What's on offer - Silk Painting for schools

Infinite Arts can offer workshops in schools to cover a variety of subjects. Costs are usually based on a starting fee of £300 for an artist to run a full day of workshops in your school. Travel and material costs may need to be added to the total.

Silk Painting workshops: Primary and Secondary

We can offer half day or full day workshops painting on silk. These can work equally well with primary or secondary pupils and can be targetted to any age starting with Nursery and foundation through to Y9.

Here are a few examples:

Mock Silk bunting -

Non toxic inks can be dabbed on using a brush or direct from the pot to make abstract colourful bunting

Traditional triangular bunting can be premade using China silk (which needs to be hot cut to avoid fraying). This type of bunting lends itself well to an abstract approach using the pots of ink direct onto the fabric – making dots and watching them expand. Over-painting techniques can be developed working back into wet ground or waiting till it dries a little to get different effects.

Early years children find this process quite engrossing. It's probably best done with a small group of 5 or 6 pupils at a time around a table. Each group takes about 20 mins to do their triangles and then moves on.

Small individual silk flags / hankies – painted.

These can be silk or china silk – using the same non toxic ink. Older children can create images on paper and then tape these under the silk square, trace over with gold pens or gutta pens and then paint with silk paints. Small silk hankies can be bought ready hemmed. These can be sewn together as bunting or attached to flower sticks as flags, providing a project for two different year groups

Silk Banner- hand painted.

Banners can be made from silk or china silk, painted with non toxic silk ink. the process involves designing together on paper then laying the silk over the finished design, outlining using gutta or gold pens, then colouring using silk ink.

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    Infinite Arts has a proven track record of delivering arts workshops and projects in schools and in the community over the last 15 years.

    In planning schools work, we usually start with discussion to decide what we want to achieve and then work out how best to do it.  It is important that the participants feel ownership of the ideas from the start and see the growing work as theirs. Working as part of a group requires a lot of discussion to ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute. Drawing and sample-making helps participants to see what might be possible and during this phase, we regularly bring the group together to look at what we have created and to make choices and decisions together. At this point, leadership is crucial to ensure that the groups ends up with the best of the work on offer and not the least common denominator. Once the ideas are gathered we would sort out ways to create our designs, and develop the skills to achieve our aims.

    Infinite Arts recognises that Health and Safety procedures need to be in place for any such work and understand the importance of planning for the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our artists already have CRB/DBS and PL Insurance in place and will ensure that all risks and hazards are assessed in advance and that all aspects of the practicalities and safety both in workshops and processions have been considered. I would also aim to involve staff at the schools and in ensuring that H&S procedures are suitable and are followed.

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