Cover the White! Discover the Magic of Underpainting w/ Susan Tobey White


Join AOA as we welcome renowned artist Susan Tobey White back to Elizabeth City! We are excited to offer multiple opportunities for the public to experience her art and learn from her expertise.

Jolene: Fishing Attire 48×36 Acrylic on Canvas Susan Tobey White 2017


Demonstration:   March 2nd, prior to First Friday (more details soon!)

March Featured Artist:   Jenkins Gallery  (more details soon!)

Workshop: (3/3/18) Cover the White! Discover the Magic of Underpainting
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Workshop: Cover the White! Discover the Magic of Underpainting

Saturday, March 3rd   10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition:  $125
Required Materials:   STW Materials List
Friends Steppin Out 24×36 Acrylic on Canvas Susan Tobey White 2017

Wear your messy clothes and prepare to have fun! Suitable for beginners and more experienced painters. Will also be offering opportunities for critiques.

Learn the ‘Whys’ and ‘Hows’ of creating an underpainting with the ultimate goal of choosing one that will perfectly fit your goals.

Explore a variety of ways of beginning a painting from intuitive to well planned. In this workshop you will learn how to use color and texture in your underpainting to make your paintings stronger and full of life whether you are an abstract, impressionist or realistic painter. You will understand techniques of layering colors whether directly from the tube or by glazing.

Although Susan’s use of color is often bold her teaching style will also appeal to those who enjoy a quieter palette.  Susan will share her extensive knowledge with you in a mix of demos, hands on time, individual attention and laughter!

You will find she respects the individuality of her students and makes it her goal to give her students the tools they need to express themselves in creating their own style of painting.

Registration encouraged by February 26th; seating is limited. Call 252-338-6455 or in-person at 516 E. Main St, Elizabeth City

 Susan Tobey White defines herself as artist and educator.

As an artist she is best known for her colorful, energetic paintings of dancers which inspire smiles and laughter from the viewer. Scenes of impassioned dancers in crowded dance halls, swinging to their own rhythms summon nostalgic times and practically dance right off the canvas. From professional dancers to dancers at heart Susan’s work is continually praised for the feeling of well being it evokes.

Her love of Maine and the area she lives is evident in her quieter paintings of landscapes, seascapes and paintings of people working and playing.

She welcomes commissions of a variety of themes enjoying the challenges they demand of her, favoring paintings of children playing, adults dancing and beach scenes.  In the fall of 2010 a series of giant vegetables and decadent food began as a direct result of illustrating The Homeport Cookbook, by Will Holtham which was released in 2011.

She has designed the 2004 and 2007 North Atlantic Blues Festival Poster and the 2008-2012 Maine Celtic Festival Poster.

In the summer of 2002 after having taught elementary art for 15 years, Susan opened High Street Studio & Gallery in a historic building of downtown Belfast where she had a seasonal gallery and taught painting workshops.

In June of 2017 she opened the  Susan Tobey White Studio, 234 Church Street, Belfast where she will continue to teach and will welcome visitors.

In October of 2013 she was one of 18 working artist/ educators from around the country accepted into an intensive workshop taught by Patti Brady director of Golden Artist Colors’ Working Artist Program and author of “Rethinking Acrylics” for certification into Golden’s Artist Educator Program.

 Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe and Australia and has been in galleries in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Maine.