Acrylic with Stephen Shoemaker (1016SS)

October 16 – 17, 2017

9 am – 4 pm

Level: Beginner – Intermediate

Tuition: $190

Painting with acrylics is easy and looks similar to oil painting, but cleans up easily with water. Stephen will demonstrate his current favorite medium as students watch and paint along at their own pace. Mountain landscapes, still lifes, skies, sunsets and reflections, are made quickly.  Other items and details can be added.  Students may use their own photo for inspiration.


Stephen ShoemakerStephen Shoemaker

Stephen was born in 1946 in beautiful Ashe County, NC in the small town of West Jefferson. Criticized for ‘doodling’ too much in class, he took his first art lessons at age 10 with Flossie Farr and Archie Black in the old block building across the street from the West Jefferson Elementary School.After graduation from high school, Stephen studied Art for 2 years at Brevard College and 1 year at Guilford. He went into the Army in 1967 for 2 years and then returned to the high country to finish his degree in Fine Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  These days, Stephen spends his days doodling and painting in his own studio in downtown West Jefferson. Stephen was featured in “Our State Magazine” in 2007 as well as on “Our State” UNC-TV.

The downtown West Jefferson’s arts district has more than 12 different murals that give the town its personality. Painted in 2001, Stephen’s “Cut at Devi’s Stairs” mural is located at a main gateway into town on US Hwy. 221 Business. And, be sure to visit Ashe County’s Public Library to see Stephen’s mural in the children’s section.

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