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Silk Painting with René Shoemaker

Sunday, March 24th (1-6pm)

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. The process of silk painting begins with stretching silk on a frame, sketching / transferring the design onto the silk, mixing dye colors, and painting. This is exactly what we will do in the class together. Silk painting is a fabulous technique that makes the silk come alive with color as you apply the dye to the silk.

Each workshop participant 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.

All supplies will be provided. All you need to bring is the inspiration and a readiness 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.

No experience necessary; yet all levels welcome.

About the Instructor:

René is an award-winning fiber artist born in NYC who now lives in a handmade house in the woods of North Georgia. She loves to travel, and loves France, enough to begin living there in 2017. She has exhibited her artwork describing a sense of place in many cities in the U.S.; in Paris and London, at the Columbus (GA) Museum, and in her new hometown of Felletin, France where she has two exhibits scheduled for 2018. Check out her body of work currently on exhibit in Athens at Ciné, at BMA@Home, and at Jittery Joe's 5 Points. You can find out more about René at

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