Florence Thomas Art School


Florence Thomas Art School
(336) 846-3827


Florence Thomas Art School

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Jul 30 2018 - Jul 31 2018


10:00 AM - 03:00 PM



Paint like Picasso with Susan Payne

Registration for Grades 4 – 7 is currently full. Please call 336.846.3827 to add your name to the waitlist in case of cancellations.

Grades 1 – 3 meet from 10 am – 12 pm.
Grades 4 – 7 meet from 1 pm – 3 pm


Elements of Drawing, Design and Composition, Mixing Shades and Tints to Create Gradient Color Values, Comparing and Creating both Realism and Abstract Works of Art 


Explore the evolution of Picasso’s art styles through drawing, painting and collage.  From the Blue Period to Abstract Collages, experience how a master artist creates.  Blend drawing from observation and imagination to derive original artworks.   Combine a variety of media and artists’ strategies for creating 3-D depth on a 2-D surface.  Learn to abstract a subject using fragmentation, distortion or multiple viewpoints.  Large compositions will challenge and help kids of all ages tap into their creative potential. 


Picasso’s Blues 
All kids will complete a figure drawing from observation using a volunteer model dressed in costume.  Create a story setting for the figures using depth of field strategies in adding a foreground, middle ground and background.  Paint this emotionally charged composition with a monochromatic color scheme, using tints and shades of blue. 

Abstract Self-Portrait   
Our younger group will create a mixed media self-portrait showing multiple points of view.   Using gradient color will transform flat shapes into a cubist style. 

Cubism Collage  
Older students will fragment a realism drawing and reconstruct into Picasso’s cubism style adding collage papers and a variety of mixed media. 

African Influence   
If time remains, be inspired with Picasso’s geometric style of African masks. Experience painting on fabric using angles, edges and gradient shading techniques. 

Workshop Teacher

  • Susan Payne

    After growing up in Virginia and raising my family in Charlotte, I recently retired from teaching art and moved to the beautiful North Carolina mountains.  My academic and professional credentials include a Masters Degree in Art Education, National Board Certification, and 37+ years of teaching Art ranging from Kindergarten to University level.  My goal has always been not just to teach but to inspire students. I am proud to have developed countless talented students who have won the highest U.S. National Scholastics Competition awards, become successful artists and even progressed to be the next generation of art teachers.  In fact, one of my former students is currently teaching in the middle school position in Union County vacated by my retirement.

    For elementary aged students, I design art programs with a thematic approach to incorporate a variety of techniques, media and approaches to creating art.  A sampling of drawing, painting, collage and printmaking encourages expression, skill development and confidence in art production.  For older students, I offer complex challenges and guidance to develop a personal style in art.

    Below is a brief overview of my credentials and experiences in teaching art in schools as well as in the community:

    • BS Art Education, Longwood University
    • MAE, Art Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Endorsement in Supervision and Administration, Norfolk State University
    • National Board Certification, Art/ Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood
    • K-12 Art Coordinator, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
    • Experience in Writing Art Curriculum, Virginia Beach Schools and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
    • Adjunct Art Education Professor, Old Dominion University
    • Art Instructor, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach Community Arts Center, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Union County Public Schools, British International School of Charlotte, Mint Museum of Art
    • Coordinator of Summer Camp Programs, Mint Museum of Art
    • Volunteer for Union County Community Arts Council to Coordinate Annual K-12 Art Show
    • Participated in Art of Collaboration, An Integrated Arts Grant Sponsored by The NC Museum of Art
    • Conducted Staff Development Workshops for Union County Art Teachers, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, The Mint Museum and NCAEA
    • Academic training in drawing and painting, currently painting landscapes in acrylic and oils and exhibiting artwork in Watauga and Ashe Counties
    • 2017 Artist Residency at The Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock



Please note: when registering your child for a summer workshop, please choose the grade they will be in during the Fall of 2018, for example, current third graders rising to 4th grade in the fall can be registered in Grades 4 – 7.

Hourly Schedule

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Grades 1 - 3
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grades 4 - 7

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