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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. 

2016 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

No workshop offered in December due to Holidays.

January 23, 2016 Lino Cut Prints with Alex Roberts Participants will create a simple, original design on a linoleum block, which they will then print on paper in various colors of ink. These prints make great gifts! Roberts is the City’s former artist-in-residence and a teaching artist with the City of North Charleston’s After School Arts Enrichment Program and the Casey Community Center in Goose Creek.

February 27, 2016 Basics in Preparing a Canvas with Daryl Halbert The City of North Charleston’s 2015/16 Artist-in-Residence, Daryle Halbert, will instruct adult participants on how to stretch a canvas. Students will prepare a 12”x12” canvas and learn the proper way to use gesso and other coating materials, like rabbit skin glue.

March 26, 2016 Intro Into Acrylics with Deborah Meyer Learn the basics of painting with acrylic on canvas board in this introductory painting workshop. Local artist and Charleston Artist Guild member Deborah Meyer will guide adult participants through a number of basic color mixing and application techniques.

April 23, 2016 Alcohol Ink on Tile with Belle Anderson Create your own miniature masterpiece on tile with the vibrant colors of alcohol ink with local award-winning artist, Belle Anderson. 

May 28, 2016 Intro to Drawing with Pam Smith In a few steps Goose Creek Artist Guild member Pam Smith will guide participants through the creation of a monochromatic or color pencil drawing suitable for a notecard or framing.  For beginners and those who already love to draw.

June 25, 2016 Basic Drawing: Perspective and Proportions with Stephen Herchak Using various drawing tools, learn the beginning basics of perspective and proportions from a still life subject.  Herchak is a 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: 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, Stan Foxworthy, will instruct artists on the basics for photographing artwork in this free 2 hour workshop. Stan has over 30 years of experience in commercial photography and has worked with start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, major events, and everything in between. The workshop will cover how to photograph both 2D and 3D artwork and include discussion on 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. 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 (registration required)
Call 843-740-5854.
Olde Village Community Building
4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston

Saturday, January 30, 2016



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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