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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 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. Registration for the following week’s DukeCreate workshops goes live on Friday mornings – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot!  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 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).