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It’s almost the end of September, the time when many summer activities begin to wind down.  One place that is definitely not winding down is Florence Thomas Art School.

The schedule for the next few months is filled with diverse and interesting workshops.  If your summer activities are dwindling, why not sign up for a class or two and fill your autumn with creative fun.

September 25th sees a returning favorite, Jeremy Sams, returning for a 3-day plein air painting workshop.  What a wonderful time to get into the great outdoors and paint the beautiful scenery!

Not quite ready for 3 days?  There are plenty of one and two-day workshops from which to choose, and most of these workshops have the added bonus that all supplies are included!

If you have wanted to try your hand at painting, but consider yourself a beginner, do we have a workshop for you!  On October 7, Lorelle Bacon will be presenting Beginner Acrylic and Oil.  A partial description from the Florence website

“Students will learn about color mixing, how to use complimentary colors and will receive color mixing guides to take home. You will follow along with the instructor while completing a landscape painting to frame or give as a gift.”

The always-favorite Stephen Shoemaker will present beginner to immediate painting with acrylics in a 2-day workshop on October 16 and 17.  For this workshop, you supply your own materials.  If you have not worked with acrylics, you will love how easy they are to work with and the clean-up is a snap!

Want to try your hand at something different?  November 4 brings us Watercolor Batik Miniatures.  Instructor Annie Glacken will show you how to paint in batik style using layers of watercolor and wax on rice paper.  You will be rewarded with a delicate and beautiful painting.  In this workshop, you supply your own materials.

For any workshop in which you supply your own materials, a complete list of what you should bring with you is provided.

If you want to try your hand at something but are on a tight schedule, the First Friday workshops are just the thing for you!  The October 6 session will feature working with scratchboards.  Now that is an interesting technique!  And have you ever admired the basketry snowflakes that you see in unique gift shops?  Now you have a chance to try your hand at making one.  November 3 offers Basketry – creating a snowflake.  First Fridays meet from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  What a perfect and relaxing way to wind up a week!

A complete list of workshops and description of each is available on the Florence website.  If a workshop is full, you may place your name on a waiting list.  Check out these great offerings and find your inner artist.

Florence Blog Post written by Becky Stragand

Becky Stragand is a writer and retired educator who enjoys books, interior design, and tending to her cats. She lives in West Jefferson with her husband and felines.