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Painting on Silk Workshop

$ 225.00
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Experience the meditative art of silk painting
  • Taught by local artist René Shoemaker, this workshop will meet for two 5-hour sessions with a lunch break each day
  • For adults, ages 18+
  • All materials provided
  • Great for beginners with no prior experience, seasoned artists wishing to refresh their skills, and anyone who enjoys learning a new creative process
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Let your creativity flow with dye on silk

Join fiber artist René Shoemaker to learn the craft of painting on silk in this two-day workshop in our new classroom overlooking Broad Street.

During the workshop, we will review historical and contemporary silk paintings. The creative experience will begin by creating personal color charts to use, keep, and refer to during the class and beyond. We’ll dive into designing your project, respecting your design aesthetic and the qualities of the silk. Sketching and transferring the design onto the silk comes next; becoming comfortable with the resist and the various ways of applying the dye follows.

Silk painting is a fabulous technique that makes the fabric come alive with color as you apply the dye to the silk, and the outcome is a bit magical.

Each workshop participant will create a painting on a 22” square hemmed silk that can be worn as a scarf or displayed as a wall hanging. All supplies will be provided - all you need to bring is the inspiration and a readiness to learn a new skill and to create beauty!

Interested, but not sure what to paint? René will share examples of historic and contemporary silk paintings during the workshop to help trigger your creativity, and will be happy to guide you through the discovery process.

No experience necessary; yet all levels welcome.

Age

This class is for adults, ages 18 and up.

Class Size

Enjoy ample space and personal attention; this class is limited to a maximum of eight students.

Experience Level

We welcome all students into our classrooms, but it's usually best (and most enjoyable) for you to choose a class designed for your goals, experience level, and skillset. This class is great for Level 1 (Fun Lover), Level 2 (Beginner), Level 3 (Apprentice), and Level 4 (Intermediate) students.

 

Two Sessions Offered
  • This class meets for two 5-hour sessions with a lunch break.
  • We're offering two sessions of this class during our Fall 2021 semester. Choose either the first or second weekend of December... or take them both!
Available Dates:

Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th
10:00am - 3:00pm both days
(with a 1-hour lunch break each day)

OR

Saturday, December 11th and Sunday, December 12th
10:00am - 3:00pm both days
(with a 1-hour lunch break each day)

 

We take your health and safety seriously
  • All of our teachers and staff members are fully vaccinated and practice social distancing daily.
  • Our classrooms are disinfected between classes, and we require that masks are worn by everyone while inside the shop.
  • If you forget your mask, don't worry, we are happy to provide one to you.
Re-Scheduling your class to ensure Covid-19 Safety:

These are difficult times, and we don't want anyone who has developed symptoms of Covid-19 to put others at risk. We implore you to stay home if you feel that you may have contracted Covid. As such, we are waiving our normal cancellation policy described below.

If you need to stay home during one or more of your scheduled classes, we will make sure that you are offered options for make-up classes, no matter how short notice. Make-up classes are subject to availability, but we'll find something for you to enjoy once you have tested negative and are ready to return to class.

 

René Shoemaker

René Shoemaker is a master silk painter, born in New York City, who maintains studios in Athens, GA, USA and Aubusson, France. Spanning four decades and embracing a variety of mediums, her artwork highlights a sense of place while capturing the ways spaces work together and how people inhabit and interact with those spaces.

René has exhibited in museums in Georgia, Mississippi, and Paris and in galleries and public spaces in Georgia, New York, the UK, and France. She teaches and speaks on silk painting, and in 2020 she received a Fiber Forward Focus Fellowship from AIR Serenbe in Georgia.

Check out some of René's work here:
reneshoemaker.com

And here:
instagram.com/rene.shoemaker.art

 

Where to find us

We are located on the second floor of a charming historic building near the Jittery Joe's Coffee at the corner of Jackson and Broad Streets in downtown Athens, Georgia. We're right across the street from the UGA campus, and our front entrance is between Pita Pit and Dynamite Clothing. For more details and parking information, click here.

127 N Jackson St
Athens, GA 30601

 

All materials are provided
  • When you arrive to class, you'll receive a welcome kit with all the supplies you'll need.
  • Some of these materials will be yours to keep, while others will be shared among the group.

PSST: We give out the good stuff! Better materials make your practice more enjoyable, and that's what we want. No crappy supplies around here!

 

If you cannot attend your scheduled class, just let us know!
  • If you let us know at least 7 days before your class begins, we can cancel your registration and issue a full refund to your original form of payment or refund you with store credit.
  • If you cancel your class with between 3-7 days notice, then we cannot issue a refund. However, we are happy to allow you to attend a make-up class in the future as space allows.
  • If you cancel a class with less than 72 hours notice, then we cannot issue a refund nor provide a make-up class.
Special Provisions for Covid-19 Safety:

These are difficult times, and we don't want anyone who has developed symptoms of Covid-19 to put others at risk. We implore you to stay home if you feel that you may have contracted Covid. As such, we are waiving our normal cancellation policy described above.

If you need to stay home during one or more of your scheduled classes, we will make sure that you are offered options for make-up classes, no matter how short notice. Make-up classes are subject to availability, but we'll find something for you to enjoy once you have tested negative and are ready to return to class.

  

Reserve your spot

Many of our classes sell-out, so we encourage you to register early. To register, simply use the "Add to Cart" button above and proceed to checkout. You'll get a confirmation email once your order has been received. Then all you need to do is show up! You don't need to bring anything but yourself.

If you need any assistance at all, don't hesitate to reach out. You can reach us via email, call, or text. Or just swing by the shop!

hello@kaartist.com
1-706-850-1224

Interested in more?

To browse all classes with René Shoemaker, click here.

To browse our other classes for adults (18+), click here.

To browse our classes for teens (13-17), click here.

To browse our classes for pre-teens (10-12), click here.

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