Tel: 301.474.7347 . Fax: 301.441.2395
dtuckman@gmail.com - www.iteachsilkart.com



Please fill out this form to register for classes and workshops listed below.

Welcome to the world of PAINTING ON SILK! Leave your cares at the door, bring a friend, and step into a creative atmosphere! This is your opportunity to unwind and express yourself as we guide you through this incredible art form.
Many of the classes are in my studio in College Park, MD area. Some are in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. I also travel and teach at your location and can schedule a SPECIAL CLASS for you and friends, minimum four. Please inquire.
As an instructor, my initial goal is to teach the basic silk painting techniques. Once the students experience the drama of the “strike,” when the dyes or liquid paints hit the dry silk, they have an aha! moment. A very young student comments: “I love it, you do not need to know anything!”
Absolutely NO previous painting or art background is necessary. Even if you never picked up a brush, you can share in the joy of silk painting as you watch the dyes glide through the silk. On the other hand, if you are already an artist, you will greatly benefit from learning exquisite silk painting techniques.

I also give talks to groups, with or without hands-on, at your location or my studio. I travel and teach and will work with you or your group. All events can be scheduled during the week or weekends.
If you wish to set up a private class for a group, minimum four, we can schedule that. Call for information.

Current Dates- Silk Painting Workshops

Classes at the University of Maryland Stamp Gallery and Studio

Silk Painting Workshop:  https://stampunion.umd.edu/StudioA/classes/Course.aspx?id=3397
Silk Painting Class:  https://stampunion.umd.edu/StudioA/classes/Course.aspx?id=3398

Two-Day Workshop with Dyes

January 8-9, 2020 (Wednesday-Thursday)

January 11-12, 2020 (Saturday-Sunday)

February 1-2, 2020 (Saturday-Sunday)

February 15-16, 2020 (Saturday-Sunday)

March 4-5, 2020 (Wednesday-Thursday)

March 14-15, 2020 (Saturday-Sunday)

March 18-19, 2020 (Wednesday-Thursday)

March 28-29, 2020 (Saturday-Sunday)

One-Day Basic Silk Painting class (using silk paints)

December 27 (Friday)

January 5, 2020 (Sunday)

January 13, 2020 (Monday)

January 20, 2020 (Monday)

February 17, 2020 (Monday)

February 25, 2020 (Tuesday)

March 16, 2020 (Monday)

March 20, 2020 (Friday)

March 30, 2020 (Monday)

Please contact Diane for the dates of upcoming workshops or to schedule a class at your convenience, weekdays or weekends.
I can schedule a special group class, minimum 4. Also classes for children can be organized.

If you are interested in a class, please fill out the Contact Information Form and you will be contacted for dates and costs.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Classes I teach

Two-Day Basic Silk Painting Workshop:

  • A brief introduction to the history of Painting on Silk.
  • Basic silk painting techniques and vocabulary – stretching, diluting, resisting, spotting, salting, double loading, wet-on-wet, fabric setting, steam or microwave setting.
  • Product knowledge – in depth discussion of different applications using special products.
  • Many visual samples of hand painted fabrics are shown and explained.
  • Using traditional silk dyes, students will create 7 pieces, 12x12
  • Helpful critiquing of students' progress included.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL 3rd DAY: Everything from the two-day workshop, PLUS:

  • Using liquid silk paints for all fabrics, instead of dyes
  • Students learn the process of painting with this product


Two-Day Basic Silk Painting Workshop: $200: - Hours 10-4

Beyond instruction from Diane, pricing includes: ALL SILK PAINTING MATERIALS needed by the student, such as dyes, a stretching frame, push pins to stretch the silk, plastic cups and lids, dilutant for dyes or paints, resists and the applicators, designs, assorted brushes, salts, pens, several products for different techniques. (STUDENTS ONLY NEED BRING LUNCH AND LATEX GLOVES)

Optional Additional 3rd Day and One Day classes: $100

One-Day Basic Silk Painting class (using silk paints)
You are interested in learning the basics of painting on silk within a limited amount of time. Indulge in your creative urge, sign up for this class.
Once the students experience the drama of the “strike”, when the paints hit the dry silk, they are HOOKED FOREVER! Welcome to the world of PAINTING ON SILK! Leave your cares at the door, bring a friend, and step into a creative atmosphere! This is your opportunity to unwind and express yourself as you are guided with Diane’s expertise through this incredible art form.
NO PRIOR PAINTING OR ART SKILLS REQUIRED! Even if you have never picked up a brush, you can share in the joy of painting on silk as you watch the paints glide through the silk.
Bring latex gloves and lunch, all other materials are provided.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT: A brief introduction to the history of Painting on Silk in America — Basic techniques, vocabulary, product knowledge — In depth discussion with many visual samples of hand painted fabrics — Students will paint 6 pieces.

LIMITED ENROLLMENT Call for details.
Bring gloves and lunch, all other materials are provided.
Cost: $100.

Scarf Class
Once individuals are exposed to silk painting, the immediate reaction is “I want to paint scarves”! Add a brand new accessory to your wardrobe using colors which are pleasing to you. For gifting you can select colors which are flattering. You can also proudly say I did it! With basic silk painting knowledge, you can successfully paint two scarves.
ALL painting materials are provided.
BRING: Roll of paper towels, empty egg carton and lunch.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT: paint two warm-up silk samples exploring several techniques and for inspiration — paint two silk scarves.
Limited enrollment.

I am delighted to bring a NEW offering:
Joining the current trend, you can now “Sip and Paint on Silk”. A QUICK, EASY and ECONOMICAL INTRODUCTION TO THIS AMAZING ART FORM!

  • Limited enrollment so register early

  • You can also bring three friends and reserve the studio on a date of your choice. Call to inquire.

  • Registration fee: $50.00 – Payment: PayPal - Checks, Cash

  • Refreshments will be served before painting: Wine, fruit and nuts and “getting to know you time”

  • Location: My studio: 6806 Trexler Rd. Lanham, MD I also travel and can do that event at your location.


    • 2 small stabilized silks to paint and sample techniques; one stabilized silk to paint that fits into an 8x10 mat, provided — 1 hand rolled silk SCARF to paint. Paints and tools.

    • You will walk away with two small samplers, one matted painted silk and one completed scarf that you can wear as you leave.


Create a Masterpiece or Two (for Adults, Teens, Children)

Create one or two silk painting "masterpieces". Conquer the easy silk painting techniques. Watch as the special liquid paints flow through the silk and unusual patterns and images are created. You will be enchanted by the brilliant colors and dramatic textures possible.

Share this amazing experience with a friend. This workshop can be taught for any age group. Excellent for an interesting hands-on project for organizations and social events.

Maximum participants: 12
Hours: 10AM to 1PM
Cost $60

Big Hands, Little Hands — Adult and Child Paint Together
Share in the excitement that silk painting provides for all ages as the special liquid paints flow through the silk. Easy to learn techniques will allow both child and adult to create unusual patterns and images. Bring your sense of color and adventure!

Maximum participants: 12
Hours: 10AM to 1PM
Cost $65

Advanced Silk Art Workshops:

One-Day/One-Technique Workshop
This special class will focus on one particular technique per day: salting, wax, microwave setting technique etc.
Cost: $100.

Inspiration + Technique = Success (Two-Day Special Workshop)
This class is all about Visual Overload, so be prepared!
Prerequisite: have taken my two day introductory workshop or have in depth silk painting experience.
ALL MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED and included in the cost.
INSPIRATION: View hundreds of hand painted silk samples. Dissect, inspect and speculate on how the samples were executed with group involvement.
TECHNIQUE: Select at least two techniques of your choice from the samples. Explore these techniques by sampling them hands on.
SUCCESS: Complete a masterpiece using those two techniques, or more than two if you wish Bring lunch, Show & Tell, and gloves. You can also bring samples to discuss and inspire.
Cost: $200.

One-Day Refresher Course
So, you have taken classes, painted for a while, and need a refresher course with other silk painters to share ideas, techniques and your personal finds. All materials are provided to allow you to express your artistic vision with dyes on silk.
Cost: $100.

Lecture: “What is Silk Painting”
This is a three-hour lecture, giving everyone a chance to view many samples of painted silks, talk about them and be inspired. The endless uses and possibilities of silk painting are explored in this lecture and will open a brand new world to all for your artistic, sewing, decorating and quilting projects. You will be able to “touch and feel” the many different fabrics used for silk painting.
A hands-on component can be added for a fee.

Public Speaking
I teach individuals of all ages and work with groups. Children in particular will greatly benefit from this training which will lead to better presentations in school and good business prospects in the future. You will project that attitude all your life. This workshop is a two-part session. The first part is devoted to learning the basic public speaking skills. Two weeks later, the second session will take place once participants have had a chance to practice the skills from the first session. Here are some of the benefits:

  1. You will quickly and dramatically improve your self-image and self-confidence. Everyone around you will notice.
  2. We will discuss how to think positive thoughts about yourself.
  3. We will talk about techniques to make a great first impression. Your appearance and looking your best are critical.

MOTIVATION: Do well in school and in the business world AND: self-confidence is priceless!

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Time: 2-hour each session
Cost: $36 per hour + mileage
I can work with large groups.

For details and to schedule workshops, please call 301-474-7347 or email me at: dtuckman@gmail.com.


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