St. Mary's County Arts Council

ART WORK SHOP Christina Allen

Needle Felted Animal Sculpture

• Instructor: Christina Allen
• Class Fee: $55/person
• Materials Required: 
Felting needle(s) required
(or can be purchased through Christina, if needed)
Wool, and other materials, provided by instructor.
• Session 2:  1-4pm
• Age requirements: Adults, and students at least 16 years old.
• Skill requirements: No prior skill required.  However students
with some prior artistic training and 3-D conceptual abilities will
   have more initial success.

• Class Description: The Dry Felting Class will be an introduction to free-form 3-D dry wool felting.  Students will make a basic form for the animal/item they want to create from wool, and then add natural St. Mary's County grown sheep's wool in an additive sculptural process to build up the sculpture.  I will supply one felting needle and the clean wool for one project.  If they have their own felting needles, they may bring them.  Natural colored black and white wool will used, so projects to be considered would be: penguins, polar bears, dalmatian dogs, cows, cats, birds,  etc.  If a student wants to try something different, s/he should bring a photo of what the animal is.  I will bring photos of the above animals, and a finished sample or two.

Felting needles are very sharp.  This is not for young people, or people with difficulties controlling their hands, or severe vision problems.  Some conceptual creativity is desirable for best results.

Register for this class:
Make your check payable to:
St. Mary's County Arts Council
and send to 
St. Mary's County Arts Council
PO Box 1310
Leonardtown, MD  20650
(Please specify what class you are signing up for and include your email address)

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Christina Allen 
Christina Allen lives in southern Maryland on a sustainable homestead with her husband Frank, cat Kiba, flock of sheep, rare Jersey Buff heritage turkeys, and heritage chickens.  She has been a professional artist for 35 years and is an avid handweaver, spinner, and knitter also.

Both Christina and her husband are serious gardeners (Frank for over 60 years and Christina for about 35 years), so plants, trees, and flowers are an important part of their life and her artwork. They practice sustainable gardening and raise much of their own food on their farm using organic techniques.

She can be found most days in working in her Corn Crib Studio. She has illustrated two children’s books. “A Micro-Chip on my Shoulder; A True Story of a Little Poult” written and illustrated by Christina Allen, won the Indie Award for Excellence in Children’s Books, non-fiction. “Momma Tree” was written by Charles Long and illustrated by Christina. It was published internationally by Dragon Tree Press.  “Momma Tree” just received The Mom’s Choice National Book Award!

Christina has recently started a micro-publishing company called “Corn Crib Publishing”.  It has just published “A Micro-Chip On My Shoulder; A True Story of a Little Poult” internationally, as a hardcover.  AND it has just been released as an ebook for Kindle!!   (Look for it on Amazon.)   Her third illustrated book will be coming out later this year as a softcover, hardcover, and an ebook.

Christina got her BFA from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI and her Master’s from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.