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FRCQ offers several workshops each year addressing a broad range of skill levels and techniques. New Skills workshops are taught by regional artists and run 1-2 days. Major Workshops, including retreat workshops, are taught by national and international teachers and typically run 2 or more days. Instructor and venue expenses determine tuition for major workshops. Tuition is set with the intent that FRCQ neither makes nor loses money, offering members access to high-quality instructors at the lowest possible cost.

Only current FRCQ members may register for workshops. Registration forms must be completed and mailed with tuition and materials fees (if required) to the Workshop Director. If a workshop does not fill as needed to cover expenses, it may be cancelled 30 days prior to the start of the class. Full refunds will be issued to those registered. If a registered participant elects to withdraw from a workshop, a refund will be issued only if another member on the wait-list can fill the space. Registration is not transferable. For more information about how to register for our workshops, please contact our Workshops team.

Daring Greatly – A Group Mentorship Class

jfitsellIf you are more interested in deepening your own personal voice than learning the latest techniques; if you want to dig into your own creative potential rather than echo someone else’s; if you are ready to tackle individually designed challenges; participate in group creativity exercises and accept all the give and take of honest critique, – you are ready to dare greatly with Jo Fitsell as lead teacher and facilitator.  Your work will jump to the next level.   

This class will be about pushing your boundaries; a new learning opportunity for members seeking to “dare greatly” in order to grow as an artist. In this series of 8 classes, you will be inspired, celebrated and challenged to stretch yourself.

We’ve been very privileged here at FRCQ to have hosted many wonderful workshops over the past several years.  Both the New Skills and major Workshops have provided an opportunity to gather together for brief bursts of time to learn new techniques from talented teachers from all over the world.

And there’s a hunger for something different, something more.  Theodore Roosevelt said,

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; … who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievements, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…

And so we extend this invitation to step into the arena, to strengthen your artistic voice, to take your art to the next level,

An invitation to Dare Greatly!

Daring Greatly is a ten-person mentoring group, led by Jo Fitsell, which will meet for eight sessions over six months.  Instead of learning new techniques, the focus of this class will be a sustained commitment to grow yourself as an artist. 

What you can expect from this group

Each class will include a number of elements including

  • Individual and group creativity exercises
  • Introducing personal assessment tools
  • Identifying gaps in art and design instruction
  • Completing and sharing individual challenges
  • Developing internal and group critique

This group is for you if …

  • you are more interested in deepening your own personal voice than learning the latest techniques
  • you want to dig into your own creative potential rather than echo someone else’s
  • you are ready to tackle individually designed challenges
  • accept all the give and take of honest critique
  • you are ready to dare greatly

Price: $300

Session One: 

Fridays at Southview Place Apartments Community Room 5820 S Windermere Street, Littleton, CO

9 am – 12:30 pm January 22; February 5; February 19; March 4; April 1; May 6; June 3 & June 24

Click here to pay for Friday session 

Session Two:

Saturdays in The Garage – Susan Brooks 2330 Senator Ct Louisville, Co 

9:00 am -12:30 pm January 23; February 6; February 20; March 5; April 2; May 7; June 4; & June 25

Click here to pay for Saturday session

About Jo:

Jo Fitsell is an artist working with fiber, paper, paint and the stitched line. Her art has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Locally, her artwork is at Kaiser Permanente, Oracle, and The Denver Seminary. Jo currently teaches at The Art Students League in Denver and is a “Think 360” artist-in-resident and has had many rewarding collaborations with young people. She is one of the founders of the vital and exciting organization, Front Range Contemporary Quilters. Interweave Press has published her new DVD on Marbling “Marbled Fabric Surface Design.” Jo helped The Denver Art Museum set up The Thread Studio.


Rosalie Dace – Branch Out

River WalkWorkshop BRANCH OUT with Rosalie Dace

May 12, 13, and 14, 2016, Thursday-Saturday, 9am-4pm

Longmont Museum

Cost $220

Nature has crafted trees to be the largest life forms that have ever existed on our planet. They have given shelter, shade, food and inspiration for centuries to artists, poets, and storytellers. Let us celebrate their beauty and diversity by using them as a basis for composition and design. In this workshop, discover the different shapes, patterns, lines, textures, colours, and symbolism of trees while experimenting with design and using various piecing and appliqué techniques to make a beautiful quilt top. These techniques will include foundation piecing, block-making, and appliqué (hand, machine, and reverse). There will be a feast of visual inspiration as well as discussions on embroidery, quilting, and finishing. So branch out and try something new by making a stunning, well-designed quilt top based on trees. You may choose to make representational tree images, or branch out into something completely new.

Rosalie Dace is a full-time quilt-maker whose work reflects her passion for color, pattern, and texture.  She has had a lifelong interest in textiles and embroidery and has a degree in Art and English.  While she values the traditions from which our quilt-making has come, she believes that a quilt should say something about its time and place in history.  This and her awareness of being a South African artist give her work its particular character. Rosalie presents workshops internationally.

Registration will begin Feb 15th, 2016

Dorothy Caldwell – Human Marks

_How Do We Know When It's Night__    10' x 9' 4_Workshop:  Human Marks

Dates: September 15-18, 2016, Thursday – Sunday

Location: American Mountaineering Center, Golden, CO

Cost: $265 + $40 supply fee

The marks we make record time and human energy. In this workshop, working with paper and cloth, we will examine different kinds of marks, including stitching, drawn and painted marks, and more unconventional marks such as burning, piercing, and mending. Each of these techniques will address a different aspect of physical movement and gesture that, through time and repetition, evolve into richly activated surfaces. Simple bookbinding techniques will be demonstrated for constructing book forms. Participants will be able to expand on workshop experiments by applying them to their own materials and imagery.

 Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. She has carried out research in Japan, India, and Australia on textile traditions and is the recipient of grants and awards, including the prestigious Bronfman Award, given to one Canadian crafts person each year. Her work is included in many permanent collections, including the American Museum of Art and Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the International Quilt Museum and Study Center at University of Nebraska.

Registration will begin June 20th, 2016.