Project Description

Students will work collaboratively to add vibrant color and story to panels of soft silk fabric in this residency perfect for artists of all ages.

The murals tell a story with the students’ own art images as they express their classroom’s collectively chosen theme. All students are involved in the 4 Steps of Silk Painting, which include 1) choosing a theme and drawing ideas with chalk on brown paper the size of the mural; 2) stretching the silk on frames and squeeze-drawing with water-based resist on the silk; 3) hand-painting their art with liquid silk dyes and paintbrushes; and 4) learning about value principles of contrast in colors to continue painting the background. The project is completed in 4 one hour sessions with the artist.

Working together on the silk murals is a fun and exciting learning experience. It gives the students the opportunity to do their own art work AND share ideas, build upon each other’s ideas, and co-operate to create an amazing, colorific final product to be proud of. Researching places, land-forms, plants and animals to depict within the murals is a learning opportunity for each classroom to