2016 Workshops

Basic Tapestry Workshop  

Taught by Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann

Series of 4 Classes: 

Tuition, $175 (10 Hours Instruction, 12” X 15” Weaving Loom/Tools/Yarn/Loom Bag)

Saturdays:   October 8, and 22, 2016  2:00pm-4:30pm           

Sundays:      October 16, and 30, 2016  2:30pm-5:00pm  

Ages:   16-Adult - - Min. 4/Max 6

The Studio:  1325 South National (Enter on Green Street just NE of the Art Museum), Springfield, MO

This series of classes in tapestry techniques will guide the student in creating a sampler wall hanging of basic stitches for future reference and display.  This is a beginner’s entry class for weaving projects that will be offered in future classes, with this basics class as a pre-requisite.

There will be no materials fee.  A 12” X 15” frame loom, shuttle, shed stick, beater and needles will be provided and become the property of the student.  A yarn selection will also be provided, however, if the student has a particular colour palette they want to pursue, personal yarns can be brought to class and used - with the approval of the teacher.   We will be working with 5 different colours that complement one another, and will be of a similar medium weight yarn.     Look to nature for inspiration.   (Cotton carpet thread will be provided as a foundation to the tapestry and is not to be considered one of the colours of the completed tapestry.)

In order to be registered for this workshop, tuition is payable by PayPal invoice or by mailing a check.  You are not registered until payment is received.    A 10% cancellation fee will be charged against any refund up to a week prior to the first class.

**  It is very difficult to schedule a series of 4-classes.  If ALL the class agrees on different scheduling, these dates and times are flexible with approval of the instructor. 

(Saori-style weaving is a Japanese freestyle weaving technique that will be offered as private classes on standing loom at my home by appointment.  A Rigid Heddle loom series will be offered in future as the next step in looms and technique.)

Shirah Miriam “Mimi” Aumann began spinning and weaving 30 years ago in the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel.  When she moved to Springfield back in the late 80’s for her daughter to attend Evangel University, she pursued a program of weaving with Harriet Mears of the Drury Weaving School.  Recently, she has been teaching weaving at Evangel University as an adjunct instructor. Contact: ladyofpaper@gmail.com, 417.230.0114

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Several of our members and other artists are having workshops at Splatter Art Studio
4160 S Lone Pine Ave
For more information

2016 Workshops

Abstract Art: Jazzin' It Up Workshop with Elizabeth Chapman

National Avenue Christian Church Gallery

August 12, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; lunch 1 hour on your own

Price - $35, payable upon registration (non-member price $47)

Registration Deadline - August 1, 2016: FULL

To Register email Penny Bantle

Attendee Limit - 20 people

Description: Elizabeth's workshop will focus on creativity, composition, and color mixing. She will first start with a demonstration. Then, she will turn the participants loose to create the beginnings of an abstract piece and then work to bring it all together to create a completed piece of artwork. A supply list with be provided, but you are encouraged to bring whatever supplies you have available.


Elizabeth Chapman is a modern expressionistic abstract artist. Her birthplace, Caracas Venezuela, naturally gives her work an element of intensity. She has lived the majority of her life in the beautiful Ozarks of Missouri with her loving husband and family. Elizabeth graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Art Education which she has used as an art educator for almost two decades, but her focus for the last few years is artwork creation. She is a versatile artist in having started with realistic floral watercolors, but has found her forte in the acrylic abstract expressionism realm. You will find a very strong sense of design and composition, important elements in working abstractly. Her modern abstract paintings have been described as vivid, lively and bold with a complexity of layers. These paintings are revelations of her innermost thoughts and feelings. Elizabeth works intuitively and is deeply inspired by music. Her amazing expressionistic modern abstracts have been sold locally, nationwide and internationally. They can be found in corporate settings as well as private collections. Elizabeth is available for commissioned artwork.

Please Check:

Elizabeth Chapman's Blog

Elizabeth's on line Store

Artist Talk and Watercolor workshop:

Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, Artist and UN Ambassador for Art and Peace:

On November 17, 2016 Studio 55 and Friends of the Art Museum sponsored a

free artist's talk and watercolor workshop in the Springfield Art Museum Community Room, 

1111 E. Brookside Drive, Springfield, Mo.

92 people attended the workshop

Ibiyinka covered two main topics: “Visual Storytelling” and “Art is Frozen Music” which is the idea that art can visually astonish, as in painting, sculpture and architecture, but can also have musical and poetic components of dance, drama, and writing. Students from Fremont School danced while Ibiyinka sang and played the African Djembe drum. He show seven of his paintings using a black light and also showed other paintings in a powerpoint presentation.

Born in Nigeria in 1975, Ibiyinka was formally trained to be an architect, but felt drawn to paint rather than design buildings. He wanted to become an artist since childhood and in 2001 his talent was internationally recognized when he won the prestigious United Nations International Competition with his entry titled "Girls and a Greener Environment."  In 2016 the story of his painting titled "Eternity in Our Hearts" was awarded the grand prize for the Kids are Authors contest sponsored by Scholastic. The book, written by elementary students, retelling Ibiyinka’s story, “Ibi's Fireflies," may be purchased at the Scholastic Book Fairs.  His paintings have been exhibited in the Metropolitan Art Museum, Smithsonian Museum, Empire State Building, World Bank headquarters, Martin Luther King Art Center, United Nations Headquarters and various other locations.   

During the second hour of the presentation, participants created a small watercolor painting. 

This Artist Talk was sponsored by Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild and Friends of the Art Museum (FOSAM)​

For more information about Ibiyinka:
Join Ibiyinka's Facebook Page and learn about his work with children