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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. Registration opens the first day of the month that the workshop takes places and closes two days prior to each workshop. Space is limited. To register, call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Dept. at 843-740-5854. 

2018 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

January 27, 2018 Sweetgrass Basket Weaving with Sarah Edwards Hammond Participants will learn the basics of the historical art form of sweetgrass basket weaving with Sarah Edwards Hammond.  Hammond, one of the Charleston area's finest sweetgrass basket makers, began learning this unique form of art from her mother at the age of seven and works to pass on the tradition to her own children, grandchildren and others in the community.

February 24, 2018 Intro to Watercolor with Christopher Dotson Learn the basics of watercolor with local artist and educator Christopher Dotson. Dotson will discuss topics such as how to select materials and ways to get started using simple techniques to form a good foundation. In addition, students will gain experience in mixing colors, working from light to dark, developing composition, values, and color.

March 24, 2018 Intro to Embroidery with Camela Guevara Learn embroidery stitches and best practices with the City’s current Artist-in-Residence Camela Guevara. Students will stitch on a sampler designed and printed by the artist, and learn how to customize garments and make amazing gifts for friends and family.

April 28, 2018 Wire Ring Making with Michelle Rose Participants will learn different jewelry making techniques with a focus on rings. Michelle Rose will provide instruction on creating a number of designs. Rose is a “Jill of All Trades” with experience as a jeweler, fashion designer, makeup artist, set designer, stylist, and teacher.

May 26, 2018 Fun with Pastels with Trish Emery Join local artist and founder of the Pastel Society of South Carolina, Trish Emery, in this workshop focusing on achieving different effects through different strokes in both hard and soft pastels. This workshop is suitable for beginners in the medium and intermediate students. Participants are encouraged to bring an apron or old t-shirt to use as a smock.  

June 23, 2018 Basics of Brush Lettering with Danielle Fabrega Learn the basics of brush lettering with Danielle Fabrega of The Town Serif.  Fabrega will guide participants through everything from technique to basic drills, practice tips, and even some basic style development. Students will learn accessible techniques that will translate into many different forms of modern lettering. No experience necessary.


Specialty/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: How to Photograph Your Artwork with John Barnhardt

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 and filmmaker, John Barnhardt, will instruct artists on the basics for photographing artwork in this free two hour workshop. Barnhardt is an EMMY award winning cinematographer, producer, filmmaker, photographer, and educator. His photography began as a way to quickly share the incredible moments he witnessed during filming in far-away locations. John currently works with a number of Charleston-based media firms to capture both moving and still images and is excited to share his expertise in photography with other artists. The workshop will cover a variety of techniques to capture 2D and 3D artwork, including optimizing a smartphone’s photographic capabilities, basic point and shoot camera techniques, and an overview of a professional photography shoot.  The workshop will also include discussion on lighting, white balance, the use of polarizing filters, depth of field, and lens use, and end with an overview of editing to create a high resolution image.  Participants are encouraged to bring their digital camera and smartphone.
FREE workshop (registration required). Call 843-740-5854 to register.
Olde Village Community Building
4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston, 29405
Saturday, January 20, 2018


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

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. The camp registration form is 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.

2018 Summer Camp information will be available on March 1! Stay tuned!




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


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