Florence Thomas Art School


Florence Thomas Art School
(336) 846-3827


Florence Thomas Art School

Next Event


Apr 07 2018


01:00 PM - 04:00 PM



Acrylic and Gold Leaf with Beth Andrews (407BA)

Attn: Rescheduled Workshop: Introduction to Gold Leaf


Have you ever wanted to learn about how to use gold leaf in your artwork? Here is your chance! This 3 hour workshop will give anyone interested in gold leaf an opportunity to learn basic gilding processes. We will explore the use of gold leaf as an accent in a simple acrylic painting on Masonite panel. You may bring or create your own image or use those provided by the instructor.  All materials will be provided.

This introductory workshop will cover basic gilding processes, including:
• preparation of under layer
• applying gilding size
• handling and applying gold metal leaf

*Participants should have some experience drawing and painting

Workshop Teacher

  • Beth Andrews

    Beth Andrews is a native North Carolinian with roots in the Piedmont and northwestern mountains which reach back to the 1700s.  As a child, serious health problems resulted in long stays in the hospital, and it was during that period, at age 10, that she was given an oil painting set and made the decision to become a painter.

    She pursued her art studies at UNC-Greensboro where she obtained a Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking (with a secondary emphasis in pottery). After graduating, she worked as a resident artist for the NC Arts Council “Third Century Artists” program—a visiting artist program which placed artists in communities across the state to build on local arts resources and develop new initiatives. Over three years and in three counties, Surry, Yadkin and Wilkes, she worked with adults and children creating murals in the schools, building a community pottery program and teaching drawing, painting, and pottery. The conclusion of this program was a group exhibit in Raleigh at the NC Museum of Art.

    Andrews has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for over 40 years. In 2004, she moved to the mountains of NC and refocused her attention on painting and exhibiting.

    Artist statement:

    I believe that the awareness of beauty is a powerful experience, one that creates a pause from our usual mental chatter. It allows us a glimpse of the Transcendent nature of life. Beauty calls out to us of the mystery of Life. As an artist, I am inspired by beauty in all its forms. This is what inspires me to bring brush to paper…to savor that Transcendent experience and to create moments of beauty on canvas”.