Silk painting workshops

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Silk painting is an accessible and fun process, just be prepared to allow the dyes to flow and enjoy the vibrant colours.
The first piece of Silk is included in the cost of the workshop, the next items used , Scarves, Cushion Covers etc are available to purchase to use for the final piece created.

I run the silk painting workshops for small groups in my own studio in Bovey Tracey, however, I am prepared to travel and run workshops for larger groups if there is a suitable venue available near you.

Bespoke courses to suit you can be arranged for a suitable date for participants, if 2 or more are booking in advance.

Birthday treats work really well and can be made into surprise presents.

Bed and Breakfast is available for those who are travelling further from home. Very reasonable @ £40 per person per night. There is also the option of an evening meal, with prior notice, at £10 per person per night. There are 2 double bedrooms available

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The workshop fee includes refreshments
Plus the use of all the equipment like frames, dyes, brushes etc that are necessary to create your own piece of work.

As well as various sizes and shapes of scarf, there are cushion covers, hankies and ties or just squares of silk.
I also have lots of chiffon shawls and chiffon sarongs.

Silk materials are extra but all available to purchase on the day.


Bridget Arnold at Bridget Arnold

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1 Ashburton Close
Bovey Tracey
Newton Abbot
TQ13 9EF

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired


6 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Emma - - #37387

A great Christmas present for my Mum. The course was run for just 3 of us in Bridget's home, so the tuition was very clear. We came away with lovely silk scarves or cushions.

Response from Bridget Arnold:

Thank you for the review
I hope you will enjoy using the Scarves and the Cushion

fiona - - #21243

I took my mother along as a Mother's Day present. It was a wonderful day and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Bridget's teaching encouraged us to be adventurous and we were pleasantly surprised by our efforts. The lunch of homemade soup, bread and cake was delicious.I'd definitely like to return.

Response from Bridget Arnold:

Hi Fiona
Thank you for the review , I hope you have both been wearing your scarves and I hope to see you again sometime soon.

kit Ealea - - #16325

A great day for a really good birthday present . Bridget is very warm and friendly. She gives you lots of supports and tips to get you started on your piece of work. A delicious home cooked lunch ( soup and cake). Her partner is a chef.

Response from Bridget Arnold:

Thank you Kit for the lovely review !

Sandra Jones - - #16252

Great fun. Everything provided, no pressure just lots of hints and tips and individual attention. Considering we also enjoyed a lively home made lunch it was spectacular value!

Tina Townsend - - #12587

I had a really great day.
Bridget was a patient and friendly tutor.
I produced something I was really proud of and am hooked .
Goodbye acrylics.
It’s fun forgiving and very effective .
Will be doing it again for sure.

Mandy - - #7748

My daughter in law and I had a most enjoyable and creative day trying our hand at silk painting. Bridget demonstrated the technique clearly and provided advice in a relaxed way that allowed our individual styles to develop. We are both very pleased with our vibrant pieces! A tasty homemade light lunch was an added bonus!
I would definitely recommend a silk painting workshop gift voucher as an alternative present suitable for all ages and abilities!

JoyBook - - #5208

What a really enjoyable experience and day with a lovely lunch. Bridget has a relaxed method of tutoring and allows you to explore your own styles but is also on hand to advise and guide with extra colours, mixing and techniques or ideas. (I have no artistic ability but managed to produce two pieces of work that actually looked like something!!).

Superb value for money and really highly recommended for all ages and abilities.

Vicky Hutchinson - - #3916

I booked this course for a Xmas present for my mother in law & aunt. We had a really great day learning a lot about painting on silk. Bridget was really attentive & taught in an easy way to understand. She was really good at helping you lose your inhibitions & just experiment with design & colour. We will definitely go back. Great coffee, homemade soup & cake. We were made to feel really welcome & comfortable.

Emily Tudge - - #3766

I attended this workshop as CPD as I am training to be an art teacher and thought it would be useful. I was guided by Bridget in a calm and patient manor. She was thorough and clear with her instructions, and the practice piece enabled us to see the method of silk painting before we moved on to our final pieces. Although I'm not sure if I will continue to do silk painting, I am glad I had the experience and training. It was a fun day with a delicious lunch! (which she catered well for, with my dietary requirements). I thoroughly recommend this course!

Liz osullivan - - #2883

An amazing day!!!

I booked this wonderful workshop for my daughter and myself and we both had a fabulous day. Bridget is a wonderful and patient teacher. She made us fell welcome and at ease, and explained the process through to its intirety.
Worth paying a visit!!!

Shelley Sheridan - - #2470

I booked a workshop with Bridget for a birthday present for my friend and our two children. Really enjoyable day. Bridget guided us through a thorough introduction to silk painting and then helped us work on a group project so that we could "play" with all the techniques and see the effects of using salt, etc. - this was very enjoyable. After a lovely lunch of home-made soup, bread and a yummy slice of cake, we went on to produce our own designs. We were all very pleased with our results. It was great fun using a new medium and it is something I would definitely like to try again.

Kim Litchfield - - #1011

What an interesting and absorbing way to spend a day. I haven't painted since my teens and was surprised how technical, but easy, silk painting is. Really enjoyed my day and have been back twice to explore this medium. Lovely lunch, relaxed atmosphere, very informative and free to experiment. Excellent.

Irene Cox - - #584

I had never tried silk painting before but with Bridget's excellent demonstration and support throughout the day I was amazed with the beautiful scarf I produced. I have been again and am now totally hooked. Bridget's lunches are wonderful too!! Have met some really friendly interesting ladies.

Dawn Trower - - #264

Bridget's workshops are a great way of learning about the art of silk painting - Bridge provides expert tuition, bags of inspiration and not forgetting a very tasty home cooked lunch! A day with Bridget is also a very sociable, friendly occasion where you can enjoy experimeting with colour and fabric with like-minded people.

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