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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.

April 25, 2015 ● Beginners’ Encaustic with Keller Lee ● Adult students will learn the basics of encaustic, which is a wax based painting medium.  This introductory class, led by local fused glass and encaustic artist Keller Lee, will cover painting and traditional mixed media methods for encaustic, including photo transfers. 

May 23, 2015 Intro to Colored Pencils with Lizzy Koury ● This Creative Arts Workshop for adults features an introduction to color pencils with Lizzy Koury. Participants will learn how to blend colors using a dry medium, beginning with a light sketch and finishing with a bold, color rich drawing. Emphasis will be given to color, rather than line drawing. Materials are provided.

June 27, 2015 Freezer Paper Stencils: Customize a Tote Bag! with Allison Nadeau ● This workshop features hand printing on fabric with Allison Nadeau, of Ink Meets Paper. Participants will learn how to use freezer paper to make custom stencils for printing on fabric. Participants will use their original stencils to customize a tote bag or set of dish towels.

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, April 1 & May 6, 2015

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. 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. 




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Fax: 843-529-2291

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


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