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20 – 23 September 2018 | Confident Composition: Designing with Heart

Logo-TAA_100Contrast, relationship, symmetry, focal point, abstraction. ARE THESE TERMS YOU’D LLIKE TO GET TO KNOW BETTER?

Logo-TAA_100Would you like to approach designing new work WITH KNOWLEDGE AND CONFIDENCE?

Then this is the right class for you!

20 – 23 September 2018 | Confident Composition: Designing with Heart


Jane Dunnewold has taught color and composition for more than twenty years, with an emphasis on surface design and textile arts.

In this workshop participants will study the basic structures of strong composition –asymmetry and balance, for example– through enjoyable exercises which may later become inspiration for art work.

Each day will also include color work, using paints and paper, to explore a myriad of color relationships.

While basic concepts of design are rooted in science, and are therefore not negotiable, every artist’s approach to creating is personal and distinctive.

In addition to studying elements of composition and color, each student will be encouraged to review her own style and preferences, so as to discern the perfect point at which design “rules” and individual personality intersect.


images ©Jane Dunnewold

Jane Dunnewold teaches and lectures internationally, and has mounted numerous one-person exhibitions, including Inspired by the Masters (Visions Quilt Museum 2016).

Her work won Best of Show in the exhibition Timeless Meditations (Tubac Art Center/2013). She is a recipient of the Quilt Japan Prize, and Gold Prize at the Taegue (Korea) International Textile Exhibition.

Jane has authored numerous books, including the classic Complex Cloth (1996); Interweave Press published Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design on Fabric (2010) and in 2016 North Light Books published Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius.

She is the former President of the Surface Design Association.


Jane says:

I maintain working/classroom studios in San Antonio, Texas.

My passions include the psychology of artistry and meaning. I’m especially interested in “writing and making” as integral aspects of the creative process – and those “cross training” experiences led to my theories of “creative strength training” – strategies to cultivate creative stamina.

Everything I teach and do is filtered through a deep connection to the energetic, spiritual aspects of human experience. I believe each of us has an inner “creative.” Making things – whether it’s cooking or painting a room, or dyeing cloth – is supremely satisfying. In the process of creating we are linking to every generation of makers before us and reaching for the Divine at the same time. It’s a gift and a pleasure everyone should experience! And can.

Here’s what you get when you enroll for a class at TexArtAcademy:

Seminar 4 days | CHF 980.00

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Accommodation is not included in the package. All accommodations are to be booked via TexArtAcademy (payment at the Hotel, credit cards accepted). Please find information about prices by clicking here

The seminars take place at Hotel Il Castagno, CH-6939 Mugena/TI.

Mugena (Alto Malcantone) is situated at an altitude of 840 m, well away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is particularly suitable for people who are looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay.

The Hotel offers unique rooms. All are well-furnished and airy. The surroundings (there are lots of chestnut trees) invite you for short and longer walks.

The perfect place for a creative, but relaxing holiday.

Ticino is the Sunshine State in southern Switzerland. Mugena is only a few kilometers from Lugano and can be reached

  • by car (autobahn A2 Lucerne-Gotthard-Milan or A13 Chur-San Bernardino-Milan, exit Lugano Nord. From there a 15 minutes drive to Mugena. Lugano-Mugena: 20 minutes. Car parking at the hotel.),
  • by train (via Bellinzona to Lamone, from there short bus ride to Mugena) or even
  • by plane (Lugano Agno airport: Swiss Airlines | Milan Malpensa: easyJet and Brussels Airlines from Amsterdam, London Gatwick, Brussels and many other European cities | from Milan Malpensa shuttle bus to Lugano). Contact me, if you are interested in flying to Milan, I will be happy to help with any queries you have regarding your journey.

Here’s what others say about TexArtAcademy:

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Ellie Sigler

The class I attended was the product of an incredible collaboration between the tutor (Linda Colsh) and the organiser ( more ...

Karen Circle 150

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Do I have to stay at one of the Hotels during the workshop?

No, there is no obligation to stay at one of our Hotels. However I have consistently heard that students get much more out of the experience if they eat meals and hang out after dinner with the other participants.

If you live here in Ticino, you can certainly book the workshop only.

But please note that on the first workshop day you should arrive at the hotel at 08:30 at the latest and departure should not be scheduled before 5:30pm on the last workshop day.

For how many nights do I have to book the Hotel?

Arrival is usually scheduled the day before the workshop starts, departure the day after the workshop ends (i.e. 5 nights for a 4 day class).

Check-in time from 2 pm, check-out time until 12 am.

You are invited to a welcome aperitif on the evening before, so be sure to be at the hotel by 5 pm.

Can I prolong or shorten my stay at the Hotel?

Yes. Your stay can be prolonged for a few days at the same rate.

If you’d like to shorten your stay, please note that on the first workshop day you should arrive at the hotel at 08:30 at the latest and departure should not be scheduled before 5:30pm on the last workshop day.

Can I bring my husband/a friend who doesn’t take the class?

Yes. Just book a double room.

Where can I find the Hotel rates and how can I book the hotel?

You can find the rates and all info about booking by clicking here.

Where can I park my car?

There are plenty of free parking spots in front and beside the Hotel.

I travel by train. How do I get to the hotel?

Travel via Bellinzona to Lamone, from there short bus ride to Mugena (

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