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Silk Painting for Art and Function

October 6 - 11, 2024

PJ Cobbs  ·  website

Workshop Overview

Painting on silk isn’t just for scarves! This workshop will teach students how to paint luxurious silk fabric, creating artwork that doesn’t end up in the drawer! Students will learn how to prepare and stretch silk for painting, capturing and transferring images to silk, application of silk paints and media, decorative painting to enhance a piece on silk using metallics, beading and natural dyes, and heat set silk work for permanence. Students in this workshop will also learn how to mount silk for art display — both on canvas or as a banner, and ways to wear your silk piece.


  • How to prepare silk for painting
  • Stretching silk
  • Applying resist, applying silk dyes or paints
  • Using wax as resist
  • Pattern-on-pattern designs
  • Heat-setting and steaming (if using silk dyes)


  • Silk – yardage and finished silk scarves
  • Silk paints and dyes
  • Resist (clear, colored)
  • Wax
  • Textile markers, paints, beads, thread
  • Textile crayons


  • Finished art piece(s)
  • Large silk scarf
  • Basic knowledge of silk painting
  • Introduction to additional tools to further explore painting on silk



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

PJ Cobbs is a British-born New Yorker and former fashion writer who traded in Prada for a paintbrush. While pursuing art and covering fashion in Paris in the 1990s, a fortuitous meeting with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld inspired her to try painting on silk. Queen Latifah, Heidi Klum and Daisy Fuentes can be spotted in her hand-painted designs. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Essence, Uptown, New York Post, New York Daily News, Cigar Aficionado, House & Garden, Black Enterprise, Look Online.com, Fashion Wire Daily and Fiberarts. Cobbs has also appeared on television on “Good Day New York”. PJ Cobbs has taught at the Art School at Kapalua and the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, Maui; JCC Manhattan; Brooklyn and New York Public Libraries, Textile Art Center, NY and Dorot.org, NY. She has exhibited at the American Gallery, NY; Casa Frela Gallery, NY, SCOPE Hamptons, NY; Art Expo, NY; one of her pieces is in the 9/11 collection at the Smithsonian Institute; Hamilton Landmark Gallery, Harlem Textile Works. Her work is sold at the NiLu Gallery in Harlem and online on Etsy.com. This Christmas she’ll be at her regular booth at the famous Union Square Holiday Market in New York. PJ Cobbs was the Keynote Speaker at the 2022 Silk Painters International Festival at the Arrowmont School of Arts.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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