Artistry on Silk

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Winthrop Avenue students learned the ancient technique of dying silk during a workshop with visiting artist Esther Tollen and her son Sam Tollen.

After learning about the fascinating silk cultivating process used today, each student was called up individually to learn how to hold a bamboo paintbrush correctly before being instructed on how to dye a small portion of the silk banner. The students also learned how to mix colors to give the banner a richer color.

“This is a great opportunity for all of you to learn this style of painting,” Ms. Tollen said. “The method is very different because the paint migrates through the fibers.”

Upon completion, the banner will hang on a school wall and will depict a leafy tree with the words “Winthrop Avenue Growing Leaders.”