Artist Julie Cox-Hamm has been drawing and painting since she was a young girl.

It was the first time she painted on silk that she found her passion. 

"I love the color and the feel of it," Cox-Hamm said. "Before then, my art had always been colored pencil on paper. It was very realistic and refined, and it was not very deep color-wise. When I started painting on silk, I was using all my drawing skills and my knowledge of color mixing. The colors are so intense and brilliant."

Her love for silk painting gave her a niche, and she started to get recognized. Now, she teaches the art form to others.

"Teaching is one of my favorite things to do," she said.

She will offer a class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 at the  Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth.

"I am thrilled to be sharing this in Kansas," Cox-Hamm said. "You will learn the basics of silk painting with liquid silk dyes to create your own wearable work of art. Silk painting is an art form that lends itself to brilliant colors and watercolor effects."

Cox-Hamm lives in a small city east of Dallas, but she has roots in Kansas. She took her first painting classes at the Wichita Art Museum, earned a fine arts degree from the University of Kansas and worked for a fashion store in Wichita before moving to the Dallas area.

The fee for her silk painting class is $110 for one day of instruction and $180 for two days. Participants can choose one or two days of classes.

The dyes, silk scarves and stretcher frames will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a few supplies such as watercolor brushes and small sponges. Reservations for the class can be made by calling the gallery at 316-284-2749.