Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2024 Summer Workshops

Paul Stopforth Discovering Drawing July 17 to July 22, 2016 Tuition: $650 Workshop: 9AM-Noon Discipline: Drawing OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

Through the use of a wide range of materials, you will explore what it means to place marks on paper that begin to transform what we see into what we think and feel about ourselves and the objects we find in the world around us.

The course will provide a means of discovering drawing for the first time as well as a space to reconnect with the impulse and desire to draw. Through explorative drawing processes in conjunction with a wide range of graphic mediums, you will develop, define and enrich your personal drawing practice.

This course will benefit those who wish to explore drawing for the first time as well as artists and teachers with ongoing studio practices.


Early in his career Paul Stopforth created several bodies of work that were startling in their courageous engagement with the repressive society in which he lived. His uncompromising refusal to turn away from a world of pain and injustice cost him dearly, but earned him enormous respect from his peers and from discerning art critics who saw his work in its first, youthful incarnations at The Market Theatre Gallery, where he was a director from 1977 to 1984. Invited to be Artist-in-Residence at Tufts University Stopforth left South Africa for the United States in the late 1980s, despairing that there would ever be change in his country. He took up a teaching position at Harvard University and taught drawing while on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He recently retired to paint on a full-time basis. Stopforth has exhibited his work since 1971 in galleries and museums in South Africa, the United States and Europe. He has served as curator and juror for a number of institutions and competitions, and in 2004 he delivered the Ruth First Memorial Lecture at Brandeis University. His work is held in many public and private collections in South Africa and abroad. He is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown.

Paul Stopforth's newest catalog: Bethesda, Breakwater, Bridgewater