April 2020, UPDATED TO ADD:
Currently I am not offering any classes but you really can learn it from the book!
Omg check out my new book!
Whaaaaat!?? I know. This like my...seventh book? It's with the wonderful folks over at Stash Books, a division of C&T Publishing. I am so proud of this book and I can't wait for you to see it! Click here to buy it (affiliate link).
In this book, I show you exactly what I would in class. It really is just like taking my workshop (except without me getting to hug you in person)! I start with a comprehensive drawing lesson to get you comfortable with the proportions of the face and very simple, non-intimidating instructions on how to draw the features. Even if you don't think you will ever be able to draw a face, trust me - you totally can, you just have to let me teach you! Just take a look at this before and after drawing by one of my students, Angela Garrison:
That's the difference between the beginning of class and after the drawing lesson! And that same lesson is the first chapter of the book. After the drawing lesson I move on to showing you how to create the features in fabric. I go over fabric choices (prints vs. solids, etc) and glueing options and talk about how variations in the size, shape and style of the features can create limitless options for your face collage.
It is SO MUCH FUN YOU GUYS!! It's at this point in class when I am legit FREAKING OUT about how much I love art and teaching this stuff and how psyched I am that everyone is getting it and feeling confident because... you guys? Everyone always does! Check it out for yourself by looking at the pictures from class in the #makingfaceswithmelissa tag on Instagram!
Once we've played for a while with collaging features and hair I get into the different options for stitching it all down. I share my favorite methods and from those you can choose to make your work look art-quilty or modern, do decorative stitching stuff or strictly keep it utilitarian. After you've learned all that good stuff, I show you how to use your own collage panels in some simple projects. This is how I used one of mine:
Finally, there are galleries of my own work and student work which I hope will provide you with inspiration and confidence. You can TOTALLY make a face, or ten!