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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. 

2015 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

January 24, 2015 Beginners' Acrylic with Deborah Meyer Adult students will learn the basics of acrylic, including color mixing and application techniques, in this introductory painting workshop.  The workshop will be led by local artist Deborah Meyer, known for her rich and colorful skyskapes and landscapes.

February 28, 2015 Paper Marbling Over Lino Prints with Alexandra Roberts This workshop for adults features marbling and printmaking techniques with the City’s 2014/15 Artist-in-Residence, Alexandra Roberts.  Participants will cut simple designs into linoleum blocks, which they will print on multiple sheets of paper.  After creating their prints, a marbling technique will be applied over the lino print to create colorful patterns throughout. 

March 28, 2015 Drawing Portraiture with Stephen Herchak Participants will learn the fundamental lessons of drawing and applying the universal principals of perspective and proportions to portraiture using a live model with Stephen Herchak.  Herchak is Charleston native, artist, art instructor, and tour guide. Realistic in style, his artwork focuses on local subjects and historic themes.


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.

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       
10:00am-12:00pm

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, January 7, February 4 & March 4, 2015
9:30am-12:00pm

Workshop: How to Photograph Your Artwork
Whether it’s for promotional print material, a website, or an application for a competition or exhibition, every artist needs good digital photographs of their artwork. Local professional photographer, Jack Alterman, will instruct artists on the basics for photographing artwork in this free 2 hour workshop. The workshop will cover how to photograph paintings and 3D artwork.  Some key points that will be covered include lighting, white balance, the use of polarizing filters, depth of field, and lens use.  Participants must bring a digital camera and be familiar with its basic settings. Artwork will be staged for participants to experiment with taking images. Following the workshop, 20 minute long one-on-one sessions will be offered for artists to gain more personalized instruction from Jack. While the workshop is free, one-on-one sessions are $35.  Note that having artwork photographed by a professional can often cost $50.00 or more per piece, so this is a great opportunity to get some strong images of your work at a low cost.  Remember that getting a good photo of your artwork can mean the difference between selling a piece and not selling a piece, or getting into a show or not getting into a show. Collectors, curators, and jurors often only have the photo of an artwork in front of them, so it needs to accurately represent the work.
Fee: Free workshop (RSVP required); One-on-one sessions are $35 (20 minutes each, by appointment)
Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Workshop 10:00am-12:00pm, one-on-one sessions 12:30-3:00pm

Workshop – The iPad/iPhone as Studio (Part One) with Dr. Marlene O’Bryant Seabrook
Adults ages 18 and up are invited to leave the sketchbook, pencils, paints, and camera at home and learn to use an iDevice as an art studio. Nationally exhibiting fiber artist and lecturer Dr. Marlene O’Bryant Seabrook will lead participants through basic drawing and photo manipulation techniques utilizing applications (“apps”) on an iPad or iPhone. Students must bring their own equipment: iPad or iPhone (with charger), Apple account (for purchasing Apps), stylus (optional, but highly recommended), and notepad with pen/pencil. Students also registered for Part Two of the workshop are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Registration closes on February 27.
Fee: $25
Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:30am-12:00pm

Workshop – The iPad/iPhone as Studio (Part Two) with Dr. Marlene O’Bryant Seabrook
Adults ages 18 and up will continue to work with nationally exhibiting fiber artist and lecturer Dr. Marlene O’Bryant Seabrook to build on the skills learned in Part One and explore options for preparing for print. Students must bring their own equipment: iPad or iPhone (with charger), Apple account (for purchasing Apps), stylus (optional, but highly recommended), and notepad with pen/pencil. Pre-requisites: Completion of Part One or existing Art App experience. Registration closes on February 27.
Fee: $25
Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave.
Saturday, March 7, 2015

12:30pm-3:00pm


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. 

CAMP DETAILS AND REGISTRATION FORM 

 

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Phone: 843-740-5854
Fax: 843-529-2291
culturalarts@northcharleston.org

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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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