FLO Kids is our children’s art program, for children entering 1st through 6th grade. Special events are held during the school year and an average of one workshop a week is held during the summer months.
These programs provide professional instruction in the fine arts and heritage crafts including plein air painting, still life painting with oils, landscape painting with oil sticks, chinese ink painting, abstract painting in acrylics, felting with wool, weaving baskets and more . . .
Our next featured event is:
2014 Summer Schedule:
First day to register is May 5th
June 18 – Create a Barn Quilt with the Quilt Square Girls
Native Ashe County girls, Renee and Syndi Brooks, are the “Quilt Square Girls”. They have created about 800 hand- painted barn quilt squares– shipping some across the U.S. and they were recently featured on North Carolina Now.
June 25 – Chinese Ink Painting with Freda Lee- McCann
Freda Lee-McCann was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan where she studied painting with Huang Junbi (b. 1914-1991) and C. B. King. While ink brushstrokes are the major element in traditional Chinese painting, Lee combines this technique with non-Asian watercolors. She belongs to the Studio Gallery of DC and BWS. She has had more than seven Solo Shows in the last ten years and numerous invited and Duo Shows. Her work is collected extensively in the Washington Metro area, N.Y., Australia and China. Visit Freda’s website: http://www.fredalee.com/
June 30 – Mixed Media Sculpture with Sue Boggs & Cora Mae Pipkin. Sue & Cora Mae have been providing creative programs for our children here at Florence for over 4 years. Both are gifted water media artists and have a true love for teaching children. Cora Mae is a national award-wining artists and recently had the great honor of being awarded Best of Show in the National Watercolor Society Members Show for her piece entitled ‘Decoding’.
July 11 – Painting Landscapes using Oil Sticks with Paul deMarrais. Paul has been working with pastel for over three decades. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at LindenwoodUniversity 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 his interest into painting landscapes ‘en plein air’ in his adopted home state of Tennessee. He is noted for his use of bright impressionist color and his innovative methods in pastel. His paintings can be found in many corporate and private collections throughout the Southeast. For more information about Paul visit: http://www.pauldemarrais.com or click here to view Paul’s latest oil stick demo on YouTube.
July 17 – Paint Folk Art Landscapes using Acrylics with Cher Shaffer. Cher’s career as an artist is highlighted with many accomplishments. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in many one-woman shows including the 1992 Owensboro Museum of Art and 1993 a retrospective exhibition at Colorado State University. She is represented in several public and private collections including that of Whoopie Goldberg, Jane Fonda, Richard Dreyfus, Rob Reiner, Henry Winkler and one of her most appreciated, fellow artist, Thornton Dial. In 1989 Shaffer’s work appeared in the traveling exhibition O, Appalachia: Artists of the Southern Mountains and in the publication by the same name. Also in 1989 she appeared on the “Today Show” on NBC. Her work has been featured in several publications including Art Voices South and Country Homes.
July 30 – Urban Sketching with Robert Way. Robert is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists, the New York Society of Portrait Artists, and the Portrait Society of America. His work is represented in many public and private collections worldwide, to include the Cornish Colony Museum in Winsor, Vermont.Visit Robert’s page to learn more:http://www.professionalartists.com
REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 5TH -
Have a child who is in 7th grade and older? Please contact us and we have other options available including FLO Kids Ambassadors and First Fridays.