Drawing & Painting

Designing Patterns: An Arts & Crafts Approach 

Jan 19 – Mar 23
All Levels
1 pm – 3 pm
Instructor: Erin Schwinn 
Members: $190
Non-Members: $215

William De Morgan was one of the most innovative pattern designers of the Arts & Crafts movement. In this class you will learn to design imaginative and beautifully composed patterns inspired by De Morgan’s work currently on exhibit in the museum. You will explore how to combine different sources of inspiration, to sketch out ideas for motifs, and a variety of strategies for creating different kinds of patterns. The course will culminate with a finished pattern you design and execute that is inspired by either De Morgan’s plates or tiles. By the end of the course, you will have gained a greater appreciation of De Morgan’s work, an understanding of the principles of design, and the ability to create your own unique and exciting patterns.

Image: William De Morgan (1839 – 1917), Bear and Hare Dish, c. 1890. Tin-glazed earthenware. © De Morgan Collection, courtesy of the De Morgan Foundation.

Supply List
  • Sketchbook with at least 50lb paper 
  • Small set of Acrylic Gouache 
  • Small round brush size 2 or smaller 
  • Medium flat brush size 12 (about a 1/4") 
  • Pencil 
  • Eraser 
  • Permanent black pen size .3 or .5 (Micron is a good brand) 
  • Illustration board OR good quality paper plate (wait to purchase this until we have discussed in class)  
  • Graphite transfer paper (optional)