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Silk Painting with René Shoemaker

Sat. & Sun. February 8th & 9th (1:00-4:00pm)

We'll try a new format with class this time by holding the workshop over the course of 2 days, meeting for 3 hours each day. This way we can really immerse ourselves into the artful process of painting on silk.

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.

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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