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August 26, 2020 6:00–7:00 pm
Online
Drawing

Drawing with William Paul Thomas

Partnership: DukeCreate & VisArts

Taught by William Paul Thomas

About the Workshop

Join Durham based artist William Paul Thomas for a virtual sketching and mixed media workshop. He will lead an exercise in combining sketches and found images to create a one of a kind artwork. Consider using magazines, newspaper, and construction paper to follow along to create your own.

About the Instructor

William Paul Thomas is a visual artist based in Durham, North Carolina. His work is centered on making images to record his life experiences and observations, with an approach that defies standard documentary practices. For over 10 years he has created intimate painted portraits of everyday people that he chooses as a way of recognizing their significance in his life’s path. Three portraits from his Cyanosis series are currently on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art in an exhibition called Front Burner, which features emerging and established painters from around the state.

Thomas draws on his personal network to offer complex representations that counter the simplified stereotypes found in popular media. In addition to painting and drawing, he also deploys video and photography to capture idiosyncratic, abstracted depictions of love, joy, and adversity. He earned a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

He currently teaches Visual Communications at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.

About the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. See link at top of page.

About DukeCreate

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are typically held weeknights 6-8pm.

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance. Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available. Walk-ins will only be accommodated on a space-available basis.

DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).