Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Paula Smithson
My name is Paula Smithson, and I am excited to be on the Art education team. I am passionate about sharing the discovery of art to students and friends. I believe art is an adventure for the senses, and a great way for us all to experience and express the world around us.
I recently relocated to Virginia from Utah. I grew up in New Jersey, and I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Hartford. After working as a professional artist, I then completed my graduate degree in Printmaking at Indiana University. For over five years, I have taught a wide range of age groups from elementary to adult education. My personal artwork has been shown in several states throughout the country.
Some of my favorite things are: outdoor painting, hiking and biking with my husband and four children and playing with our two dogs.
I am looking forward to my first year at Arcola making this a fun and colorful year!