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Original Art on Silk • 1-Day Painting Workshop

In this one-day workshop for adults led by local artist René Shoemaker, we'll start with a brief history of silk painting and create color charts to hone our aesthetic. We'll sketch and transfer our designs, and then we'll hand-paint with dyes on 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 inspiration and a readiness to learn a new skill and to create beauty!

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Age and Experience

This class is for adults, ages 18+.

This class is designed for those without silk painting experience--beginners are very welcome. This class is also great for those who have experience with fabrics and painting but would like to deepen their understanding and create a beautiful work of art in an inspiring space.

Come experience for yourself why we are regularly voted Athens' favorite place to take an adult creative 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:

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This class is held at the K. A. Artist Shop.

127 N Jackson St. Athens, GA

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.


All the materials you'll need for this workshop will be provided.

We'll use a variety of sketching materials, colorful dyes, resists, bushes, and silks, and don't fret...we break out the good stuff! Better materials make your practice more enjoyable, so we look forward to sharing our quality supplies with you.


To register and reserve your spot, 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!



Join contemporary artist René Shoemaker to explore the technique of silk painting.

In this workshop we will review historical and contemporary silk paintings. The creative experience will begin by investigating color by creating color charts to refer to. We’ll dive into designing your project, respecting your design aesthetic along with the qualities of the silk and the dye. Sketching and transferring the design onto the silk comes next, and becoming comfortable with the resist and the various ways of applying the dye.

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

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

Interested, but not sure what to paint? René will share silk painting examples 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.


Fall 2022 Offerings:

Option 1
This class will meet on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10:00am - 3:00pm (with a lunch break).

Option 2
This class will meet on Sunday, December 11th, from 10:00am - 3:00pm (with a lunch break).

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Classroom FAQ

Where is your classroom located?

Unless otherwise noted, our classes are hosted inside the K. A. Artist Shop, located at 127 N Jackson Street in downtown Athens, GA.

Please note: We are located on the second floor of a historic building without elevator access. If you are unable to attend a class due to accessibility concerns, we encourage you to reach out! We'd love to accommodate you with a private or virtual class.

Can I attend I have zero experience?

Many of our classes are perfect for those just starting out, and some are even designed for absolute beginners. Other classes are geared toward those with more experience, but everyone is welcome.

The description above will let you know the general experience levels that this class is designed for.

What do I need to bring to class?

We typically provide all the materials you'll need for our classes, and we typically break out the good stuff!

Once in a while we'll need you to provide some materials, tools, or a high-res digital image (for instance in an "Effortless House Portraits" class you'll need to email us your photo in advance).

The description above will let you know if you need to bring anything, but most often, all you need to bring is yourself.

My child is 9 but very mature; may they enroll?

We're sorry! Our classes are designed for older students, yet we do allow for 10-12 year olds to join in our camps and clubs for pre-teens. We hope they'll join us next year when they are 10 years old.

Is there a multi-class discount?

For multi-class registrations, we recommend you take advantage of our rewards program. You're welcome to register in multiple transactions, using the rewards points earned to redeem discounts on additional classes.

Do you offer class scholarships?

Yes! If a discount will help you attend one of our classes, camps, or workshops, we invite you to use this coupon code as many times as you’d like:


What are your Covid-19 protocols for classes?

As usual, our classrooms are disinfected and cleaned before each day. Masks are now optional in our classes. We've got hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes in each classroom, and students are encouraged to help themselves whenever they need them.

PLEASE NOTE: We ask that students refrain from attending classes if they are at all contagious. We are happy to offer make-up sessions as space allows or credit toward a birthday party to any student who needs to stay home due to illness. You'll need to let us know before your class begins that you are unable to attend; we are unable to offer make-up sessions for no-shows.

What is your classroom cancellation policy?

We understand that things happen and you may not be able to attend the class you purchased. If your plans change, please let us know at least 7 days before your scheduled class begins. If you let us know with at least 7 days notice, we can issue a full monetary refund to your original form of payment or switch you to another class at no charge.

We cannot offer refunds after the 7-day-mark, but we are happy to offer make-up sessions in other classes as space allows or a credit toward a birthday party to any student who needs to miss their scheduled class.

Regretfully, we cannot issue refunds or make-ups for no-shows. Please reach out to us prior to class if you need to cancel or reschedule.

On occasion, a class might not reach the minimum number of students needed. If this is the case and we need to cancel a class ourselves, we will let registrants know at least three days prior to the scheduled event. You'll of course receive a full refund or re-scheduling, and we will also provide a small gift card as a token of our appreciation.