Drawing with William Paul Thomas
Partnership: DukeCreate & VisArts
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.