critique sessions, email Sharon Rowley at

A Different Way to Critique

As a graduate of the UW Certificate in Fiber Arts, and a SDA member I am no stranger to critique groups or the various methods used.  Some have been very useful and some  – well not so much.  I am betting that many other SDA members have had the same experience which is why I wanted to tell you about The Field-Seattle, an organization that specializes in bringing artists together to learn the fine art of giving feedback and to help them deepen their own work. 

The way the The Field-Seattle works is different from most of the critique methodologies that I have previous experienced. When you present, you show your work but do not talk about it.  So you are not putting it into context.  I think this is a good thing.  By not saying what you are trying to accomplish or what your inspiration was you are not creating a metric by which the work will be judged.  This approach allows for more independent thought.

The responses you receive in the field work are very pointedly not about whether someone likes it or how successful you are at achieving your goal.  Nor are there suggestions about how to technically improve the piece but rather the feedback is about what they see and how they respond to what they see.  This is very useful information.

The question for the artist becomes, is this what I meant to evoke.  Are they seeing things that I didn’t intentionally mean to incorporate into the piece?  Does the feedback suggest avenues that I haven’t considered. The artist then has the option to decide whether he or she wants to respond to that feedback.  It gives the artist autonomy.

Icing on the cake is the fact that you are bringing artists together from very different mediums; so you don’t have a fabric centric ideology.  It can be invigorating.  And you learn to see more clearly by responding to other’s work.

If this intrigues you, I encourage you to go to the site and read more about The Field-Seattle. There is a good blog article on getting started with reflective feedback.  The last session this fall  is starting on November 7th for five weeks with conceptual artist,  Mimi Allin. It’s going to be good.  Mary Hubbard

Full disclosure – I volunteer for The Field- Seattle as I do for SDA.