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Silk Painting with 5th Graders at International School of Stavanger, Norway.

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Ms. Zsuzsi Kallenberg, Art teacher at the International School of Stavanger, invited me to introduce Silk Painting to the 5th grade students.

On 3rd January 2012

After a short introduction and a video about silk ( silkworm, China first producer, sericulture diffusion to East and Europe, Silk Road, different techniques to add colour on silk) I showed some silk painting techniques.

The students chose a wire framed silk (square, exagon or circle) and were incouraged to try the different techniques:

-paint on dry silk, obtaining an intense colour with a dark edge.

-paint on wet silk, obtaining a less intense colour with a soft edge.

-varying intensity using water.

-blending colours with a gradual passage from blue to yellow (green), from blue to red (purple) and from yellow to red (orange).

-salt effects on silk, when the paint is still wet.