Painting freely on silks with Sarah Campbell

Art textiles Mixed and other media

Ref: SLW12511

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About this course

Learn and practise the art of painting freely on silks. Develop designs and patterns to celebrate the season and colour, using heat-set inks and paints on silk and chiffon scarves.

Course Description

Create a range of hand-painted silks, which celebrate the season and colour, as you learn and practise the art of painting freely on fabric.

You will develop designs and patterns, using inks and paints that remain colour and light-fast when ironed; you will work on silk and chiffon, either as ready-hemmed scarves or meterage.

The course will include the consideration of scarf designs and layouts, examples being drawn mostly from the tutor's body of work.

You are encouraged to bring a little reference of favourite colours and cloth as a starting point.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Use of heat fix inks and paints, supplied by the tutor.
  • Some newsprint paper for practising pattern-making and half a metre of silk for sampling ideas, two silk scarves, one silk square and one long chiffon, ready hemmed supplied by the College.

What students need to bring

  • An apron or overall
  • Sketchbooks
  • Painting and drawing materials for making preliminary sketches, including any favourite paintbrushes
  • Some personal reference of meaningful colours and cloth as a starting point

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Gouache paint and brushes, sketchbooks/paper, pencils, rulers
  • Additional habutai silk, by the metre
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell co-founded the renowned textile design company Collier Campbell; she has always worked as a painter of patterns. Now practising under her own name she makes design for clients from the high street to one-off commissions; she gives talks, workshops, teaches, writes a blog. Her starting point remains the hand-made mark.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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