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Artists at school


Dale Shutt

Visual arts
Silk painting


Dale Shutt

Dale Shutt has been a professional artist for over 30 years. Self-taught in the discipline of painting on silk, Dale has also studied at the Ontario School of Art and the Ottawa School of Art. She has exhibited her work locally and internationally. She is a founding member of the Pontiac Artists' Association. Working with children through the Culture in Education program has been a high point in her career. In her own work she likes to take the leap from what her eyes see around her to what her imagination tells her can be seen. This artistic goal is easily achieved when working with children.

Proposed approach and type of activities

Painting on silk

She believes in the creative process and its importance to a student's education: The technique of painting on silk is always a new experience for the students. This fact alone makes the job of encouraging them to take the leap of imagination needed to create a work of art easier since they are not constrained by previous notions of what can or should be done. Working from this base she can teach the students the basic techniques of the medium and give them a free hand to explore their own ideas. Instruction includes a brief history of silk and silk painting and an introduction to the materials and their properties and the basic techniques employed. Methodology is mostly through demonstration and hands-on experimentation.

Examples of activities

Depending on the theme of the project, as decided by the teacher and the artist prior to the workshop, students will do research in class in preparation for the workshop itself and will prepare drawings that they will use as templates for their silk paintings. The workshop will take place over 2 days. On Day 1 they will start with a review by the whole class of the students' drawings followed by a history of and introduction to the materials they will be using. Through demonstration by the artist and hands-on experimentation by the students, they will begin to realize the possibilities inherent in the medium of painting on silk. They will then work on an exercise piece to practice what they have learned. On Day 2 the students will resist and paint their final pieces. When the works are finished it is necessary to steam fix the silk in order to make the colours light and wash fast. This must be done by the artist in her home studio and the paintings will then be returned to the school as soon as possible. If the school requests that the individual pieces be combined into a single piece, arrangements will be made between the artist and the school.

Special conditions

The workshop requires silk and dyes at a maximum cost of $100 a day. Frames and brushes are supplied by the artist. The artist is available from September to May.

For information

Dale Shutt
Phone : 819 648-2441
Email :

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)



Secondary 1, Secondary 2, Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5

Available in

Estrie, Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Lanaudière, Laurentides, Laval, Montréal, Outaouais

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