Editor's Note: This story is part of the Vitality Arts Special Report.
During the 'Splash & Puddle' fabric painting class at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, instructor and textile artist Susan Stein spent a five-hour class period teaching students as many as a dozen techniques they could use to create beautiful painted fabric samples. (See the slideshow to learn more about the class.)
Stein started the class with a hint of humor. "We're going to watch paint dry," she said, eliciting chuckles from her students, all seasoned crafters.
Stein has more than 40 years of experience teaching fiber art; she has written six books on quilting and fabric arts and was named Minnesota Quilter of the Year in 2003.
Stein, pictured far right, gathered with students Susan Ploetz and Robyn Peterson to look at the work of fellow student Joey McLeister (seated).