Cedar Cross Stitch Basket – Cass Schorsch @ Pine Shadows Club House
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

All experience levels welcomed
Cost: $55 for members, $65 for non-members
Material fee – $45

About the Artist


Cass has been weaving and teaching Bark Basketry since 1981. Cass’s baskets are unique in that they are made
with materials that she has gathered and prepared for her own work as well as for her students. Being formerly from
the state of Michigan, the materials she works with are Birch Bark, Eastern White Cedar, Basswood, Elm, and
numerous other pine barks. Her gratification is creating legacies to these trees by using the bark which would have
been discarded when the trees were harvested for their wood.
Cass co-authored the book Natural Baskets in 1992. She has been published in the crafts Report and Fiber Arts
magazines. Her work is featured in Baskets Now 2002, 500 Baskets, and Plaited Basketry in Birch Bark along with
New & Different Materials for Weaving and Coiling and Weaving Gourds. In 2005 she was chosen for a solo exhibit
at the Boston Arts & Crafts Society, where some of her work went on to Switzerland. Her work has been in the
esteemed SOFA Show in Chicago for four years, and three of her pieces are in the permanent collection at the
Michigan State University Museum.

Course Description
Students will start by creating a twill base. Doing a twill base, helps save a bit of time. The basket can be woven
over a mold if individuals would be more comfortable. As the materials are soft and pliable, beginners will be more
comfortable on a mold. Experienced weavers may choose not to use the mold. After twining their base with
sweetgrass, students will then start creating the sides eventually learning and incorporating the cross stitches. The
top of the basket will be finished with a folded over border. All students will get a pattern along with all the material
they will need to make the basket. The time to complete the basket will be 6-8 hours, depending on experience.

Supply List/what to bring:

  • Scissors
  • Small towel
  • Spray bottle Paper and pencil for notes?

Note there is a $45 material fee due to Cass at the beginning of the class

Don’t forget
Coverup protector for Chair (pillow case for back/towel for seat), floor protector(tarp?), your lunch, drinks (EVAA
provides hot tea & coffee), smock if you use one.
Members: $55, Non-members: $65 Material fee: $45
Contact Nadine Cummins – ( 480-375-0982 for enrollment or questions.

Luscious Abstracts with Depth – Julie Bernstein Engelmann @ Pine Shadows Club House
Feb 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

About the workshop:

Julie’s layering technique gives you a powerful foundation for painting deep and luscious abstracts. You’ll be guided to enter the painting process naturally, ease into your own personal marks and forms, and weave beautiful depth and complexity. Julie will demonstrate how to find the story in the “beautiful mess” and bring it out by enhancing its drama and visual flow.

You’ll leave with an acrylic painting that embodies three vital keys to successful abstract painting: meaning, naturalness,
and spatial depth and flow. Along the way, you'll gain discernment and come to understand abstract painting more fully.

About the Artist:

Julie creates dramatic abstract art that speaks to the heart and spirit. She is passionate about teaching three vital qualities of powerful abstract painting:
meaning, naturalness, and spatial depth & flow. Julie holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA from Barnard College in New York City, where she studied with first-generation abstract expressionist Milton Resnick. Julie’s luscious artworks have won many awards and were featured in a retrospective solo exhibition at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. Julie teaches on the faculty of the Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts.
See Julie’s art and sign up for her inspiring Beauty Spirit Note at .

Supplies to bring:

  • Acrylic paints*.
  • One sheet of heavy, smooth paper (hot press is ideal)**, size 18×24”.
  •  Liquitex Acrylic Gloss Medium & Varnish (or similar) (slightly diluted with water 10:1).
  • Brushes – soft, synthetic (good sizes: 1½”, #12, #8).
  •  Suggested: low, wide plastic container (food- type) for keeping paint moist
  • Flat surface for mixing (e.g. pie tin).
  • Large water cup(s)
  • Soft absorbent paper towels, such as Viva.
  • Tarp (any kind) to protect floor
  • Packed lunch.
  • Pillow case for back of chair
  • Towel for bottom of chair
  • Note that tables will be used, not easels.
  • Smock (if use one)

*Acrylic colors: just bring what you have. Suggested: White, Cadmium yellow light, Cad yellow deep, Cad red light,
Quinacridone magenta, Phthalocyanine blue, Red oxide. Also helpful: Cad red medium, Cerulean, any purple, any green.

**Note: Julie can provide hot press paper at cost (approx. $4/sheet); or all supplies ($16) if you email her to reserve them

Also bring: Lunch & favorite beverage
Note: Coffee and hot tea provided by EVAA