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Silk Painting with René Shoemaker


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

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

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 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.

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!

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 is an award-winning fiber artist born in NYC who now divides her time between their handmade house in the woods of North Georgia and a historic stone home in central France. She has exhibited her artwork describing ‘a sense of place’ around the U.S.; and internationally in Paris, London, and central France. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA and she has an upcoming exhibit at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, MS.  Check out her body of work currently on exhibit in Athens at the 44th Juried Exhibit at the Lyndon House Arts Center (where her 2 person show recently closed in January) and at Jittery Joe's in 5 Points. You can find out more about René at

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