Silk Painted Talit Jewish Art Activity

Painted Silk Talit

Art Medium: Silk painting and sewing
Grade: 6 – 12

Ages: 11 and up

About this project: Silk painting is a wonderful way to play with color and get exciting results. This project takes three one-hour sessions. I recommend the book Silk Painting for Beginners by Concha Morgrades to get a good background of various techniques that can be applied to this project.

Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Silk 50cm x 50 cm and 2.0m x 80cm
  • Wooden frame 50 cm x 50 cm and 2.0m x 80cm
  • Paint brushes
  • pins
  • Silk
  • Paint
  • Gutta Paper
  • Plastic container
  • Paper towels
  • Drawing paper
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • fringe

Part l:
- Stretch the small piece of silk on it’s frame and pin into place. - Decide on the colors you want to experiment with. - See how they blend, what happens when they are watered down, and the effects of sprinkling salt on them.

Part ll
: - Sketch out any designs you may have in mind. - Stretch out silk on large frame - Begin working on the talit. - Let dry overnight. - Brush off excess salt.

llI: - Sew the edges of the talit. Make sturdy button holes in which to tie the fringe. You may want to write the blessing for putting on a talit around the collar

Jewish Art Project Ideas:
When designing this project and you’re looking for beautiful images to include, I recommend looking at the work of Marc Chagall. The book Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists – Marc Chagall, by Mike Venezia can be helpful. If you’re looking for other Jewish art projects, you may want to refer to the book 100+ Jewish Art Projects for Children by Nina Streisand Sher and Margaret A. Feldman. Many girls have enjoyed making their own talit for their Bat Mitzvah’s. Have fun with this art project!