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2016 Workshops are here!

Florence Thomas ART School is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for instruction, exhibition and experiences in the fine arts and heritage crafts for Ashe County and the region.

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Sunday, July 24th (2)

Open Call for Artists





Instructor Spotlight: Paul deMarrias   paul_intro

Paul is an innovator and artist; he has been working with pastel for over three decades.  After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Lindenwood University in 1977, Paul worked with famed pastel artist, Albert Handell, for several years and became hooked on the pastel medium.  After an initial interest in portrait painting, Paul switched into painting landscapes “en plein air” in his adopted home state of Tennessee.  His loose and impressionistic painting style focuses on the use of bright and rich color.  Paul creates his
own line of pastels and oil sticks, has been a presenter at the Tennessee Art Educators Association annual conference and his paintings can be found at a number of art galleries and in many private and corporate collections throughout the Southeast.

Paul will be teaching three workshops with us in July and August using his own line of oil sticks & pastels.






July 29 – 30

Oil Sticks, All Levels

$205 All Materials Provided

August 5

First Friday Workshop

Charcoal, All Levels

$30 All Materials Provided

August 6

Pastel, Beginner

$100 All Materials Provided





Flo Kids Summer Workshop Registration is now open.

 Please call 336.846.3827 to register your child today!

Up Next:  Artist Trading Cards with Kelly Cameron

July 27 & 28, $25, Registration Required

1st – 3rd grade ( 10 – 11:30 am)

4th – 6th grade ( 1:30 – 3:30 pm)

What is an ACEO? It’s a really neat way to do art in a small format, and you can collect and trade art with other people. ACEOs may be created from anything, with anything, there’s only ONE rule. The finished product has to be 2.5” x 3.5”. That’s it!