2Jimmy 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 123, Sept 12 to Oct 9, 2017. Please read all about it at the link you just read, and then sign up, by contacting me.

5 AM drawing with Juno.  ©Susan Shie 2016

I'll soon have a signup event page up now on Facebook, for Lucky Drawing 123, the private online class I'll be teaching on Facebook, from Sept 12 to Oct 9, with a soft opening on the night of Sept 10. 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 contact me, 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 good 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 123's four-week session. Read the information about my classes, and then contact me about registering for LD 123. Just call or text, email, or FB message me to sign up! Class fee is $155 - $165, depending on your payment method.

Just contact me, if you want to take my next class, and I'l put you on my list. Thanks!

Lucky Drawing Classes 2017 schedule:

Notes: All sessions open on a Tuesday, at 10 AM eastern time, and they end on a Monday at midnight your time. They each have a soft opening after 9 PM eastern time, on the Sunday night before the class begins. There is a 2 week break between most sessions, and a very long break between LD 124 and 125, that skips the holidays Thanksgiving through New Year's.

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 contact me, if you want to sign up for the class.

LD 117 Jan 3 – 30, 2017, soft open Jan 1. I had 17 students.

LD 118 Feb 14 - Mar 13, soft open Feb 12. I had 18 students.

LD 119 Mar 28 – Apr 24, soft open Mar 26. I had 19 students.

LD 120 May 9 – June 5, soft open May 7. I had 13 students.

LD 121 June 20 – July 17, soft open June 18. I had 21 students.

LD 122 Aug 1 – 28, soft open July 30. This is my current class, with 16 students.

LD 123 Sept 12 – Oct 9, soft open Sept 10. This is the class you'll be signing up for now!

LD 124 Oct 24 – Nov 20, soft open Oct 22

LD 125 Jan 9 – Feb 5, 2018, soft open Jan 7

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

Study on an intimate level with me, Susan Shie. Through my Turtle Art Camps, I've been helping people find their instinctive and joyful aritist's voice in classes in my home and studios since 1994. Study drawing and painting with regular drawing tools and watercolor, in a new format for these camps, in which we work in large, hardbound sketchbooks all week, making TAC the in-person form of my online Lucky Drawing classes! Each Turtle Art Camp can have up to four adult students, who live and work in Jimmy and my 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 2017 schedule:

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 2017 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 4 one-week art camps in 2017. All these camps have Wednesday travel-in days and Tuesday travel-out days (which was the TAC schedule pattern for many years, up until recently.) This makes for less expensive flight costs, than when the students flew on weekends. and it allows me to teach Turtle Art Camps in between my online Lucky Drawing classes. I don't have enough time or energy to teach at home and online at the same time! I hope this going back to Wednesday-Tuesday travel days will work for you, too!

TAC 2017 weeklong camps to study with me in Wooster, Ohio:

The dates listed are the Wednesday and Tuesday travel days, and the class is the 5 days in between them. This way, you have time to settle in and get rested before class starts, and to rest and pack up, before going back home. You will be here for 6 nights.

1. April 26 - May 2

2. June 7 - 13

3. July 19 - 25

4. Aug 30 - Sept 5 (three students are signed up for this art camp.)

FEES: The weeklong Turtle Art Camp fee is $1,000. This includes transportation from and back to the airport, art supplies for the projects on the agenda, room and partial meals, and tuition. When you send me a $500 deposit check, I'll put you on the class list. You'll pay me the rest when you're here in camp. There's more detail about fees on the Turtle Art Camp page, so 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:

Turtle Art Camps. Weeklong, live-in sessions at my home studio in Wooster Ohio, throughout the year, every year since 1994. Now teaching my Lucky Drawing classes in person at these camps, as of 2017. Four TAC sessions are offered for 2017.

Lucky Drawing online classes. These are 4 week sessions, with 2 week breaks in between them. Many students take them repeatedly, like how we stay with a yoga teacher. I began teaching drawing online in January, 2015.

Private art classes in my home.

Erie Art Museum. Class for local teachers and public lecture (lecture in the evening), during the museum's showing of "Earth Stories," a SAQA touring exhibition, which I have my piece "Muddy Fork Farm" in. Class and lecture March 16, 2017.

QSDS 2017. Teaching my Lucky Drawing classes in person. Session 1 May 29 - June 2, and Session 2 June 3 - 4, 2017.

Lexington Art League. Teaching and giving a talk, during an exhibition I'll have some large social commentary art quilts in, "Still They Presist." July 28 - August 13, 2017. Lexington, KY. My visit will be sometime in early August.

Texas Quilt Museum. Public lecture during my Solo Exhibition "The Way I See It: the Narrative Art of Susan Shie." (Oct 5 - Dec 22, 2017). Lecture Saturday, Oct 14, 2017.


If you want me to come teach for your group, visit my Class Descriptions page to see all the classes I offer. Then, just contact me.

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.


My newest finished art quilt (stitched whole cloth painting):

Fearless Girls. full view. ©Susan Shie 2017.

Above is my newest finished art quilt: "Fearless Girls: Queen of Potholders (coins) in the Kitchen Tarot." 60"h x 48"w. Made from Feb 9 to April 28, 2017. It was planned to be about the Women's March, but when I first saw the statue of Fearless Girl on March 8, Women's Day, I knew she would be the main subject of this piece about our Resistance to Trump. As usual, this piece is done freehand with my airbrush on whole cloth, then written on with my airpen, and large grafitti writing again with my airbrush. Mostly machine quilted. When you go to the page for this piece, you'll find many large images and a long artist's statement.


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.

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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