Imaginative Writing teacher resources
Silk Painting Workshop
from The Bowes Museum

National Curriculum KS2&3 Art and Design


Learning Objectives

Pupils should be taught to:

• to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
• to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
• to use a range of techniques and media, including painting.
Pupils will learn to develop ideas and one painting technique which involves the development of their painting control skills.

Imaginative Writing teacher resources
Suggested Classroom Activity

The six films show the key stages of a silk painting workshop which was delivered in one half day by Amy Bainbridge, Education and Learning Coordinator at The Bowes Museum with a group of Year 9&10 pupils.
The groups designs were inspired by a temporary textile exhibition at the museum. You can download textile patterns at the bottom of this page to help inspire your group or use other source material.
The techniques demonstrated are suitable for most age groups. The Bowes Museum regularly deliver this workshop with groups as young as KS1.
The materials used are a pure silk fabric (synthetic will probably not work), metallic maker pens and water based silk painting inks.

You can;
• either show the films one at a time as your class or group follow the instructions,
• or use the films just for your own reference, adapting your delivery of the technique to suit your own pupils' needs.
Suggested Classroom Activity

Video 1. Show them the video 'Introduction'.

Prepare A4 sheets with circle for your group.
Show the group textile designs from any source.
We have a sheet of copyright free designs to help you if you need it (you can download this sheet from bottom of this page).
Stress that the design should be bold.



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Video 2. Show ‘Transferring the design'.

Students tape their design to the table and stretch the silk over their designs.

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Video 3. Show ‘Drawing on silk'.

Using metallic markers pens the students transfer their designs to the silk. Go over the design twice to avoid gaps in the design
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Video 4. Show ‘Preparing for painting'

Pupils attach the silk to the top of a plant pot for painting using elastic bands.
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Video 5. Show ‘Adding colour'.

Applying the paint to the silk. Remember to keep the brushes clean to avoid muddying the colours.
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Video 6. Show ‘Finishing off'.

Pupils dry and iron their designs using a hair dryer and an iron on a cool setting.

Ask pupils to share their results.
Development Activity
Try our textile printing workshop and our interactive activity
Textile printing workshop
Stitch it up

Resources, Notes and Links

Download workshop notes here