Painting with Yarn

David Johnson
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David Johnson
David Johnson
David Johnson


Painting with Yarn: Soumak Tapestry

In this workshop students will learn to weave with soumak knots to create a tapestry that has painterly qualities. Inherent in soumak is the ability to weave in an eccentric way allowing one to break away from the ridged 90 degree orientation of warp to weft. By weaving eccentrically we create hills and valleys as we weave down the length of the warp. Tapestry woven in this way has a free flowing and spontaneous quality which gives the finished work a fresh and gestural look. Variations in the technique will be explored as the weaving progresses.

Materials Fee: $40.00 per student, payable directly to instructor  includes pre-warped loom which is yours to keep. Some yarns are also included.

In-Person Classes
COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • We require that face masks, covering mouth and nose, be worn in our buildings until further notice. (Note: face shields are not adequate)
  • Enrollment in classes and workshops is limited to ensure social distancing is possible.
  • Staff perform a rigorous sanitation protocol throughout the day.
  • Thermometers are available in the Gallery and Studios for self-checking of temperature upon entrance.
  • Sanitation stations are available at each entrance to the Center. Paper masks are available for no charge.

David Johnson

David Johnson

Tapestry Weaver & Workshop Instructor

David produces pictorial tapestry, representational work, as well as pattern oriented work as demonstrated in his Echo Series of tapestry woven carpets. Pictorial works often address social, political, and spiritual themes. David says he views his art as a form of visual communication carrying a message in a way that transcends language. The Echo Series pieces are purely about form and design. These works are intended to function as art on walls or as floor coverings.

As a workshop instructor, David has taught workshops in tapestry weaving throughout the United States. Recent teaching includes workshops at the Denver Art Museum, “BreckCreate” in Breckenridge, Colorado and the Intermountain Weavers Conference in Durango, Colorado. Exhibitions include Gender Bend: Women In Wood, Men At The Loom at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.


As a craftsperson, I embody the elements of mind, heart, and hand into my work. Mind refers to expertise in technical and aesthetic areas and the ability to craft unique weavings of beauty and function. Heart speaks to the passion of creating and the belief that something of the human spirit becomes part of the object that is being crafted. Finally, Hand demonstrates the skill a craftsperson must have to manipulate simple materials into an object of form and function. For me weaving is a celebration of the human hand, our most basic tool. It is about being human.

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Cancellation Policy

Registration and Cancellation Policies


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops Cancellations

  • A student may pay in full or place a $125 non-refundable deposit to save a space in the workshop
  • Any unpaid balance is due at least 30 days prior to first day of class
  • If a student cancels before the 30-day cut-off, the balance is refunded (or cancelled if not already paid) – the deposit is non-refundable
  • If a student cancels within the 30-days prior to class, no refund is given and both deposit and balance are forfeited
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.