Past participants praise Laura Norton’s “wealth of knowledge,” describing her as “supportive, encouraging and willing to show examples” as well as “very good at listening.”
This class brings together the vibrant colors of silk painting, the beautiful flow of calligraphic marks and lettering, the expressive power of the chosen text, and the richness of the silk fabric itself.
Great art, we might say, is thought that has been concentrated… honed and shaped by a silky
attention brought to bear on the recalcitrant matter of earth and of life. ~ Jane Hirshfield
Laura writes, “Together we will read and meditate upon the words of such writers as Maya Angelou, Brené Brown, Mary Oliver, Jane Hirshfield, Elizabeth Alexander, Elizabeth Austen–words that awaken our spirit of creativity and possibility, and words which lament injustice and pain in this broken world. We will then contemplate how we might respond powerfully with hope and beauty, truth, dignity, and love.
Students will practice calligraphic styles–from highly disciplined to playfully freeform, using a variety of tools and media—first working on paper and then moving to silk. We will then add luscious color and calligraphy to flowing silk scarves which can be worn (or wrapped around a loved one) – the words literally wrapping the wearer in their power and presence—or use the word-adorned silk to create banners to carry or display. Making physical the written words brings a powerful presence which adds strength, beauty, and grace to a world very much in need of all of these.”
All experience levels welcome, including beginners. Ages 14+
The week will begin with introductions to Italic calligraphy, the silk painter’s tools, and the specific techniques used for making calligraphic marks and lettering on silk. Instruction time will provide demonstrations, examples, and easy-to-more-advanced technical information about silk painting and calligraphy, as well as brief explorations of color theory and design principles. Much of our class will be open work time with one-on-one feedback from the instructor as needed.
Participants wishing to create complex or ambitious projects should expect to spend additional time working outside of class.
Each participant will have the opportunity to create several scarves over the course of the week, using white and black silk. Experienced silk painters wishing to explore larger projects should contact the office for information about alternate materials.
What should I bring to class?
- Work apron or art-making attire
- Personally-inspiring words, phrases, verses, or quotes
- Note-taking materials
The Full Package covers tuition + materials, all meals (Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch) and lodging.
Full Package: $715-$1245
- Private Room – $1245
- Shared Double Room / Yurt – $930
- Library Dorm: $795
- RV Hookup: $765
- Guild Tent $760
- Own Tent: $715
Commuter Cost: $470
(Commuter Cost includes Sunday dinner, Monday through Friday lunches, and Saturday brunch.)
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Summer 2019 Program: Opening. Learn more about the Summer Program.
June 23 – 29, 2019
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.
Date(s) - Jun 23, 2019 until Jun 29 2019