While most recall drawing and painting in high school art classes, Laguna Beach students got to try their hand at a very unique medium.
Thanks to a grant by Laguna Outreach for Community Arts, silk painter Olivia Batchelder has been mentoring 22 students in Bridget Beaudry-Porter's Introduction to Art classes at Laguna Beach High School.
Vibrant colors and drawings of tulips, cherry blossoms and palm trees canvassed the table tops Wednesday as students finished up their silk paintings, which will be on display during their upcoming show at the Laguna Beach Nursery.
"Silk is a vibrant medium to work with and it's new knowledge for them," said Batchelder, who has been painting silk for 30 years. "I've been impressed by everybody."
Batchelder got into silk painting due to economical need, she said. She started selling painted scarves at craft shows and found that people were drawn to it. She's entirely self-taught and noted there weren't any books in English on the subject when she started. She turned the hobby into a career and she's traveled the world to understand the medium, including four trips to Malaysia to study batik, a cloth made using a wax-resist dyeing method.