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Silk Painting with René Shoemaker

Sat. & Sun. October 24th and 25th, 2020
(12:00pm-3:00pm Both Days)

Join fiber artist René Shoemaker to learn the craft of painting on silk. Everyone is welcome - beginners and experienced painters alike!

Hand painting on silk is an ancient art with a rich history from India, China, and Japan. We begin the process of silk painting with stretching silk on a frame, sketching or transferring your design onto the silk, mixing dye colors, and painting the dye on - a technique similar to using watercolor. This is exactly what we will do in the class together. Silk painting is a fabulous technique that makes the silk come alive with vibrant color as you apply the dye to the silk.

We can explore creative ways to decorate silk, including:

- direct dye application
- watercolor technique
- resist lines that allow areas of the silk to be dyed with different colors
- “no flow” which keeps the dye from spreading as it is applied to the silk
- salt burst technique
- pen drawing
- color resist
- gold and silver resist + details

Each workshop participants will create (and take home) a painting on a 22” square hemmed silk that can be worn as a scarf or displayed as a wall hanging.

No experience necessary. All levels welcome, and all supplies will be provided. All you need to bring is the inspiration and a readiness to create beauty!

We love students who return to learn more technique. Repeat customers can receive a $20.00 off discount. Email us at hello@kaartist.com to receive your coupon code.

Have fun, and give back! We will be donating 10% of your class fee to the Athens Food Bank.

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.

About the Instructor:

René Shoemaker is an award-winning fiber artist born in New York City who divides her time between Athens, GA and Limousin, France. She has exhibited her artwork in Georgia for 20 years and continues to exhibit in New York, Mississippi, and Chicago, as well as London, Paris, and Aubusson, France. In 2019 René had a solo show at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, MS, and her work is in the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA. Currently, one of her hand-painted silk dresses is included in an installation at the Pompidou Center in Paris. You can learn more about René at reneshoemaker.com. 

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See you on Zoom

✔︎  First, save your spot by purchasing your session above.

✔︎  Make sure you read the class details to see if you need to gather any special materials.

✔︎  Download the Zoom app on your phone or tablet, or install Zoom on your computer.

✔︎  Head to our "virtual classroom" about ten minutes before class begins for check-in.

Calligraphy Club's Virtual Classroom:
https://kaartist.zoom.us/j/757846195
Meeting ID: 757-846-195
(First Thursdays // 5:30-7pm)

★  For all other classes, your Zoom information will be emailed to you prior to class.

Class FAQ

Q:  What ages are your classes for?

A:  Our classes are generally for adults, but we welcome younger students as long as they are comfortable and skilled enough to take classes with adults. Please reach out if you have any questions. For pre-teens and teens, we also offer weekly Art Clubs on Friday nights.

Q:  What are you doing to prevent Zoombombers?

A:  We are using the "waiting room" feature on Zoom. When you join the meeting, you'll be taken to this waiting room so that we can verify who you are and that you've registered for class. Once verified, you'll be admitted to the virtual classroom. (This is why we ask that you arrive ten minutes early.) No one will be admitted into our classroom except legitimate students. Here's an informative video about Zoom Waiting Rooms.

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