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Creative Arts Workshops

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department invites adults to participate in Creative Arts Workshops held on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Olde Village Community Building in the Olde Village area of North Charleston (4820 Jenkins Avenue). Each interactive workshop is led by a different local artist and provides participants with a unique opportunity to learn new techniques in a relaxed atmosphere. Varying skill levels are welcome and the cost is $15, which includes most materials. Registrations are accepted one month in advance and close 2 days prior to the workshop. Space is limited. To register, call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Dept. at 843-740-5854. 

2014 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

May 24, 2014 ● Children’s Book Illustrations with Erin Bennett Banks
This workshop is an introduction to children's book illustration, the role of the illustrator, and the publication process. Participants will learn to develop thumbnails and concept sketches utilizing techniques that are common to the industry. Participants are encouraged to bring any ideas and sketches they may already have brewing!  

June 28, 2014 ● Hand Printing on Fabric with Ink Meets Paper’s Allison Nadeau ● Learn to plan a design from initial sketches and brainstorming to final sketches and color choices. Participants will customize a set of cotton dish towels using the freezer paper stencil method and by printing with common household objects.

July 26, 2014 Jewelry Making with Michelle Rose Learn jewelry making techniques including the basics of designing and beading your own bracelet. The instructor will also demonstrate other skills in jewelry design, such as wirework with earrings and rings. Rose's storied career has included make-up artist, fashion designer, set designer, and jewelry and accessory designer, with her work appearing nationally.

August 23, 2014 Oil Mixed Media with Madeline Dukes Push the limits of texture, line, and rhythm in your work by utilizing cold wax, oil sticks, palette knives, and color shapers. Instructed by accomplished contemporary oil painter, Madeline Dukes, students will learn techniques to energize their paintings with playful experimentation and expression. Be prepared to play! This 2 hour workshop is ideal for all levels of oil painters.

September 27, 2014 Sweetgrass Baskets with Trudy Hicks Participants will learn the basics of the historical art form of sweetgrass basket weaving. Hicks, one of Charleston's finest sweetgrass basket makers, was taught this unique form of art as a child by her family and works to pass on the tradition to her own children, grandchildren and others in the community.

October 25, 2014 Paper Making with Kris Westerson Learn the basic techniques of western papermaking with award winning papermaker and bookbinder, Kris Westerson. Students will create four to six 8 ½” x 11” sheets from abaca pulp, then decorate their fresh sheets of paper with pigmented cotton pulp using squirt bottles. Water will be removed using a press and options for drying the sheets will be discussed. Participants should wear clothing and shoes that can get wet - rubber soled shoes are best. 

November 22, 2014 Watercolor with Charlynn M. Knight In this beginners’ workshop, participants will learn about the color wheel and methods of mixing colors and creating textures with watercolors to maximize painting success. Under the guidance of the City’s former artist-in-residence, Charlynn M. Knight, participants will also practice the fundamental techniques of watermedia.

Quarterly Classes

The Cultural Arts Department hosts classes in a wide variety of art disciplines on a quarterly basis. Classes range from one-day seminars to 3-8 week sessions. Call the Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854 for more information or to register. A minimum number of participants must be met in order for classes to take place.

Painting Workshops –Studio Sessions with Deborah Meyer
Adults ages 18 and up will receive one-on-one assistance from seasoned artist and art instructor, Deborah Meyer, to develop and refine paintings that they currently have in progress or that are ready to be tackled.  Students must bring their own materials: paints, brushes, canvases, easels (if use of table is not preferred).
Fee: $25 per session. Registration closes one week prior to each session. Call 843-740-5854.
Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston
Wednesdays, October 1, November 5 & December 3, 2014

Writing Workshop – Starting to Write with Frances J. Pearce
Local writer Frances J. Pearce will lead this workshop for beginning and experienced writers ages 18 and up who want to write creatively but don’t know where to begin, or those who are seeking to expand their repertoire. Participants will explore writing through guided exercises, learn how to engage their creativity, and receive tips on how to communicate more effectively.
Fee: $25. Registration closes on October 24. Call 843-740-5854.
Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dance Workshop – African Dance with Queen Atterberry
Dancers of all levels, ages 18 and up, are invited to join Queen Atterberry of WOSE Charleston for an intense hour of high energy African dance! Participants will be taught authentic, traditional movement from West Africa set to live drumming.
Fee: $10. Registration closes on October 29. Call 843-740-5854.
Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston
Wednesdays, November 5 & December 3, 2014

Workshop – Stained Glass Mosaic Jewelry
Adults ages 18 and up can show off their creativity by making a one-of-kind mosaic necklace with Rachel Jones.  Students will learn the basics of mosaics, which involves creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, tile, stone, or other materials. The result will be a wearable work of art - a great holiday gift!  No experience necessary. Materials provided.
Fee: $60. Registration closes on November 28. Call 843-740-5854.
Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston
Saturday, December 6, 2014       

Teaching Opportunities

Teaching artists or arts agencies may submit proposals to present classes and workshops in visual arts, photography, crafts, music, dance, theater, and more. Proposal forms are available for download from the Applications & Registration Forms page.

Submit proposal by May 20 for Jul/Aug/Sept Class
Submit proposal by Aug 20 for Oct/Nov/Dec Class
Submit proposal by Nov 20 for Jan/Feb/Mar Class
Submit proposal by Feb 20 for Apr/May/Jun Class

North Charleston Farmers Market Art Demonstrations

The 2014 North Charleston Farmers Market opens April 17 and takes place every Thursday through October 31 on the grounds of the Felix Davis Community Center at 4800 Park Circle. The market offers an abundance of fresh, locally grown produce, and features art & craft booths, food vendors, and entertainment. Enjoy visual art demonstrations by local artist groups every 2nd Thursday. The market is open from 12:00pm to 7:00pm; art demonstrations take place from 4:00-6:00pm unless otherwise noted.

Arts groups interested in demonstrating/distributing information about membership and activities can submit a proposal to be considered for a slot during the 2014 North Charleston Farmers Market. Proposal forms are available on the Applications & Registration Forms page.

2014 Schedule

June 12 North Charleston Artist Guild
July 10 Redux Contemporary Art Center
August 14 Veteras in Harmony
September 11 Charleston Regional Arts Alliance
October 9 Goose Creek Artist Guild

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Children's Summer Arts Camps 

Summer Arts Camps are offered in June and July for children ages 5-13. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. A minimum number of registered students are required for the camps to take place. Registration ends one week prior to each camp. Registration forms are available for download from the Applications & Registration Forms page. For more information, or to request a registration form by mail, contact the Cultural Arts Department office at (843)740-5854.

Visual Art Camps are under the instruction of the City’s current Artist-in-Residence. Drama and Dance Camps are under the instruction of local professionals. All camps are held at the Olde Village Community Building at 4820 Jenkins Ave. N. Charleston, and take place Monday through Friday from 9:00am to noon. Mid-morning snacks are provided. 



Christmas Activities in North Charleston

Find out about North Charleston's annual Christmas Festival and Parade and other family friendly events during the holiday season. Children activities, live performances, visits from Santa and much more!

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Phone: 843-740-5854
Fax: 843-529-2291

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Mailing address:
City of North Charleston
Cultural Arts Dept.
PO Box 190016
North Charleston, SC 29419-9016


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