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Silk Art Beginner Lessons

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Published June 7th 2017
Learn to paint with acrylics on luxurious pure silk
With some wintry weather around the corner why not brighten up your life and explore the wonderful world of Silk Art with artist Natalie Malarowski who has a new course of beginner lessons starting on June 22nd 2017.

stylish silk adventures creates joy in any season
Stylish silk adventures creates joy in any season

If you have ever wanted to unleash your creative energy and would like to try your hand at painting with acrylics on beautiful pure silk, design your own wearable art or craft a piece of art for your wall, then Natalie's classes are just the ticket.


Natalie studied fine art in her home in Ukraine and has produced silk paintings, wall hangings, scarves, pashminas and clothing. Much of her work features Nordic myths, animals and beautiful flowers including her signature theme of poppies, the floral emblem of Ukraine. Natalie also explores patterns and abstract styles in her batik work and encourages a diversity of style in her students.

Some of Natalie's work is on display and is for sale at the Monet Gallery in South Guildford, a treasure trove for artists and lovers of art in all its forms.

Natalie's work is on display in Monet Gallery in South Guildford
Natalie has some silk on display at Monet Gallery in South Guildford

Students in the silk painting class are taught free form expression, where acrylics are used in a similar fashion to the watercolour technique of wet-on-wet where colours blend and merge. As well, students are given the opportunity to explore the many styles and varieties of resist techniques where the shapes are outlined to result in discrete motifs without the unwanted "bleeding" that can occur.

students learn resist techniques to produce beautiful silk art
Students learn resist techniques to produce beautiful silk art

Natalie loves to share her skills with students and brings in dynamic fun ways to make the lessons both instructive and enjoyable. Generally the sessions seem like a friendship club as students support each other in the liberating process of creating the design and applying the colours to the silk.

students work on designs and colour schemes in a friendly supportive environment
Students work on designs and colour in a friendly and supportive environment

A new 4-Week Beginner Course will run on Thursdays from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm from June 22nd at 18 Ferguson Steet, Maylands. The cost of each 3 hour session is $22 and includes materials such as paints, brushes and the use of the silk frame to stretch the silk. Course fee is payable on the first session. Students are asked to email to book their place so that Natalie can organise the necessary materials for each student.

There are two Intermediate classes both of which run for 3 hours. The Tuesday daytime class runs from 10.00am to 1.00pm and the Wednesday evening class runs from 6.30 pm to 9.30pm.

Autumn Leaves on a luxurious silk scarf
Autumn Leaves on a luxurious silk scarf

For many students it is their first time painting and it can be a bit daunting when committing the first brush strokes to the naked silk but Natalie gently gives them confidence, encouraging them to be brave and helping them to achieve their own style.

The flamingos take shape on the silk
The flamingos take shape on the silk

Natalie hopes that students will be able to make luxurious silk scarves and wall hangings for themselves or for gifts for friends or eventually to sell their silk produce online.

Bookings for lessons can be made by email at
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Why? To learn to paint with acrylic on silk to make scarves wearable art and wall hangings
When: four weeks starting Thursday June 22nd 2017
Where: 18 Ferguson Street Maylands
Cost: $22.00 per lesson, course payable at first session
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