Classes & Tutorials
Surface Design & Textile Art Classes & Events
Click here for quick & easy tutorials on how to use fabric scraps.
Starting in April 2013 I will be offering classes at my studio…Click on the links below to get all the details. These classes are wicked cool, have low minimum student requirements and are affordable. Check ‘em out!
- Japanese Shibori Scarf by Amber Coppings Designs
- Click on the individual links below to fabric dyeing classes. Scroll down for Artist Business workshop options.
Intro to Fabric Dyeing Workshops (prerequisite for Open Studio for fabric dyeing novices)
Coming soon: Japanese Shibori Fabric Dyeing and Natural Dyeing Weekend classes. Hurray!
___Classes are listed chronologically___
Creative Business Workshops & Consultations
You can sign up for the next level of Etsy knowledge in a many different ways throughout the spring/summer 2013.
All the details are here for business consultations.
Or, join me at my studio for an advanced Etsy workshop on June 9 where we will explore the insides of your Etsy website and optimize it to create the most potential for sales.
The next Beginner Etsy workshop is being held at my studio May 13 from 1pm-4pm. Details are here.
**If you have taken a workshop with me already this spring (this includes the Craftsmen’s Guild workshop) you get $10 off a subsequent consultation, or workshop through June 15, 2013. Contact me directly for the discount to apply, or receive a discount if you paid in full via one of the links. Feel free to recommend these workshops to friends, too!
Are you interested in private fabric dyeing lessons?
Have a specific textile project you would like to accomplish, but need some new skills?
Are you an arts organization looking for a textile art workshop?
Would you like to do something different for your:
child’s birthday party?
wedding rehearsal dinner?
I LOVE to teach! I have taught people from ages 6 to 96 years old in over 60 workshops and residencies. Contact me by clicking here.
Digital Design: Motif Repeats at Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
5 Saturdays starting April 6, 2013; 1pm-4pm
Discover how to layer sketches, photographs, and objects to create your own unique
digital motifs and patterns using digital scanners and Adobe Photoshop software. Motifs
created in class can be printed onto fabric, used as wrapping paper, or sent to a print-
on-demand website such as Spoonflower. Participants must have a some working
knowledge of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and their own digital camera. Please bring a
sketchbook with a few black and white sketches and a USB stick to class. Please note:
class #5 meets at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
Etsy Success Workshop for Artists offered by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh
April 7, 2013; 1pm-4:30pm (tentatively); $20 for Guild members, $25 for non-members-
Are you an artist or craftsmen who has said, “I know I need an online shop, but don’t know where to start?” It’s easier than you think to crack the online sales market using Etsy.com. Amber will show you how to get your Etsy shop up and running in no time. OR if you currently have an Etsy shop and feel that your sales should be greater, come to this hands-on workshop.
“Your encouragement empowered me to go out into the community and see which venues were the right “fit” for the gloves I made.”- Rhonda Pegg, former student.
A Child and Parent or Guardian Natural Fabric Dyeing Class at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
April 14 & 21, 2013; ages 8-12 plus a parent/guardian; $25 materials fee per couple
Experiment with natural dyeing materials and methods using a simple “bundling” technique that combines non-toxic natural dyestuffs with found objects to create marks and patterns on cloth. We will experiment with natural dye stuffs such as flower petals, food stuffs, coffee grounds and more. Each person will go home with a bundle dyeing kit that they can use at home, as well as fabrics that can be used in art and craft projects.
Art Camps for children: Folk Art, Fiber Art, Installation Art, How to Make your Own Games and more.