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October 13, 2020 6:00–7:00 pm

Using Color Harmonies: Painting with William Paul Thomas

Taught by William Paul Thomas

About the Workshop

In this painting workshop with Durham artist William Paul Thomas, participants will create dynamic compositions by applying an understanding of color theory.  Attendees will use inspiration from found images in magazines, repurposing old images to create new ones.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The first 30 Durham-based  members of the Duke community to register will be provided with supplies for this workshop at no cost. An email will be sent with on-campus pickup instructions prior to the workshop. Waitlisted registrants are encouraged to pick up supplies (paint and canvas) at a discounted rate from ARTpost at HappymessCall ahead to confirm cost and pre-pay at (919) 286-9763.

Materials Needed for this Workshop:

  • Acrylic painting, RED (quinacridone magenta & cadmium red) YELLOW (lemon yellow & cadmium yellow), BLUE (cerulean blue & ultramarine), BLACK, WHITE
  • Paint Brushes: Small to Medium Flats, Fliberts, and Rounds.
  • 8″x10″ or 9″x12″ canvas
  • Graphite Pencil, Sanguine Conte or Chalk Pastel
  • Container for Water for Keeping Brushed Saturated
  • Paper Towels
  • Magazines for Color References
  • Sketch paper

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 Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).