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Jo Thompson - Artist

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Joyous energy, vibrant color and powerful imagery are hallmarks of Jo Thompson's work.   She has exhibited widely in the U.S. and is represented in numerous private and public collections.   Jo earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, from Illinois Wesleyan University, traveled to England, France, and Spain for further art studies including graduate work in Art History at the University of Arizona.   Jo continued her education to become a credentialed teacher, has a Master's in Education specializing in Instructional Technology, and she has taught both art and technology in public schools K-12 and at the...more
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Wedding Portrait

October 30th, 2014

This is a double portrait I did as a gift for my friends' wedding. It is another of the painted image of the subjects done in acrylics with the collage elements of photos surrounding them. Then during the day wedding guests came by and wrote a few wo... 

The portrait I did for Larry McAdara was a lot of fun and included a painted image of him in the center surrounded by collage elements: photos and words, and bordered with a textured area. Everyon had a great time at the luncheon and there were many ... 

In June the Riverside Woman's Club held a luncheon and celebration of a local community member who has made a real difference in women's lives: Larry McAdara, Director of the Rape Crisis Center was this year's honoree. I volunteered to create a portr... 

This summer I am showing a broad variety of work from past years at the Dales Senior Center. 3936 Chestnut St Riverside, CA 92501 

Since my last post in 2012 I have been busy with several groups I am involved in: PAAR, the Riverside Woman's Club and now PNET the printmaker's group which is also a Riverside Art Museum group. I participated in the 2014 Paint Out with PAAR and had ... 

I am excited to be joining in this painting event this weekend! I will be at White Park downtown Riverside on Saturday morning 8AM to 10 and again on Sunday 8AM to noon. Come by and visit me and get inspired by all the artists at work in the park.... 

New Children' s Class at Redland's Art Association! I am so excited about teaching in this new venue! The photo here represents the principles of design which are part of the real fine art based curriculum offered at the RAA. My first class for the... 

Watercolor Student at Work

July 24th, 2012

Watercolor is a popular medium and learning to use it is rewarding. 

Summer Art Classes

July 24th, 2012

Summer kids classes are so fun! Click on the Events tab to see the full schedule. 

Saturday afternoon from 1-2Pm and again from 2-3PM students have the opportunity to draw in either pencil and/or Prismacolor colored pencils. The Fundamentals class is a good foundation in all types of drawing skills. These are small individualized ... 

The Riverside Art Museum is presenting its annual Member Exhibition giving artist members of the museum a chance to show and sell their work. Artist Jo Thompson is a part of this year's show and will be attending the Award Reception Thursday June 28... 

Join the Friday evening class for a fun time working with watermedia: Acrylics and Watercolor! 

Field Trip Fun

June 19th, 2012

My Art Students had a great time taking the Beach Train to San Clemente to view the Plein Air Paint Out and to do a little painting of our own!  

Summer Art Classes

June 12th, 2012

Check the Events tab above to see all my Summer Classes! 

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Last night's Arts Walk was a big hit with lots of people coming through the studio. I was featuring prints: etchings, monoprints, collagraphs, and I love sharing the process, showing an etched plate and the final print, etc. There were several purcha... 

My new Fall Art Classes at my Studio #36 in the Life Arts Center, Downtown Riverside are all listed here in the events on my website calendar and blog. Blog: I am introducing a new pricing structure with a Drop i... 

October Art Walk

October 5th, 2011

Thursday October 7th 6-9 PM Studio 36 Life Arts Center University and Lemon Streets Big Fun!! Lots of new work for sale at incredible prices!  

New Series of Artwork

July 31st, 2011

I am excited about a new series of drawing/collages that I have just completed and am now featuring on my website here. They are all colored pencil (Prismacolor) mixed with some metallic inks and then collage elements in the form of leaves or the moo... 

Summer Art Classes

June 27th, 2011

Pastels Workshop 6/25 10 AM-2PM $60 Watercolor Only Wild 8/13 & 8/27 10AM -1PM $80 Self-Portraits 7/9 & 7/23 2-5 PM $80 Drawing Studio 1st Saturdays 10-11:30 AM $20 Artist Jo Thompson Offering Summer Art Classes Riverside... 

Artwalk June 2011

June 8th, 2011

The June Riverside Artwalk was great fun! I had a silent auction in my studio and it generated a lot of excitement as people were able to bid on artwork and buy it for very reasonable prices. In the picture is one of my new collectors who bought the ... 

I recently taught A Historical Survey of Women Artists at the La Quinta Museum as part of California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus Osher Institute. The course lasted six weeks and we had a great turnout! Everyone was very positi... 

New Year Coming

December 27th, 2010

This photo shows me at the opening of my solo show at Back to Grind which was held throughout December. It was fun to be able to see thirty years of art work in one place! I am looking forward to 2011 and putting together new art classes, new worksho... 


August 23rd, 2010

Click on Events at the top of the page. Check my Calendar for upcoming workshops in the Palm Springs area and Riverside! Fun, Fun, Fun!