Thursday 1 July | 10:45am - 4:30pm | £125
This one-day workshop provides a structured introduction to the techniques of painting on silk and a master class in how to apply colour and create stunning designs. Following an introduction to the materials, artist Hilary Simon will demonstrate different ways to create a variety of effects on silk using salt, layering, alcohol and methods of applying the dyes and gutta gum. The dyes are French Dupont which mix beautifully and run like vibrant watercolours. Following the demonstration, time is spent creating designs on paper and testing techniques on a sample silk square. During the afternoon participants will create their own 15” silk square, with one-to-one guidance in their choice of dyes and approach.
At the end of the workshop participants will take home their new skill plus the test silk square and completed work of art, perfect for framing, hanging or ready to fix and hem. The workshop is suitable for beginners and people of all abilities.
Hilary Simon is an artist and curator. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions worldwide and her paintings have been widely published with her designs used for book covers, greeting cards pottery and rugs. She has run workshops internationally in the UK, America and Mexico, most recently at West Dean College, Fashion and Textile Museum and Garden House in Brighton.
Price: £125 includes equipment* and exhibition entry.
* The fee includes two silk squares (a smaller test square and a 15” piece for the final design) and the use of equipment during the workshop. Please bring a bag or envelope to take your work home with you.
Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. We have made changes and introduced new measures to help keep you and our team safe during your workshop. We have also introduced safe visiting guidance throughout the Museum.
- On arrival you will be asked to queue outside the Museum in a socially distanced manner. Upon entry to the Museum foyer please check-in via the NHS Track and Trace app, before presenting your workshop ticket on your device or bring a note of your booking reference – there is no need to print.
- In line with government guidelines, all workshops are observing the ‘rule of six’. Each workshop is led by one tutor and attended by no more than five learners. We ask that you observe social distancing wherever possible throughout your workshop.
- Where possible, each participant will have use of a single set of equipment for the duration of the workshop. All equipment and furniture will be sanitised prior to your arrival and following your departure.
- Gloves will be available for use throughout the workshop.
- Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the Museum. Please sanitise your hands when entering and exiting the workshop space.
- Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks. Please ensure you bring a face covering to your workshop.
- As we are not currently able to provide water, we ask that you please bring your own.
- Your workshop ticket includes exhibition entry. To facilitate this safely we ask that you visit during your lunch hour, at which time capacity has been adjusted accordingly.
- All Museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.