ACT for Kids presents "Painting on Silk" with Jay Rancourt

Painting on silk is fluid and fun, and each piece has its own life and personality—come try it yourself! On Saturday, March 7th, 2009, Arts Council of Tamworth is offering a Painting on Silk workshop for kids ages eight and up. The workshop runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, and is led by artist and Cook Memorial library director extraordinaire, Jay Rancourt. Jay has painted on silk for twenty-five years and teaches classes in this and other media. She exhibits her silks, artist’s books, paintings and prints locally and in Portland, ME.

Silk painting is a direct, paint-on method of applying color to fabric; check out a beautiful example of this medium above. Participants begin by painting on a sample piece of silk in order to experiment with tools and techniques. When you are ready, you will paint on a 22 inch-by-22 inch hand-hemmed square of silk, suitable for wearing or hanging in a window or both. Finished scarves must dry for 24 hours and be steam-set, washed, and ironed. You will be able to pick your scarves up at the library a week after the class.

The cost for this workshop is $5, which includes instruction, one scarf and all other materials, access to a library of silk painting and design books, and steam-setting services. Additional scarves are $5 each. Please wear old clothes and bring a bag lunch. Any questions, call Jay Rancourt at the Cook Library, 323-8510. To register, call Carolyn at 323-8263. Sign up early! Enrollment is limited to 12.

The Arts Council is grateful to program sponsor The Mad Planter, and to season sponsor Silver Lake Home Center for making this program possible. Upcoming ACT for Kids programs include storyteller Simon Brooks on Saturday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cook Memorial Library.

Jay and a young student painting on silk