Jimmy and Lucky.©Susan Shie 2003.

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Our front door!  Can't miss the place! ©Shie and Acord 2001. ©1997 Susan Shie. Turtle Moon Studios

Jimmy and Marigold my cat, in Jimmy's studio.

This was our front door

mural from 1992 to 2008.

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Jimmy fishing at Grayling 2009 ©Doug Hall 2009.

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Garage Door Mural 10-08. ©Susan Shie 2008

Find Susan Shie, James Acord, Turtle Moon Studios, and Turtle Art Camp by spotting this big garage door mural. This is the mural I painted on our garage door in Fall, 2008, to replace the aging mural on the front door. It's my Personal Landscape with Jimmy and me, Gretchen, Mike, and Eva, President Obama, and the Statue of Liberty, and all of our and GEM's cats, and a little St Quilta the Comforter down in the bottom left corner, sending out Peace vibes. Its message is "Power to the People: Heal the Earth with Unity and Kindness." You can see more images and read my statement about this huge painting here.

My next online drawing class is: Lucky Drawing 117 Jan 3 to 30, 2017. Please read all about it and sign up now, by contacting me.

5 AM drawing with Juno.  ©Susan Shie 2016

I have a signup event page up now on Facebook, for Lucky Drawing 117, which will be January 3 to 30, 2017, with a soft opening on the night of Jan 1. Please read the in-depth detailed info on the page here on my site (which also includes the supply list about 2/3 way down the page), and then go to the FB event and click "going," if you want to sign up for the class. This is a very nontraditional approach to drawing, not at all about me giving you step-by-step instructions and rules. Very Montessori-like, in its personal exploration of ideas and techniques. I give themes for each of us to use or alter or not use, and we all discuss the drawings we post to the private Facebook classroom. We never do harsh critique; all is positive feedback. All work is done freehand, based on your personal best as the goal, so beginning drawing students are welcome, as well as all other skill level artists. Please click the link above to read all about this class coming up.

Most of the artists I know never learned much about drawing, so it's fine to get back to it now, and if you draw really well, but haven't been inspired or structured enough to draw on your own, join us. So let me know, if you want to join us for LD 115's four-week session. Read the information about my classes, and then contact me about registering for 117. Just call or text, email, or FB message me to sign up! Class fee is $155 - $165, depending on your payment method.

When I make a Facebook event to promote this coming class, I'll post its link here. You can go there and click "going," if you intend to take the next class. But be sure to contact me about signing up, too, so I know you're serious about being a student for this session, and you can tell me how and when you're going to send the class fee to me. And that's how you register to take my class! Please join my drawing group! Many thanks!

Turtle Moon Studios - our front yard. ©Susan Shie 2003.Turtle Art Camp

Study on an intimate level with artist Susan Shie. Through her Turtle Art Camp, she's been helping people find their instinctive and joyful aritist's voice in classes in her home and studios since 1994. Study drawing and painting with regular drawing tools and brush painting, and optional airbrush and airpen. Focus on any to all of the processes offered. Work on paper and/or canvas all week, rather than on fabric, if you choose. Students can choose to machine quilt one of their daily camp paintings at the end of their week. Each Turtle Art Camp can have up to four (maybe five) adult students, who live and work in Susan's home and studios in Wooster, Ohio.

Above is the front view of Turtle Moon Studios, when the crabapple trees are blooming in the Moon Garden. (The Moon Garden has a cement turtle in it, too, since this is Turtle Moon Studios.)

Turtle Art Camp 2016 schedule:

This year's Turtle Art Camps are over, but by late December I'll post the schedule for 2017. The camp dates listed here show the days you travel in and out, and the days in between are the five full class days here.

This 2016 schedule is subject to changes, if needed. But once I have one student for a camp, that camp's dates are locked in. I'm offering 8 one-week art camps in 2016. All these camps have Sunday travel-in days and Saturday travel-out days.

TAC 2016 monthly camps to study with me in Wooster, Ohio:

February 29 - March 6 (Sorry. This camp is an already booked private event and is not available for more students. You can ask to create a special camp for you, too.)

March 13 - 19

May 1 - 7

New camp offering: July 24 - 30

August 21 - 27

September 24 - October 1

You can write to me, to create another time period that will work for you, for any number of days, too.

Please read the full information about Turtle Art Camp, before you contact me to sign up for a camp. You will find lots of pictures there and full explanation of what to expect in this class program / art biospheric experience! Thank you!

Susan Shie: teaching schedule at other locations:

Festival of Quilts 2014. 3 day Academy masterclass, in conjunction with my solo exhibiton. NEC, Birmingham, England. My class Aug 5-7. My lecture Aug 10. My solo exhibition Aug 7-10, 2014.

STITCH Exhibirtion Lecture. Claypool-Young Gallery. Morehead State University. Morehead, KY. I juried this regional fiber exhibition and will work with a university class and give a public lecture, August 26, 2015.

Maiwa Workshops. Vancouver, BC, Canada. 4 day class, October 1-4, 2015, following my public lecture there Sept 30, 2015.

Focus on Fiber 2016. Atlantic Center for the Arts. New Smyrna Beach, FL I'll be teaching a three day class and taking part in the weeklong retreat. Also, I may be at the FoF 2015 retreat, but not teaching then. The whole Focus on Fiber retreat is April 11 - 23, 2016. My class, within the retreat, is a 3-day class, April 16-18, 2016.

FASA: Fiber Artists of San Antonio. Lecture and two day class. May 9 to 11, 2016.

Q/SDS 2017: Quilt / Surface Design Symposium. 2 classes, sessions I and II. A five day class May 29 to June 2, and a two day class June 3 and 4. Both are Lucky Drawing classes in person, set up like my 4-week online class sessions. Freehand sketchbook work. Take one or both classes, depending on how much time you want. Columbus, OH May 29-June 4, 2017.

Texas Quilt Museum. Solo exhibition and gallery talk, during the exhibition's secheduled time. LaGrange, TX. October - December, 2017.

If you want me to come teach for your quilt guild or other artists group, visit my Class Descriptions page to see all the classes I offer.

Sewing with Libby's help. ©Susan Shie 2012

Above is a picture of Libby laying on my lap, as I sew the hand worked border edge on the "David Wax Museum"DDD" piece in June, 2012.

Private students art lessons in my home.

Besides teaching adult students at other places I travel to, and at my weeklong Turtle Art Camps at my home and studio, I also give private and small group art lessons in my home, for drawing and painting with students of all ages. The focus is on drawing from life and from your imagination. Read all about my private drawing lessons in my home studio. I also began teaching drawing classes online, beginning in early 2015, and now you can sign up for my Lucky Drawing Classes, which I've been teaching since January, 2015.


Tipping Point.  detail view. ©Susan Shie 2016.

Above: Detail of "Tipping Point: 4 of Paring Knives (swords) in the Kitchen Tarot." 79.5"h x 60"w. Made from Sept 15 to Sept 30, 2016. It's about the Dakota Access Pipeline standoff by the Standing Rock Sioux People of North Dakota, and about how that situation may be the tipping point of the Climate Movement, as having the Indians lead this fight with their emphasis on Spirit and our role as Protectors of the Earth (especially of Water, in this instance) may cause a lot more people to do something about how fossil fuel use has almost ruined our planet. This art quilt includes the full letter from Chief Seattle to President Pierce in 1852, explaining our human role in the Earth's care.


Fiestaware_still_life_drawing. ©Susan Shie 2014

Above: This is an ink and watercolor drawing I made while working with a local art student in my home, during a recent lesson. We each worked in our sketchbooks, drawing the still life of my Fiesta Ware for two hours.

This detail below is from my 2003 piece "Peace Cupboard," probably my very favorite small piece that I've ever made, and it's the most intensely hand stitched and beaded piece I've ever done. It's in my Small Works Gallery, and I will eventually add more of my best small works from over my career, including both older and new artworks there.


Peace Cupboard detail view. ©Susan Shie 2003.


Watch my 2010 solo exhibition video from the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. This video was made by Andrew Galli:

I'll be back at this UK event this year in August, 2014. I know how wonderful this 2010 experience was, and I can't wait to go back again. As in 2010, I'll be teaching a three day Academy class there at the Festival of Quilts, besides having my solo show.

Susan Shie price formulas for my work.

Visit my blog, visit the Turtle Moon Studios page on Facebook, visit my personal page on Facebook, visit the KItchen Tarot Cafe page on Facebook.

Visit my Etsy shop SusanShieArt, where I have a lot of smaller artworks for sale.

Watch the slideshow for my episode #1013 of The Quilt Show, which premiered on June 24, 2012. You must be a paid member of The Quilt Show to see the actual hour-long episode of their interview with me, but you can see the video trailer for free. You can view my "Soft Paintings" project on The Quilt Show's Projects page, if you're a paid member. You can click a button to become a member, from that page.



Teacher of the Year 2008 logo

Susan Shie Teacher of the Year 2008 award from Professional Quilter Magazine.

Artist's Statement March 30, 2010

Susan Shie price formulas for my work

Video of Susan Shie's solo exhibition interview at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. Video made by Andrew Galli. August, 2010.

Interview with Susan Shie on "Every Person is a Philosopher," the blog of The Neighborhood Writing Alliance, publishers of the Journal of Ordinary Thought, of Chicago. Posted Sept 19, 2011.

Interview with Susan Shie by Bob Ruggiero, for Friends@Festival, an e-zine of Quilts, Inc, because of my solo show, 3 day class, and lecture at the Spring International Quilt Festival, 2011.

Susan Shie Barack Obama Quilt S.O.S. interview #2 by Karen Musgrave, Dec, 2008

Susan Shie - Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories interview by Karen Musgrave

My Turtle Trax Diary: My diary has moved to my blog, and I now put my diary entries there.

Tower detail. ©Susan Shie 2007.

Here's a detail from my "Pressure Cooker / Tower" piece, which was in Quilt National '07 and on the cover of the Quilt National book. Read about it and lots of news since February, 07 to July, 07 in my Turtle Trax Diary for July 31, 2007.

Diary entries, back to August 27, 1997, are found in the Turtle Trax Diary Index.

©1989  Robin Schwalb. GQ logo.

Archive of the GREEN QUILTS Project, which ended in 2004. Read the online newsletter on the GREEN QUILTS page, which leads to diary style update pages. The GREEN QUILTS Project officially ended in May, 2004. You can read all about this in the last update page. A deep thank you to everyone who contributed to the project over its 15 years, especially to Robin Schwalb and Michele Merges Martens, my GREEN QUILTS co-organizers.

Logo©Lotus Tarot 2005.Free Tarot Readings from Lotus Tarot. I found this site and did a sample reading, and it was just like i was doing the reading myself, with my own cards. I reallly liked it and hope you will, too. It reminded me of the little astrology program I use, which is a Mac hypercard.This is just a very simple site, and you click on the cards you want to select, after concentrating on your question. Then they give you the meanings of each card you'd chosen. You can even archive up to ten free readings on their site, and you can have endless readings.

Jimmy and Lucky.©Susan Shie 2003.Turtle Moon Studios:


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