GPS seniors in the College Portfolio art class taught by Debbie Glasscock completed a project “from their hearts.” With a week of instruction in the art of silk batik painting from local art teacher Susan Parks, the 20 girls completed over 20 silk scarves for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” silent auction, luncheon, and fashion show on Friday.
Using gutta-resist outlines and silk dyes, the students designed scarves that held to the heart theme. Some flowers’ petals were shaped like hearts, one streetscape design featured clouds in the shape of hearts, and another had chains of hearts in various sizes and designs.
The silk painting technique involves outlining the pre-determined designs with the water-based resist, gutta, on the prewashed silk that is on a stretcher. The resist keeps the paint colors within the outlined areas.
Students in the class are Betsy Bailey, Emma Berry, Lucinda Boyd, Brianne Clure, Catherine Kim, Hannah Land, Danielle Richardson, Josie Love Roebuck, Emily Stutz, Caroline Vance, Madison Waldrop, Lauren Winkler, Ellen Anderson, Sharron Bockman, Sarah Cook, Madeline MacLean, McCay Mathis, Marshall Rustand, Morgan Sanborn, and Maddy Ward.